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How To Maintain Social Connections In 2021

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by and Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our second topic is focused on «How To Thrive In 2021.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

As many of us face a more virtual life during this confusing planetary time, it is vital that we maintain social connections to protect our mental well being.

As the below quote elaborates on, human connection is a powerful force that we learn early on in life:

“Never underestimate the empowering effect of human connection. All you need is that one person, who understands you completely, believes in you and makes you feel loved for what you are, to enable you – to unfold the miraculous YOU.” – Drishti Bablani, Wordions

Here are some tips to aid you in maintaining your social connections this year:

Blogging friends. As many of you read this, you will know that you have a blog that can connect you to beings from all across the world. How amazing, right? Use your blog to create friends by leaving comments here and there and seeing if you get a response that resonates with you. Be brave, send out the frequency into the universe that you will find friends on this platform. From personal experience I can say that making friends on WordPress has changed my life, maintaining connections are vital to keep you on the right track.

Friends and family. Have you spoken to your family and friends recently? Maybe we could rekindle a friendship and see how your friends are doing. Sending an email, making that phone call.. reaching out and holding your arms open may be the key to maintaining your social connections. You never know until you reach out.

Use technology to connect with family and friends. From Facebook to FaceTime to Skype to WhatsApp, plenty of options are available.

Check on your neighbors who live alone to ensure they are okay. Strike up regular conversations with these individuals at the same time every day or several times a week. Ask if they need anything before you go to the grocery store. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, you can give much-needed support to others in your community.

Participate in group activities. If you live in an apartment building with a courtyard, for example, someone might lead group activities such as light exercise or talking sessions from the courtyard with residents participating from their balconies and front yards. Or find online group activities you can participate in.

Volunteer. Community support groups could need you for outreach calls, either over the phone or in person, to support others who are not socially connected in some way during this time.

Spend more time in the park or dog park. Say hello to other dog owners or those you pass in the park. Many people might be grateful to connect and chat.

Hang out in your front yard and interact with neighbors. Pull up your chair and chat across the fence while they work in their yards or wash their cars. Talk to postal workers as they deliver mail, or chat with those walking along the sidewalk.

Online support groups. Search around on the internet for online support groups that fit your criteria for what you are looking for within that group. You may feel more supported knowing there are others out there that feel as you do my friend.

Social connections are the threads that bind our communities together. By prioritizing human interactions and finding meaningful ways to connect during this time of physical distance and social isolation, we can support each other.

We hope this post inspires you to understand the importance of social connections during this time; let us know how you manage your social connections below..

How To Manage Your Money In 2021

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by and Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our second topic is focused on «How To Thrive In 2021.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

Managing your money can sound intimidating and stressful, we all know that.. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, taking a few simple steps now will help you gain control and, most importantly, peace of mind.

Here are some tips to help you manage your finances this year:

Keep an emergency fund. Unexpected things happen in life and it’s good to be prepared. Emergency funds are a crucial part of a healthy personal finance plan. In most cases, it’s not a good idea to touch or take money out of the fund, rather, let it sit there earning interest. If you lose your job or an unfortunate or unexpected expense arises—such as your car breaking down or a health issue arises —this is when you should use your emergency fund.

Use a tool, a personal finance app. Your finances are likely already complicated, now let’s uncomplicate them. How? Maybe you could begin by getting with the times, put away your Casio calculator. There are new and free tools available that will show you ways to manage money as well as do all the hard budgeting and computational work. Many tools such as Quicken for Windows or the free MoneyStrands app will allow you to safely consolidate, manage and control your money all in one place.

Save 10 to 15 percent for retirement. I know it’s far off, but if you want to be in a comfortable and free place during your retirement, the sooner you start saving for retirement, the better off you will be in your later years.

Slash unnecessary expenses. Are you a big fan of Starbucks? If you are buying a Caffe Latte every day that’s around $4 out of your wallet. Multiply that out and you could be spending about $1,400 a year just on that. Make your own blend at home to save money. Paying for a gym membership but are you doing yoga in your backyard? Cancel it. Think long and hard of other memberships, subscriptions, accounts that you are paying for but could really live without.

Consolidate your debt. Debt, the dreaded word. No one likes debt. No one. And most people that need help managing money actually need help getting out of debt. If you are like the majority of Americans (~80%), then you most likely have debt. Firstly, to get it under control and work on getting rid of it, if you have credit card debts, student loans, and other debts; look to consolidate them and try to get the lowest interest rate possible.

Understand your income. This is the difference between income and expenses, most people know their full monthly income but have less knowledge of their full monthly expenses. Work out your total expenses and subtract that from your total income for the month in question and create your budget.

