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stresses_copingskills Stress is a normal response to situations that make a person feel upset or threatened (such as being laid off). Having some stress can be healthy because it can help the individual remain focused and alert. However, high amounts and long-term stress is not healthy and can affect a person in so many ways – emotionally, cognitively, behaviorally, and physically. If stress isn’t handled quickly it can lead to:

Emotional Issues

- Depression – Inability to cope with the small things – Becoming agitated easily – Becoming easily upset and emotional

Cognitive Issues

- Concentration issues – Anxiety – Consistent worrying – Poor judgement – Negative thoughts

Behavior Issues

- Sleeping too little or too much – Procrastination – Isolation / becoming withdrawn – Turning to alcohol or drugs – Developing nervous habits

Physical Issues

- Stomach issues (i.e. constipation or diarrhea) – Dizziness – Loss of sex drive – Frequent colds or strep throat – Chest pain, heart problems – High blood pressure – Excessive weight gain or loss   If a person has been in high-stress situations for long enough, they may not even notice how stressed they are after a while – it may just seem normal, which is horrible because each of the items listed above will continue to build and become worse over time. I was thrown into a high-stress situation through some things that have been going on in my life over the past few months, including being laid off. In relation to being laid off, I’ve felt the stress of looking for a new job, paying my bills, and continuing to get the things my kids need (i.e. clothes, shoes, etc.). But, I’m working through my stress the best way I can. My coping mechanisms include:   – Cleaning my house – Cooking – Going to the gym frequently – Networking – Blogging – Listening to music – Doing anything that helps me feel productive – Eat a healthy diet   These are my ways of relieving my stress on a daily basis. Everyone has their own way of dealing with stress and making the best of their time. The important thing is that everyone needs to find that thing (or things) that relieve their stress. But, how do you figure out what will work for you? Simple trial and error. Trying different things until you find the one (or few) thing that will help you cope the best. Some other things that I’ve tried that might work for you include:   – Counseling – Relaxation and meditation techniques – Write in a journal – Do something you enjoy everyday – Talk to a friend – Try yoga – Drink tea – Get a massage

Just try things until you find out what feels right for you.

easter

Easter is observed all over the world, but some countries observe the holiday of the resurrection of our Savior in a little different way. In the U.S. we have the Easter Bunny, we color hard-boiled eggs, we give baskets of candy, and we observe the holiday on Easter Sunday. Most retailers used to be closed on Easter Sunday, but this is becoming less and less frequent. The President holds an Easter egg roll on the White House lawn and New York hold an annual Easter parade on Sunday. However, because Easter always falls on a Sunday it is not observed as a federal or state holiday because it’s already a non-working day for state and federal employees.

Canada, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, and several other countries observe Easter Sunday and Easter Monday as public holidays. Some businesses in these countries give their employees the week off for Easter break.

In Greece, Easter is the most sacred observance and preparations and customs begin the Thursday before Easter Sunday.

In Cyprus, along with painting eggs, it is customary to light great fires in school or church yards that are made up of scrap wood. The bigger the fire, the better. Fire fighters usually have to be called to put the fires out.

In Germany, eggs are decorated and hung on branches to turn them into Easter egg trees.

These are just a few of the Easter traditions across the world. I find it fascinating to learn about new cultures and traditions.

What Easter traditions do you have?

One of the first things I learned about when I entered the wireless industry nearly 10 years ago was: First In, First Out, or FIFO. Electronic products of any type age very quickly and the last thing you want on your shelves is outdated technology. Customers want the newest, latest and greatest technology on the market, not outdated products. In addition, a business could end up losing a lot of money if outdated equipment is sitting in the store and not selling.

Maintaining the right inventory level is critical to a businesses success because most businesses have a lot of their cash tied up in their inventory as the inventory is usually the largest piece of asset a business has. Replenishing your inventory in lean, frequent orders can help overcome the challenge of having too much inventory, or outdated inventory on your shelves. Also, if you wait too long to replenish inventory you may find yourself in a situation where you don’t have what your customers want to purchase, which leads to the loss of sales and additional money out of your pocket if you’re express shipping products for specific customer sales needs.

When ordering inventory you want to make sure you’re in-line with your competition. Find out what the competition is carrying and make sure you’re competitively priced for your industry and area. You want to ensure that the inventory you brought in first goes out first, and that you fully understand the return and warranty policies the companies you order from have on the products you purchase.

If you happen to receive DOA, or dead on arrival, products (especially when it comes to technology-based products that have specific tracking systems, such as ESNs or are serialized) you’ll usually have a specific timeframe that you can send that product back in to receive a full refund or replacement product at the same price. Using FIFO you’ll have a higher likelihood of finding any DOA products quicker than if you just randomly pick something off the shelf to sell to the customer.

FIFO

 

When dealing with products that can expire, such as food products, FIFO can help keep products from expiring on your shelves by selling out items that will expire first. My first thought is of milk. Milk expires within a fairly short period, and if you sell out the newest product first, you’ll be left with a lot of rotten milk on your hands.

One of the best ways I’ve found to help ensure FIFO takes place in a retail setting is to use removable labels on the product boxes with the date of purchase, if it doesn’t already have an expiration date on it. This way, when a salesperson goes to grab one of those products they’ll know which one to sell out first.

The last big key here is to ensure all of your sales staff knows what your policies and procedures are on FIFO, how it works, and what will happen if they don’t follow them. The best way to make sure your staff knows how to follow any policy or procedure, especially FIFO, is to provide hands-on training. Many people learn best through hands-on training, so taking an employee to where the inventory is and physically showing them where the labels are located on the products and how to read the labels can increase employee compliance. Communication is key, at all levels of the organization.

Serves 6

 

1 ¼ Cups cooked rice

1 – 14 Oz can refried beans

2 Cups cheese

2 Cups boneless, skinless chicken breasts; cooked and shredded

1 – 20 Oz enchilada sauce (red or green)

Sour Cream

Tortillas

 

Preheat oven to 350༠. Spread each tortilla with refried beans. Mix the chicken with half the enchilada sauce. Spoon the chicken mixture and rice into the burrito. Sprinkle cheese on mixture. Place ¼ cup enchilada sauce in bottom of a casserole dish. Roll the burrito and place seam-side down in the pan. Cover with remaining sauce and cheese. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

All quotes are by Unknown or Anonymous unless specifically noted

There will be a day when I no longer can do this. THAT DAY IS NOT TODAY.

Your friends should motivate and inspire you. Your circle should be well rounded and supportive. Keep it tight. Quality over quantity, always.

Don’t make change too complicated. Just begin.

YOU are the creator of your own destiny.

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. ~Nora Roberts

This is the start of something beautiful.

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first. ~Jim Morrison

Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.

The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. ~Earl Nightingale

Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Motivational Quotes

 

I Choose…

to be motivated, not manipulated to live by choice, not by chance

to make changes, not excuses to be useful, not used

I choose self-esteem, not self pity to excel, not compete

I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinion of others

WORKOUT…because talking about how you feel never helps anyway

Surround yourself with people that inspire you. ~eflow Nutrition

I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.

I am a fighter, not a quitter.

You have the patience, the strength and the passion to achieve your ambitions, your goals and your dreams. All you need to do now is TRY.

Sometimes it’s not how good you are, but how bad you want it. ~fitneco.com

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction. Cynthia Occelli

Life is Wonderful. Enjoy it.

No IFS, ANDS, or BUTS ~ just DO it.

Sometimes we’re tested. Not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths
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