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Remember how it felt to start a new job? When everything seemed foreign and out of reach? Learning a new job and acclimating to the systems, customers, processes, culture and specialized content can be overwhelming, and it usually takes at least six months to feel comfortable in a new position. But you don’t have to be new to a job to experience doubts about your own abilities. Even experienced employees can struggle with confidence and self-efficacy in the workplace. The imposter syndrome affects us all from time to time. Dealing with change and other stressors can negatively impact our mindset and work performance. There may be many different barriers to an employee’s belief in his or her ability to achieve or accomplish a task.

Here are 8 ways to improve our self-efficacy in the workplace: 1. Be aware:

First of all, it’s important to recognize that’s something is amiss. If you (or your boss) notice that work tasks are more difficult or that you are lacking confidence or making mistakes, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. Time to explore what’s going on and get to the root cause.

2. Take care:

It’s critical to take care of your physical and mental health on an ongoing basis. This includes taking a vacation, taking breaks, addressing burnout and preventing cynicism. Well-being can be measured in terms of one’s physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational, social, and spiritual (purposeful) state. Examine your practices in these areas and make adjustments to take better care.

3. Ask for help:

Do an assessment of your work performance and ask for support where needed. Review the job description and ask your boss for clarification, if necessary. Seek learning, watch videos, read articles, and attend training to boost your knowledge and skill level. If possible, choose role models or peers you’d like to emanate and watch how they do it.

4. Watch others:

Ask to sit in or shadow others who you think are successful. Conduct interviews about how they do what they do. When we see other people who are similar to us accomplish the task, it helps us to believe that we can do it, too. Seek encouragement and ask others to give you feedback and remind you of your skills and accomplishments. Try doing a task the way someone else does it and see if that works for you. Imitate a successful role model and compare how it feels and what you notice.

5. Focus on your strengths:

When we lack confidence, it’s easy to focus on what we don’t know or feel we can’t do. Flip those thoughts and focus on your strengths, make a list of what you do well. Take strength assessments and read about your competencies and preferences. Reminding yourself of your own strengths can help you find a new way to tackle those tasks that might be challenging you. Reflect on past successes and make a list of the times in your career when you felt capable and/or projects you were proud of. When we experience success on a task, or a small aspect of a task, it helps us believe that we can have success with more or other tasks. This is a great booster of self-efficacy in the workplace.

6. Visualize success:

See yourself doing the task or being successful. Write out a scene about you doing the task or reaching that goal, close your eyes and see yourself doing it, and imagine how you will feel afterwards. Talk about and verbally describe yourself doing it. Skip the steps that you are stuck on and move on to the ones you feel comfortable with. Teach someone else about what you know, teaching someone else reminds us how much we actually can do.

7. Take time:

Use time management techniques and block out time to achieve tasks, refresh your habits for getting work done. Sometimes it’s your process that needs tweaking to unblock access to your capabilities and confidence. Having success on a small item on your list can help you experience accomplishment and build positive momentum.

8. Get creative:

Try something new, such as a new schedule, a new way of getting to work, even new supplies can unblock and inspire us. Without knowing it, we can get stuck in many kinds of ruts, and our thinking may also get stuck. Try changing what you can: move the computer, sit facing a new direction, because even a temporary change can get us thinking a new way and help us see a new solution.

Sustaining self-efficacy in the workplace is a constant journey throughout our careers. Like any long-term journey, it requires ongoing updates and maintenance.

About the Author:

 Toni Halleen is the co-owner and COO of Schaefer Halleen LLC, a Minneapolis-based employment law firm. Toni has practiced employment law since graduating from law school in 1988. The field appeals to her because in our society, our jobs can be core to our identity and well-being. Toni endeavors to bring a balanced perspective to each case and utilizes creative problem solving to arrive at a favorable outcome for her clients.

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No matter how many hours you’re putting in and how hard you’re working, you don’t seem to be able to keep up with your increasing list. It’s weighing you down and beating the hell out of you to be quite frank. The reality is that a lot of individuals are spending a lot of time in the workplace, while that time is generally not really well spent. Let this show the easy methods to create a ridiculously productive work day.

Eating Well Is A Stress Reliever

You’re going to spend most of your life at your profession if you’re like most of us; so you should appreciate it. Taking preventive measures is the best way to guarantee that you have a nice working day. Do not go for breakfast with milk and doughnuts. Have a healthy breakfast. If you don’t have the energy to do something, it won’t be all that great or efficient for your day. Breakfast is essential, but for the rest of the day, it does not get you off the hook. Have a balanced meal with a good lunch. Every day consume different foods than the day before. Remain healthy and full of energy. You must also contemplate your long-term health as a way of ensuring that you will have good working days in the long run.

