Charity of the month – Rethink Mental Health

One of the charities I am supporting this month is Rethink Mental Health. Our mental health is so important, especially now with all the new lockdown restrictions we are now experiencing. Many people are isolated in their homes and it is hard. We need to remember to pay attention to our mental health as much if not more than our physical health. A healthy mind is needed to combat the chaos going on in the world and this is why charities like Rethink Mental Health are so important.

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Rethink Mental Health focuses on improving the lives of people experiencing a mental illness through their network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning. The goal of the charity is to make sure everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.

Many people think mental illness happens to only a certain type of people and not as common, but that is so not true. The truth is one in four people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and no one is immune to mental illness. Taking care of your mental health is a daily job and it is not something anyone should take for granted.

Rethink Mental Health Vision and Impact

Our vision is for equality, rights, fair treatment, and maximum quality of life for all those affected by mental illness, their carers, family, and friends. As one of the largest charitable providers of services for people living with mental illness, we are well placed to make a direct impact on the care people receive.

But we have a much larger vision too! Our vision is to transform at every level the way our nation approaches mental illness. Every year, our diverse range of information and support helps tens of thousands of people get through crises, live independently, and feel that they do not have to face mental illness alone.

You can support Rethink Mental Health by donating here or becoming a volunteer.

Also, for those you missed this post, here are 14 benefits of investing in your health and wellness.

Self-Employed Gals, What’s The Next Target?

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New year, new projects! 

Even though 2020 has been a tough year for all of us, a lot of self-employed professionals have been able to rise above the challenges and grow their business presence. Perhaps, this has to do with the self-employed/freelancing mindset. When you embark on a career path where you are on your own, you can afford to miss opportunities. Therefore, a lot of self-made solo entrepreneurs have seized the challenges of a post-pandemic world and make them work for their businesses. 

So at the beginning of a new year, it’s worth considering how to leverage the lessons of the pandemic and boost your presence further. Here are 10 ideas to bring your business profile to the top! 

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#1. Expand your business network

We live in a digital economy. People work remotely. They also shop remotely. So why shouldn’t you embrace the remote landscape and leverage it for your business? In a remote environment, you can build partnerships with international suppliers and business partners that will benefit from clients. If you are a tech freelancer, for example, you could send money to China to a local tech partner who can report on the latest gadgets. Are you a fashion and beauty business? Why not build bonds with South Korean to find out more about the 10 steps Korean beauty routine? Growing your business network allows you to diversify your offer. 

#2. Build an international presence

English is a proxy language. But that doesn’t mean that all your customers are fluent in English. Why not spend some time digging through your web analytics? You could find out where international visitors come from. It can be a good idea to create an international presence with Google translate plug-ins. You can even buy a new domain or subdomain to match your overseas target. 

#3. Let others do the menial tasks

We get it; you got there by yourself. But that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from outsourcing and contracting some tasks. Ultimately, delegation can help free up time for more important and pressing matters. Picking the right person for the job isn’t always easy. Take your time to find someone you can trust. There are plenty of freelancers around, so it’s worth checking their qualifications before you make a decision.

#4. Launch your next corporate product/service

Bringing your independent business to the next level needs money. A lot of freelancers begin with small and cost-effective services until they are ready to release an offer that can compete with big players. As a beauty and fashion blogger, for instance, you may want to create your range of products. It’s a brilliant way of reaching out to a new market. But you need investors to make it happen. When the bank isn’t an option, crowdfunding platforms can be a game-changer!

#5. Influence, and influence some more

Why be one of the many small fish when you can become a big fish in the digital pond? Becoming a social media influencer can catapult your business presence from unknown to the top of the list! Social media influencers play a huge role in business marketing strategies as you could build a source of income through your online presence. Growing your online influence can help getting noticed by big brands.

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#6. Diversify your offer

If you’ve had to adapt your business services to the pandemic situation, you are probably aware that people’s needs have changed. Why not run market research to gain a better understanding of your post-pandemic audience. What do people in 2021 expect from the market and how can you make it happen? 

