Simple Tips To Fighting Depression

Have you have found yourself in a situation that you feel so depressed that you lose the meaning of life? Well, if it has never happened to you, then you are among the few lucky people in the world. Depression is common because of the state that world is currently. The economic situations, broken relationships, loss of loved ones out of terrorism or other vices are some of the things that can lead to depression. It is good to ensure that depression is dealt with at the earliest opportunity possible as there are many health hazards that are associated with it. This article provides you with important tips that can help you do away with depression.

Deep sleep

Sometimes deep sleep is very important as far as fighting depression is concerned. This is something that you can prove on your own. For instance, if you have a headache because of stress or tension, if you take a nub, you will wake up to find a headache gone. What does this tell you? Well, it simply means that sleep has a lot of healthy value in our lives. So be sure to get enough sleep every night. If you find it difficult catching sleep, then there are several things that you can do to ensure that you do away with a sleepless night. One of them is involving yourself actively in physical exercises.

Find a good counselor

If you realized that the situation is getting out of hand, then the best thing that you can do is to find the help of experts. You need to find a good counselor who will be able to guide you out of your depression. Counselors have the right skills that will help you get out of your problem. All that you need to do is to make sure that you find the right counselors. Always remember that not all of them are capable of providing you with the quality services that you seek. So be sure to extensive research if you are to make the right decision.

Lead a healthy life

This can also be of great help for you to achieve your dreams of doing away with depression. You need to ensure that you eat the right foods. Do not forget that there are foods that are recommended for people suffering from depression. Find out about these foods and give the priority. Also, make sure that you drink a lot of water as well as having a clear detox plan. All these could be very helpful in the fight against depression. You can also read how quotes help people to learn more on how to deal with the menace.

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Guide to Becoming a Certified Plumber

It’s rare to hear children say that they want to become plumbers when they grow up. Therefore, you probably never dreamed of making a career off installing, gas and water pipes until recently. Some of the advantages that you may have spotted include the fact that plumbing is a job for life. It has no retirement age, and neither is it bound become obsolete soon. The best part is that there is no limit to the amount of money that you can make. Picking up a guide to becoming a certified plumber is subsequently one of the best career moves that you can pull.

High school certification

456yujghfgdfPlumbing is not as simple as most people think. It’s one of those professions that swing between white collar and blue collar job categories, making it significant to have good high school grades. The logic here is simple. Good plumbing schools recruit people who can become the best in the industry. Your high school qualifications should, therefore, demonstrate your ability to grasp complex plumbing concepts. Proficiency in basic mathematics and geometry is subsequently significant.

Career crossroads

Once your high school credentials are settled, it’s time to decide whether you want to join a vocational plumbing school or whether or if you want to work in a local plumbing firm as an apprentice. Note that you don’t need a college degree or a diploma to take this initiative. Plumbing is a practical job that calls for common sense with a mix of inherent intellectual traits. Many prefer to join plumbing schools because they are easier to get into than plumbing firms which may be hesitant to take in an inexperienced person as part of their team.

Join the unions

Whichever direction you decide to go, you have to unionize to become a recognized plumber. You won’t, however, be able to register with reputable plumbing unions until the fourth or the fifth year as a plumbing apprentice or as a student in a plumbing institution. Both apprentice and regular plumbing students are required to take an exam at the end of their training programs. These exams strive to determine whether:

  • You have a proper grasp of plumbing installation techniques.
  • Your knowledge of plumbing code of ethics is on par with the national plumbing association’s minimum requirements.
  • Your plumbing and repair techniques are in line with the current standard practices in the industry.

Certification

3rt56ytrtrsePlumbing certificate gives you the ability to live and work anywhere as a plumber. It also grants you the power to start your own plumbing company besides furnishing you with the academic and professional credentials that you need to attract and maintain a wide clientele base.

The certificate is usually awarded at the end of a plumbing course. Note that it has to bear more than two signatures to be valid. One of them can be either your apprenticeship supervisor’s or your college principle’s as the second signature could be that of a member of the local or the national plumbing association. With these endorsements, nothing can stand between you and the lucrative plumbing opportunities in the vibrant industry worth a giving a shot.…

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Seven Tips For Writing An Effective Resume

Do you wish to stand out in a crowded field of job seekers? Well, with lots of competition, getting the attention of a hiring manager can be next to impossible. Certainly, there are some ways to make your resume outstanding. Simple mistakes such as typing it in the wrong font or formatting it inappropriately can make it difficult to read. In fact, such mistakes can make your resume attract the attention that you don’t need.

