How to Look on the Bright Side of Life

Do you find it difficult to be positive? Everyone’s life has its ups and downs, but some are better able to handle that emotional roller coaster better than others. Do you find it increasingly tough to be positive and able to successfully look on the bright side of life? Here are some suggestions that might be able to help:

Avoid people and situations that bring you down

Sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to avoid it in the first place. Are there people or situations you find depressing? Do your best to avoid them, if possible.

Exercise

Exercise is not only good for your body, it is good for your mind. Physical activity produces “feel good” chemicals called endorphins. These improve your mood in a wholly natural way. So try to make sure that you exercise for at least 30 minutes per day every day.

Think about something positive coming up

Do you have a vacation coming up soon? Visiting a friend in the near future? Going out for dinner at the end of the week? Seeing a movie on Friday that you are really interested in? Think about the good times you will be having in the future and you will spend less time lingering on the mundane here and now.

Believe it or not, conflict can make life more interesting

During times of prolonged stress, we all fantasize about having a life where nothing ever went wrong. The truth of the matter is, if that were the case, life would be incredibly monotonous and dull. Think about all of the stressful situations you have successfully navigated in the past and recognize that you will get through the next one, too. Just hang in there, think about the good times in your future, and remember that everything will be all right in the end.

The Pharmacy Selling Process

Are you selling a pharmacy? Are you just beginning to think about the possibility? Even when you are pondering the idea of selling your pharmacy to someone else, it is important to fully understand the pharmacy selling process and exactly what it entails. This way you can minimize the potential surprises and ensure you do everything right on your end—both of these things makes the process quite smooth.

One of the first things you will need during the selling process is to get your pharmacy valuation. This means the potential buyer evaluates your pharmacy based on their own criteria in order to decide if they would like to make an offer, as well as what a fair price for the offer would be.

So what are the types of things that normally go into a pharmacy valuation? Beyond the actual dollar value, other aspects that go into this process include if the seller would like to keep working, if the staff will continue after the change in ownership, and what will happen to the store after the purchase is final. These depend on the specific buyer, though one such as Colony RX will not fire staff, will keep the stores operating as they have been doing, and will leave the decision of whether or not you (the seller) would like to keep working in your hands.

What are some key factors buyers will look at during the pharmacy buying/selling process? Here are 5 of them:

  • Is there a loyal client base? What about the staff?
  • What is the pharmacy’s reputation in the community?
  • What does the competition look like in the area?
  • Does the store has sustainable profit margins?
  • How many script-writers does the pharmacy have/ Is the store overly dependent on a small number of them?

While there is a lot more to the pharmacy selling process, it is clear you should obtain a pharmacy valuation as one of the first steps, as it will help inform your decision making for the rest of the process.

Why is Breakfast So Important?

We’ve all done it: we’re running late in the morning and decide to save time by skipping breakfast. Ever since childhood you have probably heard about the importance of breakfast, but is that really true? As it turns out, yes, it is very true. Here are some of the reasons why you should always make time for breakfast in your day:

Brain Food

Breakfast not only provides energy for your body, but it is also fuel for your mind. While many people rely on coffee for that early morning brain boost, a proper breakfast is actually more effective at getting your creative juices flowing. Need your memory and concentration levels to be at their peak tomorrow? Starting the day off with a balanced breakfast is an excellent way of ensuring that.

Lose Weight

People snack for a number of reasons, but mostly because they are hungry. If you eat proper meals at regular intervals, you are less likely to snack because your body feels full. Eating may seem like an odd way to lose weight, but if you do so properly, it can be one of the key factors.

Gets Your Body Moving

If you eat breakfast, your body gets the boost it needs to get you moving. People who skip that first meal of the day are less likely to be active in the early part of the day. That will not only slow you down, but also possibly lead to weight gain.

Lowers Risk of Diabetes

Related to some of the above points, breakfast can improve your chances of long term health. Diabetes is currently a major problem in this part of the world and often results from snacking and lack of exercise. Eating breakfast helps to ensure that you have the proper nutritional balance and energy level to be up and moving throughout the day.

How to Live With a Depressed Person in Your Life

Depression can be an incredibly difficult burden to deal with. Even the simplest things in life can seem almost impossible when you feel like your life is falling apart. Even just getting through a simple workday can feel like the equivalent of having to walk through water.

Through no fault of their own, people dealing with depression can cause difficulty for those living with the person affected. People grappling with mental health problems can seem needy or demanding, and that can strain the patience of others to the point where it might even damage their relationship.

