This article is a guest post by Stan Popovich.
Many people struggle with their confidence throughout their life. It can be challenging to find the courage to be yourself in today’s society.
As a result, here are 7 suggestions on how to increase your self-esteem and reduce your anxiety in your life.
1. Know your weaknesses and strengths: It is important to know what skills you have in your life. Taking a skills assessment test is a great way to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Once you realize your skill sets, the next step is to focus on your talents.
2. Accept who you are: Do not get into the habit of comparing yourself to others. You are unique in this world and it is important that you realize that you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.
3. Remember your successes: Some people downplay their successes and focus on those things they struggle with. Always remind yourself of your past accomplishments no matter how small they may be. Stop focusing on the negative parts of your life and remember your past achievements.
4. Think about your future: Take time to think about what you really want out of life. Do not live your life for others. Once you determine what you want to accomplish, the next step is to develop a strategy that will help you to accomplish your goals.
5. Create goals: Set achievable goals on a regular basis and then take small steps to accomplish them. Make sure your goals are measurable and monitor your progress. Don’t get upset if you don’t accomplish all of your goals. You can always change your goals so that you can be more successful.
6. Talk to others: It is important that you talk to other successful people in order to get a better perspective of your life. Listening to other people’s challenges and accomplishments can go a long way in feeling better about yourself. You can also learn how to overcome the obstacles in your life.
7. Be persistent: Do not give up in achieving your goals in your life. Learn from your mistakes and try to improve on your situation. Do not make excuses on why you should quit or give up. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to be successful. The key is to keep at it until you get what you want.
Guest Post Author Bio
Stan Popovich is the author of the popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide To Managing Fear”. For more information about Stan’s book and to get some free mental health advice, please visit Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com.
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There are obvious times your dog may be sick. It is vomiting repeatedly. It is not eating at all. It is sleeping a lot more. It is whimpering when you touch them or they get up. But often times there are more subtle signs your dog needs to be taken to the veterinarian’s office. Remember they cannot talk to you so you need to keep an eye on them for obvious, and less obvious signs of problems.
We talked to Dr. Steve Hicks of Akron Medina Veterinary Hospital, located in the Medina, Montrose, Fairlwawn area to find out 10 hidden signs your dog may need to go to the veterinarian.
- Eating Less – If your dog is eating less than usual for more than a day or two it could be a sign of something more serious.
- Eye / Vision Change – If you notice the eyes changing or notice your dog is having trouble finding treats or food, it is time to see a vet.
- Change in Exercise – If your dog is not interested in the same level of exercise it is time to go to a vets.
- Signs of Aging – Just because a dog is getting older and exhibiting signs of aging does not mean the dog cannot bounce back with some medical care or treatment. Often people think this is not treatable but at the very least dogs can be made more comfortable.
- More Frequent Urination – Dogs that start urinating more could have a kidney problem and should be looked at by a veterinarian to check for kidney disease.
- Low Grade Cough – One sign that is often overlooked is a low grade cough. It does not have to be a loud cough. Even an infrequent cough can be a sign of heart disease and should be checked out.
- Not liking hard food anymore – If your dog seems to no longer like harder food and treats this is often a sign of gum disease. Poor dental health can lead to losing teeth and other issues and should be treated by a vet.
- Slower Movement – If your dog is moving more slowly it could be a sign of arthritis. There are over the counter and prescribed treatments for this and you should not let your dog suffer when there is a treatment that can relieve the pain.
Dogs can have thyroid problems just like people do. Any weight gain or loss without change in diet should be checked.
- Panting More – A dog that is panting more but otherwise still looks happy might be in pain. This is one of the ways dogs exhibit pain or stress.
- Any Change In Habit – Ultimately, being on the look out for any change in habit is important. Losing weight could be serious. Gaining Weight could be serious. Not responding to sounds like before could be serious. Changes should always be taken seriously and discussed with a veterinarian.
If you are not sure, you can always give your veterinarian a call and ask about worrying symptoms and see if they think your dog needs to be seen. Catching a problem early can save you and your dog more serious problems later on. And saves you the uncertainty and worry when you notice something just not right but at the same time not an obvious sign of distress.
