How To Deal With The Death of a Loved One

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The experience of bereavement is universal and yet highly personal at the same time. When circumstances change in the blink of an eye, we can be left feeling like the sky has fallen in and unsure of what we’re supposed to do to process how we’re feeling. There’s no dress rehearsal for dealing with the death of someone close to you. So if you are affected, how do you begin the slow process of putting the pieces back together? Some self-help strategies can help you to find a way forward once the initial shock has subsided.

Process It Your Way

There’s no one size fits all when it comes to grieving, so you shouldn’t feel that there are ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to process your emotions. Some people prefer to keep their feelings relatively private, while others want to seek out support and share their memories of the person. Some find solace in focusing on the very specific, practical details such as going to compare funeral directors. Others find it hard to cope with details in the face of a significant loss and need more time to process what has happened. Allow yourself to feel without pressure.

Continue The Relationship

By its very nature, death is a sudden ending that can leave us feeling as if too much was left unsaid. There’s no reason why you have to end your relationship with that person immediately. There is a still a space in your life that they occupied. If you feel you want to continue communication, then do it. Send emails or write letters updating them and expressing your feelings of loss. If a special event happens, like getting engaged, let them know. This may seem unnatural to some, but it’s actually more naturally than abruptly ceasing all mention of your loved one.

Find Support

There are plenty of organisations out there which provide support to bereaved relatives and friends. If there’s no one close to you that you feel willing to talk to about the situation, it can often be easier to address your feelings through a bereavement support group. These provide a very non-judgmental environment that can help you to feel a little less alone in the face of your loss. If human companionship feels too much, the Cinnamon Trust connects you to those who are elderly or unwell and need someone to walk their dog. Spending time with animals can be very healing for some.

Don’t Rush Decisions

If you have decisions to make about someone’s estate or possessions, its best to take a step back and don’t allow grief to cloud your judgement. You may find it impossible to be objective for a few months, so give yourself time to emerge from the eye of the storm before making any irrevocable choices.

Understand It’s a Process

The loss of someone close to you is not something you should expect to ‘get over’ Rather, grief is a fluid state that transforms over time, ebbing and peaking in response to other factors in your life. Crying is the body’s natural reaction to stress, so if you feel like crying don’t attempt to hold back. Treat each day as a new one, and gradually you’ll begin to focus more on today and less on what has happened. The pain dulls and becomes more familiar over time, and eventually, you will be able to see beyond it, even if you always carry it with you. A call to the Samaritans can be invaluable in times of emotional stress, so don’t be afraid to seek the support you need.

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Is It Time To Get Your Foot On The Property Ladder?

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Investment is something that a lot of people find incredibly tempting as a way of either supplementing their current income or creating an entirely new career for themselves. Of course, among the many questions that you have to ask yourself if you plan on diving into the world of investment, the biggest is probably what kind of investment you actually want to make. Certain investments present more challenges than others while others offer less risk but lower potential profits. Out of all of the possible forms of investment, few have more potential for future growth and capital that property. Property is consistently one of the best and most effective investment options out there, but actually getting your foot on the ladder can be a challenge. Here are a few simple pieces of advice to help you do just that.

Expand your list of properties

One of the worst things that you can do as a property investor is to go into the entire situation with too specific an idea of what kinds of properties you actually want to invest in. Doing that is just going to limit your options and make life much more difficult than it needs to be. You should be open to different options like different kinds of properties and the option to invest in overseas property. By leaving your options open as much as possible, you’re going to be able to make it much easier to find something that suits your needs.

Figure out what kind of tenants you want

Different kinds of properties, locations, and even landlords will attract different kinds of tenants. You should make sure that you’re not trying to pursue tenants who wouldn’t be interested in your property in the first place. A large home with multiple rooms in the centre of a university town is always going to be more attractive to students and young people than it is to families with children. Think carefully about who you want living in your properties when you’re trying to find the right properties to invest in.

Work with outside organisations

The reality of becoming a property investor and landlord is that the entire process can be incredibly complicated and difficult to understand. Because of that, it might be best to reach out to agents or property management companies so that you’re not left trying to handle everything yourself. Not only does that allow you to bring in outside expertise to make sure that you’re making all of the best possible choices, but it also frees your time up so that you’re not constantly having to obsess over every little detail.

