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Tiny Threats In Your Home

Tiny Threats In Your Home

They say your home is your castle. That might be true, but there are always tiny intruders, hidden in the most unexpected places.They can easily make your life intolerable if you do not eliminate them before they influence your life. We do not want to let that happen, so here is a list of hidden tiny threats in your home you might have underestimated or ignored before.

1. Allergens

Allergens are everywhere. If you do not feel well, it might turn out that they are the ones to blame. Have you been sneezing and coughing for quite a while without any visible causes? Perhaps you should blame the dust mites that hide in your bedroom, right inside the mattresses and pillows. Or your fluffy cat, for carrying around animal dander. Not to mention, the mold from moisture or food allergens can be dangerous for your health as well. If you simply keep your apartment (or house) clean and dust-free, you might suddenly realize that your physical state turns out to be much better than before. If you limit or stop the intake of food allergens, you will help your own body a great deal and start feeling in much better shape.

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2. Bacteria

The second important hidden threat is, well, germs. Now, if certain allergens might be more dangerous to people with special conditions (for example, to ones with asthma), then germs are a threat to every single inhabitant of the household. If you wish to protect your loved ones, you better clean up all the places where most germs hide, at least every week – and that is not to mention grand cleanings every month. All you need is cleaner-disinfectant (either homemade or not) and lots of patience. It will pay off eventually. The members of your family begin to get ill much less than before, for their immune system will be strengthened thanks to your efforts.

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3. Junk food

You might be wondering – how is junk food a tiny threat? Millions of people neglect the danger of savoring hot dogs and hamburgers instead of nourishing, healthy food. The temptation can be such a part of everyday life we might not even notice it. If your body slightly shifts its shape and you don’t like where it is all going, if your children refuse to eat anything but pizzas, candies and chips, if your loved one eats fast food during their working day and after it’s over, perhaps it’s high time to limit the consumption of the junk food in your home.

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4. Electromagnetic waves

It’s hard to imagine our lives without laptops or cell phones. They are among the most useful inventions – we use them for work, education, entertainment and, of course communication. There is a computer and a cell phone in almost every household in developed countries nowadays. But the fact that these items are common does not mean that they are completely safe. They give off electromagnetic waves that might influence our health in a bad way by causing multiple illnesses, including cancer. It’s almost impossible to give up using these things nowadays – we need them for personal and work purposes. But you should at least try and limit the amount of time per day you spend on your laptop and talking on the mobile phone.
These tiny threats, waiting for you in your home, are all very different, but all can influence your life in an unpleasant way. Don’t just wait for the consequences to come – be smart, take your time and remove all of the dangers or make habit adjustments before they get to harm you and your loved ones.

Featured photo credit: Danger/Shawn Carpenter via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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