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3 Ways to Empower Yourself to be Prepared

3 Ways to Empower Yourself to be Prepared

 

No one likes thinking of an emergency situation. We focus on the positives and try to avoid negative “what if” thoughts. This mindset can be good because it’s impossible to prepare for everything, but it can also be harmful if you aren’t prepared at all.

 

Luckily, you can find a balance between the two. There are 3 things you can do to empower yourself to be better prepared for an emergency. These simple actions will help you live more confidently and positively in your daily life.

1. Make a plan with your family

It can be scary to think about an emergency situation impacting your family, but creating a rough plan will help if anything were to happen. This plan will vary based on where you live, but it should include a family meeting place and an emergency kit with food and supplies. Everything might not go as planned if something were to happen (it usually doesn’t) but having a plan will help you feel safer in your daily life. This sense of security will calm any “what if” thoughts.

 

 

 

 

2. Have an emergency contact list

Emergency situations can come in all shapes and sizes. Be sure you have all the phone numbers you may need on hand. This will save time and remind you what action is needed. To help, here is a list of emergency phone numbers and a printable that has every number you might need to know. Fill it out and keep a copy in your home and your car just in case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Learn to live in the moment

Lastly, but most importantly, a daily practice that can help you prepare for an emergency is learning to live in the moment. Take on each day as it comes and learn to embrace each moment for what it is. Doing this in your daily life will give you a sense of strength and confidence. If anything were to happen, you would be able to tackle it.

 

We can’t be ready to handle everything that life throws at us but being prepared can lead to a happier and more positive life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Travel Differently in 2020

Travel Differently in 2020

Six Ways You Can Make the World a Better Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the past couple of years, people are being more aware of how important it is to be sustainable. It started mainly with food and clothes but people are realising that you can do sustainable travel, have fun and still contribute to the Earth. Most of us are not aware that travellers are the best promoters for celebrating and taking care of our world. 2020 is the time to choose a different approach to travel and support sustainable development.

Help Save Coral Communities in Seychelles

If you like beaches and golden sand, The Indian Ocean’s Curieuse Island is the best option for you. It is known for the giant tortoises, golden sand and massive sea coconuts. This is where you can see the unfortunate effects of climate change, especially in the Marine National Park. Instead of laying out on the beach and staying in an expensive resort you can get involved in a program that helps evaluate the health of the waters that surround the coral reefs and the coastal ecosystem by measuring the growth of the corals. In your free time, you can do all the fun things like snorkeling, explore the beaches or layout in the sun.

Exploring Whales in the Norwegian Arctic

Instead of going whale watching and leaving a massive carbon footprint behind you, think about going with exploring whales. You can apply for programs that will have you investigate male sperm whales, listen to humpback whales or killer whales communicate with special equipment. Another fun thing you can do is record data that you got and learn to decipher whales’ sounds and help their research. While you are doing amazing work you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking mountains and amazing glacial lakes.

Help Elephants in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations of 2020. But there is no need to be like everyone else and just layout on the beach and drink cocktails, instead of that go and do some volunteer work. There’s nothing more magical than helping elephants in Chan Mai. There are open projects all year round and you need to be 17 years or older to participate. You can meet some amazing people while staying in the rooms that the organisation provides for the volunteers. Thailand is also the most popular destination for people who are interested to volunteer overseas.

Investigate Volcanoes in Iceland

If you are interested in volcanoes this might be the best option for you. Because Iceland is the place to be if you want to explore the seismic activity and learn about magma flow. There is the famous Earthwatch Institute that will let you get involved and help them. You will be able to help them create maps that will document all the disturbances that volcanoes can cause underneath the surface and you will help predict any future eruptions. You will get to travel and see the breathtaking glacier-capped volcanoes in the South and Iceland’s most popular Krafla volcano in the north. The trip will also include walking across amazing lunar-like landscapes while recording your discoveries.

