Choosing to live a greener lifestyle can help you in your fitness goals too. If you want to be healthier, there are various eco-friendly decisions that can help you improve your diet and more. Being green often ties into living a healthy lifestyle, but some healthy decisions aren’t necessarily good for the environment. If you want to be green and healthy, try these things.

Avoid Fast Food, Takeout, and Prepackaged Food

We can waste a lot of food and packaging when we’re too lazy to cook. Everyone has days when they don’t want to spend time in the kitchen, but it’s better to prepare your own meals and freeze them. Then you can avoid unhealthy and wasteful fast food and processed foods.

Consume Less Meat

Not everyone has it in them to become a vegetarian or vegan. However, making an effort to eat less meat can help to make you healthier and save the environment too. You don’t need to have meat with every meal, so try some vegetarian dishes now and then.

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Ditch the Consumer Products

Everything from electronics to gym equipment has an impact on the environment. They can often impact communities of people too. Avoiding buying or using them can help to keep you active. Put down your tablet, bypass going to the gym, and exercise in the great outdoors instead.

Make Your Home a Healthier Environment

A healthier home will help to keep you healthy. And making some green choices could assist you with your goals. Get rid of unhealthy waste in your home, and choose an eco-friendly way of disposing of it.


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Say cheese! The utterance of this phrase will generally provoke one of two emotions in people. The first? An instant smile, bearing a mouthful of teeth ready for the camera, or shying away in embarrassment. Your teeth have a huge effect on your appearance and consequently, a profound effect on your self-confidence. So, how do you go about ensuring that they are something that you are proud of? Follow these few simple steps to get the most out of your teeth, keeping them healthy, clean and beautiful.

Keep Your Teeth Clean

The first thing that most people will notice about your smile is its shade. The whiter your teeth, the healthier and more aesthetically pleasing the majority of people will find your smile. The good news? Maintaining pearly whites is relatively easy. All you need to do is keep on top of your dental hygiene regime. This should involve cleaning your teeth thoroughly twice a day (preferably once in the morning and once at night). You can achieve equally good results with a manual brush or electric brush, as long as you use them properly. Next? Flossing. You should use dental tape between your front teeth and good brushes to effectively clean the larger gaps between your molars. Finish off by rinsing with a minty mouthwash.


Straighten Things Up

Straight teeth are a highly desirable trait. Take a look at almost any advertisement. When celebrities come into the spotlight, you will also notice that one of the first things to change about them physically is their smile. Over time celeb smiles generally get straighter and whiter. So, if you don’t naturally have the most aligned smile, you’ll be glad to know that there are options out there for you! The most obvious options commonly available are braces. carrot-kale-walnuts-tomatoes

Control Your Diet

While dental procedures and dental care are of huge importance when it comes to achieving a brilliant smile, there are plenty of other things that you can focus on to maintain your stunning set of pearly whites. One of these things? Your diet. Your diet can have a profound effect on the health and appearance of your teeth. Let’s start with the obvious: cut back on sugar. We all know that sugary treats can greatly damage the health of your teeth, as they often come hand in hand with tooth decay. While your mouth is home to all sorts of bacteria, not all types are detrimental to your oral health. Some even contribute greatly to the ecosystem of your mouth. However, sugar acts as a food source for certain types of harmful bacteria that then go on to produce acid which damages your teeth. So, sugar itself doesn’t cause damage to your teeth, but it does make your home a hospitable and inviting habitat for negative bacteria which will take on the task of destroying your teeth on its behalf. So, keep sugary foods and drinks to a minimum. Instead, opt for sugar-free snacks. Chances are that these will be better for your overall health and wellbeing in general, so it’s a win-win lifestyle change. As well as kicking sweet treats and beverages to the curb, you should also avoid dark drinks that can dull your smile. These can include red wine and coffee. While indulging in these drinks every now and then won’t do you any harm, you should avoid consuming them on a regular basis. They are notorious for staining your teeth over time.

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Understand Visual Tricks

The power of makeup strikes again! If you are partial to wearing a little lipstick, make sure that you are aware of the effects of different shades on the appearance of your teeth. It is a commonly accepted fact that red lipstick makes your teeth appear brighter and whiter than other shades. Purples and pinks are likely to give your teeth a comparatively yellow appearance. So, be bold and go for a blue toned red lipstick if you can!

Following these simple steps will ensure that your teeth are as healthy as can be and look as good as possible. While you may have to make small changes to your lifestyle, the results will be more than worth the effort.

Of all the long-standing conditions we can suffer from, none are quite as frustrating as asthma. If it developed in childhood, the disease could disappear for years on end before returning with a vengeance. If it first developed in adult, then it’ll likely be more severe and will need to be tightly managed. The good news is that the majority of asthma sufferers can live full, happy lives – providing they manage their condition properly. Below, we take a look at five tips to make coping with the lung condition to ensure you’re always breathing free and easy.

