5 tips for helping kids with depression

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If you haven’t noticed by now, depression rates are through the roof. In fact, kids are experiencing not only higher depression rates overall, but more intense depression rates, too. While I believe that there are specific reasons as to why we got here, they do not matter. What matters is helping these children and reducing depression rates overall. It is so important, in my opinion, and we need to be doing everything that we possibly can…starting now. Here are a few tips for helping kids with depression:

 

Learn warning signs

First of all, it’s really important to learn common warning signs. However, one thing to note about this is that not all kids are created equal. Sometimes, even kids without warning signs have depression and that is why it is so very important to know your children specifically. Children go through various phases. There are often a lot of mood swings and emotional episodes that come with adolescence, and it can be hard to know when their behavior is a part of growing up and when it’s more serious. If you see changes with them, it’s important to start watching closely and get them help, when needed. Some common warning signs of depression are the following:

 

Low self-esteem

Withdrawal

Lack of interest

Hopelessness

Academic success deterioration

Drastic changes in eating habits (too little or too much)

Feeling guilty and ashamed

Lack of energy and motivation

Fatigue and aches

Thoughts of suicide and death

Check into bullying

One major factor of depression could be bullying. If your children might be experiencing bullying, figure it out. If it is in school, speak with your children and their teachers directly to figure out a game plan for ending the bullying.

 

Help them feel connected with sports and other groups + activities

Depression can lead to isolation. Loneliness is a common experience with 80% of the population under 18 years of age. A lack of interaction and connection can worsen depression symptoms. Obviously, you can’t make your child have friends or force them to socialize. Some children find it hard to socially interact and make the first move with new friends. That’s why this subject matter is delicate and takes time. You can:

-Inspire your child to join a club at school or attend activities.

-Give them ideas on attending various social events

-Encourage play dates and sleepovers at your house

-Organize family gatherings

Whatever makes your child stay in contact with people will help. Just remember, don’t leave loneliness unattended. It won’t go away on its own. Sports, groups, and other activities definitely help children feel more connected and can help kids with depression, anxiety, or feeling alone.

Consider professional counseling – for them or for your whole family

Professional counseling services can be extremely beneficial. Places such as Restorative Counseling Services can help with individual counseling, family counseling, and Atlanta Couples Therapy, too. When it comes to depression, Restorative Counseling Services says: “Everyone experiences sadness from time to time, but when the sadness is prolonged it can become extremely difficult to envision a life worth living. Depression can make you feel as if there is no hope and that you’ll never experience joy again. It may seem as if no one can understand or help you, and you may even be at a loss for words to describe precisely how you’re feeling. Depression is a real medical condition, and most people need treatment in order to feel better. 

 

Our team at Restorative Counseling Services understands how depression can hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest. Our counselors provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to discuss the ways depression has impacted you. We will help you to discover not only the root of your depression but how to create healing throughout the process and help you develop the skills necessary to move out from under depression. We recognize that everyone has their own specific needs, and your therapist will create a specific, tailor-made approach to equip you with coping skills that will help you live a life free from depression.” 

 

Depression, especially in your children, is not something that you should tackle alone. Get them the help that they deserve.

 

Give them one-on-one time

Sometimes, the result of depression could be coming from you…and this isn’t something that a lot of parents talk about. Kids 100% react towards what is going on at home. Maybe you are fighting a lot with or in front of them. This can and will affect them. In addition, maybe you are not giving them one-on-one time. If not, start doing so. Giving them one-on-one time will boost their happiness and show them they are loved. This can help so much!

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Home improvements to make before selling your home

The housing market is bustling right now! If you are considering selling your home soon, you’ll want to make the most bang for your buck, right? This means that you might need to do some home improvements before selling your home. Inexpensive improvements (like paint or pressure washing!) can immediately increase the value of your home, which will help you say “bye” to your home, with lots of spare change in your pocket. Sounds great, right? Here are a few home improvements to make before selling your home to make this happen – 

 

Your bathroom

The things that I have always heard to focus on when doing home improvements are the floor, the appliances, the kitchen, and the bathroom. Seems like the whole house, right? Ha! Bathroom upgrades are always a great go-to, though, and if you are just re-tiling and maybe adding a shelf or two, you can do it for a great price. For example, the average shower tile only costs about $500 or so (give or take some). If you DIY, you can save a lot on labor, too! A good shower is everything when going to sell your home. Don’t just stop at the shower, though – there are so many ways to upgrade your bathroom. Shelves, your bath, your toilet, showers, and so much more. You could even add in countertops to spruce up your bathroom completely. Fresh countertops make your bathroom (or any room, for that matter) look new, and upgraded, and they add to the value of your home. Need someone to help you with a countertop install for your upgraded bathroom? Click Countertops is the best company in Atlanta! 

They make the process “Amazon easy” and aim to save you time, money, and headaches. Online, you will find their square footage calculator for countertops. This will help you estimate how much it could be to install new countertops in your bathroom or kitchen. When you work with them directly, they remove friction points, simplifying the process of replacing your countertops. This saves you so much time! They say, “The Click Countertops system is different. The Click model is completely consumer-focused and different compared from the traditional material supplier-focused model. That means we focus on what is best for the consumer and how cwe canmake it “Amazon easy”. 

