Guest Blog: Tips For Building A Healthier, Happier Life After A Major Move


By Jennifer Scott

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Big changes in life can bring on stress and anxiety, even if the changes are for the best. Major life transitions like moving may related to a new job, relocating to be close to family, or ending a stressful or toxic relationship. Even if there are some negative components to the big changes ahead, this can be a great opportunity to embrace new, positive habits and take steps to ensure that your home is a healthy, happy, and stress-free one.

Flexibility and activity can make transitions less stressful

No matter how hard you work at anticipating issues related to a major life transition, hiccups are bound to pop up. Forbes notes that it is important to remain as flexible
as possible heading into big changes and allow yourself some grace when things feel difficult. Planning ahead and anticipating issues can go a long way toward ensuring a smooth transition, but it can become quite stressful if you do not allow for some changes
in plans along the way.

One great way to reduce stress and adjust to big transitions is to make an effort to incorporate regular exercise throughout the process. Colorado State University’s College of Health & Human Services details that exercise is essential in reducing issues related to depression, addiction, and stress. Adjusting to a new home can be taxing, but the need for physical activity can be a great excuse to get out and explore your new area. You’ll make new connections, discover new places nearby, and reap the benefits of exercise all at the same time.

Embrace strategies for clearing your mind to reduce stress

Creating a happy and stress-free home may sound like an impossible task when you are in the midst of major life transitions. However, taking a few minutes a day for yourself where you focus on positive actions can lead to lasting healthy, positive habits. For example, meditation can be a valuable outlet for relieving stress and developing coping mechanisms for leading a happier life.

Reader’s Digest indicates that the majority of people who try meditation see a reduction in their stress levels and many also see improvements in their relationships and overall wellbeing. Getting up a few minutes earlier in the morning to start the day off with some simple meditation techniques can set a peaceful tone for the day and many people find it helpful to create a special spot or nook in their home specifically for this self care time.

Focus on clearing out clutter to create a healthy environment

Apartment Therapy shares some simple suggestions that can pack a significant punch in creating healthy habits to make your home a positive place. Rather than rush around amid chaos before rushing out the door, take a few minutes to put everything in its place, make the bed, and so on. The minimal effort this takes on a regular basis will bring about calm and reduce your stress.

Mother Earth Living reinforces the idea that reducing clutter can help to make a home a stress-free and happy one. If you are facing a big move, as overwhelming as it may be, take the time at your old place to pare down and clear out what you don’t truly need. As you embrace your new home, remember that oftentimes less is more and keeping things open and clutter-free in your new space has a big impact on reducing stress.

There is no doubt that major life transitions like moving can escalate issues related to addiction, stress and depression. At the same time, a change like this provides the perfect opportunity to ditch bad habits and embrace new ones. Look for opportunities to clear out unwanted clutter and issues of anxiety when you move by keeping things clean and making time for self care activities like exercise and meditation. Build up the positives associated with your big change and embrace the fresh start ahead that can set you up for a happier, healthier life.

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New and Improved


tablets-309742_640I went to the pharmacy the other day to buy the usual brand of medicine for my cold and flu.

As I was checking out the isle, I noticed this medicine, which is what I was looking for, it’s as if it’s pulling all attention towards it. There was a perfect square around it of empty spots, in other words there were no other drugs adjacent to it from all directions; and there it was levitating almost, and there was this big sign pointing at it “New and Improved”.

Wowsers, I was so excited about it. I grabbed the box and took it to the pharmacist to inquire about the new improvements as there was that one line on there that mentioned the only active ingredient, followed by a two by two table for directions based on age: 1 tablet if under 12 and 2 tablets if over the age of 12.

Everything seemed exactly the same as the original one, but when I asked the pharmacist he graciously explained: “oh, the pharmaceutical company added a tiny booklet in the box because they didn’t have enough space to include the additional 30 warnings on the existing label. It is a state of the art with double glossed paper. They wanted to add some gruesome images but instead at the bottom of the booklet they put a link to the warning’s website, where your eyes can feast on all sorts of images. But hey, if you come back next month they will be reissuing the Cadillac of this medicine. It will come with a thumb drive that has a screen saver that will display all the warnings in close to 50 slides. Not only that but you would also be able to register the drug online after you purchase it and they would send you a DVD with complete simulation of all the warnings, walking you through the steps from A-Z. It will feel so realistic that you would cry at the end of each section.”