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Have a Plan

Not all asthma sufferers are the same, and as such, there’s no ‘one treatment fits all’ approach you can just adopt. Your condition will be unique to you. That’s why it’s important that you have a plan in place; it’s demonstrably good for you, as people who have an asthma action plan are up to four times less likely to end up in the hospital due to their condition. It’ll allow you to manage your medicines, keep track of where and when you had an attack and will be a useful tool for your medical practitioners.

Know Thy Body

Yes, it’s true that exercise can trigger an asthma attack, but this does not give you an excuse to sit on the couch. Exercise will be an important component of managing your condition, and it’s vital that you’re regularly getting exercise. However, if you think you’re having difficulty breathing, then you need to stop exercising immediately. Also, you should inform anyone you’re playing sports with of your condition, and try to breathe through your nose wherever possible. If you’re finding that you can’t exercise without having breathing trouble, it’ll be a sign that you’re not managing your condition properly and you need to speak to a doctor.

In the Home

Our homes are filled with things that can trigger an attack, and as such it’s important that we’re removing any potential hazards and have a plan of what to do if we’re home alone. Keep your home clean and dust free, as this can trigger an attack. If you have pets, make sure they’re well groomed and don’t let them onto the furniture or into your bed.

Relaxed State of Mind

It’s easier said than done, but if you have asthma, then you should be doing your best to stay stress-free. Feel panicked, overwhelmed, or anxious can all bring on an attack. It’s important that you’re aware of the things that cause you stress, and do your best to avoid those situations. Practicing mindfulness and following relaxing techniques will also help.

What’s in the Air?

Finally, keep tabs on the air quality. You might live in a place that has terrible air, and not even know it. By sticking to places with clean air, you’ll be reducing your chances of asthma complications.

Improving our well being is something we must focus on if we want to have good mental health and feel wonderful in our everyday lives. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. Most guides will tell you to spend time with your loved ones and such, and while those things are great, you can also improve your well being in unusual ways. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Doing Some Adult Colouring

Adult colouring is an amazing activity that many people find so relaxing and satisfying. All you need is a decent pack of pencils or felt tips, a colouring book, and away you go! There’s no need to think that this sort of thing is just for kids. Adults all over the world are living it, and that’s probably why we see intricate colouring books in every book store we go in. Try it for yourself and see what you think!

 

Knitting

Knitting isn’t just for the older generation. Just about anybody can knit and try out a variety of projects. It isn’t difficult to pick up, and you need minimal tools to get started; a ball of wool, some needles, and you’re ready to go! Knitting has been proven to help people both psychologically and socially, and this is the reason therapeutic knitting groups have been around since 2006! If you want a new hobby that will help you to relax, this could very well be it.

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Make Yourself Laugh

Don’t wait for the laughs to come to you. Put on a film or a program that makes you chortle. Watch funny videos on YouTube until you belly laugh. The more you belly laugh, the better! The body will release endorphins and you’ll feel so much better almost instantly. Sometimes it can be difficult to laugh, so simply do your best to find joy in the little things. Appreciate as much as you can.

Get Out In Nature…And Speak To Plants

Getting out in nature makes sense. After all, we weren’t built to spend all of this time indoors. Getting some fresh air and sunshine is so good for the body – but make sure you speak to the plants too. This might sound crazy, but some people think that if you listen closely, plants talk back. Some of the royals even claim to do this, and that it helps their plants flourish!

Try out a few of these things and see what helps you to improve your well being most. Do you enjoy knitting, pampering and detoxing your body, or speaking out loud in nature? Leave your own suggestions if you have them, and make sure you come back soon. Thanks for reading!

Growing old is one of those inevitable things in life. It’s certain to happen and there’s basically nothing you can do about it, hence why many people accept it and move on with life to focus on other things. However, growing old comes with some nasty side effects that can be made with bad habits. For instance, wrinkles are a common problem among those that grow old. While some people wear those wrinkles proudly as proof of their experience and wisdom, others want to hide them because it’s a sign that your age is catching up to you. This is just one of the many issues we run into as we grow older, but luckily there are ways to fight back against the effects of ageing.

Regular Exercise

exercisingOne of the best ways to stay healthy is to train towards a goal. For many, it’s the “5K” goal. This is just short for 5 kilometres and it refers to any kind of cardio that can be tracked with distance. For instance, you could do 5 kilometres by running, rowing or even cycling. The goal is to work your way up to that 5K goal and be able to do it every other day. This exercise keeps your heart healthy and can even protect your brain from ageing too quickly. Make sure you exercise every day and build up a healthy heart so you can age gracefully.