Planning Ahead Will Not Hurt

The specialists say you start saving 10 minutes in execution every minute you spend in preparation. You should understand precisely which duties you should be focusing on at any specified moment in order to become extremely productive. How would it be possible to accomplish this? Plan ahead of time. Try planning one week ahead. This is going to save you a surplus of time. Moreover, you will have command over your timetable and week instead of just reacting to other people’s demands. You have more authority over your environment.

Wake Up Early

Analyses have demonstrated that in the first two hours after they get up from bed, most individuals are the most productive. This is why you should spend this period on your most significant duties. This can differ from person to person, of course. During the afternoon, some individuals are the most productive, while others are graveyard shift workers. The goal is to figure out how productive you are and block that time out for your most significant duties. Two extra advantages of getting up a few hours sooner are that you get a jump start and you are likely to have a relaxing working atmosphere. That is why quite successful individuals like Elon Musk get up early in the morning,  This also keeps you staying positive at work because you are fully aware of how the day is going to play out and you can be ready for anything unexpected.

Leave For Work Early

We know, it doesn’t sound like fun getting to the workplace sooner but it dramatically changes almost every aspect of your day. If you hop on the expressway and understand that for several miles traffic is backed up, it can be strenuous. Yes, your employer may know, because it’s happening and out of your grasp, but you may be behind in the assignments you’ve got to do. Nobody enjoys waiting in traffic for an additional 40 minutes, regardless of beginning later than usual. While leaving early doesn’t necessarily make sure you’re not going to get stuck in a traffic jam, it provides you a greater chance of being there on schedule. Also leaving early enables you to review your day plans and prepare yourself mentally to do the tasks you need to do.

These sound quite simple,  but if you consistently practice these four things you will find that you can create a ridiculously productive working day.

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In many ways, our healthcare industry has become one of quick fixes. We rely on pills for everything and anything, whether or not there are other, more natural treatment options. It isn’t just the healthcare industry that does this, though. A look through your local drug store will show you that there are over-the-counter pills for almost any malady you could imagine. We’ve reached a point when we expect to pop a quick pill and move on with our lives, no matter what the problem may be. However, this trend is starting to shift, and one example is using physiotherapy for pain management—a treatment method that has changed the way we think about pain.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a medical specialty that focuses on the study of movement. Patients work one-on-one or in small groups with a knowledgeable therapist.

A physiotherapist guides patients through stretches and exercises to treat their specific condition. For instance, for someone who is healing from an injury or a surgery and has limited mobility as a result, the therapist will use exercises that build up their mobility.

What Makes Physiotherapy So Unique?

Physiotherapy is more than just another treatment option to add to the roster. It’s an entirely different way to approach pain management.

Physiotherapy works to address the root cause of a person’s pain. Consider a person with arthritis for example. Most people believe that because they can’t “cure” their arthritis, their only option is to treat the symptom of pain.

A physiotherapist, on the other hand, will work toward long-term improvement by using exercises that reduce inflammation and improve joint health.

When it comes down to it, physiotherapy is about taking a closer look at your pain source and treating the root cause rather than treating the resulting pain. By doing this, physiotherapy has the added benefit of lowering the risk for future problems.

What Issues Can Physiotherapy Treat?

You’ll most often hear about physiotherapy in Ajax and around the globe as a rehabilitation treatment for people who have suffered an injury. It’s also common for people who have had mobility-related surgeries, like knee surgery.

In fact, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Physiotherapy is also a powerful way to treat many types of back pain. The therapist can help you build your core strength while improving flexibility in your back and improve your posture to reduce future pain.

In addition to mechanical issues with your mobility, physiotherapy treats mobility issues related to brain trauma. It’s even been shown to improve asthma and certain other lung conditions with the right techniques.

Why is Physiotherapy So Important Today?

As we mentioned, physiotherapy has changed the way many doctors and patients alike are approaching pain management. This is more important today than ever before.

With the epidemic of opiate addiction, doctors are looking for alternatives to opioid pain medications, and for good reason. After all, 80% of people addicted to heroin started by abusing prescription painkillers.

Even with the most innocent of intentions, opiate medications can have dire consequences. A patient becomes addicted to them, sometimes without even realizing it until their prescription ends and they start going through withdrawals. To end the withdrawals, they turn to either buying more painkillers or illegal opiates on the street and it’s a downward spiral from there.

By treating patients who have chronic conditions in a way that lets them avoid or minimize opioids, physiotherapy is saving lives.

Embracing the Power of Physiotherapy

Our healthcare industry has come a long way in the past few decades alone. There are constantly new techniques and innovations that are treating a wider range of issues and treating them in a better way than before.  Using Physiotherapy for pain management is one of those breakthroughs.

To find out how physiotherapy can help you, schedule an appointment with our physiotherapists today.

