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3 Tips For Cultivating Calm In A Crazy World

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So it’s been a year of coronavirus. This has been one of the hardest things our world has faced in many years, and it isn’t going away just yet – so on a personal level, it is totally understandable if you feel stressed, anxious or downright frustrated. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down, and has at times prevented us from completing the goals we wanted to achieve in 2020 and 2021. It has also stopped us from spending precious time with our loved ones. In short, it sucks, right?

When it comes to staying calm, this past year has pushed that ability to the limit. Even certified “chilled” people have struggled to keep it together. 

In this post, we will take a look at 3 tips for cultivating calm in a crazy world. Let’s get started!

  1. Start practising meditation

Meditation is a practise that most people brush over, assuming it’s something they could never do, or that it wouldn’t work for them. Although meditation does require work and dedication – it won’t be effective without perseverance – it is an ancient practice that has benefited people around the world for thousands of years

Luckily, thanks to the internet, starting to practice meditation has never been easier. You don’t need to sit in a physical class to try it out, you can download apps or watch YouTube videos instead, trying meditation in the comfort of your own home.

  1. Exercise more

Exercise has been clinically proven to reduce anxiety and create balance in a person’s mental wellbeing. Although it might not feel like it when you start out, soon you will find that having exercise as part of your routine is hugely beneficial to your mental health.

Exercise releases endorphins, which are chemicals produced by your brain that reduce feelings of stress, as well as pain. If you find yourself cooped up at home, stressing about the pandemic and worrying about the future, try incorporating an exercise regime into your week’s routine. 

You don’t need to look or feel like an athlete for the mental benefits of exercise to have an effect on you! It’s not about outward appearance, but about internal stress relief. 

  1. Use natural anxiety relief supplements

Anxiety relief medications are a good way to relieve anxiety in the short term. You can see your doctor to have them prescribed, if your stress levels are acutely high.

However, natural anxiety relief supplements are a great way to feel calmer on a day to day basis. Products such as CBD are perfect for this; natural and without negative side effects, daily administering of CBD can be life-changing for many.

If you are interested in taking CBD, try 600mg CBD oil to get you started on your anti-anxiety journey. Always check with your doctor before taking anything new, to ensure it won’t react with any current medication you take.

If you are feeling the burn of the pandemic on your mental health, use these tips to help you cultivate calm in this crazy world.

How To Make Those Pesky Pandemic Aches & Pains Go Away

If you have been trying to improve your health in 2021, you might be even more tuned into the aches and pains that have come with the pandemic and having to work from home. Remote working definitely is not for everyone, and with many of us longing for the office, we just have to remember that we might only be a few months away, thanks to the vaccine roll-out. In the mean-time, here’s a run-through of how to make those pandemic aches and pains go away.

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Remote Working Aches

If like many office workers you have been forced into pivoting to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and you haven’t got much space to work in, then you may be familiar with the aches it can cause. Nobody wants to be slouched up in bed all day, or sprawled across the sofa trying to send emails. But in some cases, that’s the only room you might have. 

Fortunately, yoga is the perfect activity that can help get ride of those achey legs, stiff backs, and sore bums associated with remote work. Practiced regularly, yoga can also help you with your mobility, flexibility, sleeping pattern and the reduction of stress. Why not give it a go today? There’s plenty of free classes online, and loads more videos to watch on YouTube – it could do you and your body a world of good!

“Long COVID-19” Pains

If you have had coronavirus during the pandemic, then you may be suffering from some long-term side effects. While many long-term effects remain unknown, fortunately, many that have been reported as affecting our covid-19 “long-haulers” are treatable. If you are suffering from joint pain, some ibuprofen or other similar pain relievers should do the trick. Advanced muscular pain or migraines may require stronger drugs, such as Solpadeine Plus.

Another unfortunate side effect of “long COVID-19” is a loss of smell and/or taste. While this isn’t easy to get rid of, one thing you should avoid doing with a loss of taste is forcing your food down. Just because you can’t enjoy the flavor, this doesn’t mean you need to rush through eating, as this can cause heartburn or indigestion. 

