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6 Ways Partner Meditation Will Deepen Your Intimacy
31Jul 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

Let’s face it… it’s incredibly easy for couples to get out of tune with each other.

All it takes is a busy schedule, a stressful day, or a resistant response, and suddenly you can feel like you’re a million miles apart.

The good news is there are countless strategies for nurturing your love relationship and keeping each other close. And one of the most powerful strategies of all is partner meditation.

Partner meditation provides an incredible way for you and your beloved to tune in to one another.

By taking a few minutes to meditate with your partner each day, you can strengthen your connection, deepen your intimacy, and get to know each other on a whole new level.

And it doesn’t take thousands of dollars, hours of time and energy, or days of planning.

All it requires are a few minutes of simple silence and gentle presence.

Ready to discover the power for yourself?

Here are 6 Ways Partner Meditation Will Transform Your Love Relationship:

Heightened Intuition

Meditation has countless positive benefits, but one of the most powerful of all is the deepening of awareness. As we become more aware, we tune into the subtler fluctuations occurring all around us. When couples meditate together, they develop a more refined sense of intuition, which allows them to see and feel the subtler layers in their exchanges. This puts them more in tune with each other and ultimately leads to a deeper felt sense of who their loved one is deep down, and what their needs are in any given moment.

Physical and Energetic Attunement

When we meditate with others, we bring our bodies physically close together, we share a common intention, and we drop into a deeper space within. In this space, our brain waves and energetic frequencies begin to harmonize. This helps to integrate and balance our mental, physical, emotional and energetic bodies with our partner, to create a greater sense of balance, unity and harmony.

More Compassionate Understanding

Meditation can drop us into deep states of inner peace, where we can experience unparalleled feelings of relaxation, openness and ease. From this inner place, compassionate understanding becomes so much easier than if we are feeling tense, closed, or defensive. As meditation helps us access the subtler layers at work beneath the surface of our interactions, we have greater clarity and insight into where our partner is coming from and what it is that they truly need in the moment. We are less prone to judging and condemning them, and more likely to seek a compassionate, understanding and caring approach.

Better Listening and Receiving

Meditation is in many ways about listening, receiving, accepting. It is a practice where the “doing” side of ourselves (thinking, planning, efforting) gets set aside, and we become receptive antennas for tuning into the greater flow within and all around us. In this way, meditation develops our capacity to receive — to truly take in, be present with, and accept something exactly as it is — without reaction, evaluation or improvement. As a result, we can show up more fully when our partner needs us most, and make them feel truly seen and heard.

Improved Communication

Meditation cultivates the qualities of unity, harmony, balance and truth. For this reason, it is an excellent tool to call upon in moments of heated tension or argument. Turning inward and allowing ourselves to truly sit with our feelings, without indulging our knee-jerk reactions to them, can be a truly illuminating practice, and one that can mean the difference between a draining blowout fight and an honest, heartfelt conversation that actually evolves a relationship. So next time you find yourself in an escalating argument with your partner, meditate together in silence for a few moments, and then try communicating in stillness with your eyes closed.

Greater Truthfulness

True nature is alive in each of us, but it exists behind the curtain of our everyday patterns, programmed behaviors, thoughts, and conditioning. Meditation helps us clear away these distractions, bringing us in direct contact with our Truth. This simply means that when we sit in meditation, we allow ourselves to see what’s really here right now. Whether they’re thoughts, emotions, reactions, or anything else, meditation opens our awareness and cultivates our capacity to be present with what is – without denying it, indulging it, or changing it. As we develop our awareness of Truth within ourselves, we can bring this skill to our love relationship, allowing us to clearly and objectively bear witness to our experiences and ultimately transcend them by finding a higher common ground where we can do the greater work of transforming our fears, sorrows and negativities into LOVE.

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How to Read Signs & Synchronicities on the Spiritual Path
24Jul 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something?

You know the magical feeling…

A moment of realization or synchronicity that makes you feel as though there is an incredible power of benevolence working tirelessly and majestically all around you, sending you signs and messages to keep you feeling supported and on-path.