Understand your expenses. Ask someone off the top of their mind to tell you how much they spend a month and they might not be able to do so.. Many people actually don’t know the total amount of expenses they have on a monthly basis. Here is a solution for you: for one month, keep a log of all your expenses. Take all your receipts (food, rent, utilities, etc.) and look at your bank statements and add up all of your expenses. Remember to keep track of expenses paid by cash as well as credit cards.

Create a budget. Creating and sticking to a budget aids us in seeing with clarity and full transparency our financial situation and this is of most importance for better managing your money.

“When money realizes that it is in good hands, it wants to stay and multiply in those hands.” – Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

Let us know how you manage your money, maybe we will learn something new…

Powerful Ideas to Make 2021 Your Best Year for Health and Happiness

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2020, What a year we have had, Phew! Moving on, the purpose of this post is to congratulate you for surviving 2020 and to give you hope and inspiration for 2021. Looking after our minds has never been more important than today and by that I mean controlling our reactions to stressors and managing anxiety better, spending time alone with our thoughts, cultivating resilience or simply becoming our true authentic selves.

So here goes your mantra for a healthy and happy 2021

Spend Time Alone with your Thoughts – The number one problem why people are struggling these days is technology. One of the negative things that technology has done is taken away our downtime and our privacy. There was a time when we were younger, we had to go out of our houses to find something creative to do just out of boredom. The amount of energy that one had to exude to imagine or figure out what to do with our time was extraordinary. Kids now have to exert even more energy to not be distracted to find boredom, to find stillness. It cannot be overrated how profound that is and how it will change the course of humanity. So make a point to spend 30 minutes with yourself, if it gets too overwhelming, let it, sit through it, journal it but stay out for 30 minutes by yourself. Believe me it’s nerve wracking but worth it for your happiness and emotional health.

Use Criticism as a Gift – People create an identity without realising it. Your ideal identity is that of a learner, anything else is fragile. When somebody tries to hurt you, they will almost always start with something real, so they come at you with the thing you are most insecure about. The triggering is the psychological immune system which is beneficial because people with the highest levels of self delusion also report the highest levels of happiness. If you flip your mindset to say that my identity is not as a vegan, or a writer but of a learner, that’s the only thing I value myself for. Learning is powerful and real and so that is the only thing that can protect you from getting hurt when someone criticizes you. Leaning lowers your psychological immune system and protects yourself from the core.

Stop Holding Yourself Back, Set Fear Aside – There is a poverty in uniformity. When we have a central idea about what good looks like or what enough looks like and everybody is moving to that common ground, it strips us from the richness of everything we are, in spirit. We have to trim off all the unlikely edges, where the awesomeness is. So don’t perform in your life, live it. Live it the way you want to, not how others want you to be. If you can unpack more of fact, mental freedom is on the other side of it. It is not about the resignation of trying to find your best potential, but it is about using your talent as best you can. You are good enough as a human being, own it.

Hope this helped you get some perspective in life. Have a amazing year ahead.

Tips For Technology Free Sleep In 2021

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Do you remember the last time you rested onto your mattress without a phone or technological device in your hand, or within arms reach? If you can’t remember, you’re not alone…

It is important to have a consistent, deep restful sleep and with technology seeping into our lives more and more we, as a human family, are having major sleep issues including insomnia. Electronic devices emit blue light, a type of light that actually suppresses your body’s production of the sleep hormone melatonin. As a result, you feel more awake and experience a harder time dozing off even after you put your device away.

Here are some tips for having a technology-free sleep:

Stick to a sleep routine. To go to sleep well without technology getting in the way, repetition is the key. Going to bed and waking up at the same time reinforces your body’s internal biological clock, allowing you to fall asleep and wake up more easily. As part of your winding down routine, start one to two hours before you actually want to drift off. Change into comfortable clothes, turn down the lights, read something relaxing and try some deep breathing exercises to get yourself in the mood for sleep, with your phone in another room or if you use it for your daily alarm, put it out of reach.

Create a home space for electronics. Find a spot outside the bedroom where you can put all of your electronics during the night. This is an ideal place to put chargers so that all your devices will have a full battery in the morning.

Use a basic alarm clock. If you use your phone as an alarm, a basic alarm clock can be exchanged for the purpose of waking you up. Most alarm clocks have settings for low brightness to help keep your bedroom dark.

Reward yourself. If removing technology from your bedroom feels like punishment, find a way to turn it around. Reward yourself for certain milestones, such as one week, one month, or one year of having a technology-free sleep environment.

Silence notifications. Put your phone on silent and turn off notifications so that you aren’t bothered by constant vibrations or flashing lights.

Set boundaries with friends, family, and work. Many people have their phones nearby because they think they may have to immediately respond to something important. This perceived need to be connected 24/7 means you’re likely to have sleep disruptions during the night. To get away from the switched on mindset, tell friends, family, and work colleagues that you won’t be accessible during the late evening and early hours.

