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Being stuck is no fun. My very first course I created was the Get Unstuck Bootcamp long ago in 2011. So it’s near and dear to my heart to teach you how to get unstuck so you can see all the incredible opportunities that are waiting for you. So I’ve devoted an entire episode on getting unstuck. I hope it helps to move forward today!

Why You Are Stuck and How To Get Unstuck Today I am going over the one thing I think is keeping you stuck. The one thing is consuming content. This is what I have been hearing lately….”I’ve listened to everyone! But, I have a tiny list. It’s holding me back. I have taken all the courses from all the experts. I have 40 podcasts on her phone she is consuming not creating.” This same thing happened to me years ago. I had so much knowledge and I wasn’t taking enough action. We can get stuck in the learning and not move forward. We can try to be like everyone else or try to have our site like everyone else and never just start producing our own unique content and helping people. 2 years ago I picked up the pace and I stopped reading. I only listened to one podcast. Here are two things I recommend if this is you:
  1. Unsubscribe. Unfollow and delete. Stop reading. Stop listening to all the podcasts. Stop consuming.
  2. Create. Create. Create. Before you listen to anyone else. Create. I don’t care if you stop listening to me and my podcasts. That means you are taking action. Set a schedule. Are you helping one person every day? Are you hearing thank you every day? I am doing FB Lives every day have you noticed? I was asked what book I am reading on a podcast interview the other day and I said I ‘m not reading a book, I don’t have time because 1) I am taking a course an can only focus on one thing at a time so daily I am listening and studying that course. 2) I am creating!! Myself!! My own content!! Have you seen how much stuff we publish, a weekly video on youtube, two times a week podcast. A few blog posts per week. Now a daily FB Live. I am in my community answering questions every single day. There is a time to learn. But, I am learning what my market needs and teaching and sharing with them what they need to know. You have something that can help people so get that out there and help!
Subscribe on your favorite platform below: You may also like these episodes: How to Stay Motivated When You Hate Your Job How to Turn Fear into Action

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It’s that time of the year again when summer is in the air, and something about summer makes us all want to wear our ambition. Rather than being just dreamers, we want to be the executors we always dreamed of being. Nevertheless, now may be the perfect time to remind yourself of those goals you set for yourself at the start of the year. Whether it’s trying to lose a bit of that cellulite or scoring that flawless skin to flaunt your best self at work, all it requires is a little bit of effort. Moreover, since most of us spend most of our time at our workplace. It only seems perfect to start our wardrobe transformation with the clothes we wear to work. Here we will tell you about how to incorporate some cute and chic outfits in your wardrobe and move on from the strict formals. It’s not that much work, really! So just read on and get started on transforming your work look. It’s about time you made going to work more coveted and stylish! Here are some easy tips on how to amp up your office look.

