8 Great Jobs for Socially Awkward People

If you are a socially awkward person, it can be difficult for you to choose the right career path. Whether you are not very good with people or you like peace and quiet, there are many wonderful jobs to consider. I have a friend who is so shy that she can’t find a job because most jobs require good social skills. I did a small research and visited lots of online forums and found out that many people stay at home because they don’t like crowds and they can’t survive face-to-face communication. It’s hard to change yourself and fight your fear, while it’s easier to find a well-paid job that you will enjoy doing each day and that won’t make you feel bad about yourself. Here are 8 great jobs for socially awkward people to consider.

1. Writer

If you are a creative person and you can write interesting posts or books, why not become a writer? Many successful writers are introverts and ambiverts. If you have a writing talent, give it a try. You can start your own blog or become a freelance writer or copywriter. You won’t become a successful writer overnight, but in time you may become a famous author that everyone will read and love.

2. IT careers
With today’s technological advances, it’s not difficult to find a good job if you are a socially awkward person. Information technology helps people to develop their skills and make millions a year. Web development, game programming and creating mobile apps are all good options to consider. The job requires a good knowledge of software and programming languages and a high level of creativity.

3. Graphic Designer
If you are fond of drawing, you have fantastic drawing skills and you can use computer graphics software, consider starting a graphic design career. Modifying pictures and creating different effects don’t require any communication skills. Graphic designer, especially 3D graphic designers, earn a lot of money, but they spend plenty of times learning new things and reading tons of books. If you are ready to spend most of your time in front of your computer, this career path is for you.

4. Work-at-Home Accountant
Nowadays many accountants work for companies from their homes. Look for a position as a work-at-home accountant and you may find some great suggestions. If you are socially awkward, working with numbers than people is a good option for you, just make sure you are okay with math.

5. Translator
If you know at least one foreign language, you may try to work as a translator. Most translators work from home, which means you don’t need to use your communication skills each day. The drawback is that it’s not an easy job. You will get tired mentally and emotionally faster than physically. It’s definitely hard work, but it’s pretty rewarding. Professional translators make over $99,000 a year.

6. Social Media Manager
If you can’t survive face-to-face communication but you want to grow as a person and become more successful, social media manager may be the right career path for you. This job requires online socialization only. You don’t need to meet and speak to anyone. You have enough time to answer to all questions and you have a wonderful opportunity to think clearly and calmly. No rush and no worry! Plus, you can make lots of money each month.

7. Animal Handler
If you don’t like big crowds of people, but you are a huge animal lover, you can become a professional animal handler. My friend earns about $41,000 a year and he says that it’s one of the easiest and funniest jobs he has ever had. All you have to do is to take care of animals and enjoy playing with them all day long.

8. Astronomer
One of the most surprising jobs for socially awkward people is astronomer. While this job requires good knowledge of physics, math and some other subjects, it’s incredibly interesting and you won’t have to use your social skills. You can earn more than $96,000 a year, doesn’t it sound like a good reason to choose this career path? Watching the sky is a proven way to reduce stress and enjoy small yet beautiful things in life, while making a lot of money.

Whether you are a shy person, introvert or you feel uncomfortable in a crowd, these 8 career ideas may completely change your life. There are many reasons why many people can’t find jobs they love. The only thing to remember is that you should never stop looking for that perfect career. If you don’t like your current job, don’t be afraid to quit it. Hopefully, this list helped you to make a smart decision. If you have any other career ideas and tips, share them with those who really need them. The comment section is waiting!

8 Important Actions That Will Make You More Successful

Each day I see more and more chronically unproductive, unsuccessful and unhappy people and wonder why they choose to be miserable when they can take a few actions to become more successful. You will never know the true joy of happiness and success if you don’t admit that you chose the wrong path in life. There are many successful people who consider themselves unhappy and unsuccessful because they are not grateful for what they already have and they are stuck in their own negative thoughts, which prevent them from reaching their full potential. Stop living in misery, here are 8 important actions you can take today that will make you more successful.

