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Everyone gets nervous before a date, and it’s natural to feel those butterflies stirring during the early days of courtship. But what happens when your butterflies’ become hurricanes, and even the thought of talking to a potential date sends you spiraling into anxiety? Dating anxiety is a real thing, and although it might not have a formal diagnosis, it can seriously impair your love life. Getting over it takes time and patience, but you can do it. So, first things first, pause and take a deep breath. You’ve got this. With the help of this article, you’re going to learn a bit more about what you’re going through and get some helpful tips and tricks on how to overcome it.

Signs You Have Dating Anxiety

Unlike the typical nerves plenty of people experience when getting to know someone new, dating anxiety can put a screeching halt on your love life. Some people are completely avoidant, shutting down any potential romantic interactions the instant they appear. Others may come on too strong, and their fear of being rejected becomes a reality. Some signs you might have this condition are:

  • You have an immense fear of rejection.
  • You spend hours analyzing interactions and things you or your date said.
  • You’re always worried about when or if someone will talk to you again.
  • Constantly doubting someone’s feelings for you.
  • Testing a partner by making them angry or ignoring them to see how they respond.
  • You always expect the worst outcome to a dating scenario.
  • You can’t be fully present on dates because your mind is filled with worries.

There are also many physical symptoms that can impact your ability to relax and be fully present on a date. This could be a racing heart, hot cheeks, a stomachache, jittery hands, etc. One way you can look into treating these symptoms is by asking your doctor about beta blockers for anxiety. These prescription medications decrease the severity of physical symptoms, making it easier for you to combat any unhelpful thoughts and stay in control when you feel anxious.

Start By Accepting Your Anxiety

One of the reasons people suffer so much from their mental health problems is that they refuse to accept them. You know you’re struggling, but you can’t bring yourself to fully accept the reality of it without feeling ashamed or wrong. But there is no shame in having anxiety or any other mental health condition. It can happen to anyone. 

Just giving yourself the compassion of acceptance can make a world of difference. You’re no longer fighting yourself, just the problem you’re facing. Acceptance also opens up more room to embrace your strengths despite your anxiety. You can still be smart, kind, funny, creative and compassionate with anxiety. You might struggle to express those qualities because of your symptoms, but they are never diminished by your anxiety.

Address Attachment Issues

Do you have a fear of abandonment or fear of intimacy? If you think you might, then talking to a therapist could help you recover. Healing takes time, so be patient. The most important relationship you’ll ever have in life is with yourself. Putting a pause on relationships is okay and oftentimes necessary. As you work through your struggles in therapy, you’ll find yourself more confident when you eventually date again.

Recognize Your Value Outside of a Relationship

One of the reasons people are anxious in dating is that they feel they need the approval of their dating partner. This doesn’t stop after they enter an official relationship, either. Ask yourself what are these thoughts really telling you. Are you overly invested in a practical stranger’s approval? For many, the desire to date is really a deeply unmet need of feeling wanted and loved for exactly who you are. 

This need often makes it difficult to appreciate the little moments and take things at a slow, healthy pace. Instead, you may be prone to falling fast and getting trapped in a cycle of intense, short-lived relationships. The secret is finding value in who you are regardless of your relationship status. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or happily married to your soulmate; you’re still you. That person has to be recognized and affirmed by the only one who really can: yourself.

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The trend for vaping CBD oil is growing fast, and there are many reasons why people enjoy it. What is CBD oil, and what can you expect from vaping it? CBD – cannabidiol – is an element of the cannabis plant. However, as CBD oils are usually free from THC – the psychoactive element of the plant – CBD doesn’t give you that ‘high’. What it does is relax you, and it’s also used by people who suffer from chronic pain, to help with depression and anxiety, as a sleeping aid and for many more conditions. 

As you’re reading this it’s clear you want to know more about vaping CBD oil and the benefits you might enjoy, so let’s get started with a section about what you need to start your vaping experience. 

What You Need to Enjoy Vaping

To begin your vaping journey, you need a suitable vaping device. We recommend that you start by looking at vape pens – sometimes known as dab pens – as these are the most convenient and popular devices on the vaping market. There are many brands and manufacturers who offer a variety of vape pens of different types, so here’s what’s involved.