Saving Turtles in Costa Rica

All of us have heard about Costa Rica and its amazing beaches, food and forests. Many people refer to it as a Paradise on Earth. Because of its beauty, Costa Rica attracts millions of tourists and volunteers, and now that people are being more aware of 2020 will be the best year for volunteer work. As more and more people are interested in volunteering there are many projects like the Turtle Conservation Program that you can apply for. Your days will usually consist of monitoring turtle eggs and keeping the beaches clean. Some projects are active and available throughout the year and the minimum age to apply for it is 17. They will provide you with accommodation that is close to the beach so it is easier to manage your time. During your time off you will be able to venture off and explore or enjoy the magical beaches. The most important thing is that you are being the unique individual that you are and what you are aware that you are doing great things that will contribute to the wellbeing of the Earth.

Take Care of Kangaroos in Australia

If you are interested in helping with wildlife rescue or saving the environment Australia is the way to go. There are organisations that you can help to protect the native wildlife, parks that are along the coastline and protect the tropical forests. There are so many options you can choose from. If you are an animal enthusiast, you can apply to help out in a rehabilitation centre where you will help to take care of orphaned or injured kangaroos. During your free time, you can experience Australia’s amazing beaches and rainforests.

 

Going on a vacation is not supposed to be an excuse for putting more fumes in the air. Wherever you choose to go you can seek a volunteering organisation that could use your help. While you at your destination choose to rent bikes instead of using buses and cars. The most important thing that you need to do is to make sure that you are happy.

 

 

Nina is a lifestyle blogger, yoga aficionado and a travel enthusiast with a distinctive taste for home decor. She’s passionate about learning new things and sharing meaningful ideas. In her free time, she loves to design clothes and furniture. If you wanna see what she’s up to you can find her on https://twitter.com/NinArtSimons

Become Remarkable

People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success. – Norman Vincent Peale

I love this quote!  To me it’s saying that in order for you to become remarkable, you have to believe you are remarkable.  You need to believe in yourself!  I’m taking a little writing course on Monday nights, and last night, the instructor had us rate ourselves as writers on a scale of 1 – 10 and hold up our numbers.  They ranged from 4 to 7, and let me tell you, the instructor was very disappointed in our opinions of ourselves.

Some of it was a cultural thing, I think.  We are not encouraged to think that we are all that and a slice of cake.  But guess what, you are, I am, we all are.  The instructor asked us how could we expect people to believe in our writing if we don’t believe in our own ability to write?  She is right.  I want to become a remarkable writer, and in order to become remarkable, I have to first believe that I am remarkable.

Believe in yourself.  That is the first step in accomplishing anything else.  Believe you are remarkable and you will become remarkable – or maybe, you’ll become even MORE remarkable!

The Reason

Everything happens for a reason, you only need to keep on editing your attitude and gratitude so as to sail through. – Unknown

I haven’t felt like writing for a while. I could give you chapter and verse as to why, but in the end, it doesn’t really matter. I just haven’t felt like writing, so I haven’t been writing. I don’t have a concrete reason, I just haven’t felt like writing.  And yet, tonight, here I am writing and the reason for that is I am grateful.  I had something happened to me this weekend which totally sent me over the deep end into the gratitude pool.  That’s not to say I had a bad attitude before or wasn’t grateful for things that had happened, because I was. But right now, I am splashing around in that deep end of the gratitude pool and it feels good, and what do you know, I’m sitting here writing!

Is there a correlation?  Maybe, maybe not.  I don’t know, and you know what?  I don’t care either.   I’m not going to dig through my psyche and try and figure out the why and why not of my not writing.  I don’t need to know the reason why I didn’t, and I don’t need to know the reason why I am tonight.  I only know I’m writing and it feels good.  It’s got be bobbing along in that gratitude pool.  It’s a super nice pool by the way.  Not too hot, not too cold – certainly not crowded!  So if you want to join me come on in.  The reason isn’t important, just try and find it!