Sleep Well

We spend roughly a third of our lives sleeping. It’s our way of recharging ourselves and giving us the energy to get through the next day. This is why it’s important to ensure we get a good night’s rest every night. Take a warm shower or bath before you sleep to relax your body, make sure your bedroom is the right temperature and take out any distracting electronics.

Mental Stimulation
Lastly, we can’t forget about mental stimulation. Our bodies aren’t the only thing that can grow older—our mind can too! Make sure you stimulate your mind with puzzles, games and regular activity that makes you think. You might think that video games are for children, but many seniors enjoy a relaxing video game because it keeps their mind sharp and provides entertainment. If you neglect your mental health, then your memory will suffer, you’ll have difficulty focusing and you’ll be at a higher risk of a mental health disorder.

In the health industry, there always seems to be a new fad diet or workout regiment sold to us. For the entry fee, we’re promised a world of wonders that will reduce our fat in a short amount of time, or for men, it’s putting on muscle without fat as quickly as possible without the use of steroids. For someone starting a health practice, these can sound phenomenal. Why wouldn’t they? There’s absolutely no doubt that we as humans want to progress down the easiest routes in order to achieve something worthwhile.

We feel that the only reason we haven’t achieved some of our goals is because we haven’t found the right method. This is somewhat true, but usually, it’s more about not progressing the right method, as opposed to not having it reveal itself to you.

This can leave a bad taste in your mouth. Humans can only take so much failure before they begin to give up, and this can prevent you from experiencing a range of health practices that might be good for you to at least try. Here are the ones you should check out if you’re looking to revolutionize your health schedule. Some provoke physical changes, some help you unwind, and some do both.

Without further ado:

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a positive dieting method because it introduces better cell-repair mechanics to your body and allows you to switch from running on carbohydrates to running on fat cells, otherwise known as a form of ‘ketosis.’ For weightlifters, this is great, because it allows you to lose fat while gaining the muscle you desire so much.

What better way to lean out? For those who don’t weight lift, intermittent fasting will allow your body to complete its digestive cycle and as a result get to focus on cellular repair, which has been proven to increase the lifespans of mice IF was tested on significantly.  The jury is still out on whether this translates to humans, but there’s no mistaking that it helps the weight drop off very quickly. All you need to do is limit your calorie intake to an 8-hour window while fasting for 16 hours. You don’t even need to reduce your calorie intake to experience the benefits. What other diet can say that?

Yoga

Yoga allows you to stretch spiritually. It can make you more present, more alert, and more understanding of the difficulties in your life. If you’re skeptical, we recommend you try it. It is a meditative art that can yield serious short term and even more serious long-term benefits.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient art of relieving tension in pressure points around your body. It’s for that reason that it’s gained a massive cult following and there are many reputable acupuncture outlets around the world. The main regulating bodies allow you to experience acupuncture sessions that help you feel relaxed and gain the benefits safely and satisfyingly. It can be used effectively as a massage treatment also. Make sure you find out whether this service is suitable for you before you embark upon it.

Exploring those pursuits listed above will make you a happier, more health conscious person. What are you waiting for?

 

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For a lot of people, it’s all too easy to feel as though life is something that just sort of happens to you. As though you’re little more than an observer in your own life and you lack the ability to make and real impact in it. Of course, it doesn’t take much thought to realize that this isn’t true, but it’s a mindset that can be surprisingly difficult to get out of. It can lead people to feel frustrated with their lives and unable to make and meaningful changes that could help improve their situation. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. There are, in fact, lots of ways that you can get out of that kind of mindset and start taking a more proactive approach to your own life. These things aren’t always easy, but they are always worth it. With that in mind, here are a few ways to start taking back control of your own life.

Focus on yourself

If you want to start making changes in your life, then the place to start is in the mirror. You can’t do anything about the things that are going on in your life as a whole if you can’t make any meaningful changes to yourself. Think about things like your health. Are you exercising enough? Is your body getting everything it needs? By making positive personal changes, you can start taking back a degree of control in your life that you might have been lacking before. Of course, make sure that you speak to your doctor because making any significant changes to your health.

Stop making excuses

One of the main reasons that people get into the kind of situation where they feel like they have no power over their lives is that they tell themselves that there’s nothing that they can do. This is false. Telling yourself that there’s nothing you can do is just an excuse so that you don’t have to face up to the harsh reality of pushing yourself to actually do something with your life. Making excuses is always going to be easier than facing the truth, but it’s never going to allow you to really make a difference in your own life.

Be assertive

This is the thing that can often be harder than just about anything else. Standing up to people around you can be incredibly difficult, and it’s not something many of us are really taught to do. Sure, you’re often told to stand up for yourself when you’re younger, but you’re also taught to sit down and be quiet because other people have more authority than you. One of the most important things that you need to learn is that you have just as much of a right to be heard as anyone else. Don’t ever let anyone else dictate when you should or shouldn’t do or say.

