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Juggle Work, Family, and Earning a Degree With the Least Amount of Stress

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Forty years ago, you didn’t need a degree to make something of yourself after high school.  You did have to work harder (at the very least) without a degree; however, it wasn’t mandated across the board.  Nowadays, college grads (with an undergraduate degree) are even having a hard time finding the career, not the job, they went to school for.  The “baby boomers” mostly retired from the job they got right out of high school and now, young adults have four or more jobs before they get their annual evaluation!

More and more adults who have careers and families are going back to, or starting college for the first time!  There is even an entire education sector dedicated to online schooling – to make education readily available to all who have internet!  Earning a degree for some is a right of passage – for others, they will be the first in their families to ever graduate from college.  For those who wait until later in life to earn a degree, don’t fear – it IS possible to succeed and maintain yourself and your life prior to school.

Today, you can find a lot of advice on how to juggle work and earning a degree.  You can even find advice on raising a family and earning a degree.  Here, you can read advice on how to juggle all three and still maintain a sense of self and still keep up with all of your obligations.  The article even touts that you can manage all three and “Still pick the kids up from school”.  There are no indicators for if this article is for single parents or not; however, the rules still apply in one way or another.



Stay Focused While Working From Home

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In today’s world, the internet makes it possible for most people to work – virtually – everywhere and sometimes it’s hard to stay focused when you’re not in an office.  There is actually a psychology behind an office-like workspace and its relation to the employees work habits and behavior. has an interesting article about the Six Best Practices for Those Who Work From Home.  In this article, Jaqueline Whitmore explains how something as simple as setting working hours while working from home can benefit our productivity and increase our family time – that sometimes takes a hit when regular work-from-home-ers work more than the expected.

For those in the service industry, there isn’t really an easy way (or possible way) to work from home.  The thought of not having a commute, not needing an extensive “work wardrobe”, not having Big Brother over your shoulder all day is a very glamorous idea.  Unfortunately, working from home is not for everyone.  Especially those who have a hard time trying to stay focused while balancing their home life.

Watch Your Life Change after Asking Yourself These Questions

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Think an article listing 35 questions can’t make your life change?  Think again!  Jason Nazar lists simple questions that seem basic in every way; however, in succession, they will change the way you look at life in this article.  Using topics like self-awareness, happiness/piece of mind, perspective, influence/achievement & business/entrepreneurship, Nazar gets his readers to really dig deep into themselves to find out who they really are.

One of the deepest questions in this article is “If you weren’t scared, what would you do”?  Imagine your life without fear – it’s pretty powerful isn’t it!  How much would your life change if you weren’t afraid of going for a promotion, asking a girl out on a date, even speaking up for yourself.

Stress Management

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Do you often feel overwhelmed and stressed out?  When you are stressed, your body responds by making hormones that speed up your heart.  This usually results in faster breathing and also bursts of energy, which is called the fight-or-flight stress response.

Feeling stressed is normal and sometimes even useful.  Stress can help you work hard or react quickly.  However, if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have negative impacts on your health.  Stress is liked to headaches, upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping.

What can you do about stress?  Check out the following stress management techniques:

  • Find out what is causing stress in your life.
  • Look for ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
  • Learn healthy ways to relieve stress and reduce its harmful effects.

Massage Therapy is also a great way to relieve stress. Massage therapy has proven to boost energy and increase concentration.  “Massage therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, circulatory problems, and recovery from a sports injury,” says Mary Beth Braun, President of the merican Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).  To read more about massage therapy for stress relief and much more, click here.

For more information about stress management techniques, contact the Lavanga Group today!


Happy People Do These Things Just After Waking to Ensure a Good Day

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Have you ever noticed the “happy morning people” and thought to yourself – UGH how do they do it?!  It is hard to find a relationship between morning people and their average hours of sleep/night.  Some folks say they slept “too long” and they are drowsy all day; others don’t get enough sleep and drag for hours. The suggested eight hours is not very attainable for most working adults.

Simple adjustments to your morning routine can drastically change your mood for the entire day!  This article explains the eight things happy people do in the first 5 minutes of their day.  Imagine just five minutes improving your mood every single day – then you can be one of the “happy morning people”.

Helping to Motivate Others

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You can help motivate others at home and at work.  Inspiring your coworkers may help create a more efficient and effective work environment.  It may also create an enjoyable workplace where people are passionate about what they are doing.  Likewise, inspiring your spouse to exercise with you could help benefit his heath.  This may lead to the two of you enjoying a longer, healthier, and happier life together.  Helping others stay motivated can also help you stay on track.