7 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

7 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

Self-esteem refers to how you view your worth. Whether you are aware or unaware of it, your evaluation or perception of yourself in terms of your capabilities, potentials, and emotional and physical features affects your lifestyle, academic or work performance, relationships, and other life concerns.

Because of this, self-esteem plays a crucial role in helping you develop and maintain relationships, find success in school or work, and stay mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy.

Since a healthy dose of self-esteem can do wonders for various aspects of your life, you need to know when and how to give it a boost, especially at times when you know it has taken a hit.

Leading providers of professional clinical supervision services share some helpful tips below on how to improve your feelings of self-worth:

1.    Practice positive affirmation

Everyone hears discouraging and unkind words from time to time. The popularity of social media has also made it easier for people to post whatever they want to say about others, even if these remarks are hurtful and harsh.

If your self-confidence has taken a dip because you heard or read something upsetting, avoid letting these words take root in your mind. Instead of remembering them, forget about them. You will have an easier time doing this by coming up with and repeating positive affirmations.

Create a list of things you like about yourself, what you are good at doing, and your accomplishments. The simple act of writing down and reading about your positive attributes will boost your mood immediately.

Additionally, the more positive qualities you write down and remember, the more you will boost your trust and confidence in yourself. You will then feel empowered and more self-assured, ready to take on the activities and challenges at hand.

2.    Stop comparing yourself to others

There is nothing wrong with following the status of your friends, colleagues, and the people you know on social media. However, if you start envying and comparing yourself to them, you may need to take a break from these sites.

Comparing your skills and accomplishments to others won’t do anything good for you. You will always feel that they are still a step above you and that you will have your work cut out for you when you try to catch up with them.

Because of this, you will have something else that will occupy your mind. And this will lead to feelings of discontent and low self-esteem.

Although it can be hard to avoid comparing yourself to others altogether, try to do so. Additionally, don’t act on this to minimize feelings of competitiveness that will also ultimately affect your sense of self-worth.

3.    Do something nice to others

When you are feeling really low, you will be focused on your weaknesses, both real and imagined. If you continue concentrating on these limitations, you will never get out of your funk.

You can avoid focusing on the causes of your low self-esteem and feel better when you turn your attention toward another person.

Help a co-worker who seems to be swamped with work and has to submit a report before the day ends. If a friend looks burnt out due to juggling housework and taking care of toddlers, offer to babysit the kids so that she can go out for a few hours of pampering. You can also volunteer at a soup kitchen or animal shelter.

By doing something good for someone else or the environment, your focus shifts. You will stop fixating on your negative thoughts, and you will start thinking more positive things about yourself.

4.    Get more exercise

Various studies show that regularly working out and engaging in physical activities can increase self-esteem. They can improve mental health as well.

Exercising empowers your mental, emotional, and physical faculties. While working out, you focus only on the task at hand and forget your worries. As a result, you will have a clearer mind, and you will be better prepared for any ensuing tasks.

Additionally, whenever you complete your workout, you will feel a certain sense of accomplishment. And this will immediately give your confidence a boost.

When you maintain a healthy weight and stay in good shape, you will improve your perception of yourself as well.  This will go a long way in helping you be more confident and avoid feelings of discontent.

5.    Look your best

Your physical appearance usually reflects how you feel inside. For instance, if you’re feeling down, you will feel lazy or lack the motivation to put on makeup and choose a great outfit.

Consequently, your outward appearance can affect your emotions and thoughts as well. As such, if you feel your self-esteem is low, pamper yourself and experience its positive effects.

Go to a salon and get a haircut. If you want to do something simpler, take more time to put on your makeup and style your hair. Another option would be to wear that new dress or pair of shoes that you’ve been saving for a special occasion to help you feel better about yourself.

Don’t think of these activities as being vain or superficial; consider them as ways of practicing self-care. Keep in mind that looking great will boost your confidence and improve your mood, so don’t hesitate to try doing them.

6.    Try a change of scenery

Going to a place you have never been to will help you break out of a low self-esteem cycle.