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you know the importance of SPF and re-applying it. There are times when, despite your best efforts, you still manage to get burned. Perhaps you were careless, and after too many margaritas forgot to re-apply your sunblock. Now, you are literally burned by your day of fun in the sun. Before you do anything to put yourself out of your stinging, burning agony, read these tips so you know what NOT to do to soothe a bad sunburn. Dr. Sheel Desai Solomon is a board- certified Raleigh- Durham North Carolina Dermatologist and founder and owner of Preston Dermatology

Here is her list of things to avoid after a bad sunburn Wearing Cologne

Some cologne may contain ingredients that make you more prone to burning. “Oil of bergamot is especially notorious for this,” explains Dr. Solomon “and can cause a severe, blistering reaction when it’s on your skin and exposed to the sun.” It’s become rarer in the past few years since many fragrance companies started stripping the ingredient from their products.  Other perfume ingredients and essential oils, like rosemary and lavender oils, can make your skin more sensitive to the rays, too, Dr. Solomon adds. To play it safe, avoid spraying any scents onto your skin before you go outside.

Medications

Taking an anti-inflammatory medication, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help soothe your skin once you’re sunburned. However, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen, can also leave you more vulnerable to getting burned in the first place.

Dr. Solomon explains, “That’s because certain medications contain photosensitizing agents. Those molecules will absorb the sun’s UV rays and release them back into your skin, which damages and kills skin cells.”

However, NSAIDs aren’t the only ones that can raise your risk of getting fried. “There is a whole slew of meds out there that can leave your skin more sensitive to sun’s rays,” says Dr. Solomon “meaning you need to take extra precautions before spending time outdoors.” Common ones include topical acne medications like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, antihistamines, and antibiotics. Even OTC supplements like St. John’s Wort can make you burn more easily. Avoiding direct sunlight after applying or taking these medications is your best bet, but if you need to head outside, Dr. Solomon suggests protecting your skin with SPF 30 sunscreen and covering up with long sleeves, hats.

Taking Hot Showers

When your skin gets a little too toasted, you may notice that it tends to feel dry as it heals. Even if you’re not in physical pain, taking hot showers can strip your skin of essential oils, which can dry it out even further and make it more sensitive, explains Dr. Solomon.

 “This may lead to blistering and possibly prolong the healing process.” On top of that, hot water isn’t going to feel great, even on a mild sunburn that didn’t feel too bad to begin with. While cold showers typically feel uncomfortable, sticking to lukewarm or cool showers when you’re burned will ease discomfort. The temperature should be no warmer than what you would expect from a heated pool, which is around 84 degrees.

Wearing Tight Clothing

Wearing tight clothing over sunburnt skin is not advised, because inflammation is setting in. “Your body is trying to respond to the trauma by increasing blood flow to the area to help with healing. This results in redness, warmth, and inflammation to the area,” says Dr. Solomon.  Wearing tight clothes could amplify the response, which could lead to more intense swelling and blisters. Alternatively, you can avoid sunburns altogether and use the best sunscreen for your skin type.

Don’t Use Scented Aloe

Aloe has anti-inflammatory properties and is suitable for your skin after you get a sunburn. However, using a scented aloe can irritate the skin even more. Dr. Solomon suggests using a fragrance-free aloe or using aloe directly from an aloe plant. However, the most beneficial treatment of all is to avoid sunburn in the first place.

Don’t Cover that Burn With Makeup

Even though your sunburn might look bad, avoid covering it up with makeup. “The only way the burn will heal is if you let your skin breathe,” says Dr. Solomon. “Introducing various makeups through dirty sponges or brushes will only increase your risk for infection or allergic reaction, which will ultimately make it all worse.”

Don’t Pop Your Blisters

Similar to not peeling your skin, you should never pop blisters. “That extra bubble of skin serves a fundamental purpose in protecting the wound,” says Dr. Solomon. “If a blister hurts severely, apply a cream-based unscented aloe vera.”

Not Drinking Enough Water

Sunburns dehydrate you from the inside out, so you really should be drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to rejuvenate the skin.

Exfoliating

While scrubbing dead skin off your body helps to you then the skin, it’s one of the worst things you can do on a sunburn. When your skin is burnt from the sun, exfoliating only exposes the damaged layer of skin, even more, causing pain and further irritation, explains Dr. Solomon. Instead, use a gentle moisturizer or mask to treat damaged skin.

Don’t Use Coconut Oil or Butter

You may have heard before that lathering butter or coconut oil will soothe your burn, but it’s a myth. The skin is hot and needs to cool down, applying a fat-based product onto your skin will not only clog the pores and stop the healing process, but it might also aggravate inflammation. “Coconut oil and butter are great for moisturizing the skin in other instances,” says. Dr. Solomon, “but when it comes to a burn, you should wait until the skin cools to use it.”.

