Healthy Ways of Dealing With Stress

Dealing With Stress

Dealing With Stress

Stress is one of the worst things you can do to both your mind and your body. Not only does it make you anxious and makes it seem impossible to focus on anything else but what’s causing you stress, it also has physical side effects like exhaustion, irritability, and worse, a depleted immune system. Lots of things in life can stress you out, whether it’s personal issues, a matter within your family, or something at your job, and the most important thing to remember when you’re stressed is that it’s temporary and if you learn to cope with it you can work towards relieving some of it from your life. There are lots of ways of coping with stress, and some are healthier than others. Smoking, drinking, or overeating are just a few of the unhealthy ways of coping with stress. Instead of slipping into a bad mood and finding yourself indulging in one of those ways, try a few of these healthy ways of coping with whatever’s stressing you out so you can try and get those stress levels down.

Start a Stress Journal

Keep A Stress Journal

Keep A Stress Journal

If you’re already keeping a journal, great! You’re familiar with the idea of setting some time aside each day to write in your journal. If you’ve been keeping one for a while then you’ve probably been writing about what’s stressing you out, but you might not be doing it in the healthiest way. If possible, set time aside to keep a journal specifically focused on your stress. It sounds counter-productive at first because it seems to suggest that dwelling on the stressor is going to help you, but that’s not the case. It’s more than that! Keeping a stress journal involves trying to isolate the source of your stress and writing about it (don’t worry, it’s okay to make a guess if you’re unsure what has you feeling so stressed out) as well as how it specifically made you feel. Talk about physical things and emotional things, since stress affects you in different ways! Talk about how you acted in response, too, and how you came back from it. What did you do to make yourself feel better? By writing all of these things out you’re dealing with your stress in a healthy and safe way and hopefully by rationalizing what had you so upset, you’ll be able to move past it.

Set Aside Relaxation Time

Take Time Out Of Your Busy Day To Just Relax

Take Time Out Of Your Busy Day To Just Relax

Too much relaxation can in fact be a bad thing. If you’re coping with your stress by spending all of your free time sleeping to the point where it seems like you aren’t getting anything done, that’s not coping with stress. That’s pushing it away and trying to deal with it in an unhealthy way, which is only going to make it worse. Setting aside relaxation time is a little more structured. Make it so that a part of your day is devoted to relaxing, whether that’s taking a warm bubble bath, reading a book, going for a walk or jog through the woods or playing with one of your pets. It’s all about what makes you feel better. You’ll be able to clear your head and calm down and it will help you cope with the things that are stressing you out because you’ll be able to approach possible solutions rationally. Make sure you don’t overindulge, though, and end up spending too much time doing nothing. That’s not relaxing, that’s just being lazy and avoiding the issue! Setting a specified beginning and end time can help.

Make Some Connections

Don't  Isolate Yourself From Everyone

Don’t Isolate Yourself From Everyone

Although it seems like the easiest and most logical thing to do when you’re stressed is to isolate yourself from everyone else, that’s not a good way to deal with stress at all. It’s only going to make you feel more alone and that’s the last thing you want. A great way to cope with stress is to reach out and make some connections with someone. If it’s a family member you haven’t had time to talk to because of something that’s stressing you out at work, give them a phone call or drop by for a visit. If family situations have you on edge and stressed, try phoning a friend that you might not have seen in a while and catch up. Talking to people and making those human connections is so important because it lets you know that you’re not alone and you aren’t suffering through your stress all by yourself. Besides, there isn’t anything that can beat the good feeling that comes from truly having a meaningful conversation with someone.

The Pros and Cons of Buying Refurbished Electronics

Buying Refurbished Electronics

Buying Refurbished Electronics

Yeah, we know. It’s easy to shy away from the phrase refurbished electronics, isn’t it? When you hear that term, you’re expecting the item to come to you used and possibly having already lived out half of its little electronic life. That’s not usually the case. There are many things that are often sold as refurbished (often with attractive deals attached to them, too) and they function just fine, often the same as a new version of the same electronic might. Retailers and manufacturers alike offer refurbished offers at many of their physical or online stores.

