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5 Valuable Lessons Failure Teaches You

5 Valuable Lessons Failure Teaches You

Failure is scary and quite overwhelming some of the time, but it's required to reach the finish line. Everyone makes mistakes, and you will never be the exception to this rule, nor should you wish to be. Failure is needed to learn the lessons necessary to excel in life and be where you want to be.

To Learn What Truly Motivates and Inspires You

If you never took a chance on your goals, would you know what makes you happy inside? Without the information you gain from each experience through life, you would not be who you are today. The fact is you can't know what you don't know. You must get out there, take a chance and be willing to learn.

To Fully Learn Your Desires and Capabilities

Failure inspires personal growth. When you take risks, you discover what you are capable of and the areas you need to improve or enjoy being in the most.

To Embrace and Value Change

Change is everywhere and unavoidable. In fact, you can't expect to succeed without it, as improving your skills, choosing your meal for the day or any activity for that matter results in a change. When you expect it, you can take better control of the direction you want your life to go.

That It Is Never the End of The World

Failure teaches you resilience. Once you fail, you realize it is never the end of the world and usually something that can be improved. In turn, this builds up your self-confidence and gives you the motivation to learn more and do even better the next time.

Every time you fail, you make it out of there alive and stronger than you were just moments before. You become stronger because you realize that failure is only as scary as you perceived and made it up to be in your mind. Most failure is survivable, and with that comes a great sense of pride and accomplishment, which you can take with you to carry through to success.

To Live A Positive and Optimistic Life

While this may sound counter-intuitive to the idea of failure, it isn't if you look at it from a different perspective. Remember, failure is not damaging unless you allow it to be, and don't take the time to find something you can learn and grow from it.

Next time you find yourself worrying about failing, remember these five important lessons. You don't need to be afraid of failure where there are healthy and positive lessons to be learned.

5 Habits of People Who Don’t Care What Others Think

5 Habits of People Who Don't Care What Others Think

It is normal to want to be accepted by society; however, too much focus on what others think about you will only hold you back. Successful people know to achieve their goals, they must act no matter what others have to say about it and even if it's not the status quo. Use these five common habits of prosperous people, who don't care what others think about them.

Shake It Off and Move On

Words and criticism can hurt. It is only normal and false to say you won't ever feel hurt by them. The difference is how you handle it. Don't give it any more time than it deserves. Assess if it's true or false. Highlight the lesson you can learn from it, and then move on. Mistakes or judgment from others are only the end of the world if you let it be.

Mind Your Own Business

Overall, what others think about you is none of your business, just like the thoughts that flow through your mind right now. No one can expect or force you to share them unless you consent to it. It is not your right to expect it from others either. Therefore, it is only a waste of time to think about it constantly. Live your life for yourself and only focus on what you are feeling. If you are happy, then that is the only thing that really matters in the end.

Know What You Want and Be Consistent

When you really know what you want out of life, you won't want anyone to get in your way, family or not. It takes consistent action to get there no matter how boring or exciting it may feel one day to the next.

Understand That Life Is Too Short

Life is fast. Wasting time on situations that don't matter can stunt your growth. To achieve your goals, you must focus on what it takes to get there. Focusing and overanalyzing other people's opinions won't lead you to success.

Accept That You Can't Please Everyone

Nor is it anyone's responsibility to do so. You are the one person who is most responsible for your life. You control your actions - no one else. Of course, you can't control everything, but for the most part, it is you who decides when, where, and how to do things.

Take charge of yourself. Don't allow others to pressure you to change just to make them happy. Either way you look at your only path is a disappointment. You must think about yourself first before you can make others truly happy too.

Don't let others get in your way of success. Feeling appreciated and seen is nice, but it shouldn't prevent you from enjoying life the way you want just because other people are too shellfish to express your importance to their life.

4 Key Ingredients to Finding Inner Peace

4 Key Ingredients to Finding Inner Peace

Inner peace is described as a relaxing, happy, and content state of being no matter what is going on throughout life. It's about freeing your mind of negativity and reaching a state of happiness—an attainable state of being that anyone can achieve with the right ingredients. You can find the four key ingredients to finding inner peace below.

Only Living Your Life for You

Living for you is not selfish. Take care of yourself. Follow your heart to care for those around you honestly without putting yourself on the back burner. Don't let others walk all over you or push you in directions you don't want to go. Take control of your life and rid it of distractions that are keeping you down. Identify precisely what you want from life, make realistic goals to get there, and don't expect anything from anyone else but you.

Letting Go Of Everyone Else's Version of Inner Peace

Your idea of peace and your neighbors are likely to be different. As they commonly say, one man's challenge is the next man's idea of a day off. Just because you may be where one person identifies as inner peace doesn't mean it will resonate with you. You must look within yourself, feel your emotions and take the time to understand them.