 

The Click network is passionate about creating exceptional customer experiences and building relationships that transcend. Our satisfied customers become our highest performing sales team. The material is the material, the difference-maker becomes the people and the process. Measuring, manufacturing, and installing countertops is a highly specialized craft that requires years of experience to deliver the highest quality finished products into your home. Our certified partners have 1,000’s jobs under their belt.

 

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If you need affordable and beautiful countertops for your bathroom, kitchen, or any other room, call Click Countertops immediately. You will not regret it! 

Update appliances

Kitchen appliances are one of the most important aspects of any kitchen. These days many home buyers are looking for sleek appliances with smart-tech and eco-friendly features. These can include WiFi-enabled refrigerators and dishwashers that connect to your smart home ecosystem and can be controlled using your voice or an app. Large appliances that use a lot of energy are some of the main kitchen features that homebuyers want to be eco-friendly, both for the environment and their energy bill. So, if you’re planning on replacing appliances like your refrigerator or dishwasher before listing your home, opt for an energy-saving model. And as you’re looking for eco-friendly kitchen appliances, make sure you look for the Energy Star label. Kitchen upgrades like these can help set your home apart from others in your area and make a lasting impression on buyers.

 

Paint

As much as we would all love an endless budget to upgrade our kitchen with the newest appliances and smart-home gadgets, that’s not always the case. Luckily, sometimes all a kitchen need is a modern backsplash or a fresh coat of paint. Consider adding white subway tile or, for a more unique style, you could add a patterned tile to your backsplash. When it comes to painting the kitchen walls and ceiling, you can never go wrong with white or neutral color – like a light grey! However, if you want to add character to your kitchen while still complementing its modern style, you could paint the walls a fresh yet subtle shade of blue. That is always a nice touch and it’s super southern too.

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5 ways to help your relationship thrive

When I dreamed of marriage as a child, I imagined what they show you in fairytales. However, as an adult, I have learned that any relationship is not by any means, easy. This is why so many marriages end in divorce. Over time, people stop putting in the work when it comes to their relationship and it becomes “too hard.” To put in the work takes time, effort, and sometimes sweat, blood, and tears, but to a lot of couples, it is so worth it in the end. Here are 5 ways to help your relationship thrive:

Communication 

Communication, specifically open communication, might just be the most important thing in a marriage. If you cannot communicate effectively, you will never have a thriving marriage. There are a few parts that go right along with open communication, in my opinion. Those parts are honesty, respect, and understanding. Let’s start with honesty. To communicate properly, you need to be honest. Don’t leave anything out just because you think your husband or wife will be upset. Get it all out on the table and be upfront and honest. The next part is respect. If you are on the other side, waiting for an explanation as to why something happened, respect your spouse and hear them out. Do not jump to conclusions before they get a chance to talk to you. The last part is understanding. If a mistake was made, you need to try to accept that and move on. If you are upset, do not yell. Calmly explain yourself and it will prove too much better results in the end.

 

Learn

Marriage is a journey and you do not know exactly how to navigate every single life change together from the second you tie the knot…or even ten years down the road, but there’s one sure thing and that is the fact that you will learn along the way. Do not be afraid to admit that you do not know how to navigate a situation on your own. You could significantly benefit from having a third party listen to you and teach you what they think you could do to improve your relationship. They say that love is blind and sometimes, it’s true until you see an outsider’s perspective. Visiting a professional counselor or therapist can help you and your significant other heal, strengthen their relationship, and go forward building a stronger marriage. 

Patience

We live in an instant world with fast foods, ATMs, computer access to information, direct dial communication all over the world, and quick meals that we can pop in the microwave. The problem is we can’t heat a marriage in the microwave. Relationships just don’t work that way. Marriage, especially, takes time and care to become beautiful. That means learning patience. 

 

Surprise

Last but not least, I believe that surprise is beneficial in a marriage. Surprise and fun in a marriage will ensure that you are not getting bored with the same routine and thing every day. Of course, it is good to know what to expect from your relationship, but surprise flowers, notes, or a surprise trip now and then definitely won’t hurt anyone! Now, over time, this does get hard to do. But, trying your best is never a letdown.

 

Address issues in your relationship

Last but not least, you need to address any issues or points of conflict in your relationship. For example, if you are disagreeing about something with your children, go to the professionals. Things like delays, speech issues, and more can bring up a lot of feelings, and a lot of the time, that definitely can stress a relationship! Why not turn to professionals to help with the process. They will take out the fear and walk you through the steps. For example, if your child needs help with speech or occupational therapy in Atlanta, Talk About Therapy can help. Their licensed therapists are there to support your family with the best-individualized care through services like “speech therapy for kids, speech therapy for toddlers, pediatric occupational therapy, tongue tie, and lip tie intervention, feeding therapy, and to guide you through challenging experiences such as breastfeeding problems, and knowing what to expect after tongue tie release.”

What Is The Perfect Home Temperature?

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Wondering exactly what temperature you should try to keep your home at? While personal preferences may vary, scientists believe that the optimum temperature for most humans is about 23.5 degrees Celsius (or 74.3 degrees Fahrenheit). There are certain times when you may want to set the thermostat a little higher or lower, however – this post explains more.

