- Choose a career wisely
The first secret to a successful career is choosing a career that’s a good fit with your gifts, talents and training. Perhaps you can talk with a career coach or counselor who can help you make the best decision. They can also offer assessment tools to discover your strengths and talents. Set aside some time to think about what’s important to you when it comes to a career, and ask yourself:
- What are my interests, experience and skills?
- Do I want to work for myself?
- What kind of work environment is appealing?
- What am I passionate about? [Read more…]
Myth #1: It’s caused by cold weather.
Do you think you feel blue every fall and winter because of the change in temperature? Think again! Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is related to a change in the amount of sunlight, not a drop in temperature. Experts believe that a lack of sunlight affects the body’s production of melatonin, which helps to regulate sleep and can cause symptoms of depression in certain individuals. For most people with SAD, the symptoms usually begin in the fall and end in the early spring or summer. If you think you may have SAD, schedule an appointment with a doctor. [Read more…]
- Know You Are Not Alone
It may seem like you’re all alone; however, you’re not the only one going through the pain of abortion. Statistics may vary. But abortion providers estimate there have been approximately 55 million abortions performed in the US since it was legalized. Abortion impacts those involved on every level: emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical. If you are struggling after an abortion or know someone affected by it, you can find healing.
- Wake up and give thanks
Make it a habit to wake up in the morning and find one thing to thank God for before you even get out of bed. Lamentations 3:23 says, “Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” By thanking God for His blessings first thing in the morning, you set the tone to practice gratitude for the rest of the day.
- Celebrate the small things
We tend to celebrate things such as getting a new job, having a child, or graduating from college. After all, these are big accomplishments. But we need to remember to appreciate the simple things in life. Set aside time each day to celebrate the small things you’re thankful for such as:
- Saturday morning breakfast with your family
- A cup of coffee or tea with a friend
- Having a healthy mind and body
- A walk in the woods
- The smell of freshly baked bread
How can you live a well-balanced life? Make some small changes in your life that will lead to lasting change. Balance may happen for a short amount of time, but overall you will be able to handle the typical stressors that can tip the balance! Here are a few ideas to consider:
- Get enough rest
Getting enough sleep improves mood and productivity. Studies show people who are sleep-deprived have a harder time solving problems than those who’ve had 7-9 hours of sleep. Aim to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night to improve your memory, help you focus, make your mind sharper, and be ready for what may come in your day.
- Develop a morning routine
Routine is a structure for balance. When you start your day in a typical way each day it builds a foundation for the rest of your day. If you don’t have a morning routine, here are some ideas: