What Are the Secrets of Happy Parenthood?

What Are the Secrets of Happy Parenthood?

We absolutely love our kids. But as much joy as parenting brings us; it can also be incredibly challenging. What makes some parents better at coping a toddler throwing a tantrum or a teen that talks back? Are there strategies to help us get through the rough times and appreciate our roles as parents? And how can we along the way improve our relationships with our kids? Here’s how: Celebrate Your Achievements As parents, we feel guilt constantly. We think about things we should have done or the things we shouldn’t have said. We wish we had more time. We wish there was more we could do. But the reality is that there’s really only so much that we can do. Instead of beating ourselves up, we should celebrate what we’ve accomplished so far. Think about the decisions you’ve made that were right and make more good ones like that. Make Time For Yourself Just as we schedule time for everything else in our lives, you should also make time in your day to do something entirely for yourself. It can be as simple as a bath where no one disturbs you or an hour to read a few chapters of the book you’re trying to finish. When you’re irritated, overwhelmed, and stressed out, you end up taking those feelings out on your kids.   When we don’t think about our own well-being and mental health, it can catch up to us. Often, we put ourselves last and feel guilty when we take time for ourselves. However, when we schedule leisure time like a massage or a date night,...
7 Changes to Make to Your Daily Life to Build Resiliency

7 Changes to Make to Your Daily Life to Build Resiliency

Some are born naturally resilient. If you weren’t, you’ll be happy to know that there are daily habits that you can start practicing now to help you build resiliency, allowing you to bounce back faster when you are faced with challenges. If you want to learn how to stay cool under pressure and be better prepared for life’s curveballs and the unpredictability of business, here are 7 things you can do every day to strengthen your resiliency: 1. Continually Learn Take the time to learn and expand your knowledge. The more you know, the more control you will feel you have over your life and your business. The more you know about your industry, the better prepared you will be for changes in your market. And you’ll also be on top of what’s trending. You’ll be better equipped to face challenges and have the skills to find solutions. 2. Create a Priority List Make to-do lists and commit to them. Resiliency has a lot to do with self-confidence. When you’ve mastered the skill of prioritizing, you learn to trust yourself more. And when you have confidence in yourself to make important decisions, you feel prepared for any significant changes in your life. 3. Talk to Your Trusted Advisors Value the advice from your mentors who can help you keep track of your failures and your weaknesses. Sometimes, it’s valuable to have the experience of others to help guide you through the ups and downs that often come with running a business. 4. Connect with Like-Minded People Make friends with other people who understand the complexities of running a business....
7 Benefits of Being More Optimistic

7 Benefits of Being More Optimistic

Research shows that people who are hopeful and confident about the outcome of events are generally happier. This optimism that they feel makes them less stressed and better equipped to face challenges. Optimists view life’s problems differently, making them much more successful at coping. But beyond that, there are more benefits of being optimistic that cover everything from your physical health to your relationships with yourself and other people. Here are 7 reasons why you should be more optimistic: 1. Optimists Are More Resilient Optimists are better at bouncing back. No matter what life throws at them, they look for that “silver lining” rather than get hung up on the negativity. Because of this, they’re better at transitioning in times of change. 2. Optimists Have Better Heart Health Studies have shown that emotional and mental positivity has an effect on the state of our health and overall well-being. People who have a cheery disposition have healthier hearts and better cholesterol levels. 3. Optimists Live Longer If you want to live a ripe old age, be more optimistic. Because optimists have better health, they live longer. Studies have shown that optimism improves the immune system, prevents chronic diseases, and even helps you cope with stress better. For these reasons, your body doesn’t suffer from the strain that is typically caused by stress. And when you’re healthy in both body and mind, you live a longer and happier life. 4. Optimists Are Happier Employees People who are optimistic tend to find satisfaction in their jobs. Instead of complaining about work, they find gratification in the fact that they have a job...
5 Tips to Be More Resilient During Challenging Times

5 Tips to Be More Resilient During Challenging Times

In difficult times, do you hold your ground or do you lose your cool? And when the storm has passed, do you recover quickly or do you wallow in self-pity? People who are resilient are those who maintain a positive outlook despite being faced with difficult times thus coping with stress more effectively. They bounce back and recover from adversity much quicker than someone who buckles under pressure. If you want to know what you can do to be more resilient and be more prepared for when life throws you a wildcard, here are 5 ways to show resilience during tough times: 1. Believe That Things Will Get Better Part of recovering from adversity is knowing that things will eventually get better. It may not be tomorrow or even the week after. Accept that it may take time but also know how important it is for you to push on. If you want things to get better, you need to believe that only good things will happen moving forward. 2. Don’t Isolate Yourself When bad things happen, we want to just roll into a ball and hide from the world. We don’t want to face people out of fear of being judged, particularly if we blame ourselves for why we’re going through a difficult time in our lives. However, it’s important to recognize that our friends and family are there to support us through tough times. Allow your social support system distract you from negative thoughts and even offer you guidance. 3. Take a Break From Negative Thoughts Give your mind a break. It’s natural for you to play...
5 Secrets to Maintaining a Healthy Relationship with Yourself

5 Secrets to Maintaining a Healthy Relationship with Yourself

What causes happiness? Is it material possessions? If so, then why do we encounter people who seem to have it all and still seem unsatisfied? It would seem that an abundance of money and material things don’t guarantee happiness. Happiness can be found in acceptance. Only by accepting who you are can you be confident enough to present your true self to the world; and only then can you be truly happy. But how you find self-acceptance? Here are 5 steps towards living a life that is authentic and happy: 1. Be Grateful For Your Body Stop allowing media and society dictate how you should feel about your body. We’re all unique; each body is different. When you obsess about your weight or your looks, you deny yourself from seeing the big picture. You’re so much more than just your outside appearance. By accepting your body and being grateful for it, you’ll feel healthier, less depressed, and braver to face life’s challenges. 2. Treat Yourself Well When you love something, you take care of it. Because you love your body, you care for it by eating right and keeping it healthy. The more you take care of your body and give it energy, the more you will appreciate it for the gift that it gives you. 3. Stop Judging Yourself The next time you notice that you’re being too hard on yourself, pause. Instead of listening to that critic in your brain that feeds you negative thoughts, think positively. Stop judging yourself and adding to your insecurities. Be mindful of your thoughts and only entertain ones that are kind...
5 Reasons Why Our Dreams Don’t Come True

5 Reasons Why Our Dreams Don’t Come True

We all have dreams. We aspire for more than what we are and what we have. And along with having these dreams is the desire to seem them come to life. But have you wondered why your dreams get stuck and don’t take flight? Why do our dreams remain in our minds and never materialize into more? Here are 5 reasons why your dreams are not taking off as you would have liked: We’ve Been Discouraged Our dreams will never be realized when we choose to listen to criticism and allow them to affect us. Sometimes, we make the mistake of listening to the wrong people. These are the people who instead of uplifting us and encouraging us, squash our dreams with their negativity. They tell us we can’t or we shouldn’t. Some say these things with the intent to make us face “reality.” But what they really do is stifle us and keep us from reaching our goals. We Lack Imagination Our dreams come to us to lead the way. They’re meant to aspire us and bring us guidance. But when we are not true to ourselves and claim other people’s dreams as our own, we are not thinking big enough and not giving justice to our potential. Be creative and aspire for things that are unique to you. We Settle for Less When we lack self-assurance and self-love, we feel we don’t merit better things. We figure that average will suffice. When we don’t believe we deserve more, we settle for less. If we want our dreams to take flight and soar, we need to be inspired....

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