About the Author

Dr. Sheel Desai Solomon is a Board-Certified Raleigh-Durham, NC Dermatologist with specialty Fellowship training in Dermatopathology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery.

Prior to founding her own practice, she served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Duke University Hospital.

She completed her Residency training at the renowned Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU (New York), and has trained at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology (New York), The Laser and Skin Surgery Center (New York), St. John’s Institute of Dermatology (London, UK). She obtained her undergraduate and medical degrees at King’s College London, University of London.

She is a member of The American Board of Dermatology, The American Academy of Dermatology, The North Carolina Dermatology Association, The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and The American Society For Laser Medicine & Surgery.

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, she brings a global perspective to patient care. She is also conversant in several languages including French, German and Japanese.

Medicine is a common thread in Dr. Desai Solomon’s family with many of her family members being physicians and surgeons. Her grandmother Lalita was one of the first women doctors to graduate and practice in India and a noted philanthropist.

Dr. Desai Solomon is excited to use her skills, experience, research and the latest cutting-edge technology to help patients achieve optimal skin health and realize their aesthetic goals.

When not running her busy practice, Dr. Desai Solomon is a wife and a mother of two young children. In her spare time she enjoys keeping active, cooking, charity work and the fine arts.

She believes that body and mind wellness has a huge impact on our skin and encourages a holistic approach with patients.  www.prestondermatology.com

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Aging is the most natural process in the world. It happens to every person, animal, and plant and it is happening constantly. Nobody gets younger, we all simply get older. And even that term, “getting older,” is considered dirty, and like something that should be avoided at all costs. In a society obsessed with youth, growing old can feel like becoming the opposite of what you’re supposed to be when in reality, you’re just following the natural progression of life. So if you’re struggling with accepting your age or someone you love needs help with coping, here are some tips for celebrating the beauty that comes with age.

See the beauty in it

You’ve been conditioned, as we all were, to see wrinkles, sagging skin and gray hair as ugly and unappealing. But have you ever asked yourself why? What is so horrendously bad about age marks? Actually, it’s nothing. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with any way your body looks. Your fine lines soften your face and give you a gentle look, and fluffy gray hair makes all of your features stand out (remember, young women across the globe are paying good money to dye their hair gray for fashion). There is beauty in your age marks, and as soon as you start to accept them, the better you will feel about yourself, and more importantly – opinions of others won’t be able to get you down.

Take care of your body

The problem that most commonly appears with older people is that they keep themselves looking young and in shape while they are working, and as soon as they retire, they “let themselves go”, or simply stop putting in the extra effort. This can rapidly change the way you look, and it is this shock that mostly bothers people. And this isn’t to say that you should stop caring for yourself before you retire to lessen the shock, nor that you need to keep yourself looking young forever. By doing certain things after you retire, you will make the transition seem less of a big deal, both to yourself and your environment. You can use natural anti-aging skin care products that will ease you into older age gently, as well as products for your hair to make sure that while it grows gray, it doesn’t lose its quality. Good nutrition is also key because it will help you stay active and healthy for a long time.

Stay independent

This isn’t always possible and there is a plethora of reasons why someone would require assistance in their everyday life, but simply “growing old” shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re wondering how staying independent is connected to how you feel about your beauty, it’s because both of them come from your own state of mind. If you start needing help with everything, you will feel like your worth is diminishing, just like it seems with your looks. But if you stay active and do everything you can by yourself, you’ll be in a much better place mentally and you’ll feel better about yourself. Staying independent is as easy as doing everything you can by yourself and not asking for help before you really need it.

Start talking about it

Whenever people feel ashamed of something, they tend to turn away from it and not openly discuss it. But if people are ashamed of talking about how they are getting old and the things they find beautiful about it, we’ll never open a conversation and move past the stereotypes. So don’t be afraid to share what you think about your beauty that comes with age in casual conversation, and call out people who are saying that older women cannot be beautiful, or that they are only beautiful if they retain their youthful features. A good place to start is with your family and friends. Tell them openly what are the things that you like about yourself and the things that you’re “forbidden” from liking because it goes against the rules of society. Encourage them to compliment you with more than just “you look so much younger” and to give compliments that reflect your real age.

If you don’t have any other motivation, you are old enough to be able to not care about what other people think, so start loving yourself and be completely unapologetic about it! Gather your friends and celebrate the beauty that comes with age.

About the Author

Brigitte Evans is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant and a writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. When she is not drooling over the next big thing in the beauty industry, she reads mystery novels and makes plans for her next trip. She is the proud aunt of Sophie, age 3, who has rounded her Chanel lipstick, but she loves her anyway.

