How to Help Minimize Your Blog’s Environmental Impact

It’s something we don’t always think about, but using power has an effect on the environment, as does nearly everything we do. From the paper we use to the equipment we buy, what we consume and what the companies we shop from do with the things we trade in or recycle matters.

So when it comes to blogging, we have to think about the impact it has on the environment. Starting a website that is “green’ has to do with a lot more than just choosing and purchasing a domain name. It has to do with how your site is hosted, where servers get their energy from, and even how and where you blog.

Here are some effective methods to help minimize your blog’s environmental impact.

Check Out Your Host

Not all hosts are created equal. First of all, there are two different types of hosting, and each comes with its own environmental cost. The first is shared hosting, which is the most common and environmentally friendly type, at least on the surface. This is when your website shares server space with other websites. As long as you don’t have a huge amount of traffic, it will serve your needs, while reducing the amount of power you generate, saving environmental pollution from the production of non-renewable energy.

The other kind of hosting is dedicated hosting, which means your site has its own server. This, of course, takes more energy than sharing a server with others, but if you have a lot of traffic to your site and want to minimize downtime, it is essential.

The important thing is to know where your host gets their server space. Some have their own servers, others use Microsoft, Google, Oracle or Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers. Many of these large server farms consume large amounts of energy, but many of them are also powered by solar, wind, or other forms of clean energy.

There’s nothing wrong with getting a large amount of server space for your blog; in fact, I sincerely hope that your blog becomes so successful that you have to upgrade to a dedicated host, but by being conscious of who you choose to work with, and thoroughly researching their production methods, you stand a much better chance of staying in the green, as far as the environment’s concerned.

Look into Self-Service

Of course, you can host your own blog if you have access to your own server. Many larger companies have this option, but if you have a way to power your own server with renewable energy, you can self-host and ensure that your blog has as little impact on the environment as possible.

Though this is often the best method for ensuring you’re being environmentally friendly, there are two distinct disadvantages. First, there is a much higher initial cost unless you have another use for the server besides your website. You can of course offer server space to other websites if you have room, but if you want to live by your principles of responsible conservation, it will take additional time on your part to ensure that the people whose sites you host are eco-friendly as well.

The second issue is that, if you do not have another use for your server, you could be wasting a lot of natural resources by hosting your own site, resources and power that could better be used elsewhere, even if they are “green.” The operations and maintenance of a server makes this cost prohibitive for many users. It’s definitely an option to consider, but objectively, if you’re spending more to setup and maintain your blog than you are making, you’re going to lose your capacity to live, and that will affect your future conservation efforts as well.

Use Clean Energy Yourself

This was mentioned above, but I can’t repeat it enough. If you can use clean energy yourself, in your home, your business, and all other facets of your life, you will have a smaller impact on the environment and so will your blog. An electric car that is charged by solar power when you are at home saves a huge amount of the emissions that gas powered vehicles generate.

The same can be said for powering your laptop, tablet, and phone. Solar charging helps prevent pollution in a big way, and might even be a viable everyday solution for all of your home power needs, depending on where you live. Even if you can’t use solar energy 100% of the time, using it when and where you can will go a long way in cutting back your contribution to environmental degradation.

Consider clean energy options whenever possible to reduce not only your blog’s environmental impact, but your personal one as well.

Update Your Equipment

Sounds a little backwards, right? Wrong. Newer equipment uses less energy, has longer battery life, and even emits fewer emissions over its lifetime. This is true even for eco-friendly products that were produced even just five years ago.

Since your blog will need some great photography to distinguish itself, prioritize buying newer cameras, made from recycled materials, as much as is feasible. Going even further, if you want to avoid producing more waste through the production of a new camera, consider using stock photos of nature to illustrate the beauty of the earth, and why you’re committed to protecting it, rather than shooting your own photos.

Don’t stop just with upgrading your gear; be aware of what happens to your old equipment. The US throws away hundreds of tons of electronics a year, much of which can be recycled. Check with the company you purchased from about recycling programs (Apple has some good ones) and be sure your old device either goes to a new home, or that the parts get melted down and reused as much as possible.

Newer equipment will make you and your blog more efficient, and reduce your impact on the environment.

Work from Home

This is something most bloggers do anyway, but if you work for a marketing agency or a writing company, work from home as much as your employer will allow. Most of these companies have remote workers regardless, and encourage remote work simply because it saves the company money as well.

There are other ways you can help though. Conduct interviews from home using video chat. Avoid travel when you can Skype or Facetime with someone, and use other methods of research. When you do need to travel, use green transportation when available, and limit your forays to only what is essential.

Your blog has an impact on the environment, but with a few simple tactics, you can minimize the effect you have and be kind to the Earth while you spread the word about green energy and protecting the world we all live in.

