Ask Away Blog: 2021

3 Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Assets

Thursday, June 17, 2021

 

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Life is filled with unexpected events, some are welcome surprises and others we could really do without. Over this last year, you may have started thinking about how quickly life can change and how you can protect yourself from unexpected situations. While many events are out of your control, preparing as best as you can for unforeseen circumstances is the best way to handle whatever challenges life decides to throw in your direction. Protecting yourself and your assets from future legal and financial issues is essential to prevent hassle and upset further down the line. Here are some of the ways you can gain the peace of mind of knowing you have some protection from whatever the future has in store:

Make a Will

Making a will is something that many people put off, and it is understandable why this happens. No one wants to think too much about their own mortality, but having a will in place is the best way to ensure your wishes are followed, and your assets are distributed in the way you would like.

To ensure your will covers everything you need it to, you could use a specialist estate attorney to help you. Having a professionally produced document will provide reassurance that this vital document can be relied upon to deliver your wishes.

Take Out Insurance

When you are trying to save money, taking out insurance coverage can seem like an unnecessary expense that eats into your budget. While hopefully, you will never need to make an insurance claim, if you are in a situation when you need insurance, you may deeply regret not taking out a policy. Being involved in a traffic collision or your home being burgled are traumatic situations, but these will be even worse if you do not have the correct level of insurance cover to take care of the costs involved.

Taking out insurance may cost you more each month in premiums, but paying out a small amount now to gain insurance cover could help you to avoid a risky financial situation in the future. Making informed decisions about what you need to get insured and what you don't should help prioritize your insurance needs and how much to spend on taking out cover.

Start an Emergency Fund

One vital way to protect yourself from life's unexpected ups and downs is to start an emergency fund. Working out how much cash you can afford to put aside each month is the best place to start. Many people advise that an emergency fund should contain enough money to cover six months of bills and living expenses. Figuring out how much money you need to cover the cost of six months' worth of living costs and how long that will take you to save is your next step on the way to start your emergency fund. Your emergency fund should help to cover you while you get back on your feet and take away the financial impact of a stressful situation.




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Why You Should Follow A Career In Medical Admin

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

 

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Medicine is an exciting career prospect. There are plenty of jobs available in the industry. There is also a demand for medical staff, so the jobs are always there. But times have changed in the past few years. The industry has evolved; technology is growing and there are new jobs available. The main reasons to study medicine are:

A desire to help and work with people – every patient is a new experience.
Great responsibility– the lives of the patients are in your hands.
Thinking– The medical profession combines both clinical and scientific thinking as part of the routine of work.
Acquiring tools and great knowledge – both medical and biological, evidence-based knowledge.
A full understanding of the human body as an individual to biology – the level of cells that work in our bodies.
Medical research– from disease research (cancer, Alzheimer's, etc.) to medical-engineering developments.
Employment– a profession with constant demand.
While wages are not sky high, you won't find it difficult to find work in the industry.
Professional development – in medicine it is possible to continue to develop and learn and specialize in a variety of fields.
Medical studies are just the first step in the process! You could transfer abroad or to another city if you desire.

It is important to look at studying in a field you’re interested in. This may be anything from pharmacy, to admin, or maybe even physical therapy. You may want to look at online masters in health administration which will offer you a broad range of information.
 
Working in the admin sections

If you do not want to work face-to-face with patients or have a medical role that is hands on, there are many administration jobs. We have already briefly touched on this. Therefore, you can find a job in a great industry, but one that doesn’t involve the practical element. Unlike basic secretarial course studies, medical admin studies expose participants to a variety of concepts that are predoctant to the medical world. You may need to learn medical procedures and terminologies. You must be interested in the medical world in all its branches because admin work often involves different areas of medicine. So, what's required of medical admin workers?
 
High service and patience

The long waiting times and the inability to control the treatment time can make patients angry. Therefore, when communicating with patients, you must have the ability to be patient. This is the most important factor. They are dealing with difficulties and you must be both understanding and helpful. If you are impatient or can’t deal with people being heated with you, then this may not be the role for you. One of the most important qualities to succeed in is patience, and impeccable communication. Other required qualities for a person interested in admin, is the ability to multitask. You will also need to be familiar with medical software systems. Familiarity with a computerized work environment is going to greatly assist. If you haven’t worked in an office environment before, you should consider this first. Even if you have a great interest in medicine, you must first and foremost focus on communication.