The landscape of downtown Kent, a sprawling suburban college town nestled between the urban city of Akron, numerous state preserves and parks, and vast rural croplands, speaks to its past as a center for manufacturing and business. In the center of town one can find a beautiful historic train station, converted into the iconic Treno Ristorante and overlooking once bustling but now seldom-used train tracks. Parallel to the tracks flows the Cuyahoga River, channeled through a retired granite lock formerly used to raise and lower ships carrying goods to and from local mills and factories to cities across Ohio and Pennsylvania. Many of the factories still stand, now utilized for retail space, art galleries, and bars, their aged brick exteriors lending a unique charm to this ever-changing town.
While the city of Kent now caters more to the college crowd rather than mills and manufacturers, it is still apparent that the proximity to the Cuyahoga offers great advantage to local residents. The canal locks are no longer in use, but the river provides valuable services, such as recreation and drinking water supply. Miles of park trails snake alongside the river providing enjoyment for people and habitats for native wildlife. Fishermen and kayakers can frequently be found navigating the water alongside large-mouth bass, bluegill, and even the occasional steel-head trout, once absent from the river due to heavy pollution which ultimately culminated in the infamous Cuyahoga River fires. The historic burning of the Cuyahoga demonstrates that, in spite our reliance on the services that the river provides, humans have not always paid respect to this invaluable resource. As we manipulate Ohio’s natural landscape in an attempt to adapt to societal changes, it is important to consider the impacts of human actions on local ecosystems and how we can best minimize deleterious effects. Kent and the Cuyahoga are only a microcosm of the myriad of aquatic ecosystems facing human-induced environmental threats.
Humans have progressively demonstrated an affinity for modifying the land to suit our needs, having modified one third to one half of Earth’s land surface. Rapid, poorly planned development often leads to draining and building atop wetlands, destroying and fragmenting wildlife habitats and eliminating the valuable ecological services they provide. Wetlands are often seen as expendable land suitable only for dumping waste and acting as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, but are crucial for water purification, wildlife habitat, flood protection, groundwater recharge, soil stabilization, and many other benefits.
In addition to the destruction of wetlands, urban development leads to the replacement of permeable soil and water-retaining ground cover with impervious materials such as concrete and asphalt. While this alteration of the natural water cycle may appear to be benign, there are dangerous repercussions. When water is unable to seep into the ground or be taken up by the roots of plants, the water must drain into storm sewers and local waterways. Impervious surfaces prevent water from percolating into the soil, causing the runoff to carry pollutants directly into waterways.
Fortunately, many aspects of waterways can be evaluated in order to gain insight into the health of an ecosystem. By monitoring the abundance of specific species that rely on an aquatic environment for survival, researchers are able to determine the impact of human-induced and natural factors. Aquatic macro invertebrates, or animals that live in water, lack a backbone, and can be seen with the naked eye, are excellent indicators of the condition of aquatic systems and can be used to establish correlation between land use and ecosystem health. Macro invertebrates are extremely common, are easy to collect and study, and have varying susceptibility to environmental factors, so the presence or absence of specific species and the number of different species present are evaluated to gauge the overall health of stream.
Organizations involved in conservation efforts often work in conjunction with dedicated volunteers and citizen scientists to play an important role in monitoring the health of aquatic systems. Water quality monitoring is crucial to identify changes in temperature, pH, and oxygen levels. A rise in water temperature has been shown to be detrimental to fish eggs and the growth of young fish, while also reducing macro invertebrate populations on which fish feed. Municipal wastewater and agricultural runoff can contain excess nutrients leading to a proliferation of algal blooms. The utilization of oxygen by decomposing algae causes “dead zones”, which lack oxygen sufficient for sustaining life.
While the issues affecting water quality are abundant, there is still hope. Many local organizations in Northeast Ohio are currently working diligently to assess and protect the health of local waterways. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) consists of three treatment plants responsible for collecting and cleaning 90 billion gallons of wastewater every year. NEORSD is a major player in evaluating local water quality and working to reduce harmful environmental impacts. One of the efforts of NEORSD is Project Clean Lake, which involves a 25 year, 3 billion dollar plan to reduce Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), or the discharge of untreated municipal wastewater and storm water runoff directly into the river and lake when the current infrastructure reaches maximum capacity.
