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I bet you have!  You’re not alone!  Most of us, if not all of us, have experienced it.  It can be so overwhelming and debilitating you don’t know which way to turn or what to do next.

You have a raging headache.  It’s so powerful you are blinded by the pain and many times the source is surprisingly innocuous.  Well, at least the source is not some horrible thing like a tumor on the brain or something just as bad!

No, the source is stress—Stress born of the pressure of trying to “get it all done!”  Such stress needs a strong medicine.

The medicine is finding and acting on ways to be more efficient and effective.  You can’t be more efficient and effective when you are on a treadmill of tribulations.

Consider this visual to illustrate what I mean.


Yes, sitting on that bench grinding away on those pedals may have some aerobic exercise benefit but you aren’t going anywhere.  It looks to me like the only worse situation would be as a rat on one of those treadwheels we’ve all seen.  Talk about going nowhere!!

So, let’s go somewhere and fix your stress by getting off that treadmill of tribulations.

The “somewhere” is a website that is loaded with amazingly valuable information.  The following articles are shared (with permission).

7 Habits of Successful People

7 Habits of Successful People

Success doesn’t just happen- it takes hard work, determination and a plan. Once success is achieved the rituals and habits that helped get you there in the first place should continue to be followed to insure continued success. While the path to success varies from person to person, there are some habits that seem to be consistent among successful people, seven of which we find especially helpful.

1. They wake up early
Even Aristotle was saying that a habit of waking up before dawn contributes to achieving success, wealth and good health. Researches show that our brains work most effectively during the first 2-4 hours after we wake up. Early hours are the most productive for majority of people. Waking up early, you’ll feel vigorous, fresh and ready to conquer new summits.

2. They exercise
Physical activity matters! You may think that it is all about the brain work that makes people successful. However, the majority of truly successful people exercise on a regular basis. It is not only about keeping you healthy and in good shape. Constant experiences of overcoming yourself and achieving new results are very useful for any other scope of activity. Mark Zuckerberg, for example, works out with a personal coach five times per week. In his interviews, he often says that working out doesn’t only help him feel good, but also stimulates him to think of new business ideas.

3. They have a plan
Successful people realize how important everyday tasks are. Benjamin Franklin asked himself every morning what good things he was about to do this day. Having a plan helps you remember everything and get rid of all the things you procrastinate with. Take 10 minutes before sleep or after you wake up and make a plan for the whole day. It would be even better if you write it down somewhere.

4. They learn
People need to get new information every day to keep the brain trained. Successful people always find the way to learn something new. They read books and articles, they communicate with smart people, they go through trusted websites, etc. You should always have your brain working and eventually it’ll work out some idea that can make you as successful as those people you admire today.

5. They analyze
A great thing successful people do is analyzing their day before going to sleep. Was this day productive? Did I do everything I had planned? What shouldn’t I have done today? What should I improve in the next day? When you think of the good things you did today, it helps you move on doing them tomorrow. When you think of your mistakes, it prevents you from repeating them the next day. Analyzing is a great thing to do at the end of the day.

6. They spend time with people they love
Of course, successful people work really hard. However, many of them say that forgetting about their work and spending some time with beloved people is what helps them continue working even harder. You shouldn’t think of your work 24/7 because your brain will be too tired to work and to generate new ideas. Being around people you love can make you happy and careless for some time and that is a great rest for your brain.

7. They sleep the right amount of time
There is surely no rule on how many hours a person should sleep to feel good and fresh. We are all different; some of us can sleep four hours per day and feel great and others need 8-10 hours of sleep not to look like a zombie the whole day. Successful people know how much time they need to have a good night’s rest and they sleep no less than that.

Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Tips for Getting a Good Nights Sleep

We’ve all been there. The saggy, tired eyes. The double – make that a triple – shot espresso to get us through the afternoon slump. The persistent grogginess. We’ve all felt the side effects of lack of sleep. Whether you’re a studying student, a new parent, working to meet a deadline for work, or maybe you’re work schedule requires you to pull long, LONG shifts, we are sure you’ve all experienced the intense exhaustion due to lack of sleep. And whatever the circumstances of your lack of sleep, we can all agree, it’s never fun being sleep deprived. But did you know this exhaustion could also be a contributor to health issues and other concerns? Studies show those of us who have a constant lack of sleep are actually more prone to develop health concerns. In fact, according to the Centers of Disease Control, insufficient sleep is now considered a public epidemic. So in response to this growing concern, and admittedly while sipping on our triple shot latte, we’ve researched and compiled a list of tips to follow so we can all start sleeping better. We hope you’ll find some of these tips helpful — we definitely will be trying to integrate some of them into our daily routine.
These Tips were provided by the Better Sleep Organization. For more information on the topic, feel free to go to their website.

