Jobs That Can Affect Your Sleep: Adapting to a Difficult Work Schedule

We all know sufficient sleep is important. However, some jobs disrupt normal sleep cycles or make it so workers cannot adopt a regular sleep schedule. Adaption is one’s main tool against inconsistent sleeping patterns. Don’t accept unstable sleep; a number of apps, therapies, and professionals are ready to help those counterbalance the demands of work. Here’s how to make the most of irregular sleep.

Airplane Pilot

Pilots must be alert to operate a large aircraft. Moreover, flights get delayed, there are layovers, and flights pass through multiple time zones. It’s incredibly difficult for the body to grow used to such change. However, pilots can compensate for the irregularity by taking naps whenever they can. Some trust they will feel a lot better after a ‘power nap’ consisting of about one hour.


Businesses may have normal operating hours but those in charge know that business never sleeps. Chief executive officers often sacrifice winks to put in more effort towards marketing, speaking with clients, forging partnerships, etc. CEOs can become especially manic during periods of great revenue production or losses of investment. Such intensity should be diluted with regular days off and vacation time.


Those involved in varieties of production, whether it be toys, cars, furniture, etc, work long hours and do not enjoy sufficient rest. In many cases, it’s lucrative to work longer hours and shifts that last more than 12 hours. What’s worse, such workers begin to condition their mind to stay active during odd hours. Those who constantly modify working hours can benefit by learning methods of meditation and relaxation. That way, when they do finally get to rest, they can fall asleep.


Police, firemen, 911 dispatchers and other emergency workers often work swing shifts which disrupt regular sleep. Moreover, these jobs involve intensity and in some cases life and death situations, so one could imagine how it may be difficult to just go home and fall asleep. Some seek professional counseling as well as medical solutions to treat symptoms of insomnia.

Doctors and Nurses

Nurses are known to work swing shifts and long periods at a time. Doctors do the same and some are ‘on call’ after they leave the hospital, needing to go back in the event of an emergency. What’s even more alarming is that these are parties responsible for the well-being and safety of others. Therefore, it’s of the utmost importance that those in healthcare get sufficient rest. Learn more about sleep friendly apps.

Food Prep

Food prep workers can work very odd hours, some starting work in the middle of the night to have food prepped and ready for the early morning hours. Food prep jobs that influence sleep span from food truck delivery people to those such as cafeteria and diner workers. Such jobs can be trying for those who must get up very early yet keep more normalized hours as well to tend to children, spouses, households, etc.

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Never Too Old for Fun: The Best Apps for Middle Aged People

With the phrase ‘middle aged’ meaning different things to almost everyone, it can be difficult to pinpoint an exact age in which being ‘middle aged’ is supposed to start. With recent studies showing that the majority of us see middle age starting at around 55, this completely contradicts previous research that suggested the start of middle age to be at 36.

But regardless of when you perceive middle age to start, there are certain stereotypes that are generally always associated with this age group. From being health-obsessed to not liking change, the stereotypes of middle-aged people are often more negative than positive. But recently, they’ve been seriously challenged with new research suggesting middle aged people are even more tech-obsessed than the younger generation! So, if you see yourself falling into this ‘tech-obsessed’ middle aged category and want to freshen up your smartphone’s selection of apps, here are some of today’s best options specifically targeted towards people of your age.


We all love a discount but, when it comes to restaurant and excursion vouchers, the hassle of printing them can be enough to put people off altogether. But, with Vouchercloud, you’re able to quickly download a huge array of vouchers straight to your smartphone, allowing you to simply show your phone screen with the voucher displayed when it’s time to redeem it.

From restaurants to garden centers to day-trips, Vouchercloud adds new discounts every single day so it’s worthwhile to regularly check. But, before downloading a voucher for a day trip, make sure to check the weather first as no day trip is as fun in the rain! Take a look at this link to discover a weather app that’s both accurate and user-friendly.


There’s no denying that, as we get older, we’re more prone to illness. WebMD offers an innovative symptom checker app that enables you to input virtually any symptom you have and learn more about what it could mean.

Also offering detailed first aid information and a list of important medical terms you might need to know in the future, WebMD is certainly worth a download!


Along with illness often comes medication and our memories may not be quite what they used to be as we increase in years. But luckily Pillboxie does all the remembering for you, ensuring you never miss a pill again!

Simple to use and extremely effective, all you have to do is set it up with your medications and the times at which you should take them and voila! You’ll have created your very own pill-taking alarm system that will remind you every single time a dose is due.

Just because you’re middle aged, it doesn’t mean you can’t be tech-savvy. Simply owning a smartphone is probably enough to impress the younger generation and, with the above apps downloaded and ready to use at the click of a button, you’re sure to put all the unnecessary stereotypes to rest and enjoy having fun!