How to Help Minimize Your Blog’s Environmental Impact

Setting yourself a personal challenge of some kind is a great way to focus your mind and channel your efforts towards achieving a particular goal. If you can do this while raising money for a charity that is special to you, this is even better! The question remains: what fundraising challenge should you set yourself? Well, there are all kinds of options out there so it is worth thinking hard before you settle on one that is right for you. Here are just a few ideas to spark off your imagination!

Run a Marathon

Probably the most common fundraising challenge that people set themselves, running a marathon is undoubtedly an incredible feat of endurance. You will need to be committed to months of training, in which you set aside hours of time so that you can keep building up your distances. If you are not a regular runner or gym goer, you will probably want to go for a shorter distance, but giving yourself a target to aim for gives you a great challenge and an incredible feeling of accomplishment at the end.

Take on a Physical Challenge

If running is really not your thing, there are plenty of other physical challenges that you could set yourself. Just a few different options include climbing, cycling, hiking or canoeing. Choose a particular challenge that you would like to tackle; it may be that there is a hiking trail that you would like to complete or a river that you would like to cross. Taking on some sort of physical challenge is a great way to capture the imagination of potential fundraisers.

Go on a Journey

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Choose a particular journey that has some sort of personal significance to you and take this on using a mode of transport of your choice; whether this on foot, by bike or by car. You can take an epic charity road trip. Ultimately, you can choose the distance you would like to cover, and you could even set yourself a time limit to ramp up the challenge.

Overcome a Fear

If, for example, you have a huge fear of heights and build yourself up to taking part in a skydive or bungee jump, not only is this an incredible accomplishment for yourself, you also have a great story to tell which will certainly inspire people to donate to charity. Obviously, you won’t be able to leap headfirst out of a plane straight away, but you can gradually build up to this over time until you are able to overcome your fear.

Climb a Mountain

Another classic challenge that people set themselves is to reach the top of a famous peak. It all depends on how high the mountain is before you know how much training and effort you will need to put in to reach the top. There is nothing like the feeling of satisfaction and personal accomplishment when you can stand at the top with your arms aloft!
  

When you think about exercise, it’s so easy to assume that it has to be pushing yourself to your limits, feeling the burn and getting really sweaty and out of breath. But while that kind of activity is great, there are plenty of reasons why you might want something a little more mellow. Perhaps you’ve been inactive for a while and are building up your fitness from scratch, or maybe you have a health condition that takes high impact and high energy activities off the table. You might already do a lot of cardio, but are looking for something during your ‘rest days’ which is a little lighter. If so, you’ve come to the right place, here are some examples of low impact activities you could try.

Golf

Many people find that golf is a fantastic way to get some fresh air and some light exercise. There’s a fair bit of walking involved (even if you use a golf cart) and swinging the club helps to work out your muscles. Golf has been shown to improve balance, strengthen muscles and it’s generally a enjoyable hobby that doesn’t require you to break a sweat or push yourself too hard.

Swimming

Swimming is ideal for anyone who struggles with high impact activities because the water supports your weight. But as long as you can swim, it’s suitable for anyone and burns a crazy amount of calories. Swimming uses and tones just about every muscle in the body and there’s plenty of ways it can be adapted for those with disabilities. If you never learned how to swim when you were young, set a goal to do it as an adult. There are lots of clubs that can teach you in a safe and enjoyable way, then you can head down to the pool whenever you like.

Yoga and Tai Chi

Some of the benefits to both yoga and tai chi include increased flexibility, improved muscle strength, improved bone health, better posture, boosted immunity and even drained lymph which reduced swelling and inflammation. They might be very different practices but there are plenty of similarities. While both strengthen the body, they’re also very focused on calming the mind and so are great from a mental health point of view as well. Both activities are something that all ages and abilities can enjoy, since you can start small and build your way up.

Walking

Walking is perhaps one of the most underrated exercise. As well as being a great way to get from A to B, walking is low impact while burning calories and building lean muscle. It’s easy and accessible and something most people can do, it’s free and you don’t need any special equipment. Check out walking trails which often run alongside cycle trails. You could go on family walks or hikes with your dog. You could go on romantic walks down the canal, on the beach or to the park with your partner. Once your fitness builds, start walking places which have more hilly terrain for a harder workout.

Finding ways to look and feel younger after retiring is a common desire for many seniors. Fortunately, you can still maintain a youthful complexion, exude essence and style, and have a healthier body as a senior. Explore these ways that you can look better in retirement and enjoy yourself during your golden years.

Get a Beauty Makeover

If you want to look and feel younger, you can get a makeover. Opting for a shorter hairstyle and softening your hair color can do wonders for increasing vibrancy. If you have been wearing your makeup the same way for the past decade or more, then it is time to switch it up for a fresh start.

Choosing makeup and lipstick colors that are harmonious with your complexion is important to appear more youthful. Consider visiting a cosmetic counter for beautiful makeover ideas to make your complexion look brighter and more rejuvenated. Using firming eye cream can improve the appearance of fine lines and bags under the eyes, while using an herbal-infused mask once a week can tighten facial skin and make you feel more confident in your appearance.