Trying a new restaurant, taking a walk to a park you have never been to, or going on a holiday to a city you have never visited are great examples of doing something you like to give your self-esteem a boost.

Going somewhere you’ve never been to can quickly rejuvenate your mind and disrupt any negative thought patterns you may have.

Additionally, a change of scenery can give you a fresh perspective and the motivation you need to start making positive changes.

7.    Do something out of the ordinary

Lastly, aside from experiencing a change of scenery, lift your self-confidence by doing something you have always wanted but never got the chance to do.

This can be something as simple as pursuing a hobby such as gardening or photography or engaging in something more exciting such as an extreme sport. You can also take up a short course that will help you grow personally and professionally.

By trying something new, you will get out of your low self-esteem cycle as well. You will have something else to focus on instead of your negative thoughts.

Moreover, you will achieve a sense of accomplishment when set out to do the things you want to do. This will increase your self-esteem more than anything else.

Although these tips may seem easy enough to follow, certain challenges can still come up that may prevent you from seeing them through.

However, every little step counts when you want to boost your self-esteem, so if you can only start with something simple, do so. You will still feel an increase in your self-worth by taking these small strides.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Dr. Gemma Gladstone is an endorsed clinical psychologist and certified schema therapist, supervisor and trainer. Along with Justine Corry, she is co-director of the Good Mood Clinic in Sydney and has 24 years of experience within mental health.

 

 

New Year New You? No Way!

Facebook is full of all the New Year New you posts and to that I say NO WAY!  I like who I am.  I’m not perfect, not by any stretch of the imagination.  Are there things I can improve upon in my life?  Absolutely.  I need to lose weight, I need to stop procrastinating and a myriad of of things.  But those are habits that I need to change.  I don’t need to change who I am at my core and neither do you -unless you WANT to.  It’s a choice you need to make for you, and nobody else can make it for you and they shouldn’t talk you in to making changes you don’t want to make.

Don’t get caught up in the you have to weigh this much, or wear these clothes or belong to this group.  You do you because you are wonderful.  Another super important thing to remember is if you do want to do something different in your life, you can start right now.  You don’t have to wait until next Monday or next month, or in the case of tomorrow, next year.  You start when you are ready.

I’m not making resolutions this year.  I’m celebrating great things to be excited about that will be happening this year, like the end of a school year with several of my seniors graduating.  I’m celebrating the fact that my son is going to be traveling to another country to perform, and that my daughter will be receiving her M.Ed and that I have several for fun classes that I’m thinking of taking.

So don’t change anything unless you want to, don’t make resolutions, celebrate great things you know are coming….way better than resolutions in my opinion, but if feel the need to make a resolution, resolve to be happy, be positive and love yourself.  Happy New Year and have an amazing 2020

The Benefits of Power Napping at Your Day Job


What if I told you taking power naps could actually make you happier? I can imagine you wouldn’t need any more convincing to hit snooze the next chance you get. Studies show that 66% of short nappers and 56% of longer nappers report feeling happier and more energetic during their long workdays.

Yet, most workplaces haven’t discovered the positive impact power napping has on moods, productivity, and a handful of other health benefits. Hitting snoozed once your 3 pm slump hits is still frowned upon in the workplace, making most reach for their 3rd cup of coffee instead.

Sleeping is commonly known to happen in the comfort of your own home, all snuggled up in your bed, which makes sense as your home is the place you go to relax and recharge.

How Counting Sheep on the Clock Can Improve Your Work Performance

The Benefits of Power Napping at Your Day Job

Call it what you want, but having a little mid-day power nap siesta actually holds profound benefits for your overall mood and well-being.

 

Typically, power naps range from 10 to 20 minutes long, and it is meant to revitalize you more than a cup of coffee. Research show this length of time is the sweet spot for midday sleeping, reason being, it’s just enough time for you to reap the benefits of sleep without dealing with “sleep inertia,” the groggy feeling you might be familiar with after sleeping for several hours.