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It Begins at Birth: Practical Strategies for Instilling Self-Confidence in Your Teenager

A self-confident teen is one who can say no to smoking, drugs and alcohol with ease, has the clarity to see and work on their personal goals and who will grow up to be a well-balance adult. Low confidence can lead teens to make bad decisions that can affect the rest of their lives.

Why Self-Confidence is Vital for Teens

Self-confidence is the belief in your own ability to be successful in your endeavors. Your teenager’s self-confidence is linked to her self-esteem, which is how good she feels about herself, and how she feels she is a worthwhile person. Just because your teen has a high self-esteem, doesn’t necessarily mean she is confident. Her level of self-confidence can vary throughout her life, particularly during the major life changes and challenges of adolescence. Many teens struggle with low confidence during early adolescence. Self-confidence is vital for teens because it makes them feel secure, make informed decisions and avoid situations that are not right for them. Here are some tips for you, as a parent, to instill a strong sense of self-worth in your child.

  • Offer opportunities: Give your teen the opportunity to try different things such as traveling, learning to play an instrument, and different sports and hobbies. This will help her realize what she enjoys doing and what she’s good at.
  • Color-in confidence: Relaxing mandala coloring books, such as Coloring Book for Me & Mandala can help improve confidence and self-worth in your teen.
  • Positive praise: Praise your teens for her actions and accomplishments. If a game or a test doesn’t work out quite as she’d hoped, praise her efforts.
  • Be a role model: There are many ways you can instill confidence in your teen by being a role model. For example, you could discuss with her what you are going to do to try and succeed at a particular task. If you are unsuccessful, you can be the model of resilience by talking about how you can make it work next time.
  • Be patient: Neurological research shows that the reason your teen sometimes may appear fickle or impulsive is because sometimes they have difficulty thinking rationally, because the connections between the emotional part of the brain and the decision-making part are still under development, so be patient with them when they make mistakes.
  • Instill persistence: When your teenager makes mistakes, and she will, show her ways she can learn from them. Explain that often things don’t work out at the first attempt, and offer suggestions on how she can find ways to keep trying.
  • Ask for their opinion: Often, teenagers have a lot to contribute and can offer insightful suggestions. Let your teen join in family discussions and plans and listen to her opinion without being judgmental. You’ll find she really appreciates being asked to join in.

As a parent, you can give your teen a safe environment to live in and lots of good opportunities for grown and development. This will help her become a confident and successful individual.

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Missing Mobile: Never Lose Your Phone Again

In the modern world, we are hooked to our gadgets. In fact, we struggle to be apart from our phone for too long. After all, it’s our main way of communicating with other people, whether that be via call, text, or social media! And it can be extremely useful for work. If you work from home, it can help you to speak with clients quickly. And it can be a handy tool if you need to check emails on the move. Therefore, if you do misplace your favorite gadget, it can leave you in a panic. After all, you don’t know what you will do without the top accessory. And some people even deal with Nomophobia; a fear of being without their phone! If it’s lost for good, it can cost you an arm and a leg to replace the phone. However, there are some ways you can avoid losing your phone in future. Therefore, here are some vital tips to ensure you never have a missing mobile again!

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Download the Find My Phone app

One of the worst things about finding your phone is being unable to figure out where it’s gone. After all, it could be in the home or even out on the street. And if it’s been stolen, you have little hope as it could be the other side of the country. However, there are a few handy ways you can avoid it being lost for good. For one thing, you should download the essential Find My iPhone app if you have an Apple device. That way, you can find out exactly where your phone is from logging on to your iCloud from any other device. As long as the mobile has some form of internet connection, you will be able to track it down anywhere in the country! And not only this but if it has been stolen, you can wipe your information, so it becomes useless to the thief. Therefore, they won’t be able to take any more of your personal details which they could use to make fraudulent purchases! And having this handy app on your phone can mean you will never lose your phone as you can quickly find where you put it. Of course, not everyone has an iPhone. Therefore, if you do have an Android device, for example, there are some other apps out there like Prey and Theftie which will be equally as useful for finding your lost phone, so it’s not gone for good!