Some people prefer to stay away from refurbished products for their own reasons, but unless you’re a tech guru who always hash to have the newest and best in technology the moment it hits the market, refurbished might be a good choice for you if you’re smart about it. It’s best to be wise when it comes to refurbished electronics and make sure you’re understanding why that particular item has the refurbished label on it. Weigh the pros and cons of each item and find out all you can about the electronic before you purchase, and that deal they’re offering on the item because it’s refurbished might be worth taking the retailer up on!

Price

Be Careful: If Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is!

Be Careful: If It Sounds To Good To Be True, It Probably Is!

This is what attracts people to refurbished items in the first place. It wouldn’t make sense to have an item that’s only like-new be the same price as a truly new item, so most refurbished items are offered at either a percent discount off of the retail price or simply just a drastically lower sale price. It can be a very attractive prospect to many consumers who want that high-price item but can’t rationalize it into their budget unless it’s on sale or being offered at a more competitive price. The cost of an electronic is the biggest reason people choose a refurbished product, especially when it comes to a high-price retailer like Apple. Their products are known for being worth the money, and they have a lot of attractive refurbished options that run just as well as new products. Although big-name retailers like these can be trusted, it’s best to be safe with other refurbished products. With the price on these (just like with a regular electronic) it’s best to remember that if the deal seems just too good to be true, it probably is.

Limited Supply and Selection

One of the biggest downsides to buying refurbished products is the limited selection offered. Because not every product a manufacturer makes is going to end up being returned of having defects, there’s no guarantee that a certain type of machine you’ve had your eye on is going to be offered and even if it is, it might not have a certain spec that you were interested in it for. Refurbished computers, for example, aren’t always going to have the same RAM options in a refurbished line as they would if you bought the item like-new. Although this is definitely considered a con, for consumers who aren’t looking for a set of specific features in a computer, this isn’t much of an obstacle when considering purchasing.

Different Warranty Policies

Make Sure They Work And Have A Warranty

Make Sure They Work And Have A Warranty

Although many refurbished products do still come with similar warranty policies you’re used to when buying brand new electronics, there are some definite variations. You’re giving the company less money, so they have less of a reason to cover repairs and replacements on your machine for a longer period of time. This is a definite con to purchasing refurbished, but it is rare to find a refurbished electronic that doesn’t offer at least some type of warranty. If you’ve had your eye on a refurbished item and the seller doesn’t want to offer at least some sort of warranty, it’s probably best not to buy because that means there’s a known issue with the machine and you’re probably just going to get screwed over.

Just like with any electronic, understand what you’re getting. Ask why the item is being sold as refurbished if it isn’t being made known to you. Sometimes, the packaging is damaged or the product was returned after being cosmetically damaged in shipment, or occasionally there’s a factory or production defect that doesn’t impair the function but cause the manufacturer to not sell it in a like-new way. No matter where you are, make sure that you understand why the item is classified as refurbished even if you’re initially drawn in by an attractive price. Whether they’re refurbished or new, purchasing electronics is easy if you’re making yourself aware of what you’re looking for and getting instead of falling victim to sucker deals.

When to Expand Your Online Business and Hire Staff

Expand Your Online Business

Expand Your Online Business

If you started out your online business as a lone entrepreneur with a great idea and a lot of ambition, then you’re probably used to working alone. However, the more your business grows, the more work it’s going to generate. Eventually, it can get to be too much for one person. This is both a blessing and a curse, because while it’s great that you’re doing that much business, it’s a drawback that you can’t keep up with the workload. This is when you might want to consider hiring staff at the same rate as your business is expanding. Here are a few signs that indicate it might be time to hire a right hand person to help you shoulder the work.

You Start to Fall Behind with the Workload

Every aspect of an online business is consuming since you’re doing all of the handling yourself. If the volume of your orders gets to be too much for you to handle, one of two things will happen. On the one hand, you might keep up, but you’re not going to have much energy for anything else since you’re dealing with so much extra work. The other option is that you fall behind, which is worse since you’ll be disappointing your customers. That’s the last thing you want to do, since the entire reason your online business has been successful thus far is that you’re doing something right when it comes to retaining your customers. If you just have too much work to handle yourself without experiencing one of these extremely damaging outcomes, it might be time to look into hiring someone to help.