Spruce Up Your Wardrobe

Changing the way that you dress can shave pounds and years off of your appearance. AARP suggests that wearing matching, tailor fitted clothes, or donning a pink scarf can take a decade off of your age. Bring out the natural rosiness of your skin by avoiding dark and drab colors, and remember to choose brighter shades to illuminate yourself and look your best in retirement.

Go Stress-Free Today

Smiling and feeling happy makes you look more beautiful, pleasant, and enjoyable to be around. One way that you can look better in retirement is to reduce the level of worry and stress present in your life. Practicing daily meditation, prayer, and yoga are some ways that you can release the frustrations of daily life and feel more stress-free. Maybe you need to get out instead of staying in so find a hobby. Getting a bike and go for a ride can give you a one person escape from the world anytime you want to just relax and go for a ride. The more that you practice letting go of things that you cannot change and changing the things that you can, you will feel much better about yourself and your existence.

Engage in Regular Exercise

Without a doubt, regular exercise is a must for looking your best, staying energized, and remaining healthy in retirement. Aerobic exercise increases blood flow to the skin, resulting in an increased supply of oxygen and vital nutrients that improve your complexion and make you heal faster. Some exercise ideas for seniors include swimming, walking, and light aerobic activity in short intervals. Consider working out with a friend or joining a local gym with a senior population that is interested in looking and feeling good, just like you.

Consume a Balanced Diet

What you choose to eat every day has a direct effect on your appearance, so it is important to consume a balanced diet. Everyday Health states that nutritious foods reduce your chances of developing chronic diseases as you age, and it elevates your energy, which can make you naturally more vivacious. Although nutritional needs do vary among seniors, eating more vegetables, fruits, small portions of lean meats, fish, beans and whole grains are especially helpful. When you eat healthier, it is easier to keep the pounds off and avoid developing life-threatening health conditions that negatively impact your appearance.

The older that you get, the more important that it becomes to develop life-saving and beauty-magnifying habits with a sound diet, regular exercise, and a worry-free mind. Maintaining your beauty regimen and using products that nourish your skin is important for reducing anti-aging and appearing years younger. Every day that you make the choice to do something positive to make yourself look and feel good, your natural beauty and inner glow will shine through.

As life expectancy around the globe increases, so does the average age of retirement. In countries like Australia, the US, and the UK, the average age of retirement is 62, based on the findings of Aperion Care. For many, this age can be too steep or too late. The concept of early retirement is something that is commonly desired but is it something that is achievable?

The Appeal of Early Retirement

Early retirement is more than just the picturesque idea of lounging about at some beach somewhere. For many, it’s about their health. Early retirement has been known to drive down the occurrence of serious diseases by a minimum of 20%, based on the findings of a recent US study. Beyond health, it’s about finding better ways to sustain and fund their living after they’ve said goodbye to corporate life. Early retirement is an appealing concept, but the way to attain it can be paved with confusing and challenging bricks.

Common Misconceptions

Peeking behind the veil of appeal, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding early retirement. One of the biggest misconceptions is the idea that you stop working completely or stop making money once you’ve retired. The usual ways to earn money ends with formal retirement but there multiple ways to earn without being actively engaged or tied to a desk like freelancing or investments. It can also mean opening up your own business.

Is Early Retirement Possible?

The short answer to this is: YES. However, it is something that requires extensive planning and strong mental fortitude. The capacity to earn may not be as large or as steady after you retire. Yet, the retirement spending may only increase with time once you factor in healthcare costs and living expenses. So what can someone who hopes for early retirement aim for?

Smart Yet Simple Steps

If you’re thinking of retiring early, it’s best to start as early as today. Those that are able to retire in their late thirties live on only less than 50% of their income and set aside the rest for savings, based on the market study of NerdWallet. It also helps to calculate what you’ll potentially spend once you’ve retired. That way, it is possible to make plans regarding any adjustments necessary to current lifestyles and spending.

There is no denying that early retirement will continue to be appealing for all that has ever had to earn a living for themselves. It all comes down to how much you want it and what you’re willing to sacrifice now so that you can obtain the end goal. The goal being, of course, the highly coveted retirement before you hit your sixties.

Life is a huge rollercoaster of good things, bad things and ugly things. We have so many experiences throughout our lives which shape who we are and allow us to be the best we can be, and our lives are often something we really neglect and don’t appreciate enough. This month, you should start to appreciate what you have in your life more. It will make you feel happier overall as a person and it will allow you to strive for more with confidence and optimism. Here are some of the ways you can truly begin to appreciate your life this year.

Write down the positives

Sit down at the end of the day at write down three things which either happened that day or three positive thoughts you had. It could be anything from the sound of the bird singing as you woke up, the fact that it was sunny all day long, or the fact that you spent the evening playing games with your family while watching a movie. Anything which made you happy today should be on the list and it will make you forget about all of the bad stuff which happened in between. Doing this each day can reduce stress and make us feel more positive in general.