Do men and women have different preferences?

Studies have found that men and women may prefer different temperatures. Most men prefer a cooler room temperature of 22.2 degrees Celsius, while women prefer a slightly higher room temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. This is likely due to physiology, causing men to get hotter quicker and women to get colder more easily. If you live in an all-men or all-women home, this could be something to consider. 

What about if you have kids or pets?

Some people believe that a warmer home is better for babies. However, babies are often more sensitive to higher temperatures, and 18 degrees Celsius is typically the optimum temperature for them. Furry pets like dogs and cats thrive in room temperatures between 20 and 22 degrees Celsius. 

Should all rooms be the same temperature?

If you’re able to set a different temperature in each room, then it could be worth using this capability. Typically, the only rooms that need to be kept at 23.5 degrees Celsius are rooms you actively use for long periods such as a living room or home office. You’re not likely to use hallways for long periods, so these can be kept as low as 15 degrees Celsius. Your kitchen is likely to heat up a little while you cook, so you may want to keep it at 18 to 20 degrees Celsius. Bathrooms can meanwhile lose heat quickly due to their cold surfaces, so you may want to keep the heat between 22 degrees Celsius and 24 degrees Celsius while in use. Bedrooms are meanwhile best kept between 16 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees Celsius to account for the added heat provided by bedding. 

As mentioned above, keeping the temperature cooler in rooms you don’t use regularly makes practical sense. However, it could also save you money on your energy bills – 19 degrees Celsius (66.2 degrees Fahrenheit) is the temperature at which most HVAC systems use the least amount of energy. Of course, there are other ways that you can save money too.

 

The first of course is to make sure that your HVAC is working properly. Inefficient HVAC will take more energy to reach the right temperature or may even fail to provide cool air. If you notice problems, consider looking into HVAC repair and replacement.

 

You may also be able to reduce the amount of heating and cooling necessary by considering your clothing and bedding choices. Wearing more layers and using more insulating bedding in the winter could prevent you from cranking up the heating as much while wearing fewer layers and using lighter bedding will prevent you from relying so heavily on cooling.

 

Finally, consider ways to make your home less reactive to heat changes. Insulating a home will prevent it from losing heat as fast so that you do not have to use more heating. Meanwhile, features like lighter curtains will help to cool your home down in the summer without having to rely so much on AC.

3 Steps to Buying Your New Home

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Buying a property is a huge step for every household. It’s a massive financial investment, as well as an investment in your future. Once you’ve purchased a property, then it’s up to you to maintain it. When you consider all this, it makes sense many people have mental blocks when they consider taking on such a responsibility, but there are plenty of good reasons to buy a home. 

Owning property allows you to build up your financial assets, giving you something valuable for your money. Other than the initial costs, the mortgage payments on the property itself are often much less than the cost of renting a similar property. This means that you may find your life is less expensive, but you have a physical property to answer for it. 

If you want to take your first steps to owning a home, here are some steps that you’ll need to take. 

  1. Budgeting and Finances

Before you can make any major purchases, you should always set a budget for what you can afford. Setting a budget will prevent you from overspending, as it sets reasonable limits on yourself. However, a budget will only work if you’re strict with it and make sure that you can get what you need. Include any ongoing expenses and renovation costs in your budget so you don’t get caught off guard. This can add around an extra 15% to the cost of the property.

This is also the time to get your finances in order. Saving cash is a great first step, as it allows you to pay for a deposit and can cut down on your expenses later down the road. Most people use mortgages to pay for their homes. Your mortgage eligibility will also help you set your budget, as you can find out “how much house can I qualify for?”

  1. Finding a Property 

Once you know what you can afford, then you can find your dream property that fits your budget. First, you will need to figure out a location. This decision includes a variety of factors, such as how property prices in an area, your work commute, nearby utilities and conveniences, and your family responsibilities. 

Once you’ve picked a location, you will then need to pick out a house. Again, this will be dictated by your finances, budget, and your needs. You might not be able to find the perfect home, so focus on needs over wants. You can always patch things up later.

  1. Purchasing the Property

Finally, you will need to purchase the property. First, make an offer with the seller and you may need to make a deposit. Then arrange for your mortgage. Ideally, you should already have a handle on your finances, so this just involves getting a formal mortgage offer to allow you to fund your purchase.

Finally, you will need to involve solicitors to handle the legal side of things. You should also look into conducting surveys on the property to make sure no nasty surprises are waiting for you. Once everything is sorted, you can move in and enjoy your new home.

Progressive Ways Your Family Can Use Technology To Your Advantage

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Technology can be a great boon to families. It can help keep loved ones connected, make everyday tasks easier, and even provide some much-needed entertainment. But with so many options out there, it can be tough to decide which tech is right for your family – and how to use it in a way that will benefit everyone.

Here are six ways you and your family can use technology to your advantage:

1. Keep in touch with distant loved ones

If you have family members who live far away, staying in touch can be a challenge. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to use technology to bridge the distance.

You could set up weekly video chats using Skype or FaceTime, exchange regular emails or even start a shared blog or photo album that everyone can contribute to.