You should always keep in mind that, much like any other form of investment, property investments are going to come with their own set of risks. From shifting markets to unreliable tenants to simply making the wrong choice of which properties to invest in, if you’re not ready to deal with the potential risks that come with property investment, it may not the be ideal money maker that you want.

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A New Year, A New You: 9 Steps to the Best Version of Yourself

There’s never a bad time to think about how you can improve as a person, but it’s hard to deny that the beginning of a new year is an ideal time to look within and see if you’re really the best version of yourself. Below, we take a look at ten areas that should be up for evaluation. Believe it or not, being a better human being usually isn’t that difficult: it just takes a little bit of effort. Ready? Here we go.


Find Out What You Lack

When a person’s life isn’t going exactly as they want, they usually make the mistake of thinking that everything they’re doing needs to be changed; in reality, it’s usually just one thing, or sometimes two. Take a look at your life and see which areas you need to improve. It might be that you have a great job, but that your spiritual side isn’t being nurtured. Or you might have an active social life, but you’re not making much progress in your professional life. Once you’ve discovered which aspect is letting the side down, you’ll know where you should be putting more of your attention.

Make a Plan

Nothing happens by itself, and nothing happens overnight, either. If you plan to make a change in your life, then the desire will only get you so far: the rest will depend on the actions you take, and how much patience you’re willing to show while the changes are sinking in. Luckily, we’re only in January, so you have plenty of time to make your annual goals come true. Start today, and by the time Spring comes you should notice a difference.

Change Your Surroundings

Sometimes, we’re simply not set up to improve our circumstances. For instance, if you’re unhappy with where you’re living – or you think that it brings out the worst in you – then you might constantly be taking one step forward, two steps back. It’s important to remember that you can always make a change, no matter how comfortable you may be in your current situation. If you think a change of scene is necessary, take a look at houses for rent and put yourself in an environment that will be conducive to self-improvement. You’ll be amazed at what a change of surroundings can do.

Your Professional Life

In the hiring world, it’s simply a truism that there’s a lot of job switching in January. Perhaps it’s because people are beginning to look at themselves under a microscope, but there’s simply a lot of movement. And if everyone else is doing it, it’s worth looking at your circumstances. Now, don’t fall for the mistake of leaving your job on a whim of self-improvement; it might not be the best course of action. Instead, think more generally about your professional aspirations, and ask if your current company will be a platform for you to reach those goals.


The Simple Things

We, as a society, tend to overcomplicate life. In reality, humans only need a few things in order to be well-taken care of: water, food, shelter, and companionship. The question is: to what extent are you giving yourself these things? You can make a plan to drink more water, eat healthier, home cooked food, make sure your house is in order, and enjoy the time you spend with your friends and family. If you were to spend the rest of the month doing these things, then you’ll soon find that you’re feeling and looking better. Of course, you can throw in luxuries on top, but the key point is to make sure the basics are taken care of first.

Dropping the FOMO

We tend to think that it’s society that is making things run at 100 mph, but that’s not the case: often, we’re the architects of our downfall. We move fast, never pausing for breath, all because we have a fear of missing out. So this year, why not make a more conscious effort to enjoy the things that you like to do, rather than saying yes to every little invitation, just because you’re worried you might miss out on some good times? You have all the capabilities for good times within your own power!

Technology Detox

If you’re anything like us, you’ll have spent much of the last year – maybe the last few years – lost in a whirlwind of flashing lights and beeping signs, all thanks to your smartphone, tablet, and everything else. Researchers have discovered that so much screen time – and artificial light in general – isn’t conducive to our well being. It’s a good thing we know this because it means we can do something about it. For one day a week – Saturday or Sunday – make a vow to leave technology behind for the day. You’ll survive just fine without checking your smartphone every few minutes. And with the time you’ve gained, you’ll have the space to think about all the things you want to achieve this year.

A Little Older, a Little Wiser

It’s a mistake to make overly grand promises to yourself in January. For example, saying you’re going to read fifty books this year would be ridiculous. You won’t do it. However, if you say you’re going to read for twenty minutes each day, you’ll probably succeed. And that’s good, because reading is the fountain of knowledge! Whichever area of your life you want to improve, there’ll be dozens of books written by some of the world’s best thinkers available on that subject. Planning on starting your own company this year? Don’t do it without a library of advice lining your walls!