Many of us will be on our feet each day, and yet they can be one part of our body that get’s the least pampering and attention. We rely on our feet to get us from one place to the other, and to still look amazing in pretty little peep toe shoes. But, according to articles on reflexology, our health can have much to do with certain zones of our feet, which is why it may be worth spending some time and showing them a little love every now and again. I thought I would share with you some quick tips to help you take better care of your feet.

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Enjoy the benefits of a foot spa

A foot spa is actually a very relaxing situation to utilise. The massage jets can stimulate circulation in your feet and also help to soften up harder skin on the soles of your feet. You don’t need to head to your local spa for this, although that can be a nice treat, but you can actually by home versions which are just as good. It means you can take advantage of it any time you like.

Consider a pedicure

A pedicure is a great treat but it can also be hugely beneficial to the condition of your feet. During a pedicure a therapist will look at filing away any hard skin, cutting down toe nails and also pushing back the cuticles on your nails. They will tend to let you soak your feet in warm water to allow the buffering of the soles of your feet to be much easier. During a pedicure you may also get a foot massage which again is a great way to promote circulation and also relax your mind. There are certain points of your feet that can be linked directly to things like digestion, and help ease pain in other parts of your body.

 

Take some care with your toe nails

While you need to take care of your feet you also need to consider the condition of your toe nails, they can also get infections if you are not careful. Not cleaning out toes nails or letting them grow imperfectly can cause huge damage in the long-term.

Paint them a nice colour

Finally, it is always nice to make your feet look presentable, especially in the warmer months, so it might be worth spending some time in painting them. You can either do it yourself very easily, or treat yourself to a treatment.

health insuranceHealth insurance is one of those things that we really need and can cause a lot of sleepless nights. What if you suddenly fall ill and you’re not covered for private care? This can make life very stressful indeed when you consider the long waiting lists at the hospitals.

And on top of all of this, you have so many different types of plans to choose from. It can feel almost impossible to find the best insurance package that has the right coverage for you and your family.

Why is Health Insurance Important?

The cost of private medical treatment isn’t cheap. Getting good health insurance protects you and your family in case of accidents and emergencies. You may suddenly find that you’re suffering from an unexpected illness or were involved in a car accident. Without insurance, you would either have to rely on the NHS or pay high private medical bills.

If you rely on the NHS, you’re going to have to wait several hours to see a doctor and even then you only spend a short amount of time with them. The waiting lists are long and the public healthcare is at breaking point. Are you really going to get the best and fastest treatment?

Don’t wait until someone does fall sick and are in need of medical care before you buy insurance. Get it now and have the peace of mind.

What are the Different Types of Health Insurance?

There are so many different types of health insurance packages and providers that’s it can be overwhelming. You need to find the one that covers you for what you need.

Different packages give you varying levels of freedom to choose your own healthcare providers and where you can get the treatment. You should also consider the cost and what they cover. It’s also important to see what doctors you can see and the treatment you’re eligible for. The amount of paperwork you have to complete is also another important factor.

The best way to choose the right health insurance for you is to compare and contrast the different types of packages. You can use Gocompare to see a range of insurance quotes that suit your needs and budget.

How to Choose the Best Health Insurance for Your Needs:

You need to consider what each package covers. Don’t buy a one that doesn’t allow you to use it at a clinic near you or won’t cover you for something that you need. It sounds obvious but some people are blinded by the cost of things.

This brings me nicely onto my next point.

Have a budget in mind before you search to help give you focus on what you’re looking for. Don’t automatically search for the cheapest if it doesn’t cover you for everything.

Private medical insurance is becoming more popular in the UK as the NHS is overflowing with patients. If something happens to you or your family, you want to make sure that you have the fastest and highest quality of medical treatment possible. This is why private insurance is important. Just make sure you do your homework first.

 

 

As a naturally undisciplined person, I find building any good habit and keeping it is a consistent struggle. The only way to deal with my problem of falling back to old bad habits is to keep reminding myself what needs to be done. Sometimes – actually a lot of times I’m too low on motivation or forget to remind myself. The past March was a unforgiving month for me as I literally didn’t do anything productive. For more than half of the month, I suffered from severe cramps, headaches, nausea. For the rest of the month I felt down and extremely low on energy and … completely let it go.

Unfortunately I’m going to be really sick every month due to my condition but I can’t let it get it in my way! For April, I’ve got to stick with the following throughout the month.

Stretch in the morning – like this cat. Yes, this is my lazy cat pose.