  1. Make sleep a priority. Keep a consistent sleep and wake schedule – even on the weekends. If necessary, try adding sleep to your to-do list. And don’t be late.
  2. Maintain a relaxing sleep routine. Create a bedtime routine that relaxes you. Experts recommend reading a book, listening to soothing music or soaking in a hot bath.
  3. Create a sleep sanctuary. Your bedroom should be a haven of comfort. Create a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool for the best sleep possible. Consider a bedroom makeover.
  4. Evaluate your sleep system. Your mattress and pillow should provide full comfort and support. Your bed and your body will naturally change over time, so if your mattress is seven years old (or older), it may be time for a new one. Pillows should generally be replaced every year.
  5. Keep work materials out. The bedroom should be used for sleep and sex only. Keep stressors, such as work, outside the bedroom.
  6. Banish technology. Television, smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers should be kept out of the bedroom. Intense backlighting of electronics triggers stimulating chemicals in the brain that tell your body it’s time to be awake.
  7. Exercise early. Complete your workouts at least two hours before bedtime to ensure quality sleep. Even a brisk walk can increase blood flow and improve your sleep.
  8. Assess your space. Did you know that for couples who sleep on a “double”, each person only has as much sleeping space as a baby’s crib? Whether you sleep with a partner or alone, your mattress should allow enough space for you to be able to move freely and easily.
  9. Replace caffeine with water after lunch. Caffeine can remain in your system longer than you might realize. Stay hydrated with water instead of having coffee, tea or soda in the afternoon.
  10. Drink alcohol earlier in the day. If you need to indulge, a glass of wine soon after work can calm your nerves and help worries melt away, while still giving your body ample time to digest the alcohol before bed.
  11. Take 20- to 30-minute naps. Short naps can be restorative without disrupting your sleep. Experts say even a 10-minute nap can improve alertness for 2.5 hours when you’re sleep deprived and for up to 4 hours when you are well rested.
  12. Eat light in the evening. Finish eating at least two to three hours before bedtime.
  13. Keep a worry journal. Distance yourself from things that cause stress and anxiety. Writing down the things that are bothering you can give you perspective and help you relax. Just don’t keep your journal in your bedroom.
  14. Set a snooze button quota. Only hit the snooze button once per day, and set it for the latest setting possible in order to still wake up on time. You will feel more refreshed if your sleep isn’t disrupted multiple times.
  15. Buy an alarm clock. And keep your phone in the other room. Smartphones in particular can represent a source of stress during the day, and proximity to the bed can disrupt sleep – even if it doesn’t make noise or is set to vibrate.

Life’s Instructions

Life Instructions

We recently came across a list of “Life’s Instructions”. We do not know who put this list together, but it seems to be a pretty good list and contains many of the qualities that our own parents instilled (or tried to) in us. Perhaps we should be given a list like this when we are youngsters and use it as if it is our owner’s manual for life.

1. Have a firm handshake.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. Sing in the shower.
4. Own a great stereo system.
5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
6. Keep secrets.
7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.
8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
10. Whistle.
11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
16. When playing games with children, let them win.
17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
18. Be romantic.
19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.
22. Be a good loser.
23. Be a good winner.
24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
27. Keep it simple.
28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
36. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
38. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’
39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
43. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
44. Become someone’s hero.
45. Marry only for love.
46. Count your blessings.
47. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
48. Wave at the children on a school bus.
49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
50. Don’t expect life to be fair.

Time Management Tips

Time Management Tips

Plan each day. Give “to-do” lists a shot. They help to round up and organize your thoughts and goals. Write the most important things at the top and tackle those first. This way, if the unexpected comes up, the most important things have been done. This prioritizing will help you take care of both the most important things on your to-do list as well as those things that aren’t quite as important.

Focus on each task. If you don’t take the time to “get it right” the first time, you’re only going to have to re-do it… which is one of the largest time wasters ever. Allot enough time for each task to do a great job, not just a good job. However…

Don’t obsess over unimportant details. Wasting time trying to achieve perfection simply wastes time, frustrates you, and keeps you from getting more accomplished. Determine what really needs to be “perfect” done in order to complete your objective and focus on those issues.

Embrace the 10-minute rule. It’s simple – you work on a task that you’ve been putting off or dreading for a solid 10 minutes. Set a timer if you need to. More often than not, once you’ve started, you’ll finish. Then it’s over and done with. Good job!

Limit distractions whenever possible. Set aside specific time for specific projects and cut off all potential distractions. Simply cut out and cut off any distractions that you may have while working on your to-do list.

Incorporate these tips into your daily routine and find out how much more you can get done during your day.

Save on Online Purchases

Save on Online Purchases

Online shopping allows you to compare prices, styles and options with just a few clicks and can save you money. One great way to save is by using promotional or “promo” codes”, which are similar to coupons, offered by many online retailers. These promo codes offer a variety of savings by reducing the price at checkout, offering free or reduced shipping charges or offering additional free products with your purchase. A lot of retailers send these promo codes to members who subscribe to the retailer’s email lists or who “Like” them on Facebook. So find your favorite retailers’ websites and Facebook pages and sign up. Once you get a promo code, enter it into the appropriate field at checkout and it should be applied so that you receive your discount.

Another way to get these money saving promo codes is to go to websites such as www.RetailMeNot.com or just enter “promo code” into Google and find the websites that offer promo codes. When you visit the promo code websites, just do a search for your favorite online retailers and see if there are any promo codes available for the sites at which you wish to shop.

This is an easy and fast way to save money when shopping online, so have fun and save a few bucks on your next online shopping adventure!

All of the above articles were curated from www.lifeanswersback.com

Use them as strong medicine to help you get off that treadmill of tribulations!


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