5 Tips On Letting Go Of Stress

5 Tips On Letting Go Of StressWhether you are still in college, you are starting your own business, you are trying to manage your family and your career, letting go of stress is crucial to having a healthy body and mind.

If you are full of stress, whether it be on your muscles or mind, you are setting yourself up for disaster. I used to never participate in an kind of stress relieving techniques and I remember never being at ease.

Below are my five tips on letting go of stress.

1. Get outside. Go on a bike ride, hike, absolutely anything outside.

Vitamin D is needed for every human body and it helps the body function healthily. This also gives you an excuse to try out a new activity. There are tons of workout groups that take place outside in the summer and they are fairly cheap usually.

You’ll also get to make new friends and open yourself up to new surroundings. The effects of spending just 15 minutes outside in the sun is amazing on the body, just imagine adding a workout into that.

Your body will be revved up with endorphins releasing and you will go home feeling extra motivated and inspired to workout the next day.

2. Read an inspirational book.

I love reading books based on people who have gone through extremely difficult times in their life, to only come back a much stronger person.

We’ve all gone through hard times in our life, and some of us have though we could never get through certain obstacles, yet we have. I also love reading books about people who have lost weight, whether it be 20 or 200 pounds.

Reading and hearing about other peoples stories can be incredibly motivating and will also stimulate the mind to do likewise things.

3. Participate in a yoga class.

There are so many yoga classes and studios available no matter where you live. I know of about 5 yoga studios in just a couple miles of around my house.

I remember when I completed my first yoga class, I felt like a new person. I really challenged not only my body, but my mind as well. I let go of a lot of things in each class I go to. Yoga is not only a break from real life, but you also overcome obstacles and regain a new confidence that you didn’t even believe existed.

You can also check out coupon sites such as Living Social or Groupon for a huge discount on these classes. This way you get to check on whether or not you want to continue going to these classes.

4. Talk to someone about your problems.

So many of us are bottling up pent up anger and issues that are going unsolved. We live in a day and age where people are scared to talk about their problems or feel as if they aren’t important enough to share with others.

This however, is so false.

I always make it known to all of my friends that they can come to me for absolutely anything. Imagine the world we could live in if people would openly talk about their concerns or aspects in life that are stressing them.

5. Surround yourself with positive people.

We’ve all heard of the saying, you are the average of the 5 people around you. Make sure you aren’t spending your time with people that complain all the time.

Although you want to be the kind of person in #4, you also don’t want to be talking about someone else’s problems ALL the time. There needs to be conversation on the positive things in life, which is many things!

How do you relieve your stress? Do you have certain strategies that you participate in every morning or evening?

Traveling and Working – Is It Possible?

Traveling and working at the same time is the dream of many. This is something that I am attempting to do right now. I love traveling and being able to earn an income at the same time, but it can be difficult.

Please do not fall for the myth that traveling and working at the same time is a vacation. This is something that too many people think. You obviously still have to earn an income.

Traveling and Working - Is It Possible?It can be hard, but there are ways to make it work for you. If you really want to be able to travel and work, you will have to work hard in order to do so.

Here are tips to make traveling and working possible for you:

Have at least some money saved up before you leave.

To make your trip a little bit easier, it is usually wise to have some money saved up before you leave. This way you don’t have to feel like you have to do ANYTHING out there in order to make an extra dollar.

Think about how long you will be gone and where you want to travel to, and try to save money based on that. You may want to save money from your job, start some side jobs, or sell some (or even all) of your stuff.

The amount you save up is up to you. I’ve heard of people just picking up and leaving, and I’ve heard of others building up one full year of expenses so that they can travel for a long time.

Find ways to save money.

Traveling does not have to be expensive. However, the costs can definitely add up when you are traveling over an extended period of time. Since you will most likely be traveling extensively, then you will need to find ways to save money.

You should look for affordable places to stay, eat affordably, watch your transportation expenses, and more. Traveling like a local can save you a lot of money.

Find ways to make money.