[NOTE: If you have been suffering from heartburn or indigestion as a result of “Long COVID-19,” be wary in how you treat it. The drug Zantac – sometimes known as Ranitidine – was recalled recently due to links to cancer diagnoses in some who took the drug. If you know anyone affected, you should advise them to speak with a dedicated Zantac lawsuit lawyer.]

Hopefully, these helpful tips will rid you of any aches and pains that have been brought about as a result of the pandemic. Your health has never been more important, so it is vital that you look after yourself at this difficult time.

Successful Job Searches During A Pandemic: Can It Be Done?

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The coronavirus pandemic has turned our lives upside down, and not in a fun way. We have all suffered the consequences of this virus, whether we have had it ourselves, experienced loss, or simply had our lifestyles altered drastically by preventative measures. No matter who you are or where you come from, you will have had to cancel plans and modify your life in the last year!

One devastating truth about the COVID-19 pandemic has been its effect on jobs. Tens of millions of people around the world have lost their jobs due to business failures and cutbacks in the past year, leaving many people in debt and feeling frightened.

Is there a way to find a job during a pandemic? Let’s get into it –

Focusing On The Right Industries

When searching for a job during a pandemic, it can be hard to know when to start. After all, none of us have ever experienced something like this in our lifetimes, how are we supposed to know?

The first step you need to take is to consider the right industries. There are certain industries that are struggling hard right now, and it would probably be a waste of time to look in those areas. The biggest one that comes to mind is hospitality such as restaurants, air travel, tourism and nightlife. 

However, while some industries are dying off, others are thriving — sometimes as a result of this situation. As bad as that sounds, it is giving people opportunities to further their career and make money. Here are a few industries to explore. 

  • Online content creation and marketing. So many companies have had to invest quickly in online marketing during this crisis. If you can create digital content or specialize in marketing, this is the right industry for you to find a job!
  • Essential services such as healthcare, cleaning and care work. 
  • Supplementary tutoring. Due to school closures, many parents are reaching out to private tutors to help their kids learn at home online. Could this be your next role?

And if you are looking for jobs in the public sector, why not check out a public sector recruitment company for more details!

Training To Supplement Your Skill Set

One other way to help get a job at this time is to do online training to supplement your skill set. You can easily complete online training courses from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few ideas for extra skills to learn during this time!

  • Languages. If you learn a language conversationally from a tutor or using an app, you can put this on your resumé and wow potential employers!
  • Content creation skills. Think: photo, film, or podcast editing. These are becoming more and more necessary in all kinds of industries, so learning these skills could really benefit you in your future job search.
  • Social media marketing. Social media is the key to brilliant marketing nowadays, so learning more can really help set you apart in the industry!

Sending warm thoughts to anyone undertaking a job search in 2021!

Tips To Relieve Boredom During A Pandemic

Boredom is something that hits a lot of us regularly, but it’s likely been made much worse during the pandemic. As we can’t see many people or go to places we’d usually go for fun, it’s made it a lot harder to find ways of relieving that boredom when it hits you. With that being said, if you’re needing some inspiration, here are some tips to relieve boredom during a pandemic.

Take Up A New Hobby

A good way of getting rid of boredom is to try and do something you’ve not done before. This is where a new hobby comes in. It could be that you want to try and pick up reading again if you always used to read when you had more free time. You might tap into your artistic side and paint a new masterpiece. Or even try out RPG with SkullSplitter. If you have a bucket list of things you want to do in life, perhaps there are one or two things that can be done within the confines of your home like learning a second language or writing the next great American novel.

Organize A Zoom Party

Zoom has been used by many around the world during this pandemic, both for work-life and to connect with friends and family. That being said, you should definitely try and organize more get-togethers with your loved ones. For example, host a zoom party. This could be especially helpful when you’re looking to spend some quality time with friends and family. There are lots of ways to make the experience engaging and fun — play a game, set a theme, or organize a blind taste test.

Try Baking

Baking can be something that’s therapeutic and delicious at the same time. Cooking and baking, in general, are two skills that are always worth building on so that you can explore new tastes and experiences with food. It might just be that you want to enjoy some freshly baked cookies or try out a family recipe that you’ve been missing over the months (since you can’t pop round to see extended family). Whatever the case may be, strap on that apron!