Synchronistic moments feel like pure grace — giving us a deep sense that we are exactly where we need to be.

But what if we’re feeling lost or unsupported in our lives? What if we’re asking questions but not receiving the answers? Where’s the universal magic when we really need it?

The truth is, this magic is always available to us. We just have to learn how to recognize and read the signs.

The universe speaks to us all the time, in the form of life experience.
And not just the big, defining experiences of our lives — but more often than not, the sacred universal guidance we seek is placed gently within the tiny intricacy of a single moment. Being so small and fragile, these messages are easily overlooked or trampled upon.

To tune into this “language of the universe,” we must attune ourselves to the natural flow of the world. In doing so, we unlock the ease and abundance that is available to us in every single moment.

Here are 5 powerful tips to help you tune into the flow, and understand the sacred experience unfolding all around you:

Cultivate Your Capacity to Receive

This is an important (yet often overlooked or underrated) step for any kind of personal growing experience.

So many of us say we want more love, yet ingrained patterns leave us resistant to receiving it. We say we’re exhausted of “taking care of everything ourselves,” yet when others try to help us, we reject them. The truth is, many of us are chronic givers and terrible receivers — and we don’t even realize it.

When we ask the universe for guidance while simultaneously holding apprehension about the possible answers — or when we hold tight to a desire we subconsciously know we aren’t ready for yet — our resistance is noted.

Remember, the universe always provides you with exactly what you need for your highest growth in the moment. If you aren’t ready to receive — you won’t.

Cultivating a greater capacity to receive means having deep courage to face the infinite potentials and possibilities your life might present to you. It means invoking radical truthfulness about what you are actually capable of handling at this time in your life. And it requires you to embrace whatever life delivers to your doorstep with an open heart and absolute trust that it’s exactly what is being called for at this time, even if you don’t always understand.

Pay Closer Attention

The universe uses subtle and mysterious ways of communicating with us, and awareness is key to recognizing its messages. These can come in infinite forms (some of which are mentioned below under “noticing patterns and symbols”), and you may not always recognize them – especially if you’re in the midst of a struggle.

So simply pay more attention to your experience. If you’re going to ask for guidance, you need to meet the universe halfway. Especially during your time of seeking, watch your environment a little more closely. You may be surprised what presents itself when you pay a little more attention.

Notice Patterns and Symbols

As you pay closer attention to the occurrences in your life, you will likely notice patterns beginning to emerge, or powerful symbols showing up. Take note of these. They are profound messengers. Here are some examples of patterns or symbols you may encounter:

Animals: Across countless indigenous cultures, animals are believed to be ancient messengers from the spiritual realms. Whether it be in living form (a crow landing next to you as you meditate) or non-living form (seeing pictures of owls everywhere you go, on your social media, and in your dreams), a meaningful encounter with an animal is believed to be an omen. The meaning can be interpreted universally (by the animal’s characteristic nature, or inherent strengths or weaknesses), or personally (by your personal relationship with this kind of animal, or what the encounter brings up for you).

Illness or Injury: Physical symptoms are the last line of defense when our vitality is compromised… after already being processed by (or originated in) our mental, emotional and spiritual centers. Oftentimes illnesses or injuries are our body’s wisdom trying to communicate to us. Investigating the underlying mental, emotional or metaphysical causes of our illnesses or injuries can be a powerfully insightful experience, and lead us on a path of much deeper healing and vitality.

Natural Cycles: Since the beginning of time, humans have looked to the stars, planets and seasons for guidance. The location of these natural elements can tell us so much about the energy surrounding our collective consciousness. (for instance, there have been countless studies on the effects of full moons on human behavior). The deeper you explore the current natural cycles, the more you will discover these rhythms being reflected in your own life.

Dreams: Dreams are powerful symbolic messages that arise directly from our subconscious. Throughout history, dreaming has been considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention. Some of the ways you can interpret your dreams are to: identify how you were feeling, record them, identify recurring overlapping patterns in your dreams and daily life, and notice any symbols or notable elements. Dreaming can be seen as a form of communication between our conscious and unconscious selves – helping us to experience wholeness and integration.