Here are some tips on how to live with a depressed person in your life:

Learn More About the Person’s Struggles

Understanding more about that mental health condition will put you in a better position to provide a helping hand, as well as understanding why they might be acting in a particular way.

Provide Support

Try and encourage your loved one to do things that will help with their situation, such as seeing a therapist, getting proper exercise, eating right, keeping a journal, etc.

Listen to Their Concerns

Some people with depression find it tough to speak with therapists, but can unburden themselves much more readily with loved ones. This should not be considered a replacement for a therapy session with a properly trained professional, but it can still be very cathartic. Also, the more you know about what they are going through, the better you can be at supporting them.

Remember to Take of Yourself

If you fail to keep up with your own needs, it will be nearly impossible for you to provide support. Worse still, you can develop your own mental health challenges as a result. Don’t forget to include some me time in your schedule and make the most of it.

Depression in Senior Citizens

Depression can strike anyone of any age, but senior citizens seem to be especially vulnerable when it comes to this form of mental illness. People in their golden years often struggle with daunting physical and cognitive issues that can reduce their ability to lead fully functional and productive lives, resulting in depression. It can also sometimes be difficult to then detect the depression because symptoms they display are sometimes misdiagnosed as being side effects from medication.

Here are some factors that can lead to depression in senior citizens:

Isolation

Many seniors reach a point in their lives where travel becomes more difficult. As a result, they may lose touch with friends and loved ones, and begin to feel quite isolated. Those living in managed care might even see them less due to geographic distance.

Physical Ailments

When we feel poorly, it almost always has a negative affect on our mood. In addition to common ailments like cold and flu, seniors’ moods can be impacted by more serious problems common to this stage in life, such as heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and dementia.

Medication

We mentioned above that depression can sometimes go untreated in seniors because it can be mistaken as side effects from medication. However, there are certain meds that can actually induce or worsen depression. These include blood pressure medication, painkillers, beta blockers, steroids, and drugs to treat high cholesterol.

Lack of Exercise

Whether it be physical limitations, location, or lack of motivation to get up and do something, not having regular forms of exercise in life can be a factor in developing depression.

Poor Sleeping Habits

Many older people do not sleep well due to having to use the bathroom more frequently, unruly roommates in managed care facilities, etc. Lack of proper rest can lead to lessened enjoyment of life and depression.

Does Weather Affect Your Mood?

Are you the type of person who feels down a lot during the winter months? Does a warm and sunny summer day just make you feel happier? Does a downpour make you want to go inside and just crawl under the covers?

It seems pretty clear that there are definitely some individuals out there whose mood is influenced by the weather outside. This subject has been gaining interest in the wake of the more extreme examples of weather the world has experienced recently. With climate change continuing even faster than scientists initially predicated, that sort of thing will no doubt continue and possibly even get much worse.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a well-known cause of depression for some. It mainly affects people during the winter when the reduction of sunshine and inability to enjoy as much time outdoors causes them to feel deflated. However, it can actually occur during any time of the year; people who don’t like hot weather may experience SAD during the summer months.

Extreme weather can also cause high levels of stress, which may lead to mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. The weather events may bring this about, but so can the aftermath of something like a tornado or tsunami. Having to rebuild your life after the loss of a home or relatives can take a major toll on a person.

It should be noted that unpleasant weather can further heighten a person’s already negative mood. Studies have also shown that crimes involving violence tend to increase during particularly hot stretches of weather. Meanwhile, on the other end of the scale, homicides tend to drop during cold weather. It may seem simplistic to say this is due to people not wanting to go outside in the cold, but there may well be some truth to that.

How to Choose a Therapist

Congratulations on deciding to see a therapist to help you with your problem! That alone can be a huge step. It can take great courage to talk about deeply personal issues with a stranger, but that outside perspective (particularly with someone who has the training to help) can make a huge difference in your life.

Some therapists specialize in particular issues, while others have the training that allows them to successfully assist people across multiple areas. If you are not sure which therapist to try, here are some suggestions:

Solicit Recommendations

Do you have any friends or family who have had therapy? If so, who did they see? What did they like or dislike about that person? Did they find the sessions helpful and have they turned a corner as a result? Everyone is different, so you may not find the perfect person here, but this approach can provide a good start.

Talk to Them

Some therapists offer a free consultation, but that is unusual. However, they should be willing to talk to you for a few minutes on the phone. Ask them about their backgrounds, their success rate in helping people with your issue, whether they are licensed, and what their fee is.

