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The holiday season comes with widespread decoration, cheer, and shopping, but when it comes down to it, this time of year is really about the spirit of giving. Offerings to your friends and family is customary, but there are other people who are in dire need of your generous spirit.
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With today’s hectic schedules it can sometimes be difficult to manage a work/life balance.
Often when we spend the day running around for our boss, or staring at a computer screen without blinking, the only thing we want to do at the end of the day is sit and relax. After awhile you may come to realise that you have begun to neglect your friends, leaving the only time you have for them on weekends. You need to step up and organize your social life without delay.
Organizing your social life can be quite easy it just takes a few small adjustments to what you are already comfortable with.
Mark Your Calendar
Nowadays with nearly everyone owning a smart phone, you will have no excuse for why you are not marking your calendar with dates. Use your phone to create date nights with friends. A once a month dinner with your best mates is a great way to stay connected and achieve the social cravings you would otherwise trade for the couch and TV. Don’t have a smart phone? Carry a small agenda with you and pencil it in.
Facebook and Twitter have somewhat taken over the world, and even though the novelty of these social networks may have worn off by now, try to take 5 minutes everyday to check in on your long distance pals. This doesn’t mean creeping around at everyone’s status. Select the friends you cannot always call and write them a quick note to let them know you are thinking of them. Take 5 minutes the next day to answer any reply. This habit will keep you from staying on Facebook all night, but will also put you back in the loop with your pals.
Pick Up The Phone
Though social media is a fantastic form of communication, we must all remember that hearing a friend or loved one's voice is always better. The day has been long, work was tough, and the couch is calling your name … if this is the case, then what a perfect time it would be to call your friend. The point here is, if you are not into going out with friends during the week, call them instead. Communication is what helps any relationship become stronger.
The last three ideas you read sound obvious, yes. However, if they were really that obvious you would already be doing so. The real message here is effort. Everything important in life requires effort. And if organizing your work in comparison to your social circles is important, you will exert the effort.
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You know when you are having one of those really frustrating days, where it seems like nothing is going right, and everything is annoying you? How do you deal with it? Do you go to a bar, or the gym or bury yourself in work? Let me tell you that there is a much easier and calmer way for you to deal with your frustrations; it’s called art stress management, where you use various forms of art as a release.
With art stress management, you can reduce stress levels by expressing your frustration through different art forms. You will find yourself much more relaxed and focused, if you use art as an outlet for your stress. Forms of art stress management include:
- Using a journal to write and express yourself
You can write about anything and everything, from how you feel, to how your day was. You can even write poetry or a short story! Anything that helps you release your anxieties onto paper. Do not limit yourself, as writing can be a beautiful and fulfilling expression of who you are.
- If you are not one to express yourself through words, art is another outlet.
Painting, sculpting and drawing are all options that can work towards stress management. They are a wonderful way to distract yourself, while also giving you the opportunity to channel your emotions onto your work.
- Another form of art stress management is dance.
Whether it be contemporary, ballet, or even hip hop, dance is an amazing physical outlet for stress. Your emotions can be drawn out by your moves and used as a physical expression of your feelings.
Any and all of these options are all possibilities for everyone! If you find yourself as not being a creative person, there are classes that are offered all over the city for beginners and classes even for stress management specifically. So next time you are having a bad day or a bad week, consider doing something out of your norm, and explore art stress management!
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