Burned Out – 5 Ways To Recharge Your Battery

One of the most common challenges for most people in today’s society is a lack of time and energy due to overpacked schedules and a slew of responsibilities. For many people, it can mean a lack of sleep, an unbalanced diet, and an increase in stress for an easy way of feeling burned out and exhausted. For those who need to boost their energy levels, there are several ways to recharge and feel rejuvenated.

1. Meditate
Meditation has been used for hundreds of years as a way to relax and reduce stress. If performed daily, it can work to clear the mind, release tension in the body, and boost brain power for an easier way of completing the day’s tasks. Whether taking a meditation class or doing it in the comfort of your home, the practice will work to increase self-awareness, focus on the present, and reduce negative thoughts throughout the day. Physically, it is known to reduce asthma, allergies, fatigue, sleep apnea, and even depression for overall well-being.

2. Get a Massage
A massage is a common way of releasing the body of stress and tension, which can also remove toxins with proper stimulation of the muscles. Opt for an aromatherapy massage or Thai massage for a session that won’t involve discomfort. After getting a massage, it can be easier to have uninterrupted sleep throughout the night and feel more relaxed during the week.

3. Go on a Hike
The great outdoors offers plenty of fresh air and soothing noises for a chance to escape a suffocating cubicle and gain a bit of R&R. It will not only release endorphins with the mobility, but will offer a chance to experience breathtaking sights for an incredible way to feel recharged and alive again.

4. Take a Vacation
Experts recommend to take a vacation at least once a year for a proper way of getting recharged and gaining much-needed rest in a new location. Visit a destination that is quiet and serene without heavy crowds or traffic, why not check out some off the beaten path like the Oklahoma mountains? Avoid creating a busy schedule, instead making it a point to relax in the sun, take a dip in the pool, and sleep in for a trip that will help regain motivation to face the real world again.

5. Journal
Journaling can be a therapeutic way of reflecting on your personal thoughts and reevaluating your overall perspective on your responsibilities and the world around you. Be real, honest, and unguarded in your writing for an easy way of taking a step back and evaluating your life. This can help to gain new insight on daily worries or fears, while also clearing the mind of constant thoughts that can be difficult to ignore. Journaling when stressed or overwhelmed can help to stimulate positive thoughts by riding the mind of negativity or doubt.

Whether visiting a local spa for a rejuvenating massage or escaping to a far-off destination, there are a number of ways to let go of daily burdens and treat yourself to some much-needed therapy. It will not only work to recharge your mental and physical energy, but can work to make you more productive with your responsibilities for a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Demystifying Obama Care – Debunking 5 Common Myths

Since the Affordable Care Act’s (a.k.a. ObamaCare’s) individual mandate went into effect at the beginning of the year, almost all Americans now have direct experience with the law and its repercussions. Whether you love it or hate it, ObamaCare is still surrounded by a host of myths and misconceptions, and while few would admit that the legislation is perfect, we can only begin to address ObamaCare’s actual flaws by debunking the myths surrounding it.

Myth 1: ObamaCare is Socialism

“Socialism” is an umbrella term that covers a wide ranging collection of political and economic philosophies, but as it is broadly understood by most people, socialism is taken to mean a government take over of business as practiced by the former USSR. ObamaCare does not fall into this category. While ObamaCare creates a series of rules and regulations stipulating what insurance plans must provide, who must have them, and who must pay for them, this is similar to other laws regulating private industry. Similar pieces of legislation have governed American business for nearly a century.

Myth 2: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”

President Obama’s famous proclamation was PolitiFact’s 2013 Lie of the Year. As PolitiFact notes, this is a promise that President Obama could never keep. Because ObamaCare represents government regulation of health care, and not a government take over, President Obama could never guarantee that a health plan would continue to be available.

Myth 3: ObamaCare leads to layoffs, and a reduction in employment hours.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) argued that ObamaCare would force companies to layoff full-time employees or convert them to part-time employees, and cut back the number of hours available to part-time employees in order to side-step the law’s requirement that employees working more than 30 hours per week must be provided health insurance by employers who have 50 or more employees. According to FactCheck.org, however, the RNC based this statement on the number of Americans working part-time, and unable to find full-time work “for economic reasons.” Since we are still in a recovering economy, blaming ObamaCare is a bit of a stretch.

Myth 4: The ObamaCare website failed solely due to the number of people seeking insurance.

Following initial problems with healthcare.gov, the federal portal for those seeking insurance, President Obama claimed that those problems were due to the number of people trying to sign up for health insurance plans through the portal, but this is not true. According to the Washington Post, despite a massive failure in pre-launch testing, the healthcare.gov went online on schedule, and unwary consumers were given no warning.

Myth 5: Most Americans Oppose ObamaCare

When asked about their feelings on ObamaCare, most Americans respond negatively, but when polled about individual provisions of the health care law, most Americans respond to most of those provisions favorably according to a Reuter’s/Ipsos poll.

ObamaCare is the most significant domestic legislation in decades, and it’s prone to inspire fiercely divided opinions. If we are to have an honest, meaningful, and productive debate about the effects of the law, and how to improve it in the future, though, we must learn to look past the partisan myths that have dictated the ObamaCare conversation.