Seven tips for writing an effective resume

1. Personalize your resume

3456ytfhdgxfYour resume should be tailor made to suit the particular job that you need. If you are applying for different jobs, you should modify it to match the specific jobs. Have a closer look at the job posting to find out more about the skills and competencies that are required and ensure that you highlight them on your resume. In fact, they should top your list. You don’t need to rewrite your whole resume. A few tweaks are enough to convey your qualifications for the job that you want to land.

2. Be specific

Do you know how to attract the attention of hiring managers? For those who are not aware it’s the numbers. If you can include statistics to support your credentials, then it’s a grand idea. Anything that makes your resume particular will help you land the job without much difficulty.

3. Avoid including your hobbies

If you love soccer, for instance, your future employer may be interested to find out why you love football. However, what most people writing resumes are not aware of is that such topics should be spared for the interviews or when interacting with your colleagues. Your resume should be straight to the point and showcase what you have to offer. That is why you must follow a professional approach.

4. Never include your gender

Including your gender when writing your resume may do more harm than good to your job search. Most employers are gender biased and including your sex thinking that it will improve your profile is not a good idea. People no longer include their gender in their resumes to raise their chances of landing the job.

5. Avoid using jargon

Next, clean up your language and make sure that your resume is free of unnecessary technical jargon. Using jargon can make the recruiter fail to understand the message you are trying to put across. Never assume that all recruiters know all the complex terminologies in your field. Use simple language for clarity purposes.345tygfhgxf

6. Seek an extra pair of eyes

One more thing that you should not ignore is sharing your resume with friends and family. Sharing it with several members will help you make your resume clear as well as readable. Accept criticism and make the necessary changes based on the feedback that you get.

7. Seek pro writing services

Even after researching about writing the perfect resume, the writing task can still be challenging because you have many things that you must understand. You can seek the services of resume writing companies to get a professional looking resume. All that you have to do is to furnish them with your information, and they will take care of the rest.…

Historical Fiction Notebook

Historical Fiction Notebook
a place for history, historical fiction and other random reads.
Review: Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | Posted by Historical Fiction Notebook | at 3:58 PM | 1 comments

Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage takes us behind the paneled doors of the Titanic’s elegant private suites to present compelling, memorable portraits of her most notable passengers. The intimate atmosphere onboard history’s most famous ship is recreated as never before.

The Titanic has often been called “an exquisite microcosm of the Edwardian era,” but until now, her story has not been presented as such. In Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage, historian Hugh Brewster seamlessly interweaves personal narratives of the lost liner’s most fascinating people with a haunting account of the fateful maiden crossing. Employing scrupulous research and featuring 100 rarely-seen photographs, he accurately depicts the ship’s brief life and tragic denouement, presenting the very latest thinking on everything from when and how the lifeboats were loaded to the last tune played by the orchestra. Yet here too is a convincing evocation of the table talk at the famous Widener dinner party held in the Ritz Restaurant on the last night. And here we also experience the rustle of elegant undergarments as first-class ladies proceed down the grand staircase in their soigné evening gowns, some of them designed by Lady Duff Gordon, the celebrated couterière, who was also on board (from Amazon).

It’s hard for me to believe that only a hundred years have passed since the sinking of the Titanic – in many ways it seems as though a more considerable span of time has passed since the world of Atlantic crossings, dinner horns and ball gowns.

I appreciated the author’s attempt to focus on one social level traveling aboard the Titanic but he seemed to have little idea of what to do with the story beyond the initial concept. I picked up Lives hoping to learn reams of details about Edwardian food, fashion, parties and travel. I hoped to sink into a book that would make me feel like a privileged passenger on the Titanic.

Unfortunately, I finished the book without any new understanding of what upper-class passengers talked about on their journeys, the etiquette and dress involved. It all proceeded as most Titanic stories do – take a range of characters, give short intros to their lives before the disaster and then keep their stories running as the clock ticks down to the inevitable sinking. I felt that Brewster missed a golden opportunity to examine the last moments of a legendary means of travel and a time that was about to disappear with the first guns firing in World War One.