2. Make life at home more efficient

One of the great things about technology is that it can help make our everyday lives run more smoothly. If you’re looking for ways to save time and energy around the house, there are plenty of tech-based solutions.

For instance, you could install a smart thermostat to help manage your energy usage or use a grocery delivery service to avoid wasting time at the supermarket. You could even set up a family calendar app to keep everyone’s schedule in one place.

3. Have some fun together

Just because technology can be useful doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, too. In fact, there are all sorts of ways to use tech to entertain your family.

Why not set up a movie night with streaming services like Netflix or Hulu? Or get everyone playing video games together? You could even start a family blog or podcast for some creative bonding time.

4. Get the kids learning

If you’re looking for educational activities for your kids, technology can be a great resource. There are all sorts of apps, websites, and online homeschool programs available that can help kids learn new things.

Whether you want to help them brush up on their math skills or teach them a new language, there’s sure to be a learning resource out there that’s perfect for your family.

5. Take care of your health

Technology can also be a big help when it comes to taking care of your health. There are all sorts of apps and gadgets that can help you track your fitness, monitor your sleep, or even get reminders to take your medication.

If you’re looking to improve your family’s overall health, why not use technology to make it easier?

6. Stay safe in an emergency

In the event of an emergency, having the right technology can make all the difference. If you want to be prepared for anything, there are all sorts of safety-related gadgets and apps you can use.

For instance, you could install a security system with cameras and sensors to help monitor your home. You could also get an emergency notification app to send alerts if there’s a problem.

The Bottom Line

Technology can be a great asset for families. By using it to stay connected, stay organized and even have some fun, you can make life at home more enjoyable for everyone. So why not give it a try?

3 Top Ways To Improve Your eCommerce Business

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As appealing and relatively low-effort as starting an eCommerce business is compared to more traditional companies, they still need work. You’ll need to continually improve and refine it to bring in new customers and generate additional revenue.

If you don’t know how to improve your eCommerce business, that can seem like a daunting prospect. How do you go about it? Thankfully, there are more than a few strategies to choose from, each of which will have a significant impact on your company.

Though you’ll still need to work, it’ll be more than worth the effort.

How To Improve Your eCommerce Business: 3 Top Options

1. Make It Secure

Website security is vital to running an eCommerce business. Potential customers already expect this, so you’ll need to put a significant amount of effort into it. Using HTTPS and SSL certification is a minimum, with these helping to secure any transactions that take place on your website.

Since highly personal and sensitive customer data is used during the buying process, customers will want to be confident it’s secure. If you don’t go out of your way to do this, then you’ll make your website unappealing to customers.

You’ll see relatively few sales because of this. You can overcome and gain customer trust by implementing a few security features.

2. Add Live Chat

Your customers will need to speak with you at some point. They could have a question before they buy, or even an issue with something they’ve already bought. Making it as easy as possible to speak with your company is vital.

A live chat function can be an easy and effective way of doing so. It lets customers interact with your company in real-time. Automating this makes it even easier. Choosing the best website live chat service ensures this is possible, so you’ll have to put little effort into managing this.

It’ll improve your customer service better than you think.

3. Build An Email List

Email marketing is one of the most effective ways to increase customer loyalty and retention. It also increases the number of purchases per customer, as it puts your business in front of people who already expressed interest in your products or services.

To take advantage of this, you’ll need to build an email list. Asking people to subscribe to your newsletter is an effective and recommended option. Using informational emails before a sales-focused one is a best-suggested path to take.

Doing so primes potential customers for a sale, with the sales email capitalizing on the interest you develop beforehand. Over time, you’ll see more and more revenue come in.

How To Improve Your eCommerce Business: Wrapping Up

As daunting as figuring out how to improve your eCommerce business may seem, it shouldn’t be as complicated as you’d think. Focusing on the above strategies – among others – will be more than enough to do so.

You’ll see your eCommerce business grow and expand in time. With a bit of work, you’ll have no problem getting there.

Ready To Find Your Dream Career? Follow These Steps Today

Finding your dream career can change your quality of life more than you might ever imagine, and thankfully it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might expect to locate a brilliant job that provides you with complete satisfaction! This guide contains some of the best tips and tricks that you can make the most of to get started today, so what are you waiting for? Read on to discover more! 

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Go Back Into Education 

 

One of the best ways to expand your career horizons is by going back into education. In today’s modern age, the first thing that an employer will look for on your resume is your qualifications and training. If you don’t have a lot of certifications to show, then you risk being placed at the back of the pile near immediately. You may also fail to be considered for a role if your qualifications are from more than 15-20 years ago, as this suggests that your knowledge might be outdated. However, if you have a sterling list of qualifications achieved across your career with recent certifications that you have studied for in the past 5 years, then an employer is much more likely to pull your resume out of the pile and call you up for an interview. There are countless different qualifications that you can pursue, whether you choose a part-time course such as night school or even head back into education full time by getting a degree. No matter if you decide to pursue something simple like online nursing ceu courses or study day and night to get a master’s degree, the actual act of going back into education in any form shows a level of commitment to self-improvement that your dream employer will certainly see as advantageous. It takes confidence to head back to school as an adult, but the potential rewards in terms of career opportunities and future job satisfaction will certainly make it worth your while. 