8 Ways to Amp Up Your Wardrobe For The Workplace 1. Replace Your Trousers with Knee Length Skirts It is a misconception to think that only tailor fit trousers are an appropriate office ensemble. Think again, because the air of professionalism and formality is not only restricted to well-fitted trousers. Formal dresses and well-fitted skirts can also give you the much-needed infusion of feminineness you need at your workplace. Therefore, it’s about time you revamped your wardrobe a bit and traded your pants for knee-length skirts. Pair them with georgette, cotton and crepe blouses, and you’re ready to go! 2. Play Around with Fragrances Sure, you may have that one particular fragrance that you think defines you. However, playing around a little bit with the way you smell and changing your fragrance can be like taking on a whole different personality. If you’ve been doing floral or fruity all this time, consider moving to a more musky and woody scent. And in a matter of seconds, you’ll feel like an entirely different person. 3. Portray Confidence with Bolder Eyes When it comes to the eyes, your eyes may be the window to your soul. Your eyes are that one thing that portrays charm, control, and confidence. So it’s about time you start letting your eyes do the talking. If you usually go with a black eye pencil, it’s time you tried something different. Greens and light browns can liven up the dullest eyes on the most tiring days. You can even go for dark shades of blue to perk up those eyes. Moreover, to add some extra drama to your eyes and to make them look more open and bigger, a white eyeliner can also do the trick. Nevertheless, you can even play around with your eyewear to change your overall look. Nerdy frames or a sleek pair of cat eye glasses could be all you need to go from just decent enough to fabulous! [RELATED: 7 Time-Saving Hacks For Your Makeup Routine] 4. Keep The Jewelry Minimal yet Classic Accessorizing is a work of art. However, you can’t always put your best boho foot forward when you are going to work – because that’s just not how it works and there are certain workplace norms you need to conform to. Therefore, keep it as chic as possible. There’s nothing that defines class quite like diamonds do. To add some sparkle to your look, throw on a bit of diamond jewelry. A pair of diamond studs or a classic diamond ring is all you need to look stylish yet sophisticated at work. Moreover, go for more urban and unique designs in jewelry. 5. It’s Time to Invest in a New Lip Color It’s time to say hello to your new lip color because lipsticks are a working woman’s best friend. If you’re wearing the right shade of lipstick, it can make your formal wear look even sharper. To be on the safer side, many of us prefer sticking to the more commonplace shades of corals, nudes, and rose. However, by simply opting for a bolder shade of lipstick, you can dramatically change the way you look. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always overwhelming to wear darker shades of lipstick such as browns and reds. Nevertheless, it can actually enhance your features and lend a glow to your face. So step out of your comfort zone and brighten up that pout! 6. It’s Time to Ditch The Traditional Manicure French manicured nails are often considered as an office staple. However, there’s no harm in trying something a little different and having some fun with your nails. It may be illegal to wear a flashy top to work, but you can always make your nails stand out with some subdued and pretty nail art. 7. Tie Your Hair Up in a Sleek Ponytail Embrace sleek ponytails because the sleeker, the better! Your hairstyle can make a massive difference to the way you look at work. Bid farewell to those boring buns and go for a sleek ponytail instead. It’s one of the most incredible ways to look fresh and youthful while keeping your hair in place. 8. Invest in Skincare Products We’re almost about to enter the latter half of the year and summer is just around the corner. It becomes all the more necessary to take good care of your skin during the summers. Replenish and rejuvenate your skin. Instead of trying a hundred different things on your skin, invest in good skincare products. Pick a reliable product that retains the natural glow of your skin while letting it breathe. Healthy skin has the power to herald a new you and make you look radiant. Also, don’t forget to exercise regularly and eat healthy either for that perfect glow.

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I’ll be honest, I am an introvert and definitely not a natural networker and I have had to learn myself how to network. So all this stuff in today’s episode, I’m learning right along with you! How can you prepare for an event? What do you do at a networking event? How should you follow up after an event? All questions that are answered in this podcast episode!! Jennifer Kroiss Founder of Kroiss Consulting www.jenniferkroiss.com  Lanet Hane Director of Workforce Satisfaction Solutions www.workforcesatisfactionsolutions.com

Strategic Partnerships: How To Network With People You Don’t Know Subscribe on your favorite platform below: Jennifer is the Founder of Kroiss Consulting, a business consulting firm that works with entrepreneurs and business owners to identify, develop and execute a strategic plan for their business. Jennifer’s 18+ years of corporate experience with Carlson Companies and 3M Company have provided her with extensive experience in managing large teams (100+ employees), managing the hiring and training teams for large organizations (500+ employees), interviewing over 2,000 candidates and hiring more than 250 people. Lanet Hane is the Director of Workforce Satisfaction Solutions, which focuses on team building and intergenerational training for business. She has 10+ years of experience training employees and volunteers at all levels and across an array of industries and has performed the role of manager, supervisor, director, and volunteer coordinator.

Some questions I asked: Why did you create the business? What are some of the mistakes you see people make when networking? What are your tips for leveraging cold connections (how you two met)? What is a strategic partnership? How can you prepare for an event? What do you do at a networking event? How should you follow up after an event? In This Episode, You Will Learn: Jennifer and Lanet first connected via the online platform LinkedIn.  As they continued to connect and refer people to one another they realized a bigger partnership was possible. With a combined 25 years of business experience and a passion for connecting and building relationships that matter, Jennifer, and Lanet created their business “Networking and Connecting” to teach the HOW and WHERE of networking to entrepreneurs and business owners. Episode Resources: We would love to share a one-time (no expiration) 25% off coupon code with your listeners for 1:1 consulting or one of our courses. Code is “25%CCG” and our website is NETWORKING AND CONNECTING https://networkingandconnecting.com www.jenniferkroiss.com www.workforcesatisfactionsolutions.com You may also like these episodes: How to Build Your Audience How To Create a Personal Brand That Moves Your Career Forward

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Classy Career Girl by Sai Aparajitha Gopalakrishnan - 3d ago
Feeling your work clothes getting a little snug around your waist? Dieting doesn’t always work and there are healthier (smarter) ways of losing the extra weight and developing the healthier habits you’ve always wanted. The most successful people at work always seem the most put together in their personal lives as well. By talking to and observing the routines of these high performers, their biggest strength is that they put themselves first by nourishing themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. In the process, they avoid many pitfalls that we fall into and instead, adopt healthier habits we might not have developed yet. Here’s how we can emulate top performers as well.