Give your phone some unique touches

It can be a challenge finding your phone as everyone has similar phones these days. In fact, you will struggle to find another person within your close group of friends or family who doesn’t have the same phone as you! Therefore, if you do lose it, it can be hard to find your phone. And asking people to look out for it can be challenging as they might not be able to identify if it’s yours. Therefore, you need to make sure you add unique touches to your phone. After all, if it’s easy to spot, you will soon see it on the floor or in your bag! One thing you could do is get a vibrant case for your phone. After all, if it’s in a glowing gold or even a bright pink, you will soon see it in the bottom of your car or out on the street. And you could even get your initials placed on the back of the phone. For one thing, you will struggle to misplace it with other people’s phones if your name’s on it. And if it does get lost, you will soon be able to get your phone back. Also, you could think about getting a unique wallpaper for your phone. After all, there are lots of ready made phone wallpapers, or you could even make your own. And with this personal wallpaper, your phone will definitely not get lost again. After all, as soon as people see it when they touch the home button, they will know the phone belongs to you!

Always be consistent with the place you put your phone

You might be surprised to know that some people put their phone down in different places every time they come in. And it can leave them feeling confused about where they put the device. After all, it might have seemed like a safe place at the time, but now you are left confuzzled. Therefore, to ensure you don’t lose your phone again, you need to be consistent with where you leave the device. Get a docking stand for the phone which you can use to put it on. That way, you will know exactly where the phone is so it won’t get lost. Or put it right next to the charger in future. If you get into this habit, you will always put your phone in the same place. And then will always have your phone with you!

Keep some battery on your phone and have the sound on

It’s so easy to run out of battery during the day. After all, if you have a number of apps running at once, you are likely to be draining the battery. But if your battery does die, you are going to struggle to find your phone. For one thing, you won’t be able to ring the phone, so won’t be able to spot in your room. And you also won’t be able to use any of the apps mentioned above to trace your phone. Also, if anyone picks up your phone, they will get a black screen so won’t be able to trace it to you! You also need to make sure the sound is on. A lot of people have their mobile on silent if they are busy working or with friends, but if you lose it, you won’t be able to hear where it is. Therefore, keep it on low volume to ensure it does ring if you need to phone it!

And remember to keep on top of backing up your device. That way, if you do lose your phone for good, you haven’t lost precious videos and photos too!

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It’s never too late.


Let me tell you something about myself that only those close to me know… I am a published local romance novelist. Yes, I write romantic stories. And I’d like to think that I may not be as good as the others, but I am getting there.

Can you imagine getting something in your inbox like this…

Katie from said “Being a wedding fanatic, this was a must read for me and it certainly didn’t disappoint!”

I was in awe!

I remember writing romantic stories back in high school. I would write one chapter, get it read by my friends and those classmates close to me, then I’d get their feedback. I’d base the next chapter on what they wanted to happen so I write the next one and get them to read again. It became a daily occurrence in our classmate where the girls would gather around me, sharing the notebook where I wrote the chapters, passing it one after the other, and then I’d shyly talk to them about the next one. It felt too good especially when the feedback about my writing was a positive one. I remember my best friend offering to talk to their family friend who was a publisher for my chapters to be converted into a book. I was thrilled but I was not really too keen on the idea of getting my story out there.

Fast forward more than two decades later, after five whole stories written, I took a risk, left my comfort zone, and got one story published! When I got the call from the local editor, I didn’t know where to jump for joy or run inside my bedroom to silently scream for pride that I finally got one story approved and ready for the world to read.

It took three years before the first story got published but it was okay. I was still so happy because my goal is not to be the next romance writer queen but to just be published and see my pen name on the cover of a small romance novel.

You know, it’s never too late to take a risk and leave your comfort zone. It’s out there where you can reach your goal. Trust me, it’s scary but it’s all worth it!

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Want To Help People With Mental Health Problems? Here’s How You Can!

So you’ve decided that you want to help other people who are struggling with their mental health, but are unsure how to go about doing so. Maybe you have suffered from mental health problems in the past and understand what it’s like to struggle to keep your head above water? Perhaps a loved one has lived with mental health problems for many years, and you know what it’s like to watch a loved one struggling to lead a normal life because of their mental health. Whatever your reason for wanting to help people who are suffering from mental health problems, it doesn’t matter, all that matters is that you find a way to make a difference.

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Today, mental health problems are more common than ever before. In the UK, anxiety and depression are the two most common mental health problems. At one point or another in their lifetime, one in six adults will suffer from a mental health problem. That means that around 10.6 million people in the UK currently suffer from some form of mental health problem, and that number is rising every year. The question that a lot of people are asking themselves is how can I help? The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can make a difference when it comes to mental health, here are some suggestions:

Volunteer at a local charity

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A great way to make a difference to the lives of people suffering from mental health problems is to volunteer your skills at a local mental health charity. If you have free time that you’re happy to give up to help others, then volunteering could be the answer. Volunteering at a local charity could mean all sorts of things, it could mean offering free counselling to people who are struggling with their mental health problems, it could mean running the charity’s social media pages and blog for free, it could mean volunteering in their charity shop. You don’t necessarily have to work directly with people suffering from mental health problems, you can help by doing other things, so if you’re not a great communicator or listener, don’t worry because you can still help.