Random Encounters: Have you ever accidentally butt-dialed someone and ended up having the most insightful conversation? Or wondered about something and then randomly stumbled upon the answer? Random encounters happen all the time, and the more you’re open to following them, the more magical places they’ll lead you and the more they’ll appear in your life.

Repeating Numbers: Do you see repeating numbers such as 11:11, 3:33 or 4:44 on the clock all the time? Or notice any other combination of numbers that appears wherever you go? Many people believe that these are messages from the universe, and that they can be interpreted through Numerology. After all, math is the language of the universe J

Losing A Possession (or train of thought): This is often a universal message to let go and move on. Attachment is a root cause of suffering in our world, and we tend to have a very difficult time letting things go before we feel ready. This can bring up feelings of loss, anger, frustration and insecurity, all of which have deeper subconscious implications that the universe is probably trying to help you work through. Next time you lose something (whether it be an object or an idea), surrender it in faith that all is exactly as it should be.

Don’t Overcomplicate Things

Oftentimes the universe sends us the exact message that we need, but we miss it and go on searching for more. The truth is, the universe expresses a great deal of genius in simplicity. This can be difficult for modern humans to understand, as we tend to complicate things. The bottom line? If the universe tells you “turn right,” don’t hinder yourself by trying to figure out why and how and at what point to make the turn. Just do it!

Allow Yourself to Believe

One of the most common questions asked when working with signs, visions, dreams or any other form of sacred message is, “how do I know if it’s real, or if it’s just my imagination?” The answer is simple… your imagination and your reality are reflections of one another.

Everything you are presented with — whether it’s logically tangible, or ridiculously abstract — has meaning. Sometimes it’s overt, and sometimes it’s vague.

The language of the universe is symbolic, and our intuition is the translator.

When we allow ourselves to deeply feel and believe what is being presented to us, the signs become clearer and more compelling, and we further strengthen our ability to intuit them.

Learning to hear, understand and respond to your inner voice is, in many ways, the very essence of spirituality – and it’s the foundation for living a truly enchanted life.

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Your Lifebook Design Session – How to Prepare and FAQs
24Jul 2017
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Welcome to Lifebook and congratulations on making a decision that will positively impact the rest of your life!  The information on this page will help you get the most out of your Lifebook Design Session.

4 Simple Steps to Prepare for an Extraordinary Experience:

1) Make Your Travel Arrangements
2) The Lifebook Intra-Spect Assessment
3) Concierge Questionnaire
4) Computer and photos prep

STEP 1:  Make Your Travel Arrangements

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIMES

The Lifebook Lounge is located at 37w756 Woodgate Rd, St. Charles, IL 60175.

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*Please review our turn-by-turn directions before starting your trip since there are two Woodgate Roads in the area, and your GPS may take you to the wrong one.

Please arrive in Chicago by the Wednesday evening prior to your Session, since we start first thing Thursday morning.

If flying, your departure flight should be booked at 6:00PM or after on Sunday.

FLIGHTS

O’Hare airport (ORD) is the closest.  Approximately 45 – 60 minutes away depending on traffic/time of day.  Midway airport (MDW) is another option.   Approximately 60 – 75 minutes away depending on traffic/time of day.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

There are two local hotels that are within 5 miles from the Lifebook Lounge.   (*Note – availability is limited, please reserve your room as soon as possible.)

You can book either of these properties by calling them or using an online travel site to find the best rate:

The Fairfield Inn

– 2096 Bricher Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
– Call 630-845-5500

The Herrington Inn

– 15 South River Lane, Geneva, IL 60134
– Call 630-208-7433

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

  • We recommend renting a car to get you to and from the airport, and from your hotel to the event space each day.
  • Note: Ubers and taxis are not widely available in the St. Charles area and may have long wait times.

STEP 2:  Complete the Lifebook Intra-Spect Assessment

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to take the Intra-Spect Assessment today! (Please allow 20 minutes)

As soon as you complete the Assessment, you’ll be directed to your customized Report of Findings that will help you prepare to get the most out of your Lifebook Session.

