Mental Health and Why It Matters

Take Care Of Your Mental Health
Take Care Of Your Mental Health
It’s important to look after yourself, but chances are that you only ever really focus on your physical weight and health. That’s all well and good, but you should really be focusing on your mental health, as well. Maybe you’ve never considered the importance of mental health, but it really is a huge aspect of your life. You can be as fit as an ox and still feel terrible if your mental health is suffering. The worst part is that nobody can see a mental illness like they can see a physical injury, leading to a lot of stigmatization of mental illness and a lot of discrimination. You should be concerned about your mental health, since it plays such a huge role in our lives. If you’ve never considered it before, you have a lot to learn, and here’s some of what you need to know:

The Importance of Mental Health

Your Mental Health Impacts Every Area Of Your Life
Your Mental Health Impacts Every Area Of Your Life
Mental health really plays a part in every part of your life. If you’re depressed, you’re going to feel unwell and it is going to become much more difficult to get anything done. If you’re anxious, it becomes difficult to face everyday life without breaking down. You can feel these ways even if you don’t have a specific mental illness – everyone deals with these sorts of things at least once or twice in their lifetime. That is why it is so important to understand your mental health and how it can affect your life. It really does matter, and you really do need to keep on top of your mental health so that you can become the best “you” that you can be!

What Can Go Wrong?

There are many mental health illnesses that can come about, and even without an actual mental illness you can still suffer with bad mental health. You can become overly stressed out and become anxious about work. You can be in a bad situation and feel depressed. Everyone deals with these sorts of issues. If you allow things to continue and worsen and don’t focus on improving your mental health, you could develop anxiety or depression that will persist much longer than what is normal for most people. It’s important to take care of your mind as well as your body, because if you’re not feeling well mentally, it affects every other aspect of life.

What You Should Do to Improve Mental Health

Reach Out... Ask For Help
Reach Out… Ask For Help
If you’re feeling particularly stressed out, take a break from work and try to get away for a weekend. Find someone to talk to if you need to vent your anger or your issues. Do something that makes you happy, whatever that may be. You need to stay on top of your mental health and do what’s right for you. You won’t be any use in your daily life if you’re too stressed out to function, so make sure to keep that in mind. Take a mental health day and relax if you’re beginning to feel the stresses of daily life hitting you hard. Most everybody will understand! After all, they’ve probably been there too.

Soliciting Customer Feedback to Grow Your Business

Keep Your Customers Happy
Keep Your Customers Happy
Being a small-business owner means staying on top of things. Whether that’s continually evaluating your business strategy or how your business is being run in the day-to-day, it is necessary in order to maintain that edge that keeps customers returning and your cashflow positive. The saying may be "if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it," but knowing how you’re doing and avoiding stagnation is essential for growth. So how can you figure out what’s working and what isn’t? The answer doesn’t always come from your accountant. Customer feedback is an essential part of any business, and it’s especially important for small local businesses where word of mouth can mean the difference between a great month and going into the red.

The Importance of Online Reviews

Take Online Reviews Into Consideration
Take Online Reviews Into Consideration
Like it or not, the prevalence of online review sites such as Yelp, as well as Google’s push to display user ratings alongside search results, means that they’re an essential part of how a business is perceived out in the world. If someone searches for your business and see that Google’s collected reviews only give you two stars out of five, that could be the deciding factor as to whether or not a potential customer even considers your business worth looking at. Similarly, a low Yelp rating can drastically impact your business. Therefore, it is in your best interest to cultivate positive word of mouth with your customers. A positive image online leads to a positive perception of your business in the real world, which will get more feet through your front door. The best place to start with improving your online review image is through customers who are already pleased with your business.