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In a wishful world, the economic impact of gender equality in the workplace in India is estimated to be US $700 billion of added GDP by 2025. As per the Indian Monetary Fund, equal participation of women in the workforce can increase India’s GDP by 27%.

These are some hard facts to highlight the sorry state of gender equality in India at the workplace. The government may have churned out policies that force businesses to include women in important roles; the core importance of gender equality is yet to become a dialogue. There is hardly any omen employed in India due to contrasting matters are marriage, childbirth, taking care of the elderly, household chores and other socio-economic factors. It is sad to see that most of the unpaid household work is carried out by the brightest minds of India who’re capable of providing so much for our economy. Besides domestic hiccups, there are corporate-level obstacles like denial of position in senior management, low pay scale, sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation that prohibit women from working in freedom. With the conversation around gender disparity gaining momentum, it is time for us to truly make businesses understand how to change for better.

Gender equality is achieved only when both, men and women working in an office have access to the same opportunities, rewards, and resources irrespective of their gender. Sadly, this is a far-fetched dream for women working in India. Women are denied the same rights and pay even though they clock-in as many numbers of hours as men. This is a result of the sad cultural and social status of women in India since ancient times. Although, the cringe-worthy times of female feticide, child marriage, honor killing, and dowry-related issues have vanished in metro cities; the rural population is yet to be educated about the importance of gender equality. We’ll discuss the need and importance of gender equality at the workplace in India.

Great business sense

In India, the number of educated women is far more than educated men. So, it only makes sense for businesses to hire educated, talented and hardworking women for entry-level and senior roles. The companies who deny roles to women are at a complete loss of talent. Men and women are hard-wired differently which makes them vocal and peacemakers respectively. This difference in communication wavelength creates a safe yet challenging environment for both genders. Hence, compelling them to think and perform better than the other. Remember, challenged employees are better performers than satisfied ones.

Retaining talent

It is easy to say that companies with an equal number of opportunities for men and women are likely to attract and retain more talent than others. In such companies, men and women both respect each other’s viewpoints and discover how one can add to the overall success of the company. Such an environment boosts appreciation for differences which stimulates a peaceful environment. This inclusive environment boosts confidence, morale and motives employees to work better. This in-turn means low employee turnover rate and hence low expenditure on advertising, administration and hiring fresh talent.

A responsible brand for the clients

The women have maximum purchasing capacity in any household i.e. 40$ Trillion (as surveyed in 2018). It means to become saleable in the market; you will have to keep the females satisfied. So, you know gender disparity at the workplace can take away a whole lot of money-making opportunity from your company. The companies with wider diversities and ethnicities tend to perform better than others. It shows that the company is sensitive to such disparities in society. Gender equality basically skyrockets your reputation in the outer world too. This is why clients, customers, community and potential employees would want to be a part of your organization.

Better company performance

Gender diversity and business success are directly linked. When employees of different sex come together, they shared varied perspectives, ideas, and approaches. For a holistic view of the company performance, it is best to have both genders participate equally in the important decision-making process. Employees that feel valued, well-heard and respected tend to be happier and better performers.
Gender disparity at the workplace is like digging your own grave one unsatisfied employee at a time. The importance of gender equality in the workplace is a precedent. There is no way to turn away from that in today’s modern world.

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Although the justice system in the United States is generally well organized and fair, and in most cases convicts people who are guilty and exonerates those who are innocent, there are a still a number of cases each year that involve innocent people being convicted or falsely accused of a crime. According to a May 2018 editorial in the Chicago Tribune, the rate of wrongful convictions in the United States is estimated to be somewhere between 2 percent and 10 percent.

“Innocent people are often wrongly accused of crimes,” notes a representative from Hand Law, a criminal defense attorney in Denver, Colorado, that specializes in defending individuals falsely accused of crimes. “Too often merely being charged can turn someone’s life upside down — jobs are lost, or families divided, even in minor cases.”

The reasons that people are falsely accused of serious crimes are complex. Maybe you just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or perhaps people you associate with were involved. There is also evidence that race plays a role in wrongful crime accusations. According to a 2017 study conducted on race and wrongful convictions at the University of Michigan Law School, African Americans make up the majority of innocent defendants who are wrongly accused and convicted on crimes.

If you have been falsely charged with a crime, here are some tips you can use to begin the process of exonerating yourself and getting your life back on track.

Hire a Qualified Criminal Defense Lawyer

Hiring a qualified lawyer who has experience defending people who have been falsely accused of a crime should be your first move. A qualified lawyer will know the ins and outs of the laws in your state and how best to advise you in your particular situation. A good lawyer may also be able to help keep you from losing your job and also might be able to work out a deal to keep you from going to prison in cases where the charges against you are serious.

Seek Support From Friends and Family

Being falsely accused of a serious crime can have repercussions that can include job loss, losing friends and other important relationships, losing custody of your children, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. During this difficult time, it is important that you take care of yourself and seek support from close friends and family.

