This time of year is hard on many of us—after the holidays, beginning of year, less daylight, colder days. Add to all that, 2022 brings with it the effects of year three of Covid and the stress, anxiety, and uncertainty of the days ahead.
(Raise your hand if the prior two sentences sent you into a panic attack.)
Me too. Yet, we are all living it. It is no wonder that many of us would rather pull the covers over our heads than pop out of bed.
If that is you, then try this:
Turn your routines into rituals.
I have always been a morning person. But last year this time, I noticed that my early hour zest for life was dwindling. I thought back to what had changed about my routine in the last month. It was that the holidays were over, and I did not get to spend them with my family last year. I was missing that grounding sense of purpose that in years prior had given me the extra oomph to push through the dreary winter months. I began to approach January with my December routine.
I love everything about the holidays—the scents, sounds, gifts, and traditions. I infused those rituals into my January routine. I stumbled out of bed to light a balsam and cedar candle, asked Alexa to play Charlie Brown’s Christmas (instrumental version), and bought four advent calendars on sale to open one gift per day until springtime.
It wasn’t going back to the holidays, it was wrapping myself in the comforts of joyful, sacred rituals.
Make a list of what brings you joy.
Think about the rituals and traditions that you look forward to. Make a list and think about how you might incorporate those people, things, activities into your daily routines. Maybe it is the scent of a hand lotion that reminds of your grandmother, or a song that your kids used to bellow out from the backseat. Find places in your daily routine to visit those cherished memories regularly.
Make a list of who offers you support.
Our best memories are filled with familiar faces. Create a list of who supports you in every role in your life—as a parent, partner, leader, and friend. When you face challenges in each, who offers immediate support? Create that mental rolodex now. Put them on notice today.
Stock the emotional pantry.
When we are exhausted, we often turn to distractions and vices rather than processing the emotional baggage. We must prepare for exhaustion by answering these questions with a well-rested mind.
- What energizes me?
- What comforts me?
- What grounds me?
- What inspires me?
- What elevates me?
Have these answers nearby. Build a sacred routine, or ritual, around them.
Stockpile the emotional pantry, knowing it will nourish you through the storms ahead.
Burnout is a signal that our routines are no longer serving us, or even worse, completely depleting us. When we become exhausted with our daily routines and habits, find comfort in the rituals that bring you joy and support.
Is Crypto Safe? What You Need to Know
What You Need to Know About Crypto Security
The cryptocurrency market is booming with more new coins and startups than ever, but they’re not all created equal. Cryptocurrency is a trailblazing technology that could overhaul the financial systems of the future. However, it’s wise to do your homework before actively trading or investing in cryptocurrencies with price volatility and privacy concerns.
What Is A Cryptocurrency?
Digital money that makes use of cryptography to safeguard transactions and regulate the generation of new units is called Cryptocurrency. It’s called a cryptocurrency because it relies on cryptography’s encrypted form of data. Cryptography also provides anonymity for users by obscuring their identity and, indeed, all aspects of their transactions.
Cryptocurrencies can be mined, traded or used to purchase goods and services. A person would have to rely on already established relationships with merchants or banks to make purchases in the past.
How Safe Is Cryptocurrency?
Cryptocurrency is more than an idea to create a digital form of currency at its core. Cybercriminals have learned that they can target these digital currencies because they are not regulated and not backed by any government. In theory, it’s tough to track down the source or the location of cryptocurrency transactions.
Cryptocurrencies are a prime target opening for cybercriminals since it’s difficult to trace transactions and identify the individuals involved.
How to Safeguard Your Cryptocurrencies
Cybersecurity in Cryptocurrency is a common issue and one that you should be aware of if considering an investment. Though the concerns are real, these problems can be mitigated mainly through a few simple security steps before trading or investing in Cryptocurrency.
Here are some basics steps to help secure your account from Cryptocurrency transactions:
Enable two-step authentication and password protect your computer when searching for cryptocurrency exchanges. This will prevent anyone from accessing your machines if they are stolen or hacked.
Use a Virtual Private Network
A virtual private network (VPN) is a computer network where you can hide your proper IP address. If a hacker were to try and break into your account, they would see an IP address from the VPN, so it would be impossible to gain access.
