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How to Combat Work-at-home Stress

How to Combat Work-at-home StressBy Robert Parmer

April is National Stress Awareness Month meaning that stress and its occurrence in our lives should be at the forefront of our minds. While working from home can equate to desired levels of flexibility and autonomy, it typically requires a careful balancing act. Many people love the opportunities associated with working from home but can feel buried in stress at times.

While controlling the sources of stress in your work flow and your life can seem like an impossible challenge, it is attainable. The guidelines and tips in this article will help jump start your own personal de-stress success story.

Identify the Stress.

Start by identifying your stressors and distractions at home. This is the first step in overcoming stress and inefficiencies.

These realizations look different for everyone, as the intricacies of our lives obviously vary. Pinpointing exactly what stresses you the most and writing those things down generally helps realization to set in. Display the sources of stress in a public area so you are aware and reminded, rather than ignoring the source.

Find a Rhythm in Your Schedule.

I get it; this is not always possible. There are always going to be variables in life that are beyond our control. You can’t predict those mornings when a child wakes up sick or the car won’t start. (more…)

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When to Press the ESC Key On Your Life

When to Press the ESC Key On Your LifeBy Susan Kricun

A little over three years ago, my life as I knew it changed forever.

I woke up one morning knowing my internal operating system had crashed. I laid in bed with the most extreme digestive distress I had ever experienced. The pain rushed through my whole body and went on for days. And days.

I thought I had eaten something that disagreed with my body. So I adjusted my diet. Nothing helped, though. I continued to feel worse and worse. I felt like a broken down machine, oozing out everywhere like Jabba the Hutt.

I was once able to eat anything – spicy, ethnic and everything in between. To say my diet is still currently limited and my life is different than it was back then is the understatement of the century. However, as crazy and cliché, as it sounds, I wouldn’t give up what I went through for anything.

Thanks to my body’s total distress, I know what it means to truly love yourself.

My circumstances forced me into getting quiet and actually dealing with my stuff. I was guilty of being an emotional eater. I had a habit of numbing out my feelings with food. And I had to address that and fix it.

Instead of dealing with a relationship that I had to leave, I would cope with a box of cereal, or a pint of ice cream, or candy bars. “Salty, sweet, crunchy – what’s my fix for tonight?” I’d ask myself on my way home from a night out with friends. (more…)

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Change Your Vocabulary to Better Your Life

Change Your Vocabulary to Better Your LifeBy Carrie Severson

As an entrepreneur of two businesses, I’m too familiar with the word enough. For years, I used that word as though it were my business model.

I would show gratitude for a check that came in that was enough to cover a bill. And then I did it the next day. And the day after that. All I manifested was a financial flow just enough to cover what I needed to be covered.

My first business is a nonprofit, and I hit burnout pretty hard a few years into it. When I finally stopped running and gave myself permission to accept burnout, I had to also accept the fact that I was solely responsible for my burnout. I was solely responsible for my patterns and behavior. And our patterns and behavior in life all starts with our language.

During my recovery, I had to examine my very own operating system to understand how I manifested burnout. As a storyteller turned entrepreneur, I finally decided to look at my language. I went back through my journals and read old entries. I was utterly shocked by my words.

I had created my own burnout in my daily journal entries. The word enough was everywhere. I tossed it around like confetti.

Our vocabulary acts like a powerful magnet. The words we use attract their definition to us. (more…)

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Change and the Power of WHY

Change and the Power of WHYBy Deb Bixler

The “WHY?” question is useful when we are facing challenges in attaining something we want or making changes.

I have learned that when I want something and cannot reach my goal, it is often because I am doing something to sabotage myself subconsciously.

Often we say one thing and think another …

Someone who is in a weight loss program may say “I am reducing my weight” but think “It’s impossible.”

In business, our goal may be to achieve a certain level or promotion, and in our mind, we say “so-and-so can do it because she lives in a better place. It won’t work here in Wisconsin.” This conflict between thought and action creates an impossible dilemma. You cannot accomplish what you do not think possible.

Ask the Right Questions.

When you have something you want to do, one way to determine if your thoughts match your words is to ask these questions.

  • How much do I want this?
  • What will it get me? (Visualize your result vividly. See yourself there.)
  • What is it worth? (Financially, emotionally, and to your family.)
  • Is it worth the effort? (My experience with this is very straightforward: I will only put effort into something that I want.)

See what you’ll see, hear what you’ll hear, and feel what you’ll feel. (more…)

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4 Doubts You Cannot Have as an Entrepreneur

4 Doubts You Cannot Have as an Entrepreneur By Angie Nelson

Doubts, as a whole, are healthy as an entrepreneur. They keep you on your toes, and they keep you honest. However, there are some doubts that don’t help in any way. All they do is make you perform less and negatively impact your mood and mindset. Negativity, even in the form of the seemingly harmless doubt, can start bringing you do. Think of how the sea can eventually wear down rocks.

While it doesn’t mean you should invest in a vision board, it does mean that you have to keep an eye on your mindset and which doubts you choose to entertain. You’ve got enough problems to deal with without letting yourself become your own worst enemy.

Here are a few of the most damaging doubts you need to wrangle if you want to succeed.

Thinking Failure is Inevitable.

You’re going make mistakes as an entrepreneur, and that’s okay. What’s not okay is believing that ultimately, you’re going to fail. The numbers don’t lie — most start-ups fail within their first year. You start asking if you’re really that different, if you actually have anything different to offer that people will actually buy.

The fact is failure is possible, but you can’t believe you’re doomed to it. You have to believe that things are going to work out. If there is evidence that suggests failure is indeed on the table, and it’s not just in your head, do something about it. Don’t just sit at your desk and wait to close the doors. (more…)

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