Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pressure On? Ask Your Boss About Working From Home


Ok, so some people may laugh at the idea of approaching your boss and requesting a little space to work from home.  However you might be struggling due to changes in your personal life and if something doesn’t give, you may need to hand in your resignation and look for something that works for you.  If you think you are a valuable player and love your current job then maybe it’s time to talk to your boss.  He might just value you, more than you think!

First thing is to be prepared to be completely honest about your situation.  You need to be clear and try to keep emotion to a minimum whilst making your reasons relatable.  It may help to consider a few benefits for your boss so why not mention a couple of these ideas.

Firstly, you will spend less time commuting which will mean you can start work earlier and finish work later.  This makes a far better use of your time than sitting on a train for 30 minutes at the start and end of each working day.

A recent study revealed that employees are 13 percent more productive when they work from their own desk at home than when they are in the office.  So not only will your company be getting more of your time, they will also be getting more productivity to boot.

It’s no longer awkward to have staff out of the office, thanks to the connectivity of our new world.  With the internet and mobile phones we can pick up all our emails and have calls diverted meaning we don’t miss a thing.

It could be worth having a chat with hr advice consultants, Croner.  They can help you talk through options and give you some tips on how to make the situation work for both the company you are working for and you.

There is a lot to be said for having employees working from home.  Studies have shown that those working in their home environment are happier, it is also a really good PR spin.  Yahoo recently was all over the news when it announced it was supporting home working hours.  

Gather up as much information as you can and pitch the idea to your boss.  It may be that you need to prove you’re able to take on the challenges of working from home, so why not consider suggesting a trial period or starting slowly with one afternoon or day per week.  

Most company bosses will want to keep hold of quality staff and so if they can, they will make allowances to see you through the rough times.  Just make sure you don’t let them down!

Working from home can be tough, you have to be completely self motivated and ordered.  It is easy to spend the day working in your pyjamas or grazing in the kitchen.  So before you spend an afternoon pitching the idea to your company, sit down and really make sure this is the right solution for both of you.  Talk to your family and friends and make sure, if there are pressures at home, you are dealing with them and not just changing your life to accommodate them.

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Food Spa: Clean Up Your Diet


I think we ought to set out from the beginning this is not an article which is going to talk about the ever growing trend of clean eating.  What started as a simple concept has now grown into a minefield of rules and regulations which, quite frankly, are almost impossible to keep up with.  Instead we are going to focus on a few brilliant changes you can make to your diet to give your body a little detox, without having to break out the juicer and starve yourself for a week.

Firstly, Spirulina.  This is an incredible natural algae which, honestly? tastes horrendous.  However it is a superhero when it comes to your body and we highly recommend you master the art of holding your nose and knocking it back in a shot.  Forget wheatgrass.  Spirulina is 65% protein and 95% of that protein is digestible.  It contains sources of ALL EIGHT essential amino acids including Omega 3 fatty acids.  But the real miracle of this super green powder is it’s natural detoxing power.  High in Chlorophyll means it acts as a detox by flushing toxins out of your body.  It’s a great boost for your immune system too.  Spirulina is also high in betacarotene which is also an antioxidant.  Again great for the immune system but also fantastic for the skin.  With the ability to raise your resting metabolism too, you can help increase your weight loss.  If you truly can’t stomach the taste then you can buy the powder in capsule form and make a small improvement to your diet

Freekeh is going to be part of all the best diets 2017 lists on the internet.  This brilliant little grain has been the staple diet for most of Palestine and the Middle East.  It has a sort of smoky flavour and delicately green in colour, almost light sage.  Freekeh is especially good for helping the body detox because it is packed with fiber and protein, nearly twice as much as quinoa.  It also acts like a natural prebiotic so fills your gut with the good bacteria.  You definitely need to make room for this in your cupboard if you are looking to cleanse your system without taking drastic actions.  Although beware, it is a grain and it does contain gluten so if you are a gluten free diet, you will have to avoid it.  

Avocado is like nature’s band aid for your stomach.  First off it is packed with plenty of omega 3 which we all know is essential for heart health.  However in our stomachs, avocado has proved to be one of the most effective natural healers of the liver really helping to deliver a detox effect and flush out all those nasty toxins.  It also has an amazing blend of oils (namely linalool and geranyl acetate) that have proved to have a positive impact on irritable bowel syndrome

So, you don’t have to starve yourself to help your body detox itself.  Just learn a little more about the food you put into your body and let nature assist you in doing what you were made to do.