If you need to make money while traveling, then there are plenty of ways to do that. Some different ways you can make money include:

Have fun.

I’m going to assume that since you are traveling, that you want to have at least a little bit of fun. Remember to have fun while you are traveling so that you can actually enjoy where you are visiting. Traveling from place to place but then spending your whole time working is not the same. Get out and enjoy yourself!

Do you want to travel and work? Do you think you could make it work?

 

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How To Be a Better Manager

Being a better manager can help you advance at your company, it can earn you a raise, it can help grow your company, and more. Due to all of those great reasons, I’m sure you want to work towards being a better manager. Below are my tips to become a better manager today.

Listen.

A good manager will listen to the people that he or she works with. You should listen to their new ideas, listen to their problems, and listen to what they are saying.

How To Be a Better ManagerContribute.

As a manager, you should always be contributing to your team. I have seen way too many managers who abuse their power and don’t do anywhere near the amount of work that they are supposed to do. Just because you are a manager, it does mean that you automatically aren’t supposed to do any more work.

Don’t get angry in public.

Everyone makes mistakes, so if anything happens with your work team, don’t get angry and overreact. I have seen managers go crazy and yell at everyone, and that definitely does not help the team’s moral. Stay positive and do not go crazy.

Respect those who work for you.

If you want to receive respect, then you have got to give it as well. Respect the people who are working for you. Don’t degrade them, always be an ethical person, and be polite. All of these little, and very easy behaviors, can go a long way when managing a team of workers at your company. If you are rude to them, they will not respect you and it will be extremely difficult to manage a group of workers who do not respect you or care about anything you have to say.

Provide feedback.

A great way to keep employees motivated is to give them positive reinforcement. A “good job!” can go a long way. A raise can help as well. Employees like to hear positive reinforcement and feedback because they like to know how they are doing. They’ll be more motivated in a positive environment as well.

What tips do you have for someone who wants to become a better manager?

 

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Negatives and Risks of Telecommuting For Your Job

Lately, we have been talking a lot about telecommuting. Telecommuting can be a godsend in a person’s life, or a person might even hate it. It really just depends on your personality and how you like to work.

Anyway, I recently published both of the articles Work Benefits and Perks To Negotiate For and Positives of Telecommuting For Your Job. However, what about the negatives of telecommuting?

There has to be at least a few negatives to telecommuting as well or else everyone would be fighting to be able to do it.

Negatives and Risks of Telecommuting For Your JobYou might feel lonely if you telecommute.

Working from home by yourself can feel lonely if you do not do it correctly. Since you’ll be home for pretty much the whole entire day every single day (unless you have a family), it can be easy to feel lonely.

You might have to find different ways to socialize with people so that you do not go crazy.

Plan lunch outings with friends, call loved ones, go outside, and more. You might even try working in a public place such as a park or a coffee shop too on certain days in order to branch out.

Telecommuting may not work with secure information.

If you work in a field that deals with secure information (maybe something like financial documents), you might not be able to work from home because there is a risk that information may leak. Information leaks could be due to insecure connections, hacking, and more.

Before you bring your work home, you should make sure that all sensitive information will be kept private.

Will you have a good work-life balance if you telecommute?

Working from home can be great and really amazing, however, will you have a good work-life balance? Many think it would be very easy to have a good work-life balance, but it’s really not that easy.

When working from home, it can be very easy to continue working and let it take over your life. This is because you can’t really “escape” work anymore since it will always be right next to you.

Read Is Work Life Balance a Real Thing?

Will you be able to motivate yourself to work when telecommuting for your job?

Working from home means that you need to motivate yourself to work. Seems easy enough, but with no one looking over your shoulder or telling you to complete a task, it can easy to get preoccupied with other things.

You might start eating more, watching an insane amount of TV, playing video games, and maybe even cleaning in order to escape work.

What other negatives do you think there are for telecommuting?

 

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How To Stay Sane When Traveling For Business

fiji-293826_640Traveling for work may sound glamorous to some, but for most people who travel, it’s not as great as it seems.