I was particularly confused by his odd digressions speculating on passengers’ sexual orientation. I think Brewster was trying to make the point about how much moral values have changed in the time since the sinking but that point ultimately had little to do with the sinking or Edwardian society and ended up diluting the power and interest of the book’s main focus.

While I enjoyed this quick read, I remain unsure of who would be interested in reading Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage. The dedicated Titanic fan will already be familiar with the scandal of John Jacob Astor’s marriage, the devotion of the Strauss couple and the dignity of Captain Smith. Downton Abbey types looking for glamour and scandal will not much to chew on here and very little detail.

There are a limited number of people and angles you take on the Titanic tragedy and – given the depth of media coverage – any author would be hard-pressed to come up with something new. I respect the fact that Brewster was already working from a disadvantage but this book could have been so much more. If you’re interested, the author’s fluid writing style makes this the kind of book you can pick up one day, devote minimal amounts of time and attention and have it easily finished a few days later.

Review: The Winter Palace
Friday, March 30, 2012 | Posted by Historical Fiction Notebook | at 2:27 PM | 0 comments

Her name is Barbara—in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen—and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie’s destiny at court is to marry the Empress’s nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears.

What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie’s confidante—and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power.

With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara’s secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend—through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia.

I tend to be a bit wary of historical novels that purport to retell the story of a famous figure through the eyes of a fictional lady-in-waiting/soldier/court hanger-on. In my experience, these fictional characters turn out not to be the best means of telling a familiar story. Either the fictional character’s own life takes over, obliterating the reason you picked up the book in the first place (to experience the historical figure’s life in a new way) or there is no need for the fictional character at all and the story could have been better told from the perspective of the historical figure.

The Winter Palace almost immediately shattered my preconceptions about such stories. From the moment Barbara began telling her story – in an elegant but cynical tone – I was hooked. First-person narrative can be an excuse for the author to engage a reader’s sympathies in favor of their lead character – Stachniak tries no such tricks here. Barbara acts and feels real. You get caught up in her paranoia and her shame; you understand her desire for information and power even as you look back with her chapters later at the mistakes that were made. She has flaws but you understand why she acts the way she does.

I appreciated Catherine’s path to becoming Empress all the more because Barbara’s story took me into the shadows and sewers of Imperial power. Stachniak smartly keeps her scenes fast-paced and lean. There are no elaborate scenes that go on for pages and pages – everyone in the book is too busy fighting, gossiping, scheming and lying and the pace reflects their desires. Every author has a “sense” that they make their own and Stachniak’s is scent. By the end of the novel, you can distinguish characters by their perfume and recognize rooms in the Winter Palace by their stink.

If I have any quibble with the book, it’s that it sometimes felt too real. The courtiers and royals are so cruel with each other that I was bit put off about halfway through the book. But this was a minor setback – I was too engaged in the battle for power to stop reading for too long. Some reviewers on Amazon have commented that this felt as though it was more Barbara’s story than Catherine’s and noted the sub-title “A Novel of Catherine the Great.” I suspect this is due more to the publisher’s marketing department than any misguided intentions on the part of the author. The middle third of the book does take Barbara away from Catherine and the Imperial court to focus largely on her own domestic problems. I didn’t mind this section, knowing that Barbara would most likely find her way back to Catherine’s side in time for her coup and the death of her husband. I like to think of this book as an angle on Catherine the Great’s story – not the full story itself.

The Winter Palace will become one of those special books that I make an effort to buy even after reading a library copy. I feel as though I could open it up at any page and immediately be drawn back into the sensations and struggles of 18th century Russia.

Review: The Siege
Sunday, March 18, 2012 | Posted by Historical Fiction Notebook | at 3:47 PM | 2 comments

The year is 1941, and the good people of Leningrad are squeezed between fear of Stalin’s secret police and rumors that the Germans, despite the incredulity of military experts, are rapidly advancing on their great city. When the inevitable happens, 22-year-old Anna, an artist and the sole support for her young brother, invalid father, and the …