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Keep reading and writing. I’ve just compiled my reading for this year. Right now, I’m up to page 30 of One Hundred Years of Solitude – a book I quit reading a couple of times already. But by the end of April, I’ll finish reading it for good. Guaranteed. As to writing, my biggest effort so far is to keep up with this blog. I started it as a hobby and wanted to abandon it several times in the first 3 years because it seemed to become a chore to maintain it. Hobby is just for fun right? Who wants extra work? – That was the old me thinking. But from January 2015 to date, I’ve been updating the blog with new blog posts every month. For sure, sometimes it felt really hard to come up with new content and it seemed so easy and tempting to just give up altogether.  But I’m glad I didn’t give up.  The effort has been rewarding – just write like nobody is reading, haha. This is my little piece of therapeutic world.

Start DIY skin and hair care routine. Lately I’ve been experimenting with DIY skin and hair care products made of natural ingredients because I started to lose trust in the products available for sale to the general public. Noticing my hair is getting thinner and drier, I’ve stopped using GHD hair straightener and hair gel with chemicals in it. I made my own hair gel with gelatine, purified water and essential oil. After seeing no result after using bottles of super expensive skin toner and serum, I now apply my own toner made of water and vinegar. Now, all of this can’t be just a one-off experiment. Remember to make it a routine. We all need a little TLC right?

 

Staying healthy is a difficult thing these days. We often devote a lot of time to keeping our body healthy. Eating well, exercising, and taking all sorts of different vitamins and supplements. But most of us forget about keeping our mind healthy. The effects of an unhealthy mind are not as obvious as an unhealthy body so we often neglect it. An unhealthy mind can lead to wider health problems and so it is important to take care of yourself mentally as well as physically. There are plenty of simple ways that you can maintain a healthy mind without having to completely reorganize your life.

Eating and Drinking Well

Eating properly is good advice generally, but there are some specific foods that can help maintain your brain. One of the most popular ones is Avacado. It’s everywhere at the moment, and for good reason. It’s delicious and packed full of goodness. It’s high levels of good fat promote healthy blood flow, which in turn, improves the health of your brain. There are plenty of ways you can prepare an Avocado so if it’s not already part of your diet, it’s worth adding.

Fish is another versatile ingredient that can massively improve your health and inspire a healthy mind. Deep water fish, in particular, are rich in Omega-3 which increases brain function. It has also been linked to an increased risk of depression.  

Replacing snacks with nuts and seeds will increase your vitamin E levels. Vitamin E decreases the risk of brain deterioration in later life. There’s plenty of different ones to choose from and you can easily add them to breakfast in the form of nut butter.

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Blueberries have been called a ‘superfood’. Although, this might be a bit of a misleading term, they do have a lot of health benefits and can help to keep your brain healthy. They have been linked to an improved capacity for learning and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s.

Avoiding Alcohol and Caffeine is also very important. You don’t need to cut it out completely but you should be aware of how much you are consuming. Drinking too much alcohol can have long term affects on your mind as well as your body. The occasional drink is fine but drinking too often will affect the chemical balance in your brain and can lead to feelings of depression or anxiety.

When it comes to Caffeine, a small amount is actually good for you. A few cups of tea everyday can help improve focus and mood, and the antioxidants in it can improve blood flow to the brain. However, if you have too much you could suffer from anxiety and trouble sleeping, which will impair the health of your brain even further.

Exercise

Exercise brings a whole host of health benefits. You will lose weight, lower cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease to name a few. But exercising will also massively improve the health of your mind, and the results are almost immediate. After exercising, you will have more energy, improved memory, and a more positive outlook generally.

Exercise has been linked to a decrease in symptoms of depression and anxiety. When you get your body moving, your brain releases endorphins, the chemicals responsible for feelings of well-being.

It is also a brilliant way to relieve stress and avoid these kinds of problems in the first place. High levels of stress can cause a lot of health issues, so doing regular exercise to stop stress building is a brilliant way to keep your mind healthy.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Eating well and exercising can look after the physical well-being of your mind, but it is important to look after yourself spiritually. The benefits of meditation have been disputed in the past, but in recent years, the science to back it up has improved. People that meditate on a regular basis have much higher levels of concentration and improved memory.

It has also been proven that regular meditation sessions physically slow the process of brain ageing. A 2015 study showed that the levels of brain matter loss were significantly lower in the meditation group than they were in the non-meditation groups.

Anxiety levels have also been seen to drop drastically after only a short period of regular meditation. Having time for yourself to organize your thoughts can really put things into perspective and stop you from stressing over insignificant things. As you become more experienced, you will be better equipped to deal with your own negative emotions, and avoid letting them build up and overcome you.

Fitting meditation into your daily routine is not difficult. You only need to do it for sessions of around ten minutes, so you can easily get it in in the morning or before bed.

Avoid Negative Influences

Avoiding negative influences is very important because, no matter how hard you’ve been working to keep your mind healthy, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle if you surround yourself with negative influences. Unfortunately there are plenty of them out there.

