10 Tips for Dealing with Career and Professional Disappointment

Jul 27, 2015

Dealing with Career

Even the most well-intentioned and well-planned career moves can go array. Here are 10 tips on how to deal with career and professional disappointment.
  1. Realize that it wasn't meant to be, at least not right now.
    There is a reason that you didn't get the new job or promotion. It might be that the timing wasn't right, or it could be that there is something bigger and better out there for you. It might seem to be a big deal right now, but it won't always be that way.

  2. Meet with people you admire professionally or a mentor and discuss ways in which you may be able to rectify the situation.
    Chances are that there really isn't all that much you could have done differently. If there is, someone you respect and trust should be able to help point it out. If not, he or she can help to reassure you that you were indeed a victim of circumstance.

  3. Focus on moving forward, maybe in a new direction.
    There are times in which professional or career disappointment can really be a wake-up. Are you truly doing what you should be doing? Is there some dream that you'd like to pursue? The important thing is that you keep moving forward, even if it might be in a new direction.

  4. Reevaluate as to whether or not it would have been the right move.
    You might be in the right profession, but the career move that didn't pan out might have been a mistake. Before you try to achieve the same goal once again, take some time to ensure that it will be the right move for you.

  5. Don't let anyone cause you to lose your belief in yourself.
    Things can get ugly, especially if you leave your job or are forced out. No matter what you do, do not let anyone cause you to lose your belief in yourself. No one should have that control over you.

  6. Use it as an opportunity to pursue your dreams.
    This just might be the wakeup call that you need to finally go ahead and pursue your dreams. You don't want to regret never having pursued your passion when you are no longer able to do so.

  7. Be thankful for what you do have and what you have accomplished.
    Take this opportunity to take stock of what you have accomplished thus far and what you do have in your life. You might be surprised at how much you have to be thankful for, even if you are dealing with disappointment.

  8. Realize that things will get better.
    Things won't be bad forever. They are bound to get better, and there will be bigger, better opportunities out there for you. This can get old after awhile, but it is true. You just have to be patient.

  9. Learn from your mistakes.
    If you did do something to cause the setback, take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes. You can then move on to bigger and better things.

  10. Realize that failure isn't permanent.
    If you are getting down on yourself and feeling as though you are now a failure, realize that even if you did fail in the eyes of the worlds, failure isn't permanent. There is no reason why you won't eventually find success.

10 Practical Ways to Reduce Stress

How to reduce stress in your life

If you are feeling stressed out you are not alone. With all the problems that we are constantly faced with it seems like everyone is on the verge of a nervous breakdown these days. Here are some practical steps to relieve stress.
  1. Get some exercise! I'm not a big fan of exercise for exercise's sake, but for me the key is to do something that I love. Whether it is a hike in the woods, going fishing while wading in a swiftly moving stream, or playing a sport, I always feel better mentally when I am physically tired.

  2. Sleep is another natural stress coping mechanism. Our bodies need sleep to function properly (ironically I am writing this at 4 AM!) and deal with all that life hands us.

  3. Complete something that is on your to do list. Whether it is cleaning out that drawer full of junk or calling an old friend, just getting one thing off of your mental to do list can help to ease your stress level.

  4. A great way to reduce stress is to say 'No'. Too many of us take on too much stuff. Prioritize what is important and let someone else stress about the rest.

  5. Take a day off from the world. Would the world really end if you didn't answer the phone and not open the mail one day?

  6. Use your vacation time. I know that many people worry about their jobs (and get more stressed), but getting away from work is a necessity and will probably make you a better employee when you return. If using your vacation time will put your job on the line it is time to look for a new job. Really, look for a new job.

  7. Take time every day to smell the roses (pet the cat, hug your children, call your parents, etc.). No one is going to live forever, do the things that you will regret not doing. Being regretful will add to your stress level.

  8. Count your blessings, literally. State out loud or write down three good things that happened each day. The three things can be simple but speaking or writing them will help you to focus on them and not on the stressful things in life.

  9. Watch a favorite movie, go to a favorite place, whatever just do something that you enjoy.

  10. In my humble opinion, this is the most important step of all to reduce stress: Have a goal in life. Too many people are like a hamster running on a wheel and getting nowhere fast. Decide where you want to go and start making steps in that direction. Make a plan and get started on it.

