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Concierge Service Give A Little Get A Great Return

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Kathy has a problem. She has a huge project proposal due on Wednesday. However, her daughter, Tina, has dance practice this afternoon, Fido has to stay on his feeding schedule, and she has to have her suit dry cleaned in time for a presentation on Thursday. Her car is due for an oil change, and the grocery shopping has not been done for the week.

Kathy's situation is not that uncommon for today's worker. How do stressed employees deal with finding a balance between their personal and professional responsibilities? They don't. According to the author of The Overworked American, Juliet Schor states that professionals are working 4 weeks more per year than they were 20 years ago. It may seem like this extra time at work may benefit employers, but not when 10 to 20 percent of the workday is devoted to personal tasks.

So how can corporate America find a way to help employees get that balance so that work time becomes more productive and focused? Some human resource / employee benefit professionals have turned to concierge services to help employees get personal tasks taken care of so that their focus is on professional tasks. For a fee that ranges from $25 to $1,000 per employee, companies can have an agency come in and take care of some of the employee's personal tasks like buying gifts, walking the dog, and more. Due to its affordability, concierge services are not limited to large corporations, but can easily be incorporated into the benefit package of any small business.

Not sure if a concierge service will actually help your organization? According to a recent survey done by the Northeastern Human Resource Association, 86.7 percent of human resource professionals believe that a benefits package helps their company recruit and retain professionals. Almost 20 percent of those surveyed offer a concierge service as an added benefit. Many human resource professionals have weighed the cost of stress and poor health habits, which is about $10,000 per year for each employee, with the lower cost of a benefit like a concierge service.

So if you have employees like Kathy, who are overwhelmed in both their life at work and at home, maybe it is time to start looking at your benefits package to create a better work environment for your employees. The less stress your employees feel, the more productive they will be, reaping you greater returns on your investment in benefits like a concierge service.

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Control Endometriosis And Overcome Depression

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Depression is common among women who are trying to manage and control endometriosis. For many years, women ignored their symptoms and just tried to get on with their lives, while the very real problem of depression that goes hand-in-hand with endometriosis was ignored. As a result, many women turn on themselves, feeling guilty for not being able to cope with their emotional and physical pain.

Are drugs to blame for depression?

One of the best sources of relief from pain caused by endometriosis is medical therapy. To control endometriosis, contraceptives that are high in progestin and low in estrogen are sometimes prescribed. This type of birth control pill reduces or even stops the menstrual period, and has been shown to prevent endometrial tissue outside of the uterine wall from growing. While side effects such as headaches, nausea and depression are mostly mild, they may be more pronounced in some women.

High-progestin pills help control endometriosis, but they tend to cause depression and bloating. Women also cannot expect to use these types of pills as a long term treatment because they can weaken bone density. As an alternative, some experts believe that IUDs containing progestin may be a better way to control endometriosis symptoms.

If depression is a side effect of a certain drug, a patient can ask her doctor to prescribe a lower dose, or change the prescription to something she can tolerate. There is no reason for any woman to try and tolerate a medication that is causing her to feel depressed - no matter how good the medication is if it is causing depression as a side effect it won't be an effective solution in the long run.

When Drugs Aren't Enough

When depression as a result of endometriosis is severe, medication can only do so much. Other options need to be considered and discussed with your doctor. A second option may also prove very helpful.

You should know that without surgery, endometriosis tends to be a chronic condition with symptoms varying in severity from one woman to the next. If medication is not enough to control the symptoms, relief from depression may come from one-on-one psychotherapy or group therapy. Many women find talking to other people highly therapeutic, and having their minds distracted (if only for a while) helps relieve pain and prevent depression.

There are also some alternative therapies that may be used to control endometriosis and depression. Aromatherapy, for example, is widely used for its therapeutic properties. Women suffering from depression caused by endometriosis can seek relief in aromatherapy treatments that not only heal the body but also relax the mind. The feeling of well-being that aromatherapy produces is very helpful in controlling both endometriosis and depression.

Keep reading to find out more on dealing with depression and to sign up for our free newsletter on tackling the symptoms and side effects of endometriosis naturally.

Another alternative treatment is homeopathy, which seeks to heal the individual and not just his specific ailment. It can be a very effective way to treat depression as a result of endometriosis without resorting to drugs.

Seeking Outside Help

It is important that in order to control depression caused by endometriosis, a woman build a support network of family and friends who will be able to empathize with her. Isolating herself from other people will do more harm than good, possibly causing a mild depression to develop into something more severe.

Speak to your doctor about getting a referral to a specialist therapist, someone who has experience of either woman's medical issues or has dealt with patients with chronic pain before.

To control endometriosis, it is as important to control the emotional effects as well as the physical ones to allow a life where pain and discomfort are effectively managed.