Do what you can to avoid using drugs or alcohol as a way of making yourself feel better. In many cases, substance use can make your situation worse. And in some states, people accused of crimes may be ordered by the court to abstain from alcohol completely. You might even find that living a sober life helps you to think more clearly and makes you happier.

Be Up Front With Your Employer

If might seem counterintuitive to let your employer know that you’ve been falsely accused of a crime, but chances are that the company you work for will find out about the charges whether you tell them or not. If your employer discovers that you have been accused of a serious crime before you let them know, the odds that you will lose your job are much higher.

Schedule a meeting with your boss or human resources department to explain your situation and let them know about any upcoming court dates you will need to attend. Depending on the severity of the charges, it might be helpful to have your lawyer attend the meeting with you.

Consider Seeing a Therapist or Joining a Support Group

It is important for you to keep your spirits up while you fight the false charges that have been leveled against you. If you find yourself feeling depressed, staying at home rather than participating in social activities, or avoiding your friends and family, it might be a sign that you need to see a therapist or join a support group to talk about your feelings.

While most therapists charge an hourly fee, participating in a support group is generally free. A support group setting will allow you to meet other people who are in situations similar to your own and who might be able to offer you helpful advice.

If you would like to join a support group but are having trouble finding one in your area, try asking your lawyer for a recommendation. Support groups can also sometimes be found through churches and other religious institutions, nonprofit organizations, and community centers.

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Moving can be a nightmare. Sorting through all your stuff, packing up boxes, cleaning your old place, organizing your new place, and settling yourself in a new city can be exhausting, frustrating, and overwhelming — especially when you’re moving across the country.  It’s a daunting experience, and there are ways to survive a cross country move by yourself.

Anyone who has moved knows the huge effort that is typically involved. If you are moving a long distance by yourself, you will need to make a big commitment to stay on task and work toward completing your goal.

The job doesn’t end when the U-Haul is packed and loaded — making a new space feel like home and finding your community in a brand new city are just as important as organizing your boxes. Luckily, with a few tips, you can manage the stress of moving and be set up for success when you arrive at your new home.

Stick to a Strict and Organized Schedule

One of the most important things you can do to ease the stress of your move is to develop a schedule and stick to it. Things always take longer than you think they will. You always seem to have more stuff than you imagined, and you will probably forget something you need the first time around. What you thought was a few carloads can quickly turn into you wondering how you turned into such a packrat.

The first step is to develop a comprehensive moving checklist to get organized and keep yourself on track. Things like planning a garage sale, scheduling a cleaner, hiring movers, having a plan for moving on a budget, and making special arrangements for fragile items can all be worked on ahead of time so you’re not scrambling the day before you need to move.

In order to be productive, you have to work on one thing at a time and slowly but surely check things off your list. Being organized is the key here. Otherwise, the task will feel too herculean to be possible. Create your schedule well ahead of time and give yourself strict dates for completing each task. If you chip away at it day by day, you will be a lot happier when moving day finally rolls around.

Make Your New Space Feel Like Home

When you’re planning to move across the country by yourself, you are probably focused on logistics, driving time, packing boxes, and cleaning out your old space. But it’s essential to not overlook the importance of making your new space feel like home.

You want to feel comfortable and your new space and to feel like it’s yours so you don’t get too homesick or sad after your move. One of the many lessons that can be learned from moving is that home can be created anywhere with a little bit of solid effort.

Don’t let your boxes sit unpacked in stark rooms for weeks. Although it might feel like you just packed them up and like you just don’t have the energy to open them up and unpack, you need to. The sooner you get your new space set up and can see your belongings, the sooner it will feel like home.

It is worth the investment to put time into transforming your new space into a place that feels like home instead of a foreign and unwelcoming place in a strange city. Quick home improvement projects like putting on a fresh coat of paint, adding some fun knobs on your kitchen cabinets or hanging up some custom wall art and personal photos can make a huge difference. A few personalized touches can go a long way in making you feel comfortable.

Get Involved in Your New City

Once you have moved across the country and settled into your new home, the next step is to get involved in your new city and find community. Since you have moved by yourself, meeting people and making friends is of the utmost importance.

A great place to start is to use alternative forms of transportation to get around when you go out to shop, eat, have fun, or travel. Taking the bus or subway offers social opportunities that driving alone in your car does not.

Find meet-up groups online and manifest meeting like-minded people, try volunteering for a cause you believe in, get in touch with friends, go out and explore new areas, or consider taking a class. By getting out there and saying “yes” to new opportunities, you will be on the fast track to having a community you love in your new city.