Say thank you

It is so important to think about everything that you have in your life now and again and to say thank you for the opportunity. When you see your partner today, thank them for the happiness they have given you and any children which you share together. Thank your friends for always being there for you through the thick and thin of your life and never judging you, and thank your work colleagues for making your working days bearable. There are so many things you can be thankful for, and when you put it all together you can really start to see how good your life really is.

Think of who you have

Look at your family and your friends today and think about who they are. They are likely amazing, kind, intelligent and unique people who you adore and think the world of… and now think about yourself. If they are so amazing in their own right and they have chosen to be a part of your life, you must be pretty great yourself. Sometimes thinking this way can give us a much needed confidence boost and it can make living our live a much happier and pleasant experience.

Look after family

If you have older relatives who you don’t see that often, now is the time to make time for them and to make sure that they know you are here if they ever need you. It is all too easy for us to get caught up in adult life and forget about the people who raised us, but we won’t have forever to look after them and spend time with them, they might already need home care services or to be in a care home. Make sure you appreciate the older members of your family just as much as everyone else because you will regret it if you leave things too late and they are gone.

Small gestures

When it comes to showing your appreciation and gratitude in life it doesn’t have to be a big romantic gesture and you don’t need to spend a huge amount of time, money and effort to make people around you feel like they matter. It could be as simple as telling your partner you love them each day, smiling and saying thank you to the bus driver, getting a cup of coffee for your work buddy… small things matter and it is these small gestures which can make someone’s day and make them feel incredibly happy and loved.

Send a text

Sometimes the best kind of appreciation is the spontaneous kind, and you might want to text your friend or loved one and tell them how much they mean to you. It could be a short sentence or a huge paragraph, but sending a text like this to someone you care about can be exactly what you need to make them and you both feel special and happy for the whole day. It doesn’t take a lot but it can make a huge difference to your relationship and your bond.

Go away on holiday together

Sometimes the best way to appreciate what you have at home is to spend time so where totally new for a while. When you spend time with family exploring new places and immersing yourself in new culture you can often start to appreciate what you have back at home much more. By the time you get back home and settle on your sofa you will realise just how lucky you are to live where you live and have what you have in life.

Be present

It is always important for us to be present. Stay in the moment and enjoy where we are right now rather than simply looking to the future for happiness. If you spend your life thinking about what life is going to have in store for you in a year, you won’t ever be able to appreciate what is right in front of you and as a result you will also lose a lot of time to live your life with the people you love. It is ok to look ahead, but make sure that you focus on where you are right now and enjoy every single second you can spent with the people you hold most dear in the world.

Don’t let mistakes pull you down

No one in the world is perfect, and everyone makes silly mistakes once in a while which can cost them something great and replace it with sorrow. You can’t let setbacks knock you down and make you give in. You are worth so much more and you can achieve anything you want to achieve. As long as you get back up and try again, nothing can stop you being who you want to be in life.

Do you hate to wake up in the morning? To some of us, the hour right after waking up makes the world seem dreadful – and it doesn’t really matter if we look forward to the rest of the day or not. Until we’re fully awake and had that cup of coffee, it’s actually better to just stay away.

They say that the key to better mornings is to go to bed earlier, though, and to make sure that we get enough sleep. Yet, what if we can’t fall asleep at 10? Luckily, there are a few hacks to this as well.

Here is a handful of the best ways to improve your mornings by setting a bedtime routine for yourself. It’s kind of like parenting yourself to bed but as long as it makes it easier to wake up, it’s definitely worth it.

First: Be active

Nobody sleeps better than those who have been active during the day. It’s difficult to fall asleep with ease when you still feel energised inside; try to get a sufficient amount of exercise while you’re awake, however, and it should be way easier to fall asleep.

Just try not to exercise too late, though, as this might boost your brain back into wake up mode. 

Next: Do something calming

How many times have you heard that you should avoid using your phone or being on your laptop before going to bed? It’s easier said than done, though, and especially when you’re used to checking the news and making sure that the world is still standing before tucking in.

Try to ease into another bedtime routine instead such as having a bath and reading a book. Both of these will help you to relax a bit more – and it’s good for you as well, by the way. 

Drink chamomile tea

That chamomile tea has calming effects is not just a myth – it’s scientifically proven and should definitely become a part of your bedtime routine. See if you can find that slightly more expensive type with whole flower buds as these have way more of the good oils in them than the grinded tea we usually find in the grocery shop.

A cup of tea and a book after a nice bath is just what you need before a good night’s sleep. Add the calming sound of rain on the window and a cat to snooze on your lap, and you have the perfect scene for a relaxing evening.

Body confidence is essential to build in ourselves. It helps us gain the clearest mental functionality from day to day, as we become much less distracted by insecurity. It’s also important to consider that body confidence is also body comfort. This isn’t all led by perception. In order to feel comfortable in our bodies and as our bodies, we need to consider how health and fitness might benefit us, and the habits we employ each day. It’s not hard to see those who become obsessed with maintaining the perfect weight, or amateur bodybuilders who can develop body dysmorphia until they steward ‘the perfect frame.’