#7. Update your brand image

As they say, new year, new you. If you’ve been working with the same brand image for a long time, you could consider some minor tweaks and improvements to update it. A brand image update is not a rebranding project. Your brand remains recognisable to your customers. But it feels fresher and more dynamic. Brand update ideas include a professionally-taken profile photo, minor changes to the logo and brand guidelines, or even a new web design. 

#8. Start a podcast

We’ve all got a story to tell. Blogging is an effective tool to publish your words. However, the pandemic has created a sense of digital data overload. There’s too much everywhere all the time. People’s attention span has suffered dramatically. So, your heartfelt blog article could get unnoticed because it’s too long. But podcasts, on the other hand, give your words a new voice. And they’re super accessible, so it’s easy for your audience to relax and listen. Podcasts also serve a marketing purpose for small businesses, as they can be cost-effective to produce and release while promoting your expertise to a broad audience. What’s not to like? 

#9. Make a video

No, we don’t mean a filmed selfie that you upload on Instagram. We mean a professional video that shares your story and your business goals. There are plenty of professional video companies that can help you create a short introduction film that packs a lot of engaging content in a short time. Becoming a full-time video blogger – vlogger for short – is time-demanding and requires additional equipment. However, you can refresh your online presence with a short video that engages with web visitors. 

If you’ve got an extra marketing budget, you can also publish your video on advertising platforms, such as distributing it on the Google Display Network and Youtube. It can be helpful to define your target audience beforehand so that you’re only showing the video to the relevant target. 

#10. Get that LinkedIn Premium membership

LinkedIn offers two premium membership packages, for individuals and businesses. With a premium account, your business can expand its network by reaching out to more potential partners and peers. InMail messages are a smart and useful tool to boost your business awareness and find new opportunities. Not sure if that’s the right thing for you? You can try for free for a month. 

What’s your business strategy for 2021? Are you going to grow your social influence, expand your network, or deliver additional services to your customers? Whatever your goals, it’s time to seize the opportunities and make the most of the post-pandemic business environment. Small businesses and freelancers have been quicker to adjust than big brands. Make sure to maximise your chances while you can! 

 

 

3 Awesome Essentials For Your Newborn Baby

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If you are eagerly awaiting the patter of tiny feet and you are busy nesting, the chances are that you are racking your brain trying to make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything for your imminent arrival. Being a first-time mom can be worrying at the best of times, but couple this with a global pandemic and you may be fretting a little more than most. Firstly, breathe. Your best will be good enough. However, if you need a little help to ensure that you have thought of everything, take a look at these three essentials for your newborn that should be waiting in your home right now.

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Moses Basket

Yes, a crib is essential, but for those very early weeks when you first bring your little darling home, you need to consider the joys of a Moses basket. These smaller, more compact, and lighter mobile cribs mean that you can have your little one lying next to you wherever you are in the home. Because these baskets are so light, your baby can enjoy a gentle rocking motion as you try and coax them to sleep. You can even detach the crib section to carry outside. A Moses basket is ideal as you can enjoy your newborn sleeping at the end of your bed at least for the first few weeks of their lives. This deepens your bond and means that you can hear every movement and cry when they are first getting used to their sleep pattern.

Stroller

A great stroller will double up as an entire travel system for your little cherub. Head to a site like For Your Little One and explore the wide variety of strollers and travel systems on offer. Many double up to create a pushchair and a car seat. Their locking in systems means that the jigsaw of a travel unit that you buy will be safe, secure, and all-in-one. This can save you carrying around bulkier items when this isn’t needed. Hauck has released to the market some incredible trio sets that will give you the luxury of having a stroller, crib, and car seat all in one compact entity. Stressless travel is crucial to make your life as a first time mom just that little bit easier.

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Food

While you might be busy thinking about specific items that your little one needs, it pays to consider the sort of food that your child may eat. If you leave food prep to when your little one is here, you may find yourself overwhelmed. Instead, you need to get cooking while you are in the nesting stage. You might want to cook up some hearty organic grub to give your little darling the best start in life. Or perhaps you want to buy in your little one’s food. This is okay. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be the ultimate earth mother and consider the quality time you can spend with your baby as of utmost importance. As long as your newborn is having formula or milk for the first few months, they will be receiving their nutrition before you move them onto proper food.

Follow this simple guide and you can consider these three awesome essentials for your newborn baby.

 

 

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