Relax Your Mind: 4 Creative Ways To Beat Stress And Anxiety

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Stress is a normal part of everyday modern life. But our reactions to it are what make all the difference. Don’t let stress get on top of you, instead, you should look for fun ways to relieve stress. This will help you accept that stress is a part of everyday life and learn to let go of negativity.
The best way to beat stress is to put your brain into ‘focus mode’. Turn your attention to something other than stress. It’s almost like a modern form of meditation. The easiest way to do that is to start a hobby that forces your brain to tune in to only one thing. I think the best way to pick up a skill that stills your mind is to sign up to one of the thousands of courses available online with Skillshare.
 

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Look at life through a lens

Even if you’re not a creative-minded person, picking up a creative hobby is a must. Doing something creative has the same effect as meditating or engaging in mindfulness. It forces your brain to focus on one thing only and helps you step away from the stresses of daily life.
 

If you have a camera, why not start by learning The Fundamentals of DSLR photography with Skillshare. Learning to take great photos is so much more than just pointing and shooting, and is a skill that can take your family photos to the next level. You can decide to do a daily challenge, shooting one little moment from your life and creating a visual gratitude journal for yourself. It’ll boost your mood and make you feel focused and relaxed.

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Get your life together

I don’t know about you, but I always find I’m most stressed when I have a million to-dos and not enough time to actually tick them off. This usually happens when I’m running at a million miles per hour and am super busy. The best way to get ahead of stress is to manage your time, and to delegate for the things you’re stressing out about.
 

Try this productivity and attention management class on Skillshare if it’s something you struggle with too. It’ll teach you how to manage your attention and be productive, and it’ll save your life if deadlines have got you stressing out.

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The easiest way to clear your mind

The benefits of writing are only just being touched on. Keeping a gratitude journal can make you feel more positive. Writing your feelings down and keeping track of your day helps clear your mind. And if you want to remember something, the best thing you can do is write it down.
 

I really believe that writing creatively can help you stave off stress, make you more productive and help you become more organized. I signed up for the class Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth With Style and I loved it. It’ll teach you how to take something mundane and turn it into a masterpiece. Susan is a writer for The New Yorker, so she knows how to spin a good story.
 

Even if you’re just writing an account of your day, the more creative you can be with it, the more stress you’ll be busting.

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Get creative with color

Learn Modern Watercolor Techniques with this class, and you’ll be zoned out and relieving stress while you create incredible art for your home. Painting is great for de-stressing.

 

Careergirldaily.com is giving anyone who signs up for their Newsletter a 3 month membership to Skillshare for just $0.99. So you can learn new things every month for less than the price of a cup of coffee!

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4 Motivational Videos That Will Put You In A Positive Mood

Don’t believe what others think of you

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t and don’t let anyone else stop you from going after your goals. Don’t believe other people’s limitations on you. That’s just their opinion. They don’t know you and they don’t know how hard you will work. Albert Einstein’s teacher told him he wouldn’t go far in life. What if he believed that? This inspirational speech by Taraji P Henson will remind you that you can accomplish anything, no matter what stands in your way.

Bouncing back

We all love J.K and we love her even more after this inspirational message! Before she was successful she wrote Harry Potter in Starbucks, and although people consider her an overnight success, she did not start out that way. She failed, again and again. She failed to be published, she failed to write the book that was in her head. Her marriage failed. She only got to where she is today on the back of all those failures. If you’re worried about failing, you might as well stop trying. Listen to this speech and be inspired.

Feel empowered

Remember this speech? It was trending at the time because it made us all feel empowered and fierce. A proud feminist, Emma really works to empower and uplift women to go after what they deserve. Not only does she fight for women’s rights, she fights to have equality across the board. For men to be able to express their sensitive side, for women to earn as much as men and for a fairer world. This speech will move you and empower you to be all that you want to be and not to let anything stop you!

 Don’t miss out

A career isn’t about climbing a ladder and following a well-structured path, instead, it’s about finding and seeking out opportunities and taking them. It’s not about chasing promotions and working for a bigger title, it’s about making an impact where you can and do something really special! Let Sheryl Sandberg inspire you to go after what you really want, even if the path you’re taking isn’t a traditional one.