I once knew someone who ended up quitting her job because she was afraid that she would one day “die in a hotel room,” and it was a legitimate fear of hers.

Many people may feel somewhat similar to this, maybe not as drastic, but I know many other people who would prefer to work at home instead of living in an airport and a hotel room.

It can be extremely lonely if you do a lot of business traveling, and you may miss out on some big milestones with your friends and family members.

However, maybe you enjoy what you do but there are some days where you just feel a little crazy since you are traveling for work so much. If this describes you, then below are my tips to stay sane when traveling for business.

1. Actually unpack your bags.

I am guilty of living out of my suitcase when I am traveling. However, when you are traveling for work ALL THE TIME, you should try to actually unpack your bags, put your clothes away in a dresser, hang up your clothing, and more. This can make you feel more sane as you won’t have a huge pile of clothes that you are going through and pouring back into your suitcase each and every day.

2. Leave your hotel occasionally.

One thing that many business travelers are guilty of is that they often spend way too much time either at the hotel or wherever they are working. Instead, you should try to squeeze time in to explore wherever you are. Never leaving the hotel can constantly feel like you are just always working, and sometimes you just need a physical break in order to clear your mind.

3. Bring something with you that is not related to your job.

Bringing something with you can make you feel like you are more at home. Bring your favorite book, a hobby project that you have been working on, or something else.

4. Make friends.

Hopefully, there are others who are traveling for business with you or there are people that you see on a usual basis when you travel for work. If so, make some new friends and plan outings with them. Maybe go to a delicious restaurant that is not in the hotel, explore the town together, or something else.

5. Skype loved ones back home.

So that you don’t feel like you are missing out on everything back at home, you might want to try to Skype or video chat (such as through Google Hangouts) those that you want to talk to. Google Hangouts is free (as long as you have wifi), so it is something I would definitely check out.

Eventually, if the above do not work out for you, you may need to evaluate your job and see if it is worth it. If you are not happy and you feel like you are going crazy, then some active changes need to be made.

Do you do a lot of business travel? What sanity tips do you have for us?

How To Successfully Receive a Pay Raise and/or Promotion

I have asked for a raise one time in my life, and it went successfully. There have been other times where I probably should have asked but was too afraid, and that is why I wanted to create this post.

Asking for a raise can lead to a positive outcome for whatever type of job you are looking for – whether it be finance jobs, creative jobs, and so on. All you have to do is ask, and the answer you may receive may lead to extra money in your pocket.

How To Successfully Receive a Pay Raise and/or PromotionThere are correct and incorrect ways to ask for a raise or a promotion. Below are my tips to successfully receive a pay raise and/or promotion.

1. Be confident when asking for a raise.

When asking for a raise, one of the best things you can possibly do is asking for raise while being as confident as possible. If you do not portray confidence when asking for raise, then your boss may not want to give you one since it may sound like you do not really deserve one.

You should have a firm handshake, smile, be proud about what you do, talk at a reasonable noise level, and try your hardest not to sound shaky and nervous.

2. Ask privately for a raise.

Whatever you decide to do, always ask for a raise when you are alone with the person or people who you asking it from. You should schedule a meeting or an appointment to meet with them and politely ask them then.

You do not want to ambush them at their desk or ask them when other people are around. This is very unprofessional and I am sure no boss or employer ever appreciates whenever that happens.

3. Show proof that you deserve it.

Before you head to your raise/salary meeting, you should gather up proof for why you deserve the raise. After all, if you do not deserve it then the answer that your boss or employer gives you will most likely be a flat out no.

Ways that you can show proof is showing the tasks that you provide to the company, showing the results that you have created, talking about how you are essential to the company, and talk about how you have personally improved and/or helped the company become more successful.

4. Don’t forget about benefits that aren’t just money.

Lastly, sometimes a company just doesn’t currently have the funds to offer pay raises. Instead, you may want to look into asking for something else that you find valuable. This may include more vacation time, better health insurance, flexible work days, and more.

