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    • Time Management Strategies to Help Reduce Stress

      9 February 2023

      There are days when it seems like the faster you work, the more there is to do. Everyone feels overwhelmed at times. But the better you are managing your time, the more you can accomplish.

      Time management gurus suggest tips for making your days more productive while easing your level of stress:

      • Prioritize tasks Deadlines help you stay on track so that everything on your list gets done. But not every task has the same urgency. Prioritizing your work at the beginning of the week, or even at the beginning of every day, can ease the stress of trying to do everything at once.
      • Don’t get lost in your inbox Checking your email inbox in the morning can turn into hours of scrolling and returning messages that don’t need immediate response. Creating folders for “Action now” and “Read later” can help you identify what needs attention now and what can be put off until later.
      • Declutter your desk Piles of paper all over your desk create stress just keeping track of what is where. Keeping the paperwork in labeled files will help you feel more in control.
      • Delegate If you supervise others, delegate what you can. If you work independently, is it time to hire a part-timer to answer phones, do routine paperwork, or handle your social media communications? 
      • Follow your natural rhythm If you're an early bird, start your day with a big task or two, then take then give yourself a break or two during the day. If you're a night owl, start your morning with lighter tasks, then tackle more difficult ones in the afternoon.
      • Fitness countsMaintaining your health is key to every aspect of your life. Build some time into each day for rest, exercise, meditation. Try walking at lunch time, taking a short power nap or listening to music in mid-afternoon, or committing to a stop at the gym or pool on your way home in the evening.

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    • Food Facts That May Surprise You

      9 February 2023

      We all eat to survive, but apart from food’s nutritional value, most of us tend to choose our favorites based on how they taste and how they look. Just for the fun of it, nutritionists offer a gallery of fun food facts, some of which may come as a surprise:

      • Apples can give you more energy than coffee – Next time you’re low on energy, grab an apple. Thanks to their high carbohydrate, fiber, vitamin C, and mineral content, apples actually provide more energy than coffee. 
      • Chocolate was once used as currency – Known for their love of chocolate, the Aztecs used cocoa beans as currency – and even used cocoa to pay their taxes.
      • Broccoli has more protein than steak – Plus, it doesn't come with saturated and trans fats or cholesterol.
      • Gummies are coated with car wax That glossy sheen on gummy candies comes from carnauba wax, the same stuff used on cars to make them look shiny. But unless you lower them by the carload, there’s not enough there to harm you.
      • Carrots were originally purple – Before the 16th century, almost all cultivated carrots were purple, with mutated versions occasionally yellow and white. Orange carrots are believed to have been cultivated by Dutch growers who took mutant strains of the purple carrot and developed them into the modern-day variety.
      • Farm-raised salmon is really white – Wild salmon are naturally pinkish orange because they feed on a lot of shrimp. Farm-raised salmon only achieve their pink color because farmers add carotenoids, a plant pigment, to their food.
      • Peanut butter is healthy food – High in healthy fat, peanut butter eaten on a regular basis can lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss, and help prevent type 2 diabetes.
      • Tomatoes were once thought poisonous – In 18th-century Europe, tomatoes were called ‘poison apples’ because aristocrats would sometimes fall ill and die after eating them. Eventually, people realized this happened because the high acidity in tomatoes could cause lead to be released from the pewter tableware of the time.

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    • Best Indoor Greenery for Cleaner Air

      9 February 2023

      Indoor greenery creates a feel-good visual focal point in any room, providing a vibrant ‘aliveness’ that most people find both attractive and relaxing. But beyond their aesthetic and mood-boosting benefits, the right green plants can help increase oxygen levels and purify the air you breathe.

      A recent NASA Clean Air Study tested the best indoor plants for eliminating toxins indoors. Here are five suggested for their good looks as well their air-purifying qualities:

      • Peace lily Easily recognizable for its glossy, dark green leaves and white teardrop-shaped flowers, the peace lily is shade- tolerant, easy to look after, and delivers the top all-around air cleaning results in NASA’s study, removing high quantities of formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and ammonia from the home. It likes the humidity in bathrooms or kitchens and is good for bedrooms because it releases oxygen throughout the night. 
      • Parlour palm - As well as adding a touch of tropical elegance, the parlor palm scores highly for its ability to remove high levels of toxins from the air. On top of its health benefits, it has great aesthetic value with elegant arching leaf stems. Being tropical, it likes an occasional light misting on top of regular watering, and keeps it away from radiators where it will likely dry out. 
      • Anthurium - Native to South America, Hawaii and the Caribbean, the anthurium, or flamingo lily, has glossy green leaves and large, lovely, long-lasting red or white blooms. It is happiest in a room with good light but away from direct sunlight, in moist soil and with an occasional misting. In return, it will offer long-lasting beauty while filtering out formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and ammonia from its surroundings.
      • English ivy – A climbing plant that outdoors spreads easily across walls and fences, English ivy is happy to trail indoors in almost any light conditions and is not fussy if slightly too dry or too wet. The quick-growing plant filters out high levels of carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde and more from indoor air.
      • Boston fern – Easily recognized by its lush, glossy fronds, the Boston fern likes lower light conditions and high moisture levels. Happiest if misted regularly and kept well away from direct sunlight and/or radiators, it is lovely to look at and filters high levels of toxins from the air.