You’ll gain clarity on where you are in each of the 12 categories of your life. You’ll be able to identify where you need more focus and balance and, based on your results, we’ll make specific recommendations that will propel you toward the life of your dreams.

The Intra-Spect Assessment will also serve as a tool to measure your personal development over time.  You’ll be able to quantifiably prove to yourself that you are learning, growing and moving in the right direction.

STEP 3:  Complete the Concierge Questionnaire

Please take a few minutes to complete this Pre-Session Questionnaire so we can get to know you better and provide an exceptional experience for you:

Access Your Survey Here

STEP 4:  Prepare to Create Your Personal Lifebook

COMPUTER

Please be prepared to bring a laptop computer with Microsoft Word installed on it.

Note – Mac Pages does not support the Lifebook Chapter templates.

* If you do not have your own laptop or MS Word, we have Surface Notebooks available to use during the Session. Please contact concierge@mylifebook.com as soon as possible to reserve one if necessary.

In addition to your printed Lifebook, you’ll receive an electronic version of the chapter files so you can update and edit them after your Session.

PHOTOS

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You can customize your Lifebook and give it a powerful emotional charge by adding personal photos.  Start selecting and organizing a collection of photos on the laptop you’re bringing or on a memory stick.

At a minimum, we recommend choosing 12 horizontal photos for the cover page of each of the 12 Lifebook Categories:

  1.     Health and Fitness
  2.     Intellectual Life
  3.     Emotional Life
  4.     Character
  5.     Spiritual Life
  6.     Love Relationship
  7.     Parenting
  8.     Social Life
  9.     Financial Life
  10.     Career
  11.     Quality of Life
  12.     Life Vision

Here are some additional tips, but you are free to personalize your Lifebook in any way that you like.

  • Photos of yourself will be helpful in many of the Personal Life categories, such as Health and Fitness, Intellectual Life, Emotional Life, Character and Spiritual Life.
  • Pictures of yourself with your lover, family and friends are perfect for your Relationship Categories.
  • Nature photos or pictures of anything that inspires and motivates you can be great for a number of categories.
  • You may also want to include photographs of the environments you love, places you’ve traveled or want to travel, and the things and experiences you want in your life.

If you don’t have many digital photos, don’t worry! We’ll provide you with high quality stock images and beautiful Chapter templates to get you started.

Keep in mind that you’ll be able to continue editing your Lifebook Chapters and can re-print pages after your Session. Your Lifebook is a dynamic workbook that changes as your life changes.

OTHER HELPFUL INFO – Session Agenda, Food, Dress

Our 5-star member service team will welcome you to experience four fascinating days of profound personal discovery.  We take care of every detail so you can focus on nothing but YOU!

Here is an overview of the Session Agenda:

Wednesday

Arrival into Chicago

Thursday:  7:45 AM  – 6:30 PM

Doors open at 7:30 AM

The first day of the program kicks off with everything you’ll need to be set up for a successful Lifebook Design Session.  You’ll have an introduction to our proven process and training on the chapter templates.  You will begin exploring the Personal Life section of your Lifebook.

Friday:  8:00 AM  – 6:45 PM

Doors open at 7:30 AM

On day two you will wrap up the Personal Life section of your Lifebook and dive into the Relationship Section.

Saturday:  8:00 AM  – 6:30 PM

Doors open at 7:30 AM

On day three you will explore the Business Life section of your Lifebook and start to define what Quality of Life really means to you.

Sunday:  8:00 AM  – 3:00 PM

Doors open at 7:30 AM

In the morning you’ll finish writing the first draft of your personal Lifebook.  We will spend the remainder of the day focused on the next steps of your journey – how to successfully integrate what you’ve learned into your lifestyle.  At the end of the day, you’ll receive the blueprint for your ideal life: your Lifebook, and we’ll celebrate together!

Food and Dress

A light breakfast and a gourmet lunch are served daily.  Healthy snacks, coffee, tea and refreshing juice blends will be available throughout the day.

Feel free to dress in a style that is comfortable for you.  Casual or a little dressier – jeans, pants, skirts or dresses will all be fine.  We do recommend wearing layers so that you can easily adjust if the room feels warm or cool for you.