Backup Your Wallet
Backup information that includes public address and private keys. This will help you retrieve any lost currency or prevent others from transferring Cryptocurrency from your wallet.
Use Multiple Wallets
Using more than one Cryptocurrency wallet helps protect your investment from theft even if your account is compromised. If you have a cryptocurrency wallet on multiple devices and platforms, it’s easy to keep a backup of your information in case of an account breach.
What Are the Risks Associated with Cryptocurrency?
With all the blockchain talk about decentralization and anonymity, getting swept up in the hype is easy. Cryptocurrency has become a rapidly growing portion of the investing market, and many retail investors are looking to trade or invest in cryptocurrencies.
While the technology behind cryptocurrencies is impressive, risks are rushing, making trading and investing in Cryptocurrency risky for inexperienced traders.
Phishing scams come in many forms, including emails and text messages. These scams can occur on an individual or a more general level, as most commonly happens. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publishes information on detecting phishing scams. Still, it’s hard to tell the difference between a legitimate cryptocurrency exchange and an imposter because most large cryptocurrency exchanges do not have contact information listed for regulatory reasons.
Cryptocurrency is a very volatile market that can swing wildly in either direction in almost no time at all. All cryptocurrencies are responsive to news, which can cause price changes within minutes or hours. There are also several different types of currencies, so you may have a hard time getting used to the volatility of each type. If you see only one digital currency (e.g., Bitcoin), it’s easy to assume stability when it’s still highly volatile.
While using crypto for online payments is a convenient method to pay for products and services, there are significant hazards involved with such transactions. When you pay for anything using bitcoin, you have no way of knowing the seller’s identity or having your payment details validated by a third party. You’re on your own if there’s an issue with the transaction.
With online purchases, you don’t have access to a complaint process, and there is no recourse if something goes wrong. This all results in anonymous transactions that pose risks online. As long as Cryptocurrency continues its rapid growth, this will be an iCryptocurrencyilers and sellers will need to solve.
Cryptocurrency is a highly sought-after currency for investors due to its untraceable nature and ability to exchange value without interference from a third party, such as a bank. However, this feature also makes it an appealing target for cybercriminals.
If you’re considering investing or trading in Cryptocurrency, educate yourself on the processes used to make transactions and invest your money safely and securely with reliable services that vet every transaction before letting it go through. Before diving in headfirst, make sure you research the different types of Cryptocurrency available and what risks are associated with each one. For more information on Cryptocurrency and its different types, visit our blog now!
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The Points of Light Civic Circle Offers Real Ways You Can Change the World
Sixty-six percent of Americans don’t believe they can make a big impact in the world.
That figure is according to Points of Light’s research on civic engagement. But what if I told you there are actually many ways to drive change?
Today’s political climate can feel divided or even stagnant, but the truth is, you really can make things better, starting with your own community, one act of kindness at a time. And those aren’t just words. I’m here to share real, practical ways for you to make a difference.
The Points of Light Civic Circle helps people connect to opportunities and understand that doing good comes in many forms. It is a framework that represents your power to lead, lend support and take action for causes you care about and live your best civic life.
The Civic Circle provides actionable examples of all the ways you can change your community to reflect the world you want to see around you. In fact, you’re probably doing some of these things already. Are you helping a neighbor by picking up groceries or chaperoning on your child’s class field trip? You’re volunteering. Did you vote in the last election or help others get to the polls so they could vote? Those acts of civic duty illustrate the “vote” element. When you buy a product, do you choose to support companies that reflect your values or advance a social cause? That’s called “purchase power.” There are nine elements of the Civic Circle, and countless ways to bring each one to life.
This blog is the first in a five-part series that will help you find real and manageable ways to activate the Civic Circle through apps, documentaries, podcasts and books.
We also offer other resources to help you connect with all the ways you can become empowered to be the change you want to see in the world. Check out our videos that provide an in-depth look at each element of the Civic Circle. And don’t miss Civic Life Today, our digital magazine series. Each issue takes a deep dive and provides materials, ideas and inspiration so that you can become civically engaged. Get started today, and launch your own civic engagement journey with these tools.
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