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Identifying the Common Causes of Stress

For most people, stress is simply a fact of life. Experts believe that the way we respond to daily problems determines our general stress level. Certain individuals can face serious life issues with relatively low levels of stress, while others find minor nuisances overwhelming. The causes of stress and how we react to them are different for each individual. Therefore, it is important to understand how stress affects our health and the long-term problems with which it is associated. Below are some common things that cause stress levels to rise: Relationships Virtually everyone has interpersonal relationships with other individuals. However, arguments with spouses, significant others, children, parents and even more distant relatives can disrupt a peaceful life. Friendships can be taxing on one’s emotional health as well if unreasonable demands are made or conflicts cannot be properly resolved. For this reason, interpersonal relationships are often high on the list of…

3 Reasons Your Home Might Have Low Water Pressure

Is it taking forever to get the dirt off your dishes or the shampoo out of your hair? Are simple tasks like filling a glass of water from your faucet becoming frustrating? If so, you probably have low water pressure. There are a few reasons why water may be trickling and not flowing freely from your faucets. Image via Flickr by arturodonate Closed Water Valves Water comes to your faucet via a maze of pipes and valves. Pipes carry the water to its destination, and valves are the doorways that open and close to allow it through. Just like a throng of people trying to get into a building, water needs an open door to enter and flow through to your faucet. The first thing to check when water is coming out slowly is whether all the valves to the connection are open. There are two main doors, or valves,…

Ideas to Help Improve Your Sleep Quality

Are you getting enough shut-eye?  More than a third of adults in America aren’t getting the recommended seven hours of sleep each night. Experts cite three major factors that impact your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep: blue LED lights in your device screens, caffeine, and poor indoor air quality. Luckily, these are easy issues to address, and a few simple adjustments to your routine might help you get the sleep you need. Screen time at night is a major sleep disruptor. Over time, sleep cycles evolve to respond to sunlight and darkness, and all kinds of artificial light throw those rhythms off. But the blue LED lights inside your phone, television, and other screens suppress melatonin more than any other kind of lighting. Experts recommend that you turn off electronic screens 30 minutes before bedtime and read a book instead. If you just can’t put down your phone,…

Why Bicycles Hold All the Cards & What are Their Integral Parts

I could probably talk about the health and environmental benefits of riding a bicycle for hours, and most of it would be common sense. Instead, let’s talk benefits from a financial point of view. An average vehicle costs about 80 cents to operate per kilometer, and that isn’t taking into account the costs that come with maintenance and replacing parts, which can cost anywhere from a couple of dollars to several thousand for more serious part replacement and repairs. Oh yes, and then there’s the initial cost of a brand new vehicle, registration, and so on and so forth. Conversely, a brand new, quality bicycle costs a fraction of the price of a vehicle. You can do most, if not all of the maintenance and repairs by yourself, and bicycle parts are quite affordable. Riding a bicycle to work doesn’t have any operating costs, except muscle power, which can in…

Tips on Keeping your Indoor Air Quality Levels Safe

Everyone wants their home to be clean. However, many people don’t realize just how harmful the cleaners they use to keep things tidy are. Most of the popular multipurpose cleaners on the market contain toxins, carcinogens, and other hazardous chemicals that are putting you and your family at risk. Consider this 10-country study that looked at 3,500 people over nine years. During this period, they used spray cleaners once a week. By the end of the study, participants had a 30 to 50 percent greater chance of having asthma. In addition to asthma, cleaners have been linked to a number of other health problems, including reproductive issues, allergies, skin irritation, burns, poisonings, and even cancer. To avoid your risk of developing these conditions, start using healthy cleaners in your home. This will require shopping for supplies that don’t contain things such as volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs. VOCs…

Why you should travel to the Middle East in 2018

One region of the world has suffered from some of the most skepticism from tourists in the past few years: North Africa and the Middle East. But in 2018, the region is seeing a spike in numbers from visitors, astounding travel experts with its sudden popularity. Here are a few reasons why you should travel to the Middle East this year: Adventure There are plenty of emerging adventure offerings in this region, particularly Oman, Egypt, and Jordan. For hikers, the 40-day Jordan trail includes 370 miles of villages and monuments. You’ll get to see incredible canyon views and desert landscapes. And if you love history, Egypt was named as the number one destination for adventure in 2018 by G Adventures. Activities If you love destinations where you have plenty to do, you’ll love a once in a lifetime trip to Dubai. The UAE is jam-packed with activities for all ages, from luxurious…

Why workplace safety could save your business money

Workplace injuries can cost your business a lot of money – from a loss of working days to personal workplace injury claims made from your employees. In 2016/17, there were 137 workers killed due to a work-related accident. In 2015/16, there were also over 0.6 million workers who suffered from a non-fatal work injury which led to over 4.5 million working days lost, according to self-reports from the Labour Force Survey. It is also worth noting that in 2016/17, there were 92 members of the public killed due to work-related activities. In 2014/15, the cost of workplace related injuries was £4.8 billion – £2.8 billion was billed to the employers, which doesn’t include potential personal injury workplace claims. The importance of health and safety in the workplace is clear, not only for reducing the annual bill. As an employer, your staff’s safety should be at the forefront of your mind.…

Why are apprenticeship programmes so successful?

With over 23,000 apprenticeship opportunities listed on average every month, it comes as no surprise that apprenticeship participation has hit a record high in the last academic year, 2016/17. There was a total of 491,300 apprenticeships that academic year, a sign-up increase of 14.5% on the previous year with 384,500 starts. Many analysts of the figures might attribute the success of apprenticeship programmes to that fact that 89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship and 97% of employers said the same. It seems that the programmes have a good reputation across both employers and participants — so is the success expected to continue? Retailer of name badges, Badgemaster, explores. Apprentice demographics Apprenticeship programmes are attractive educational programmes to all ages, despite many believing that they are predominantly for school leavers; of the 491,300 apprentice starts in 2016/17, 24.6% of them were under 19 years old. However, in the same…

How to deal with long-haul flights

Unless you’re regularly flying business or first-class, the idea of being comfortable on a long-haul flight may seem ridiculous. And sure, you may not exactly feel like you’re lying on the beach with a margarita in your hand, but that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be suffering. Even if you’re resigned to suffering when flying long-haul (as I am), these tips will help make the experience ever so slightly better: Choose the right seat Seat choice is everything, and airlines know this. That’s why many of them (even full-cost airlines) are now charging for people who want to choose their seats in advance. It can be well worth it though, and you’ll be thanking your lucky stars once you board your flight. Window seats are great if you’re anticipating spending the majority of the flight sleeping. You can use the wall to lean against, and you also have control over the…

What Do Accounting Recruiters Look for in a Candidate?

High-level recruiters specialize in matching accounting professionals with employers via specially developed methodologies designed to optimize compatibility. This means working with accounting recruiters can lead you to the perfect job. It also means these recruiters are typically quite selective about the candidates they choose to work with. Understanding recruiters’ criteria can help you establish a productive working relationship. A Great Resume   Obviously, having a resume listing great accomplishments means a lot. However, a great resume is also one that effectively and clearly presents information employers want to know. Recruiters look for accounting resumes that offer a clear and impactful synopsis of what makes you a top candidate. The Right Credentials Top accounting positions generally require a Certified Public Accountant license. Employers looking for accountants in a wide range of sectors require or strongly prefer a CPA. Additionally, depending on the industry, some recruiters may look for additional certifications. In…

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