A vape pen is a small device with an outer casing in which there will be miniature electronics to control the processes, a rechargeable battery, a coil or atomizer and a cartridge (shortened to cart). The casing will have a mouthpiece attached. The CBD substance – usually in the form of a dab or concentrate – is put into the cartridge. 

When the user tells the device to begin its process the battery powers the coil which heats the cartridge to a point where the CBD vaporizes. This produces the vape cloud that the user inhales for their hit. Now if there’s one element in which a lot of development has been undertaken it’s that of the cart battery which remains central to the process.

Whats the Fuss About the 510-Thread Battery?

In the early days of the vaping industry there were no standard practices. Manufacturers went their own way with the design and operation of the devices they offered. It quickly transpired that there was one type of battery that was best, and this is known as the 510-thread battery. There’s nothing special about it apart from the thread. With vape makers using the same battery thread – and also the same thread across all removable parts – the user was no able to upgrade a device.

What would this involve? The main reason to upgrade is that the early devices were pre-set at a single temperature. Users wanted to vary this setting because hotter or cooler vaporization can produce a smoother or harsher hit, whichever the user desired. Hence the introduction of 510-thread batteries with adjustable voltage. These can replace the basic ones that are simple and effective but not at all sophisticated.

Why Vaping is Growing in Popularity 

The vaping market is without doubt one of the fastest growing not just in the USA but across the world. With tobacco being out of favor and largely banned in many countries the safer alternative is clearly vaping, which involves no burning and therefore no carcinogens or tar. Of course, there are users who enjoy the routine of rolling a joint, but for CBD use there is undoubtedly a major convenience bonus in the vaping route. 

The benefits of CBD we have already mentioned – relaxation and an enjoyable experience without the THC high – and if you want to give it a go, we recommend you start with a dab pen, the least expensive and most convenient method of all. 

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The pain of losing a loved one is a feeling that can be almost impossible to articulate. Loneliness and the feeling of being unable to cope is a natural reaction. As we go about our daily lives, there will always be triggers that make us think of a person who is no longer here and how much we wish they were still here. Grief is not an easy emotion to deal with and, to some extent, it will never completely go away. But that is healthy as you’ve lost someone you loved and they will always remain a part of you. There are, however, ways to make the grieving process easier.

Create an End-of-Life Checklist

While it may seem morbid in nature, having a plan in place for death makes life for loved ones much easier. If your loved one (or even yourself) are facing a terminal illness, a checklist of which decisions should be made takes the pressure away from others. To find out what it entails and to create a checklist, you can read an end of life planning checklist guide.  

Acknowledge

It might seem easier to bottle everything up and continue while putting on a brave face for fear of looking weak or simply not wanting to talk about it. In the long term this will just build up inside, leading you to eventually blow up as the pressure from all the emotion looks for an escape route. Acknowledging how you feel, when you feel a certain way is the healthiest way to cope. If you feel sad, own that you feel sad. There’s no shame, and those who want to help will only know how you feel when you acknowledge it yourself. 

Talk About It

Talking may seem cliché, but it helps. Articulating your thoughts and feelings will make you feel better. Keeping them inside only leads to them building up and this will, in the long term, cause more psychological damage. Talking means trying to describe how you feel and when you feel a certain way. This way you will be better able to understand how particular situations may trigger your feelings of grief and how you can manage them better in the future. 

Write Down Your Feelings

If you don’t have someone readily available to talk to, writing down your feelings is the next best option. It is another form of emotional release and allows you to get your feelings out. It may be a good idea to keep a diary so you can compare how you feel day to day and look back on better days and see what you did to make that day easier. You can also write down your thoughts and feelings about the person you are mourning. After all, they are still there in your mind and you will not forget them. Writing down your feelings towards them or even writing a letter will help you to feel better.  

Don’t Be Afraid to Grieve

You should never be afraid to grieve. It is a natural emotional process that everyone goes through at some point in their life. People are able to relate, and having people around you who can relate to how you feel will make you feel less alone. There’s no set time limit, either. It will take as long as it takes, putting pressure on yourself to get over a loss will make you feel worse because there will always be some sense of grief. Let your emotions go when and as needed; grief is not to be feared, rather it is a healthy process which occurs when we lose someone we love.