1. Love your job

Successful people always do what they love and this actually makes them so happy and successful. Spending 8 (or more) hours at work you don’t like is one of the worst things you can do in life. When you love your job, you are more productive and eager to reach success. Never stop looking for your favorite job and you will definitely find it.

2. Cultivate your creativity
Just don’t tell me that you are not creative. I believe every person in the world is creative, but the problem is that most of us don’t explore and cultivate that creativity. If you have any creative ideas, share them with your coworkers or boss. Even if they don’t love your ideas, don’t give up. Learn how to think outside the box, cultivate your creativity daily, train your brain and be open to new ideas. It’s one of the most important actions that will make you more successful.

3. Focus on one goal at a time
Multitasking is a common thing these days. Whether it’s good or bad, but it will get you nowhere. Trying to reach a few goals or accomplishing a few tasks at once will never make you successful. You will end up feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed out. When you have a huge to-do list, take a deep breath to calm down (when I see a long list of tasks I should accomplish, the first thing I usually feel is panic), prioritize your tasks and focus on accomplishing one task at a time. This will help you stay productive, avoid stress and meet all your deadlines.

4. Believe in yourself
No matter what you do, believe in yourself. If you made a mistake, admit it, learn from it and move on. Don’t dwell on your past mistakes. Believe that you will be successful, happy and healthy. Believe that you can make your dreams come true. Faith is a crucial part of life, remember it.

5. Ignore negative criticism
There’s a huge difference between negative criticism and constructive criticism. When you see that people give negative and rude criticism that has no sense at all, ignore it. We can’t avoid toxic people in the workplace, but we can ignore their rude comments. Don’t let people’s negative criticism affect your mood, productivity and success.

6. Never stop learning
The majority of people stop learning once they graduate from college or university. Highly successful people never stop learning, no matter the age. You may know a lot of useful things and have fantastic abilities, but they won’t make you more successful. Don’t be afraid to try new things and take new responsibilities. Read books and share your knowledge with others.

7. Don’t lie
If you don’t have fantastic computer skills, let your potential employer know about it. If you can’t accomplish a project, let your manager or boss know about it. Be honest and ask for help when you really need it. It’s impossible to know everything in life, so it’s okay when someone helps you. Successful people can’t do many things, they admit it and their honesty help them reach the true joy of success.

8. Take care of your health
Wealth is nothing without health. When you have numerous health issues, it’s hard to enjoy your success. You should never forget to take care of your health. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and stay hydrated to be more productive and have more energy to accomplish any project and achieve any goal.

I hope these tiny pieces of advice inspired you to take some actions to improve your life and reach the true joy of success. Stay motivated and productive during the day, learn and try new things, believe in yourself and you will never feel unhappy again. What actions are you going to take to become more successful?

8 Daily Habits of Ultra-Productive People

Have you ever wondered how successful people stay highly productive day after day? The secret of their productivity isn’t actually a secret. They simply know how to manage themselves and when to say no. Ultra-productive people don’t necessarily work longer and they’re not complete workaholics. They simply work a bit smarter than other people. If you feel stuck in your busy schedules, it’s time to make changes, improve your work rut and boost your career. No matter what obstacles block your career path, you have enough power to overcome them. Here are 8 daily habits of ultra-productive people that you can develop today.

1. They do the hardest tasks first

Procrastination is the biggest problem of most people. We often don’t feel like doing the difficult tasks and trick ourselves into thinking that we’ll accomplish them after lunch. The truth is, the most difficult tasks are never accomplished in the second part of the working day. Ultra-productive people know it so they always start their working days with the hardest projects. It’s a lot easier to accomplish easy tasks (or those that inspire you to work hard) at the end of the day.

2. They never overthink their projects and mistakes
Ultra-productive people don’t have time for overthinking. They make mistakes, learn from them and forget about them. They accomplish their tasks and projects and forget about them. They always try to solve their problems the moment they appear. Moreover, they never save phone calls and emails to deal with later. This habit is hard to master but it’s worth the effort.

3. They often say no
Ultra-productive people are not afraid to say no to the tasks and projects that they don’t like or want to accomplish. They often say no to people who ask them for help. It’s not selfish. though. The art of saying no is great and useful. First, because it helps people to do their work on time. Second, because they have more time to relax and do their household chores. Remember, you don’t have to do someone’s tasks regardless of the situation, especially if you have many stuff to tackle.

