There are only two things in life that are inevitable: death and taxes. Well, three, if you include the aging which leads to death. In any event, we cannot do anything about aging or death and that thought can sometimes be rather depressing. We will all get old and we will all die.
Even if you manage to keep your mind off of this advancing decrepitude, your body constantly speaks up in the form of nagging aches and pains. Then there are those days when you feel depressed and in pain. All you want to think about is your lost youth and how you know feel that you have squandered it.
When the double whammy hits you, try to get on your feet and get moving. Exercise is not only good to keep your weight down, but it also helps to lower your blood pressure. Meanwhile, your brain is producing feel-good endorphins that will lighten both your mood and your step.
At the same time, try to avoid abusing too many substances. Alcohol may help to calm you down, but remember that it is a depressant. That will simply lower your mood and that is not something you need when you are feeling this way.
It can also be tempting to indulge in comfort food. Unfortunately, as we get older, it becomes more difficult to lose weight because we have less energy and drive to exercise. Putting on extra pounds and then having trouble to lose them is guaranteed not to make you feel better.
Do what you can to avoid stress. It is bad for your blood pressure and can actually prematurely age you. Stress will depress you, which makes you less likely to exercise and socialize, which will just make things worse. It is really the worst kind of vicious circle.
For most of us these days, it seems like there are never enough hours in the day for us to get everything done. Between her responsibilities at work, at home, and with friends and family, it can be tough to find time to even relax, let alone tackle other projects.
Fortunately, if you plan everything correctly, there are ways to free up a few minutes here and there and this will lead to some substantial time savings for you. Try some of the following strategies:
The best and most efficient way to tackle any project is to plan ahead. Whenever possible, try to map out your day in as much detail as you can; this will make it easier to know how much time you have to accomplish things and how much time might be left over. Think about things you can do during those spare periods and plan them in such a way that you can start and finish them as time efficiently as possible.
Turn off your smart phone
Our smart phones can be a wonderful aid, but as the kids today say, they can also be a tremendous time suck. You would probably be shocked to learn just how much time you spend looking at that phone each day. Try turning it off and, if you are still succumbing to temptation, put it away in another room.
Streamline your cooking
Many of us do not eat as well as we should due to the time involved in preparing meals. Set aside some time on the weekend and prepare all of your main courses for the week on that one day. Refrigerate and freeze portions that you can then eat on each subsequent night. That way, when you get home from work, you just have to put something in the microwave.
Tired of your sky high electric bill? We’re sure that you are. In fact, we have never met anyone who is happy about their electric charges. The Ontario government recently took steps to help ease the pain caused by the province’s excessive hydro costs, but our power needs still take a big bite each month.
It is up to the individual consumer to find ways to use less power and decrease their monthly hydro expenses. Here are a few tips that can help:
Watch Your Air Conditioner Settings
Do you really need the air conditioner on for that long and at that low of a temperature? Try adjusting it a bit upwards. Also, close your curtains and perform other measures that can help to keep the temperature down cost free. A little extra planning and a little extra “discomfort” can end up saving you a fair bit in the long run.
Don’t run your washer or dryer until you have a full load. Also, wash your clothes in cold water. You will be surprised what a difference that can make to a process that already uses a lot of power.
Observe Power Conservation Times
Most power companies have the day divided into sections where power consumption is higher, hence a higher charge for the user. Try and schedule as much of your heavy power use as possible to occur in the evenings (usually after 8PM) so as to reduce your costs.
Did you know that battery chargers, charging bases, TVs, and other electronic devices continue to use power when plugged in, even if you are not using them? It’s true, so take the time to unplug them when they are not in use. You can make this process easier by using a plug bar with an On/Off switch.