Finding a job, especially when you have no connections, is difficult even at the best of times. Sometimes, your location is conspiring against you, and the only decent jobs would take a 2 hour commute every day. Other times, every job around you will want a specific availability that you just don’t have for whatever reason. This is not to mention that even when you find a job posting you like, it’s a gamble since the majority of job postings get hundreds of responses. However, there is another issue at hand that also hurts everyone’s job hunting experience: bad jobs themselves.
Nobody wants to get stuck in a position they hate. Not only is it mentally toxic to one’s well-being to be in such a situation, it is more likely you’ll just be on the hunt for a new job in a short period of time. Spotting a bad job can be difficult though, since most of us have little to no familiarity with 99% of the companies out there. Thankfully, though, there are a few red flags you can spot in job postings themselves that might clue you into the fact it’s a bad job. Today, I would like to talk to you about five of those red flags in the hopes that you can save yourself time, energy, and soul from some dangerous entrapment.
Everyone in life has a little social anxiety. For some, it’s a specific social situation, like a party or interview. For others, it can be literally everything that involves talking to another person. Regardless, life can be an uncomfortable experience in a variety of situations. While normally not a problem, for some it can be a crippling affair that affects their quality of life. The very thought of even attempting to put yourself in those situations willingly can likewise be something to scoff at. Yet, exposure to these uncomfortable situations can often be the very thing that helps makes the situations less uncomfortable for you.
At this point, many would ask why such exposure is good when it causes such anxiety and stress? However, that is what I’m here to tell you about today: the benefits you will receive from exposing yourself. So, whether you scoff or are intrigued, I’ll hope you stick with me for this brief bit and listen to my argument before writing it off.
We’ve all been there. You blink sleepy eyed and decide it’s your bed time. You snuggle into bed, your head hits the pillow, your eyes close…and whoops your brain decides it’s time to charge forward with every creative idea you can muster. You toss and turn, trying every method you know to get to sleep, but in the end you’re stuck awake while your precious sleep hours tick away.
Unfortunately, this sort of temporary insomnia is a detriment. Without proper sleep, your mind fogs over, your body feels sluggish, and ultimately your health is damaged in ways you can’t see. It can be a hard force to combat. However, it is not impossible. As I am currently going through a period of this sleep trouble, I thought now would be an excellent time for me to share my tips with others. Some you’ll have heard, some you won’t have perhaps. Either way, I think it’s a good reminder for anyone that if you put forth the effort, you can make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep.
Like a lot of people, I suffer from some moderate social anxiety. I have an extreme fear of talking to people on the phone, I freak over minor stuff like having to ask an authority figure a question, and I am the worst interviewer because of how nervous I get. Yet, I am admittedly a lot better than I used to be ten years ago when my social anxiety was extremely crippling. Even when you know your social anxiety is preventing your success, it can be a hard thing to improve upon. However, today I would like to tell you it is possible to work at it and, over time, be less held back by it. Thus, I’m going to give you my personal tips that have helped (and still help) me overcome my problems with social anxiety.
Over the weekend, I decided after 4 months of panicked working every day that I would turn it all off and just take some time off. I clocked in many Mass Effect: Andromeda hours, snuggled with blankets, pet cats excessively, and just all around recharged my batteries for a few days. Coming back to work semi more refreshed (though not caught up on tons of sleep I’ve been missing), I was reminded of a fact that seems very true when it comes to indie creators: they’re really bad at taking time off.
Seriously, find any creator and just observe for a while. Eventually they’ll hit a point where they’ll talk about taking time off…and the endless amounts of guilt they feel for not being productive. Maybe you, reader of this post, are one of those people. Even I struggle with this issue a lot. However, taking time off is not only good, it can be essential for better emotional health and creative thinking. As such, today I would like to give you some tips on how you can help yourself take time off. Some of these tips are about changing your mental thinking, and some are designed to help you actually take the time off. Hopefully, you’ll find something of use and can take that mini-vacation you desperately need.
Weight loss is often a very popular New Year’s resolution, and one that a lot of people struggle with. Sure, those first few weeks go well. You’re eating your salads and soups, you’re drinking your water, etc. Of course, everyone is allowed a cheat day so you can eat that chocolate cake you’ve been saving, right? Only, suddenly the next day you’re sad and that cheat day becomes two cheat days. Soon, everything has spiraled out of control, and the goal of losing weight is lost to the abyss. Even if it wasn’t your New Year’s resolution, this is often how weight loss spirals into failure regardless.
Weight loss is hard. There’s no way around it. If it was easy, the anecdote above would be far less common. However, as someone who has lost an enormous amount of weight in my life, I can tell you that weight loss is possible. Given my own successes with it, I feel it might be helpful to some for me to share my tips regarding the subject. So, if this is something you’d be interested in, read on!