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The way we live says a lot about us. Lifestyle means a
lot to us and is about more than how much fun you’re having or how much work
you’re getting done. It also has a profound effect on your mental health.
That’s why it’s smart to take a step back and examine
your own lifestyle. How is it helping your mental health? How it is hurting?
The consequences of a lifestyle that runs counter to your mental health
interests can be severe, so take action and build a better, healthier life.
Is your lifestyle
good for you?
Everyday, we make decisions (or follow through on
powerful habit loops) that affect our mental health, whether we realize it or
not. And, over time, these decisions can add up to a complete mental health
picture — for better or for worse. Let’s take a closer look at your lifestyle.
Mental health and physical health are much more closely connected than many of us realize, and a poor diet and lack of exercise can bring down your mood and make you more vulnerable to all kinds of common mental health conditions.
Consider stress. What about your environment — including
your home, your commute, and your work environment — might contribute to higher
stress levels? What about your work, your career, and your current work-life
balance (or lack thereof) might be raising your stress?
What about the place that you live in? Big cities with competitive work environments tend to lead to higher stress levels, so residents of places such as Washington, D.C., may want to be more proactive about their mental health than others, expert DC therapists point out — though they emphasize that virtually anyone can benefit from therapy.
Are you seeking treatment for any mental health issues?
Are you in therapy? You probably visit the doctor regularly for physical
checkups — do you do the same for your mind?
What a rough
lifestyle can do to your mind
All of the questions and concerns above are important
because, if you’re not careful, your wrong answers could lead to serious mental
Anxiety disorders are, when taken together, the most common form of mental health issues. They can be triggered and exacerbated by stress — the same sort of stress that is caused by your lack of work-life balance or your busy, competitive life in a big city like Washington, D.C.
Depression is common, too, and it can be worsened by the
low moods you’ll experience when you fail to get proper nutrition or exercise
And other, less common mental health issues can arise
from environmental factors — including basic, ongoing lifestyle decisions —
too. So get smart and change your life.
Building a better
The idea of changing your whole lifestyle to improve
your mental health can be overwhelming. But you don’t have to do all of this at
once, and reprogramming habit loops for the better will help you achieve
long-term, sustainable change.
Tackle bad habits first, and start fighting for the
little things that will improve your mental health, such as a vacation or a
rule against answering emails after hours. Leave a bit earlier to make your
big-city commute less stressful. Aim for sustainable changes — rather than
crash diets — and try adding vegetables in and swapping out a few unhealthy
favorites for healthier options. And, above all, get some professional help.
Your mental health is an important dimension of your overall health, and it
deserves the same professional care that you’d give your physical health.
The history teaches us how every generation makes its own unique impact on the overall society. According to the current situation, the generation that is making its impact on the modern society are the millennials.
The term “millennials” is a new word used to represent adults between ages of 19 and 35, which make up a big part of most Western and wealthy countries. As a result, the essence of doing business has been increasingly changing over the years, as millennials tend to influence the way business is run. It comes as no surprise that majority of company owners are working hard to attract this demographic, bearing in mind the fact that millennials dictate what is popular on the world market.
The follow-up consequence of millennials’ tendencies is the ever-spreading awareness of the importance of having homegrown food. Healthy domestic food is one of the key factors in the millennials’ life perspective, which also means that the food market is also experiencing changes and developments in that area. One of the examples of this fastly-growing lifestyle is the rise of meal preparation companies which provide their customers with nutritious, fresh ingredients that can be easily used for a cooked meal.
The concept of home-grown food used and promoted by the millennials can be explained by several key points:
1. Unique flavor
Commercial farming that most grocery stores and supermarkets rely on is characterized by fruits and vegetables that have a poor flavor for several reasons:
– only plants able to provide more per plant and to be harvested all at once are being grown
– these types of food are intended to have a longer shelf life.
– they are often almost equal in size and shape, while the ripening process is completed during the delivery on trucks.
Even though a certain amount of food in groceries comes from organic farming, the mentioned technique of breeding negatively affects the flavor nevertheless. The millennials often stress out the fact that home-grown food does not have the listed disadvantages.
2. Wide variety of choice
In organic gardening, there are two different ways to grow food. The first option is to purchase quality transplants in a local shop. The process of replanting the transplant in one’s own garden is quite simple. The second option is preferable for most millennials, as it includes growing plants from seed. This option enables the breeder to make a selection of various types of fruit and vegetables. Furthermore, it gives the breeder the opportunity to make his or her own selection of the new seed from the best possible specimen from the garden. In the years to come, the selection will be improved every following year.
3. Chemical-free products
Many countries face the disturbing issue of food being treated with an excessive amount of chemicals, such as aggressive pesticides and insecticides. The benefit of home-grown food is that the owner is enabled to make his/her own decision on if chemicals will be used for treating the plants at all. Instead of resorting to unhealthy fertilizers, one can opt for an organic solution. In case of a plant that is irreversibly sick, there is always a possibility to remove it and plant something else. By using this method, other plants will be protected, and the overall growth process will not be disturbed.
4. Physical activity
The public is frequently warned by doctors of the dangers of the lack of physical activity on daily basis. The growing number of patients suffering from diabetes, heart problems, and high cholesterol sends a clear signal that every person should participate in a physical activity at least twice a week. Supporters of domestic food production accent the health benefits this type of production provides. Growing one’s own food implies a period during the day when the garden will need to be attended. Physical activities that are included are watering the garden, handling a retractable hose, weeding and much more. These types of activities are not reserved for fit people only, meaning that a broad spectrum of people can engage them.