Are you among the millions of homeowners who seriously consider installing solar roof panels? If so, the decision can be tricky because there are a lot of variables involved. For instance, some homes just aren’t constructed for the purpose. The good news is that most are, and no matter where you live, adding this new technology to your rooftop can mean significant savings on utility bills. Here’s a close-up look at the key pros and cons of installing a solar power energy array to your home’s roof.

Pro: Savings

Ask anyone who has panels on their roof, and they’ll invariably tell you that the main benefit from embracing eco-friendliness is lower electricity costs. If you live in a region where utilities regularly up prices, and do so with very little advance warning, you already understand the power of having access to low-cost energy. Plus, depending where you live, it’s often possible to sell back any excess electricity you produce to the local utility. That way, you’re not only eliminating an entire electric bill but getting cash, or utility credits, in return for the electricity you sell to the utility company.

Con: Cost

Making a significant investment in your home means up-front expenses that might be higher than expected. Some homeowners choose to sell their life insurance policies when seeking to help with bills and expenses associated with major improvements. Selling a life insurance policy for cash is a relatively simple and quick process. The best way to get started is by reviewing a basic online guide about how to get an immediate cash payout by selling your policy. Note that homeowners can use the proceeds from the sale for anything they wish, including adding a solar array to their roofs.

The downside of solar, for many homeowners who consider it, is that initial costs can be very high. While it usually takes about eight years for systems to pay for themselves, you’re still out a major chunk of money when you buy the panels for your roof. That’s why some people opt to lease the systems rather than purchase them outright. But with leasing, there’s usually a longer payoff period and less excess energy to sell each month. Buying is the far better option, but not everyone can afford it.

Con: Some Roofs Are Not Suitable

If you live in an older structure, or one that has either a slate-based or thatch-type roof, it can be very difficult to fit it with panels. Likewise, if you live in a place where there is not abundant direct sunlight, or if your house in shaded by large trees or nearby buildings, it might not be worthwhile to purchase a sun-based energy system.

Pro: Higher Resale Value

People shopping for homes often seek out those that are equipped with either rooftop or ground-based solar panels. It’s a win-win for buyers because they don’t have to pay the up-front costs or deal with installation headaches. For sellers, the deal is a way to recoup some or all of the initial installation expense. In today’s real estate market, sellers can get higher prices if their houses are equipped with professionally installed solar energy panels.

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With holiday season approaching fast, are you wondering what to get for that special person in your life who enjoys all things cannabis? Or maybe you’re just trying to find a couple items to add to your own collection. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. And now is a good time to buy because there are all sorts of holiday specials showing up on major retailers’ websites. What’s your pleasure? Or, what might your lucky recipient enjoy? The possibilities are endless, but some of the most fun choices include things like vaporizers, grow-your-own starter kits, lamps, edibles, subscriptions, and more. Here’s a quick survey that will get your creative juices flowing.

Starter Kits

One of the top selling items in this product segment is for wannabe growers or people who just want to experiment with cannabis in general. Starter kits come in all sizes and at every price point. There are two basic categories within the niche, namely the grower-oriented packages and the taster sample packs, which are arranged like a box of assorted chocolates but with cannabis samplings in place of candy. The mini grow kits include everything but the required space for a newcomer to the growing business. The smaller, less pricey items are more novelty than anything else. But you can spend a little more and get a real kit that offers people a fun, educational way to find out if they want to take up a new hobby or career as a freelancer in the industry.

Vaporizers

Many cannabis users prefer vaporizers to get the most out of the experience. Not only are vape machines cleaner than smoking, they let users control the process from start to finish. The best thing about buying a vaporizer as a gift is that you can spend as little or as much as you want. For example, you might decide to shop for a device that is rated best for discreet use by getting a PAX 3 vaporizer unit. Prices are competitive and the PAX is a smart investment for anyone who wants a machine that will last for years and deliver the best taste and purest vapor. Ask someone who has received a vape machine as a gift what their first reaction was when opening the package. Invariably, they’ll tell you it was one of the coolest things anyone ever gave them.

