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It used to be taboo to talk about money, but there are many ways now to figure out what you should be getting paid. And if you aren’t getting paid, what’s fair? We've listed some ideas to fix that.
While meritocracy — the idea that you achieve success through hard work — may be evident in previous generations, it doesn’t necessarily work that way anymore in the fast-paced corporate world. Sometimes people are paid unfairly, especially among different sexes, and skill development and education aren’t always equally rewarded.
Given that we spend such a large proportion of our lives (up to a third) working, it’s important to know your skill level and your worth to keep ahead of the game when it comes to compensation. Plus, recognizing your skills builds self-esteem and confidence: two key elements that regulate our sense of well-being.
Here are three tips to ensure you’re being paid what you’re worth:
Small talk can be challenging for many people. Even the most talkative and outgoing people sometimes hit a lull in the conversation or aren’t sure how to talk with strangers. Here are a few conversation starters to overcome that social anxiety:
Owning a home may feel like a green light to making it the house of your dreams. But, before you spend your hard-earned money, it’s important to keep in mind the bigger picture, especially if you intend to move to a different home in the next few years. Here are a few tips to keep your projects focused and money-smart:
Various studies show that many of us suffer from stress and anxiety, and more so during difficult times. Taking care of ourselves should be our number one priority, but somehow it often gets relegated further down our personal priority lists.
Here is how to build a self-care strategy that focuses on your mental and physical well-being and fits into the busiest schedules.
1. Choose rituals and practices that are realistic for you. It’s all very well choosing the most stress-relieving practice there is, but if you can’t see yourself doing it, it won’t be something you keep up with. Before committing to any self-care activity, think about how realistic it is and if you would actually enjoy it and DO it—plan from there.
2. Plan out self-care. It is easier to stick to a self-care plan if you block out time in your schedule for a self-care or de-stressing activity. You don’t need 90 minutes for a yoga class; try starting small first. Block out 20 minutes to stretch at lunchtime or 15 minutes to practice a meditation first thing in the morning before work.
3. Be organized. While you can and should be flexible with your schedule as things change throughout your week, being organized about self-care can help you stay on track. Practice doing a certain activity on a certain day or at a certain time during your day. Repeating that each week will encourage the practice to become a habit.
4. Prioritize sleep. This self-care activity is a no-brainer, but it is often the one most under-utilized. Adults need 7–9 hours of sleep per night. Prioritizing sleep will help manage stress levels and can even help you maintain a healthier weight.
5. Aim to exercise. Exercise improves sleep, reduces stress levels, and helps to keep you on track with your health goals. Experts advise getting around 150 minutes of exercise a week, which may feel like a lot, but it’s only around 20 minutes per day! Start with a walk around the block before bedtime and see how your sleep improves.