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How To Leave The Planet in Better Shape for the Future

 


 
 One of the most important things in our lifetime is the planet we live on. It quite literally sustains us and keeps us alive.  But for some reason, no one seems to care that much about it.  We act like we do, but when it comes to pick up that loose piece of trash that blew into your yard, we just let it sit.  Well, personally, I don't and I'm known as the one in my neighborhood that walks around picking up trash weekly, but still!
 
So I put together some ways that we can all make more of an effort to leave this planet a better place.

How To Make Losing Weight Just That Little Bit Easier

Monday, June 14, 2021

 

The seemingly never-ending COVID-19 pandemic has made many of us stop and take stock of our health and lifestyle. It may be that we have decided to stop smoking, or cut down on our alcohol intake, or, perhaps lose those few excess pounds. It is known that being overweight can have a bearing on your recovery from the virus, so that alone is making lots of people think about losing some weight.

However, we have all been through a considerable amount of stress, and for many people, heartache, over the past year, and the last thing that anyone wants is to be following a complex weight-loss plan or diet that involves cutting out everything that you enjoy. No, we all want something that is simple that does not take the pleasure out of life. Here, we look at some tips to help to make shedding a few pounds just that little bit easier.

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Make sure that you eat breakfast

Many people who have lost weight and kept it off have a habit of having breakfast every day. Many individuals believe not eating breakfast is a good method to lose weight, but they end up eating even more throughout the rest of the day.

Breakfast eaters have lower BMIs than those who skip breakfast regularly and they perform better at school and in the workplace, according to research. For a quick and nutritious start to the day, try a bowl of whole-grain cereal with fruit and low-fat dairy. You could also look at meal replacement bars as an on-the-go alternative.

Watch the calories in your drinks

We often forget to count drinks in our daily calorie intake, but they can tip us well over if we are not careful. Sweetened beverages are high in calories, yet they do not satisfy hunger in the way that solid foods do. Water, sparkling water with lemon, skim or low-fat milk, or small servings of 100 percent fruit juice will quench your thirst.

Keep an eye on the calories that you consume in alcoholic drinks since they can easily pile up. Limiting alcohol to the weekends can save you a lot of calories if you consume a glass or two of wine or a cocktail every day.

Swap full-fat foods for lighter alternatives

Use low-fat and lighter versions of salad dressings, mayonnaise, dairy products, and other items whenever possible. You can easily slash calories if you use low-fat and lighter items, and if the product is blended in with other components, no one will notice.

Think about your environment

Controlling your environment, from filling your kitchen with plenty of healthy options to choosing the correct eateries, is another simple way to help you lose weight. That means keeping away from all-you-can-eat buffets to prevent temptation. Eat a nutritious snack before going to a party so you will not be hungry, and be judicious while filling your plate at the buffet. Wait at least 15 minutes before returning for more food and drink a large glass of water.

Shut up the kitchen on a night

Set a time for when you will stop eating so you do not succumb to late-night cravings or mindless nibbling while watching TV. If you want something sweet after supper, have a hot chocolate, a crunchy candy, or a small bowl of ice cream or frozen yogurt or a bowl of fruit but then brush your teeth so you are less likely to eat or drink anything else.

Eat more fruit and vegetables

Eating a lot of low-calorie, high-volume fruits and vegetables push out high-fat, high-calorie items. Place the vegetables on top of the meat and move it away from the center of your dish. Alternatively, begin your lunch or dinner with a salad or a small portion of vegetable soup. This will fill you up a little more and stop you from eating as much of the calorie-laden items.

Choose whole grain

By replacing refined grains like white bread, cakes, pastries, and pretzels with whole grains, you will get more fiber and fill up faster, making it easier to eat a reasonable portion. Whole-wheat breads and pastas, brown rice, bran flakes, popcorn, and whole-rye crackers are some of the healthier options.

Cut down your portion sizes

The majority of meals offered in restaurants and at home are larger than you require. Get your measuring cups out to get a grasp on your typical portion amounts and focus on reducing them. Using small bowls, plates, and cups, you can instantly manage your portion size.



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Ways to Stay Active While Working From Home

 


Whether you work from home temporarily or permanently, one of the main challenges with working from home is being so sedentary for an entire work day.  So I put together some great ways to stay active while you work from home that pretty much anyone can do.



Unique Reasons To Get Into Sports if You Currently Don’t Have Any Interest

Sunday, June 13, 2021

 

Have you ever wanted to grow an interest in sports? Do your kids love sports but you find it difficult to get involved? If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation and are looking for ways to start learning more about sports, then here are a few of the more unique and quirky reasons to get into sports.