Focus On Looking After Yourself

Focusing on yourself is so important and all this time in quarantine could be a great opportunity to spend some quality time on oneself. For example, why not do something you enjoy and that looks after your physical wellbeing or mental health. Or both! Practicing self-care is definitely something that’s important to do right now.

What has been relieving YOUR boredom throughout the pandemic?

A Quarantine-Induced Decluttering Challenge

Most of us have been doing pretty much everything from home for the past 6+ months. Being around all our…stuff…ALL THE TIME for that long can start to feel a little overwhelming. It’s a lot easier to ignore clutter when you’re at an office 8 hours a day, exploring the city all weekend long, and traveling for vacations whenever you please. That’s just not our reality right now.

So today I’m going to share a decluttering challenge inspired by the quarantine of the last few months! Let’s get to clearing out the clutter, shall we?

Pick a week and declutter the following —

Day 1 – Your home office space.

Whether this is a dedicated room in your home or not, your living space serving double duty as your working space probably means you’ve acquired some additional stuff. For me, this means scrap paper scrawled with to do lists, meeting notes, and writing assignment outlines stuffed in just about every place one can imagine. Go through all your #WFH clutter and see what can get tossed.

Day 2 – Masks that didn’t work out.

You probably tried a few different types of mask before you settled on your go-to. This is a necessary and life-saving accessory but even still, they took some getting used to. If you have a collection of masks you panic bought that don’t actually fit or aren’t comfortable, pass them along. You know what works for you! And you’ll feel a lot more comfortable about investing in a few more of your favorite version, if you don’t have a drawer full of the cast offs.

Day 3 – Games you don’t play anymore.

Time to evaluate your board games, video games, puzzles, crossword books, etc., etc. Are there board games that could be afforded a beautiful second life if you passed them along to a thrift store for someone else to purchase and enjoy? Could you do a porch swap with a friend and trade them a puzzle or a video game you’ve already solved or beat?

Day 4 – Books you won’t reread.

If you’re like me, all this time at home has really helped you up your reading game in 2020. But also like me, you may have gone a liiiittle crazy on the book buying front. Today is the day to go through your shelves, look at each book, and really ask yourself if this is something you’ll reread or need in your collection moving forward. Books are a wonderful thing to pass along to friends and family members!

Day 5 – Impulse bought hobby items.

In March or April, faced with the prospect of many boring nights ahead, did you decide NOW IS THE TIME FOR ME TO TAKE UP knitting… ukulele playing… cross stitch… cocktail mixing… insert any number of niche hobbies that involve buying crap HERE. Did you, you know, actually take it up? If not, never fear. Today’s the time you can clear out the stuff you bought with the best of intentions. No judgement!

Day 6 – Your refrigerator.

Yes, that’s right. Today it is time to declutter your fridge and freezer! We’ve all been eating at home over the last few months which means more groceries, leftovers, and general chaos in this area of the home. Go through everything and toss anything that’s gone bad or has expired. This is also a great time to create a log of what you DO have so that you can be sure to incorporate these things in upcoming meals. Next time you hit the grocery (or the groceries hit your porch — yay delivery!), add to the log. This practice is a great way to reduce food waste.

Day 7 – Comfy clothes you haven’t worn in 2020.

If there is a pair of pajamas, yoga pants, or fluffy socks that haven’t made it on to your body in the year of our Lord 2020, it’s time to retire them. Quarantine has been the time to shine for comfy clothes! I am terrified for the day my legs become reintroduced to panty hose *shudder*… but that’s neither here nor there. Today is all about decluttering your loungewear and pajamas. Only keep your quarantine MVPs!

Bonus Day – Clothes you wouldn’t reach for if a magic wand eradicated the pandemic.

For a bonus day of clutter clearing, let’s look past the quarantine OOTDs and examine the rest of your closet. What items of clothing would you NOT be super stoked to wear if you could suddenly head to a dinner party tomorrow evening? What would you pull out of your closet if next week you were able to present at a meeting where the attendees could actually see your bottom half? What would get packed in your suitcase if we were able to travel abroad? Ask yourself these hypothetical questions and declutter accordingly.

After many months in quarantine, are you feeling in need of some decluttering? Would you take on this challenge? What clutter categories would you add to this list?