4. They never multitask
Multitasking is a good thing at times, but it doesn’t help you stay productive during the day. Multitasking is actually a huge productivity killer. When you do one task at a time, you accomplish more than when you are trying to do a few tasks at once. Even if you manage to accomplish those tasks, the quality of your work may be worse. Ultra-productive people strive for better work, which is why they tend to focus on one project at a time.

5. They end their working day by preparing for the next
After a hard working day the last thing we want to think about is the next working day. However, when you plan your next day before you leave the office, you start the next day doing the most difficult tasks, and don’t spend your precious minutes making a to-do list in the morning. Ultra-productive people always end their working day with a to-do list for tomorrow.

6. They prioritize their tasks
When making their to-do lists, successful and productive people prioritize their tasks. They do the most difficult tasks first, then accomplish the most important ones, and if they have some time before the end of the working day, they try to get the less important tasks done. This way, they work productively without exhausting themselves. As I mentioned, you don’t have to work hard to get things done – you simply need to learn how to work a bit smarter.

7. They stick to their schedules
While it’s not always possible to stick to a schedule, you should do it most of the time in order to be more productive. If you hold a business meeting, make sure you keep it short. It’s difficult to stay focused when the meeting is very long and boring. Avoid discussing other topics, prepare an agenda in advance, set a time limit and stick to it. This is how ultra-productive people run their productive business meetings. In case you have any other topics to discuss, do it at the end of the meeting.

8. They delegate
We are not superhumans. Sometimes even highly productive people can be overloaded with tasks. Delegating is an effective way to get everything done on time. If you know that you can delegate some of your tasks to other workers, do it, but only when you really need it. Avoid delegating all the time, or you will end up being highly unproductive worker.

Every day can be a productive day, if you really want it. Reconsider your daily habits – get rid of those that prevent you from being efficient during the day and adopt those that will make you more productive and successful. I hope these small productivity tips will help you boost your career and improve your overall life. Are you going to adopt any of these habits?

8 Tips Every Procrastinator Swears By

Being slow isn`t a sin, of course, and sometimes it`s even better than being in a rush. However, it may prevent you from doing everything you need on time and, as we all know, time is a highly important thing in life. To be fair, life is an amount of time of your existence so the more productive you are, the brighter your life is. Here are some tips procrastinators use that`ll hopefully help you manage to do more without exhausting yourself.

1. Multitasking isn’t helpful

You may think that doing a few tasks at a time will help you be more productive but it`s far from truth in reality. It can be useful only when you`re able to do one task automatically and take another one that you`re good at too. Otherwise, multitasking kills your time and energy. Furthermore, when you do everything you need at the same time, the results are much poorer.

2. Don’t think but do
Most of us spend more time thinking whether to do some task or not than getting it completed. If your task isn`t an essential thing that defines your further life way, you shouldn`t think about it more than a couple of minutes only. It`ll make your results more reasonable and efficient. “More time for doing, less time for thinking,” write it down on a piece of paper and hang it on the wall in front of you in your workplace to better the results.

3. The first is the hardest
More and more studies prove that people are the most productive in the early hours of the day. That`s why you`ll be able to do more if you start a day with coping with the most mentally challenging tasks and then go to easier ones. In the afternoon our mental activity lowers so don`t forget to plan your daily work in order to have the hardest tasks at the beginning of your to-do list.

4. Block online distractions to control your actions
If you can`t avoid checking your mail, visiting social networks or watching YouTube novelties hundred times a day, it`s a serious problem for your productivity. But you can get rid of it easily thanks to website blocking tools. It`ll save lots of your time that can be spent doing something more useful than texting someone online. Every procrastinator knows how to get rid of distractions, and you?

5. All the mess causes stress
It has been scientifically proven that chaos in the workplace interferes with your attention and can even cause chronic stress. If you want to come with a good job, try to declutter your work space. You won`t be distracted then and it`ll be easier to do all the tasks on time. Think what workplace would be more comfortable for you to work at and make all necessary changes to be a better employee.