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Get into sports to get fit

One of the best ways to stay fit is to get more active, but a lot of people find it difficult to repeat exercises and do boring cardio all the time. As such, one of the best ways to encourage yourself to be more active is to gamify it–so why not play some sports? Once you get used to playing sports, you won’t really notice the fact that you’re working out and engaging in a lot of physical activity. You’ll just be playing and having a good time while burning calories and building your muscles. It’s a great feeling and it can be a lot of fun as well.

Get into sports for social reasons

Sport is one of the best ways to connect with people. Even if you meet someone that supports a different team to you, there’s a lot you can discuss the sport itself. There are also so many different kinds of sports that you can talk about. Whether it’s classics such as football or even up-and-coming competitive games like e-sports, there are many different ways to find a common subject to chat about when you go out to meet people. Sport is also a great reason to gather around. There are loads of groups that love to have big dinners when an event such as the Superbowl is happening and it can be a fantastic way to reconnect with family members and friends that you’ve not seen for a while.

Get into sports to open up career opportunities

Take a look at the NHL's highest paid players and you’ll realise that sports can pay big if you’re a player. With that said, becoming a renowned player is something that takes years and years of practice and dedication–it’s certainly not something you can just decide on a whim. However, there are plenty of other career opportunities in sports that can take skills from your existing job. For example, you could become a content creator that writes news articles or creates videos about sports, or you could become a therapist that works closely with a team to ensure the players are at peak efficiency. With so many different career opportunities in sports, it’s actually a great reason to start developing an interest in the culture.

Overall, sport is a culture that can offer you many unique opportunities. You can get fit, you can make new friends, and you can even find a new job if you have an interest in sports. With so many positive benefits for getting involved with a sport, it’s easy to see why so many people in the world have at least one sport they love.



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Staying Safe on the Road

Friday, June 11, 2021

 


 
 Now that life is getting back to normal, we all seem to be driving more, traveling further, and encountering traffic when we're out and about.  I figured this would be a good time to go over staying safe on the road since it's also summer and it seems there are more accidents then with people always traveling or going places to enjoy the weather. 


How A Create A Blog To Boost Your Income

Thursday, June 10, 2021

 

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You may think a blog is a hobby but it can be so much more. You can actually boost your income and make good money if blogging is done right. Here is how you can go about setting one up, choosing a niche, and turning this once considered hobby into a moneymaker.

Honestly, blogging to make an income isn’t necessarily the easy route to take, but it is versatile enough that anyone can do it.

The formula for this is simple. You need to have something that others will find interesting to say and enough patience and dedication to your blog to build up a following and attract traffic to your site.

Set Up A Site

Before you can earn from blogging you need to first set up your own webpage. There are two types of ways you can do this. You can choose to either use a free blogging platform or manually create your own website

The free websites are great if you are choosing to blog casually. However, a lot of the free sites do not permit banners to be applied. As banners, you hire the space for advertising banners or affiliate links this does mean you will miss out on this additional income stream.

Choose A Blog Niche

This part either comes really easily or be the hardest part. It is important, however, to ensure that whatever niche you choose to talk about is something that you are knowledgeable and passionate about.

If you are unsure of ideas the internet is your friend. Look through other sites see what topics are out there and take inspiration. From that see if you can then hone in on a particular area within the field. For example, if the home interior is your preferred route, you could niche it down further and choose to look at upcycled and low-cost home inspirations.

Drive Traffic To Your Site

Now that you are up and running, you need to attract readers. You need to remember that unless people know you have created this wonderful site of wealth and information people can’t read it.

To do this you need to promote, promote and promote it so more. There are so many ways to drive more footfall to your site. The first being social media. Design these to mirror the theme of your blog, similar colors as this will keep your blog and media looking professional and reinforce your brand image. By posting and sharing on there you will be able to reach a huge audience as millions use social media daily. Another way to drive traffic is from SEO, the higher you rank on a search engine the more people will see your site. An SEO Company can help with this.

Earn

There are many ways to then earn from your blog. You can hire space out for advertising banners and affiliate links. You can also branch out and write advertorials and content pieces for others or be a guest blogger for another site.



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Taking It One Step At A Time: How You Can Let Go of Things Holding You Back

 
Are there things holding you back in your life? Perhaps it was one event that changed everything for you, or perhaps it was a series of events that did this. Either way, it’s important that you start to let go of whatever it was so that you can move forward. You don’t want to be stuck in the past all your life, unable to move on because you don’t know how. That’s where we come in. Down below, we’re going to be looking at how you can let go one step at a time.

