Careers in Food: 4 Women Share How They Forged Their Own Paths

According to a POPSUGAR Insights survey, 43% of women classify themselves as foodies, and the National Restaurant Association found more than 60% of women have worked in the restaurant or food service industry at some point in their lives. It’s clear that hands-on experience and careers in food would be a dream for many women, but determining where and how to get your foot in the door remains a question for many.

The food industry is a popular one, with new employment and work experience opportunities in a range of sub-fields, from food and beverage services to food technologists to food law to nutrition and sustainable food, popping up every day. On Fairygodboss, we asked four women to share in their own words how they got started in their unique food industry careers and what advice they’d give to others hoping to follow in their footsteps.

3 Ways To Get Some Real R&R When You Can’t Take A Vacation

A recent survey from Expedia, aptly titled the Vacation Deprivation Report, showed that Americans are pretty terrible at taking PTO.

According to the report, approximately 462 million vacation days will go unused in 2017 for reasons ranging from budget to work commitments. Yet, the benefits of vacations are well-documented: taking time off can lead to improved productivity, stress reduction and even heart disease prevention.

If you’re one of the millions of people with a bank of unused vacation days, there are plenty of ways to decompress and recharge even if you don’t have the financial means or the flexibility in your schedule to take an extravagant vacation. Here are three that you can do in the comfort of your own home — for free! — any time you need a little R&R.

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You Can Literally Change The Way Your Body Responds To Stress — Here's How

How stressed have you been this month? This week? Today?

Chances are pretty high that you’ve been at least moderately worried, overstretched, or burnt out recently. The American Psychological Association recently released their annual Stress in America report, which found that 75 percent of Americans have experienced at least one symptom of stress in the past month. These symptoms range from anxiousness to irritability to fatigue, and are caused by stressors including money, work, and the future of our nation — all really serious stuff.

Stress is a very real part of our lives, and it can look different for everybody, both in terms of its source and its manifestation. But research has shown that stress can have negative effects on the body, including inflammation, abnormal menstrual cycles and even heart disease. And beyond the physical effects, stress has also been shown to literally change your brain. According to a study done by the University of California, Berkeley, chronic stress can predispose the brain to mental illness.

All this research points to stress being a dire, yet expected aspect of life. But according to Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., an award-winning psychology instructor at Stanford University, there’s a way to make stress a positive part of your life.

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3 Common Habits Destroying Your Credibility at Work

A successful career in public relations is dependent upon forming strong working relationships (go figure, given the name of the industry). And some of the most important relationships PR professionals need to cultivate are with members of the media, the gatekeepers of the ever-important third party validation that so many marketers are seeking.

The PR/journalist relationship is symbiotic—we need each other, but also recognize that the balance can be fragile. And believe it or not, some of your seemingly minor everyday communication habits could be destroying your professionalism and undermining your credibility, no matter what industry you’re in, when trying to keep that balance in check. Here are three of those common habits—and how to put a stop to them.

Check out the full article on Agility PR’s Bulldog Reporter.

Why "Friday Night Lights" Matters in Wellness

With the news that beloved television series "Friday Night Lights" disappeared from Netflix when October rolled around, fans everywhere undoubtedly binged the series just one more time (for the uninitiated: yes, it’s that good). And while Coach Taylor’s unwavering determination and Tami’s supportive, nurturing counsel helped countless characters find their way over the show’s five seasons, the show’s core mantra has unexpected relevance in the wellness world, too.

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3 Famous Entrepreneurs With Inspiring Wellness Journeys

The old adage “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is ingrained in our vernacular for a reason — triumph often follows adversity. Failing isn’t fun in the moment, but it’s a key component of growth. After all, if everyone did everything perfectly on their first attempt, life would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it?

This is a concept that CEOs, founders and business owners across industries are all too familiar with, and many will vouch that their biggest successes have followed failures ranging from minor slip-ups to massive mistakes. This is especially true in the health and wellness world, where increasing competition and a plethora of scrutiny means that success is hard-earned. Look at famous entrepreneurs like Oprah, P.T. Barnum, Richard Branson and other now billionaires. Their net worth might be representative of their company's success, but their business didn't pop up overnight. It was their entrepreneurial spirits that made them the successful people that they are.

But in the world of wellness, being a woman entrepreneur, founder and CEO means something completely different. Though we can learn a lot from every entrepreneur, here's a famous entrepreneur list that highlights women in wellness whose hard work outweighed their start up capital and turned them into media moguls, successful business owners and more. These are the lessons that are crucial to their success.

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This Weekly Meal Planner Is The Best Prep For The Work Week

We all occasionally suffer from the "Sunday Scaries" — that feeling of anxiety that sets in when the weekend comes to a close. For some, the thought of creating a weeklong meal plan of healthy, delicious dishes is daunting, but it shouldn’t be a source of stress.

Creating a meal plan and working from menu planner can alleviate a lot of stress from your work week. From the importance of making a grocery list to focusing on ingredients that create easy yet versatile recipes, here are four hassle-free tips to help you meal plan like a pro.

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3 Self Care Rituals That Are Way Less Scary Than They Sound

Self-care is one of the most vital aspects of living a healthy, well-balanced life. Maybe you have your self-care routine down pat (Sunday evening face mask while reading a book with a cup of tea, anyone?) and are looking to change it up. Or maybe self-care is a totally foreign concept to you and you’re starting from scratch. Either way, below are three amazing ways to indulge in self-care that may seem scary but are truly life changing.

Yoga

Yoga may not seem scary to some, but to others the thought of starting a new fitness routine--especially one that includes flexibility and poses with odd names--can be incredibly intimidating. Look for a class with 101, Basics or Level 1 in the name, and remember that everyone was a novice at one point (yes, even that lady doing a perfect headstand). Ask if the studio offers your first class free or if they have a drop-in rate so you don’t have to commit to buying a package before you know whether or not yoga checks the self-care box for you. There are also plenty of online programs that you can try--check your cable provider’s On Demand menu, search YouTube or try free classes on a platform like Do Yoga With Me. If you give it a go and it’s not for you, the good news is there are hundreds of other types of exercise out there that can aid in strengthening your body and mind and provide a dose of self-care in the process.

Meditation

When you picture meditation, do you think of a Buddhist monk sitting atop a peaceful mountaintop in a perfect lotus position, Om-ing for hours? Well, meditation can be way less intense--and a lot less time-consuming--than that. In fact, starting with a just a few minutes of meditation per day can be hugely effective at reducing anxiety, calming the nervous system and helping you to chill out overall. Not sure where to start? Try an app like Meditation Studio, Calm or Headspace and do a short meditation (five minutes or less). Pick a time of day, like when you first wake up, when you know you won’t be distracted and will actually remember to do it. If you’re digging it, stay with the shorter meditations for a while until you feel ready to upgrade to a longer session. Rinse, repeat and be relaxed.

Acupuncture

To the uninitiated, this may be the scariest of them all. You may be thinking, “Why on earth would I pay someone to stick needles in my body?” Fear not: acupuncture is not secretly a torture method disguised as a wellness practice. The needles used are a special type that are much thinner than those used in the doctor’s office, and acupuncturists are trained to place them in strategic places that can help to relieve pain and tension. According to the Mayo Clinic:

“Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.”

Even if you’re not experiencing any soreness or tension, acupuncture can be a great way to relax and rejuvenate. What’s not to like about re-balancing your energy flow? Find a licensed practitioner through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at http://www.nccaom.org.

Yoga, meditation and acupuncture may seem scary, but they might just be the ticket to helping you feel like your best self. And if these aren’t your thing, the most important thing is that you find a form of self-care that works for you.