6. Deadline shouldn’t make you blind
Lots of people suffer from procrastination because they know that the deadline isn`t coming yet and it makes them think that there`s a free minute to relax. Your deadline shouldn`t be something that interferes with your productivity so you can impose shorter ones on yourself. It`ll make you feel that there`s no time to play fool and you won`t worry to be late at the same time because you know that everything is under control.

7. Take regular breaks
Don`t forget to take regular breaks from work. It means a lot to your productivity because our brain needs 5 minutes recharge after a really hard work. This way, you`ll be ready to work hard again. But if you work non-stop, your productivity will gradually decrease till the end of a work day and you`ll be totally exhausted then.

8. The better health, the more tasks you get done
Most people have problems at work that are caused by poor health. If you don’t get enough sleep, eat fast food only and can’t handle stress, it`s not a surprise that you can`t work productively. Take care of your body because it plays one of the leading roles in your work. Mental and physical health are tightly connected so if one of them is in trouble, the system stops functioning properly.

Procrastination is the thing that doesn`t let you be a successful employee but it doesn`t mean that there`s no way out of this problem. Don`t worry, everything will be better because now you know what to do to boost productivity. There`s no need to hurry up and work non-stop. Take regular short breaks, keep everything in apple pie order in your workplace and don`t try to do everything at once. These rules will make your work easier and your results more successful. What doesn`t let you do a good job?

8 Good Reasons to Eat Avocados

Avocados are rich in important vitamins and nutrients and they are incredibly tasty. There are many ways to eat avocados. Some people eat them just as they are, while others make a nice guacamole. If you aren’t a huge fan of the taste of avocados, you can add them to a smoothie to help make it creamy and also cover up some of the taste with other fruits such as berries. Take a look at the list of a few reasons to add avocados to your eating plan.

1. Good for your eyes
Just one avocado contains 81 micrograms of lutein, which is a nutrient that benefits the eyes. Lutein can help prevent eye problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Lutein may also help to prevent heart disease. So toss several slices of avocado into your salad every once in a while and reap all its good benefits.

2. Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
Avocados contain Folate, which is not only very important for healthy pregnancies, but may also play a part in preventing heart disease and stroke. A cup of avocado has a pretty high percentage (about 23%) of Folate, which aid in overall health as well.

3. Good for your hair
If you’re prone to dry, tangled hair, avocados could certainly help you with this. They are high in B vitamins, copper, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and healthy fats, which are all good for giving your hair extra luster, strength and healthy shine. So start using products with avocados in it to reap all the benefits of this amazing fruit and all that it has to offer.

4. Regulate blood pressure
Avocados are rich in potassium, which is helpful in regulating blood pressure. This may help in preventing hypertension and heart disease. I think it’s a sound reason to add avocado to your everyday diet, isn’t it?

5. Improve the absorption of essential nutrients
Another great reason to add avocados to your eating plan is because it improves the absorption of certain essential nutrients. For instance, carotenoids from other vegetables and fruits are absorbed much better and more efficiently when you consume them with avocados. A study shows that eating avocados can increase absorption of nutrients by five times.

6. Heal wounds
The vitamin E that avocados contain is beneficial for healing wounds and it reduces any scarring that may occur. Vitamin E also helps to prevent clogged arteries. Vitamin E also helps to revitalize your skin, making it soft and supple.

7. Reduce cholesterol levels
Avocados are an excellent source of oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat that helps to lower cholesterol levels as well as helps to increase feelings of fullness. Eating avocados every now and then will certainly help you control your cholesterol levels and have a better health.

8. They’re super delicious
While some people say that avocados are not tasty and they can’t eat them at all, others love the incredible taste of this fruit and I’m one of them! I love avocados and use them in my smoothies, salads and some other meals. Avocados are great as guacamole and they can add depth to any salad!

Don’t be afraid to enjoy avocados every now and then. You’ve likely heard that they are full of fat, but they also contain good fats that you need. As long as you do not overindulge, you’re going to do your body good by eating avocados. What’s your favorite way to eat avocado?