Be an online listener

Another way that you can help people suffering from mental health problems is to become an online listener. If you’ve only got a small amount of free time to offer, then you can become an online listener. There are various websites that you can sign up to as a listener which allows you to listen to other people’s worries and concerns via an online chat. There are also apps that you can sign up to that allows you to listen to other people’s worried via an app instant messenger. It might not seem like you are doing much but even by listening to someone else’s worried and concerns you can make life easier for them. If you’re going to become an online listener, it’s a good idea to undergo some training first, to make sure that you’re equipped to deal with whatever comes your way. Most mental health support sites and apps offer training, but it’s best to double check before signing up.

Become a mental health nurse

If you want to spend the majority of your time focusing on helping people with mental health problems, then your best bet is to become a mental health nurse. Yes, it will require training and experience, but it’s an incredible way to make a difference. To get an idea of what the role will involve, take the time to browse mental health nurse job vacancies to see what each role involves – this should give you an idea of whether you’re a good fit for the type of work that you would be doing. Being a mental health nurse is a great way to help those suffering from a mental health problem, but it’s important to realise that it’s not a role that’s a good fit for everyone. So you need to determine whether you’ve got what it takes to work with people suffering from mental health problems day in, day out.

Spread awareness

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Another way that you can help people with mental health problems is to spread awareness. A lot of people are unaware of how many people mental health problems affect and don’t understand what they can do to help friends or loved one who are currently struggling. By spreading awareness about mental health, you can make it easier for people who suffer from mental health problems to get the help and support that they need. It’s not always easy to spread awareness about a certain topic, but it has become slightly easier thanks to the internet and social media. The best way to spread awareness is to share and create information that can be referred to as and when it’s needed, such as informative blog posts.

Run courses

If you want to take a more hands-on approach to helping people suffering from mental health problems, perhaps you could run courses to help with management. There are facilities all over the country that run successful anger management and anxiety management courses among others, that you could replicate in your local area. The fact is that a lot of mental health problems can be effectively managed, giving sufferers the opportunity to lead a normal life. It’s just a case of making sure that the help and support is available to them, which is where running courses come in. If you’re willing to get the qualifications to run these courses, you can make a big difference to the lives of many people within your local community. You could even opt to run online courses, helping people much further afield than just in your local area.

So there you have it, a few suggestions of ways that you can help people suffering from mental health problems. The fact is that mental health problems are becoming more and more common, which is why there needs to be more help and support available.

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Why Property Management Companies Need A Reliable Accounting Software

Managing any business is at its essence an exercise in organization. Keeping records and track of payments is a big part of that organizational regimen. More so than most, Property Management companies need to emphasize this practice in good organization. Seeking out reliable accounting software for tracking payments should be one of the most important choices a business owner will ever make.

Finding good Property Management accounting software can make or break your business. Tracking payments and keeping reports in order can be a trial in and of itself. Having software to do that for you is essential to maintain speed and accuracy in your business. Another thing this can help with is when your business has to file for taxes. That monstrous task is a complex and intimidating beast to face, and software that tracks all of your business’s earnings can prove to be just the sword you need to slay the beast.

Property Management invoicing software is another thing that your business can and will benefit from if used properly. It can provide your business with a way to process payments online, customize and distribute invoices to multiple clients, and collect and view reports of all your data. The ability to organize your client and business information can be invaluable and save your company a lot of time and man-power. This can overall reduce your business cost in the time you save from being so well organized thanks to this software.

While running your company may be challenging at times, there is nothing more valuable than the time and energy you put into it. Having the means to stay organized and on top of everything in your business will help you to make the best possible decisions when it comes to your business, and the happiness of your clientele. Contact Merchant Account Solutions for more information about credit card processing and accounting software.

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An inspiration to all.

It’s not everyday you get to meet someone very inspiring not only to you but to everyone around him. I met that kind of person almost a year ago now. He is an inspiration to everyone here in the office. A very faithful man to the Word of God, even sacrificing his own money to give to others.

Just recently he went on a trip, a mission for the church where he belongs. He saw the condition of the indigents of that place he and his group went to. When he saw the condition of the place there, he told himself that he will help in whatever way he can, even praying to come back to that place to offer his services to the indigents.

Yesterday, while he and I were talking about that very trip, he told me that he was checking out what guitar center raleigh is offering online. He wants to get some instruments for the indigents to use in their worship or even for their own entertainment. I told him to continue the good deeds he’s doing because I am sure he will be blessed a thousandfold for it.

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