Living Each Day with Intent

To experience success, you must take meaningful action. You can't expect to get what you want from life if you do nothing or wait for someone else to do it. That is a sure way to live a life not your own and lead to a life of discomfort and unbalance. It means going out and enjoy the activities you want to do to make you happy and achieve your goals. It is actively ensuring you are not wasting your time.

Reflection and Learning to Love Yourself Inside and Out Right Now

Appreciating your body, your knowledge, and the experiences you have gained is a crucial step to achieving inner peace. When you take the time to reflect and release gratitude to the world, you are reminded of your strength and value. You realize that although you want to keep improving, you are still worthy of happiness and love now, even in a state of improvement.

It's important to remember that just like happiness, peace is a state of being and emotion which never constant without work. It is normal to fluctuate in and out of different emotions throughout life. However, you can keep around longer just by staying true to yourself, working towards your goals, and taking the time to reflect gratitude each day.

Is a Season of Stress Damaging Your Ability to Stay Healthy?

There’s something besides viruses and bacteria that can weaken your immune system and make it more difficult for you to stay healthy - stress. Every season can be one that brings on a different type of stress.

When the fall season rolls in, it brings with it back to school and the holidays. There’s Thanksgiving and then Christmas. While these can be times of celebration, more often than not, they bring in a lot of stress.

Unmet expectations during holidays can cause stress. Many people have a picture of what they’d like the holiday to be like, but inevitably, it falls short. There can be family strife, relationship issues, or work deadlines that are tighter due to the holidays.

Many people also experience a lot of financial pressure. It can be stressful and expensive to spend the money to travel to be with family during the holidays. On top of that, there are gifts to buy for relatives, friends and coworkers.

The demand on your time increases, too. All of a sudden, the number of commitments you have to deal with can double. It seems that there’s always something to take care of, another store to visit or a purchase to make.

You may start to feel that you’re running yourself ragged. This can easily cause stress and anxiety during the holidays. You want to enjoy them, but you’re too tired physically. If there’s drama or family strife going on, you can also end up worn out emotionally and may find yourself just wishing the holidays were over.

During these winter months with less light, some people are affected with SAD, which can make everything feel even more stressful and depressing. Other seasons bring other challenges.

During the summer when the kids are out of school, if you work full time and your kids are younger, then you have to deal with childcare issues. You may find that you’re having to pay more money for childcare....

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Eat Strategically During the Seasons to Help Your Immune System

It’s beneficial to choose the best foods to eat each season that will boost your immune system. When your immune system is strong, you’re less likely to get sick, regardless of whatever is going around.

There are plenty of great foods that can aid your immune system. During the fall, you can find an abundance of pumpkins. This food is loaded with plenty of vitamins. For example, it’s rich in vitamin A.

This vitamin is necessary to help with your body’s cellular health - including boosting the ones for your immune health. Make sure you eat plenty of squash as well. This vegetable is also loaded with vitamin A.

Plus, it contains a B vitamin, which can help fight against the winter blues. Don’t neglect eating fruit in the fall, even though some may not be as plentiful as they are in the summer.

One fruit that you should have plenty of during the fall are apples. Be sure to eat the skin, too - since apples contain flavonoids that fight inflammation and boost immune health.

In the winter, many people stop eating the foods that help the immune system and that’s a mistake. There’s plenty of produce that you can choose that will help keep you healthy through the season that’s known for colds and the flu.

Eat a diet that’s rich in vitamins, like kale. This is plentiful for antioxidants and other nutrients that boost immunity. Have some spinach and other leafy greens, too. These foods contain plenty of vitamins - including the important vitamin C....

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Seasonal Sleep Changes

You may not realize that when seasons change, so does your ability to achieve good sleep. There are physiological changes that take place. For example, as the days get lighter and longer, this affects the amount of melatonin in your body.

Less melatonin means less sleep. In the spring season, Daylight Savings Time can disrupt your sleep. The changing time can throw off your sleep schedule. You can also have trouble sleeping due to the allergies that this season often ushers in.

In the summer months, the light also causes sleep changes. A lot of people find that they develop insomnia when summer hits. That’s because, just like in spring, your melatonin levels are altered.

The amount that you have in your body lessens when it’s light out and this is what affects your circadian rhythm. In the fall and winter, there’s not as much sunlight and people aren’t outdoors as often.

This can cause drops in the amount of vitamin D your body has. Once this level drops, the body doesn’t have as much of the neurotransmitter responsible for producing melatonin.

If the vitamin D level drops low enough, it can even bring on SAD. It’s important that you get enough sleep. When you don’t, it impairs your immune system because sleep boosts your T cells.....

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Stock Up on UV Rays Whenever Possible

The changes that happen in your immune system in the seasons have a lot to do with how many UV rays you’re exposed to. In the summertime, it’s a lot easier to get access to UV light.

