Life transitions like marriage, divorce, losing a job, or moving to a new city invariably bring vast, sweeping changes. You’re pushed out of your comfort zone and forced to do things differently. Now, this doesn’t have to be a bad thing: We all have bad habits that don’t serve us, and the huge changes that are happening are essentially wiping your slate clean. You could ride this transition wave toward a new way of being, where you do things better than you used to and build a better life for yourself. Today, Breathe explains how you could replace negative habits with positive ones during major life transitions:
Understand that making positive change is a process
Bad habits don’t disappear overnight. They’re a pattern ingrained into your psyche and cemented by repetition and practice. You’ll have to transform them – essentially, replace the old pattern with a new one. Time advocates a 5-step process: stress-busting, understanding your triggers, finding replacement habits, having good motivation, and setting new goals.
Replace your old attitude
Your mindset shapes your beliefs and guides your actions. Negative attitudes like being judgmental, impatient, arrogant, and stubborn will keep you stuck in negative patterns of behavior and being. You could work on replacing them with positive, opposing attitudes – being more accepting, patient, humble, and flexible, for instance.
Get gardening to bust stress and bolster your mental health
Gardening is one of the most healthful activities in existence and has long been associated with longevity. Spending a few minutes gardening every day can drastically reduce your stress levels, naturally bolster your mood, help you get your daily dose of Vitamin D, and be good physical exercise besides. For added health benefits (and saving grocery bills), you can grow your own fruits and vegetables for consumption. You can even connect with passionate fellow gardeners or find a gardening club in your neighborhood.
Change up your non-satisfying relationships
The people you spend time with have a massive influence on your attitudes, happiness levels, and life in general. If you find yourself in toxic relationships with people who don’t support you or don’t have your best interest at heart, it’s time to change things up. Consider setting stronger boundaries, spending more time with yourself, and, of course, finding new people.
Replace your old unhealthy food choices
Sugary sodas, snacks, and junk food bring down your energy levels, affect your mood, and even lead to health problems like diabetes and heart issues. Healthier food, needless to say, will give you more energy, keep health problems at bay, and make you happier. There are healthier alternatives for almost any food item you can think of, and they taste the same. FirstCry Parenting offers a nice list. If you garden actively, you can plant your own healthy vegetables – beets, carrots, kale, green beans, and more.
Transform your unhealthy lifestyle
An unhealthy lifestyle is living life without taking care of yourself. It may involve not exercising enough, not hydrating enough, sitting still for too long, drinking too much alcohol, and watching too much TV (or having too much screen time). Creating and following a simple self-care routine will allow you to take better care of yourself. Gardening, as mentioned earlier, is one of the best self-care activities and fun besides.
Nobody likes the stress that goes with putting yourself back on the job market, but if you aren’t happy with your current position, it’s probably time to look elsewhere. Luckily, there are tools you can use to give yourself an advantage over the competition. For instance, you may want to try a resume builder that takes advantage of time-tested templates to highlight your hard-won skills. And best of all, it’s free!
Of course, another option is to become your own boss. It’s a great way to transition into something more positive and satisfying. All you need is a solid business plan, a good attitude, and some seed money. You can limit the risk to your personal assets by registering as an LLC, which offers certain legal protections and tax benefits. But regulations can vary by location so make sure you’re adhering to the specific LLC rules for your state – or better yet, get an online formation service to help you get started!
Major life transitions may be turbulent, but they teach valuable lessons and are a golden opportunity to make positive changes in your life, whether that’s updating your resume and changing jobs or starting a business of your own. Remember, it helps to be kind to yourself and remind yourself that any chaos (or pain) is fleeting – that this, too, shall pass, and better days will come.
Article courtesy of Michelle Peterson
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In today's world, having a college degree is seen as the key to success in business. But there are plenty of people who have achieved their goals and made it big without stepping foot on a college campus. This blog post, courtesy of Breathe., will teach you how to become successful in business without getting an advanced degree.
Keep It Realistic
When beginning your entrepreneurial journey, start small by setting realistic goals and taking baby steps. This could include using your industry knowledge to create products or services that you can offer customers. You can also start from the ground up — understanding customer needs and creating a business model to meet those needs.
Start With Research
If you want to maximize your venture's potential, it’s time to get down and dirty with research. Make sure you know everything there is to know about the area that you plan on working in before launching a venture. Take some time each day to read relevant articles and books related to your chosen industry and become an expert in that field. It will help you stay current on trends so that you can adjust your strategies accordingly when needed.
Then, devise a plan that meets — and even exceeds — the expectations of investors, so they know their money is reliable in an ever-changing business climate. But don't fear failure — it can be used as a stepping stone whenever needed. Initiative speaks volumes about how hardworking entrepreneurs are when success is on the line.
Pursue Your Passion
Finding a field that you are passionate about will make the journey much easier and more enjoyable. For those interested in interior design, this is a good option to consider. Interior design encompasses all aspects of design, such as selecting furniture, fixtures, artwork, accessories, and other related items for interior environments. Becoming successful in interior design also requires creativity, resourcefulness, and developing relationships with suppliers and clients. With determination and hard work, interior design can be a rewarding career choice for anyone knowledgeable about space planning, color theory, material science, and more.
Find a Mentor
Having the support of someone who has already achieved success within the same sector as yours is invaluable for anyone starting without a college degree. Reach out to people who have been successful in this line of work and ask them for advice. Many times they can guide how best to tackle certain aspects of running a business, such as marketing strategies or financial organization/planning issues.
Expand Your Network
Networking is incredibly important for any business venture, so take the time to make connections in your industry. This could include attending events and talks related to entrepreneurship, joining industry-specific groups on social media, or even just meeting with other people in the same field of work as you. Not only will these connections help you learn more about the field and gain insight into the success stories of others, they might even be potential partners or clients.
To reach success and growth, strong financial acumen is essential. Having an understanding of accounting principles makes key decisions easier. From the start, it can bring peace of mind, protect assets, and steer you toward business goals. Even investing a small amount of time in foundational knowledge pays off big time down the line.
Start Your Business Now!
One key step to success is getting an LLC designation. LLCs come with rules that provide owners with certain protections and freedom, such as limited liability coverage, without having to be personally responsible for legal issues or debts of the business. Not only does LLC status protect your personal assets from legal issues stemming from your business activities, but choosing this option also gives you advantageous tax benefits as your profits are not taxed at the corporate level.
Succeeding in business without a college degree is an attainable goal with the right research and preparation. To get ahead, invest time into networking professionally, seek out mentors who have achieved success, and hone strategic initiatives while accounting for efficient practices — all of which result in long-term prosperity.
Article courtesy of Michelle Peterson
Alanna is the Owner and Clinical Director of Breathe., LLC. Alanna is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Registered Yoga Instructor, and Certified Heartmath Trainer. Alanna has over 20 years of experience working in the addictions field. Alanna takes a holistic approach when working with clients, combining the mind, body, and spirit in counseling.