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    • Make Your Job Work for You

      8 February 2023

      (Family Features) For some people, job dissatisfaction is the result of a crummy boss or stifling work environment. For others, the problem lies much deeper; it’s a need to reevaluate your career path and find a more suitable fit.

      If you’re considering a career change but not sure which direction you’re headed, consider these words of wisdom:

      Do some self-reflecting. Take time to give your current work situation a thorough analysis. Determine which elements you enjoy, what rubs you the wrong way and what you’d change if you could. Think about practical solutions to the problems you identify whether it’s changing to a different role in the same field or exploring a new industry entirely. Avoid the temptation to focus on the negative. Rather, take plenty of time to consider the positive aspects of your current job, since that insight can help inform your next step. For example, if you enjoy the limited contact you have with customers, a job with more customer-facing interaction might not be a good fit.

      Ask for input. Sometimes loved ones hold the key to a happier career path because they can point out details you don’t recognize. They might recall a time when you were most relaxed and happy, or they might point out talents or skills you take for granted. Often, these natural abilities are an excellent foundation for a career because you’re well-equipped to be successful.

      Consider your personal interests. Keeping your personal life and professional life separate isn’t necessarily a bad idea but finding a way to merge the two can be useful. This is especially true if you’re able to combine training or skills with something you’re passionate about. For example, if you’re an avid outdoorsman, you might find great satisfaction in applying your business management background to work for a company that specializes in camping gear.

      Understand what motivates you. Landing in the right job isn’t just about having the right qualifications for a position that interests you. At the end of the day, you’ll feel most content when your job offers meaningful rewards. Motivators can be financial, or they might have more to do with the ability to learn and grow. Some people are willing to sacrifice a bigger paycheck to know they’re making a meaningful contribution in a field they care about. Knowing what outcomes resonate best can help you find a more rewarding career.

      Do your research. Changing your career path is a big move, and one you shouldn’t take lightly. Before diving in, spend time looking into the field you’re considering so you have a better sense of factors like growth opportunities, job availability, qualifications, compensation and more. If you find you aren’t quite qualified for the job you think you want, explore what it will take to get there whether it’s training, education or putting in your time to gain experience and work your way into the role you desire.

      A career change may be just what you need to shift your life in the direction you want. Find more career advice at

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    • 4 Painting Mistakes to Avoid in Your New Home

      8 February 2023

      Whether you just moved into a new home or you're looking to update a room or two, paint is often your first and best option for making a strong style statement. But redoing a room with paint is not as simple as choosing a color. There are many factors to consider in order to ensure your paint job doesn't go awry. Here, designers weigh in on what not to do when it comes to painting projects.

      Don't settle for a previous palette. If you've just moved into a new home, the list of projects to accomplish is most likely long, from buying new furniture to installing window treatments. Don't let a long move-in to-do list deter you from painting, however. According to designers, many new homeowners choose to live with the home's existing colors even if they don't love it. But doing so creates a ripple effect that will become difficult and costly to undo as you begin to make design decisions based on the previous owner's paint colors. Be sure to prioritize painting if you're not completely in love with the existing palette as it will serve as the foundation for most all of your other style choices.

      Do a gut-check. While it's easy to get swept up in today's array of beautiful, trending paint colors, it’s important to take the appropriate amount of time necessary to think through a color choice before pulling the trigger. Begin with the rooms of the home where you and your loved ones will be spending the most time, and choose a color that you know deep down you'll be happy with for a long time, even if it's not at the top of the trend chart. You can then experiment with "less-safe" colors in smaller areas, like a mud room or spare bedroom.

      Go beyond white trim. According to designers, you don't have to paint architectural elements like crown molding, baseboards and door casings white. Try extending the color you've chosen for the walls to these elements as well. This will give your room a dramatic feel and draw attention to the colors and textures of its furnishings and accessories. 

      Be judicious about DIY. One of the worst—and most expensive—mistakes you can make when it comes to paint is taking on a project that's over your head. Do your research online and talk to your local paint professionals about the details and time involved for the project you have in mind. Be realistic about your abilities and opt for a professional when needed. Doing so will save you time, money and angst.

      Source: Better Homes & Gardens

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