Health and fitness should be a joy, a daily occurrence, not something you feel chained to. That’s because keeping fit and healthy, despite the effort it takes, is one of the most natural things in the world to keep on top of.

Consider our tips to keep this habit healthy, rewarding, and in pursuit of your best body confidence:

Natural Intake

It can be that fitness and health becomes a fantastic opportunity for you to figure out exactly what it is you’re putting into your body each week. Many of us simply eat and drink items that take our fancy, choosing healthy options here and there but never really taking a dedicated effort to perfect our diet. Not every wants to do this, and that’s perfectly fine. However, you might decide that if you’re putting in the heartfelt effort to exercise, you might as well begin to choose healthier options.

The main thing is to keep an eye on the big picture of what your foods provide to promote overall health. When you know what’s going into your body, you not only feel healthier, but feel more authority and autonomy over its functioning. This can only lead to confidence, as personal care and discipline is often responsible for doing.

Habit & Passion

An interest in fitness and health can often lead you to develop passions that help you nurture your self-respect and sense of dominion over your body. Rock climbing, dancing and of course yoga help you stretch and utilize your body like never before. They are quite exposing enterprises to enjoy, and over time you’ll become more comfortable performing them, and fall in love with the craft. You’ll feel less insecure in new clothing habits, or feel less exposed in personal circumstances when you have this sense of body dominion you’ve wanted to practice for some time. Pushing forward in this via habit and passion can go a real long way in ensuring you stay comfortable on a daily basis, as love is always a better teacher than wipping yourself into shape like a soldier. Confidence is always born of security, and positivity often leads to security in the most reliable sense.

With these tips, you’re sure to employ fitness and health as a means to body confidence effectively and pleasurably.

Admittedly, you’re pretty hard on yourself sometimes without meaning to be. You carry the weight of the world on your shoulders and begin to feel guilty about things you shouldn’t. When it comes to keeping your mental health in check it is very important that you understand your role in this world, so that you can alter your mindset. You take your health and wellbeing very seriously, especially when it comes to the mental side of things. Here are a handful of ways that you can reduce that guilty feeling and start feeling more positive about your direction in life.

1. Take Care of Your Family

When you are responsible for looking after your aging parents or grandparents it can cause a lot of stress and strain on you. Although you want to help as much as possible, it isn’t always easy to deal with on a daily basis. You feel guilty for passing your problems onto others but sometimes you need to accept professional help. You might find it useful to get in touch with a Dementia Support centre, which will be able to care for your loved ones just as well as you do. As soon as this is all taken care of you will feel much less guilty about getting on with your normal life, as your family member will be in safe hands.

2. Be Driven By Your Career

There is nothing quite like having your eyes on the prize and getting excited about your career. Set small, attainable goals for yourself and you will feel much more motivated every single day.

3. Cut Out Toxicity

When there are people in your life who are bringing you down, you need to assess how this is making you feel on a day to day basis. As soon as you remove toxicity from your life, you will feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Whether you’re leaving a messy relationship or letting go of a bad friendship, there is something quite cathartic about letting go of stressful, belittling or upsetting people.

4. Eat Well

It’s no surprise that the food you put into your body can have a huge impact on the way you think and feel. Eating well should be high on your priority list especially if you want to improve your mindset and reduce anxiety. The foods you can eat in order to boost your mood include fresh fish, green leafy vegetables, bananas, nuts and dark chocolate. Stock up on these delicious whole foods and you mood will improve significantly.

5. Understand Your Own Body

Nobody will be able to understand your mind and body quite like you do, so make sure you listen to it. When you’re feeling tired or drained you need to take time out to rest. When you have the energy to get plenty of things done you should have the passion to do it all. Listen to your body and make sure you aren’t pushing yourself beyond your means or holding yourself back from achieving greatness.

6. Exercise Regularly

There is something magical about exercise that many people don’t always understand. That rush of happiness when you complete a workout is second to none and it can be achieved by a simple twenty minute power walk, dance class, boxing session or solo run in the park. Moving your body has a great impact on your mental wellbeing, so factor it into your daily routine as much as possible.

7. Practice Mindfulness

Nowadays it can seem like the whole world is rushing past you in the blink of an eye. Your head is buried in your phone and you forget to take in the beautiful surroundings in favour of checking up on someone’s breakfast. Try to be more mindful on a daily basis and this will help you to appreciate the little things in life. It will also help you to stop comparing yourself to others and live your life as you want it to be.
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8. Make ‘Me Time’ A Priority

When you’re run off your feet at work, pulled back and forth by family members and feeling overwhelmed at everything in your life, it’s so important to take time out and make yourself a priority. Whether you read your favourite book, go for a walk in the park, take a hot bubble bath or watch your favourite movie, you will find a way to settle your mind.

