What is your New Year’s Resolution for 2019?

Every year most of us will make a New Year resolution with the best intentions of sticking with them throughout the New Year.  Unfortunately, in most cases, these resolutions quickly fail.  Then when they fail, we feel horrible and tend to beat ourselves up.  Well, there’s no need to do that.  Here are a few bullet points that can help you keep your resolutions this year.

  • Be realistic with your goals: Don’t set yourself up for
    failure.  You are probably not going to go to the gym every day for
    the entire year, or you’re probably not going to lose three dress sizes in
    the next three months.  Instead, set realistic goals.  Start out
    by losing your first 2 pounds the first month, and then 1 pound a month
    thereafter until you’ve reached your goal.  If you look at your goals
    this way, the resolution doesn’t look nearly as big and overwhelming.
  • Think in baby steps: Let’s face it, you’re not going to
    suddenly stop smoking, eating or biting your nails all at once. 
    These bad habits take time to break.  Instead of going “cold turkey”,
    try saying, “I will cut my cigarette smoking in half by February 1st
    or “I will only bite my nails on my right hand for a week, then cut it
    down to four nails, then three, then two”.
  • Offer yourself incentives: Reward yourself when you’ve
    reached that small goal.  So, if you were successful in not having a
    cigarette for a three hours, reward yourself with something you like, like
    a new pair of shoes or a new purse.  It’s important to remember that
    you shouldn’t reward yourself with a cigarette because you didn’t have one
    for three whole hours!  That would be contrary to the goal.
  • Pick a buddy: It’s always fun to work out or diet with
    a friend.  Having a buddy share your goals is always a good support
    system for you and for your buddy.   And words of encouragement
    from your buddy can also be uplifting and positive.
  • Be tough:  Don’t beat yourself up.  Have you
    ever heard of the saying, “two steps forward, one step back”?  If you
    decide to cheat and have that second cookie or piece of cake, it’s
    alright.  Don’t let the bad feeling spiral into a circle of feeling defeated
    and depressed.  Just pick yourself up and say, “ok, I had a little
    slip which is ok and not a big deal”.  Then look forward and get back
    on track.

I hope these pointers have encouraged you to make the right choices.  Good luck and happy New Year’s Resolutions!

Practicing Self-Care During A Job Search

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Experiencing a change in your job situation can be difficult, to say the least. Many people suffer from depression or sadness after losing a job, regardless of whether it was on their terms. And it’s not unusual to experience stress and anxiety when having to figure out what the next move will be or planning your finances. The process of applying for jobs, setting up interviews, and going through training can be over whelming, so it’s important to learn how to practice self-care during it all. This can mean anything from preparing for interviews to getting in daily exercise in order to reduce stress.

Fortunately, there are any number of ways you can practice self-care. Think about how you can incorporate these practices into your daily routine, and combine them with your preparations for landing your dream job. Taking care of yourself both mentally and physically is the best way to reduce stress during this time, but it can also help you find the perfect gig.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to get started.

Take care of your body

Some people experience a lack of sleep and an inability to eat a well-balanced diet when they’re feeling stressed or anxious, so it’s important to do all you can to prevent this during the job search process. Daily exercise can be hugely beneficial when you’re unable to sleep, helping you feel tired at the end of the day and elevating your mood and ability to cope with anxiety. And eating right can keep you from feeling bad or getting sick, which is why you don’t want to skip meals. Even if you only have something small, it’s important for your body to eat breakfast and lunch every day.

Ask for some help

It can be helpful to get some assistance when it comes to putting together a resume, setting up interviews and keeping your schedule organized, and preparing for interviews. Ask a friend or loved one to help by holding a mock interview at home, or to help you update your resume in order to impress potential employers. Ask for them to be brutally honest so you can lock down the best looking resume and the best interview attitude.

Practice the interview

 It’s important to practice the interviewprocess; this will help you prepare so you’ll be confident while talking to a potential employer, and it can help lower stress and anxiety. Look up some common interview questions and think about what your answers will be. Keep in mind that it’s also a good idea to do a little research on the company so you’ll sound informed during the interview. Find out how long they’ve been around, how many people they employ, and what their company goals are.

Buy some new clothes

New clothing can help boost your confidence, and when it comes to finding things to wear for your interview or new job, it can also help you get into the role and enjoy yourself. Do a little research to figure out what kinds of outfits are best for the job you want — every company is different when it comes to their dress code, after all — and think about what you might want to wear for interviews.  Look online for some great deals, and stick mostly to classic pieces so you’ll get more life out of them.

Practicing self-care during a job search can help you reduce stress and anxiety, which in turn can help you get through the process more smoothly. Talk to your friends and family about how they can help,and make time for yourself every day in order to relax. With a little preparation and some good planning, you can take care of yourself during the search for a new job and prevent stress and burnout.