Have you ever unsuccessfully successfully asked for a pay raise and/or a promotion? What happened? What worked for you and what did not work for you?

What To Do When You Hate Your Job But You Need To Keep It

A few years ago, I had a job I absolutely hated. Our clients were horrible and my boss was just as bad.

There were many days where I would run into the office’s bathroom in tears because of things that my boss would say to me, to others that I worked with, or sometimes directly to the clients.

What To Do When You Hate Your Job But You Need To Keep ItYou would probably assume that I was just being a huge baby, but that was not the case at all. I was not the only one who felt this way.

There were many days when I didn’t know if I do go in the next day, and I absolutely dreaded each morning that I woke up. I knew it would be a horrible, looooong day that I unfortunately had to look forward to.

However, I knew I absolutely could not quit. That just wasn’t possible at the time, so I felt extremely stuck because of everything that was going on in life.

I know others often feel this same way, so that is why I wanted to create this blog post. Even though your job may seem horrible, there are things you can do to hopefully ease the pain.

1. If you can, avoid the people who are making your job miserable.

If there are certain people who are the very reason for why you cannot stand your job, then you might want to actively avoid them and only talk to them if you absolutely need to.

That is what I ended up doing towards the end, and on many days it mostly worked.

If I could just avoid the bullies for just a few hours each day, that was much better than feeling like I was suffering all day long.

While you don’t want to actually be running away from your job, there are probably instances throughout the day when you do not actually need to be interacting with the bullies.

2. Take a vacation.

Sometimes, you just need a vacation to take a break from it all. You might actually find your job much more manageable if you do this.

For me at the job I referenced earlier in this blog post, vacations actually were not allowed so it made everything much more difficult. I went years without a vacation day, even where all I wanted to do was to just sit at home without working five days a week for years at a time. I believe that if I had vacation days, then the job would have been much better.

3. Enjoy your lunch break.

If you can, then you may want to use your lunch breaks to your full advantage. You can still save money by bringing your lunch, but you may want to look into eating your lunch outside if you can, such as at a park.

4. Create a game plan.

In the end, you should try to create a game plan to leave your job. This can give you motivation, as you know that you will not be stuck at your job forever. This is what I did, and it significantly helped me get through my horrible job.

Have you ever had a job that you had to keep even though you hated it? What did you do?

What Should You Do If You Get Laid Off?

Getting laid off can be a stressful time. While the economy is improving, lay offs are still happening around the world at various companies.

The last thing a person usually expects is that they will be laid off from their job, as most people like to believe that their jobs are very stable, when usually in fact they are not.

What Should You Do If You Get Laid Off?If you do happen to get laid off, there are many things you can do in order to make the process a little bit easier to manage. Below are five things you should do in the event of a lay off.

1. Update your resume.

Right after you get laid off, you should whip out your resume and see if you can do any updating at all to it. This is because everything you were responsible for at the job you just had is hopefully still very fresh in your mind. This way you can easily update your resume without having any gaps that you feel like you cannot seem to remember.

2. Cut your expenses.

The next thing you need to do is look into cutting your expenses. You don’t know how long it will take you to find a job, and there is always the possibility that you won’t be making as much money as you did at the job that you just got laid off from.

If you feel like you are going to be laid off for a long time, then you also might want to look into making more drastic decisions. You might want to cut your expenses as much as you can such as by getting rid of a car, trading your car in for something more affordable, downsizing where you live, cutting your food budget, taking less vacations, and more.

3. Search for a job.

Eventually, you will obviously have to start searching for another job, unless your plan was to retire. That usually is not the case, so you should jump on your job search process as quickly as you can.

When searching for a job, make sure to put your full effort and time into each position that you apply for. This means tailoring your resume to each job, creating a cover letter, preparing for each interview, and following up when you are done.

4. Look for a way to make money in the mean time.

If you can, you should look for others ways to make money while you are trying to find a job. This might mean taking up a part-time job, doing yard work for others, watching children, cleaning homes, and more.