 

I have a Dream

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Here it is 2018 and it feels to me like instead of us progressing that we are going backwards as people.  Regardless of what our differences in life are, the truth and fact of the matter is we all want the same things in life for ourselves , our children and our families, which are peace, respect, love, acceptance, prosperity and happiness. Is that really too much to ask for? If I have never done anything to harm you, or disrespect you, why does the color of my skin bother you so much? I bet we have a lot in common, but have you taken the time to get to know ME the person underneath the skin color you hate so much? And why do you hate me? Do you even know why? Do you hate me because of my beliefs? Like you, my family has instilled in me certain beliefs, but that doesn’t mean I hate others because their beliefs aren’t like mine. I embrace all differences, because I find the world much more interesting when we have such differences. If we were all the same it would be boring as hell. I want to know other cultures and ways of life.  I may not understand them all, but it is not for me to understand, but to respect and appreciate. Imagine a world where everyone looked like you, and acted like you. Whether you want to admit it or not you would be bored to tears. If you want to go deep and really think about it, some of you already hate on those that look just like you.  You look down on those who are homeless, the street walkers, the man on the corner playing music for his supper, or those less educated than you, and the girl with the pink and blue hair with piercings and tattoos that looks just like you.  And why?  You really have no reason to not like them, because you don’t know them or their struggle and you don’t even try to get to know them. I hope as we go deeper into 2018 we become more acceptable of those who look like us as well as those that looks different than us and that we take the time to get to know people for who they are and not what we perceive them to be based on their looks, skin color or beliefs.  That’s my dream. What’s yours?

 

36 Moves to Change Your Life For the Better

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I don’t really believe in making New Year’s resolutions. Most of the time you don’t end up keeping them, and then you just feel worse because you committed to something and didn’t follow through with it. Resolutions shouldn’t necessarily be things to stop doing or to get rid of, but instead they should be about embracing a different mindset. If part of getting happier for you does mean dropping some bad habits — great. But the real key to making your life amazing this year is to find what makes you happy and do whatever it takes to get it and keep it. Here are some ways to make this the best year of your whole life.

  1. Do something that scares the crap out of you.
  2. Spend time with people who make your life better.
  3. Let yourself sleep in
  4. Take a day off just because you want to.
  5. Clean everything in your house.
  6. Pick up a new hobby that makes you happy.
  7. Perform random acts of kindness for people.
  8. Don’t bring work home with you.
  9. Read a book that will change your life.
  10. Give people the benefit of the doubt.
  11. Eat healthy (mostly).
  12. Don’t dwell on things you can’t change.
  13. Travel somewhere you’ve never been.
  14. Do something that makes you feel accomplished.
  15. Get rid of things (and people!) you don’t need.
  16. Quit a job you hate.
  17. Do something — big or small — that you’re really proud of.
  18. Find a productive way to channel your stress.
  19. Don’t take everything too seriously.
  20. Find a type of exercise you love, and do it as often as you can.
  21. Make time just for yourself.
  22. Eat something you’ve never tried.
  23. Let yourself get SUPER excited about an event, a new book or movie, a trip, or anything else you love.
  24. Finish something you started.
  25. Work toward reaching a career goal you’ve set your mind to.
  26. Forgive someone.
  27. Check a few more things off your bucket list.
  28. Take a class about something you’re really interested in.
  29. Get obsessed with a new TV series.
  30. Explore new places in your own city.
  31. Make an effort to stay in touch with friends and family.
  32. Start or add to a savings account.
  33. Adopt an animal.
  34. Treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting forever.
  35. Volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about.
  36. Decide what you want, and go get it.

 

100 Positive Affirmations

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Affirmations work best in the PRESENT tense, just as you see below, and when you say them consciously and preferably loudly (if the circumstance permits!). Also, it helps to adopt positive BELIEVING as well as positive THINKING as you embrace these words in the situations that arise in your life.