9 Fat Burning Tips for Men Over 50

Tips Burning Calories Fast

There are several different things that anyone can do to control their body fat, regardless of what age they are. Men, women, kids, and everyone else can take the right precautions to control their weight. The first  step is to change your eating habits. You do not necessarily need to change your diet, just the way that you eat. The next step is to exercise. Before you do any of this though, you will want to talk to your doctor about whether you are healthy enough to take on a new diet and exercise regimen.

Many of these tips and tricks do not require you to be Jack LaLane or Arnold Schwarzenegger, just dedicated to your health and able to move. Eating healthier and more often, can make all the difference in the world, and if you keep at the activity, you may find yourself becoming healthier, more energetic, and more trim. Don't expect it, but you could be the next marathon winner. Here is a look at ten different ways that you can burn some of that pesky body fat.
  1. Eating Habits.
    Your diet is only one small aspect of how eating can make you lose weight. The way that you eat can help you a lot more. Instead of eating the normal three squares a day, try light snacks throughout the day and smaller meals at least five times every day. This will increase your metabolism and get your body to start burning fat all the time. If you try to find higher protein snacks, you can increase your fat burning if you lead a more active life (at least 30 minutes activity per day). Jerky, edamame (boiled soy beans), and nuts are very healthy high protein snacks that can help you. Popcorn, crackers, and baked chips are some other options that are healthy but lower in proteins.

  2. Walking.
    A nice brisk walk is a great start to getting your weight down. For many Americans, the corner store is too far to walk. This mindset has made us the most overweight nation in the world. By breaking this cycle, you can also shrink your waistline. Any chance you get, park in the back of the lot or walk the several blocks to the store or restaurant. Taking an evening stroll with your significant other can also help with this and improve your ability for the last item on this list.

  3. Jogging.
    For those with the ability, stepping it up to a good jog can work wonders. You may need to start at the walking stage and slowly speed it into a nice morning run. I personally hate running and never thought that there  were benefits to it, but after I started doing (under much duress), I found that it really does give you a lot more energy throughout the day and makes you feel a lot better. When I was jogging every morning, I was in a better mood, more productive, and a lot more energetic. Oh yeah, you can also lose some weight as well.

  4. Calisthenics.
    Calisthenics is a great way to get active and can be an excellent introduction to exercise for many people that have been mostly inactive. Some stretches and jumping jacks is the perfect way to get started. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant or deluxe, just some simple warm-ups. You will want to through in some stretches to start with so you do not hurt yourself, and find some more difficult exercises as you progress in ability and skill.

  5. Sit Ups.
    Sit ups are a great way to tone your abs and burn some fat. You may want to start with some crunches and these can be done while watching the TV in the evenings (or whenever). There are many different ways to do sit ups that will target your entire midsection. By changing positions around you can continue to burn the calories while firming your abdomen all around. Once you get really adept at it, you can even challenge the grandkids to a sit up competition.

  6. Leg Lifts.
    Leg lifts are a way that you can keep losing fat all day long. Whether you are at work, at home or out on the town, you can do some leg lifts. While sitting, just scoot to the front of the chair and start raising your legs. Try to keep your feet off the ground as long as you can while raising your legs up and down and you will whittle away the love handles. This can also become a challenge at work or with the kids.

  7. Stairs.
    Just like walking, stairs are a great way to get in shape. Bypassing the elevator when you can will really get you in shape. Even if you just spend some time walking up and down the porch, you can benefit from this without having to waste money on an expensive stair stepper.

  8. Weights.
    Lifting weights is not just for Mr. Universe wannabes. A trip to the local gym can work wonders. This is something that should be done about three times a week. You do not have to lift the entire gym though. For  burning fat you will want to tone with lighter weights and higher reps. Skip the big plates and dumbbells and just grab a couple five or ten pounders. If you lift these as many times as you can until you really feel the burn, you will burn the fat in no time. High repetitions and light weights will increase the amount of fat burning benefit you can get from lifting. If you can't make the gym, try using dry goods from the house. A five pound bag of rice weighs the same as a five pound barbell, it just costs less.

