17 October 2018

Tips for Achieving Inner Calmness

Life throws curve balls once in a while that disrupt your inner serenity.  It’s always good to have resources to help you make it through difficult times. It’s also beneficial to your well-being to incorporate calming activities into your daily life so that you're better prepared to handle the curves and bumps along life’s pathway.

Let Your Wardrobe Work for You

Color has a large impact on your emotions. In an ideal situation, your work area would be painted in soothing or energizing colors. However, since you have no control over the décor in a workplace, you may have to use your wardrobe as a way to surround yourself with colors that ease stress or brighten your mood. Blue and green are revered as calming colors. Orange and yellow are considered mood-lifting colors. Be aware of how specific colors make you feel when you wear them and choose your wardrobe based on what meets your need.


Crystals and stones are often used to promote healing and to relieve anxiety and stress.  Healing crystal necklaces can be a part of your daily attire. You might want to have a variety of necklaces available to choose from so that they complement your wardrobe and address your emotional or physical need. In addition to healing crystal necklaces, you might want to add crystal earrings and rings to your jewelry collection.


Flowers or food are often given as gifts when a friend or family member is sick or going through a struggle. Gifts of food and flowers don’t last very long. A gift such as crystal jewelry or simply a crystal they can hold in their hand is a gift they can keep with them forever.

Crystals have been used for many years to promote healing, relieve anxiety and boost someone’s mood. Wearing crystal jewelry is just one way to receive the benefit of crystals. Incorporating crystals into your décor can bring calmness, positive energy and an element of healing into your home. Crystals are an important component in a medication area.

How To Start A Collection

The first thing that someone should do when deciding to start collecting something is to find something they are interested in. After all, it would not be any fun to start buying things if you are not really into it. People start collections for a variety of reasons. Some do it for the potential investment opportunities while others just like to collect things because they think it is fun. Sometimes, the two can be mixed such as those people who enjoy collecting disney birthday figurines.

Depending on the seriousness of the intent, maintaining a collection can be expensive. As the collection grows, so do other factors such as upkeep and storage. This is why a budget should be devised and stuck to when a decision has been made to start a collecting hobby. Of course, as seriousness in the hobby grows, the budget can always be revised as money allows. Certain items that people collect have price guides which are published on a regular basis. These guides offer a general idea of how much a particular item is worth.

Of course, at the end of the day, an item is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it and this amount can vary wildly from what any particular guide says. After the collection has been gathered into a size-able amount, it may be time to get the collection appraised for value, especially if you think it may be worth a significant amount of money. An appraiser will certify the value of the collection and will do so in an official capacity. This gives the collection a bit more prestige when it is time to sell it or when looking to market it. No matter what the items are that you are collecting, it should always be fun!

Do you have any collections? Why do you collect?

How to Maintain a Public Pond

There are a lot of ways for you to maintain a public pond. Whether you created it or it simply sits on your property, it’s now something that has to be managed. With the help of pond aerators and fountains as well as a few other things, you can be sure to keep your pond as healthy as possible.

Get an Aquatic Survey

Analyzing the water periodically will ensure you know what’s going on. If you have mildew, algae, or any other problem, it’s important that you know about it. There are various treatments that can be done so that the water is clear. It will provide a better aesthetic for your lake so that it can be enjoyed by the masses.

Add a Fountain or Aerator

An aerator or fountain can be a great addition to your pond. It will allow the water to move and to receive the necessary oxygen levels. Particularly when the body of water isn’t being fed by a river, lake, or ocean, it’s easy for the water to grow stagnant. Adding equipment into the middle of the pond can be the best solution for you. It will help to keep the water fresher and even provide a better place for wildlife.

Discourage Pollution

Often, the biggest problem that occurs in ponds is from the humans that live and recreate around the area. They may toss things into the pond, creating a lesson impressive appearance. You can set up signs and discourage polluting the pond. You may even want to patrol the area to catch people in the act. Set up trash bins around the pond, too, providing people with a place to throw away trash so that it isn’t going directly into the pond.
Your pond can look great. However, it’s going to require some work. Invest some money into it and then take the time to manage it properly.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Mental Illness and Everyday Anxiety

Mental illness and anxiety can show up at any time, any age, and almost all families are, or will someday, be affected by some kind of mental issue. It could even be your own children that have to learn to cope with the effects of an unhealthy chemical imbalance.

That said, mental illness and anxiety are every day, all around you, occurrences. This means your children are likely to notice, so be honest with them in response to their curiosities and questions. Read on for tips to talking with your kids about mental illness and everyday anxiety.

Explain the Basics of What Mental Illness and Anxiety Are, by Definition

Sometimes it helps to break mental illnesses and anxieties into their basic forms. This means beginning with a definition of what a mental illness or an anxiety is.

For instance, a mental illness is a brain disorder that affects moods, behavior patterns, and ways someone thinks. Whereas, anxiety is a mental health problem that leads to emotions of worry, doubt, and general upset and concern during everyday activities.

Both of these definitions convey the general meanings but keep the intensity at bay.

Make Your Home a Safe Space Where You and Your Loved Ones Can Freely, Openly Discuss Your Feelings

Create a safe space in your home, where you and your kids can speak freely and openly about your worries, concerns, and general feelings for everyday things.

Always discourage uses of derogatory terms, such as “crazy” or “lunatic,” as these terms can lead to feelings of inadequacy and closed-off attitudes.

Side note: You should also encourage your children to step a little outside of their comfort zone, like going to an international summer camp, or riding a roller coaster for the first time.

Be Honest About Tragedies, but Give Kids the Tools to Cope and Work Through Sadness Early On

Suicide and self-harm are two of the biggest tragedies caused by mental illness and anxiety. Ergo, it is highly likely that your child might one day know someone that falls victim to negative feelings.

Death is a part of life, and your children should know that, but give them the tools to cope with the sadness and downs that will inevitably come their way throughout their lives. Speak of death as natural and encourage your children to mourn, grieve, and convey their sadness however they feel appropriate.