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Create The Time To Relax

It is sometimes difficult to find some time to relax in our busy lives. However, it is important to set aside some quiet and uninterrupted time to be able to meditate, relax, and breathe.

  • Find a time where you can have some peace and quiet where you won't be interrupted;
  • Set your intentions to be held in a positive light. What do you want to happen during this time? How long will you be spending here? What are you trying to free yourself from?

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Prepare The Environment
  • A calming environment is conducive to meditation so that you can engage all of your five senses - sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch.
  • Remove any clutter that might distract you;
  • If you choose to light a candle, be sure to have it away from any items that are hazardous to fire;
  • You can also prepare a drink to sip during your bath, just make sure that it is in a non-breakable cup and it has a stable surface to rest on. It can be a glass of wine, a cup of tea, or even iced coffee.
Prepare The Bath
  • This is dependent on your preferences. You can have a milk bath, salt bath, or a bath without any additives.
  • You can have a deeper bath experience by adding fresh rose petals or citrus rinds for texture. 
  • Bath salts, bubbles, and essential oils can also be added to your bath.
Get in The Bath and Relax

Now that you've prepared everything for the bath it's time to climb into the bath, close your eyes, relax your body and breathe. Here are things you should do while in the bath:

  • Practice the 4-7-8 breathe work. 
  • Pay attention to the sensations that you are feeling at the moment, from your body - warmth, freshness, serenity - to your environment - fragrant and relaxing.
  • This is also when you can address your anxieties, focus on the feeling, and then let them go.
Easing Back Into Life

As the bath comes to an end, your skin is soft, you feel light and unburdened, don't quickly get out of the bath, instead, take it slow, carefully get up and do your usual routine after a soothing bath. 

While doing so, keep in mind to still notice what you are thinking and feeling - physically and emotionally - let yourself fully experience the moment until the moment you put your clothes on.

The Fresh Start Effect

When we want to change ourselves anew, we often set a date on when to start changing our behaviors or our habits. This is the concept of having a "fresh start".

The effect of the "fresh start" is that we're able to overlook our past mistakes and imperfections of our daily lives and have new beginnings. We are then more likely to take action towards our goals.

Temporal landmarks are the days that stand out as being more meaningful than other days, mainly due to it producing the feeling of having a "fresh start"

These temporal landmark days make us feel more distant from our past failures.

  1. Be strategic about when you want to start changing your behavior. If you want to trigger the fresh start effect you must think carefully about the meaning behind the days for yourself.
  2. When you start to drift away from your target, don't lose hope. Focus on a new fresh start date. We often forget that motivation's biggest problem is that it ebbs, it flows, and will often fail you without notice.
  3. Connect with your future self. Every action you decide to do now will affect your future inevitably.
Black History Month

Since 1976, the United States celebrates the achievements of African-Americans during Black History Month.

Black History Month started as "Nero History Week" in 1926. Historian Carter G. Woodson was bothered that many textbooks and other historical reviews did not consider the contributions of black figures. Woodson allocated the second week in February to raise awareness of these stories.

Carter G. Woodson chose the second week in February specifically because the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14) were during that period. The publicity led many mayors and college campuses to recognise the week.

In 1976, President Gerald Ford made Black History Month official, urging people to use the opportunity to honour the often neglected accomplishments of black Americans.

Purposelessness Is Pleasurable
  • The low-brow, consolatory entertainment is enjoyable to viewers because it is relaxed, sociable, sharable and accessible. It is purposeless and trivial, making it relatable to our common humanity.
  • The reality TV recipe often has an everyman quality to it, so the viewers are able to relate to the antics of the participants who talk, act or behave as a normal person (like the viewers) would.
  • The pandemic resulted in TV viewership along with streaming network viewership to thrive. Most of the content is not intellectual but unchallenging, popcorn programming that someone who has had a hard day can relax and unwind with.

The tried and tested, familiar format is often repetitive and has the narrative inevitability that people are accustomed to. Much like a football match, it is the small variations that provide the entertainment in an otherwise repetitive TV programming.

The sameness of consolatory TV is how it bonds the viewers to what is familiar, and what affirms to how our society bonds.

Dilbert's Popularity

As the comic begin to be admired and enjoyed by readers, the managers from Adams' job noticed how they were being mocked in his jokes. But instead of getting fired, Adams claimed that his bosses took a different management approach:

"We can't fire him because it would look bad. You must give him absurd assignments until he quits."

But this did not affect Adams - his jokes became even funnier.

Readers suggestions

Sometimes, Scott Adams doesn't have to write the text himself: some are sent by his readers and some are directly quoted from his experiencesAnd Adams knows how to capture the readers' suggestions, even if he doesn't know their situations personally.

People may laugh and relate to all of his jokes, but the truth is: Management can be stranger – and funnier – than management fiction.

The Creation of Dilbert

Scott Adams started cartooning while still working in a telephone company. After being repeatedly passed over for promotion, he realized that it doesn't matter even though he's not being promoted because he started having time for his hobbies, and one of those was to illustrate cartoons. 

The title "Dilbert" was actually suggested by one of his coworkers, and the jokes behind the comics were based on what he was experiencing at work.

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