Don’t work in bed. Allow your bed to be only for sex and sleep. This allows your brain to associate being in bed with those behaviours, minimizing the urge to bring technology into bed with you.

Keep a book or something to read next to your bed. Recapture the joy of holding a fresh book in your hand or magazine. Keep something that you enjoy reading next to your bedside so that you’re less likely to have a fear of missing out on notifications and distract yourself in a healthier way.

We hope this post gave you some technology-free sleeping tools to ensure you sleep sound. Let us know how you manage your sleep, technology-free, below!

How To Protect Your Mental Health In 2021

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by and Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our second topic is focused on «How To Thrive In 2021.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

At this moment in time, things seem uncertain. Our mental health is the foundation, the garden, from which our flowers grow.. Many of us are living in lockdowns which have been shown in many studies to affect our mental health in a negative way.

Here are some tips on protecting your mental health in 2021:

Support Network. People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends to talk over the phone, or seek out activities you can do together such as having a deep conversation and collaborating on a project.

Taking care of yourself physically. Looking after your body can improve your mental health since both are intertwined. Be sure to: Eat nutritious meals, avoid smoking and vaping, drink plenty of water and exercise (which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods).

Spend some time with an animal friend. Time with animals lowers the stress hormone cortisol and boosts oxytocin – which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at a shelter if you can.

Practice forgiveness. Even if it’s just forgiving that person who cut you off during your commute. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives.

Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in college students and increases anxiety, food cravings and reduces your productivity.

Humour. Laughter is one of the best medicines. Getting through these times involves finding the humour in situations rather than seeing something as a curse. Change your perspective and see the blessing. Put some funny videos on, talk to a friend and laugh, increasing your immune system strength and lowering pain levels.

Discover Spirituality. Look into different spiritual concepts. Do you know what spirituality is? Awakening the spirit within you will help your mental health by learning you are an eternal spirit that never dies.

Manage your news and social media intake. Try to find a source of news that you can trust during these difficult times to keep you informed. But take a break from it all and check the news every once in a while. Try to also limit your intake of news and social media, which can help you manage your feelings if you find yourself worried or if you are finding news updates upsetting.

Are you feeling claustrophobic or trapped? Open the windows to let in fresh air or you could spend time sitting on your doorstep, or in the garden if you have one. Try looking at the sky out of the window or from your doorstep. This can help to give you a sense of space and regularly change the rooms you spend time in.

Take in as much sun and fresh air as you can. Being outside, particularly surrounded by nature and greenery, can benefit your mental wellbeing. If you are able to leave your home under current government restrictions, try to seek out walks or areas to exercise that are nearby but also allow you to be surrounded by nature. If you are unable to be outside, try opening your window and spending time in rooms which get a lot of natural light. You could also try garden planters on your window sills or placing house plants around your home.

Find things you love doing. Do you write? Do you love to cook? Do you enjoy painting? Do you love to learn new things? Focus on these and boost your mood.

Work on the self. This is a time to go within and discover yourself. Who are you? What values do you live by? Who is that voice in your head? Get to know yourself and ask yourself questions, I’m sure you’ll be intrigued by what you find.

Talking about your feelings. Talking can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your well being and doing what you can to stay healthy. Talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways. If you open up, it might encourage others to do the same.

Clean your outer environment. Having an ordered and clean surrounding will make you feel more in control, calmer and relaxed. When your outer world is ordered, you will be inspired to keep your inner world ordered.

Establish a routine and schedule. Bringing structure to your day can give you a better sense of control and can make a difference to your mental health. Work out how you will spend your time each day, write it down and check-in with your schedule regularly.

Nutritious foods. Choose foods that will nourish your mind and body. A plant based diet that is rich in diversity has been proven to boost good mental health and take years off your life. Cherries, avocados, grapes, nuts, legumes and greens will brighten your mind.

Find new healing methods. Look into alternative healing to find other ways of clearing the past from your mind and body. Sometimes conventional medicine doesn’t have all the answers for your health. Have you looked into aromatherapy? Acupuncture? Reflexology?

The future of communication will be cyberspace. With the way things are going, the world is turning to the internet for support and connection. Start a blog, find online support groups or groups with similar interests to you. You may find new friends and different forks in the road may open up for you!

We’ll catch you next time, before you go, here is some food for thought:

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein. Try something outside of your comfort zone.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” -Maya Angelou. If you have personal experience with mental illness or recovery find a way of sharing it with others. Check out what other people are saying on different cyberspace sites such as WordPress.

We hope this post helped aid you in protecting your mental health this year with some ideas to add to your tool kit. Let us know below how you choose to protect your mental health!