  9. Outdoor Hobbies.
    One of the best ways out there to burn fat is to get an outdoor hobby. Not only will this help you shave the pounds, it can help you to spend quality time with friends and family. Golf, hiking, camping, cycling, or many other low impact sports are great for this. You will want to find a sport that you can do alone or in a group so you can always get out to do it, no matter what your friends or family are doing. Fishing can even work since you need to carry your gear down to the spot. A row boat can be a fun and very energetic way to burn the fat as well.
No matter what type of exercise it is that you choose, or if you choose all of them, the sooner you get started the better. A few small changes and a little effort is really all that it takes. There are many things that you can do to trim the fat and calories from your body. You can find exercise in almost everything that you do all day, everyday. It is just a matter of taking advantage of the opportunity. The boost of energy, the longer life, the better feelings, and the happiness that you will feel is well worth it. The more tone and stronger body is another added bonus that can really help with that last activity as well.

8 Excuses that Hinder Weight Loss

Weight Loss Hindering

When it comes to losing weight, excuses run the gamut - from not having enough time or energy to being genetically doomed to a permanent supply of flab. For pretty much every excuse however, there is a counterargument. That counterargument is that most people can do something about their weight if they stop making excuses and start taking action.

If you could stand to lose a few pounds - regardless of your circumstances - it is critical that you avoid making any of the excuses that people commonly use to avoid taking control of their weight. Eliminate the following excuses entirely from your vocabulary:

  • "At my age, it's pointless to worry about weight loss."
According to AARP.org, losing as little as 10% of your total body weight can improve your health and may even add years to your life. This appears to be the case regardless of one's age. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stresses that many of the health issues often associated with aging can be avoided by taking preventive measures such as exercising and eating healthy.

  • "With my busy schedule, I simply don't have the time or energy to focus on exercising."
When the demands of work, parenting and other responsibilities seem to take over your life, it's quite tempting to give up on exercise altogether. You may feel overwhelmed and fatigued, among other things. However, as little as a few minutes of exercise each day can actually give you the boost of energy that you need in order to take care of your responsibilities (Stibich, 2009). With the right mindset, you can fight fatigue and win the battle of the bulge at the same time!

  • "If God wanted me to be skinny, He would've made me that way."
This is the excuse of all excuses, but it is an irrational one at best. Even if you came into this world with "baby fat" that never quite went away, there is a strong likelihood that you can shed a few pounds by making wiser choices. God did not create unhealthy snacks or fast food restaurants. You have the ability to take control of your life and your health. The first step is to acknowledge that power. The second step is to put it to good use.

  • "Healthy foods cost too much."
On the one hand, fruits, vegetables and lean meats can be a bit costly at the supermarket. On the other, treating health conditions brought on by unhealthy eating can be even more costly. The choice is yours to make. Don't let the issue of money interfere with your health. Being able to afford healthy foods may simply be a matter of cutting back on other items such as alcohol, cigarettes and processed foods.

  • "I cannot afford a membership at my local fitness center."
Although a membership at a state-of-the-art fitness center is ideal for some people, you do not have to belong to a fitness center in order to get into shape. The important thing here is to get moving and avoid a sedentary lifestyle, as this will help you burn calories. You can purchase a pedometer and gradually work your way up to the recommended 10,000 steps per day by doing simple activities such as walking your dog, window shopping at the mall, utilizing the stairs, walking laps around your house or even walking in place! According to The Walking Site, you should put your pedometer on first thing in the morning and wear it all day until bedtime, then record your daily steps and monitor your progress over time.

  • "My man likes me fat."
Whether your mate likes you fat or skinny is irrelevant when it comes to your health. Their "type" may not be what is best for you. Your mate should care more about your health and well-being than whether or not you fit their ideal physical type. And even if it's a case of your mate loving you just the way you are - which is great - they should still be supportive of your weight loss goals.

  • "Everybody in my family is big; I must have the fat gene."
While genetics have been found to play a role in weight gain for some people, one study of the Amish has revealed that even when a person's genetic makeup predisposes them to weight gain, exercise can over time block the effects of such genes (USA Today, 2008). Clearly the Amish get more exercise that the average person, but there is something that can be learned from these findings, and that is that regardless of your family history, you do have some control over your weight.