This is another reason why illness is less prevalent. When the days are warm and the weather is good, you’ll find more people outside. They’ll work out in the yard, and engage in outdoor activities like swimming.

More time is spent outdoor than inside. The exact opposite happens when winter hits. The majority of people want to stay inside where it’s warm. The overcast skies and chilly weather just don’t have the same pull that the warm, sunny days have.

But that’s exactly what the body needs. To be soaking up sun. When you have exposure to UV light, it works to help boost the body’s production of vitamin D. In turn, this vitamin is what works to aid the body in being able to process other helpful nutrients and vitamins.

Plus, it works as a warning to the body’s immune system when there’s an infection or viral invader. Sunlight boosts your T cells through your vitamin D. This is why your immune system is stronger in the summer months.

It’s also why you need to make sure you get or replicate that light in the winter as well as during the other times of the year. You can do this by planning outdoor activities regardless of the season...

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Your Immune System Changes with the Seasons

When the winter chill sets in, you may have heard people talking about how they have more body aches and health issues. Certain health problems, such as arthritis, act up more in the winter months than in the warmer spring or summer ones.

That’s because when the seasons change, your immune system does too - at a cellular level. This can be particularly hard on certain diseases that are autoimmune in nature, but even someone who has no current health problems can find themselves struggling during seasonal changes.

That’s because the parts that make up the immune system are busier at different degrees when it’s the summer months versus when the season changes to winter. In the summer, these parts of the immune system work more aggressively in the way that they function.

This activity helps to squash reactive symptoms that stem from conditions such as arthritis as well as health issues such as the common cold. But when winter hits, the immune system doesn’t work as aggressively.

It’s much easier for an inflammation to hit and get the upper hand. This is why, when you’re exposed to an illness, you’re more likely to get it in the wintertime...

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The Powerful On The Spot ABC Coping Strategy

The Powerful On The Spot ABC Coping Strategy

Every day there will be events that happen that test our resilience capacity. You get stuck in traffic, wake up late and have to rush the school or whatever else life throws at you. How you react is crucial to building up your resilience.

Cognitive restructuring (or changing the way we think during a stressful event) is the best method for managing stress at work, according to a "meta-study" published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

 In this observation of studies, which focuses on techniques used to manage stress, cognitive restructuring was compared against other common "stress interventions" like deep breathing and relaxation.

The cognitive restructuring came out to be the best intervention of the lot. The findings suggested that "Cognitive restructuring promotes the development of proactive responses to stress." Put another way, it helps prevent stress.

Founded by Doctor Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck, was this mindset reframing technique that gets people to dispute their negative self-talk and therefore use it to control their thinking during a stressful event.

What their research found is that most people the severity of a stressful event. Ellis liked to call this phenomenon: "stinking thinking." This way of thinking results in a common response like:

"I've got the worst job in the world."
"I'll never get all this work done on time."
"Why does this always happen to me."
"I'm a complete failure."

This negative thought process often clouds people's mindsets and leads to irrational and often completely false outcomes.

When we engage in this way of thinking, we are the ones who suffer. In essence, we become our own worst enemy for our often false recognition of the situation that's causing us to feel stressed. Ellis and Beck came up with a way to change our overly negative thinking that's as easy to remember as ABC or, in this case, A+B=C. 

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Using The Wellness Wheel To Support Resilience

Using The Wellness Wheel To Support Resilience.

One of the best ways to build on your resilience capacity is to audit your wellbeing often. Why? It will be even harder to pull through challenging times if important wellbeing areas are way outbalanced, then the struggle will be made even harder.

For example, if your eating habits and sleep habits are poor, your energy during the day will plummet – not what you want when you are building resilience. By paying more attention to these areas, you'll be to bring them back into balance and thus put yourself in a better position of resilient growth.

Using the wellness wheel which covers various dimensions of wellness makes it easy to identify which areas of your life need more attention while defining an action plan to improve them.

How the wellness wheel works

The core idea behind the wellness wheel is to assess the different areas of wellness that affect your wellbeing. These include the following:

*Physical health including your exercising, sleeping and eating habits.
*Mental health including your day to day mindset thoughts and emotions.
*Relationships in your life, in other words, to what extent do you feel you are connected to others.
*Recreational health. This would be assessing your downtime, including the time you get to practice your hobbies and interests.
*Financial health, including budgeting and saving money for the future.
*Occupation health. This is your current job and career prospects.
*Spiritual health. This is your personal growth and purpose in your life.
*Home health. This is the health of your home, including how safe you feel in it and how happy you are with it.

The eight areas above represent your life. Rank your level of satisfaction with each area out of 10. 1 means you are struggling and feel unfulfilled and unsatisfied in that area. 10 means you're satisfied and complete fulfilled with that area and don't think it needs much improvement. An example of what this might look like is below.....

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