The first thing you have to do is identify the worst or most out-of-control area of your life and start there. Finish this sentence, “If I were more organized I could…” and let that become your goal and your motivation. Write this down and post it somewhere you can see it every day. You may be motivated to have more quality time with your children, or have more time to yourself, or you may just want your house presentable enough to have company over, or organized enough to find what you need. So decide what you want. That’s the first step. Organized people are not afraid to make decisions and move on.
If your focus is on time management it’s important to organize your time from big to small, which means look at all you do in a given year. Write a list of all your big time commitments, then break it down by season. Then you can look at a month, a week and a day. You may find that you are doing one thing way too much and one way too little. Think about the balance between work and family, your kids and your spouse, your family and yourself. Plan activities that support your priorities, but don’t forget to leave yourself some down time. On a micro level, create morning and evening routines that help you operate efficiently. To keep up with all you have to do and want to do, routines are a must.
Hello, I’m Steven Diamond and I really can help you.
I am honest, Open minded and very non-judgmental and can talk openly with you about any subject of concern. I can answer any and all questions regarding your LIFE and I am a specialist in dealing with guilt, anger and teaching you how to make your life and relationships work, getting you to the place you need to be for happiness to exist.
Some careers are more depression-prone than others. Trust me, I’ve had a few of them myself.
Here are 10 fields (out of 21 major job categories) in which full-time workers are most likely to report an episode of major depression in a given year. But if you want to be a nurse (No. 4), it doesn’t mean you should pick another profession.
Experts say – There are certain aspects of any job that can contribute to or exacerbate depression. Folks with the high-stress jobs have a greater chance of managing it if they take care of themselves and get the help they need.
So let’s take a look at what experts say are the top ten most depressing careers.
A person can make himself happy, or miserable, regardless of what is actually happening ‘outside,’ just by changing the contents of consciousness. We all know individuals who can transform hopeless situations into challenges to be overcome, just through the force of their personalities. This ability to persevere despite obstacles and setbacks is the quality people most admire in others, and justly so; it is probably the most important trait not only for succeeding in life, but for enjoying it as well.
To develop this trait, one must find ways to order consciousness so as to be in control of feelings and thoughts. It is best not to expect shortcuts will do the trick.
For a long time after my trauma I felt…. different. I didn’t feel comfortable or safe in my body. I didn’t even feel comfortable or safe in my mind. Suddenly, there were thoughts, emotions and memories that seemed out of my control. In order to deal with it all, I did my best to suppress the problems and carry on with a ‘normal’ life.
I bet you can already guess that I wasn’t exactly successful. The more we avoid post-traumatic issues the more they fester and eventually erupt. On the days that I just couldn’t hold myself together – when I melted down, lashed out or shutdown in order to lessen the stress – I thought the problem, certainly, was me. I was too weak to manage. The truth, I found out later, is the problem was not me at all. The problem is that trauma impacts and changes the brain in significant ways that impair our ability to function.
Recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is challenging. Unlike bronchitis, there is no universal treatment, no definitive timeframe for feeling better, and no way to know what kind of treatment will work. While you try different healing modalities from traditional (talk therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and exposure therapy) to alternative (information processing therapies, hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, somatic experiencing) it will be necessary for you to also develop your self-empowered healing skills.
You have enormous healing potential; the goal is learning to access it. Applying your own internal strength to the recovery process means developing not only your recovery skills but also your consciousness. Here’s why….
Is There An App For That?
Tools to Help You Find Your Authentic Self
It seems now, more than ever, finding tools to manage stress levels and achieve inner peace is essential. Our busy lifestyles often require us to rebalance by finding the time for daily affirmations. This, in turn, can help us to remain focused, positive and productive. Pressures from work and family life can all add up. Whether you’re a business person, stay-at-home parent or a retiree, we all need a way to relax and recharge.
How can apps be used as spiritual tools? There are a number of options available for your iPhone or iPod Touch. The formats vary from card decks to perpetual calendars and spoken word apps. One advantage to apps is that you can conveniently take all of them with you at all times. Often, you can share single card affirmations by email with family and friends. Take for instance the scenario of a friend who may need your help. Whip out your iPhone, find the right card/message and then send them an affirmation to show your support and encouragement.
Happiness can be elusive. Sometimes it seems the more it’s pursued the harder it is to find. This is especially true for enduring happiness, which is quite different from celebratory happiness, like you might experience at a party. I believe the most fulfilling form of happiness cannot be “found” per se. Enduring happiness needs to be developed. It is the product of a healthy and gratifying relationships and purposeful work.
Research and observations by Harvard Business School professor Howard Stevenson and senior research fellow Laura Nash, authors of “Four Keys of Enduring Success: How High Achievers Win” found that enduring personal satisfaction comes more from the act of achieving than from the actual accomplishment. This point is significant in a world that measures our success by our accomplishments. It is the endeavor itself that creates feelings of gratification. This is one of the great personal benefits of embracing and pursuing a meaningful purpose.
Coping With Financial Loss, At the moment all over the world millions of people have been ‘HIT’ financially – and it’s not over yet! For someone who is ferociously independent and self-reliant it can be one of the most difficult things you can ever face to deal with a financial wipe out – or worse, complete meltdown. Finding the strength to move forward and to grow after a major financial disaster is not easy. If you’re in the older age bracket, or perhaps retired already when it hits, it makes the rebuilding process that much more difficult.
The loss alone is not what does it to you. It’s the realization of all your efforts coming to naught. It’s the emotional tidal wave that overcomes you, completely engulfing you in darkness that can kill you. Literally, these times throughout history, destroy marriages and families and can cause irreparable damage both physically and mentally to individuals. To those most deeply affected it can lead to violence to others and one’s self and even end in death.
Have you survived a trauma and are still haunted by the after effects? Do you struggle with a bad case of insomnia? Ever feel like you’re literally caught in an instant replay of the moment you felt most helpless while your life was being threatened? Have you noticed that instead of experiencing emotions you are emotionally numb? If you answer, ‘yes,’ to these questions, you’re not alone! In fact, studies estimate that over 5% of the American population (that’s over 15mm people) struggle with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While posttraumatic stress symptoms are prevalent, many people don’t recognize the presence of them in their own lives. We get so used to being awake all night, having nightmares or suppressing disturbing memories that all of that seems normal. The truth is, though, you don’t have to live that way.