8 Wallet-Friendly Updates to Make to Your Home

Looking for a cheap, simple and DIY way to enhance your home’s beauty? I’ve got a few wallet-friendly yet creative ideas for you. When it comes to upgrading any house – be it modern or old – the possibilities are endless. However, most of us don’t even think of any home improvement when we make ends meet only and don’t have extra bucks for new furniture or luxury decorations. Stop worrying about money. All you need is tons of creativity and a little bit of cash. Try some of these ideas and enjoy your hard work but beautiful house in the end.

1. Make some DIY decorations

One of the cheapest ways to improve your house is to add some bright and unique decorations. If you have kids, ask them to help you create some unusual things that they think will make their rooms and your entire house more beautiful. It can be your new family tradition to decorate your home at the beginning of each new season. If you live alone, it’s still a great tradition to establish. Pick some bright leaves when walking in the park today and let your creativity and hands do their job.

2. Add a splash of color to your old sofa
If you can’t afford to purchase a new sofa, why not upgrade the old one? Add a few colorful pillows to it and your sofa looks like new. There’s no need to throw your old pillows away. You can either alter them or purchase some bright pillow covers. Of course, the best option is to make your own ones, but it takes some time and effort.

3. Paint your flower pots
If you have many flower pots, consider updating them to make your windows look brighter. It takes time and efforts, not to mention that you’ll need to spend a few bucks on paints, but the result is well worth it. Certain flowers improves our health while beautifully decorated flower pots can make the house look more comfortable.

4. Add a shelf with books
DIY shelves beautify many homes these days. If you don’t have any open shelf in your house, it’s time to make a few to keep all your books in one place as well as display all your DIY decorations, knickknacks and pictures. You won’t recognize your room, I promise!

5. Paint your walls bright colors
Painting a room doesn’t take much time or money, and you can always paint it over. The trick is to choose bright colors like light green, orange, yellow, turquoise, coral or light pink. Actually, you can choose any color that you are sure will boost your mood this fall season. If you don’t have time or desire to paint the whole wall, add a splash of color to it. From circles, rhombus and triangles to flowers, animals, skies and sun, you can draw and paint whatever you like.

6. Hang a new set of curtains up
If you don’t have time for crafting, purchase a new set of curtains to give your home an absolutely new look. Again, look for bright mood-boosting colors to make your house a positive and happy place to live in.

7. Paint your front door an eye-catching color
If you want to draw more attention to your house, paint your front door a bright color of your choice. If you have some drawing skills, use them to make your front door the most creative one in your neighborhood or even the whole city. Purple, mint, green or light blue are a few options to consider.

8. Install crown molding
It’s easier to buy modern crown molding, but you can make your own one. Crown molding can bring harmony, elegance and comfort to any room of your house. It takes some time and effort, but you will be highly satisfied with the result of your work. Ask your husband or neighbor to help you install crown molding. Not only will you add visual interest to your house, you’ll add value as well.

These are just a few simple updates you can make to your home this week. Home improvement doesn’t have to be expensive and difficult. With a little bit of creativity, cash and effort, you can make your home feel and look cozy in a matter of a few hours. What are your wallet-friendly home improvement ideas? Let us know in the comments section.

8 Glorious Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Need a fun pumpkin decorating idea? I love to be a bearer of good news because I’ve got a few ideas that require little time, fewer effort and little to no creativity. Some of these ideas require no carving at all, which means you can turn your pumpkin time into a safe family activity and have your little ones help you. From hand-painted Gothic gourds to cute and grinning pumpkin faces, trick-or-treaters will definitely get a true hoot out of these totally glorious pumpkins.

1. Black and white gourds

Black and white gourds
If orange isn’t your new black, then black and white combo may be something you need to try this year. Halloween isn’t about orange only. Besides, no carving required here. A little time, black and white paints and your imagination are all you need to create these devilishly angelic gourds. Just paint your regular pumpkins matte white and black. When dry, grab the paint pens to add some spooky pictures or symbols, or whatever for creepier effect. Your boring orange pumpkins will be done in less than 20 minutes, I bet.