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Get What You Deserve

The first thing that you need to do is to get what you deserve. This sounds a little sinister, but it’s actually a positive. What we mean when we say this is that you should make sure that you go through the process to get anything that you believe you are owed. For example, if a doctor has made a mistake and it has led to bad consequences for you, then you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit to gain compensation. While this won’t be enough to change the damage that this has done to you, it might go some way towards making it up to you. To let this go, you need to understand that the past cannot be changed, only the future can.

Remind Yourself That It Is Now Over

It’s over. Whatever event you are holding onto is now over. It’s gone. It’s in the past and the only power it has over you is that which you allow it. We’re not saying that you are doing this on purpose, but by allowing it to fester in your mind, and by allowing it any kind of control of you at all, you are just hurting yourself. The only way that you are going to be able to get past what happened is to put it in a box. We’re not saying that you have to forget, and it’s a good thing because you probably won’t anyway, but you do have to stop opening the box everyday. Put a lid on it, and try to move forward with your life.

Prove To Yourself That There Are Other Things To Live For

There are so many wonderful things in life. There are people, there are experiences, and there is so much to see and do that you wouldn’t want to miss out. It is often the case that people get so caught up in the one event that changed things for them that they are no longer noticing these wonderful things. It could be something simple like going for a walk on the beach at sunset. Or, it could be something a little more like falling in love.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do to let go of the things that are holding you back in life. Sometimes, it feels as though we are never going to be able to move on from certain events in our lives, but we all do. It’s just the way life is, and we hope that this article helps you to do this one step at a time.




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Treating Yourself To A Mental Health Day

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

 


We have all been there... you have a chaotic work week, have suffered a tragic loss, or just got done with a major project, and now you're exhausted and feeling depleted on all levels.  You sound like you need a self-care day for your mental health.  And that's a very important thing.  Mental health is a form of your overall health and if you ignore it you can suffer more and even get sick because your body's immune system is stressed out.  So no matter how you define the cause, here's how to treat yourself to a mental health self-care day. 


5 Ways To Practice Wellness Everyday

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

 

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It is essential to take good care of yourself. However, to experience positivity and growth in your life, it is vital to establish habits that nurture your physical and mental well-being. An effective way of achieving this is by practicing wellness. Practicing wellness daily would help you strengthen your relationships, improve your self-love, increase your productivity, and promote self-esteem, amongst several benefits! So, how can you practice wellness every day? Here are a few tips.

Get enough sleep

In today’s fast-paced world, the importance of sleep has been disregarded. However, sleep is crucial in developing healthy physical and mental well-being. According to experts, adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep. In addition, getting enough sleep improves your immune system, your mood, and your cognitive abilities. Therefore, it is crucial to make time, regardless of how busy your schedule is, to get enough rest at night. If you have trouble sleeping, consider a few sleeping hacks like getting a white sound machine, putting your gadgets aside, or ensuring your room is cozy and sleep-inducing. Also, consider getting organic cbd oil to help you fall fast asleep.

Adopt a healthy diet

Eating unhealthy foods can be detrimental to your well-being. Therefore, you should practice wellness by being conscious of what you eat. Try to avoid junk and processed food and sugar-carbonated drinks. Your meals should include a lot of vegetables, especially leafy greens such as kale and spinach. Eating fruits often is also a great way of boosting your immune system and even improves your skin in numerous ways. Drinking a lot of water is also vital. During a busy day, drinking water may be the last thing on your mind. Keeping a water bottle by you serves as a great reminder to ensure you have some water in your body. Starting a water challenge is a great way to remind yourself to get your required amount of water during the day.

Write and proclaim daily affirmations

Daily affirmations are a simple yet effective way of motivating yourself and improving your mental state and emotional well-being. These positive statements declaring joy, achieving specific goals, and offering motivation are beneficial on the days you may be feeling blue and low. Writing and proclaiming daily affirmations help you build your self-esteem and encourage the practice of self-love. It would help if you also considered keeping a gratitude journal. Although slightly different from daily affirmations, it has similar effects. Updating this journal every day builds an attitude of gratitude, strength, and general positivity.

Meditation

Meditation is a great way to refresh as it allows you to release built-up stress and enter a state of tranquility- which is precisely what your mind and body need as often as possible! There are several benefits of meditation, such as increasing self-awareness and managing symptoms of various physical and mental illnesses. Practice meditation by finding a quiet room to spend 10 minutes doing breathing exercises, yoga, or using meditation apps or podcasts to ease your body and mind of stress.




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