A crucial step in protecting local waterways is involving the community in individual and collective actions to minimize negative impacts and help clean up polluted areas. Fortunately, there are numerous local organization allowing the opportunity for community members to be engaged in conservation and restoration projects. The Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center in Parma offers an array of volunteer opportunities and workshops that allow community members to practice citizen science through stream and species monitoring, learn about local watersheds and ecology, or brush up on sustainable practices around the home. The Watershed Stewardship Center also offers free programs for school children, providing valuable learning opportunities for the next generation of conservationists. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.clevelandmetroparks.com/
If you prefer to get outside and get active for the cause, then consider participating in the West Creek Conservancy’s Creatures in the Forest 5K Trail Run on Saturday, October 28th. Have fun with family and friends, run or walk through scenic terrain, and help to raise funds and awareness for the West Creek Conservancy’s efforts to create a Greener Greater Cleveland. The Conservancy works collaboratively with many local organizations to preserve and restore natural spaces and waterways and provide opportunities for community members to connect with nature. For more information on volunteer opportunities with the West Creek Conservancy or to register for the run, visit: http://westcreek.org.
Back home in Kent, my car currently sits atop the paved slope of my driveway. Should I happen to have a minor oil leak or choose to wash my car with a bucket of soapy water, these chemicals drip onto my driveway, ultimately to be swept away into a drainage pipe or seep into the groundwater with the next heavy rain. The accumulation of such seemingly minor environmental insults from millions of households and businesses can lead to devastating consequences, including algal blooms, dead zones, and toxicity to aquatic life. By simply going about our daily routines, we each inadvertently contribute to aquatic degradation. By understanding the role that each of our choices play in our local ecosystems we may better our practices to preserve species. In this time of turbulent climates, both natural and political, it is crucial that we all put forth conscious effort to make wise choices for the protection of our precious natural areas.
This article is provided by Amanda Fowler. Amanda Fowler is a Life Support Systems Technician for the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, working diligently as a part of the team responsible for maintaining the zoo’s aquatic exhibits. Through close daily monitoring of water quality parameters and multiple methods of mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration, Amanda has gained a deep understanding of the intricate biotic and abiotic components of aquatic ecosystems. This work informs and inspires a passion for water quality and conservation, the theme of Amanda’s Master’s work in biology through Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry Program. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Amanda has completed numerous projects throughout the program focusing on community education and water quality issues both in Ohio and in her current home state of California.
Spring and summer are possibly the best seasons to start exercising, or exploring new places with your family. Fall in Ohio, with its beauty, makes it almost impossible not to wander about, or finding new places to enjoy. Trails in the Northeast Ohio area are wonderful places to spend the day with your family, while exercising, and breathing clean air. Here then is a list of trails
you will certainly enjoy in the Akron area.
1.Cascade Valley Metro Park / North
1690 Cuyahoga St,
Akron, OH 44313
2.Cascade Valley Metro Park / South
Akron, OH 44310
3.Sand Run Metro Park
1750 Sand Run Pkwy
Akron, OH 44313
4. Botzum Trailhead Park
2928 Riverview Rd, Akron, OH 44313
5. Summit Metro Parks
975 Treaty Line Rd, Akron, OH 44313
6. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd, Akron, OH 44313
7.Gorge Metro Park
160 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
These are a few of the many parks and trails you will find around Akron. Pick one and re-discover nature with your family.
Shopping around for items is normal, but many people are moving towards shopping for items and services that used to not be questioned. Prices can be very different from one place to another depending on the vendor. And things that used to be a monopoly have a high degree of competition now. This week I saw a friend on Facebook complain about a new medication he needed be $500 a month and not covered by insurance. Within an hour he had people telling him how to get it for $60 and places he could maybe get it free (from manufacturer) and how to do it.
Facebook and other social media channels are helping people collaborate and share information to find better deals on things. But are you looking for better deals when it comes to some of these things?
- Utilities – By shopping for utility providers, you can reduce your rate significantly. Put when your contract is up on your calendar and reshop for it once it expires or your rate will go up and not one will notify you.
- Medical – The exact same procedure can be radically different from place to place. Some people even find it cheaper to go to another country and have a medical vacation versus just taking the first offer on a medical procedure. (Please do not shop around if it is an emergency though!)
- Auto Repairs – If you are one of those people still going to the dealer, you are paying too much for some things. I do like the dealer for maintenance but not for big jobs unless it requires a specialist. That said, this is one area asking around is very important. Just taking the cheapest person to fix your car can be a nightmare.