2. Pumpkin vase

Pumpkin vase
Hosting a kid-friendly party? Want to use flowers as a decoration but don’t know how to spook it up? Pumpkin vase might well be a creative solution. Use a knife or a carving tool to carve out whatever vase you want and paint it if needed. Pumpkin vase works as a table centerpiece or room decoration. Rub a coating of Vaseline over the exposed flesh to keep it fresh-looking for days.

3. Gilded or glittering gourds

Gilded or glittering gourds
Special effects don’t always require special decorations or paints. You can simply decorate your gourds in gold, silver, or copper glitters and nothing more. Whether you carve your pumpkin or you skip it, it will be a fantastic front door decoration your trick-or-treaters will want to take selfie with.

4. Flowered pumpkin

Flowered pumpkin
Call it however you like, but the aim is the only one – to create a masterpiece. Even though this idea seems to be time consuming, it’s actually not. When you use the right carving tool, you can make your own flowered pumpkin in a matter of an hour. It doesn’t have to be as perfect as shown, though. The trick? To make your skinless gourd look fantastic. The Vaseline tip is useful here too.

5. Straw pumpkins

Straw pumpkins
No carving and painting required? Easy! Get some straw and create small straw pumpkins to decorate your front door with on Halloween. Except straw you will need some green, gray or black threads, some colorful decorations like eyes, mouths etc (as shown) and a great mood. With a great mood, you can create any pumpkin that will look downright chic.

6. Laughing pumpkins

Laughing pumpkins
Are you a Halloween lover but a hater of everything creepy? No worries. You can let everyone know you are against spooky things by displaying laughing pumpkins on your front porch, or around your garden. If you are not going to illuminate your laughing pumpkins, don’t hollow out them. Or place a candle insight and light once it starts getting dark. Halloween can be a kindly fun holiday as well.

7. Cute pirate

Cute pirate
No more scary faces and creepy motifs! This cute pirate will make your home a kind of welcoming place on Halloween. Besides, kids love fun characters so surely, they would like to help you create a kind and funny pirate to decorate your front door or porch with. I think you don’t need any instructions on how to create it – the picture shows you what materials you need and what to do.

8. Gothic pumpkins

Gothic pumpkins
Not necessarily the scary and bloody ones. I love a Gothic motif because it’s closely connected with the eve of All Saints’ Day. Skip the carving tool, go for a paint brush and let your Gothic ideas out. Start with painting your regular pumpkins a matte black. Let them dry and then take another paint brush to draw any Gothic elements you wish. Special effects require no special tool or perfect creativity.

This Halloween, decorate your house with these creepily cute gourds to jazz up the holiday. After all, nothing says more than uniquely decorated pumpkins. Artfully decorate your front porch and all eyes will be on your house. Trick-or-treaters along with your guests will be impressed this year, I promise! What pumpkin decorating ideas are you going to use this week? Any creepy or funny ideas to share?

8 Healthy Reasons to Eat Cucumbers

Cucumbers are the 4th most widely cultivated vegetable on the planet, which boasts a great number of health benefits. They are rarely mentioned as a superfood, however, they are one of the best and healthiest foods to add to your eating plan. You can use cucumbers in your salads, smoothies, and some other healthy meals. Take a look at the list of 8 healthy reasons to eat cucumbers more often.

1. Control blood pressure
One of the biggest reasons to add cucumbers to your diet is because they help control your blood pressure. Cucumbers are high in water, which helps hydrate your blood vessels. They are also rich in calcium and potassium that can help you reduce blood pressure. For this purpose, it’s recommended to drink cucumber juice in combination with beets, carrots, garlic and lemon.

2. Keep kidneys healthy
Cucumbers are diuretic due to its high water content. This helps your body flush out much more toxins through urination, which keeps your kidneys healthy as well as helps prevent kidney stone formation.

3. Help lose weight
If you are trying to lose weight, you should definitely include cucumbers in your diet. They’re rich in water (more than 95% water) and fiber that helps you feel fuller longer and also helps digestion. Plus, cucumbers contain the B vitamins, which are essential for your body. Whether you are on a diet or not, eat cucumbers as a healthy snack to boost your energy levels and drop a few unwanted pounds.