  • "I'll diet after the holidays."
As easy as it is to postpone weight loss until after the holidays, this is not a good idea. If you are already carrying excess weight, deciding to focus on weight loss after the holidays is likely to result in your gaining even more weight as you indulge in traditional holiday meals that often consist of very rich and fattening foods. Rather than planning to "diet" after the fact , why not make a few practical changes during the holidays, such as giving up one really rich food item that you would normally eat (i.e. macaroni and cheese or dessert), refusing to go back for seconds and engaging in some form of physical activity after finishing your holiday meal, such as taking a walk or playing games with your children or grandchildren? Not only will you still be able to enjoy your holiday - you'll also be able to have a clear conscience when the festivities are over and everyone else is talking about how much weight they need to lose!

7 Ways to Manage Mild Depression Associated with Hypothyroidism

Mild Depression Treatment

Mild depression associated with hypothyroidism may be managed without additional drugs. This type of depression is symptomatic, not a condition, so tends to be intermittent rather than persistent. Where clinical depression can be debilitating and requires specific medical treatments, symptomatic depression is less severe and may be treated without medication.

The following ideas to help you manage your mild depression may seem overly simple or foolish, but you should try them before dismissing them.
  1. Tell your spouse you are feeling depressed and therefore he or she should give you a present. You could ask for jewelry, gift certificates to a spa, or flowers. Tickets to a sporting event, new tools, music CDs or DVDs also make wonderful gifts. This treatment gives you a sense of taking control. You stated the problem and put forth a solution. This alone will make you feel better. A pretty necklace can be the catalyst you need to attend a social event, so you can show it off. A new drill may be just the thing to motivate you into building that bookcase. Action is an excellent way to dispel mild depression.

  2. Go to the craft store and shop for a new hobby such as flower arranging, painting, needlework, picture framing, any activity that requires concentration. Hobbies are excellent stress relievers, and mild depression associated with hypothyroidism can be stress related. Hormonal fluctuations can induce anxiety, which in turn causes stress. Relieving that stress relieves the depression.

  3. Put on your favorite music and dance. This is excellent advice even if you are not feeling depressed. It's a great way to exercise, reduce stress, and stimulate the muscles and the mind. Fatigue is as much a part of hypothyroidism as depression; this exercise addresses both.

  4. Sit in front of a mirror, make yourself comfortable, and have a long talk with yourself. Tell yourself what you think about the upcoming election, the local sports teams, the newscaster you watch every evening. Be as amusing or serious as you like. Allowing yourself to speak freely, to enjoy your own company is good for your self-esteem and your self-image. This one-way conversation may also lead you to inadvertently expose pent up fears, anxieties, or anger. Giving vent to these feelings may alleviate your mild depression.

  5. Read a sad book or watch a sad movie. Because sadness in reality makes people uncomfortable, people don't allow themselves to cry. But crying releases emotional stress, and has a cleansing affect on the mind. Letting the movie or book trigger the tears makes it easier to let them flow.

  6. Rearrange your furniture. This not only stimulates you physically, it gets your creative juices flowing. If budget allows, buy some new slipcovers for the couch and chairs, artwork for the walls, and colorful accessories. Freshening your d├ęcor gives you a sense of accomplishment. One of the best ways to manage mild depression is to do things that make you feel good about yourself. Knowing you have the ability to create a beautiful room will lift your spirits. Your new style also gives you an excuse to invite a few friends over, to share in your accomplishment.

  7. Buy a present for your spouse, your partner, your best friend. Taking the time to shop for someone else, having them in your thoughts is a positive act. This action works well with number 1, because putting someone else ahead of you, when you know they will do the same, leads to affirmation of your self worth, and the value of your relationships.
These suggestions are quick, easy plans of action to aid in feeling better. Should your depression become more persistent, if it is affecting your relationships and your lifestyle, you should consult with your physician. But if you are affected by mild depression associated with hypothyroidism, try these ideas. It's wonderful what a little something out of the ordinary can do for the spirit.

6 Ways to Heal Constipation Naturally

Jul 26, 2015

Constipation Treatment

Most modern people are constipated. You are constipated if you don't eliminate after every meal, and ESPECIALLY if you eliminate only once every few days or once a month. This is NOT normal at all. The buildup not only reabsorbs through the intestinal walls but also sends toxins through the bloodstream. The bloodstream, which should nourish the organs and glands with oxygen and life-giving nutrients, poisons them instead, setting one up for hormonal imbalance. The hormonal imbalances and blood sugar imbalances this causes, are then medicated by the regular doctors, and not seen for their root cause: a toxic bowel.

A normal bowel movement should slip easily out of the body within moments of sitting down. It is abnormal to have to sit and read a magazine or do any straining while trying to eliminate.