So there you have it, the new and improved indeed.

 — Raghid Khalil

Guest Blog: How to balance Work and Life? Being A Workaholic


shutterstock_234650602The modern day is a stressful, complicated place. We are wearing so many proverbial “hats” and are constantly pulled in tons of different directions. We want to focus on our career, but we also want to be good parents. We want to take time to experience life, but we also want to make money and prepare ourselves for retirement. All of these things add up to a lot of stress and a lot of seemingly contradictory wants and needs.

One of the hardest things about modern life is learning how to achieve that elusive work-life balance. Being a workaholic may seem like a fairly innocuous trait, but it can sap you and ultimately leave you wishing you had taken more control over your life when you had the chance. What follows are just a few ways that you can work towards obtaining that elusive balance so many of us are looking for.

 

Leave Your Work At Work

This is really hard for people to do. For some, they literally take work home with them. They spend their evenings filling out paperwork or catching up on correspondence. For others, even when they leave the office, they are still thinking about whatever it is that they were working on. What this ultimately means is that  you never stop working. As difficult as it is, you have to be able to leave the “work you” at the office and not bring it home with you.

 

Take Time for You

This is probably the most crucial element of obtaining a work-life balance. You have to be able to cultivate elements of your personality and interest beyond work. You have to find ways to de-stress and to leave work, well, at work. For those of us who have spent our entire adult lives so career focused, changing that aspect of ourselves is not easy, but it is worth it. Too many people regret, at the end of their life, that they did not work harder to cultivate themselves.

Do not just let your vacation time pile up unused, you are given it for a reason. Vacation is the reward you give yourself for being a “good adult” and keeping up with your responsibilities. Hobbies are a great way to keep your mind and body active when you aren’t at work. Nobody wants to be “hollow” or “one-sided,” but this is exactly what a workaholic is.

Whether it is a physical activity, you join a club, you start meditating, you paint, travel, whatever – these activities will not only help reduce your stress, they give your life meaning beyond going to work each and every day. These are things that you can do with your friends and family, or as a means to meet new people, bringing greater intimacy and companionship into your life as well.

 

Delegate

This is something that many of us could do a lot more of. One of the stressful things about modern life is that we have simply added more to our to-do list. Mothers who work are still just that, mothers, which means their job doesn’t end when they leave work at the end of the day. This is why it is important to delegate tasks when you can. Giving the children a list of weekly chores not only instills in them an understanding of work ethic and productive activity, it also means that you do not have to do those things.

Split the chores up between the whole family and suddenly everyone has more time, without sacrificing the cleanliness of the home or at the expense of necessary errands. In the end, delegating is good for the whole family. It teaches children responsibility and allows a little bit of extra time for the parents.

Modern life isn’t going to slow down to wait for any of us to catch up, no matter how much we wish it would. We are tasked with trying to live two, three, or more different lives in one lifetime. We are mothers, fathers, managers, scientists, artists, fixers, etc. This can make the modern day world incredibly stressful for people and often, they get a singular focus and become obsessed or insanely focused on just that one aspect of their lives.

For many people, that is work. Work becomes all-encompassing and it consumes us. It does this at the expense of our families, our friends, our hobbies, and the rest of our personality. Finding a good work-life balance is difficult, but it is certainly not impossible. Simple things like leaving your work at work, delegating chores, making time for hobbies or other non-work activities, can make a huge difference in the quality of your life. You will find that you have more time for experience, for companionship, and you feel all-around less stressed out all the time.

 

References:

http://www.webmd.com/women/features/balance-life

http://www.salary.com/14-steps-to-achieving-work-life-balance/


Author Bio

Kelly Everson is an American author and having MA in English literature. After spending time as a writer in some of Health Industries best websites, she now works as an independent researcher and contributor for health news related website like Consumer Health Digest. In her spare time, she does research work regarding Beauty and Women Health, Fitness and lifestyle blogs, which acts as a fuel to her passion of writing. When she is not researching or writing, you can find Kelly staying active, whether it be practicing yoga or taking swimming classes. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

It All Comes Down To This … Happy New Year


Happy New year everyone.