 

Here are the 5 benefits that come along with a quick snooze:

  1. Improve learning and memory
  2. Less stress
  3. Boosts mood and creativity
  4. Increased productivity and alertness
  5. Decreased risk of heart disease

 

Now, not all workplaces are open to the idea of you getting a couple extra Z’s on the clock. That being said, there are a couple innovated ways to getting your midday snooze in at work.

Innovative Ways to Hit Snooze During Your Workday

  1. Take your nap early
  2. Find the right location
  3. Create an ideal sleeping environment
  4. Keep it brief
  5. Take advantage of sleeping apps

Wear the Right Attire

We wouldn’t blame you if you wore loungewear, but unfortunately, this isn’t something workplaces normally let you show up in. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t invest in some comfy work-appropriate attire.

 

To learn more about the benefits of napping in the workplace—and to see what companies out there support sleep in the workplace—check out the infographic below.

The Benefits of Power Napping at Work

Be Like Michael

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
– Michael Jordan

I think pretty much everybody agree that Michael Jordan was a phenomenal athlete, and an extremely successful one as well.  We should all try and be like Michael.  Not because we should all try and be first class athletes.  That’s a nice dream, but we can’t all do that, there’d be nobody to watch if we were all playing  🙂  No we should all adopt his attitude of trying and failing.  Michael Jordan wasn’t afraid to try and he wasn’t afraid of failing.  He let go of the fear of failing and it helped him to succeed.

That’s pretty amazing. When you think about it, some of his biggest failures were on national television and live in front of thousands of fans. His lack of fear of failing led him to keep trying and trying, and as a result, having more and more success.  Imagine what your like if you would allow yourself to be like Michael?  Just go out there and try without any fear of failure.  What would you accomplish?  Really the sky is the limit.  So be like Michael and don’t let your fear of failure stopping you from succeeding.

Who Are You

I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.
– Oprah Winfrey

Who are you? If you’re like most people you have probably asked yourself that question at least a couple of times.  The Law of Attraction, and Oprah for the sake of this quote, say you become what you focus upon, and to some extent I think that’s true.  I actually talked about it with my students this past week in school.  We had watched the movie Cinderella Man and were talking about what it means to have a positive attitude.  One thing I wanted the kids to come away with is that a positive attitude doesn’t necessarily mean rainbows, fluffy bunnies and unicorns.  A positive attitude is when you work to make the best of what you have, or what life tosses at you.

In the movie, Jimmy Braddock, played by Russell Crowe had been given a rough row to hoe during the Depression.  Through out the movie, we see that it would have been so easy to just give up, but in the words of one of my students, he just “lived his best life.”  Jimmy Braddock didn’t dwell on what he didn’t have, or what he had lost.  He just kept working to make it better.  To me that is exactly what this quote is talking about.

You are, or you become what you are thinking about and focusing upon.  So really it’s up to you to decide who you are.  Focus on the things that are good, the things that make you strong and the things that help you live your best life, and you will absolutely have your best life.

Mistakes are Okay

When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel. – Eloise Ristad

For the longest time, I thought mistakes were bad.  You didn’t want to make mistakes, you wanted to get the right answers and have all your projects work out correctly, right?  That’s what I thought, but I was wrong.  Mistakes are okay.  I may even go so far as to say that mistakes can be a good thing.

I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true.  Think about it. If you never push yourself, if you never try, you may succeed at what you’re trying to do, but what are you missing out on?  You’re missing out on the chance to find more, create more, discover more.  You’re missing out on the chance to excel and to soar.

I know that it seems counter intuitive to say it’s okay to make mistakes and it’s okay to fail.  But really it is.  Giving yourself permission to fail may take you out of your comfort zone, but that’s not a bad thing.  So tell yourself, that it’s okay to take chances, it’s okay to try something new, it’s okay to fail, and most of all, tell yourself that mistakes are okay.  They are, and who knows what you may find out by taking a chance and making a mistake.

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