Vacancy: Social Worker
Vacancy: Social Worker
Advertiser: Western Cape Department of Social Development
Level of Government: Provincial Government
Type: See advert for details
Salary and benefits: See advert for details
Number available: 1
Location: Cape Town
Province: Western Cape
Country: South Africa
Closing date: 27 June 2016
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It's not healthy to be morbid, so how can we move beyond the cliché of 'live every day as if it were your last,' and learn to lead a positive and fulfilling life?
A starting point is not to get bogged down in your daily grind. Do something to make each day memorable. A complete day 'fully lived' generally involves having fun, helping others, relaxing, being thankful for what you have, and feeling good about yourself. If the months are passing, and you feel that you haven't actually accomplished anything or had any fun, here are some suggestions to help you make the most of each day.
Expand your horizons:
- Learn something new: Maybe it's Indian cooking, astronomy or creative writing. Keep a list of things you'd like to learn more about and whenever you have a few free minutes, do a little more research.
- Experiment: Experience something new. Try ordering an exotic tea at the new coffee shop, attempt to make sushi or play the electric guitar.
- Ask questions: Take the time to talk to someone older and learn from them. Life lessons are incredibly valuable.
Do what makes you happy:
- Do something fun: Join a sports team and reap double benefits; you'll stay active and fit, and enjoy the camaraderie of being out with friends.
- Laugh out loud: It's healthy to laugh out loud, even if you're alone. Go to the movies, watch your favourite sitcom on TV, lighten up your attitude and have fun.
- Be spontaneous: Forget about how tired you are after work and do something unplanned to break your routine. Call up an old friend and meet for coffee.
Have some 'me' time:
- Relax: Create some 'me' time. Relax and disconnect for a few minutes. Shut off your cell phone, turn off the radio, television, and computer and let go of worries. Drive around town. Take a walk in the park. Read a book. Making time for yourself doesn't mean painting the living room (unless that's something you truly enjoy doing). It's about giving yourself permission to just relax.
Make a difference:
- Do a good deed: Help others in some small way. Help an elderly person cross the street. Listen to a friend's problems without judging or offering solutions.
- Cheer someone up: Verbalize your 'thank yous.' The waiter at your favourite lunch spot or the person delivering your mail at your desk every morning.
- Stay connected: Spend time with your loved ones and with the people who are important in your life. Make it a habit to call an old friend each week to catch up.
Give it your best shot:
Your frame of mind is important. Start every day on a positive note. Be proud of your accomplishments, celebrate your achievements and learn from your mistakes without wallowing in self-pity. Act with integrity and believe in yourself. Before going to bed, you'll be able to look back on your day and be happy about it. Life is full of choices. You can choose to be so absorbed in your work or so caught up in your old routine that you become one-dimensional or you can choose to truly live. Of course, you will not use all these suggestions on the same day. Use them sporadically to make every day unique and memorable. Take the time to enjoy your life.