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Guest Blogger: Jackie Waters: 3 Tips to Claim Your Life Back from Career Burnout

Have you noticed yourself becoming less productive, pessimistic, or irritable at work? Are you physically, mentally, and emotionally drained, and becoming increasingly detached from your coworkers? You are probably experiencing career burnout.

 

When burnout is left unaddressed, it can lead to severe anxiety and depression, and it will eventually affect other areas of your life. Finding a work-life balance is critical for anyone who wants to live a fulfilling and successful life. If you’re on the brink of burnout or are already in the middle of it, here are some tips to help you claim your life back:

 

Assess Your Career

 

Before you do anything else, it can help to step back for a moment and think about your career. This can be difficult to do when you’re relentlessly working because there’s always a task to complete or deadline to meet. If necessary, take a few days vacation (a week is optimal), and evaluate your career path. Ask yourself questions like:

 

  • Are you fulfilled at your job?
  • Have you lost passion for your work?
  • Is there another career path you would be willing to try?

 

When you have a demanding job, passion is imperative, because you will be spending most of each day working. And without passion, your days will eventually become dreadful and ultimately feel meaningless — hence, burnout.

 

Although it may be hard at first, changing your career could be the best decision you ever make for you and your family, as your fulfillment will carry over to other aspects of your life. And there are many career paths to choose from. For instance, if you like helping people, you might consider becoming a social worker. One advantage of switching to a career in social work is that you don’t even need a bachelor’s degree to pursue your master’s. There are many online programs offered that allow you to take classes while still working at your current job. That way, you can maintain your income while building your new career path.

 

Get Outside

 

Along with evaluating your career choice, spending time outdoors can do wonders for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Nature is one of the best stress relievers out there, and it has a way of restoring balance to your life when you have a brutal schedule. Even a walk during your lunch break can be beneficial, but if you want to take full advantage of the outdoors, pick up a hobby. It can be anything that keeps you active and brings you joy. Surfing, for example, comes with a plethora of health benefits, including:

 

  • Better cardiovascular health
  • Stronger muscles and bones
  • Improved balance and flexibility
  • Exposure to vitamin D
  • Reduced stress
  • Opportunities for self-reflection

 

Also, if surfing sounds like something you would like to start doing, do your research when picking out a surfboard. Running, hiking, swimming, cycling and mountain climbing are other options you might consider. If you’re not sure of your interests, don’t be afraid to try new activities until you find one that sticks.

 

With that in mind, think about taking a vacation that encourages you to expand your adventurous horizons and get a little more exercise. Heading out to Los Angeles, for example, will provide you with a plethora of different options, from hitting the beach, visiting the city’s many iconic destinations, or heading into the hills for a stroll along a nature trail. According to Turnkey, Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory are great for those who enjoy hiking.

 

Consider CBD Oil

 

CBD oil is another thing to consider when you’re experiencing career burnout. Increasing evidence is showing that CBD oil can relieve anxiety, reduce inflammation, promote deeper sleep, and help the body regulate itself. If you’re wanting to explore this natural remedy, it’s important to research reputable manufacturers and ensure you are getting a high-quality oil. Also, you can get CBD in other forms like vape oils and juices. Of course, it’s essential to consult your doctor before trying CBD in any form.

 

If you’re experiencing any or all symptoms of career burnout, take action now. Take a careful look at your career path, and be open to making a change. Try to spend more time outdoors, and find a hobby that provides physical activity and joy. Finally, explore CBD oil to see if it’s something that could help. Overcoming burnout is essential to living a happy and fulfilling life.

 

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Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Life Coaching

 

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Let’s Clear the Air: How Your Home Can Make You Sick & What You Can Do About It by Guest Blogger DIYMama Erin Reynolds

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We all want a clean living space, but did you realize that even when your home is clean, indoor air pollutants can still be hanging around? Indoor air pollution is often worse than the pollution we’re exposed to outdoors and living with poor indoor air quality can lead to immediate and long-term sickness. To improve indoor air and live better, check your home for these common causes of pollution and take steps to eliminate them.