Edibles

If you want to keep your gift giving simple, inexpensive, and sure to bring a smile to someone’s face, opt for an assorted edibles basket, box, or pack. Prices range from very low to as high as you want them to be, especially if you opt for a custom-made arrangement. Of course, gummies are the all-time favorite within this category, but in the past few years, product menus have grown beyond belief. Nowadays, you can order cannabis infused items like canned soda, teas, cold brew coffee, candy of every size and shape, and the traditional favorite, brownies. One warning about buying edibles in that it’s best to shop locally and in person. Otherwise, you’ll run into pesky laws about transporting or delivering food products across state lines.

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Cincinnati is the 19th best city for work-life balance, according to a study by Kisi. It has also been consistently ranked as the best place to live in Ohio in recent years. With a growing list of employers promoting better work-life balance and booming entrepreneurship, the state is quickly becoming a desirable one for many women. For instance, women-friendly employers like American Express now support remote working and provide paid time off in a bid to encourage their female workers to gain a better work-life balance. From planning their home remodels to attending soccer practices and leading businesses, women juggle multiple roles daily. So what is the trick to succeed in the delicate work-life balancing act? Implementing boundaries between work and home, employing nifty organizational tricks, and relying on helpful tools to make the process easier.

Create Structure And Organization In Your Day

As more women entered the workforce or took up entrepreneurship, more pressure has been placed upon them to juggle personal and career goals. In an article titled “What America Lost as Women Entered the Workforce”, Emma Green claimed that women were at the core of volunteering for their kids’ schools, community causes, and political events. Having consistency and organization in your day means you can plan better, and know what to expect. Not only is this ideal for maintaining a good work-life balance as a woman, but it is also a good tool for minimizing stress- at work and home. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), women are more likely to report being stressed than men.

To become more organized in your work and home commitments, start incorporating small habits like creating a to-do list daily, declutter your desk and wallet /purse and plan your meals for the week before heading to the grocery store. To help you meal plan for the week ahead, you can use a meal planning template. For help staying more organized in administrative or home maintenance tasks, use apps like Evernote for notes, Strides for setting goals (or a to-do list), and HomeZada for home maintenance and repairs tracking. For instance, when looking for a plumber Indianapolis residents may find prices differ when compared to Cincinnati due to the higher cost of living and hourly rates.  HomeZada provides a home maintenance calendar and can also track financial details like fluctuating repair costs.

Learn To Separate Your Personal And Professional Commitments 

In the age of working remotely, separating your work and personal life can become tricky. Start with carving out strict working hours. If you are working from home, aim to have a designated workspace that you can work from uninterrupted for the time. Similarly, set aside uninterrupted personal time for yourself and your family. Keep the 2 completely separate so that you can focus on each one during their designated hours. This will help you avoid the common spillover and may even boost your efficiency.

Find A Way To Balance Your Finances Continuously

Financial stress can affect physical wellbeing and work performance. This in turn can impede your work-life balance. Money was the leading source of stress for 44 percent of Americans in a Northwestern Mutual Survey. The best approach to minimizing financial stress is keeping up to date on your finances regularly so that you can be proactive about managing them. Using a budgeting app like YNAB, Mint, or Simplifi By Quicken is a good place to start. Poor financial health and management can mean you are left in debt and working longer hours to keep up with your bills. This, in turn, means fewer hours to designate to your personal commitments.

In the end, maintaining a good work-life balance comes down to knowing how to prioritize and utilizing the right tools. Remember that these changes need to be sustainable and long-term for the benefits to truly be realized. Feel free to continuously re-evaluate and change your approach as you need to. As you go through the stages of life, your idea of a work-life balance may change- and so should your approach.

Across the U.S., single women purchased almost 9% more homes in the last quarter of 2020 than in the same period of the previous year.  Cincinnati consistently ranks highly as one of the best places for single women to buy and, as their financial autonomy and independence grows, women continue to have a significant impact on the property market here. However, while they have been able to take advantage of lower interest rates and affordable prices, housing stock is now in short supply, so being prepared to proceed quickly with a purchase is important to retain buying power.
 
