The 4 Aspects of Life You Need to Monitor Consistently

The 4 Aspects of Life You Need to Monitor Consistently

The following article is a guest post.

A happy life is all about connections, whether it be with yourself, the people around you, or even something unseen. Here are four areas of your life that need constant attention.

Mental

Most people agree that journaling is one of the best ways to keep track of mental health. Once you get into the habit, recording your thoughts, opinions, high points, and low points is a very good way to track your progress from one day to the next. There are a number of smartphone apps available to make the process even more seamless.

Of course, many people prefer the old-school notebook and pencil. That may be a better idea because you can try more of the methods that have worked for other people instead of being locked into one platform.

Popular mental health journal forms include:

  • Fear/Reality Comparison: People who struggle with anxiety often benefit by jotting down fears as they come to mind (“I might die alone”) then placing a logical response alongside the fear (“I have friends”). This journal mirrors the way the mind works, because fears come from the frontal cortex, and the amygdala rationally calms these fears. So, the list is a good exercise for your amygdala, which should help in the long run.
  • Mood Tracker: Rating good days and bad days is an excellent way to look back and see if you need to make some changes in your routine or recognize that you are on the right path.
  • Stream of Consciousness: This method is the classic “Dear Diary” approach. Especially if you do not have an emotional confidant, it’s very cathartic to release the negative things you feel and also very uplifting to memorialize the positive events that occur in your life.

  • Symptom Tracker: There are many good apps and printables that list common symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other such conditions. Typically, people fill in bubbles if they have headaches, feel anxious, are unmotivated, or whatever. The symptom tracker provides excellent information and also reminds you that you are not the only person who suffers from loss of appetite or sleeplessness. A symptom tracker variation combines fill-in bubbles with stream of consciousness reflections.

Once you find the right method for you, stick with it. In journaling, long-term consistency is the key to both accurate information and useful results.

Physical

There are a number of tools to keep track of physical health as well. The app or journaling method works just as well in terms of physical fitness as it does with regard to mental fitness. Fitbits are the most common wearable fitness technology. They may not be 100 percent accurate, but if you use the device essentially to keep an eye on trends, some slight data unreliability should not be a big deal.

Physical fitness is not the only area to track, as it’s also important to keep up with overall wellness. Some available tools include:

  • Home blood pressure monitor,
  • Thermometer for fever,
  • Smart bathroom scale that measures more than just weight, and
  • Camera to record changes in your body.

These measurements, and others like them, should not be substituted for regular visits with your doctor. Instead, they should supplement these encounters, because better information helps you and your doctor make better choices about your health.

At these visits, it’s also important to keep up with regular health screenings, like cholesterol checks, breast cancer exams, colon tests, and other examinations.

Spiritual

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Spirituality means different things to different people. But regardless of your point of view, it’s very transformative to believe in something larger than yourself. Otherwise, life is just a random series of events and whatever suffering you endure, whether great or small, has no purpose.

There are social benefits to spirituality as well.

Noted humanist Kurt Vonnegut often urged people to join churches, partially for the spiritual aspect, but mostly for the social aspect and the opportunity to connect with other people in the community.

Spirituality is such a personal thing that no journal or app can really help, but as a rule of thumb, if something is amiss in your spiritual life, you will know it.

Relational

There are almost always people around you who make a difference in your life. The connection could be biological, social, or even geographical (the couple that lives next door).

One of the easiest ways to monitor these connections is to look at your phone log or text message screen. If you have to scroll down very far to find the contact, there’s a good chance that you are neglecting this part of your life. Fortunately, these lost connections are usually very easy to fix. All you have to do is pick up the phone.

Always remember to keep moving forward and to take time each day to strengthen the connections in your life.

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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

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