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5 Ways to Thrive in a Career You Don’t Love

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What to do when you hate your job

They say if you love your job you will be successful. However, I don’t think this is the case. I don’t love my job. I don’t think many people truly love their jobs.  There are times where I wake up and wonder ‘do I really need to go to work?’ Not loving your job comes in varying degrees, from the occasional niggle, to full-on misery.

I very much love my actual craft, but not so much the varying aspects of work life. More often than not, the reason we are not head over heels for our job is less to do with the actual work itself, and more to do with the way we run our lives.

Here are five valuable tips that can help revamp your work life, providing a dose of rejuvenation and a fresh perspective:

1. Exercise and fueling your body

Think of your body as the most important car on the planet. It needs daily maintenance, as well as the correct fuel, to help it run to the best of its ability. The workplace can be a place ridden with stress and anxieties but keeping in good health can psychologically and physically alleviate these issues.

You don’t need to have a gym membership to get the endorphins flowing, simply take yourself for a walk or indulge in a team sport with a group of friends. Exercise not only keeps our bodies healthy, but our minds too. Studies suggest that just 20 minutes of exercise can elevate our mood for twelve hours and, it has the greatest effect on us when we are in a negative frame of mind. Science suggests that people who are active are happier and more satisfied with their lives.  

If you are exercising regularly, it is important to have the correct diet to run alongside your lifestyle. If you are feeling lethargic and lacking energy at work, chances are your diet needs a tweak. What we eat and how much water we drink has a direct impact on mood and concentration. Therefore, implementing healthy food choices can help you deal with colleagues and work-related stress in a mindful manner.

“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” – John Adams

2. Strike the right balance

Even if you love your job, the minute home time comes around, cast it from your mind. This can be incredibly difficult and, of course, there are going to be times where you have to take work home. However, making a conscious choice to leave work at work and find the right work/life balance is key. If you constantly spend your free time working you will soon learn to resent it, making you very unhappy. It is important that you are not defined solely by your occupation.

Workaholics who cannot seem to switch -off have the tendency to neglect certain aspects of their life. When did you last see your friends? Does your spouse eat alone in the evenings? Have you done anything for you lately? Your schedule affects those around you and, after all, we work so that we can afford to do the things we enjoy!

3. Get outside

Those of us who work in offices, hospitals, warehouses and the like, often forget what nature looks like. We are often so tuned in to work, particularly with the advancement of the technological age, that we never get the chance to just be. Lack of natural light and poor ventilation can impact our health, so reach for appropriate footwear and head for the hills.

Whether you love the beach, or forests, reconnecting with nature allows us to relax and unwind. Scientists have suggested that time in nature lowers blood pressure, reduces pain, and strengthens the immune system. Furthermore, mental health charity mind advise that time in the great outdoors can be of great benefit to those with depression or anxiety; enhancing mood, boosting self-esteem, and reducing anger, tension, and confusion.

4. Spend time with colleagues

Work can often feel lonely. Those who work in offices tend to be confined to a desk, or plugged into their computer screens via headphones. Aside from the tea run, I often don’t talk to my colleagues for hours! Isolation can be a gut-wrenching feeling as humans are naturally social creatures.

Granted, colleagues can sometimes be the source of our exasperation, but connecting with them can also brighten your day. Taking time out of your day to ask about their weekend plans, or chatting over lunch can help work related stresses ebb away.

If you want to go one better, get the entire gang together on a bonding expedition. Depending on your preferences as a group, pop for drinks on a Friday evening, sign up for a charity marathon, or hold a quiz night. Getting to know your colleagues better and striking friendships can be a great comfort if work is getting you down.

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” – Mark Twain

5. Remind yourself of the bigger picture

Often workplaces ring with sighs of ‘at least we are getting paid’. Money quite often trumps true love for the job, but often we lose sight of what our earnings provide us with. Remembering why you go to work can be a source of motivation for some.

Are you saving for your first home? Paying for your children to go to a fantastic school? Or helping a family member who is in financial difficulty? If you ever find yourself miserable at work, remind yourself why you are there. The money you earn is for your hopes and dreams.

How have you been able to thrive in a career that you don’t love? Please leave your thoughts below!

Amber Longhurst works for Celebrity Speakers but is also a YouTuber who discusses confidence, motivation, and mental health issues via different online avenues. She is also a digital content editor and social media manager who loves to get involved with a variety of clients, particularly those who deal with topics close to her heart.