Most households are being forced to economize during periods of economic crises. Organic gardens help people to save money that is normally spent in supermarkets. There would not be the need to spend gas for reaching a supermarket. Another benefit is that a breeder of domestic food will be able to sell his/her own products in a matter of several years.
The millennials have been making a strong impact on the way people grow food today. Their efforts are certainly making a difference in the world food market and in people’s homes. How far will that influence go – remains to be seen.
Sometimes, it’s important to make sure your budget is being spent effectively. If you’re not checking that you’re spending only on things you need, you’ll waste money. Saving money in business is important. Providing you save in the right ways on the right things, that is! Here are some simple ways to save money for your business.
Cut Back on Paper and Ink
Cutting back on paper and ink is one major way businesses can save money. If you look at all of the paper and ink you use, you might be surprised. You can probably cut back on lots of paper and ink. Maybe you can send an email rather than a fax. Maybe you can avoid printing things out. You can also buy specially recycled paper and ink for times when you really do need to print. Go paperless where you can!
Be as Eco-friendly as Possible
Be as eco-friendly as possible and you’ll save a ton of money for your business. You can start by switching things off properly when you leave the office. Leaving lots of equipment on stand by will cost you! You can also start making the most of natural light, rather than having the lights on all of the time. Make the effort to recycle and save on things like water too!
Make Sure You Brief Your Employees
Briefing your employees is an essential step to make sure you’re all on the same page. They should all want to save money and become more eco friendly like you do. If anybody isn’t playing ball, it could be costing you more than you think. Put up some friendly rules on a noticeboard to make sure everybody knows what they should be doing.
Work to Keep Good Employees
If you end up hiring really great employees, you need to work to keep them. Losing them could cost you more money in the long run when you consider training up a new employee, and even then they might not be as good as the employee that you’ve lost. Make sure you treat them right to encourage them to stay with you for longer.
You can outsource so many services. SEO, IT support, content creation, and so much more.
Do a Little Marketing Yourself
You will want to work with a marketing company to get your name out there, but there are small things you can do yourself. Things like creating business cards, working with charities, and writing blog posts. You can also learn different techniques if you have the time. Bear in mind that cutting back in areas like this could also cost you in the long run!
Ask yourself: do we really need this? Before purchasing something for the office. Maybe you don’t all need brand spanking new mac computers to get the job done.
Keep Up With Accounting
Keeping up with your accounting is so important! Make sure you have a trustworthy accountant on board.
These simple tips should help you to save quite a bit of money in business. Remember, you should only try to save money in certain areas – be prepared to spend where it matters. Thanks for reading!
According to a recent study, obesity rates are rising again among American adults, despite national efforts to promote healthy lifestyles.
Rates of obesity had been climbing dramatically since the 1980s but started leveling off in about 2004.
This latest study means they are rising again – to nearly 38% in 2013-14, up from about 32% a decade ago.
The numbers come from a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), using a national survey of about 5,000 people.
National campaigns have been aimed at lowering obesity rates in the US, such as Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, which offers programming for exercise and healthy eating among youths.
The consumption of fizzy drinks has fallen in recent years and fast-food chains now offer healthier menus.
Many companies have introduced things like treadmill desks and incentives to exercise with pedometers and staff-wide contests – but not all have taken a stake in employees’ health.
Obesity prevalence was found to be much higher for adult women than adult men – 38% compared to 34.3%.
Non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black and Hispanic adults and youth are experiencing higher rates of obesity than their white counterparts, the study found.
Between black men and women, there is a significant difference for rates of obesity – women’s rates soar above men’s at 57% compared to 38%.
In 2011, Peaches Geldof spoke about her health issues, revealing her diet of pizza and chips had shocked doctors and dismissing claims she was anorexic.
Peaches Geldof used to eat McDonald’s, pizza and chips every day until doctors warned that her junk food diet was putting her health at risk, it emerged today.
The 25-year-old admitted before her death she had cholesterol problems in 2011 and “the heart of a 90-year-old gangster” so decided to lose weight.
Peaches Geldof laughed off claims she was anorexic and insisted her weight loss was down to cutting junk food from her diet.
Peaches Geldof used to eat McDonald’s, pizza and chips every day until doctors warned that her junk food diet was putting her health at risk
The mother-of-two said she had been living on “pizza and chips” and was told to improve her lifestyle by shocked doctors, a previously-unpublished interview has revealed.
The comments came as speculation continued to grow over the cause of Peaches Geldof’s death after an autopsy proved to be inconclusive.
Peaches Geldof was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent, on Monday. Police described the circumstances as “sudden and unexplained”.
It has been reported that police found no suicide note and no signs of injury or evidence of drugs. Officers using sniffer dogs carried out a thorough search of the family’s home in the days after her death.
Toxicology tests are being carried out but the results could take weeks to come through, prolonging the wait for Peaches Geldof’s family.
Friends had said she looked thin before she died, leading to speculation her weight loss may have put pressure on her heart.
Peaches Geldof had said her juice diet helped her lose 11 lbs in a month.
“I had cholesterol and the doctors said stop eating s***. So I did. If you stop eating pizza and chips you then don’t look like you used to,” she said at a film premiere in 2011.
“Do I really look that thin? Let’s be honest. How did I do it? I just stopped eating McDonald’s and f****** s*** every day.
“I used to eat s*** every single day. I used to wake up with my boyfriend and eat crap. I had the heart of a 90-year-old gangster.”
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