 

Start Networking 

 

Networking is an essential step when you’re attempting to seek out a better career, as it’s the perfect way to get your foot in the door at a whole host of amazing companies that could certainly become your dream workplace. Networking is the act of making connections with other professionals both in your chosen industry and beyond, as you never know what doors such a connection could open for you and your career! In many instances it’s not what you know, but who you know, which could potentially translate to you accessing an interview before other candidates are considered. Attend industry events, sign up to commercial social media platforms and be sure to sell yourself as much as you can in any kind of professional setting. 

 

Finding and achieving your dream career goal has never been such a simple task when you can take the time to utilize some of the excellent ideas that have been carefully detailed above. There’s no time like the present to get started!

How to Spend More Time Doing the Things You Love

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The average person spends about six hours a day in front of a screen, which is more than half of their waking hours. That’s a lot of time spent doing something that doesn’t feel like “me” or “myself.” There are many ways to combat this feeling and find more balance in life because it’s so important to make sure that you not only have free time but that you spend it doing the things that you love.

The Real Problem We All Face These Days

It’s not about how much time you have, it’s about how you use it. This is the real problem we all face these days. We are constantly being bombarded with tasks and responsibilities and we always feel like we don’t have enough time to do them. However, if you learn some time-saving tricks then this problem can be solved.

There are many ways to save time each day, such as using a timer or keeping your work area clean. It is important to find out what works for you and what doesn’t to maximize your efficiency and free up more time for other activities that make you happy!

The Importance of Creating More Free Time in Your Life

In today’s world, it is becoming more and more difficult to balance work, family, and personal life. We need to rethink the way we live our lives. We need to stop thinking about what we are missing out on and start thinking about what we can do to make our lives better. We should start trying to create more free time for ourselves by cutting down on tasks that don’t require a lot of mental energy.

It doesn’t matter what you love or what means a lot to you. Whether that’s learning a new skill or how to watch youtube in China, traveling the world, or attempting to improve your cooking. All that matters is that you make more time for it.

Make Accountability a Priority

Accountability is a key factor for success. It is the fuel that drives you to act. It is what pushes you to get up and do something, even when you don’t want to. The first step in building accountability in your life is finding an accountability partner. This person should be someone who will keep you on track and meet with you regularly to check in on how things are going.

The second step is figuring out what your goals are and how much time they will take each day, week, or month. You can then create a daily, weekly, or monthly plan that lays out these tasks accordingly and assigns them specific deadlines so that nothing falls through the cracks. Lastly, it’s important to make sure that your goals are achievable so that you stay motivated throughout the process of achieving them.

Get Out of Your Head

It is a common phenomenon that we feel like our brain is full and we are unable to think clearly. We can find ourselves in a state of “brain fog”, where it feels like there are thoughts inside our head but they just won’t come out. This can happen when we are feeling overwhelmed or when our attention span is short.

The best way to get out of this state of mind is to write down everything that you’re thinking about. It helps with clarity, focus, and creativity. It also makes us more present because it forces us to focus on the present moment instead of future worries or past regrets.

Eliminate One Thing Every Day

Anxiety and boredom are the two main reasons why people procrastinate. They don’t feel like they have enough time or they don’t know what to do next. One of the best ways to eliminate distractions is to declutter your home and your mind. By getting rid of things that are no longer necessary, you will feel more relaxed and less distracted. But also, by looking to eliminate unnecessary things from your to-do list.

Acknowledge the Importance of Sleep & Food in a Healthy Lifestyle

Sleep deprivation is a serious problem. It’s not only an inconvenience and a productivity killer; it can also lead to serious health consequences. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get seven to nine hours of sleep per night for optimal health, but the average American gets just six hours of sleep on weeknights and even less on weekends.

The negative effects of sleep deprivation include a weakened immune system, increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, weight gain, mood swings, and depression. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk of death from all causes.

6 ways to own a business while being a mom

Owning and running a business while being a mom might seem impossible, but I promise you that it’s not. Is it hard? Sure! But impossible? No. Today, I want to talk about ways to own a business while being a mom. Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty details:

 

Set aside time

My biggest tip, which is why I’m writing it down first, is to set aside time. If you don’t have time to devote to your business, you will fail. To make this happen, you need to make sure that the time you are setting aside is productive. What do I mean by that? It’s hard to take meetings and write emails when your kids are screaming in the background, on top of you, or asking for a snack every other minute. To make this productive time, you need to 1) set aside time and 2) make sure it’s productive time by hiring a sitter or asking family to help with the kids.

Automate as much as possible

Next up: automate as much as you can. The more you can automate, the better. Emails, newsletters, social media, and other larger things like security cameras, and more. Just make sure that you have protection on everything you automate. For example, for your security cameras, make sure they are protected. Criterion Technology, Inc. makes domes (essentially) that protect cameras from burglars and harsh weather, too. They make all of their products in the USA and they are based out of GA, too! If you need injection molding lense services, you now know who to call! 

 

Check in without getting distracted

While on the job, devote 20 minutes to calling your kids to check on them. Of course, if an urgent matter arises, it is understandable that you’ll need to set work aside to tend to your children. Otherwise, try to handle family matters when you’re at home and work matters when you’re at work. Similarly, take 20 minutes to check work emails and review any necessary tasks when you’re at home.

