7 Simple Tips To Help You Get Out Of A Bad Situation

Anyone who tells you that life is a smooth ride is not speaking the truth. Even if we’re content with the way our life is going, there will always be those times when we find ourselves stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Whether it’s losing a loved one or being injured in an accident, there are plenty of things that occur throughout our time on this earth that are beyond our control. But the truth of the matter is that life is unpredictable, change is inevitable, and sometimes we’re not going to like the outcome.

Many of us feel unprepared when life throws these curve balls at us, but don’t despair because there are many ways to get through these major challenges. Take it from someone who recently got out of a bad relationship.

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For years, I was afraid that if I left my partner, I would never share the same bond with another person. I wanted to so badly make it work and it took some time, a lot of tears, sleepless nights, before I realized that I did try hard enough, but it just wasn’t a healthy situation to be in anymore.

I finally came across some tactics from Steven Skoczen, author of “Two-Year Life Plan Masterclass,” and that helped me better asses my situation and finally break free. If you find yourself stuck in a terrible place like I once was, you too could benefit from these tips.

Sure, it’s not easy to accept that you’re not where you’d like to be, but nothing can be done to fix it until you’re honest with yourself about it. If you’re unsure why you feel miserable about the way your life is unfolding at the moment, try putting pen to paper to see if you can figure it out.

Take some time out of your day to write out all the things that have been bothering you as of late, nothing is too big or too small. Is it your job? Family? Relationship? Finances? Your neighbor’s dog that barks incessantly?

Spend at least 10 minutes making the list, then when you’re done, read it over and circle the ones that you think are the biggest causes of your problems. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a couple of main ones, then it’s time to do something about it.

Now that you’ve figured out what could be the root of your problems, it’s time to dig a little deeper and describe what it is about your situation that you don’t like. Pretend like you’re talking to your best friend and be specific, make it as clear as possible and do not hold back.

Your description should clearly explain how you feel about the situation, what you have been doing to try and remedy it, who and what else are involved and whether or not they’re contributing to the problem, how much time do you spend thinking about it, as well as the ways in which it has been affecting your day to day life.

Once you’ve figured out the bad, it’s time to start looking for a better situation.

8 Couponing Tips To Help You Save The Most Money

Coupon shopping doesn’t have to be as intense as you see on TV. Shows like Extreme Couponing give an example of people who have taken their coupons seriously, stocking up on 50 rolls of toilet paper at once because they were on sale. While there’s nothing wrong with this lifestyle, it’s also not feasible for everyone.

However, there are ways to get the most from your coupons without ending up with too much stuff!

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This sounds SO simple, but find the coupons you want to use in advance, write a list, and then make it a quick trip. The longer you’re in the store, the more likely it is you’ll fall victim to more “deals” that will end up costing you more money than you would have saved.

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Just because you can save $2 on something, doesn’t mean you’re saving money. Weird, right? Often times, companies will hike up the prices of a product and then offer a “deal” which isn’t a deal at all. For example, your normal yogurt may cost $5 on an average day. However, slowly, the prices will start to increase and the price could go up to $7.50. When the company then comes out and offers $2 off, you’re still paying $5.50 for yogurt.

Money Crashers has a list of the price points everyone should know:

  • The Average Price: how much do certain items cost on any given day? What’s the lowest you’ve seen the price without a coupon? Knowing these prices for pantry staples will help make sure you’re not ripped off.
  • The Maximum Price: this is for personal knowledge. What is the most you will ever pay for a certain item, without a coupon? Knowing this will stop you from buying it when the price is too high.
  • The Deal Price: what price do you want to pay for an item when you have a coupon? If the price and coupon add up to your deal price, then buy enough to last until the next sale.
  • The Stock-Up Price: this price means it’s the lowest you’ve ever seen an item at, and you should probably stock up on it. Buy as many as you can and take advantage of the deal!
The Balance

When your coupons end up being for more than the item is on sale for, it produces an overage. Most stores won’t give you cash back for the overage, but will allow you to apply it towards other items in your cart. You’re basically giving yourself mini coupons for the items that were not on sale.

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When you’re giving the cashier your coupons, make sure you present them in the proper order. Price minimum coupons ($5 over a purchase of $20, etc.) should be presented first, as the other coupons in your order may end up negating the price minimum because of the deals. A lot of stores will apply the coupons correctly, regardless of the order, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

These 8 Habits Will Make You More Likable

The undeniable truth is that we do the things we do in order to be liked by other people. What people find likable about you may be subjective, but studies have shown that objective likability traits do exist.

I’m sure every self-help book has this phrase somewhere in its contents: Be yourself. The reason why this phrase is so heavily preached is because it’s the first step to becoming a better, more confident person. The only way to give off a genuine perception is to be who you are. People like a genuine person because we feel comfortable and trusting in their presence.