- Prescriptions – Not only does the place matter, but there are programs that will give you a discount at your pharmacy, whether in Akron, Hudson, Fairlawn or Aurora.
- Cars – Sure we all shop around for cars already, but did you know if you know what you are looking for and you start calling dealerships (especially if you are a little flexible) you can get a great deal without ever setting foot on the lot (until you buy)?
- Entertainment – I cannot even say “TV” or “Cable” anymore because there are so many options for entertainment. Do you just watch movies and tv shows? You probably only need a streaming service. The trick here is to know what you can’t live without and then shop around for the entertainment necessities and cut out the unused stuff.
- Insurance – If you got the best price on insurance more than a year ago, why have you not shopped it around again? For example, we got a great deal on insurance a year ago and this year they raised the price about 30% for no reason. Clearly the first year was a discount to get the business and they hope people will not move after year one and the price increase. Time to start calling around.
I wish it was not such a hassle. It is an unfortunate byproduct of our hyper capitalistic economy that businesses are always using gimmicks, specials and tricks to squeeze more money out of you. You can either accept the games and pay more or you can manage your buying and pay less. The choice is yours.
I get a little concerned when I hear that Americans do not cook. I get it if you both have professional jobs working 50+ hours a week and long commutes. I also get it if you live alone and it is easier and sometimes cheaper to go out to eat. But if you have two or more people and you are not making a bunch of money working crazy hours, going out to eat should be more of a treat and not a twice a day occurrence.
From what is reported in the media, it seems like many people did not learn cooking growing up and decide this means it is too late to learn. In fact, it is just a matter of building up your comfort level with different ways to cook and different ingredients. You can do trial and error, starting with easier stuff and building up your competence over time. You can watch cooking channels and try things you see. You can take cooking classes. You could offer to buy ingredients and cook with a friend who is a better cook than you but let them know you want to cook with them and learn.
Here are five very good reasons to cook at home – even if it is going to take you a while to get good at it.
- Healthier Food – The top reason is that you know what is going in your food and you can make it healthier. The reality is that it might not taste as good as that unhealthy stuff, but it can be very good and be much better for you. For example, I make Chipotle burritos at home and they are not as good because I put 25% of the cheese and no sour cream. I just can’t bring myself to glob on huge portions like they do in the restaurant (even though it is delicious.)
- Less Fried Foods – You can also cut back on fried foods when you eat at home. It is easy to order a side of fries but a pain in the but to heat up the fryer and fry things just for an unhealthy side.
- Show Off a Skill – As good cooks get more rare, it is even more impressive when you meet one. The only way you become a good cook is by cooking regularly and experimenting with new recipes. Once you get there you can amaze your friends and family, impress a date and act like a snob know it all in restaurants. So much fun.
- Save Money – Sometimes you might spend MORE on a meal than you would have getting the same thing in a restaurant. But what you might not factor in is that you have a lot more food than you would have by going out. So you may get 3 meals for roughly the same spend. Alcohol is one big bonus when it comes to saving money as you buy your bottle of wine or case of beer for what two glasses would have cost in that dinner out.
- Get Sick Less – I am not anti-restaurant, but we do notice we get sick more when we eat out more. When you have a restaurant kitchen full of people cooking and prepping your food, it only takes one person with a cold to get the whole family sick. Restaurants do not want employees to come sick, but since the employees most likely do not get sick pay, they need to work when they are feeling under the weather. This results in people working while sick more then you would like to think.
I am not suggesting not eating out anymore. Far from it. But also you do not want to get into the habit of eating out all the time and eating prepackaged stuff at home that you only need to microwave. It is so much healthier, cheaper and more rewarding to learn how to cook nice meals. Start slow and build up your skills until you are an Iron Chef of Akron.
A common expression is that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. It is safe to say that the opposite is true as well. Have you seen when someone leaves a home and leaves many of their belongings in it? Or how about going to a tag sale and seeing all the knickknacks which are on sale for a buck? We should turn that expression around and say “One man’s treasure is many people’s trash.”
Unless you are very disciplined, you most likely have a lot of stuff in your home that you do not use. The longer you have been there the worse it has no doubt gotten.
Decluttering your home will make it more enjoyable. When you go on vacation one of the nicest elements is the lack of clutter in a nice, spacious hotel.
Decluttering will save you money. You can sell valuable things on ebay or amazon and you can just throw away a lot of stuff. This will save you money because the more you throw away, the more thoughtful you are before you buy new things.