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Feeling Lackluster In Your Life: Easy Ways To Give Yourself A Boost

It’s so easy to start feeling a bit lackluster in your life. After all, we tend to get into the same routine day in, day out. And then you can feel like your life is going nowhere. In fact, you see people on social media living out amazing lives, and it can make you feel low. However, there are some ways you can turn it around. Here are some easy ways to give yourself a boost to stop yourself feeling lackluster in your life.


Give a helping hand to people in need
One way to give yourself a boost is by helping others. In fact, you will be surprised how good you will feel if you do something for people who are in need. And it can make your life feel worthwhile. Therefore, look online for charity opportunities in your area that you can volunteer for. It might be helping people in their elderly years or even caring for animals who are waiting to be rehomed. They will be delighted for the help, and you will feel a boost after helping a charity. And not only will it give you a boost, but it can also do wonders for your CV. In fact, it will be a talking point when you go for jobs in the future!

Spend some time having a laugh with good friends
Friends are often our salvation when we are feeling low. In fact, research has found that friends often give us the biggest boost and lift out of everyone. A couple of hours laughing away with your friends can help lift your mood and feel happier about your life. Therefore, arrange to meet up with your close buddies for a night of fun and laughter. You might want to chill out in front of the TV with a comedy movie. Or you could all play a drinking game which will be a laugh. And you could even consider getting a free 24 hour psychic reading. After all, it will give you and your friends a giggle, and it could be the pick-up you need to help you feel more positive about what lies ahead.

Book an amazing holiday
If you are feeling lackluster in your life, it could be down to you not having anything to head to. After all, if you have something planned in the next couple of months, it can often give you a boost to carry on with your day to day life to ensure you get to the event quicker. One thing you could book which will definitely be something to head to is a great holiday. Book a week or two with your friends or loved one and you will soon be planning your fantastic vacation. And with it in the not-so-distant future, it can give you the boost you need to keep going.

And exercise is also an excellent way to give yourself a boost. In fact, you could join an exercise class which will help you work away any stress in your life. And leave you feeling happy and fulfilled!

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The Items that Will Make Camping Even Better

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Whether you’re a seasoned camper or you’re new to the outdoor living experience, there are lots of tools that can help you enjoy your time in nature a lot more. Although there are more great gadgets than I could pack into one post, I’ve selected some of the best. So, without further ado, here are the items that will make camping even better for you:
A Penknife
It’s an oldie, but when you’re packing for your next camping trip, a penknife should be right on top of your list, next to your tent and sleeping bag. Penknives can be used for everything from cutting yourself free from tangles to opening cans and everything in between. TentsAndCampGear.com has a great guide to buying penknives, which I suggest you check out if you don’t already have one.
The Scrubba Wash Pack
Although you don’t exactly have to be the model of a fashionable traveller when camping, if you are going to be camping for more than a couple of days, pack a Scrubba Wash Pack and you will never have to worry about clean clothes again. The pack , which weighs just 5 ounces is able to wash a day’s worth of clothing with nothing more than a little bio-soap – you don’t even need water or power! You can find out more about the Scrubba Wash Pack at TheScrubba.com.
A Solar Lantern
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You might not have any electricity when you’re camping in the wilderness, but that doesn’t means that you have to stumble around in the darkness. A good portable solar lantern can give out as much as 12 hours of light and can be deflated to fit in your pack. Carry one with you so you can read, cook and get around in the dark.
A Portable Coffee Maker
If the thought of going even a day fills you with dread, but you can’t bear that horrible instant stuff, invest in a Handpresso, which can be purchased at Amazon.com and you’ll be able to grind your own coffee while you sit round the campfire.
A Pop-Up Tent
Investing in a pop-up tent will make your life a lot easier, especially if you’re not used to pitching your camping shelter. It’ll save you a lot of time and effort battling with tent pegs and you’ll be able to enjoy your trip that bit sooner.
A Hammock
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Hammocks are the most comfortable way to sleep outdoors, providing the weather is favourable. You can even buy hammocks fit for tow, so if you’re camping with your sweetheart and you want to get cosy, order a hammock today!

A Collapsible Kayak
If you want to have some action and adventure in the water, but you don’t want to lug around heavy equipment, invest in a collapsible kayak, like the ones at orukayaki.com, which weight just 35 pounds, but which can support weights of up to 300 pounds, and make a splash.
I hope this post has given you some handy ideas for making the most of your next camping trip. Do let me know how your next camping trip goes.


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