  • Complications of Constipation
Straining to eliminate puts stress on the heart and the hemorrhoidal veins, to name a couple things. Additionally, each organ and gland in the body has just enough space. If feces are not being eliminated on schedule, they build up and pack together against other organs in the body, seeping toxins all over them, and also causing damage from being too crowded. The word "constipation" comes from the Latin word "constipare", which means "to press together." 

  • Questioning of Priorities
Many of us are fastidious about our homes and cars, dusting them, cleaning them, but we don't take the same care of the insides of our bodies. This results in poor health. Everything we put on or into our body has to be detoxified through the body's elimination channels, two of which are the liver and the colon. Why don't we take the same fastidious care of the insides of our bodies as we do the THINGS in our lives? Is it because no one sees the inside of our bodies? Our bowels need maintenance, too, to keep running properly.

  • Why Does Constipation Occur?
Modern processed food contributes to constipation through its altered nutritional content and its lack of fiber. The feces that remain, begin building up and creating pockets, called diverticuli. Toxins begin causing cells to mutate, and then polyps (growths) develop on the inside of the colon. The polyps may be benign at first, but they can turn cancerous. Colon cancer can also break away and damage other organs and spread. Colon cancer is the leader of all cancers. The sad thing is, is that it is totally preventable. We also don't drink much water or exercise, and the colon notices that.

  • How Can We Stimulate Better Elimination?
By having more fiber in our diets through natural, unprocessed foods, especially more salads, and avoiding smooth and sugary processed foods, we can revolutionize our colon function. A toxic colon is the foundation of many degenerative diseases. Here is a list of 7 ways that you can begin cleansing your bowels and becoming more regular. 
Ways to Get Your Bowels Moving:
  1. Eat salads full of fibrous vegetables and greens (use a healthy dressing if you are not used to that.)
  2. Drink enough water - 6-8 glasses a day
  3. Adequate exercise - use life as exercise. Park farther away from the store entrance, and take the stairs when you can. Get outside even if just for a few minutes.
  4. Avoid processed food
  5. Pick up some psyllium seed powder (NOT the hulls), from the bulk section of a local grocery store, and blend it with bananas (or other fruit) and milk.
  6. Eat foods with a lot of chlorophyll. This could be greens, but it could also be chlorella, a Japanese superfood which stimulates colon peristalsis.
  • Don't Ignore This - It Isn't Going to Go Away 

Realize that whether or not you can poop after every meal is important to all aspects of your life and health. If you think health food or caring for your bowels is expensive or time-consuming, try going to a hospital! If regular bowels are that important - if they affect so many different aspects of your health - then you should put at least as much effort into keeping them regular as you do earning the money for your health insurance every month. A regular bowel IS your health insurance. It ISN'T normal to be congested with poop, and those who think it is, are setting themselves up for degenerative disease caused by internal toxins.

So get out and walk, run, drink some water, eat something real that came from the earth. The best medicine is free- it's already in front of us.

6 Steps for Newbie Runners

Beginner Runner Tips

So you'd like to take up running? Well contrary to what a lot of people may think, it's not as simple as just going out and running. Like anything else, being a runner takes time and training. It's not something you decide to do one day and perfect in that same day. Here's a few tips for new or aspiring runners.
  1. Make sure your Doctor gives you the okay to take up running.
  2. Decide on the location you'd like to run. A lot of runners prefer running outdoors, however there are those that do enjoy using the treadmill instead. Decide which will be better for you. If you get bored easily on a treadmill the outdoors might be the better choice.
  3. Get the right gear. You'll need comfortablerunning shoes and running clothes (women don't forget that sports bra).
  4. Like swimming, you don't want to eat or drink heavily before running. You might find yourself getting stomach craps very early on if you do.
  5. Believe it or not the majority of runners don't start off running for one hour straight. It takes time. You might want to start with a run, walk type method to begin with. Run for two minutes . . . Walk for two minutes (or more if you have to). Slowly increase your run time. Before you know it, you'll be running ten, twenty and thirty minutes straight!
  6. Don't worry about your pace. No matter how slow or fast you run, you're running! Find a comfortable pace. If you are having trouble breathing, you're going too fast and need to slow down. You want to keep a pace that lets you keep steady, even breathing. Speed comes with time, that should be the least of your concerns.