         When you feel lonely and sad:

  1. I feel the love of those who are not physically around me.
    2. I take pleasure in my own solitude.
    3. I am too big a gift to this world to feel self-pity.
    4. I love and approve of myself.

When you feel terrified (without your safety being in danger):

  1. I focus on breathing and grounding myself.
    6. Following my intuition and my heart keeps me safe and sound.
    7. I make the right choices every time.
    8. I draw from my inner strength and light.
    9. I trust myself.

When you feel insignificant:

  1. I am a unique child of this world.
    11. I have as much brightness to offer the world as the next person.
    12. I matter and what I have to offer this world also matters.
    13. I may be one in 7 billion but I am also one in 7 billion.

When you are nervous or afraid:

  1. I trust my inner wisdom and intuition.
    15. I breathe in calmness and breathe out nervousness.
    16. This situation works out for my highest good.
    17. Wonderful things unfold before me.

When you are angry:

  1. I forgive myself for all the mistakes I have made.
    19. I let go of my anger so I can see clearly.
    20. I accept responsibility if my anger has hurt anyone.
    21. I replace my anger with understanding and compassion.
    22. I offer an apology to those affected by my anger.

When you feel hopeless and at the end of your rope:

  1. I may not understand the good in this situation but it is there.
    24. I muster up more hope and courage from deep inside me.
    25. I choose to find hopeful and optimistic ways to look at this.
    26. I kindly ask for help and guidance if I cannot see a better way.
    27. I refuse to give up because I haven’t tried all possible ways.

When you feel conflicted about a decision:

  1. I know my wisdom guides me to the right decision.
    29. I trust myself to make the best decision for me.
    30. I receive all feedback with kindness but make the final call myself.
    31. I listen lovingly to this inner conflict and reflect on it until I get to peace around it.
    32. I love my family even if they do not understand me completely.
    33. I show my family how much I love them in all the verbal and non-verbal ways I can.
    34. There is a good reason I was paired with this perfect family.
    35. I choose to see my family as a gift.
    36. I am a better person from the hardship that I’ve gone through with my family.

When you are among friends:

  1. I choose friends who approve of me and love me.
    38. I surround myself with people who treat me well.
    39. I take the time to show my friends that I care about them.
    40. My friends do not judge me, nor do they influence what I do with my life.
    41. I take great pleasure in my friends, even if we disagree or live different lives.

When you are around strangers:

  1. I am beautiful and smart and that’s how everyone sees me.
    43. I take comfort in the fact that I can always leave this situation.
    44. I never know what amazing incredible person I will meet next.
    45. The company of strangers teaches me more about my own likes and dislikes.

When you are at work:

  1. I am doing work that I enjoy and find fulfilling.
    47. I play a big role in my own career success.
    48. I ask for and do meaningful, wonderful and rewarding work.
    49. I engage in work that impacts this world positively.
    50. I believe in my ability to change the world with the work that I do.

When you can’t sleep:

  1. Peaceful sleep awaits me in dreamland.
    52. I let go of all the false stories I make up in my head.
    53. I release my mind of thought until the morning.
    54. I embrace the peace and quiet of the night.
    55. I sleep soundly and deeply and beautifully into this night.

When you don’t want to face the day:

  1. This day brings me nothing but joy.
    57. Today will be a gorgeous day to remember.
    58. My thoughts are my reality so I think up a bright new day.
    59. I fill my day with hope and face it with joy.
    60. I choose to fully participate in my day.

When you worry about your future:

  1. I let go of worries that drain my energy.
    62. I make smart, calculated plans for my future.
    63. I am a money magnet and attract wealth and abundance.
    64. I am in complete charge of planning for my future.
    65. I trust in my own ability to provide well for my family.

When you can’t get your loved ones to support your dreams:

  1. I follow my dreams no matter what.
    67. I show compassion in helping my loved ones understand my dreams.
    68. I ask my loved ones to support my dreams.
    69. I answer questions about my dreams without getting defensive.
    70. My loved ones love me even without fully grappling with my dreams.
    71. I accept everyone as they are and continue on with pursuing my dream.