Change Your Ways

Finally, let’s think about those self-destructive behaviours. If you’ve been staying up far too late or drinking too much alcohol, or otherwise neglected certain aspects of your well-being, it’s time to change your ways. It won’t necessarily be easy, but it will be worthwhile. Do more of the things that will lead you to become the type of person you want to be; you won’t regret it!

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Making The Very Best Start With Your Business

Many people begin the new year with new hopes and dreams for their career, and often in some cases this means starting up your very own start-up venture. It can certainly be exciting to think that you can bring an idea you feel passionate about and making it your own reality. But, how do you make sure you get the very best start with your new business idea? I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can make it all a reality.

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Create a business plan that will stand you in good stead

One of the first things you can do is create a business plan. This can sometime sbe overlooked by over enthusiastic entrepreneurs, but you can really make so much sense of your goals simply by having this plan in place. It’s far easier to get one in place, you can either do it through lawyers or use some of the various online guides that can help you devise the right plan for you and your business vision. Often, these things are looked back on in years to come so that you can realign your focus and even add to it.

Think about your investment options

You also might need to consider your investment options to ensure that you get the most out of your business from the start. You may want to use your savings, and invest fully yourself. You can consider loans as a form of investment, business loans are a great way to get up going sooner than you thought, just as long as you factor in the repayments when it comes to your profits. Or you may want to go to other investors and let them be part of your journey.

Make sure you market your business in the right way

Marketing needs to be right from the word go, especially digitally in what can be a saturated market. Using social media and having a good website is an ideal place to start, and doesn’t take much in regards to investment. However, it takes effort to ensure that you promote your business at the optimised times, and that your website can withstand any traffic that is directed to it.

Consider focusing on your local community as well as cracking the digital world

As well as placing a lot of focus on the digital element of your business, you may want to try and do things differently by making your local community a priority. A good tip is to think about getting involved with local events or local charities. This can be a great advertising, and often encourages people to consider your business instead of going for a larger company.

Be aware of the hard work and dedication needed

Finally, you need to be aware that the hard work and dedication involved in starting your business is nothing like what you may have done before. It won’t happen overnight, but sticking with it and doing something that you love will certainly pay off. It can be one of the most rewarding things you do.

I hope that you make the best start when it comes to your business.

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6 Ways To Start Budgeting For Her Engagement Ring

You’ve probably heard that an engagement ring ought to cost a couple of month’s salary, but is that set in stone? In short, no. Everyone has a different way of figuring out an engagement ring budget.

We’ve put together a list of ways you can set your budget for your partner’s engagement ring.

  1. Learn about the Four C’s

Before you settle on a budget, learn about the four C’s – colour, carat, cut and clarity. It is these factors that determine the value of the stone and play a big part in the diamond’s final price. The more you know, the more you will understand how much you’re getting for your budget.

  1. Setting and Centre Stone May Be Sold Separately

Many people begin their search for a ring by browsing any rings online. Mostly, the rings are pictured with a centre stone, so you can get an idea of what the completed item will look like. But, the diamond may not be included in the price you see. So, you’ll want to budget for both the setting and the diamond. Stones can range drastically in price, so make sure you understand the additional costs.

  1. Find Out Her Preferences

When budgeting for the ring, take into account her preference in ring styles. There are loads of styles to choose from, such as halo, classic, or even vintage-inspired. Different styles come with different price tags. For instance, a basic solitaire setting is usually affordable for most people, but an intricate setting with accent stones and a diamond halo is going to cost a great deal more.

Also consider the metal she wants, as different metals have different pieces, too.

Deciding on the kind of metal and setting you want to buy will help you figure out how big the diamond needs to be, too. If you buy a setting that makes a diamond appear larger, you can save on the centre stone.

  1. Find Out Her Ideal Shape or Cut

There are different ways to cut diamonds. Find out what her preference is, such as princess or round brilliant cut, so that you can budget accordingly.

  1. Should You Design a Custom Ring?

There are so many engagement rings on the market, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find the right one for her. So, you should see Certified Diamond Network’s custom engagement rings to ensure she has a one-of-a-kind sparkler on her finger.

  1. Decide What You’re Willing to Spend

Knowing how much you can afford for an engagement ring is important. It’s good to keep in mind that there are financing options for engagement rings that you may want to take advantage of, too. Decide how much you can afford to pay as a down payment and then how much you could pay each month for 6 months to a year. This should be your maximum budget and is a great way of gauging how much you can realistically afford to spend on the ring.