Moving can be scary, especially when you’re going across the country by yourself. But it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. By being organized and sticking to a moving schedule, putting effort into making your new space feel like home, and prioritizing getting involved and meeting people, you will likely be happy and thrive in your new home.

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In the past few years, how ‘green’ have you been? Do you know exactly how much carbon footprint you’re leaving behind? A great number of people live their lives in an eco-friendly way. This planet-saving movement isn’t just a niche thing anymore. It has almost become a standard for societies around the world. Trash bins that segregate garbage for recycling are found in private and public spaces alike. People are taught at an early age on how to recycle and segregate trash properly. We are going green but are we going green enough?

The History of Recycling

Recycling became a worldwide phenomenon back in the 1930s when the Great Depression kept people from throwing used objects and instead reuse them to save money. However, the economic boom after the war gave birth to extravagant consumption. The 1970s was when recycling became a mainstream idea, with the first Earth Day happening in April of 1970, an event that was considered to be a catalyst for the environmental movement.

The Effect of Progress

Despite the eco-friendly movement initiated in the late 20th century, present-day earth is still in deep trouble with the amount of garbage contained in its many landfills. The staggering amount of pollution has had a detrimental effect on the world due to the speed at which we as a civilization have grown. Advancements in technology have enabled big corporations to increase their production rates exponentially which in turn produce more waste that needs disposing of.

For example, over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year. Approximately less than 60% of the lakes in America are still habitable for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming because 1.3 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, stormwater, and industrial waste are dumped in US waters every year. Carbon footprint is another thing that’s been rising in the past few decades. This is defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide. According to the Global Carbon Project, global carbon emissions in 2018 are set to hit an all-time high of 37.1 billion tonnes.

Going Green, But Not Green Enough

There are numerous ways to make a difference if you want to save t

Photo by Dustan Woodhouse on Unsplashhe planet, from buying alternative and sustainable products to pushing for a zero-waste lifestyle. You can also avail of goods and services that are less harmful to the environment. However, one has to know for sure what these products do and how they are made instead of buying them blindly due to ads, packaging, and going with the trend of being environment-friendly. What many don’t realize is that some products that are branded as ‘eco-friendly’ aren’t all that green. Here are a few things that you might think are 100% eco-friendly but can be deemed otherwise.

Buying Organic Produce

You have probably come across this term when at the grocery store. Organic vegetables and fruits are ones that are free of toxic chemicals such as insecticides and pesticides which a lot of big farming companies use to maximize profit. The downside of this is that a lot of the organic produce you see are actually shipped in from abroad. The importation of these fruits and vegetables involve the large consumption of gas, resulting in exhaust fumes that damage the atmosphere. So even if you avoid buying products that patronize the use of harmful chemicals, that is canceled out by the exhaust fumes you get from food miles. If you have the means to, why not grow your own vegetables or start your own chicken revolution?

Using a Hybrid Car

When we talk about the green revolution, one of the lasting symbols that represents this movement is the hybrid car. Whether it’s the Prius or the Tesla, hybrid cars are driven by people who wish to make a statement on the need for a greener attitude towards the planet. After all, hybrid cars don’t consume conventional fossil fuel. However, it takes a whole load of resource materials to produce one of these cars. It is more eco-friendly to walk, run, or bike whenever you can when going from one place to another.

Recycling Plastics

When you segregate plastics and send it off to be picked up by the garbage truck, that doesn’t exactly mean your recycling journey is complete. There are over 50 different kinds of plastics and not all local plants are equipped with the technology to recycle these various types of plastic. Instead, you should avoid using single-use plastics as much as possible and go for items that are packaged in easily-recycled material like glass, metal, or paper. This way you can be sure you aren’t just adding to the already enormous amounts of garbage in landfills.

Biodegradable Poop Bags

Taking your dog for a walk is the perfect time to have him or her take a dump away from your home and at a place where the stink won’t be as intrusive. Using a biodegradable bag when this happens is a great move, but don’t just stop there. Throwing these bags just anywhere will result in the bag decomposing and the contents in the form of methane gas will be released into the atmosphere. The more environment-friendly thing to do is to wait and find a poop-only bin, or bury the bag if you have a back or front yard.

Vegetarianism

Going vegetarian is often associated with eco-warriors and environmental activists as a movement may be one of those things that sounds like something an eco-warrior should be doing. After all, you prevent yourself from consuming meat that took a great number of resources to produce, not to mention the amount of methane coming from farms all around the world. Vegetarianism will help with going green to some extent, but there are some kinds of food you should avoid. For example, dairy has a big environmental cost to produce while cacao is causing Amazon forests to be razed. In Mexico, the expanded production of avocado has caused rainforests to be constantly displaced.