Encourage Satisfied Customers to Leave Reviews

The Customer's Perception Of Your Business Is Important
The Customer’s Perception Of Your Business Is Important
Most people won’t go out of their way to make a review about a positive experience unless it was extraordinary, but when people are unhappy, they are more likely than ever to leave a negative review about you as a way to vent their own frustrations. It is in your best interest to make sure each customer interaction is a positive one. Incentivize your customers to leave positive reviews for your business online, but don’t beat them over the head with it. Store loyalty cards, even if they are just of the hole-punch variety, are a great way to not only encourage repeat business and spread good word-of-mouth, but they are an unobtrusive way to get your message across. For example, the back of the card might explain what it does (buy ten items and get the eleventh free, etc) while also saying "If you had a great experience, tell us about it on our Yelp! page." By linking a positive experience (getting one’s loyalty card punched) with the encouragement to leave a review, you make it much more likely that your customer will remember that when they get home.

You can also hang a sign in your business that encourages customers to review you online, but don’t go overboard and push them into doing it. That will increase the chances that you get negative reviews, instead, which is the opposite of what you want to happen. Respect your customers and their right to not be badgered, and instead look for ways to improve their experience so much that they’ll be happy to tell others about it.

Use Negative Reviews As Learning Tools

Use Negative Reviews As Learning Tools
Use Negative Reviews As Learning Tools
It’s easy to look at a negative review and dismiss it out of hand, especially if it is written anonymously and with a demeaning tone. However, dismissing negative reviews out of hand prevents you from having the chance to examine what could be a set of legitimate criticisms. Carefully read each bad review you get, and instead of responding in anger, ask yourself, "What led to this customer having such a bad experience?" and "How can I prevent someone else from feeling the same way?" You might not always be able to discern the answer, and such reviews will not always be helpful. However, they can provide a window of insight into how your employees are treating your customers when you aren’t around, or even show you that you aren’t running an area of your business in the most efficient way possible. Take reviews with a grain of salt, but recognize that they can have immense value for you as a business.

Getting Started with Interracial Dating

Interracial Dating
Interracial Dating
When you decide to start dating interracial, it can be both an exciting and nervous experience for you. Many men want to date women of other races, but they aren’t sure of how to go about it. If you’re not careful, you can end up offending the women that you’re interested in. If you want to make sure that you successfully start dating a woman of another race, you have to be certain to make her feel that you’re dating her because she’s a great woman, and not because of her race.

Don’t Make Her Feel Like You’re Only Interested in Her Because of Her Race

Do Not Mention Race As the Reason Why You Like Her
Do Not Mention Race As the Reason Why You Like Her
One of the biggest mistakes that some men make when it comes to dating interracially is that they make it known that they’re only interested dating a woman because of her race. Saying things like, “I love Asian woman,” or “I’ve always been more attracted to Hispanic women,” is a huge mistake when you want to attract women of another race. Once you say these types of things, she will automatically know that you’re more interested in her because of the color of her skin, rather than because she is as a person.

The best way to get a woman of another race to be attracted to you is by not mentioning her race at all. If she asks if you about anything dealing with race, tell her that you something like race does not play an important role in your decision to date someone. You should also tell her that you don’t care what other people think as long as the two of you are happy and enjoying yourselves.

Don’t Make Her Feel Like a Stereotype

Focus On Her Personality... Don't Make Her Feel Like A Stereotype
Focus On Her Personality… Don’t Make Her Feel Like A Stereotype
You should also avoid making the woman that you’re dating feel like she’s a stereotype. Don’t ever say anything like, “I like black women because of how sassy they are,” or “Indian women are great because of their complexion and their accents.” It is okay to admire women for various reasons, but sometimes you should avoid actually telling them these things. Sometimes women can take what we’re saying the wrong way, and will make our compliments seem like they are more of insults. When you’re complimenting her, it’s best not to bring up anything that you often relate to her race.

It’s easy to accidentally bring up stereotypes when you are dealing with people of other races. To avoid mentioning any, try to exclude mentioning her race and instead focus on her personality. Most women don’t appreciate being treated like fetishes, so never let her know that you like her for anything other than her uniqueness.

Try to plan out the things you want to say to her to make sure that they won’t offend her. If you’re unsure if she will find something offense or not, you can ask others for input online or even your friends or family members. If she ever calls you out on anything that she finds offensive, quickly apologize for it, and then ask her to explain why it’s offensive, so that you can remember never to say it again.