If her dream ring is just out of reach right now, remember that you can always upgrade down the road. If this sounds appealing to you, budget more for the diamond and less on the engagement ring setting right now. She can keep the diamond for life and replace the setting when you can afford to.

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Start Being a Better Leader Today

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No matter whether you run your own business, you are in a leadership role, or you simply want to be more assertive in the workplace, it is important to know how to be a better leader. This is something that we should all be working towards, especially those who want to move up the career ladder and achieve more. So, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can start being a better leader today…

  1. Challenge your staff – The best leaders challenge their staff to work harder and to achieve more. A lot of employees become dissatisfied and bored if they are performing the same projects and tasks on a daily basis. This is why it is up to you to give your staff new challenges if you want them to achieve more. Make sure the tasks you set are within their capability, and provide them with constructive feedback afterwards.

  2. Take a leadership training course – This is one of the most obvious and effective ways to become a better leader. There are many different types of leadership courses available today, including Leadership Masters programs online, which make it easy to study while holding down a job. Not only will this make you more effective in your current role, but it will look great on your CV too.

  3. Study past leaders – It can also help to study past leaders. You should compare your leadership style to some of the great leaders to see ways to improve your leadership. Remember, not all forms of leadership are suitable – it depends on who you are leading and what you are trying to achieve.

  4. Think positive – The best leaders are those that think positively. If you have a negative approach, it is going to have a bad impact on the rest of the business. When things are going wrong, it can be difficult to stay positive, but it is important to do so. By doing this, you will inspire your team to work hard to rectify the situation and to learn from the mistakes that have been made.

  5. Get to know your team – You also need to take the time to get to know your team. Learn about your employees. Ask them about things they enjoy doing, their family, and so on. This shows that you care about people as human beings; that you don’t merely look at them like another name on the company payroll. This will encourage team members to work harder for you.

  6. Start to encourage creativity – If you respect your team and show them that you are open to their ideas, it will go a long way. Part of being a good leader is empowering others on your team to be the best they can be. Give constructive advice and positive feedback as warranted.

As you can see, there are many different things you can do to start being a better leader. From taking a training course to challenging your staff, follow the tips that have been mentioned above and you are bound to notice some immediate improvements.

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Stay Ahead Of The Technology Game

When it comes to the world around us, it’s filled to the brim with people using technology to make their lives easier, more secure, and often just a little more fun. The technology market however is ever changing, and you can be left behind in the mud in just a few days! With new inventions like AI being used by normal people in daily life right around the corner, it can even be quite a scary change as well. So to stay ahead of the game, it’s time to know the ins and outs of what makes the digital world tick, which can be incredibly helpful for business. No matter the kind of business you’re in, if you’re an entrepreneur just starting out, or you’re heading up your own team in a huge corporation, it’s time to consider what technology could really do for you.

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Even if you don’t work with technology, knowing what that ever expanding market is up to may just help you out in the long run. With this, you can easily develop new skills in your working force to cope with the coding and development tracks if you ever need to turn to it; plus it makes your business a little more legitimate for the future.

Track the Changes

There are plenty of websites out there that list the news we want to see about the technology sector in full, and are updated constantly. Places such as Wired are good for this, and they present the stories in a fun and friendly format to keep everyone interested. It’s good after work reading, and is light enough to keep up with everyday.

You can also do this with your social media, as plenty of accounts out there track the technological changes in our social system with a couple of tweets or posts a day. It’s incredibly useful to just click a follow button and turn on notifications for your phone, and this is wonderfully low effort to do!

Use the Web to Learn

The web is more than cat videos and specifically targeted ads after all! Of course you know this, you’re running half of your business off a website or social media page, and that makes you already quite ahead of the curve when it comes to the corporate world. Take this to bigger and better heights when it comes to learning how the world works with all the technology in it.

However, you can take a little more time to try and learn the new skills that everyone is going to need for a good career in the future. Search around for something like a masters in engineering management as it’s an incredibly good investment, with a full degree program done from the comfort of your own home desk, and that makes running a business alongside it a lot easier.

There you have it! There’s plenty of ways you can keep up, crafted by people just like you trying to stay ahead of the curve.