 

Don’t compare yourself to others

It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others, but don’t let yourself go there! As a working mom, you’re expected to juggle running a successful small business, and taking care of your family. You may not be able to attend every soccer game or every business meeting, but as long as you’re doing your best, that is what matters.

 

Write everything down

​​Get a planner and religiously log all of your small business and family obligations. As a mom and entrepreneur, you mustn’t neglect either role. Choose a digital or physical planner; whichever you think you’ll consistently use. Get into the habit of writing down tasks that seem easy to remember, like driving the kids to school, or opening your business’s store at 9 am. Writing things down will help you feel in control of your schedule, and eliminate the stress of forgetting your child’s school play or an important business meeting!

 

Take a break

As much as you love your family and are passionate about your small business, sometimes you need to take a break from both. Taking time for yourself will allow you to be a more attentive mother and productive business owner. One of the most important tips for working moms is to make sure you don’t get burnt out! If you find yourself getting over-worked, unplug, and take some time to relax. Your family and employees will thank you when you come back refreshed!

 

If you follow these tips for working moms, you’ll be able to manage the responsibilities of being a mom and entrepreneur! Owning a business while being a mom is challenging, but you can do it with a few tips and tricks like these!

Advice For Reconnecting With People You Care About

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Anyone who says that life is easy has probably not lived long enough to know its full texture, because even those we may consider being in an ‘ideal’ situation will have their troubles to deal with sooner or later.


As life can take on many forms and lead us down many paths, it’s true to say that sometimes, the people we experience it alongside can grow apart from us. This is natural, and it doesn’t mean that you or the opposing party have necessarily committed a great wrong.

 

Luckily, just as life can lead us away from some people, it can also lead us closer to people we may not have expected to meet. But what if you wish to relight those old flames, or reconnect with people you used to appreciate? How might you come across success here, and what mindset is it best to go into this effort with?

 

In this post, we’ll discuss all of that and more, hopefully helping to measure your expectations while also providing a possible route forward:

 

Understand Things Have Changed

 

It’s good not to force things, because time changes, and so do people. We cannot simply march into someone’s life and expect them to resume our last conversation, especially if we last spoke ten years ago. It’s healthy to reformat your expectations for now. They may even have a whole new life and be a whole different person. They may not want to rekindle the relationship. But if they do, then give yourself the time and space to reconnect on your own time, and consider the relationship as starting anew.

 

Track Them From The Last Known Contact Point

 

If you wish to find out what happened to someone, consider the last shared contact point you might have had. This might have involved time at a school you attended, the Muskegon county jail you worked near, or perhaps a corporate department you were both in. Here you may get access to official search advice or help from those who are involved in managing the contact information of past users or members. 

 

From here, you can slowly try to chart where they may have gone, or get in touch with friends you both knew at one point. If you do this naturally and ask them to give the appropriate word ahead, you can avoid dropping in unannounced.

 

Consider What Your Introduction & Justification Will Be

 

It can seem as though bounding into the past, especially if you have pure intentions in doing so, is guaranteed to succeed. That’s not always the case. It’s good to be mindful of many possibilities and to plan out exactly why you’re hoping to reconnect and what your justification or explanation for now being the right time will be.

 

For instance, perhaps you’ve been undergoing a soul-searching period lately and you wish to apologize, or perhaps now that you’ve become successful in your career you want to go back and support someone who was always there for you at a tough time. It can be good to have that appropriate plan to guide your actions.

 

With this advice, we hope you can more easily reconnect with the people you care about going forward.

4 tips to save time and speed up the moving process

Do you love moving? The after the result of moving is great, but moving isn’t exactly the most fun thing to do when you are in the thick of it. I always really dread it. It just takes up so much time, it’s hard on your joints and muscles, and the packing process is the worst! If only there were quick and easy ways to speed up your move and then forget about the process after. Wouldn’t that be great?! I think so. Well, after many moves, I have figured out ways to speed up the moving process (but it still requires work). Here are some of my best tips:

Pack Up The Hardest Room First

Always tackle the most challenging room first. The reason for this is that if you are dreading a certain room or space in your home, you will keep putting it off until the very last minute and that will put a lot of unnecessary stress on you. When you get the worst out of the way first, you are more inclined to finish the rest of your home because you feel accomplished, motivated, and ready to take on the rest of your home. In addition to starting with the most challenging room, I always recommend starting early. Start packing and cleaning before you need to. That way, on the day of the move, it can be as stress-free as possible.

 

Set A Timer

If you are having a hard time getting motivated to pack and/or clean, setting a timer can help a lot. This not only will force you to get the work done, but it will make you get the work done faster, instead of dilly-dallying and putting it off. I take advantage of this method in all aspects of my life (incorporate it into your work day and you will see how beneficial it is!), but when you use it for packing and cleaning, things will speed up and motivate you along the process.