Check out these tips on how you can help motivate others:

  1. Help them identify a purpose.  To motivate others you should try and help them understand the purpose of a particular job or task.  People are more likely to be motivated if they know what the purpose is.
  2. When helping to motivate others, try to create a sense of importance.  By emphasizing the importance of a task, you make them feel responsible to complete it.
  3. Explain the benefits.  It will be easier to keep others motivated if they know how it will benefit them.  For example, if you are trying to keep your child motivated to complete their chores, explain that you’ll reward the with ice cream or treat them to a movie.
  4. You can also motivate others by being supportive.  Encouraging others who lack motivation can help to inspire them to achieve their goals.

To learn more about motivating others, contact the Lavanga Group today!

Do You Have a Vision?

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One of the key elements in reaching our goals is having a clear and compelling vision for what we want. Most people could tell you easily what they do not want in their lives.  Take some time today to write down your vision for your life and why you want it for you life.  The most important step in this process is your why.  For example, if you are looking to make a career change what will that do for you and your family?  Next think about what kind of person would you have to be in order for this vision to come true?  What skills and knowledge would you have to possess to make this dream come true?  What habits would you have to have in order to have this vision for your life come true? Who do you know that could help with this vision? Where do the people that have achieved these goals spend their time? Is there an association?  A networking group you can join? What steps can you do today to move yourself forward in the direction of your vision? At any moment you can choose to turn your life around. You want to have a gut- wrenching why to achieve your vision because when the obstacles arrive you need to review your why to give you fuel to keep going.  Know that you can always change your mind at any time to make a better tomorrow.

For help putting your vision into action, contact the Lavanga Group today!

The Number One Key to Success is Simple, Work Hard

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It isn’t a secret that most individuals strive for success in life.  We look at Oprah, Steve Jobs, or even the CEO of the organization we work for and think – “I could do that”.  How did they reach the level of success they have and I’m stuck behind a desk working FOR them?  How often do we all wish we were more successful, had a better job, more responsibility at work, or simply lived what we see as a “better life”?

In order to succeed in completing a marathon, one must train diligently and in the end, run 26.2 miles – alone.  With the exception of competitive runners, your only competition is yourself and your will to finish.  Why is success in other aspects of life any different?  We can rely on others for ideas and assistance; however, our personal success depends on us alone.

There is one MAJOR difference between those deemed highly successful and the worker bees.  The people who find themselves in the elite group we refer to as “a success” – are you ready for it – didn’t slack off! Not for an hour of any of their days.

In this article, Steve Tobak goes into detail explaining the seemingly simple concept of working hard, and sometimes around the clock, to be a success in whatever you set your mind to.  It is well worth the read and will open your eyes to the amount of time you spend not pursuing your own success!

Choosing the Right Coffee

Many of us cannot get through the day without coffee. Coffee often works as a motivator. We look forward to a fresh cup in the morning and often need to consume a few more cups throughout the day. Is it possible that we could be consuming too much coffee?

The average coffee drinker has about two to three cups every day. New studies show that drinking coffee can actually have health benefits, if consumed in moderation. It can protect against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, and liver cancer. The Mayo Clinic reports that it may also improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of depression.

It’s important to realize that certain caffeine drinks can contain up to 500 calories. In order to provide health benefits, you must choose your coffee drink wisely. Javita coffee provides you with a great taste and benefits from natural herbs. It is a unique line of 100% natural, instant gourmet coffees infused with herbs. “The name Javita is a combination of two words—Java, a term used for coffee and Vita, the Latin word for life.”  Javita provides consumers with a chance to kick start their day with a healthy beverage.

Contact Dr. Dan at the Lavanga Group today to try Javita coffee!

Back Pain Related To Lifestyle

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According to WebMd there are several possible causes of lower back pain that relate to one’s lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy weight is imperative for your health. Carrying around those extra pounds puts added stress on your joints. What can you do today to improve your health? Maybe take a walk for 15 minutes, drink more water, and/or try getting an extra half an hour of sleep.

Cigarette smoking is known to increase the likelihood of lower back pain. Patients with a history of alcohol abuse or depression are four times more likely to suffer from back pain. Are you struggling with managing your emotions? Have you had some setbacks and are having a confidence crisis? Everyone needs help sometime. Do something today to improve your situation. There is no shame in asking for help. Building consistent healthy habits daily impacts how you feel and many times it helps transform other areas of your life. Start one small healthy change and implement it daily. Then slowly start adding to your daily activity to take care of yourself.  This study just reiterates another way how having healthy habits impacts your body. What you do daily take care of yourself stay connected with your values helps transform your life.

If you or someone you know is suffering from back pain it is important to get help from a professional. Call Lavanga Chiropractic today.