9. Find a Balance of Selflessness and Self Care

As a kind hearted person you will always feel bad about not helping others in their time of need, but you need to balance this with your own needs too. Strike a balance between selflessness and self-care and you will soon have a happy medium to work towards on a daily basis. Helping people is a noble thing to do, but not at the expense of your own mental wellbeing.

10. Be More Positive

When you become a more positive person overall, your entire mindset will start to shift. See the bright side of every situation and you will gradually shift towards this way of thinking for the long run. Don’t allow negative feelings to cloud your judgement of truly happy and enjoyable moments.

Everybody is different, so there will never be a one size fits all method for combating feelings of guilt and anxiety. If you are struggling to see the good sides of yourself then you need to take a step back and evaluate how amazing you actually are. Your strength, kindness, passion and positivity will soon see you through even the toughest of times and your mental health with thrive as a result. Don’t allow yourself to build up negative emotions in your head as they will be there to haunt you for a long time. Instead, see the bright side of a situation and do everything in your power to settle your mind. By practicing mindfulness and embracing a whole host of techniques you will soon be able to improve your mindset and reduce guilt.

Natural beauty. Organic. Vegan. Eco-Friendly. These aren’t buzzwords in the beauty industry, they are musts. Finding a better way to upgrade beauty from testing on animals and keep the people who love makeup and skincare feeling good about it.

It is almost unfathomable when we think about only a few hundreds of years ago, ladies faces were painted with lead, and poisonous fruits merely because they looked good.

Over a period of time, you can lower the number of chemicals that you use on a daily basis. Some of the chemicals that we use on a regular basis are of course absorbed into the skin and may have a negative impact on you long term. But by making a few small changes your skin, hair, and nails with thank you for it.

For nails, you can swap to water-based nail polish, and you’ll see a difference very quickly.

Here is a short natural beauty routine that might help you on your way to being a bit of an earth goddess.

Start with your usual routine, it might consist of one or more of these items:

  • Toner
  • Face mask
  • Hair mask
  • Deodorant
  • Cleanser
  • Moisturiser
  • Spot treatments
  • Exfoliation

Here is a great starting point:

For exfoliation, if you have oily skin, you might have a go-to product that you know removes that excess. While you are transitioning, you might not love the results but once your skin has purged all of the nasties it will be in much better condition. Sea salt and almond oil will gently remove impurities without stripping the natural protective oils on the skin. If you have combination skin, a homemade sugar scrub will be perfect. Dry skin needs some extra care so think about a softer sugar scrub with added oils.

Cleanser for oily skin can use a castor oil mix. ⅔ castor oil and a ⅓ olive oil. A reusable cotton cloth will be a perfect partner for this. Combination skin will love a combination of ¼ castor oil and ¾ sweet almond oil. For dry skin, castor oil is likely to have an adverse effect so a simple cotton pad and some coconut oil should work perfectly.

For moisture for dry skin, organic shea butter is a super simple and effective option. Normal and combination skin can get away with a small dab of the coconut oil. And, for oily skin, you won’t need to add moisture as often when you a light layer of coconut oil is perfect, and for toning a diluted apple cider vinegar is great.

You can support your newer natural routine will some supplements too. Magnesium as an anti-inflammatory, and to help improve your metabolism. Melatonin to enhance sleep and naturally banish dark circles and lackluster skin. Biotin will help support healthy skin, nails, and hair too.

Of course, it goes without saying that if you are treating your outside to natural beauty, you should treat the inside better too. Fruits, veggies, and plenty of water is a must also.

I usually like Mondays because it’s another new beginning and there’s so much to look forward to. Today it’s even more special. It’s the Chinese New Year’s Eve when traditionally we’d have a great feast to celebrate.

Tomorrow will be the first day of the year of Pig and pig is the luckiest out of the 12 chinese zodiac. Sometimes I wish it were my star sign. Haha just kidding. Of course our star sign alone doesn’t design our destiny – we make our own luck!

So pigs or not, let’s drink to our lucky stars and happy Chinese New Year to all of us!

Ageing: Why do we spend so much time fearing it and not enough time enjoying the benefits it brings with us? Sure our bodies change, but so does our mind, confidence and outlook on life.

It’s a hard one to call but for a lot of us we’d probably just about take our older bodies and limitless confidence over our younger more self-conscious selves. But what can you expect from your body and your mind as you leave your twenties and even your thirties behind you and approach a new decade?

In this blog we take a little look at the ageing process and what to expect. Don’t expect top tips on beating older age or ageing gracefully, we want you to embrace it, live it and love it. Expect instead, tips on how to keep up your fitness and mental well being for the best decade of your life.

And if you need more convincing that 40+ is the best so far, then bear in mind the likes of Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock and not to mention authors JK Rowling and Toni Morrison who didn’t achieve commercial success until later life.

Take Charge

You’re no-one’s push over and it’s time you remembered that you’ve earned the right to take charge of your life.