Other questions?  Contact us at concierge@mylifebook.com or call (800) 460-3255.

How to Read Signs & Synchronicities on the Spiritual Path
18Jul 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something?

You know the magical feeling…

A moment of realization or synchronicity that makes you feel as though there is an incredible power of benevolence working tirelessly and majestically all around you, sending you signs and messages to keep you feeling supported and on-path.

Synchronistic moments feel like pure grace — giving us a deep sense that we are exactly where we need to be.

But what if we’re feeling lost or unsupported in our lives? What if we’re asking questions but not receiving the answers? Where’s the universal magic when we really need it?

The truth is, this magic is always available to us. We just have to learn how to recognize and read the signs.

The universe speaks to us all the time, in the form of life experience.
And not just the big, defining experiences of our lives — but more often than not, the sacred universal guidance we seek is placed gently within the tiny intricacy of a single moment. Being so small and fragile, these messages are easily overlooked or trampled upon.

To tune into this “language of the universe,” we must attune ourselves to the natural flow of the world. In doing so, we unlock the ease and abundance that is available to us in every single moment.

Here are 5 powerful tips to help you tune into the flow, and understand the sacred experience unfolding all around you:

Cultivate Your Capacity to Receive

This is an important (yet often overlooked or underrated) step for any kind of personal growing experience.

So many of us say we want more love, yet ingrained patterns leave us resistant to receiving it. We say we’re exhausted of “taking care of everything ourselves,” yet when others try to help us, we reject them. The truth is, many of us are chronic givers and terrible receivers — and we don’t even realize it.

When we ask the universe for guidance while simultaneously holding apprehension about the possible answers — or when we hold tight to a desire we subconsciously know we aren’t ready for yet — our resistance is noted.

Remember, the universe always provides you with exactly what you need for your highest growth in the moment. If you aren’t ready to receive — you won’t.

Cultivating a greater capacity to receive means having deep courage to face the infinite potentials and possibilities your life might present to you. It means invoking radical truthfulness about what you are actually capable of handling at this time in your life. And it requires you to embrace whatever life delivers to your doorstep with an open heart and absolute trust that it’s exactly what is being called for at this time, even if you don’t always understand.

Pay Closer Attention

The universe uses subtle and mysterious ways of communicating with us, and awareness is key to recognizing its messages. These can come in infinite forms (some of which are mentioned below under “noticing patterns and symbols”), and you may not always recognize them – especially if you’re in the midst of a struggle.

So simply pay more attention to your experience. If you’re going to ask for guidance, you need to meet the universe halfway. Especially during your time of seeking, watch your environment a little more closely. You may be surprised what presents itself when you pay a little more attention.

Notice Patterns and Symbols

As you pay closer attention to the occurrences in your life, you will likely notice patterns beginning to emerge, or powerful symbols showing up. Take note of these. They are profound messengers. Here are some examples of patterns or symbols you may encounter:

Animals: Across countless indigenous cultures, animals are believed to be ancient messengers from the spiritual realms. Whether it be in living form (a crow landing next to you as you meditate) or non-living form (seeing pictures of owls everywhere you go, on your social media, and in your dreams), a meaningful encounter with an animal is believed to be an omen. The meaning can be interpreted universally (by the animal’s characteristic nature, or inherent strengths or weaknesses), or personally (by your personal relationship with this kind of animal, or what the encounter brings up for you).

Illness or Injury: Physical symptoms are the last line of defense when our vitality is compromised… after already being processed by (or originated in) our mental, emotional and spiritual centers. Oftentimes illnesses or injuries are our body’s wisdom trying to communicate to us. Investigating the underlying mental, emotional or metaphysical causes of our illnesses or injuries can be a powerfully insightful experience, and lead us on a path of much deeper healing and vitality.

Natural Cycles: Since the beginning of time, humans have looked to the stars, planets and seasons for guidance. The location of these natural elements can tell us so much about the energy surrounding our collective consciousness. (for instance, there have been countless studies on the effects of full moons on human behavior). The deeper you explore the current natural cycles, the more you will discover these rhythms being reflected in your own life.