Decluttering will help you stay more organized. By only keeping things you really need and keeping things picked up and put away, your life will be simpler and more organized.
Decluttering will make it easier to sell your home or move. The less you have the more show-ready your home is if you decide to put it on the market. Everyone knows the more cluttered a house is the less desirable it is to potential buyers. By keeping it decluttered, you can be ready to move without months of cleaning.
Tips for Decluttering your Akron Home
- If you have not used something for more than a year, either put it up for sale or throw it away.
- Keep a minimal amount of holiday / seasonal items for decorating. Only keep what you enjoy the most. This stuff has a habit of building up.
- Take care of papers, mail and deliveries right away. Do not let stacks grow. Whenever possible, store documents electronically and dispose of papers quickly.
- Know where your local recycling center is and have older documents you no longer need shredded. This is often free if you know where to go.
- Don’t assign emotions to items. Unless something truly gives you joy see it for the item it is and get rid of it if you do not need it.
- Don’t keep clothes you do not wear. Donating them can give you a tax break while helping someone out.
This is a big start to living a fresher, cleaner and more clutter-free life. Enjoy the empty space.
Every school has some level of bullying. Akron area schools are no different. The responsibility of dealing with bullying is not just a teacher or principal, but everyone’s responsibility because you do not know who will see the warning signs first.
Parents should look for signs not only that their child may be being bullied, but also that they are bullying others. Consequences can be devastating for either party in the end.
One thing your school should do is use Outstanda to do surveys for students and detect bullying and issues before they get worse.
Even when these issues do not end in violence, the long term negative consequences can last a lifetime. Someone who has been bullied can lack self confidence and someone who is a bully can have trouble working with others and might lack empathy and care when entering adult life. In many cases, this will hurt their ability for advancement and leadership positions in working situations. While some parents may think their kids are “strong,” the lack of compassion for others is not a good thing and can lead to many negative consequences.
How do you spot if your child is being bullied?
- Making excuses not to go to school, such as faking illnesses
- Unexplained loss or damage of money or items
- Lack of appetite
- Suspicious injuries
- Decrease in self-esteem
- More withdrawn, possibly self-destructive behavior
And how do you know if your child is bullying others?
- Going to the principal’s office
- Getting into physical and verbal fights
- More aggressive
- Speaks demeaning of others
- Blames others for their problems
- Worries about reputation and popularity
These are just some signs. Teachers, parents, and other students should all be aware of the signs and report concerns. Silence lets the problem escalate. Schools have professionals to help with these issues and you should report any concern to the school as soon as possible. For more information, read the government stop bullying site. This has a more comprehensive list and more information if you have any concerns.
The Middlebury Movement – Molding Students Into Leaders
Middlebury Academy is under new management, and there are exciting initiatives on the horizon. The future is very bright for this kindergarten through eighth grade school located in East Akron, OH. The school recently partnered with the Educational Empowerment Group, and dynamic upgrades are underway. Middlebury Academy will have additional curricular resources to enhance classroom instruction, 21st Century technology, such as new, interactive SMART boards in each classroom, wrap-around services to support students and families, and energetic school programs to provide a fun, well-rounded experience for the students.
The students of Middlebury Academy will engage in an elevated experience through positive motivation, encouragement and high expectations. Since its partnership with the Educational Empowerment Group, the school has increased community partnerships to include Beech Brook Counseling Services, Families First Health Services and the Minority Behavioral Support Group. These additions are fostering a positive school culture which can promote an increase in overall student achievement. The school endeavors to continue to increase community programs and partnerships to support the social and emotional needs of the students.
The new principal, Michael Zografos, has a mission for the school which will raise the standard of excellence among the students and staff. Principal Zografos is actively working to cultivate leadership, scholarship and citizenship among students. Middlebury Academy is taking the shape of a distinctive school that will positively change the lives of its students and become a beacon in the Akron community. Middlebury Academy is molding leaders!
For more information, call 330-752-2766 or click here to submit a request for more information. Middlebury Academy is currently accepting applications for enrollment. Reserve a place for your student today.
To learn more or to get registered, visit MiddleburyAcademyedu.org.
About Middlebury Academy: Middlebury Academy is a tuition-free charter school serving kindergarten through eighth-grade families in Akron, Ohio.