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Sometimes You Simply Cannot Afford Business Mistakes


Everyone knows that a business is equal parts trial and error. You cannot expect to get everything right, especially when you’re new and hoping to strike relevance on the scene. If you’re finding it difficult to get noticed, then it can be challenging to know where to turn. You may feel like taking on additional risks in order to potentially win big and gain maximum exposure or other forms of public positivity to transfer into revenue.

Usually, entrepreneurs utilize risks to become better and grow at an accelerated rate. The world of business is defined by people who are able to become trendsetters, those willing to try and reshape the society to their business idea, and not the other way around. It can be motivating to see such people in action, as the strength of their vision alludes to a much more positive end result. We all love a success story, so we idolize people who are able to make the most of this and strike gold.

However, being overzealous and reckless in your ambition can lead you to neglect the very things that make a firm work. Being too chancy with risk can bite you big time, and this can be completely painful to get wrong. One of the beauties of the free market is that bad ideas are usually priced out of business. If you haven’t the resources to recover after a bad decision or public offering, this can destroy young firms. So, while in general a positive, this free market behaviour can sometimes bite you pretty hard, especially after investing plenty of money trying to get your operation off of the ground.

No matter your need for risk, sometimes it’s best to get down the absolute essentials. Sometimes, you simply cannot afford business mistakes. What those are, and how to avoid them are listed below:

Bad Recordkeeping

If you fail to record a paper trail from human resources, payroll, accountancy, insurance and innovation perspective, you can be sure that the identity of your firm will be lost. To know where you’re going, you need to know where you’ve been. Bad organization is the bitter poison which can take most firms down, and so a lack of keeping the books up to date can truly affect you in the worst way.

Not only that, but good records management is a legal requirement. If you need to prove your operations to an authority of some kind (which you will,) incorrect information or bad etiquette regarding your records can result in you being shut down. You simply cannot afford to neglect the record keeping you have, even if you’re a small firm with little manpower allocated to the task. Litigation demands it, your peace of mind demands it, and your firm’s identity demands it. This should always serve as the bedrock of your firm. Besides, past the considerations of being in legal trouble, losing records such as these can make the history and identity of your firm weaker. This is a tragedy in itself, so be sure you take care of all these information piles.

Bad Working Environments

Bad working environments are the number one reason that staff become demotivated. There are many reasons this happens. It could be through a case of social workplace bullying, a lack of quality human resources, a lack of hygiene in the office, expecting too much from your employees and the list goes on and on. It’s likely you’ve worked in at least one bad environment in your life too. If you have, you know just how draining they can be, and just how hard it is to get work done when you’re continually tense, worried or irritated about a situation that needs improving.

As a boss, you must never let your office or other place of work devolve to this point. You must set up channels of positive communication between you and your employees. You must always be willing to invest in making your business a great place to be. While businesses do exist to make money, if that money is at the cost of a tired, unmotivated and unhappy workforce, you have made your revenue as a tyrant rather than a great leader.

However, it’s likely that with a bad working environment, you won’t make much money. The staff are the most important people in your firm, as they interact with the public and organize the systems that make your entire operation function in the first place. If they are demotivated to the point where an interaction with a member of the public become aggressive or chaotic, your firm’s reputation will plummet. With a motivated and happy workforce, your firm seems like the main place to be, and the main place to buy from.

Great working environments will also attract talent. If you hope to have anyone of calibre working at your firm, you need to make it an enticing place to work. A great place to start is to view and study the practices of those companies who routinely rank high in the employee satisfaction indexes. These places often aren’t afraid to invest in their staff, because they know that long-term worker security is a happy and healthy workforce.

Never Changing

Darwin once said that “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.” This is completely and totally true of your business in the same fell swoop. Your business must always move with the times, lest they become moved by them.

This can be easier said than done. Not only do your products maybe have a complete stock in the current timeline (such as an app that is sure to become outdated in a few years from now,) but trying to innovate can be a costly waste of time and resources when inconclusive.

However, not moving can be just as fatal as moving. You must expect mistakes and plan for them, but on the whole trying your best to innovate, continually upgrading your products or services for relevance, and generally trying to offer that cutting edge distinctive offering your firm is famous for requires a strong vision, and the will to pull it off.

Always keep in mind your R&D, even if that’s simply studying firms you admire as your three man team. Taking the best ideas sometimes requires further research. It could be that in your attempts to future proof, you find things which you could enact now for a huge and progressive leap in the relevance your firm offers people.