Dreams: Dreams are powerful symbolic messages that arise directly from our subconscious. Throughout history, dreaming has been considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention. Some of the ways you can interpret your dreams are to: identify how you were feeling, record them, identify recurring overlapping patterns in your dreams and daily life, and notice any symbols or notable elements. Dreaming can be seen as a form of communication between our conscious and unconscious selves – helping us to experience wholeness and integration.

Random Encounters: Have you ever accidentally butt-dialed someone and ended up having the most insightful conversation? Or wondered about something and then randomly stumbled upon the answer? Random encounters happen all the time, and the more you’re open to following them, the more magical places they’ll lead you and the more they’ll appear in your life.

Repeating Numbers: Do you see repeating numbers such as 11:11, 3:33 or 4:44 on the clock all the time? Or notice any other combination of numbers that appears wherever you go? Many people believe that these are messages from the universe, and that they can be interpreted through Numerology. After all, math is the language of the universe J

Losing A Possession (or train of thought): This is often a universal message to let go and move on. Attachment is a root cause of suffering in our world, and we tend to have a very difficult time letting things go before we feel ready. This can bring up feelings of loss, anger, frustration and insecurity, all of which have deeper subconscious implications that the universe is probably trying to help you work through. Next time you lose something (whether it be an object or an idea), surrender it in faith that all is exactly as it should be.

Don’t Overcomplicate Things

Oftentimes the universe sends us the exact message that we need, but we miss it and go on searching for more. The truth is, the universe expresses a great deal of genius in simplicity. This can be difficult for modern humans to understand, as we tend to complicate things. The bottom line? If the universe tells you “turn right,” don’t hinder yourself by trying to figure out why and how and at what point to make the turn. Just do it!

Allow Yourself to Believe

One of the most common questions asked when working with signs, visions, dreams or any other form of sacred message is, “how do I know if it’s real, or if it’s just my imagination?” The answer is simple… your imagination and your reality are reflections of one another.

Everything you are presented with — whether it’s logically tangible, or ridiculously abstract — has meaning. Sometimes it’s overt, and sometimes it’s vague.

The language of the universe is symbolic, and our intuition is the translator.

When we allow ourselves to deeply feel and believe what is being presented to us, the signs become clearer and more compelling, and we further strengthen our ability to intuit them.

Learning to hear, understand and respond to your inner voice is, in many ways, the very essence of spirituality – and it’s the foundation for living a truly enchanted life.

4 Positive Strategies For Job Hunting
18Jul 2017
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Written by Gloria Kopp

Setting out to search for a job can sometimes be a long, arduous journey. And, even if this isn’t the first time you’ve set out to look for a job, it’s never an easy or fun task. There are usually some ups, but are generally a disproportionate amount of downs, as you potentially face dead ends, rejections and the stressful interview process. It could take a lot longer than you anticipated, and may not end exactly how you planned. But, all is not lost, and there are ways to prevent hitting a depressing slump in your search for employment. Before you can prevent it from happening, however, the first step is determining the possible causes of depression during your job search.

Causes of Job Search Anxiety

Uncertainty of what the future holds

Unemployment fills a person’s life with uncertainty – from where their next pay check will come from, to whether they’ll hear back from any interested employers, and even if they’ll be forced to uproot themselves and move in search of employment. There is no concrete end date they can look towards, since it’s never known when anyone’s job search will actually come to an end. Because of this level of uncertainty, an individual can start to feel depressed, as though they will never get past this stage in their life.

Not hearing back from any potential employers

When an individual has been sending out their resume, but has not been getting any responses in return, it can weigh on them and make them start questioning their qualifications and even their self-worth.

Receiving rejections

It’s always tough to hear that you’ve been rejected for a job you were excited about or felt you were perfectly qualified for. When the number of rejections a job seeker receives starts outweighing the positive replies they’re getting, that can seriously impact their psyche and push them towards depression. Hearing continuous rejections is a stressful experience, that can cause a person to question if they should bother continuing to look for a job or if they should lower their standards in order to broaden their chances.