If you still find yourself running around trying to please everyone in your life then you need to employ the powerful art of just saying no and not feeling any guilt about it.

It’s also time to seize back control of your destiny to do the things that you might have said no to previously because of a young family, lack of confidence or too many time constraints. Now is exactly the right time to pick hobbies and sports back up that got left by the wayside or start learning a whole new skill.

Think health

Not because you’re going to stand a chance of finding some kind of magic rejuvenation process but because nurturing and caring for your body is the right thing to do. You have nothing to prove to anyone, so if you want to train for a marathon do it because you want to, likewise if you want to invest in an expensive daily beauty regime, it’s your call.

When it comes to looking after your physical self, make time to get any niggling injuries treated through physiotherapy and take time to stretch out any aches and pains. There’s no sense in trying to ignore it and push through, your comfort is paramount so make time for it.

You’ll want to stay fit to make sure that as you grow ever older you’re able to maintain your active and independent lifestyle long into retirement. You might not want to think about that, but investing in your health now is a prize you’ll reap later down the line.

Sleep more

While you still have heaps of drive, you may need a bit more sleep than you used to and that’s ok. Turning down social invitations to catch up on your sleep is a healthy and good choice. It will leave you better refreshed and able to deal better with the vigour of your job or home life the following day.

Make sure the sleep you’re getting is great quality, so put down your phone or tablet at least an hour if not two before bedtime and give your brain a fighting chance of unwinding before you shut down for the night.

Sleep in a cooler but not cold room, as dark and quiet as you can make it. Lifestyle experts all sing the praises of consistent, great quality sleep as one of the best ways to combat stress and feel mentally and physically on top of your game.

Say yes

Once you’ve harnessed the power of saying no remember you can also say yes. Yes to new experiences, yes to spending a little bit more on the finer things in life and yes to living life the way you want it. If your younger years were about getting on the career ladder and finding out what you wanted in life, now is the time to embrace that sense of achievement and celebrate how far you’ve come.

Embrace mindfulness

If you haven’t already, check out how mindfulness techniques will help you get the very best out of living in each moment and fully embracing both your present and your past. If you are going through some emotional turbulence, mindfulness practice can help you to live with your emotions without feeling overwhelmed by them.

Combined with something like meditation or even just a walk, this way of thinking and breathing can help you combat stress and anxiety and lead to a more improved sense of well-being and mental health.

Keep learning

Always wanted to play the piano? Get your lessons booked. You might never be Elton John but you’ll be delighted with the achievement of belting out a tune to your long-suffering friends, family or pets.

Learning something new, every day if possible, is the secret to a sharp mind. Even in our forties we see how forgetfulness can creep in and start robbing us of precious memories so stay hungry to learn and you’ll stave off those memory lapses.

Age ain’t nothing but a number

Remember to keep it all in perspective. That date on your birth certificate is only a fractional amount of everything that makes you, you. If you were to be defined by your age, you might find yourself already shutting down and refusing to take risks or go on adventures. Alternatively, you might find yourself thinking that you’re too young to be saying no to nights out and start burning the candle at both ends when you just need a little bit more sleep.

A number does not own you and it does not decide who you are and what you want to be. Want to redesign your whole look? Go for it. Embrace who you are, gather up your confidence and live your middle years with gusto.


People are strange. They can spend a not insignificant period making sure they’re eating well, or exercising, or otherwise trying to be healthy, and yet ignore one of the most important aspects: making sure that their body has enough water to keep them going. Perhaps because it’s not that exciting (how good is food, by comparison?), but it’s just one of those things that people overlook. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Below, we take a look at five ways you can stay better hydrated. Make the changes today!

Use an App

We use technology for virtually every other aspect of our lives, why not extend its use to making sure we get enough water? If you’re the forgetful type, you can download an app that’ll give you a notification when it’s time to drink some water. It might sound silly on the surface, but it doesn’t take long to see why an app like this would be useful. We don’t need to nudged to eat – we get in a foul mood if we go too long without food, but we barely bare any attention to the effects of dehydration.

Up the Ante During Exercise

We need more or less water depending on what we’re doing. If you’re one of those active types (and we hope you are), then you’ll need to drink more fluids on the days when you’re exercising. We can lose a lot of water when we’re sweating, and that all has to be replaced. Sipping on water will have another positive effect on your exercising, too – it’ll allow you to go for longer. If you’re beginning to feel tired even though you haven’t been at the gym too long, drink something. It’ll shake that feeling of tiredness away from you.

Looking Beyond Water

Water is the most common way to boost your body’s water level, but it’s far from the only – or the best – choice. There are other foods and drinks that give your body just as much water, and taste better, too. That’s a big deal, because let’s face it, the taste of water can get pretty old pretty quickly. Cucumber, for example, is full of water, so make it a common occurrence on your plate. Coconut water, too, tastes delicious, and may be better for your hydration than water. You’ll be more inclined to keep your body hydrated if you fundamentally enjoy the taste of what’s giving your body its hydration.