 

Utilize Page Relocation

If you want to speed up the moving process and forget about it afterward, using a moving company such as Page Relocation is the way to go. With Page Relocation, you can rest easy AND speed up your moving process. They have GPS tracked fleet with dashcams, so everything is tracked. They use padding and stretch wrapping and floor pads and doorway protectors to make sure that your home is protected. They also use W2 employees who are trained, drug tested, background checked, and insured. Since they are trained, they know the ins and outs of how to move with ease – no matter what they run into! Page Relocation is a great Atlanta office mover and they always aim to go above and beyond to exceed expectations. 

 

Don’t Wait To Unpack

When you do get into your home, do not wait to unpack or you will never get around to it! Instead, start unpacking from day one. Once you get everything out of the boxes, it will make putting away your items that much easier because you can see the progress happening with your own eyes.

3 Tips For Stress-Free Weeknight Cooking

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Weeknight cooking can be a burden, especially when you fail to plan your meals. About 50% of Americans spend no more than 60 minutes whipping up a meal on weeknights, and some do it without much planning. This shows that things could be simple and stress-free. Taking the stress out of weeknight cooking is the key to looking forward to fixing a meal on those busy days. It can even encourage you to cook more at home. Here are some tips for doing this right.

  • Use the slow and pressure cookers more

What makes the slow cooker a kitchen appliance to have is its versatility. It can be used to cook a wide variety of meals without the hassle. Moreover, the fact that it uses less electricity pushes it a few notches up the ‘must have’ ladder. Its hands-off cooking approach makes it more important to use it during the week. Weekdays are usually stressful, and cooking is the last thing on your mind at the end of a long tiring day. However, if you set the slow cooker before leaving in the morning, food will be ready when you return home. 

When using the slow cooker, knowing how long each meal type takes to cook is helpful. It takes eight to twelve hours when the appliance is on low heat. On the other hand, when put on high, it will take anywhere from four to six hours for your dish to be ready. All it takes is remembering to prep the night before and deciding whether to use low or high heat. The science behind pressure cookers is to trap superheated steam for preparing meals. Additionally, it cooks 30% faster than traditional methods, which makes it an ideal appliance for a weeknight dinner. Therefore, when you return home from a busy weekday, your pressure cooker can take some stress off your cooking.

  • Re-assess your current cooking methods

Traditional cooking methods like boiling, frying, steaming, braising, baking, grilling, etc., are widely used in many US households. However, each one has peculiar advantages and disadvantages. For example, while boiling may be quicker, a lot of vital nutrients get absorbed into the water. This is why you may want to review your weeknight cooking method.

Roasting is quicker, requires less fat, and enhances food flavor. Consequently, you may want to add more foods that require this method to your meal plans, and this new recipe for oven-roasted Brussel sprouts is a good example. They are delightful additions to your weeknight dinner table.

  • Focus more on quick-cooking proteins

For starters, not all foods cook the same, with some taking longer than others. And fast-cooking ingredients are what you should be aiming for on those weeknights. Proteins like fish, chicken, eggs, and thin cuts of beef are some options to consider. They save you the stress of waiting too long to cook before eating. For vegetarians, quick-cooking proteins like tofu and tempeh are excellent options that don’t require much time to be ready. As a tip, you will want to avoid cooking them when frozen, as it will take 50% longer to be ready. Now, that defeats the purpose of stress-free weeknight cooking. Instead, thaw them in the refrigerator before leaving home. When you return, it will be thawed enough to aid in quicker cooking.

How to Adjust as Your Baby Starts Crawling or Walking

How to Adjust as Your Baby Starts Crawling or Walking

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There are typical milestones that babies go through in their first year of life. They start with crawling, walking, and talking. It is important to prepare for these milestones so you can make sure your baby is safe and healthy.

The first milestone that babies go through is crawling. This milestone typically happens around seven months old. Preparing your baby for this milestone is important by getting them used to the floor and furniture before they start crawling. The second milestone that babies go through is walking. This milestone typically happens around twelve months old. Preparing your baby for this milestone is important by getting them used to the floor and furniture before they start walking on their own two feet.

When Should You Start Teaching Your Child to Walk?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents start teaching their children to walk by the age of 12 months. It is best to withdraw from the day when your child has head control, meaning they can support their weight with their head and neck. This is because babies who don’t learn how to walk by this age may have difficulty learning how to crawl later on in life, which can lead to developmental delays or other problems.

Different Methods for Teaching Your Baby How to Crawl & Walk

Crawling and walking are vital skills for your baby to learn. You can teach them how to crawl and walk by using a blanket, pillow, or carpet on the floor. You can also use a bouncy pillow as a lounge chair or body pillow. Baby crawling mats are specially designed for babies to learn how to crawl at an early age. They have a thick foam mat with raised edges that won’t hurt your baby’s head when they fall. They also have non-slip surfaces that prevent your baby from sliding around the floor while crawling.

Some parents choose not to use any furniture in their living room as they want their children to learn how to walk without anything getting in the way of their progress. Others prefer having a soft surface like a blanket or cushion on the floor. But you can also try walkers for babies to get them started. Then it’s a case of being proactive and helping them to walk as much as you can.

Tips on How to Deal with Stairs & Other Obstacles

When you have a baby, it is essential to babyproof your home. Here are some tips on how to deal with stairs and other obstacles that can be dangerous for your child. When it comes to stairs, the best thing you can do is install a stair gate at the top of the stairs. This will prevent your child from climbing up or down the stairs and falling them. There are several ways to babyproof it for walking and crawling such as putting bumpers on furniture legs so that they don’t get pulled off by little hands.