Initial Appointment

If you decide to go with this person, set up an appointment. The first appointment you have with a therapist can be draining as he or she will be asking a lot of questions. Don’t be afraid to be candid about what is going on in your life as this will help the therapist decide the best course of action for your treatment.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Switch

You should know within 2-3 sessions whether you are clicking with someone. If you feel that connection is not there, don’t be afraid to try someone else. You wouldn’t keep taking your car to a mechanic that was not doing a good job, so why continue to see a therapist who you feel is not helping? Don’t worry, you won’t be hurting their feelings.

Manners Matter at Work

Most of try our best to always be polite (and, if you’re Canadian, prepared to be teased about it), but may not always provide that level of consideration to all aspects of our life. One place where we should definitely think about our manners is work. No matter what you do, having a pleasant, helpful, and professional attitude can be a major asset both to your career and your interactions with fellow workers.

Treat Others as You Wish to be Treated

You probably heard that one from your mom as a child; well, it still holds true for you as an adult. We all have bad days (and nights) and it can be tough not to bring that with you to the office. However, it is important to separate your personal and work lives as much as possible. When you are on company time, your attitude and behavior must reflect the organization’s values and mission statement.

Drop the Bullying Attitude

Some supervisors feel that they command more respect by being intimidating and rude. What they don’t realize is that while this approach might get results in the moment, it forever tarnishes their working relationships. The person(s) on the receiving end of the abuse will not respect their tormentor; they may even start coming up with ways to undermine them.

A Respectful Workplace is An Efficient Workplace

Treating your co-workers and supervisor with respect is not only decent behavior, but can also increase everyone’s efficiency. Knowing that the person you work with respects both you and your efforts can help instill a level of confidence; you know that will have a good collaboration based on mutual trust. Displaying basic courtesy as a regular act will also be noticed by clients who visit the office and have the right to expect such treatment themselves.

Workplace Etiquette: Never Say These Things to a Co-Worker

Whether you work at a firm that employs hundreds of workers or just a handful, it is important to be mindful of your fellow employee. Everyone has the right to expect respectful treatment on the job, no matter what it is that they do. Here are some things you should never say to one of your co-workers:

“You really should exercise more”

It is very bad form to discuss a person’s weight, even if you are sincerely worried about their health. People with a few extra pounds are not always the stereotypical lazy slob who eats poorly; there are several medical conditions that can cause a person to gain weight and there is little that can be done about it. Try to put yourself in their shoes. Chances are, you wouldn’t want people to say something like that to you.

“You’re not religious, are you?”

Whether a person practices a certain religion, or none at all, is their own choice. Religion can be a touchy subject that causes people to argue. This is not the sort of thing you want to possibly sour the relationship you have with your co-workers, so leave religion out of your water-cooler conversation.

“You’re not a Trump supporter, are you?”

Politics is an area that can even cause old friends to quarrel, let alone people who simply work together. With the considerable political divide in the country these days, this is another subject best left outside of the office.

“Don’t get mad! It was just a joke!”

We all have different senses of humor. Some of us like a nice, harmless joke, while others are amused by some of the raunchiest, filthiest material imaginable. At the office, you should take a neutral stance. There is nothing wrong with an occasional joke, but be mindful of saying something that someone could take the wrong way. No joke is worth lingering hurt feelings and the effect they can have on your ability to work together.

Co-Worker Driving You Nuts? Here’s How to Deal With the Problem

There is no such thing as a perfect job experience. Whether it is the tasks you do, the way you are asked to do them, or the clients you must deal with, there will always be one element that strains your patience or even ruins your day.

One of the most common problems in a workplace is co-worker incompatibility. Not everyone has the same working style, temperament, or dedication. Disagreement in one of those areas can be problematic; disagreement in multiple areas can lead to a blow out. At the very least, you will likely end up stressed and frustrated.

Try limiting your interaction with the person. Do not sit near them at company functions and do not talk to them outside of work-related conversation. Be polite, but otherwise resist engaging.

If this does not help, talk to the person in order to resolve the problem. Do not be confrontational: try to approach them in the way you would like to be approached in such a situation. If the issue is a part of their personality that is ingrained, then there is not much that can be done. However, if it is a habit that is causing the problem, that might be something that can change.

If none of these work, it is time to bring the matter up with your supervisor. Do so when in a calm place; blowing your stack will make you seem irrational, which means your boss might be more likely to side with the other person.

When speaking with your superior, mention only things that you can back up with solid evidence (e.g. a piece of work that is poorly done). Rumors and supposition carry little or no weight. Don’t be entirely negative; try to mention the positive things the person contributes. However, be firm about the fact that you think the situation is hindering your ability to get the job done. Good luck!