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The Positive Affirmation Dilemma

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By now you probably have read countless information on the power and magic of using positive affirmation techniques to improve your life. There is no doubt that positive affirmations repeatedly exposed to ones brain for a period of time will affect ones life for the better.

However, one thing that seems to be neglected in most of the information out there is the fact that we almost always don't come to the table with an empty subconscious mind ready to be filled with positive affirmation. We come loaded with all kinds of information, a considerable part of it negative, already well installed in our subconscious mind. There is very little information out there on what to do with the already existing garbage before we install new affirmations.

Although the problem is not a lack of space, the old information in the subconscious will still have an influence on our lives even if we add new affirmations on top of it. They don't necessarily cancel each other out.

By no means I am discrediting affirmation practices, in fact I completely believe in them and we should all pursue them aggressively. However, we will get even better results from them if we release the negative affirmations that we are currently holding on and playing out in our lives.

One of the fastest and better methods I know of how to do just that is called EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique. By simply tapping on specific energy meridians on the body this method helps to reconfigure the negative aspects of stored affirmation or memory into a positive energy flow, freeing us from its hold. To go into the specifics of this method is not the scope of this article but detailed info of EFT is available through my link below.

Releasing old unproductive affirmations or beliefs is definitely going to take an effort and considerable amount of self awareness to accomplish. Therefore, it is a good idea to immediately start the positive affirmation practice while we are tying to release the old and unwanted ones. The order they are done is not a major issue as long as both aspects are addressed. This way we get the benefit of both approaches quicker. Good Luck and more success to you.

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The Hypnotic Voice The Vocals Of Hypnosis

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It's impossible to state with certainty whether a particular vocal level or tone has more success in hypnosis. There have been no scientific studies as far as I am aware. However, I think that naturally, people are more receptive to suggestions delivered in a neutral tone, and they're less receptive to any information delivered as a command or in an authoritarian tone. It's human nature. We don't typically like to be told what to do. But this is not to say that either method doesn't work.

Of course I am talking more about the use of hypnosis for therapy. For let's not forget that stage hypnotists invariably use a stronger, more powerful tone of delivery. They have to. They're putting on a show a for the benefit of hundreds of spectators. Plus they're often talking to a group of people at the same time. In this forum, there is the entertainment factor which dictates the approach. The firm delivery of the stage hypnotist doesn't seem to compromise the success of the hypnosis. A soft mellow voice or Mickey Mouse cartoon type voice would not work in this context.

As a hypnotherapist I personally prefer to speak in a normal voice, slowly, and use a soft, clear tone. This is the same regardless as to whether it is one on one in my office or on a self hypnosis recording. I want to use a voice that is conducive to relaxing. Certainly, I'll stress certain words to emphasize them or have a word stand out, but I do this with a slight shift in tone or pitch, or by using a pause before or after a certain word. I don't believe in barking out commands. I believe a subtle shift in tone or pitch will deliver the desired emphasis subliminally, without the risk of agitating or winding people up.

Interestingly, women tend to seek male therapists while men typically seek female therapists. There is no study or conclusive information explaining this. I would speculate that maybe men seek that nurturing motherly tone to which they are accustomed to listening and obeying, while women perhaps seek the comfort and safety of the protective fatherly figure. The conclusive point to take away from this is that there is no greater or lesser success rate whether the voice is male or female.

I believe that the tone is important indeed, but it's really a combination of the tone and the message, isn't it? It's not what you say or how you say it. It's really both. It's all very well having the perfect voice, but it's no good if what you say is garbage.

The right balance of message and tone will achieve hypnosis quite easily, but there is nothing suggesting precisely what the balance has to be. Each hypnotist has to work out how to use their own voice to maximize the results of hypnosis, be it on stage or in the consulting room, and great care must also be taken on the actual content of the delivery. Getting both aspects right will only benefit the listener and achieve the wonderful results that we know hypnosis can bring.

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Vedic Astrology More On Saturn And His Aspects

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In Vedic astrology, the three most outer planets of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn each cast a special aspect. The word aspect is actually not very accurate. Like many Western words that try to convey Eastern concepts, the actual word is "drishti" which means "look" or "glance". For you see, in Vedic thinking, culture and cosmology - the planets are beings of intelligence that have been around since time immemorial. Their movements and energies are not just relevant as "archetypes" - they represent real forces, eternal forces of the universe that transcend our 80 to 100 year lifespan. They connect us to that eternal, cosmic nature that we forget here on the flat Earth in which we live in our day to day lives. Each of these planets are bodies of light that can "see" in different directions. Saturn sees 3 signs in front and 10 signs in front. That is his special look. This look conveys the essence of his nature.