How to protect yourself when selling items online – Seller’s Beware

Usually, if it sounds weird, it is! I listed a couch and loveseat recently on Facebook Marketplace and immediately started getting messages. I thought wow did I price it too low? But it didn’t take long, once I started conversing back and forth, to realize they all have similar storylines…   Call me at ***-****, I want to pick it up today.

I thought that is weird but after the first attempt to call a number, I got no answer and then a text immediately stating they are interested and need to make sure I am a person, can they send me a code. I said, you can facetime or call me back.  I then stated know I am real, I am replying to the text.  The “potential buyers” don’t take no for an answer so I did a little research and found they want your phone number and this code to have access to your information.  I found this story while looking up why a code: Scam Alert – Seller’s Beware!

COUCH FOR SALE

I, fortunately, didn’t fall for it and explained that they can call me or come look at the couch. None of this was what they had in mind. They wanted to scam me.

The next scam was messages sent stating they wanted it but couldn’t pick it up and needed to send me Zelle’s payment. Of course, they never have seen it and didn’t know me so why would they just want to send me money immediately.

I again wanted to see how this could be a scam since three messages in a row all said similar stores and sure enough, it is also a scam.  You see Zelle is legit and they just need your phone number to send the money. But they will claim they need more information, such as your email address. After reading up on this I have learned that this is not the case. They want it so they can gain access to your Zelle account and then your bank account.

I can’t imagine how many people these scammers scam a day. I imagine a lot if that many were trying to scam me at one time, this is a very popular attempt. You can never be too careful and again if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t!

6 Ways to Focus on Your Health

So many people are focusing more on health lately and that makes me so happy! If you are getting on the “improve your health” train, here are 6 ways to focus on your health

Focus on your eating

Whether weight loss is or is not one of your goals this year, focusing on your eating habits can dramatically help you improve your health this year. Why? For starters, eating a diet full of processed foods can slow down your metabolism, and you are probably eating a lot of ingredients that are not so good for you – ingredients that you can’t pronounce. That’s why reading nutritional labels on your food (if you are buying processed) is important. Look out for the total amount of calories a product contains, and not just for 1 serving (which is typically what’s stated on the label). But, when reading nutrition labels, it is not just about the calories. The most important part is the ingredients. Reading nutrition labels will help you to avoid only reading marketing labels like “high in fiber”, “low fat” or “zero sugar”, as these labels may be misleading. While a product is “high in calcium,” it could also be high in sugar – a detail you may have missed if you hadn’t read the nutrition label. Some of the better eating habits that you might want to focus on are: only buy processed foods with ingredients that you are familiar with, focus on more fresh produce and meat, cut out a lot of non-organic food, and reduce your portion sizes. As always, your eating habits should be fine-tuned to your specific needs and goals!

 

Stay current with appointments

A critical aspect of health? Make sure you do a check-up on your overall health by going to appointments like the doctor and the dentist. If you need a new dentist, I have a great recommendation for you. Metro Decatur Dental Group PC is a local GA-based dentist that does general dental wellness appointments, wisdom teeth removal in Decatur GA, orthodontics, and more repairs when needed. They accept insurance, have great reviews, and are known for being super gentle and caring! 

Eat slower

Did you know that eating too quickly can cause weight gain? According to quite a bit of research, faster eaters are more likely to be overweight, as compared to people who eat more slowly. WHAT?! In one study, it was also suggested that this is 115% more likely to happen in middle-aged women. As you eat, your body releases ‘fullness hormones’ that tell your brain you’ve eaten and should stop. However, as this process takes about 20 minutes, speedy eaters may consume too much food and only receive this signal later – which explains the ‘post-buffet bloat’ you may feel after a satisfying meal. The next time you’re having a meal, make a conscious effort to eat slower and observe the effect on your appetite.

 

Get more sleep

Sleep deprivation affects both your physical and mental health. Our bodies need at least seven to eight hours of sleep (you might even need more depending on your current health and activity levels) during which our brains and bodies are working hard to maintain immune systems, memory strength, and even hunger levels. Some simple steps to getting enough sleep include setting a regular sleep-wake schedule, limiting caffeine, relieving stress, and getting enough physical activity, which will help to promote deeper, restful sleep.

 

Stay hydrated

You may have heard of the saying to “drink 8 glasses of water a day”, yet not many may follow this because a lot of people often choose to count their total liquid intake instead – which usually includes sodas, coffee, and other beverages. There are numerous benefits of drinking more water – it helps us to control our calorie intake, energizes our muscles, keeps our kidneys healthy, and hydrates the skin. As you stay hydrated with water, you’ll also find yourself having fewer cravings for sugary or less healthy beverages. Increasing your water intake will help you improve your health, no matter what your long-term goals are!

Work on your mental health

Health does not just begin and end with physical health. Mental health needs to be considered, as well, especially since mental health has been on the decline. A lot of these physical health goals or improvements should help with mental health (like eating better + working out). However, make sure you are focusing on your mental health as an individual thing to improve. You deserve to feel great both physically AND mentally.

Gardeners Giveaway

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