I don’t fully understand the concept and the excitement over the start of a new year. Ever since I was a kid I enjoyed a full moon. It was always about the full moon which is at its the last stages . Never was I called out to check the birth of a new moon; it was just not as fascinating, “oh look, there is a crescent forming in the sky”. Really? A crescent?

Happy-New-Year1Even in a solar eclipse, where the sun entirely disappears, the climax is during the complete black out. It’s towards the end of the existence of the sun. A few seconds of complete darkness. After that when it’s re-emerging back, it is not as fun anymore.

When people reach the end of their life that is exactly what they call it; The end of their journey. They never say, I will start a new life in Heaven / hell or I will be reincarnated in 10 days.

It is sad in a way that we contemplate on everything and we label them based on their expiry date. But why can’t we do the same with the celebration of the new year? Why can’t we celebrate the end of the existing one instead?

If I had a great year so far, I would like to be warned just like they do in malls, “dear shoppers, we will be closing in 30 minutes”. Maybe not along the same lines, but something like: “Hey, you’ve had a wonderful year so far, but you still have 10-15 days before your luck runs out. Do something about it. Buy a lottery ticket, or do something crazy.”

And if you’ve had a not so great year, you will hear something like: “Hey I know you’ve had a shitty year, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, don’t despair”.

The current year as it stands, is something I am very well experienced with. The one to come is still unknown. I may not be too eager to see the year over yet, but I can only wish this upon everyone: “for those who had a good year, I hope it extends indefinitely. And to those who have experienced sorrow and misery or even consider themselves unlucky, I can only wish them a happier life with more ups than downs.”

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Just like in the movies, it isn’t over until you see the words “the end”.

You know what they also say, “ it’s not the end of the world”.

So Happy End of this Year to all 🙂

Raghid Khalil 

Words Revisited


We often hear some words and before we know it, we start using them and they become an integral part of our vocabulary, simply because we never stopped for a moment to actually think about what we’re saying. Most probably this will offend some people but those that can read with their cognitive dimensions will somehow relate to what I have to say.

We have been so keen on being so politically correct in every word we use, but did we ever stop to consider who’s dictating what’s politically correct and what’s not? Aren’t they the same people that introduced the political incorrectness, the ones correcting what once was incorrect?

For instance, let me start with the word “African American” what are we trying to say here? You’re not 100% American? Or you’re American by citizenship only? What makes a white person “American” without being labeled as “European American” or “something American”. After all, less than 300 hundred years ago, there were no Americans. People were flocking from all over the world, and almost all of the current residents of the United States of America know exactly what country they originated from, yet they’re white and Americans, but for the sake of being politically correct, we use the word “African American” even for those that have never stepped a foot in Africa and most probably will never. So when we say African American, how many of us are aware that Africa is a continent and it has several Arabic speaking countries. So are we labeling them as Arabs, or it is Africa the non-Arab speaking part? This isn’t my fight… I am simply saying: stop trying to be politically correct especially when you’re doing no one a favor.

As for the second word, which I really have a hard time understanding, is “Anti-Semite.” Anti is the opposite of pro, and Semite surely we all know what its meaning, or do we? Unfortunately, I would have to say that the majority of people have no clue what Semite means, and it is being used randomly to the extent that in many cases it stopped making any sense. I won’t try to be politically correct on this subject as much as I will try to be “historically correct”. History plays an important role in shaping our behavior, with that being said, history can be distorted to achieve certain gains, nonetheless those that are seeking the truth can and will find it. The way I see it, you have two choices, the first is “monkey see, monkey do” which is not the most reliable source and the second one is “Monkey hears, monkey intrigued, monkey investigates, and monkey reaches answers” . I think I like the latter one best.

