How To Deal With Negativity

When was the last time you dealt with a negative person? The reality is you have to deal with negative people almost on a daily basis.  There are negative people at home.  Then there are negative people in the workplace.  They are everywhere.  The next question is how do you deal with negativity as you will run into it quite often?

It is very sad when you live with a negative person. What’s even sadder is that those of us who work and who spend a lot of time outside of the home end up having to deal with negative coworkers.

My experience is that these people aren’t happy individuals. We have to trust they are going through something that is causing them to have this behavior.  They don’t know any other way to deal with it except to explode all over you.

It’s an explanation, but it is not acceptable behavior. People need to learn that it is not ok to bring their personal business into the work place.  They must learn to deal with the emotions and whatever else is going on with them before dealing not only with their family or coworkers, but many of these individuals are also dealing with the public.

Do you deal with this kind of behavior by reacting in the same negative manner? Or do you just accept the fact that no matter what you do or say it is not going to change that individual or the situation.  So, in most cases it is probably best to just smile and stay quiet.

I myself have dealt with this same kind of situation. I chose the higher ground as I knew I was not going to win the argument.  Having said that, this situation has spurred me on to continue on my path to freedom.  I have worked a lot of years and I am ready to leave the corporate world.

Thankfully I now have a vehicle that is moving me into my new life where I don’t have to deal with negative people all the time.  A life that will give me the freedom to come and go as I please and travel if I so desire.  A life where I can spend more time at home doing the things I love.

This vehicle is blogging and internet marketing.  I am learning new skills and no one is ever too young or too old to learn something new.  If I want to make changes in my life, I need new life skills.  Will it happen overnight? Perhaps not, but the idea is to keep striving for something more.

If you have to deal with negative individuals, do as I did and don’t bring yourself down to their level.  If you need to, make changes in your life to bring about the positive change that you have been searching for.



Juggling Life With A Full Time Job



It’s not easy working a full day outside the home, then coming home to get chores done and start working your online businesses.

I am up a little before 4 a.m. every day. Once I am ready, I am generally out the door by 5:15 A.M.  I drive about 50 minutes one way.  I do my due diligence and I drive home for another 50 minutes this time fighting a lot of traffic.  This makes for a very stressful drive home.

Once home, I then take a few minutes to catch my breath before I start the usual household chores which include cleaning, cooking and prepping for the next day’s work. Then, if it is not too late and I am still energetic, I sit down and work on my businesses.  Many times my head does not hit the pillow till around 11 P.M. and if I am lucky I can get maybe 4.5 hours of sleep, but that is usually not the norm.  Then it starts all over again.

The problem is, I am not doing a good job juggling a job, chores and businesses. I  have a small shop on Etsy  where I make organic artisan soaps and spa products which is pure joy to me.  I am also trying to figure out online marketing and blogging.   Unfortunately, my businesses struggle because of my lack of time and energy to work them. So, there are times my posts are short, sweet and to the point or no posts at all. This was true especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Talk about busy.  No time at all to work on anything other than getting the house ready for guests and a lot of cooking.  In fact, I wrote a blog on handling holiday stress and I did put into practice some of my suggestions. How To Avoid Holiday Stress

Are any of you in this same position?  How are you handling the juggling of life in the busy world that we live in?  Feel free to leave your comments.


Healthy Benefits of Drinking Black Tea



Today we will explore the health benefits of drinking black tea.  Most of us are familiar with the black tea bags you can purchase in stores for drinking hot or as iced tea.  Yet there is so much more to explore and enjoy.  Tea is consumed by most cultures of the world and tea can be done ritually or not.  It is taken as an elixir or as a tasty beverage.

First, let me begin with this information taken from Wikipedia:

What is black tea?  Black tea is more oxidized than Oolong, Green and White teas and has a stronger flavor than its counterparts.  Green tea can lose its flavor in a year where as black tea will hold the flavor for several years.

All four types are made from leaves of the shrub (or small tree) Camellia sinensis.  Tea comes from two varieties – the small-leaved Chinese variety plant (C. sinensis subsp. sinensis), used for most other types of teas, and the large-leaved Assamese plant (C. sinensis subsp. assamica), which was traditionally mainly used for black tea, although in recent years some green and white have been produced.

Some of the most familiar black teas are Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling and Kenyan.

Popular blends of black tea are:

Earl Grey Tea which is black tea blended with Bergamot

English Breakfast Tea which is full bodied and robust and made to be blended with milk and sugar.

English Afternoon Tea is medium bodied, bright and refreshing and is blended with Assam, Kenyan and Ceylon teas.

Irish Breakfast Tea is a blend of several black teas: most often Assam teas and, less often, other types of black tea.

Masala Chai combines black tea, spices, milk, and a sweetener such as sugar or honey; a traditional beverage from India which has been adapted in the West with changes to the method of preparation.

For added health benefits, many of these teas can be blended with additional herbs and flowers.

Health Diaries shares the following benefits of drinking black tea:

Cardiovascular Health
Black tea is abundant in antioxidants, such as flavonoids, demonstrated to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, preventing damage in both the bloodstream and at artery walls, and lowering the risk of heart disease. Additionally, it has been shown that black tea flavonoids are able to both improve coronary vasodilation and reduce clots. Polypehnols found in black tea are also very strong antioxidants, and the manganese in black tea may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by helping cardiac muscle function.

Bone and Connective Tissue
Studies indicate that the bones of regular tea drinkers are stronger than those of non-tea drinkers, even when other variables were adjusted for. Scientists theorize it may be an effect of the powerful tea’s phytochemicals.

Digestive Tract Health
The tannins in tea have a therapeutic effect on gastric and intestinal illnesses and make it a great digestive aid, used in China as such for thousands of years. These tannins decrease intestinal activity and exercise an antidiarrheal effect. The polyphenols in green tea have been demonstrated to have an effect on intestinal inflammation suffered by people afflicted with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome.

Increased Energy
In moderation caffeine can be a benefit – in black tea it stimulates the metabolism, increases brain function and aids alertness. The caffeine in tea acts as more of a subtle stimulant, taking more than a few minutes to take effect, rather than hitting your system as quickly as coffee or cola. This effect is assisted by another compound found only in tea, theophylline. While caffeine chiefly targets the brain and muscles, theophylline stimulates the respiratory system, heart and kidneys. This helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

Immune System
Tea is full of substances called “tannins,” which studies have shown have the ability to fight viruses such as influenza, dysentery and hepatitis. One such tannin named “catechin” helps suppress tumors.  Black tea also contains alkylamine antigens, which help boost immune response.

This is just a small handful of benefits to be enjoyed while drinking your tea.  You can enjoy your tea with a “spot” of milk, cream, lemon, sugar, honey or stevia.  Enjoy a cup anyway you want and as often as you want.  Do you know you can also add black tea to recipes?  Try Earl Grey cookies!

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