The media is one of the biggest negative influences in all of our lives. We are constantly bombarded by stories of pain and suffering. You might not realise that it is affecting you that much, but it will increase negative thinking. It is important to keep up to date with the news, of course, so there’s no need to cut it out completely. Just try to avoid it as much as possible and when you do watch it, be aware that it is designed to be as negative as possible.

Negative people are a lot more difficult to cut out of your life but if you are on a journey to a healthy mind, it is vital to remove these negative influences from your life. You will subconsciously pick up on the attitudes and thought processes of the people you spend a lot of time with. There are probably some people in your life that leave you feeling pessimistic after talking with you, or encourage you to involve yourself with negative behaviours. Unfortunately, some of these people might be work colleagues or family members that you will have to see regularly. If you can’t cut people out completely, look at ways that you can work on your relationship to make it a more positive one for both of you. If you do decide to cut somebody out completely, ensure that you have thought it through properly and you are doing it for the right reasons.

If you do decide to cut somebody out of your life, you may lose contact with other friends, but if you are removing a strong negative influence then it may be worth the sacrifice. Be respectful of the person you are cutting out, after all, you were friends once so don’t bad mouth them to others.

Spend Your Time Well

The way that you spend your time can have a huge affect on the health of your mind. If you occupy yourself with things that aren’t interesting or rewarding, you can end up feeling as though you are wasting your time.

If you are not happy at work, start looking for something else. We often make the mistake of thinking that everybody gets fed up with their job and it’s just normal. But if you are spending most of your days in a place that doesn’t fulfil you, your mental health can really suffer. Making a positive change will completely revamp your outlook on life.

Finding a hobby is another good way of spending your time well. You might not get much free time and if you spend it all sat in front of the television, you could find yourself getting stuck in a bit of a rut. During the summer months, look for an outside hobby, as being out in the fresh air will improve your mental state.

There is no better way to improve and maintain your mental health than surrounding yourself with people you care about. Having the support of family and friends, and being open with them, will help you to deal with any negativity in your life.

 

These are just some of the ways that you can keep your mind healthy. The important thing is to make sure that you are looking after your mental health just as much as your physical health, because the negative effects of an unhealthy mind can be far more damaging than an unhealthy body.

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There comes a certain point in a woman’s life where strangers feel it’s appropriate to comment on her life choices.

It’s a strange thing, especially when you put it like that! But it does happen, time and again, either through general curiosity or people just not knowing where the limits should be.

If you are over the age of 25 and in a relationship, then it won’t be long until you’re on the receiving end of one such statement:

“Won’t be long until babies come along, I bet!”

“Are you trying to get pregnant?”

“Tick tick tick!” They will say, particularly if you’re over the age of 30. “That biological clock isn’t going to be able to wait for long!”

The most annoying part of this is that… to an extent, they’re right. If you want children (and let’s be clear: many women don’t, and there’s nothing wrong with that), then for a woman, age is a factor.

Of course, it’s not the only factor. Being ready to have a child is crucial, and getting to that stage tends to be something that comes with age. More and more women are choosing to enter motherhood later in life and society has yet to crumble. Yet the questions will still come; some from your parents, eager to be a grandparent. Others from acquaintances, friends who are already parents, or just someone who is asking to be polite. So if you’ve made the decision that parenthood – or if you’re already a parent, extending your brood – isn’t for you right now, how do you handle it?

  1. Explain Your Decision

If you have reasons for waiting, then don’t be afraid to share them. For some people, a desire to have a child as soon as possible was such an innate desire that they can’t necessarily understand someone choosing differently.

Say: “I’m not at a point in my life for that right now. I want to improve my self-esteem, travel more, be more financially secure – but we’ll get to it one day.”

  1. Explain Your Alternatives

If you seem at ease with your decision, then that’s more likely to come across. Explain that yes, you know the biological clock is ticking, but it doesn’t concern you. And why should it? This is world where adoption, IVF treatments, and surrogacy exist – if you want to be a parent, then you’ve got all the time in the world to pursue it. Biology doesn’t come into so much anymore – there are alternatives.

Say: “I know time is a factor, but I’m comfortable with exploring other options for parenthood if it comes to that. I don’t see the point of rushing into something just because of that.”

  1. Refuse To Answer

Realistically, this is a subject for you and your partner. So if you don’t want to go into details, then there is absolutely no requirement for you to do so.

Say: “Actually, I think that’s best kept between me and my other half, but thank you!”

  1. Them To Mind Their Own Business

Well it’s true, but you’re probably not going to pick up many politeness points! Still, if someone is persistent, it might reach this point!
Say: “I’d rather we didn’t discuss that, thanks!”