4. Fight bad breath
Hold a slice of cucumber against the roof of your mouth for about 30 seconds to fight bad breath. Now you don’t need gum or mints and you can easily order a house salad and save a slice of cucumber to combat bad breath after the meal.

5. Keep bones and joints healthy
Due to their high silica content, cucumbers help to keep your bones and joints healthy. Silica is the major building block of collagen that literally holds us together. Also, cucumbers help your body absorb calcium, which is used to build and maintain strong bones.

6. Fight cancer
Another reason to eat cucumbers is because of their ability to combat and prevent cancer. Numerous researchers have shown that cucumbers are very effective against breast, prostate, ovarian, uterine and lung cancers. Cucumbers contain a lot of important vitamins as well as the anti-cancer components of caffeic acid, fisetin, and lutein.

7. Combat diabetes
Cucumbers help the body combat diabetes as well. They contain a hormone which the body needs to produce its own insulin that people suffering from diabetes lack. Plus, cucumbers are a zero glycemic index food, which diabetics can consume without fear that it will raise their blood sugar level.

8. Fight a hangover
Cucumbers are high in water, electrolytes, B vitamins and they help fight a hangover. So if you want to avoid a terrible headache and hangover, eat several slices of this superfood before you go to bed and you will feel much better in the morning.

There are many reasons to include cucumbers in your everyday diet. Do you like cucumbers? What’s your favorite way to eat them?

8 Best Reasons to Eat Papaya

Papaya is an amazing fruit that should definitely be included in your meal plan. Papaya tastes great and it’s perfect for people who are trying to lose weight. The sweet, juicy orange flesh of the papaya is rich in vitamins and nutrients that give this tropical fruit wonderful healing powers and make it a perfect snack anytime. Read on and discover some of the best reasons to eat papaya.

1. Helps to reduce inflammation
Papaya contains chymopapin and papain, two wonderful protein-digesting enzymes, and it’s also high in Vitamin A, C and carotene. All these help protect against rheumatoid arthritis, as well as reduce inflammation. This is one of the best reasons to add papayas to your diet, don’t you think?

2. Helps to balance intestinal flora
Antibiotics can be very harmful for your body and they can destroy beneficial bacteria within your intestines. Papaya juice helps replenish good intestinal bacteria killed off by the antibiotics. So, during and after antibiotic treatment, try to consume a lot of papaya or drink papaya juice.

3. Reduces nausea
Papayas are a great source of enzymes that aid digestion and balance out your stomach acid. This fruit can also help reduce nausea, including morning sickness. If you are looking for a natural way to reduce nausea, consider eating a few slices of papaya. Hopefully, this will help you.

4. Good for your eyes
As I mentioned above, papaya is high in Vitamin A and beta carotene, which are great for protecting your eyesight from degenerating and can even improve your vision. I like to drink papaya juice and I often add several slices of this fruit to my smoothies. You can also add it to your fruit salad and reap all the health benefits papaya has.

5. Helps to lower your stress levels
The study has found that Vitamin C helps regulate the flow of stress hormones, thus reduce stress. Papaya is an excellent source of Vitamin C and it’s a great snack for those hard, stressful days. I usually have some tasty papayas to relax after a long, hard day at work.

6. Helps to relieve menstrual cramps
Did you know that papaya leaves are a good cure for menstrual cramps? I was greatly surprised to know this benefit of papaya. To get rid of that annoying pain, add one papaya leaf, tamarind and salt to a glass of water and boil it. Although this mixture is not delicious, after you drink it, you will feel much better.

7. Helps to fight cancer
One of papaya’s enzymes, papain, is being studied as a possible relief for cancer therapy side effects, including difficulty swallowing and mouth sores after chemotherapy. Eating papaya also improves the immune system and help fight cancer.

8. Helps to prevent blood clots
If you take birth control pills or if you are a smoker, you have a higher risk of getting blood clots. Consuming papayas can help you prevent developing of blood clots, but I suggest you to quit smoking first. Nevertheless, papaya contains fibrin that aids in preventing blood clotting.

