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Working with your family — especially your spouse — can be challenging. But it doesn’t need to be. Many couples navigate working together, successfully managing a family business, and even strengthen their marriage at the same time! In fact, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, 53% of managers in family-run businesses share those duties with a spouse.
Running a business with your spouse isn’t that dissimilar from marriage: it requires effort. Here are our top tips for successfully running a business with your partner:
Having a garage sale is a great way to make a few extra bucks and clear clutter that you no longer use. However, if you don’t price your items right, you could either lose money or be left with the junk you want to get rid of. Check out these “dos and don’ts” of garage sale pricing:
Just like the rest of the body, the brain needs to be kept in shape, too. Here are a few tips to keep the brain healthy and ward off cognitive impairment:
1. Stimulate your mind. Puzzles or any other mental challenges are a great way to generate new cells in the brain and develop plasticity (the brain’s ability to rewire itself). Crosswords, sudoku, or any math exercises are great.
2. Exercise. Moving your body — especially aerobic activity like running or fast-paced walking — can help prevent mental decline.
3. Watch what you eat. Another great way to keep the brain in shape is through nutritious foods which can prevent diseases, like diabetes, that take a toll on the brain. Think: colorful vegetables, high fiber foods, low sodium, and less processed foods. Antioxidant rich foods, like berries and citrus, help reduce oxidative stress (which creates a toxic imbalance) and can even lessen the effects of dementia.
4. Improve your blood pressure. High blood pressure has been linked to cognitive decline. Keep blood pressure low by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, reducing stress, and limiting alcohol.
Many relationships — whether friendships or romantic ones — deal with ups and downs, but sometimes you may encounter one of your relationships being a little too one-sided. Is your friend or partner self-absorbed? Do they consider your needs and interests before their own?
In a society where we are generally encouraged to think of ourselves first, it can be hard to have healthy relationships that nurture and care for each other.
Here are some ways to regain a bit of balance in the relationship:
1. Try to put yourself in their shoes. Having a better understanding of where they are coming from might help you see things from their perspective or reveal something you’re unaware of, like them dealing with a sick relative or family member. That could explain why they’re less responsive to communication or seem distant.
2. Know your own responsibilities. A great way to manage relationships is with healthy boundaries. Set out what you are and are not responsible for. For example, we can’t make anyone feel anything, just like we can’t take responsibly for another person’s behavior, actions, or their responsibilities. We can, however, think of the other person, try to treat them kindly, and make ourselves available for them.
3. Speak up but try not to be confrontational. If you feel that you need to address selfishness in the relationship use “I” statements instead of being accusatory. For example: “When you do X, I feel Y. I’d prefer if you could consider Z next time.”
4. Share taking the lead. Consider ways you could take turns in your relationship, such as picking a place for lunch and making a reservation. You could alternate each week. The same with a regular catch up — take it in turns to make the call/arrange a date.