When you come face to face with a problem:

  1. I am safe and sound. All is well.
    73. Everything works out for my highest good.
    74. There is a great reason this is unfolding before me now.
    75. I have the smarts and the ability to get through this.
    76. All my problems have a solution.

When you want to do more with your life but feel stuck:

  1. I attempt all – not some – possible ways to get unstuck.
    78. I seek a new way of thinking about this situation.
    79. The answer is right before me, even if I am not seeing it yet.
    80. I believe in my ability to unlock the way and set myself free.

When you can’t stop comparing yourself to others:

  1. I have no right to compare myself to anyone for I do not know their whole story.
    82. I compare myself only to my highest self.
    83. I choose to see the light that I am to this world.
    84. I am happy in my own skin and in my own circumstances.
    85. I see myself as a gift to my people and community and nation.

When you feel you are not good enough no matter how hard you try:

  1. I am more than good enough and I get better every day.
    87. I give up the habit to criticize myself.
    88. I adopt the mindset to praise myself.
    89. I see the perfection in all my flaws and all my genius.
    90. I fully approve of who I am, even as I get better.
    91. I am a good person at all times of day and night.

        When you want to give up:

  1. I cannot give up until I have tried every conceivable way.
    93. Giving up is easy and always an option so let’s delay it for another day.
    94. I press on because I believe in my path.
    95. It is always too early to give up on my goals.
    96. I must know what awaits me at the end of this rope so I do not give up.

When you recognize how powerful, gifted, talented and brilliant you really are:

  1. The past has no power over me anymore
    98. I embrace the rhythm and the flowing of my own heart.
    99. All that I need comes to me at the right time and place in this life.
    100. I am deeply fulfilled with who I am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday’s Mindset

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Happy New Year!

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YESS! I just love the end of the year. A time where I have downtime to reflect, recoup and transform. Such a process is a very large part of my DNA. I must say, for me, it has been a world wind of a year blogging. And although, I may have made a few mistakes along the way, it is okay, because it helped me to grow. Coming up with content can be challenging, but I loved every moment! I want to THANK everyone who has supported me in this process. And please know that I am humbly grateful to you all. I have connected with some amazing and talented individuals along my journey and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead in 2018.

Charles Lamb stated “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” Which means the New Year is a chance for us all to start fresh.

2017 was a year full of chaos and I am being hopeful that 2018 will be a much calmer, pleasant and peaceful year. I know I will be doing my part to make that my reality.

For my fellow bloggers and everyone setting their goals and dreams for the year ahead, I would like to leave you with the below quote by Neil Gaiman.  

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. –  Neil Gaiman

Cheers!

Determination

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Mom-to-Be Completes Last Final of College Semester From Delivery Room – CBS News

A college student in Kansas City was determined to finish her semester on time and on top, even if that meant powering through her last exam while giving birth to her first child.

Nayzia Thomas, 19, knew that once her son arrived, he would be her first and most important priority.

So, the sophomore at Johnson County Community College threw herself into her studies in the weeks before his birth, she told InsideEdition.com.

“I was feeling I needed everything done because once he got here that was going to be my only focus,” she told InsideEdition.com. ”I didn’t need any distractions.”

That included her final psychology exam, which was due at the end of the week of Dec. 11.

“My professor was very considerate about working with me, but she was impressed with my determination to finish,” Thomas said. “I told her I was determined to get it into her because I didn’t want that [incomplete] on my grades.”

Thomas was so determined, in fact, that she completed the final while sitting in her hospital bed preparing for labor. Her mother snapped a photo of the soon-to-be mother hard at work on her paper while also hard at work in labor.

“My mom took this pic & it’s the perfect explanation of my life,” Thomas said on Twitter of the photo. “Yes I’m about to have a baby, but final (season) ain’t over yet.”

She turned in her paper about 12 hours before she gave birth on Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m. to healthy baby boy, Anthony Johnson.

“Although I was in pain, I felt a sense of pride and relief to be finished with this fall semester!” Thomas said.

Thomas experienced major blood loss and her body went into shock post-delivery, but she has since recovered.