 

unnamed (1)Self-esteem is a term used to describe your interpretation of your worth and value. Your level of self-esteem can have a profound impact on the way you live your life, and what you get out of life. If you have low self-esteem, this could hold you back. You may assume you’ll never get that promotion or land that job. You may see somebody that catches your eye in a bar but walk on by because you presume they wouldn’t be interested. If you lack confidence and self-worth, there are ways of building up your self-esteem and learning to love and respect yourself more. It’s time to stop letting a lack of self-esteem hold you back. Here are some simple ways you can increase your self-worth.

Cut off negative influences

Do you have a friend that always makes jokes about your appearance or your academic record at school? Is their banter always a bit close to the bone? Do they tend to try and bring you down by making themselves feel better? Have you got people in your life who are willing to take advantage of your understanding ear, but unwilling to do the same for you? Are you always there for others? Are they there in return? Friendship is so important and so valuable, but if you let the wrong type of people in, there can be devastating consequences. Some people build us up and make us feel better. Others can bring us down. If you have friends that make you feel uneasy or there are people in your social group that make negative comments about you, cut them off. You don’t need to be surrounded by people who dent your confidence.

Stick with your supporters

Everyone needs a cheerleader from time to time. When you’re having one of those days, who is there to cheer you up, and give you that pep talk you need? These are the people you need to cling onto and never let go. The friends who genuinely want the best for you, and will always be there to give you advice, and try and steer you in the right direction. It may be as simple as being able to pick up the phone and ask which outfit to wear for a date, or it may be that reassuring voice you need if you’re feeling anxious and you can’t sleep or think straight. Keep your supporters close.

Set targets

One of the best ways to build confidence is to set targets. It might be finding a job you love if you’re not happy where you work. It may be trying to hit a goal weight by the summer or learning a new language. You may want to complete a half-marathon or put a deposit down on a house. You may have a savings target in mind or be desperately hoping for good grades in your college exams. Whatever you’re striving for, whether it’s a personal or professional goal, keep moving in the right direction. Be patient, work hard, and don’t beat yourself up if it takes time to get to where you want to be. Be realistic, and take every day as it comes. Nobody can be expected to achieve results overnight.

Treat yourself as you would your best friend

Picture the scene. You’re getting ready at a friend’s house. You’re all doing your makeup, and trying your outfits on. How many times over the course of the evening will you tell your friends how lovely, pretty or slim they look? Here’s another scenario for you. Your friend is upset. They’ve not done as well as they were hoping in an exam and somebody has posted a mean comment on their Facebook photo. What’s your reaction? This is not a drill to see how brilliant a friend you are. It’s an example to show you how you should treat yourself. We tend to be our own harshest critics, and we’re much kinder to other people. When you’re having one of those days when nothing looks great in the mirror, somebody’s made you feel down or your day at work or college hasn’t quite gone to plan, don’t curse yourself. Be gentle. Sometimes, it’s really useful to give yourself a pep talk and try and motivate yourself to do more and push harder, but there’s a time and a place for tough love.

Give up on perfect

If you aim for perfection, you’re always going to fall short because it’s impossible for anyone to be perfect. Even Instagram models and Victoria’s Secrets angels aren’t perfect. They probably have body hang-ups, and they may also worry about their relationships with friends or their careers just like you and me. The moment you stop trying to be perfect, a weight will be lifted from your shoulders. This doesn’t just apply to your body or your face. It’s also relevant to your life goals. So what if you don’t own your own home by the time you’re 35, or you’re not married by 30? Life doesn’t go in the direction you anticipated when you were younger, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Stop comparing yourself to others

If your self-esteem issues are linked to your appearance, this piece of advice is particularly beneficial, especially if you’re a fan of glossy magazines or social platforms like Instagram. If you spend hours scrolling through photographs of leggy models emerging from the ocean at sunset with impossibly golden skin and not an ounce of body fat in sight, it’s bound to be damaging for your body image. It’s wise to remember that very few people actually look like the models in those photos, and that these people often have squads of makeup artists and professional stylists and photographers on hand to produce amazing images. There’s also the small matter of using filters and editing software. If you find yourself comparing your life to that of your Facebook friends, again, proceed with caution. Sites like Facebook provide only a snapshot of people’s lives. What happens in real life may be very different to what you see on your screen. Focus on what you’re doing, rather than spending time worrying about other people.

If social media gets you down, stop using it. It can be hugely refreshing and liberating to stop comparing yourself to others.

Get your body moving

If you’re looking for a quick and simple mood-booster, look no further than a walk, a jog, a cycle or a swim. Exercise is not just a great tonic for stress. It can also brighten up your day, make you feel happier, and give you more energy and confidence.