5 Ways to Lose Stress Weight Without Dieting 1. Quit Emotional Eating One of the biggest reasons of weight gain is that we use food as a way to comfort and reward ourselves to cope with the stress of work and adult life. When we eat like this, we are not just eating or drinking to satisfy our physical hunger but to instead cope with life emotionally. Inevitably, these are extra calories that our body simply doesn’t need and we gain weight. Being conscious of eating only to satisfy physical hunger cues like a growling tummy or low energy is a good way to easily avoid the unnecessary calories you don’t need. At the same time, it’s important to deal with stress in ways that don’t involve food that I’ve shared below. 2. Have Something to Look Forward to When You Come Home Have you found yourself coming home and heading straight for the snack drawer? Or perhaps you eat a really big dinner because the “stuffed” feeling makes you feel comforted? Instead of relying on food to make you feel better, have something to look forward to when you get home such as a hobby or a side project. It could as simple as cooking dinner instead of flopping on the couch with a pack of chips. Or it could be a book that you’re just waiting to read. You then come home happier (and earlier!) and hopeful which makes it much less likely that you’ll finish a pack of cookies before you know it. [RELATED: Want to Get Rid of Water Retention? Try This Simple Recipe] 3. Stay Warm and Comforted at Night If you feel cold and drained out (emotionally) at the end of a long day, this might be for you. Have a long hot shower (or a soak in the tub), turn up the heating and curl up with a blanket or sip on hot tea.  Warmth is known to be comforting and soothing which is great for relieving stress. As a bonus, you’ll probably also sleep better! 4. Just Breathe Breathing is a great way to have a mental break. It doesn’t have to be meditation or yoga – just keep it simple and take long deep breaths while following your breath in and out. According to this article, breathing is the body’s natural relaxation response and deep breathing decreases heart rate and blood pressure which helps us destress. Maybe this is why we breathe when we run hard or when our ancestors had to escape from wild animals, eh? Only in our case, it’s mental relaxation we are after (not physical) so breathing doesn’t seem like an obvious choice. It works amazingly well though – give it a shot. Pro-tip: you could also use a bathroom break to take a few deep breaths in the middle of your workday to relax. It’ll also help stave off afternoon chocolate cravings. 5. Write a Journal or Talk to Your Bestie Sometimes it’s just about getting the frustration out of your system.
  • If you feel like throwing your phone against the wall, just do it (maybe throw a cushion instead!).
  • If you don’t even know what you’re stressed about, just start writing. The words and feelings will begin to flow even if it all sounds like a ramble.
  • Or just call your mom or your bestie for some much-needed pampering and comfort.
Voicing your discomfort means you finally get to address what’s wrong, which will help you fix the core issue that’s bothering you. Whichever method works for you (and different methods work at different times), I hope you can de-stress, drop the pounds and quit emotional overeating for good. Psst! Sai is giving away a few free gifts just for CCG readers to quit cravings, stop stress eating and transition to a healthier lifestyle. Get her three exclusive free gifts for Classy Career Girl readers that step-by-step guide you on your journey to quit emotional eating.