 

Seek Out the Source

You can’t get rid of indoor pollution without knowing where it’s coming from. Some of these causes are obvious, while others are less well-known and often harder to find.

 

  • Tobacco smoke – Smoke from tobacco contains thousands of chemicals, which are trapped in your home when anyone smokes inside. In addition to being released into the air, the chemicals in tobacco settle into furniture, rugs and just about any other surface in your home. According to The American Lung Association, secondhand smoke can cause respiratory infections, asthma, cancer and even heart attacks.

  • Household chemicals Chemicals come into our homes in many ways you wouldn’t expect. They can be present in your home’s building materials and paint, as well as in furniture, carpet and cabinetry. Many people also unwittingly add harmful chemicals to their home by using chemical cleaning products, air fresheners and personal care products.

  • Pets – Many people have allergic reactions to pet dander, which can be can be mild to severe and often include asthma, sinus problems and respiratory infections.

  • Mildew and mold – According to Bob Vila, mold can grow about anywhere there is excess moisture. If you aren’t sure if mildew and mold are a problem in your home, track your home’s humidity and search for any water leaks.

  • Harmful gases – Radon is a gas that is naturally occurring, but exposure to it has been linked to cancer, so it’s very important to have your home checked to determine if radon is present. Carbon monoxide is another deadly gas that could leak into your home from gas appliances such as gas stoves and hot-water heaters. Installing a carbon monoxide detector is an easy way to keep your family safe.

Simple Steps to Clear the Air

Even though indoor pollutants and allergens are rampant, you can make simple swaps and do some easy, environmentally friendly DIY repairs to eliminate problems.

  • Choose greener cleaning products – Look for cleaning products that are free of petrochemicals, artificial fragrances and other toxic ingredients. Natural alternatives are easy to find and they are much healthier because they don’t release toxic substances into the air.

  • Avoid toxic building materials – One of the biggest culprits of harmful off-gassing comes from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in paint. Fortunately, low or no-VOC paints are easy to find and repainting your home with environmentally friendly paint is a simple DIY project. When replacing cabinets, look for ones that are made from solid wood and use only non-toxic finishes. You can also find environmentally friendly materials for all kinds of home projects such as glue, caulking and insulation.

  • Purify the air in your home – You can’t avoid all pollutants entirely, but an air purifier can clean the pollutants out of the air in your home that can cause allergies and asthma.

  • Take advantage of nature – Outdoor air is purified naturally through trees, but you can get the same effect at home with houseplants that remove chemicals from the air. And along with all of these other steps, one of the simplest things you can do is open windows regularly to let fresh air in.

It sounds a little scary to think of all the dangers lurking in our homes, but the good news is that you can easily eliminate many of them. Making these simple swaps is better for your health and the environment, so it’s a win-win. When you make these changes, you will likely notice a difference right away, and you can rest easier knowing you’re protecting your long-term health too.

 

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Check out our Guest blogger Erin Reynolds at http://diymama.net/

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2018 in Health

 

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The Super Organizer Has Bells Palsy, What Is IT?

The pic above was from Day 3 of my Bells Palsy. People have been asking Me what Bells Palsy is??? So I am providing a link for those who are curious. I am on a crusade to educate people on this condition. It can strike anybody at any age and time. There are several factors that go into how someone can get this. FOR ME, it was extreme stress!! So I am telling folks to MANAGE your stress!!! It is no joke. Having half of your face paralyzed is NO JOKE!

I am starting to get feeling back in my face. I am in pain tho, but I am pushing thru. Here is the link if you are interested in what Bells Palsy is:

https://www.webmd.com/brain/understanding-bells-palsy-basics

I am still laying low so that I can recover fully! I will be back!!!!

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2018 in Health, Me

 

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