Low self-esteem is a very common problem, and it can have a damaging effect. If you lack confidence, it can hold you back and prevent you from living life to the full. It can also make you feel anxious and increase the risk of depression and stress. Building your self-esteem can take time, and there is no miracle cure. However, it is possible to increase confidence and make you feel more able to reach your goals. If you lack confidence, try and put these measures into place. Be kind to yourself, and choose your friends carefully. Strive to better yourself, and work towards goals. Stop trying to be perfect or comparing yourself to others. Focus only on what you want to do and what matters to you. If you’re feeling low, get your body moving, and try and adopt a positive mindset.

 

When we think about spring cleaning, we tend to go over the obvious that we have done in previous years. Clearing out the cupboards, wiping over skirting boards and door frames, cleaning window sills – it’s all the usual stuff. We wait for the warmer weather and have a little bit of a spurt of cleanliness, but there is definitely some stuff that we are missing out on that requires our immediate attention.

Clothes

Clothes that haven’t been worn in a while will eventually start to lose their fresh scent and can even attract moths. Take them out of the wardrobe and give them a once-over – especially if it’s something delicate that hasn’t been worn in a while like a good suit or wedding dress. Look up a clothes cleaning service near to you and send them off for a spruce. You could even clear out the clutter of the clothes that you no longer wear or need and send them off to charity or list them for sale as part of the process. It’s a double-whammy job.

Inside the Vacuum

What cleans the things that clean your things? Well, er, you do. Take a look inside your vacuum and give it a good wipe out. It sucks up all sorts of grime so that you don’t have to do the hard work, but a stipulation of this (unless you’ve got vacuum with disposable bags) is that you will have to make sure it is free of gunk every once in awhile. It stops it from building up smells and will keep it in better condition for longer.

Mattress

Did you know that you are meant to vacuum your mattress one a year? It helps to get rid of the majority of dust mites that may have made your bed their home, and generally freshens it up. If you haven’t replaced your mattress in the last 8 years, it’s a good reminder to do it to keep your posture great and give you a good night’s sleep.

White goods
Now’s the time to really go to town on your white goods and give them a thorough inspection. Take a look inside the drawer of your washing machine and get it out for a closer look – chances are that there is some sort of slime or mould growing towards the back that you had never noticed before. Instead of giving your fridge a quick wipe down, take out each shelf individually and soak it while getting in every nook and cranny within, including the seal around the door. If you have a tumble dryer, clear out the lint that has gathered towards the bottom of the opening. Clear out your microwave, deep-clean your oven and make sure that anything else you use for the preparation of food has a thorough scrub before you use it again. It’s amazing how much build up you can find – just take a look at the workings of  your can-opener for proof!

the missed spring cleaning

unnamedWe all have those periods where we lack self-esteem, it’s a natural part of life. However, a mistake that you don’t want to make is letting your lack of self-esteem become a big deal because that’s when it starts to impact your life more seriously. We should all make it our goal in life to ensure that no matter what, we always loved ourselves. After all, life is too short not to, isn’t it?

So, with that in mind, today I thought that I would share some hints and tricks in the form of steps to help you feel better about yourself. Believe it or not, each and every one of us deserves to love ourselves for who we are, which is why having self-esteem is so, so important. Or, at least, I believe it is…

To give your self-esteem a boost, take note of the three steps below and implement the ideas mentioned. Honestly, you will feel better for it – that’s a promise!

Step 1: Determine the cause of your lack of self-esteem

The first step to getting your love for yourself (and your appearance) back is working out what’s caused you to lack self-esteem in the first place. Could it be a comment someone made about one of your features, such as that your nose is a little pointy? Has the fact that you’ve gone up a dress size impacted how you feel about yourself? Are you self-conscious of your accent because you’ve heard someone make a comment about it? In order to feel better about yourself, you need to determine what’s caused your lack of self-esteem in the first place.

Step 2: Fix the problem

Once you know what the problem is, then you can fix it. So, you know what’s making you feel down, and now you need to fix the problem. Admittedly, in some instances, this is easier said than done, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Say, for example, your lack of self-esteem is caused by hearing a hurtful comment about your appearance. You need to realise that just because someone has said something nasty, that doesn’t mean it’s true. Even if it is true – you do have a pointy nose, so what? Everyone is unique – that’s what makes the world such an amazing place. Or, say, for instance, your teeth are stained, and it’s getting you down, then undergoing teeth whitening could be the answer. It’s not about changing yourself for other people, it’s about being happy with who you are, and if that means making changes then so be it.

Step 3: Work on loving yourself for who you are

Last but not least, when it comes to being confident with who you are and how you look, you need to work on loving yourself. You can spend your whole life wishing you were someone else or that you looked like someone else, but it’s a total waste of your time because you are you and are always going to be. So it’s a much better idea to learn to love yourself and be more positive about who you are and how you look, else you will end up wasting your life wishing that you were someone else.

If you want to improve how you feel about yourself and make more of your life, take note of the tips above and implement them in your life.