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You landed that awesome new job with the corner office (good for you, girl!). You start thinking about all the ways you can spend your first paycheck. You’ll need a whole new wardrobe for this next step in your career. Plus, some new shoes, a new bag, and a mani/pedi because you deserve it! And you’ve been meaning to replace that couch since it’s gotten a little lumpy. Then you look around your already cramped apartment to see all the boxes stuffed with things you bought last time you got a promotion, some still brand new with tags! We’ve all been there. When you succeed, it’s a reason to celebrate! After all, isn’t the point of working hard to indulge in the spoils? As a minimalist, my answer to that is a big, fat NO. The word minimalism seems to be floating around a lot lately. What even is minimalism? Do those people really give up all their stuff and live in a white-washed box with no pictures on the walls? If this is what you picture when you hear minimalism then I’ve got news for you. It’s not what you think! Minimalism is like a create-your-own-adventure, with you in the driver’s seat! What Minimalism Is Not and Why It’s For You 1. Boring Minimalism doesn’t mean boring! If you search Pinterest for minimalist inspiration, you may be hard to convince. A search may bring up small white apartments with only a chair and a lamp. Or one white couch that looks beautiful but makes you too nervous to sit down. On the contrary, minimalism is the freedom to add what makes you comfortable with your space. Whether that means having nothing on the walls, or it means hanging art on every surface, you can still use minimalism! 2. Pretentious Somewhere along the line “things that add value” became synonymous with “throw out all your stuff and buy new stuff.” Minimalism is not an excuse to throw out all your possessions and start again. As a matter of fact, minimalists wouldn’t suggest you throw out any of your possessions, especially if they bring you joy! Instead, focus on highlighting the things that bring you joy, and remove things that are just “meh.” If you get rid of the mediocre, the things that truly embody your personality are free to shine through. 3. One-Size-Fits-All Minimalism isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to designing your house. My home doesn’t have a coffee maker because I don’t drink coffee, but my best friend would have one running all the time. Spoiler Alert: There is no minimalist police to show up at your door and count the number of things in your house. How many items you have, and how you design your space, is entirely up to you. [RELATED: 5 Essentials For Minimalist Work Fashion] 4. Stressful Some people get really stressed out at the thought of parting with their belongings. We invest a lot in our things, and sometimes it’s hard to let them go. But if you’re being honest with yourself, staring at piles of clothes, boxes of unworn shoes, and mountains of paperwork is way more stressful than letting it all go. Removing visual clutter can help to reduce stress. So it’s time to let go of all those old papers, and enjoy your new zen! 5. A Way to Save Money While minimizing can help prevent you from spending money on useless things like yet another pair of sunglasses, minimalism as a money-saving strategy is almost guaranteed to fail. Minimalists tend to invest in quality pieces that will last for a long time. They make more intentional purchases and spend more time making decisions. Quality products tend to last longer, are more sustainable, and serve multiple purposes to justify the elevated costs. That means investing in one pair of sunglasses you love, instead of buying 8 cheap pairs you only sort of like. I can’t give you a step-by-step guide to minimalism and then pronounce you “in the club,” because there is no guide and no club! (But if there was, you’d totally be in!) Instead, minimalism offers peace of mind and ensures the items in your space bring you value and joy. It helps alleviate stress and ensure what remains is only what’s important. It’s the perfect way to live in the moment so you can work on being your best you!

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Are you guilty of being on Facebook all day? Did you know that it can actually help you find a new career? If you are job searching, I want to let you in on a little secret. There’s a huge opportunity to use social media to find a job right now. I highly encourage you to try it out. In our membership site, LYCF, we have trainings on using every type of platform to find a job. But today, we are just going to focus on ONE. It’s one of my favorites. Facebook.

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We are used to using LinkedIn as a tool in finding job but Facebook is also a great Job search tool. Technically, Facebook users are five times the size of LinkedIn members. And for that reason alone, job searchers should tap Facebook’s professional networking power.
1. Complete your profile with your professional history Click on “edit profile” and on top of the screen lists “Work and Education”. List down your job history and include descriptions of your job and accomplishments. Take time in filling this information for those 65% of recruiters who are trolling for job candidates on Facebook. 2. Categorize your Facebook friends into lists I know this can be a lot of work if you have hundreds of friends but it will be worth it. Go to your list of friends and hover your cursor over the “Friends” rectangle next your friends name. You will then see a list of lists including an option to create a new list. Create one and you can name it whatever you want but I recommend naming it “Professional” or “Work”. Find all of your friends who you think should be in your professional contacts and add them on the list. Through this, you can target your work -related status updates.
You may also like these episodes: Get Started With Facebook Ads Without Losing Money With Rachel Miller Behind the Scenes of Our Facebook Ad Strategy