What You Can Do

At the end of the day, as much as we try and have a greener lifestyle, large corporations are the biggest offenders when it comes to polluting the environment. Buying produce with fewer food miles or avoiding meat or dairy may be a decent idea, but it would be better to raise awareness about the troubling realities mentioned above. Contact customer hotlines of your favorite products and request feedback on the environmental impact of what they are buying. Share these bits of information with your friends and on social media to help your message reach a wider audience. Don’t be angry and inconsiderate towards those who don’t make the same efforts as you do when it comes to saving the environment. Educate them instead of belittling them. Kindness goes a long way, especially if you’re raising awareness to those who are uninformed.

However, it is still important to know that eco-guilt isn’t enough to save the environment. That kind of mentality is a bit shortsighted, as it takes a conscious effort and genuine intentions to properly live an eco-friendly lifestyle. You need to know why you are doing the things you do as an eco-warrior, instead of blindly or half-heartedly joining a bandwagon. Consumers need to understand the trade-offs and know what is best to buy and learn more about the activism that they are getting themselves into. They need to go out of their way to research which purchases are ethical. Keeping in mind things like sustainable fishing practices and ethical treatment of rainforests is a huge favor to the planet. You can also choose sustainable products that were made entirely by artisans, like handwoven vintage rugs or custom furniture.

Another big thing you can do is to commit to consuming less altogether instead of looking for alternative ‘green’ products and services that take up environmental resource to make. Reducing your carbon footprint is one of the best things you can do as an eco-friendly individual. Of course, reducing your food waste goes a long way in maximizing the natural resources that were used in producing what’s on your plate.

It’s Not All Bad News

The good news is that recycling and composting prevented 85 Million tons of material from being disposed of in

2010, a great improvement compared to the 18 million tons in 1980. Recycling also creates 1.1 million jobs in the US, with $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls. Every bit of recycling, no matter how big or small is helpful. Stanford University saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron, coal, and limestone after one year of recycling their wastes.

Recycling and being eco-friendly is always. It is when consumers take the convenient shortcuts instead of spending more time on internalizing how to become genuinely eco-friendly that recycling doesn’t fulfill its promise. You have to start looking at the bigger picture. It’s not the product itself that is ruining our planet; it’s the production, packaging, transportation.

Saving the planet isn’t easy. Going organic, using biodegradable poop bags, and vegetarianism are all acts that mean well. But when done for the sake of being considered ‘green,’ these acts don’t help the planet as much if not done correctly.

About the Author

Besides being eco-friendly, Raina Fadel is a fan of art. She is interested in handwoven vintage rugs and other vintage interior decors.

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It doesn’t matter what field you are in if you want to advance in your career to a leadership position, there are certain skills you must have or develop along the way. Even though you have heard it said that some people are “born leaders,” this isn’t always true. These are the people who recognized what it took to become a good leader and were willing to put in the effort to grow along with the job. These are the fundamental leadership skills you need if you are intent on advancing your career.

1. Passion for What You Do

There is no one more ineffective as a leader as someone who simply has a laissez-faire attitude about their job or the company for which they work. If you want to gain a leadership position, it is important that you love what you do. You must be passionate about your job and also your company. This is what is meant by “he’s a company man.” It means that you are committed to doing and giving the best you have because you recognize that your growth and company growth are intertwined.

2. Integrity

Integrity may be one of those traits you either have or you don’t. The person with integrity strives always to do the right thing for the right reasons. A leader with integrity is honest in their dealings with other people and will inspire others to be the same.

3. Working Knowledge of Industry Specific Productivity Technology

You may think that your job doesn’t require you to have any technological expertise, but even an office worker seeking to become office manager needs to be familiar with technology as it impacts their duties. IT and communications are heavily reliant on being tech savvy, and if you take the time to learn about specific software that automatically syncs information between Cloud-based platforms like HubSpot and Mailchimp, you will have an advantage over the person seeking that leadership role who relies on manually synchronizing data between the two. Becoming familiar with apps like Piesync will give you the competitive edge – there is no doubt about it.

4. The Ability to Delegate as Needed

Some people who have worked their way up to leadership positions have never learned the art and science of delegation. They get job burnout way too quickly because they are afraid to leave tasks and responsibilities in the hands of others. In fact, why would you have anyone on your team in the first place if they couldn’t be trusted to get the job done? Don’t try to do too much because, in the end, you will be the one who suffers for it.

5. Accountability

Finally, as a leader you must be willing to be held accountable for everything that goes on in your team. Even if you delegated a task to someone who didn’t follow through, the buck stops with you. That’s why you need to learn the fine art of delegation and the responsibility to let loose the broken links in the chain. You are going to be accountable, so it’s up to you to make sure your ‘machine’ is working efficiently.

As you can see, some of these leadership skills are inherent but others can be learned. Do you possess these skills? If so, it’s time to make the move to advance in your career. There’s no time like the present.

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