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These 7 Daily Resolutions Can Change Your Life

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We all strive to be better every day. Most of us want a new day to bring something new, and we plan for it as well. Of course, the execution is debatable as procrastination is real and it becomes an overwhelming feeling at times. Also, not to forget the customary practice of making resolutions on new year’s eve!  All of us are fascinated by the thought of preparing long lists of resolves to mark the beginning of a new year. Not sure how many people are able to translate these resolutions into functional realities. (more…)

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4 Reasons Why Content Is Pivotal For Mental Health Healing

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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.

Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.

1. Content can be a form of self-expression

When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up. 

But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself. 

Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.

2. Self-reflection will lift you up

As you think through what to write about and how to express yourself, the process of self reflection is a valuable step you need to go through. You’re able to reflect on the blessings you have, assess what you learned from the negative experiences, and create a plan on how to maintain the positive experiences you’ve had. 

There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” – Hal Elrod

3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie

It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.

When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out.  There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.

4. Library of content to share with more people

It can be very difficult to know what content to share with people as the symptoms of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) vary from person to person. But as you accumulate more and more content, this will increase the number of articles or videos available for readers to choose from depending on their specific purpose. It also builds your personal library of resources you’re able to share to different people you encounter or engage directly with.

As chaotic and distracting social media can be, it can also be a beacon of hope with the right content. Many people share viral posts, or content that interest them. Since your content is valuable and personal, the more you share it, the more likely it is to be shared with the right audience.

You never know who is watching (reading)

Your content is speaking to someone and even though they may not be actively engaged, their experiences with your work are impacting them. Think about the last time you watched TV: did everyone in the room have something entertaining to say? 

You never know who’s watching because there’s always somebody reading your posts or viewing your videos-even if they just skim through it briefly. This is why creating content worth consuming is critical, not only to get you out of your funk, but also to serve your audience.  Be authentic and stay true to yourself; make every post count as an opportunity for connection with your best self and for potential readers to bond with you.

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5 Ways To Invest In Yourself and Change Your Life

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Warren Buffett once said, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Time and money spent on bettering yourself are never considered a waste. Whether it’s through learning how to make money online, exploring new ways to increase your financial security, or watching TED talks to expand your knowledge. Do not be stingy when it comes to self-improvement because it will definitely pay off in the end. 

Need some ideas to get started on your journey to becoming a better you? Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself and transform your life. 

1. Change Your Self-Concept

Having a negative self-concept can have a tremendous impact on your life. Limiting beliefs and self-doubt are some of the main reasons why many never achieve or attempt to pursue their dreams. Take a moment and think about all the negative thoughts you have repeated to yourself throughout your life. How have these thoughts impacted the way you live life? From now on, create a new self-image by turning these negative thoughts into positive ones and appreciate your good qualities. 

2. Sign Up For An Online Course

If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to code professionally, this is the perfect time to get started. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access an endless amount of valuable information online. For example, sites like Coursera and Youtube are both awesome resources for online learning. With a few search strings and clicks, you can find all the information you need. 

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

3. Learn From a Mentor

No matter which stage of your life you are currently in, working with a mentor can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Not only can they guide you in the right direction, but also transform your vision, provide you with new insights, and connect you with amazing resources. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about what you want to do in life, consider finding a mentor to help you navigate this process. 

4. Start A Side Hustle

The salary from a 9-5 job would rarely allow you to reach your maximum income potential. Why not achieve financial success while pursuing your passion by starting a side hustle? Whether it’s through starting an ecommerce business, freelance writing on the side, or starting a Youtube channel. There are infinite numbers of ways to make money, and there is bound to be one out there that fits your passion and skills. 

5. Nourish Your Body

As many may say, “health is the new wealth”. Without a healthy and functioning body, living a fulfilling and comfortable life becomes difficult. To take care of your body and prioritize your wellbeing, start with small habits such as eating healthier foods and exercising regularly. Bike or walk to work instead of taking the car, and opt for a healthy protein bowl instead of greasy burgers at Burger King. With time, these small habits can make an incredible difference.

Check out the infographic below, to see more ways you can invest in yourself:

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How to Turn Inward and Detox Your Mind

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When we are overwhelmed by confusion, our psyche tries to establish certainty to alleviate our discomfort. This is usually accomplished by mentally imagining and acting out a plot. Unfortunately, much of the time, we mentally visualize pessimistic (or worst-case scenario) scenarios to provide certainty. (more…)

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