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Ok, we may be tired, we may not look as sharp as we did before sleep deprivation crept in and we may have a whole load of new priorities in addition to our career, but don’t let that lead you to believe that moms are inferior when it comes to the workplace. On the contrary, becoming a parent boosts our skills, makes us more efficient and allows us to assess what really matters when it comes to getting the job done. Consider these examples of ways you improve in the workplace after becoming a parent. 4 Ways Becoming a Parent Makes You More Productive at Work 1. You Have a Renewed Sense of What is Important It’s so easy to get caught up in office politics and let work stuff get you down, but when you become a parent, you have the sudden ability to cut through the crap. Work is no longer your only priority and engaging in arguments and trivial matters just seem like such a waste of time. Having a family makes you re-evaluate what’s important in all aspects of your life and you are able to have a clearer focus on what matters and what really isn’t worth bothering about. 2. You Have New Skills Parenting gives us so many new skills and strengthens those we already have. We become better communicators, better negotiators, better problem solvers, more organized and more adaptable. Often women feel that taking time out to raise a family is going to harm their careers. This really shouldn’t be the case. The skills and experience pre-baby are still there plus a whole host of new skills and abilities. [RELATED: Working: How It Can Help Your Family] 3. Master Multi-Tasker Women are already notoriously good at multi-tasking, but becoming a mom takes your ability to multi-task to ninja status. If you can handle a toddler tantrum whilst feeding a hungry baby and still unload the dishwasher, multitasking work tasks where no one is pulling at your skirt and shouting in your ear become a doddle. Seriously, being a parent means you are constantly not just managing your own time and activities but those of someone else 24/7. It really does expand your capacity to handle lots of tasks at once. 4. More to Do in Less Time This doesn’t apply to everyone, but many moms go back to work part-time after having children. This can be a big transition to get used to. Suddenly you don’t have as much time to fit in everything you used to do in your job. Whilst this is perfectly acceptable now you’re part-time, there is often a feeling of responsibility to do just as much as we used to. This means we end up becoming very efficient at managing our time and work commitments in a bid to feel like we are doing enough. Being a parent is amazing and it can help you be even more amazing when it comes to your work life. Don’t let anyone make you believe that you are anything short of brilliant.

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For many women, career and family go hand in hand. Balancing a mother’s responsibilities while financially contributing to the household or solely making ends meet can be a very hectic task. For moms returning to the workforce after giving birth, work flexibility is a critical matter. According to the US Department of Labor, a staggering 40% of women (specifically, mothers in the U.S.) contribute to the household as primary or sole earners as reported in the first quarter of 2017! So, for those mothers ready to get back on track, here are several ways to find a flexible job perfect for working moms. 4 Ways Working Moms Can Find a Flexible Job that Pays Well 1. Create an Online Work Portfolio Many of the conventional ways of job searching, hiring, and other similar activities have been replaced with newer and more advanced ways like online job hunting and conducting online job interviews and examinations. To increase your chances of standing out from the pool of other professionals, create your own work portfolio. This is an avenue for you to express yourself virtually, and artistically – should you want to – and which you can definitely create during your free time at home. Remember to include here the terms of your work – availability, skills/ offered services, and other important work-related factors. Also, tailor your portfolio wherein employers can work out a schedule and workload that is equally beneficial. Most importantly, make sure to give employers a chance to contact you. You can be as creative and minimalistic as you want, but make sure to maintain a certain level of professionalism in your portfolio. Keep your statements to the point, and avoid filler lines. A well-created portfolio will justify why employers should employ you, and at what terms and rates, without the essays or unfairly compromising your services. More so, you can also ask for your former employers for character references, or statements on you as an employee and use this in your portfolio. 2. Try Online Job Hunting What spells out flexibility better than the internet? The internet has provided topnotch work in terms of flexibility that people are now able to search products; inquire on services, merchandises, and other matters; and, even do substantial research within in the confines of their homes. Online job hunting has been in the market for several years, and with the fast pace of technological development, many have successfully created advanced job listing sites. A typical career portal nowadays filters for basic information as work location, salary range, types of industries, and employment category (full-time, part-time, or freelance). For working moms, you can now go through pages of job listings at home and send in your application while doing your daily tasks. [RELATED: 5 Strategies for Tending to Your Family and Your Job Search At The Same Time] 3. Make Use of Intermediary Job Services Tangent to online job hunting, you can now avail services of third-party job hunters. Certified agencies have a network pool of employers, and are trained in intermediary services. They can help you find the perfect job while you take the time at home building your portfolio. In addition, you can elaborate the terms of your planned flexible working to them, and from there, they can begin filtering prospective positions for you. Although combined with your online job search efforts, these agencies increase your chances of landing the perfect job, make sure to find one known for their reliability and efficiency. Most people rely on reviews, which are a good source of insights on products and services, but you can do more by contacting your local registry regarding legally operating headhunting firms. 4. Know Your Worth Although the workforce is a competitive place, do yourself right, and make your offered services and/or products as a working mom fair to you, and reasonable to your potential pool of employers. As mentioned before, you can justify this in your portfolio simply by tailoring it in a way that exemplifies your skills, training, educational and work background; a rationalization of “why me and why for these terms of work.” Since some employers are from different time zones, you may just land a reasonable evening to late evening job; perfect while your child or children are in deep slumber, and you ready to practice and hone your skills online.