There are many health benefits of eating papayas. This fruit can also treat your sore heels: just rub your feet with mashed papaya and then rinse off with warm water. This works perfectly for me! Do you like papayas? Do you know any other health benefits of this fruit? Share your thoughts with us please.

8 Empowering Life Lessons I Wish Every Woman Knew

One morning a few years ago, I was in a yoga class that the instructor dedicated to “the pursuit of potential.” As she guided us through the practice, she talked about the notion of inviting your best self forward, to live in the possibilities of your own potential. By the time we reached Savasana, I had reached an epiphany.

It occurred to me that my entire life, I had been working to “fix” myself, to correct all that I believed was wrong with me: Every step I took in my quest to be healthier and happier—whether it was running half-marathons, investing in a life coach, or religiously drinking green juice—was motivated by a deep-seated fear that I wasn’t good enough as is. I wasn’t pursuing my potential; I was trying desperately to feel worthy.

This thought struck me like a lightning bolt: How happy and healthy will I ever be if I don’t love myself?

My epiphany led me to challenge myself to become my own best friend, after years of struggling with eating disorders, drug addiction, and depression. Rather than focusing on the parts of myself I didn’t like, I committed to nurturing the parts I did. And this radical concept changed everything for me. (I wrote about the experience in my new book, The Self-Love Experiment.)

Over the next three years, I had many epiphanies like that first one. These moments of instant clarity were what inspired me to adjust the aspects of my life that were less than fulfilling. Some of my realizations were very personal, but others felt more universal—and a few were so powerful, I wish them for every woman. Below are eight such life-altering lessons:

You aren’t what people say you are

I used to spend so much time worrying about what people thought of me, without ever really asking myself how I felt about them. As a result, I wasted precious time and energy trying to please people who didn’t actually care about me.

I realized all that time and energy could be spent in more valuable ways—like taking care of myself, my family, and my true friends.

The shift for me came when I recognized that what matters most isn’t how others view you, but how you view yourself.

And you aren’t the number on the scale

At the end of your life, the weight struggles, the endless food wars you wage in your mind, and the shame and guilt you harbor about your body and habits will have absolutely no relevance. The only thing that will matter is what is in your heart. How you feel is essential to your self-worth; but how you look is not.

Plan B is often better than Plan A

The most freeing moment of your life will be when you let go of the plan you have for yourself, and accept the plan that is unfolding for you.

I spent years hating my body; I thought I needed to change my shape in order to like myself, or be liked. I would occasionally lose the weight, but my inner critic was never satisfied. I eventually realized that my weight wasn’t the issue—my attention on the weight was the problem. That’s what was keeping my stuck.

So I changed my plan. Instead of needing to lose weight to be happy, I learned how to be happy no matter what size my body is.

The journey is more important than the goal

Yes, reaching goals is important. But the process of pursuing what you want is just as important. When I stopped obsessing about getting to the elusive “there,” I was able to relax into my present life, and enjoy who I was becoming, every single moment.

Being alone doesn’t mean you are lonely

When you learn to love yourself, you’ll see you actually enjoy your own company. And being by yourself doesn’t have to feel lonely.

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It will never be all done … ever

The list of things you “need” to do is endless. You will never check off everything. It’s called life.

Instead of always focusing on the end results, recognize that your life is always unfolding, so new lessons and opportunities are always occurring. The challenge is to stay present enough to see them, and appreciate them.

Emotional pain shows up to help us know what we need to change

Instead of running from the pain in my life, I decided to try something radically new. I dove headfirst into it, and embraced it. What I took away from the experience is that our emotions are always guiding us, if we let them. When you pay attention to your feelings (especially the scary ones), you learn what needs to be healed.

Look at your own life and be honest: What is not working for you? Then repeat the mantra, “I am willing to live my life in new ways.”

You don’t have to find purpose; it will find you

I used to struggle so much with trying to identify my purpose in life. And in my relentless search, I felt even more stuck. Instead of trying to find the meaning in your life, invest your energy in living it. Follow your curiosity, and honor the pull from your heart. When I first left my corporate job in advertising, I had no idea what I wanted to do next. But I was drawn to writing and traveling, so I followed that instinct, and soon it became my fulfilling career.