Not being in control

When someone is looking for a job, they are leaving the direction of their lives in the hands of their potential employers. After they’ve done everything possible to impress an employer through their resume and during the application process, the rest is out of their control. It becomes the employer’s decision whether or not to pursue them as an employee. This shift in power can have highly negative effects on an unemployed person who has to experience this loss of control and put their trust in someone else’s hands.

Never been unemployed before

Being unemployed can be a stressful experience for anyone, but this is especially true for someone who has never had to face this before. A person who has already gone through a period of unemployment previously can always reassure themselves that they have already been through this and successfully found employment, so it’s possible to do it again. For someone who has never done this, it’s an extremely difficult experience that can lead to great deals of stress and eventually depression.

Trying to manage financially

Even though a person’s employment may have ended, their bills and everyday expenses aren’t put on hold. Dealing with paying bills, maintaining a roof over one’s head and putting food on the table can be a burden that weighs heavily on an individual during a period of unemployment. If they aren’t able to manage themselves financially, their feelings of self-worth may be severely diminished, leading to depression and anxiety, among other feelings.

Feelings of embarrassment

Many people identify themselves with the job they hold. When someone is unemployed, their identity isn’t solidly attached to any job, and as a result, they may suffer from feelings of shame or embarrassment, especially in social settings or in talking to others.

How to prevent it?

Once some of the causes of depression during a job search are identified, you’re able to figure out how to combat it. Here are several effective tips for battling depression during your search for employment:

Positive Strategies

Get physical

The endorphins released during exercise help to relieve stress and pump up a person’s mood. So, when the feelings of stress or depression start to loom overhead, getting in some physical activity can help nip them from the start. Losing weight can help boost self-confidence and can increase your overall feelings of well-being. My Fitness Pal is the fastest and easiest to use calorie-counting app, to help keep you on track for your goals. And, if you need a little help with motivation, Endomondo is like having a personal trainer in your pocket at all times.

Participate in productive distractions

It’s important to take breaks from your job search, no matter how desperately you’re in search of employment. Getting your mind off of the search can help you avoid getting in a depressing rut, and can give you something to look forward to doing, when the job search isn’t panning out so well. Finding something that gives you a sense of fulfillment is easy through organizations such as Paper Fellows or Volunteer Match, who work to bring like-minded people together to work towards good causes.

Take your time to edit resume, cover letter and Linkedin profile

Many of the above causes can be lessened or eliminated completely, simply by ensuring that the resume and Linkedin profile you share with employers are flawless. When you want to hear positive replies from employers and increase your chances of finding employment, you’ve got to put out a stellar first impression. For help with proofreading and editing your resume and online presence, as well as get tips on making improvements, Write my essay or Assignment help can help you get the job done.

Keep a job search journal

Tracking your job search progress through a journal can help you identify the things that worked and what didn’t work, so you can make adjustments to your job search approach. It can also give you a great perspective on the progress you’re making and all of the great strides you’ve made in your hunt. A free online journal, like Penzu can give you the platform to keep track of your job search, and 750 Words , Essay writing service or Custom essay tools can help you develop and hone your writing skills for use in your journal, as well as in your future job.

Unemployment is a stressful time, no matter how many times an individual has experienced it. If left unchecked, it can lead to depression in those who aren’t finding the success they anticipated when they began their job search. Use these tips to help identify and eliminate potential causes of depression before they become overwhelming in your life.

About the Author

Gloria Kopp is a digital marketer and an elearning consultant from Manville city. Now she works as a content manager at Academized company. Besides, she is a regular contributor to such websites as Engadget, Resumention, Huffingtonpost, etc. Read her latest post about Edusson review.

The Power of Conscious Choice
13Jun 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

You have been blessed with the power to choose.

Every living, breathing moment, you are making a choice.

What to eat, how to move, how to react, how to breathe, what information to consume, what desires to indulge, how much to work, how much to play, who to connect with, how to care for yourself…

The average adult makes around 35,000 choices each day.

The beautiful thing about being human is that we have the power to make these choices consciously or unconsciously. And whichever we choose will consistently deliver, in tangible and measurable form, a quality of experience that harmonizes with our choices.