“It was very scary, but his father was right there to take over when I went unconscious. We are blessed!” she posted on Twitter. “AND I’m finishing the semester w/ a 3.5 GPA!”

 

Fast Lane, Slow Lane or full Throttle? Net-Neutrality Promises from the Biggest Wireless & Cable Companies

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Photo from © The Associated Press FILE –  June 19, 2015.

NEW YORK —

Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet “fast lanes” and “slow lanes.”

The net neutrality rules just voted down by the Federal Communications Commission prohibited such “paid prioritization,” as it’s technically known. That’s when an internet provider such as Verizon or Comcast decides to charge services like YouTube or Amazon for faster access to users. Firms that decline to pay up could wind up in bumper-to-bumper slow lanes.

The Associated Press queried seven major internet providers about their post-net-neutrality plans, and all of them equivocated when asked if they might establish fast and slow lanes. None of the seven companies — Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Sprint and T-Mobile — would rule out the possibility. Most merely said they had “no plans” for paid prioritization, and a few declined to answer the question at all.

By contrast, several of these firms promised not to block or slow down specific internet sites and services, two other practices prohibited by the expiring net-neutrality rules. (Those rules won’t formally end until sometime in early 2018.) Any such move could set off a public uproar and might even trigger an antitrust investigation.

Here are the net-neutrality promises from the country’s biggest wireless and cable companies.

VERIZON

— FAST LANES: No specific response

— BLOCK OR SLOW DOWN SITES: Says it doesn’t do so, but declined to address the future

THE WORDS: In a Nov. 21 statement, Verizon senior vice president Kathy Grillo said: “We continue to believe that users should be able to access the internet when, where, and how they choose, and our customers will continue to do so.” Asked whether Verizon will continue not to block or throttle content or whether it will charge internet companies to get better access to customers, Young said Verizon “does not block or throttle content and that’s the bottom line.”

AT&T

— FAST LANES: No specific response

— BLOCK OR SLOW SITES: Says it “will not” do so

THE WORDS: Spokesman Mike Balmoris didn’t specifically answer when asked if AT&T will create fast lanes. In a Nov. 30 blog post, AT&T senior executive vice president Bob Quinn said: “We will not block websites, we will not throttle or degrade internet traffic based on content, and we will not unfairly discriminate in our treatment of internet traffic.”

COMCAST

— FAST LANES: Has “no plans” to create them

— BLOCK OR SLOW SITES: Says it “will not” do so

THE WORDS: In a Dec. 14 blog post, senior executive vice president David Cohen said: “We will not block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content on the Internet; we will be fully transparent with respect to our practices; and we have not entered into any paid prioritization arrangements, and we have no plans to do so.”

CHARTER

— FAST LANES: Says there are no plans to create them

—BLOCK OR SLOW DOWN SITES: Says it doesn’t do so and has “no plans” to change that

THE WORDS: In a Dec. 14 blog post: “We don’t slow down, block, or discriminate against lawful content. Simply put, we don’t interfere with the lawful online practices of our customers and we have no plans to change our practices.”

COX

— FAST LANES: Does not plan to create them

—BLOCK OR SLOW DOWN SITES: Says it doesn’t do so and has no plans to

THE WORDS: In an emailed statement on Dec. 14: “We do not block, throttle or otherwise interfere with consumers’ desire to go where they want on the Internet.” A spokesman said the company has no plans to block or throttle content or enter into paid prioritization agreements.

SPRINT

— FAST LANES: No specific response

—BLOCK OR SLOW DOWN SITES: Says it doesn’t block sites, but declined to address the future

THE WORDS: In a press release on Dec. 14, Sprint wrote: “Our position has been and continues to be that competition is the best way to promote an open internet.”

From its “open internet” website: “Sprint does not block sites based on content or subject.”

T-MOBILE

— FAST LANES: No response about future plans

— BLOCK OR SLOW DOWN SITES: No response about future plans

THE WORDS: A company spokeswoman pointed to a February 2015 statement from T-Mobile CEO John Legere: “We have always believed in competition and in a free, open Internet with rules that protect net neutrality — no blocking, no discrimination and transparency.”

 

 

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