There’s one caveat to this: don’t give depressing or secret details about your life when it’s not necessary. You want to come across as human, but not as an avid complainer.

This may make or break you. Make sure to leave a positive impression the first time you meet someone. Studies have shown that first impressions can be close to impossible to change. This shouldn’t be daunting, it only reinforces the point on authenticity and positive body language.

Put the phone down. There’s nothing worse than having a conversation with someone who is having a conversation with someone else. Also, don’t be the person who is thinking about what they want to say next. Asking questions and reacting appropriately is a crucial!

Tip: Give compliments!  

If you’ve ever been surprised by someone you don’t know very well remembering your name or a quirky fact about you, it’s probably made you feel good. So, don’t feel shy to ask questions, even if you have to ask a second time. Studies show that calling someone by name makes them feel validated and important, whether you call their name when you greet them or during other parts of the conversation.

These next four are very important…

Natural Solutions To Soothe Your Back Pain Without Going To The Pharmacy

For many, the idea of taking a ton of pills everyday to help with pain doesn’t seem appealing at all. Horror stories of addiction and all sorts of negative side effects leave many looking for a more holistic way to get rid of that unending ache.

While it seems daunting, there are actually quite a number of tried and true practices that many healthcare professionals are prescribing instead of a daily dose of pills. Here are some great ways to take the edge off of that deep pain and be in control of your body while doing it!

Your body is already teeming with hormones that are capable of dulling even the worst recurring pain symptoms, the trick is activating them yourself.

Low-Impact Exercise

  • Short Walks
  • Stairs, Not Elevator
  • Occasional Swimming

Studies have shown that these easy to perform activities actually do quite a lot to stimulate the bodies healing process. The point however to to slightly elevate the heart rate without having the exercise become too physically jarring, take it slow!

Meditation

  • Quick Sessions
  • Comfortable Atmosphere
  • Relax, Then Focus

For millennia, meditation has been the prescribed treatment for all sorts of bodily ailments. You will want to begin with 5-20 minute sessions, somewhere you can relax and then let your mind wander and orient itself. Routine practice will lead to overall pain reduction, not simply during meditation.

Keep reading to find out more insights into how to naturally keep your body pain-free!

8 Tell-Tale Signs Perfectionism Is Negatively Affecting Your Life

You’ve got a job interview and they ask you about your strengths and weaknesses. So which one does perfectionism fall under? To your dismay, it’s usually the latter.

But why is that? Perfectionism means that you complete your task impeccably without any sign of error. The only problem is that you never seem to be able to reach that goal of perfection.  

Take a look at these five signs on how being a perfectionist is affecting your mental and physical well-being.

You just can’t seem to let things go. For example, you’ll be lying on your bed, ready to go to sleep, when you remember that new ingredient you added to the pasta dinner that everyone complained about yesterday. You don’t recall all the things you did right that day or all the amazing previous dinners you’ve made, you only fixate on that one thing you did wrong for hours and hours until your brain decides to slip into unconsciousness without your effort.

Fixating will only make things worse, giving you the feeling that you’re going crazy, and it usually exacerbates the next thing on the list.

It’ll never be finished to your standards, so what’s the point? You’ll be working on a project but nothing seems to be coming together the way you envisioned it’d be. Also, you won’t stop until you reach that desired outcome. Sometimes you’ll purposely scrap the project you’re working on so you don’t have to deal with the flood of doubt that’ll come after.

Procrastination is the byproduct of the next sign of perfectionism on this list.

The reason why you can’t get anything done is because you need someone to tell you it’s good enough. Seeking constant approval can be tiring and frustrating, but its one of the remedies to put your thoughts of doubt at ease.

You must remind yourself that everyone has a different idea of “perfection.” So even if you think you’ve come close enough to it, it may not be what someone else envisioned. And that’s okay, trust me. It’s a world full of different ideas that makes life more interesting.

It’s not only you who needs to sculpt perfection, you require others to adhere to your ‘perfect’ standards as well. The only reason you feel that way is because you want the job to be done right. Fair enough, but, as mentioned before, everyone has a different idea of perfection.

This constant battle of demanding people to be on the same page as you will only frustrate you further and make you feel like the world is against you.

This leads us to the next sign …

11 Inspirational Quotes From Gandhi That Will Bring You Inner Peace

He inspired millions of people with his peaceful protests. His dedication to Indian independence through nonviolent civil disobedience inspired independence movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

Today, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is known as Mahatma, or “high-souled.”

His inspiring words of wisdom have helped so many people from all walks of life. Which one of his quotes speaks to you?