The Evolution of Our Consciousness

Making conscious choices can be a tricky thing, because our experience of “consciousness” is a moving, evolving, unfolding experience.

It’s extremely difficult (if not impossible) to see our current blind spots because, well, we’re blind to them! More…

The Winning Ticket to a Healthy Lifestyle
12Jun 2017
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Written by Lifebook contributor Paige Johnson

For some people, it seems like a healthy lifestyle comes naturally. No matter what stressful event life throws at them, they never seem to be thrown off of their health game. Day in, day out, they stick to a healthy diet, avoid unhealthy habits, and exercise. They even find a way to smile about the whole ordeal. This begs the question, how do healthy people stick to their lifestyle?

It starts with a smile

Being happy about your current lifestyle may not be a realistic choice right now due to a few bad habits that you possess. Despite this, you could find something to smile about, like the fact that you are reading this and hoping to learn what the winning ticket to a healthy lifestyle is. The benefits of smiling can be vital to the success of your healthy lifestyle goal, thanks to the way that smiling promotes positive feelings.

This trick will work regardless of whether or not the smile is real, and it may help you maintain a good mood throughout the day. The uplifting mood a smile generates is nothing to scoff at either. Your happy, smiling face can aid you in alleviating stress and tension on a molecular level. Over time, the physical relaxation you feel could make you more productive, meaning that you may find yourself a bit more eager to go on a walk or hit the gym.

Where to improve

Now that you have your go-to energy booster, it is time to decide on which unhealthy habit you would like to eliminate from your daily routine. Make the first habit you pick as specific as possible, and preferably something you can change right now. By focusing on removing one bad habit at a time, the odds of succeeding greatly increase. If you opt to choose a habit you can alter right now, it becomes more probable that you will start your healthy lifestyle transition today. More…

6 Mind-Expanding Podcasts for Your Intellectual Life
06Jun 2017
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Lifebook Pocast Host Jordan River presents his top 6 favorite podcasts mind-expanding podcasts in honor of Intellectual Month.

Each of these podcasts are informative and creative… and there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Click here to download the audio (right click player and “save as”).

Here are the links to the podcasts he mentions. Be sure to listen in to discover what makes each of them so unique and wonderful!

Podcast #6: Nightvale

Podcast #5: Adam and Drew

Podcast #4: How Stuff Works Network

Podcast #3: Freakonomics Radio

Podcast #2: StarTalk

Podcast #1: Dan Carlin

35 Quotes to Move You From Fear to Freedom
30May 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

Fear.

It can stop us from doing great things, and it can keep us holding tight to the things that are hurting us.

Most people operate in unconscious avoidance of fear, enabling it to color their thoughts, feelings and patterns.

This causes them to procrastinate, lash out at others, react unconsciously, shrink in insecurity, hold themselves back from connecting with people in a meaningful way, and continually poison their dreams with doubt.

Trust me, I get it.

I’ve spent the better part of two years diving headfirst into my fears, exploring the terrain of my inner wilderness, and recovering the pieces of my soul that lie hidden deep within. It is no easy task. As Carl Jung said, “There is no birth of consciousness without pain.”

But if I’ve learned anything through it all, it’s this…

Every single decision we make in life is motivated by one of two things: fear or faith.

In each and every moment, we have the power to choose. The key is to become aware of what motivates our choices, and to slowly, gently ease ourselves more and more in the direction of courage, trust and freedom.

Because here’s what most people don’t realize…

The lack of acknowledgment and exploration of our fears is exactly what gives them power.

You can squirm over, under and around your fear. But you will never overcome it, or discover the treasure it contains, until you walk straight through it.

Here are 36 Quotes to Move You From Fear to Freedom:

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Why Be Great?
23May 2017

Why Be Great?

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Written by Lifebook Vice President, Sandra Garest

Why be great?

Why focus on excellence and continuous improvement?

Sure it takes effort, discipline and gigantic focus to live an extraordinary, world-class life.

So why do it?

Because it makes you feel good, which makes it all worth it.

It all centers around this big idea…

Playing below your potential makes you feel bad about yourself. More…