Never Making A Mistake

Here’s where this list doubles back on itself. Not making a mistake can be considered a mistake that must never happen. Businesses learn from mistakes. If they continue down a path of repeated success, they never temper themselves. Sure your firm might become the top of the fortune 500 stock market, but if it doesn’t balance this with societal awareness, an undercurrent of well-informed decisions and many other variables, it simply becomes a revenue gathering system. This is why firms such as massive supermarkets with incredible amounts of money always consider the next positive step they can take, to make their business that little more ethically viable, or that little more worthwhile.

Learning how to change comes from identifying flaws in your practice, and seeing them. If you believe your firm can do no wrong, and you never see it tempered and humbled by bad planning (within reason,) then you will never be getting better. It’s always best to have a business with a soul, one which learns and adapts, than one which fosters alienation.

With these tips, your business operations are sure to become that much more wholesome. Balancing acceptable mistakes with the unacceptable will serve as a positive guiding light for your future efforts. Good luck!

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Helping Your Business Beat the January Blues

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Many businesses find January tough. Sales are often down, morale can be low, and many people just find it hard to adjust to normal life again after the hectic rush of the festive period. Once the initial Christmas sales have passed, consumers are much less likely to spend money, and many businesses find themselves suffering from the January blues.

If you’re a big business, this might be ok. A slow month that you’ve forecasted and prepared for can just give you a fantastic chance to organise yourself ready for the year ahead. It’s a brilliant opportunity to set yourself goals and targets, assess your year and do all the big jobs that have been largely ignored for the last few months.

But, for small businesses, these January blues can have a vastly negative effect. It can be easy to get stuck in a rut and find that a period of poor sales and low morale can be hard to escape from. So, it’s important to beat them before they set in. Here’s a look at some things that you can do to beat the blues.

Look at Your Décor

January can be depressing for many reasons. But, a leading cause of winter blues is a lack of natural light. If you employ staff, either in an office or store, you may find that none of you see much light in January. It can quite easily be dark when you get to work, and dark when you leave. This can affect your customer’s mood and willingness to spend too.

If you’ve only got a small window or supply of light, consider increasing it, to let in as much light as you can during the day. A glass roof or large sliding doors can be a great option. Check out Armstrong steel reviews if you are after some help.

Reach a New Audience

January is a great time to focus on finding new customers. Even if they’re not currently interested in spending money, you can make an impression.

Sit down and take a look at your marketing strategy. Any plans you have should be put in place as soon as possible. Especially when it comes to digital marketing. Get on social media, start engaging with your audience and getting yourself out there more.

Have Some Fun

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One of the best ways to boost morale, and potentially business is to have some fun. The internet is a great place to do this. Instead of just sharing your products and services, spend some time coming up with other content. Film some tutorials or advice posts and get on YouTube with them. Post some informative and entertaining blogs and have a go with things like Facebook and Instagram stories. Having fun like this will boost morale, but it’s also a great way to show your customers and clients a different side of your business. Let them get to know you and see what goes on behind the scenes.

Reward Loyalty

Attracting new customers is essential to business growth. But, you should never forget the ones that you’ve already got. Try a loyalty scheme such as a points card, or just offer free delivery to subscribers. Even a small incentive can make your customers feel valued.

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Soothing Activities For Christmas Evening

Christmas Day is one of the best days of the year, but it’s also one of the busiest. You open gifts, delight in the seasonal good treats, catch up with friends and family– it’s all wonderful, but by the evening of Christmas Day, you might feel you need a minute to yourself. Below are three great ideas to help soothe you on Christmas evening, and get you right back in the mood for more festive fun.


There’s never a bad time to practice yoga, even if you’re a beginner. Take a few minutes by yourself to work through a simple routine; YouTube is a great source of clear, easy to follow videos. This gives you a little precious time to relax and centre yourself before heading back to the fun.

Strike a pose

A power pose, that is. Excuse yourself from the festivities and go and stand upright, reaching your arms into the air as if celebrating a famous victory. Research has suggested power poses such as this can reduce stress and increase your happiness, so it’s worth trying.

Lie down

The mere act of lying down is often enough to help you relax. Relax every muscle and just let yourself breathe for awhile.

If you want to stay festive while you do any of the above, why not put a seasonal movie similar to this fantasy Christmas movie on in the background?

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