With Saturn occupying Leo he will be "watching" the sign of Libra and the Sun of Taurus for the next two years, both ruled by Venus. If anyone has planets in Sidereal Libra or Taurus, Saturn will also be watching them. Regardless, wherever those houses fall in your Sidereal / Vedic chart will be under his watchful eye. Saturn aspects create trouble by shattering our illusions around the things he sees. Sometimes this results in losing the thing entirely, other times we may just worry about it or have to put forth immense effort in order to maintain it. This process of worry/effort/potential loss forces us to either deepen our commitment to it, or let it go. This is why we tend to lose things when Saturn starts moving. He tends to push things to a point of seriousness where they either break or we have to work to improve them.

There's a great story about Saturn aspects, Saturn's "looks". Once, Lord Shiva and Parvati after having their first child Lord Ganesh, held a party and invited all of the gods, Demi Gods and Planets to participate. It was a beautiful celebration except one of the planets, Lord Saturn, seem to be kind of depressed and moping in the corner (go figure!) - in fact he would not even look at the beautiful Ganesh. Now, the planets are powerful - but they are not as powerful as the gods, especially the mighty Lord Shiva and Mother Shakti, Parvati.

So the great goddess upon seeing Lord Saturn unmoved by the festivities asked him why he was not participating. Saturn replied "Great Goddess, your child is beautiful and I do not want my looks to ruin that beauty - a glance from me is not always welcome". "Nonsense!", declared Parvati, "I insist you look at my child immediately!". At which time Lord Saturn gaze gently at the beautiful Ganesh. No sooner did Saturn look at Ganesh, then did the beautiful boys head falloff!! One look from Saturn decapitated Ganesh. Lord Shiva went to find a suitable replacement head and was said to have found the head of one of Lord Indra's elephants - and so Ganesh was given this elephant head.

And so it is said that the Saturn aspects can be more difficult than the Saturn conjunction.

So this means, for the last couple of years Saturn has been looking at the signs of Sidereal Virgo and Aries. Does that speak to anyone?

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Did You Know You Re Bleeding Money Because Of The Darn Phone

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You're in the midst of work then ...

Aw... man.

Or you're finishing a 97% complete report then ....

Okay. Familiar? I can imagine your blood pressure rising when that happens. What is an interruption? An interruption is anything that seizes your attention from an activity you have chosen to do to for an activity that someone else has purposely or inadvertently chosen for you. Interruptions are normally random and without any consideration for the importance of, or impact on, your time and your personal priorities. Interruptions chew up time and energy. They cost you loads of money if you consder wasted man hours.

There are two primary causes of interruptions you face daily at home or at the office: telephones and people dropping by. The telephone rings, and you automatically pause what you are doing to answer it. The doorbell rings, and the same thing happens regardless of the importance of the task at hand. Someone is forcing you to switch gears instantly even though it is not your choice. "I'm not interrupting, am I?" is the typical remark. "Of course not," you answer politely without an ounce of integrity. Whether people interrupt you in person or on the telephone, they always seem to have something on their minds that just can't wait.

The time wasted because of an interruption extends beyond than the time span of the actual interruption. For instance, you are focusing on writing a report, business plan, or important letter when your concentration is shattered by the ringing of your phone. Not only do you lose the time you actually talk on the phone, but it will normally take you several additional minutes to regain your focus and get back up to speed with what you were working on. Switching gears takes time.

The good ole phone has become the primarysource of interruptions. Fact us, it is an electronic tool designed to interrupt. For some reason you and I were ledt to believe that when the telephone beckons, all else must be dropped in a race to answer it before it stops bleating. That habit is like having someone follow you around yelling "Freeze" twenty times a day and expecting you to stop in your tracks for three to ten minutes each time. The danger is that old phone habits unnecessarily eat up hours of your valuable time - time that cannot be replaced. Your level of effectiveness in life is determined both by the number of hours you have available to work on specific objectives and by how effectively you use those hours. The more time that wasted, the less efficient you become.

Heeding the phone just because it rings means bequeating your time and attention to someone else at but a moment's notice. Obviously, winning your goals and dreams becomes far more difficult when you are constantly working someone else's agenda and at someone else's pace. The fact that a ringing telephone is given highest priority shows how illogical people have become about the use of Graham Bell's little toy.

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Do You Fear Your Dentist

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Taking good care of our teeth is hygienic. The mouth is actually home to thousands of harmful bacteria and if you do not have your teeth cleaned and checked professionally, you could be prone to oral bacteria-related illnesses. Many people think that brushing their teeth is enough.

Unfortunately, health experts believe that a person should visit a dentist at least twice a year to get their teeth cleaned professionally and checked as well for repair works. This will ensure that all cavities are removed and tooth decay is prevented.