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I can’t even tell you how many times I said yes when I should have said no in my former corporate career. I made pretty much everyone of these communication mistakes when I was in my corporate job. So don’t be like me and listen to the amazing wisdom of our guest today! Chrysta Bairre Career Coach, Author & Speaker www.liveandlovework.com

How To Say No To Your Boss or Clients With Chrysta Bairre Chrysta is a career coach, speaker, author, and founder of Live Love Work.  She works with successful mid-career professionals and service-based entrepreneurs who want more from life and career. Chrysta helps her clients increase professional impact and income– working with them to love their work, be well-paid, and find happiness in and out of the office. She is also the founder of She Leads, a collaborative community for professional women in Northern Colorado. Chrysta and I are going to talk about some hot topics today and some that I know I faced when I was in the corporate world such as saying no to your boss and client and communication mistakes that you might be making. Subscribe on your favorite platform below: Some questions I asked: When is it appropriate to say no to your boss or client? How do you tell your boss no? Will I get fired if I say no? Will it hurt my chance for promotion? What are some common communication mistakes professionals make in emails and day-to-day conversations that make professionals sound less credible? What can we say instead to improve credibility? Would you take your dream vacation? Pay off bills? Put a down payment on a house? In This Episode, You Will Learn: Chrysta and I are going to talk about some hot topics today and some that I know I faced when I was in the corporate world such as saying no to your boss and client and communication mistakes that you might be making. Episode Resources: Chrysta website: liveandlovework.com/get-unstuck/ You may also like these episodes: How To Get Out of a Career Rut (PODCAST) Women and Transition: How to Reinvent Yourself

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It’s definitely no secret that work can be stressful. It’s a given. Though, while work is highly important, so is your physical and mental health. And attempting to get projects done while under pressure – whether it’s pressure from deadlines, pressure from your personal life, or pressure born from overthinking – will never give you the best finished product. Taking a moment during the eight-hour workday doesn’t mean taking a one-minute bathroom break. We’re human and need time to recharge. It’s just a part of life. But this isn’t news – we all know this. Though, did you know that you can turn your workspace into a spa? Yeah, that’s right, quiet meditation and all. Below are ways to say goodbye to ‘Ahhh!’ and hello to ‘Aaah!’

Get Your Zen On: 6 Ways to Turn Your Office into A Spa 1. Clear Desk, Clear Soul That’s a fair motto, right? But seriously – how can anyone be relaxed, let alone productive, with a cluttered, over-packed desk? This is your first step to ultimate work relaxation. No matter what time of year it is, pretend it’s time to Spring clean and donate whatever supplies, knick-knacks, or resources that are never used. Though, this tip could also just be a matter of rearranging your drawers so fewer items are visible on the desk’s surface. 2. Get Some Scents No, not sense. If permitted, light a candle in your office or use a diffuser with scented oils. If not, a wall plug-in will do. According to Entrepreneur, essential oils not only help you relax and therefore focus, but they also “[activate] the immune system, affecting blood pressure and stimulating digestion.” So, they’re also great for your overall health! 3. Ground Yourself with Music Next step to creating your Zen is to grab some headphones (we’re not trying to disrupt our coworkers here, but if you have the type of office where you could play it out loud, great!) Now open your computer’s music library, scan the web, or dig up your phone, iPod or radio… it doesn’t matter. Play your favorite artist or relaxing meditation music and I promise you’ll feel less stressed. I suggest making a playlist, but you do you! [RELATED: 4 Ways to Create a Habitat for Happiness at Work] 4. Real Lighting Get rid of the harsh overhead lights when the sun is a natural, free resource. Shut off the lights and open the windows in your office building. Getting real vitamin D and fresh air may not be parts of a true spa experience, but both will surely rejuvenate you like they are. Though, if the sun has a tendency to hide in your area, pick up a lamp that mimics natural daylight! 5. Five Minute Yoga This one you may or may not be able to do, depending on how flexible your company is (no pun intended!) If you’re in a private office or are simply able to take some time to yourself, store your yoga mat close by and pull it out for a five-minute yoga session. Meditate or stretch – either way, it’ll keep you focused for the remainder of the day. Have willing coworkers join in; relaxation for all! 6. Plant a Plant Add greenery into your workspace to lessen feelings of a stuffy office and add in some earthy vibes.  Succulents are my favorite, but adding your favorite flower or plant will be the most beneficial. Though, don’t forget to water it – it wants to be relaxed and nourished, too! No matter where you work or what you do, you should remember that you don’t need to carry the world on your shoulders. Though, for the times you are carrying too much, remember these tips and ground yourself.

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