Out on the Town

There are some activities where you need to think more about your hydration. Exercising is one. The other? When you’re out on the town, consuming alcoholic drinks with friends. You’re probably already familiar with the morning-after sensation, when your mouth feels as if you’ve been up eating sand all night. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Alternate your alcohol drinks with water (or coconut or cucumber water), and you’ll keep that dry mouth feeling at bay (and will wake up feeling much better).


When it comes to the New Year, so many people are focused on diets and getting expensive gym memberships which they’ll use for a few weeks but then quit by the end of the month.  In many ways, whilst the New Year fitness craze can feel inspiring, it can also feel quite sad, as so many people race to lose weight without really taking care of their holistic wellbeing.

Indeed, with so many ways to get fit at home in 2019, there’s no excuse to not jump off the couch and take the year by storm – yet, fitness isn’t just about losing weight and toning up.  In fact, many people’s idea of what fitness is, could be better described as vanity!

Therefore, in this article we’re going to take a look at a few ways to take care of your holistic wellbeing this new year.

STRESS MANAGEMENT

In simple terms, stress is a killer.  Stress is often at the heart of most illnesses, or at least it will exacerbate health conditions – from heart attacks to chronic fatigue, stress plays a much larger role in most illnesses than we realise.

Therefore, you really want to make sure you find healthy ways to reduce your stress levels this new year.

LOOK AFTER YOUR INNER CHILD

We all want a more fulfilling life, and whilst many people strive for success as a means for fulfilment what we tend to find is that many people neglect their ‘inner child’ and therefore feel depleted.  They often pursue success, only to reach their goal to find it doesn’t fulfil them as much as they hoped.

We therefore need to look a little deeper into ourselves, and work out what feeling are we wanting to create in our life.  

For instance, if your ‘inner child’ craves security, it makes sense that going out and earning good money will satiate this need, however, if your ‘inner child’ craves a sense of adventure, yet you live a dull existence of working, working, working – you’re not going to be happy.

Therefore, work out what your innermost self wants most from life, and ensure you find a way to meet that need.

WATER

We all know that we should be drinking more water than we probably drink – as so many people live in a perpetual state of chronic dehydration despite knowing the risks, and the benefits of ensuring we are fully hydrated.

You probably already know that your brain is made up mostly of water, so when it’s dehydrated it  functions at a sluggish rate. Dehydration causes brain tissue to shrink – meaning the brain has to work  much harder to perform the same task.

Drinking more water might also be good for your New Year weight loss goals…

The reason that drinking water has the power to assist in weight loss is mostly due to the fact people who drink water before a meal tend to feel more full, meaning they eat much less food, though there are other more complex reasons to do with metabolism.

To some extent, we all care about staying healthy with what we eat while traveling. None of us wants to send our blood pressure soaring or face extreme diets when we get home. When we reach our destinations, we avoid certain foods or seek healthy options which are sure to see us through. These are admirable efforts, and they can make a massive difference to our experiences.

But, have you ever thought about your health with regards to what you eat on the plane? Let’s face it; plane food isn’t exactly famed for its nutritional benefits. As such, you could do a fair amount of damage before you even touch down. This is especially the case on a long-haul flight. Get things wrong, here, and you could spend your whole holiday playing catch-up.


That’s why it’s well worth considering the food on offer before you book your flights. Each company brings different benefits. Some are far worse for our health than others. In a recent study, DietDetective.com and the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center took a closer look at what we can expect from meals on top airlines. Alaska Airlines came up top, with 4.25 stars. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Frontier Airlines got a measly 0.85 stars. That’s a significant drop and a worrying state of affairs. Lucky for you, there are a few tell-tale signs that on-flight food isn’t as healthy as you might like. Keep on reading to find out what they are.

A lack of nutritional information


Within the study, one of the main areas for concern was the nutritional information on offer. Airlines who ranked bottom had little to no info listed next to meals. That means everything from no calorie count to only basic allergy listings. This is a sure sign that you wouldn’t like the figures if you did have access to them. By comparison, high-ranking companies provided adequate listings for every meal. So, before you book up, take a look at the menu. If you’re unimpressed with the information available, look elsewhere.

Very few fresh options

For obvious reasons, fresh options are a decent indicator of health benefits. Sadly, many airlines fail to offer them because of the added costs incurred. If there isn’t an ounce of fruit on that in-flight menu, you don’t need us to tell you that you’re onto a lousy choice. But, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Plenty of airlines stock fresh food from vegetable and fruit wholesalers. All you need to do is look out for them.


Limited choices


To some extent, every airline is sure to have a limited food menu. That’s just a matter of practicality. But, if the only food available is snack-based or high in calories, you’re best off steering clear. A decent airline should offer both snacks and healthy options with fewer calories. If an airline only has three or four processed options, then, it’s a sure sign you should avoid them at all costs.