So what does history tell us? In a nutshell, Noah who is known for his ark and the flood, jump started human life, otherwise we wouldn’t exist today. Noah had three sons, Japheth, Shem (A.K.A Sem or Sam), and Ham. The figure of interest is Sem because that’s where it all started. The Semites are practically the descendants of Sem. So who are those people? Are those people of only one specific faith? Or are they genealogically the descendants of that person of whom they happen to carry his name? Logically speaking, it should be the genealogy which means that his descendants could be of any faith or even faithless if that’s what they have chosen. One primary interesting fact is that Arabic and Hebrew are both considered to be two of the Semitic languages, and people from the Middle East are mainly of Semitic origin. So the next time the word anti-Semitic is being used against a middle eastern stop and think what is really being said here “you are anti-you.”

Why is “Fat” so offensive and “Skinny” not? Just like an overweight person finds it difficult to lose weight, a skinny person finds it difficult to put on weight. In some countries being overweight is a sign of wealth, where food is abundant, whereas being skinny is no more than being poor. How could you explain to a person that you envy him or her for having such a skinny figure in those places? Again, stop for a moment and think about what you’re saying. Now if you are living in your own cocoon and your politically correct and incorrect terms apply only to your surrounding then you are in for a big surprise. Borders tend to be static, but the world is dynamic far more than you can imagine.

— Raghid Khalil

The Versatile Blogger Award


We are very honored and appreciative for being nominated  for the Versatile Blogger award. We would like to thank everyone that has passed through our blog and enjoyed our articles, left comments, shared our page and followed us.

We would like to thank FitnessLovingMom for nominating us.

The rules for the award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers that You enjoy.
  4. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated!

Here are 7 things about us:

  1. We are originally from Lebanon.
  2. I was born in Liberia, and my husband was born in Beirut, Lebanon.
  3. I love working out (cycling, boot camp, running)… My husband loves playing Call of Duty on his Xbox 360.
  4. We are Windows Phone 7 users 🙂
  5. We like to travel.
  6. We like to watch movies.
  7. We love sushi.

The 15 bloggers that we want to nominate for this award are as follow:

  1. FitnessLovingMom
  2. Bucket List Publications
  3. BermudaOnion
  4. inpursuitofmore
  5. ediliociclostile
  6. l’armoiredelana
  7. ginosblog
  8. chicquero
  9. underjuiced
  10. stay healthy with Samantha
  11. eat cake and loose weight
  12. alternate economy
  13. mary, mary
  14. creaturewiththeatombrain
  15. cut the crap movie review

Thank you again…

— Raghid & Rasha Khalil

Exorcism


Exorcism…. A scary subject. It has driven people insane for centuries … or has it ? I am about to give out a couple of scenarios and hopefully you can see where I am going with this.

Scenario 1:
You get up one day and you come to realize that every news channel on earth, not only in your city but all over the world, is reporting the same exact news, “An extremely dangerous and hungry lion has escaped from a zoo, City: Unknown, Country: unknown, Continent: unknown. Take extreme precaution, you have been warned”. At that point, I can imagine every human being on earth freaking out; people might even lock themselves at home until they hear more precise news.

Scenario 2:
Same news being reported on all news channels across the world, but this time, we know that the escapee lion is in North America, within the United States of America, the state of Massachusetts, and the city of Boston to be more precise. At this rate, we will see people panicking, but it will be more contained within the borders of Boston, whereas everyone else across the globe will pursue their everyday normal activity without almost any fear of being devoured by the Lion.

I hope those two scenarios have somewhat paved the way to my following discussion.

drawn by Jeff York, Horror Movie Examiner

We sometimes hear that a person, child or adult, male or female has been possessed. Isn’t it more like my second scenario, whereby now not only do you know the exact city the devil is in, but also the exact body he has decided to limit himself within? Usually when this happens, somehow they tie down the body too.

Now, think of the remaining 6,999,999,999 people on earth. They can go on living their normal life with no fear what-so-ever of Satan. They know where he is? They know he’s tied down? All they have to do is simply keep him there, and one way or another show gratitude to the possessed person by saying “Thank you for taking one for the team”.
From a business perspective, I am not sure why Satan would go about doing the possession thing? Instead of sticking to my first scenario, instilling fear in all 7 billion people, why would he limit himself within one body? And even when he is exorcised out of it, the previously possessed person will also turn against him for misusing his or her body and might even sue him.

Something to think about…

P.S: Needless to say, this article is not based on research, it is intended purely for humor.

— Raghid Khalil