If you need the money, then you need the money. It is as simple as that.

5. Relax somewhat.

Even though you have lost your job, remember that you should still relax and try not to stress yourself out too much, no matter how stressful of a time it is for you and/or your family. Extra stress can make getting a job much more difficult, and that is the last thing you should be worried about.

Have you ever been laid off? What is the very first thing you did?

Reasons You Didn’t Get An Interview Or The Job

Reasons You Didn’t Get An Interview Or The JobSometimes, you apply for a job and you just feel like there is a 100% chance that you will get it. However, later you find out that you did not actually get it.

You might feel down, feel stressed out, etc., but in the end you are probably wondering what went wrong and why you did not end up getting the job.

There might be clear reasons for why you didn’t get the job though. No matter how perfect you think it may have went, something may have gone undetected by you.

Below are several reasons for why you may have not got an interview or why you didn’t get the job after what seemed to be a great interview.

1. You were too early to the interview.

Yes, being too early can actually cost you the job. Being too early can be a sign as disrespect for another person’s time, as showing up too early might mean that you are butting into someone’s task that they were trying to do. This can be seen as annoying to some even.

Instead, try to just be five minutes early. If you arrive too early, instead just sit in your car and waste some time before you need to go in. There is no need for you to show up to an interviewer’s office an hour ahead. Some job applicants think this is a good idea, but in almost all cases it is absolutely NOT.

2. Your social media profiles were not professional.

Another area that may impact whether you get a job or not is what a hiring manager may be able to pull up about you. Even if something is very old or if you think it is hidden, there is still the chance that they can find it. This may impact your job search process.

You should always try to clean up your social media profiles before beginning the job search process. You should always be careful as well, as something from years ago and impact you in the future.

3. You were too confident at the interview.

Yes, sometimes confidence can be a great thing, but if you are too confident and come across as someone that no one likes, then this isn’t a good idea either. People might assume that you step on everyone’s toes, or that you might even be lying about things.

Instead, be nice, be a little confident, but don’t be over the top.

4. The hiring manager found someone better than you.

I hate to say it, but sometimes you might not just be perfect for the job. Or, you might be 99% perfect for the job, but the hiring manager may have found someone who was 100% perfect for the position.

Don’t take this negatively. Instead, use this as motivation to improve yourself so that you know what to change for the next position you apply for.

What others reasons am I missing? Have you ever had the perfect interview but then didn’t land the job? What happened?

Why Saving For Retirement Is Important Even If You Love Your Job

Why Saving For Retirement Is Important Even If You Love Your JobRecently, I read about someone who stated that they didn’t care about retirement and didn’t care about saving for retirement because they loved their job oh so much. That made me laugh and also scared because even though they claimed they loved it, they only worked one day per week (this person makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a year with just that one day per week).

So, if this person loved it so much, they could definitely have just started working TWO days a week and would be able to save twice as much money. Also, the fact that this person only worked one day a week, really made me think that they do not in fact love their job as much as they think they do.

Anyway, even if you did love your job an insane amount, saving for retirement is still important. Planning and saving for retirement does not have to be hard, you can even find global wealth management advice online. There are many reasons for why you should still save, which I will be discussing below:

You might come across a medical issue.

Even though no one likes to think that they are unhealthy, something may happen to you in the future that could never be possibly planned. This might prevent you from working, and if it does then having retirement funds saved up is a wise idea.

You might find that you don’t love your job in the future.

No matter how much you love your job now, it is hard to say what you will think about it down the line. You could actually hate it later.

You might want to change course and focus on something else.

You might still enjoy your job later on, but doing something for decades can eventually get boring. You may decide to focus more time on family, travel the world, volunteer, and so on.

You can’t predict the future.

In the end, you just cannot realistically predict the future. You never know how you may feel about things 3o, 40, 50 years down the line, so it is best to save for retirement, especially if you have the means to do so.

Are you currently saving for retirement? Why or why not?