Deciding on a Down Payment
 
With a shortage of housing, some purchasers might decide to wait until next year to buy, while saving for a larger down payment. However, to make their money go further, now could still be a better time to purchase as interest rates are likely to be higher next year.  Any rise in mortgage rates will affect the value of a home loan and could mean a reduction in buying power. The amount of down payment also has an impact on loan approval, and anyone with down payment questions needs to consider the pros and cons of a larger deposit. While a 20% down payment comes with benefits, in a fast moving market, taking too long to save could mean missing out on the perfect property. 
 
Making an All Cash Offer
 
According to a report by the Bank of America, single women have been prioritizing buying their own home over other key life events such as getting married. Interest rates of only 3% means that now is a good time to buy, and Cincinnati has been named as the fastest-selling housing market in the US. However this also means that there is currently only one month’s worth of housing inventory at any one time which is leading to bidding wars and price increases. For higher earners who have been focused on buying a property for some time, buying a property outright could be a possibility. In a heated market, where sellers are receiving several offers in just a few days, cash buyers who are less likely to face any last minute financial issues are often more attractive. 
 
Joining a Rent to Buy Program
 
Cincinnati has one of the highest percentages of renters of all US cities. Almost two thirds of households currently rent their property, and while potential first time buyers are struggling to secure a purchase, their rent is also increasing. One option for renters to get a foot on the property ladder is to join a rent to buy program, one of which has recently launched in Cincinnati.  After an initial financial assessment using measures such as credit scores and level of income, clients are given a budget for a home that they then rent for a couple of years until they are in a stronger position to buy it.
 
Although the fast turnover of housing stock in Cincinnati is less favorable to buyers, low interest rates and median house prices still make it a good time to buy, especially for purchasers with down payments ready to proceed quickly with a purchase. 

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Cincinnati was recently ranked top third metro in the U.S. leading the way in sustainability, Site Selection’s most recent annual Sustainability Rankings reveals. Incorporating green practices into your business doesn’t just help the environment; it can also boost overall sales revenue by 20%, according to Harvard Business Review. Becoming eco-conscious will also give your business a competitive edge as customers are increasingly looking to make purchases that help protect their families and the future of the planet.
 
Opt for sustainable energy suppliers and partners
 
Using an eco-friendly energy supplier is one of the easiest and affordable ways to green your Cincinnati business. Many suppliers now generate power from sustainable, renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric. They offer green business contracts or tariffs, which partially or completely matches the total amount of electricity you use with the amount the supplier purchases from renewable energy generators. The excess renewable energy is then fed back into the grid and lowers the overall reliance on fossil fuels. You can also partner with sustainable businesses whenever you can. For example, green web hosts and eco-conscious raw material suppliers are options to consider.
 
Prevent water waste
 
Water waste is a serious problem across the U.S. and the wider world. For example, the average family typically wastes 180 gallons every week due to household leaks — That’s equivalent to the amount of water needed to wash more than 300 loads of laundry. You can do your part to conserve water and prevent needless waste by adopting several simple yet effective measures in your business. For example, check regularly for pipe leaks in your building. Leaks typically occur under the building or inside walls, which can sometimes make them hard to detect. Fortunately, your water meter can help you out here; if there’s a high reading a leak may be present. Additionally, investing in automated touchless faucets, sinks, and toilets can significantly minimize water waste, as well as improve hygiene standards.
 
Go paperless
 
12.1 trillion sheets of paper are wasted by offices across the U.S. Not only is this money down the drain, but it also contributes to deforestation and energy and water waste. Making your Cincinnati business as paperless as possible can help the environment and even make your processes more efficient. Making the switch from paper bills to online billing, for example, eliminates paper waste and frees up physical storage space. Email receipts are also a convenient replacement for paper receipts. Sometimes, however, it’s not possible to go 100% paper free. In this case, make sure your business is supplied with recycled, sustainably-sourced paper. Extra green points if you can find a vendor local to Cincinnati like APC Paper or Saica Group, for example. 
 
Making your Cincinnati business more sustainable will help the environment and give you a competitive edge. Choosing sustainable energy suppliers and partners, preventing water waste, and going paperless are effective ways you can up your business’ green practices.