You Develop Areas Outside of Your Expertise

Hire Staff To Help In Areas You Know Nothing About

Hire Staff To Help In Areas You Know Nothing About

There are entire businesses dedicated to help online businesses cultivate different aspects of their dealings, including everything from social media marketing to incorporating an efficient inventory system. If there’s an initiative you want to undertake, but it’s outside your scope of expertise, you might consider bringing on a consultant. This is a step down from hiring actual staff, but it’s still expanding into working with another person if you’ve been doing it all yourself. A good example is marketing. If you’re not an eCommerce marketing guru, you should seriously think about hiring someone who knows what they’re doing. While as a business owner you can dabble in trends like social media and blogging, if you want to devise an entire marketing strategy based around these platforms, you should consult with someone who’s experienced. Expertise is worth paying for if you’re planning on spending a lot of your time invested in making it work.

You Can Afford To

An especially important question to ask is whether you can afford to hire additional staff. Every business reaches a point where there’s enough income and sales to warrant considering extra help, but you need to decide whether or not the extra income will cover the cost. Weigh your options carefully, because it could mean the difference between scaling back your business to still be manageable under just your supervision, or investing in paying someone else to help you assuming your business will continue to grow. Review your budget projections and see whether it looks like a good idea. You can also hold off for a little while and see how things go. It’s easy to find someone to assist in an online business, especially if the kind of work you need done is straightforward, like record keeping or managing inventory.

You’re Seeking Different Kinds of Staff

No Matter What Kind Of Staff You Need There Are Options

No Matter What Kind Of Staff You Need There Are Options

There are all different types of staff that can work for an online business. This can include both on-site people who will help with tangible inventory, and also remote consultants who might be advising you on marketing or writing copy for your online store. Whatever the situation, you need to be aware of what your employees or consultants expect. If someone is working for you on a contractual basis, make sure all paperwork is complete, signed, and agreed upon ahead of time. You don’t have to go all out and hire a full-time employee immediately.

Pet Play: What is It and Why Will She Love It?

Having a boring Sex Life? Try A Pet Play!

Have a boring Sex Life? Try Pet Play!

Are things dying down in the bedroom? Does she just not seem as into it as she used to? It’s not uncommon at all. Women are way more inclined to get bored in bed, so you need to keep it lively to maintain her interest (and her arousal). When normal sex isn’t interesting enough on its own, then it’s time to throw some kink into the mix. This doesn’t mean you have to go full BDSM on her, now. There are plenty of ways to spice things up without needing a safe word, and pet play is one of them. You’ll be shocked at how into it she is, guaranteed.

The Run-Down

Pet play is a type of role-play that takes things just a step further. Sure you can role-play as teacher/student and cop/prisoner until the cows come home, but that doesn’t have the same level of submission. Sometimes what a woman really wants is to be brought to her hands and knees and really take care of you. Or, maybe she’d prefer doing the same to you. Both of you can take part in pet play, with one as the pet and one as the master. Gender doesn’t apply to who takes which role, which can loosen things up in the bedroom if she’s been looking for some control. The kicker is this, though: you get to dress up as animals. This is what makes it unique, and makes for a lot of interesting options.

Common Types

Search For The Best Animal Costumes

Search For The Best Animal Costumes

The most common types of pet play are with animals like horses, dogs, and cats. Dogs and cats are obvious because they’re domestic animals by nature that have been fetishized by multiple cultures and have a lot of “sexy” connotations. Not to mention, it’s easy to find cute costumes for your girlfriend with both of these animals. Horse play is more common for men because it would probably be easier for her to ride you than the other way around. Besides, don’t you want her riding you anyway? Obviously pet play can work with any animal you want, so if there’s one you associate with more, feel free to get creative. Foxes, fawns, and other woodland creatures are also getting popular these days. You can stay cutesy with them, or you can make it kinky. Bring on the leather, or just use a traditional cutely costume, it’s whatever you and your lady want.