Despite the importance of going to the dentist, there are still many people who avoid going to the dentist. These people maybe suffering from fear of the dentist. Although it may sound a bit funny, majority of these people are full-grown adults. When asked why they are afraid of dentists, they would probably not know the reason why. Their fear stems from an illogical belief that a trip to the dentist would mean hours of discomfort and pain.

This belief can be blamed on the bad reputations that dentists have earned during the old times. But there is nothing to fear from dentists today. These dentists are well-trained and use the latest technology. A trip to the dentist is actually comfortable and pain-free.

Your fear of the dentist can be overcome by going to the dentist and seeing for yourself how times have changed. Look for a dentist that you will feel comfortable with if you want. You can also ask your friends and colleagues for referrals if you want to look for great dentists.

Deciding to go to the dentist is a big step for you. If you still feel a bit queasy, you should try some relaxation exercises which could relieve some of the anxiety you are feeling. You can try breathing deeply as well as stretching to remove muscle tension. Since you will be lying down with your mouth open most of the time, you might feel more comfortable if you know what's going on. Ask your dentist for a small mirror, which you can use.

If you are suffering from intense fear of the dentist, you can try behavior-altering methods such as hypnotherapy. Considered to be an effective treatment for phobias and addictions, hypnotherapy targets the subconscious, which is more receptive to suggestions. After a single session, you will immediately observe its positive effects. In no time at all, you would be able to go to the dentist without feeling faint, anxious or nervous.

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Procrastination Kills Kill Procrastination

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In the fight against malaria, some television adverts were launched and they all ended with the same message: "mosquito kills, kill mosquito!" In my own fight against a destroyer of destinies, I will also want to adopt the same theme.

Procrastination has destroyed so many people with great potentials. It has made the grave the richest place on earth all because by procrastinating; so many people have died without utilizing the huge potentials within them.

So many people are living lives of quiet desperation not because the do not know what to do but because they have put forward what they were supposed to do, far too much. They have procrastinated on what they were supposed to have done in order for them to achieve their dreams and by so doing have not being able to achieve much in their lives.

Procrastination, if not dealt with, is going to cause so many damages in the lives of so many people. People that do not act on their dreams are in no way different from people that have no dreams. They all end up with the same result in their lives and that is retrogression. I am sure you don't want this to be your lot.

The only known antidote to procrastination is ACTION. When there is something to be done, all you need to do, is to follow Nike's advice: JUST DO IT! When you act on your dreams, procrastination dies and it has no root within you.

Without action, nothing can be achieved and by acting, there is so much to be gained. I wonder if the technological advancements we are witnessing today would have being possible if those that conceived their ideas had procrastinated.

I believe you can achieve so much in your life if you begin to do what you are supposed to do NOW. Make yourself a person of ABSOLUTE action and in the nearest future, your dreams will become a reality.

Remember: PROCRASTINATION KILLS, KILL PROCRASTINATION!

This is to your success as you become a person of absolute action.

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Balancing Masculine Feminine

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The feminine spirit that has been reawakened in all here on the planet, out of considerable necessity, will help heal the Earth - must be reawakened for ultimate healing of the planet. This is not about the battle of masculine and feminine where many continue to get frozen in time. It is not about war with each other. It's about embracing the understanding of the masculine and feminine within each of you so that you can bring it as a piece of whole truth, not half-truth.

Each of you have a masculine and feminine energy in your being, and both need to be activated and brought to an equal place. If you're doing battle with the outside masculine and feminine gender, you can assume that you are most definitely in inner conflict with yourself. You need the balance of both aspects of masculine and feminine energy, which has nothing to do with gender. It is about energy, and this is why, of course, all the confusion at this time which seems to he brought to the focus of sexuality, when that is clearly not the issue. The issue is of energy. So, when you find others about you who are angry with the opposite gender, ask them to look inside and heal, not project more isolation and separation to the outside world.

The Earth at this time and all beings who walk upon it need to be loved, need to he held, need to be held in community, in connection to Truth, not separate. It is time to bring balance, because you cannot take the next step without being in balance. You have been walking on one foot. You must be at peace -you must be balanced to take these next steps, and for those of you who have this illusion that being alone is balanced, you need to take a further, deeper look inside. You can be balanced on the inside emotionally as much as you can be, but that is only one piece or one side of the scale.

You had to learn to do the solo to understand and learn the dance. You had to learn to dance by the self so that you did not dance in dependence with another. However, one can only hold energy so long by the dance of themselves. This is nothing about relationships of the past. This is about connection to energy balances of the now, so that you're walking Foundation and Truth, not confusion and chaos, but balance and harmony. Do not find it a coincidence that you will be touched with a new heart-opening situation, whether it be in the connection that you are already in or a further one that will come along the path. This is the new step to take you higher. This next step will lead you to your balanced and aligned partnership.

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