Your kitchen is probably the most used room in your home between preparing meals or talking around the island while spending time with family and friends. In fact, kitchen renovation is the top request when it comes to interior design. So, when it comes to making yours everything you ever dreamed about, you might not know where to start. Every kitchen renovation is different, so even if you love the idea of ripping out your existing floor and cabinets, you might have the budget or ability to do so. Here’s what you need to know about kitchen remodeling.

Layout

Your final remodel is determined by the layout of your kitchen. You need to consider where the power and water supply are located and whether they can be moved. You should take inventory of any dead space you have in your kitchen and come up with some ideas of how you’d like to change it. Make rough sketches of your dream layout to give a contractor a general idea of what you’re hoping to achieve. There are also design apps that create renderings you can use to help make the process easier as well. Once you have a good understanding of how your kitchen is built, you can focus on how to improve the overall functionality and flow.

Efficiency and Functionality

Even though single-wall galley kitchens are making a comeback, L-shaped kitchens can be bought in most homes. If your kitchen functions as a family hub, it will be far different than one belonging to someone who’s single and living in the city. If your dream kitchen is nothing like the one you currently have, you also need to think about your finances. Kitchen makeovers can be as inexpensive as a quick coat of paint or as costly as a complete demolition and rebuild. For this reason, you might want to consider getting a line of home equity credit. There are plenty of guides online for review, which explain the process of taking out a line of home equity credit. This type of credit allows you to tap into your home’s equity for renovations. The interest could be tax deductible, and the repayment terms are usually less than with bank loans.

Color Palette

When it comes to repainting or wallpapering your kitchen, you need to think about the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Consider the color of your cabinets, counters and floors. Choose a complimentary color or walk covering that tie everything together and creates a cozy environment. You also need to choose your kitchen gadgets accordingly. If you have a more eclectic taste, there’s no shortage of bold blenders, mixers and coffee makers on the market. However, it’s never a good idea to have every kitchen gadget you own competing for attention. For instance, if red is your signature color, choose one item in this hue. The goal is to let your personality shine through without throwing off the ambiance of your new kitchen. This will be even more important if you want to sell your home in the future.

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Dressing in smart business attire doesn’t just help you look the part: it’s also been found to improve abstract thinking, which is key for creativity and long-term strategizing, Scientific American reports. When it comes to work, appearance matters. Striking the perfect balance between professional and chic can be challenging, but it’s possible as long as you follow some key basic principles.
 
Quality over quantity
Your business wardrobe isn’t the place to penny pinch. Investing in high-quality, staple pieces may initially seem expensive, but you’ll get plenty of wear out of them over the years — this results in a low cost per wear. So, when you’re shopping for new pieces, pay particular attention to the materials and craftsmanship, and aim for quality over quantity. It’s also just as important to take excellent care of your garments after you purchase them. That means getting them professionally cleaned on a regular basis. The right care can help you extend the life of your wardrobe considerably. 
 
Accessorize smartly
When it comes to accessories in workplace fashion, less is always more. Accessories typically create a focal point for your outfit, and can end up either making or breaking your look — so choose wisely. For example, there’s no need to overdo it on the jewelry. Instead choose a single classic piece like a sapphire necklace. Sapphire gemstones offer a beautiful deep blue hue that can add an elegant sparkle to your look. Allow the stone to take center stage here: there’s no need to overwhelm it with other colors or stones. As an alternative to jewelry, opt for a designer handbag or briefcase. A chic, business-appropriate bag can elevate your look and fit all your work essentials.
 
Don’t show too much skin
Showing too much skin in the workplace is a big no-no. You can avoid doing this by ensuring your dresses and skirts are the right length: they should fall in line with the tops of your knees at minimum. Keep in mind that dresses and skirts may naturally move further up when you sit down, making them look even shorter. It’s also wise to avoid dresses or skirts with high slits. If you’re ever in doubt, take a look at your employee handbook to read up on the exact dress code for your workspace.
 
Assembling a chic business wardrobe can help you make a good impression at work. By following key style principles, you can easily dress for success.
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