Supplies

On the subject of costumes, there are a lot of places to buy these things. If you get lucky and start wanting to try your hand at pet play in the fall, then there will be plenty of options for you. Halloween stores pop up all over the place, and there you’ll found countless animal-themed costumes for both genders. If it’s not Halloween season, don’t worry about it. Even common sites like Amazon will have costumes up all year round, and for reasonable prices. It’s just more of a pain to not be able to try anything on. If you want something on the sexier side, sex shops sell animal costumes, too. Pick up some tail-equipped anal plugs for an added bonus. You can also use things like gags, saddles, collars, and leashes.

Why She Loves It

A Role Playing Can Give You And Your Partner What  Is Missing In The Relationship

Role Playing Can Give You & Your Partner What Is Missing In The Relationship

She loves it because it’s a getaway for her. Role-playing can bring out a side of her you’ve never seen before, and it helps her relax. It can also give her a sense of control, which is great because if she’s bored in the bedroom, control can get her interested all over again. Whether she’s dominant or submissive during pet play, though, it’ll be a refreshing change from the norm. It also tells her that you’re interesting and willing to try new things in the bedroom. Who knows, she might have a few kinks up her sleeve that she’s been dying to try. This might get her to actually bring them up, and will help her feel more comfortable around you in general. This can open the door to a whole world of amazing sex you never dreamed was possible. If your love life is lacking, go ahead and bring up pet play to her. Explain it to her, and don’t worry. The worst thing she could do is tell you she’s not interested.

3 Ways to Stop from Dipping into Your Savings

Stop Dipping Into Your Savings

Stop Dipping Into Your Savings

In the current economy, saving money isn’t easy. For those who are able to put away some funds into savings, it may be tempting to tap into some of that money for a special purchase or indulgence. Others may be able to resist temptation, but without responsible financial planning they may find themselves using their savings for daily expenses if they find their earnings aren’t covering the bills. Here are a few simple tactics to help prevent these situations from happening and to help you build the funds you need to save for a major expense or plan for retirement.

Make a Budget

You Need To Make A Budget And Stick To It

You Need To Make A Budget And Stick To It

The best way to manage your money and build your savings is to make a budget and stick to it. Without a budget, it’s easy to spend more on everyday purchases or lose track of your earnings and expenses. Your budget should be based on how much money your household brings in every month balanced with your expenses. Next, list your bills and expenditures by date to make sure you’ll have enough to cover your bills when they are due, with enough left over for groceries, gas, and other daily purchases. Hopefully you’ll be left with extra money to go into your savings account. If during your budget planning you find your running low on money or would like to put more away, think about how you can cut costs and what you’re spending the most on. Think about how you could save at the grocery store or if you are getting the best deals on cable or phone services. There may be places in your budget that you can hone to help you fund that nest egg.

Have Long-term Goals and Plans

Some people have trouble saving money because they aren’t planning for the future. Living in the moment and enjoying your life are important, but saving for future expenses are, too. If you are having trouble saving, think about the expenses you may encounter in the future. Visualizing a new car, purchasing a home, or expanding your family can help you keep in mind the importance of having a savings account. Additionally, you should keep in mind that your savings is like a safety net. If you have a fund for emergencies, it can reduce your everyday stress. Knowing you have a plan for covering car or home repairs or unexpected medical expenses, should be incentive enough to keep you going in the right direction toward your financial goals.

Live Within Your Means

Do Not Spend More Than What You Can Afford

Do Not Spend More Than What You Can Afford

Despite future plans or saving for emergencies, many people are tempted to use their savings to purchase things that they might not be able to afford. If living on a budget to bolster your savings becomes tiresome, it may be enticing to splurge on indulgences. Remember that the money is there for a purpose and isn’t just extra income. If you’ve built up your savings, you may feel that you’ve worked hard and deserve to start spending your extra money. While you have earned it, remember not to use your saving to live above your means. Taking expensive vacations or buying luxury goods might make you happy at the time, but can throw a wrench in your long term financial planning. Don’t splurge on everyday purchases and rely on your savings, because this will quickly eat away at your account.