Ideas For Improving Your Health This Year

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We’re all prone to making resolutions we can’t keep, and it’s often improvements to our health that we struggle to maintain. Maybe you don’t want to spend all of your spare time at the gym and live on a diet consisting solely of green vegetables. Of course, if that’s how you define healthy living then it might be time for you to change your mindset. A healthy lifestyle is all about getting the right balance in your daily routine. If you’re struggling to do that then here are some ideas that should help you to improve your health this year.

Get into a pattern of regular exercise.

You might not lead a completely sedentary lifestyle, but many of us struggle to maintain a regular exercise routine. Of course, regular exercise is the best way to stay healthy. The occasional 5-hour session at the gym will do less for your health than a daily 30-minute run. You’ll make exercise a habit if you find a physical activity that you can fit into your daily routine. Exercising will do more than keep you in good shape. Even a brisk walk can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and many other health problems. Keeping active will also keep your brain active; it’ll improve your mental health and keep you young throughout your life. A tiny dose of daily exercise can work wonders for your overall physical and mental wellbeing. It can even help to improve your sleeping pattern, but we’ll talk about that more in the final point.

Get into a better sleeping routine.

Another important way in which you could improve your health this year is to get into a better sleeping routine. Many of us don’t sleep well enough in modern society. It’s a product of the times. We’re all told that we need to be busy and productive people to succeed in the world. As a result, rest often isn’t a priority for many of us. But there are more negative health benefits to sleep deprivation than feeling tired. A lack of sleep can affect your mental health and even slow your metabolism. If you want to see the effects of a healthy diet and an exercise routine then you need to make sure you get enough sleep. Otherwise, your body won’t be getting the rest and recovery it needs to get into a healthy shape.

Of course, for some people, the problem is that they can’t get to sleep in the first place. If you have insomnia then it can be hard to get a sufficient amount of sleep even if you go to bed early. Stress, anxiety, depression and many other mental issues can make it difficult to switch off your brain and fall asleep. You might even want to see medical specialists at Advanced Urology if your sleeping routine has been disrupted by stress incontinence. We mentioned earlier that your mental health can affect your physical health. And, as already discussed, sleep deprivation only makes mental health issues worse, so it can be hard to fix this issue. That’s why it’s important to give yourself time to unwind and relax before bedtime. Meditation can help to quieten an overactive mind too; focusing on the present moment is a great way to center yourself and find your calm place. We’ll talk more about improving your mental health in the next point.

Cut back on excessive habits.

You might not notice the health effects of your bad habits today, but you’ll definitely start to see the consequences as the years go by. For example, teenagers can eat excessive amounts of food without putting on weight, but the metabolism starts to slow down as we get older. It’s better to make a change early in life whilst your body is still growing and more likely to recover. Treats are fine, but you need to be mindful of habits that are excessive. The occasional alcoholic beverage is fine, but drinking too much can damage your liver and even increase your waistline. The point is that everything is fine in moderation, but you need to cut back on excessive habits that have gone too far. And if your behavior is bordering on addictive then you might even want to seek therapy or other professional help. Make this the year that you finally confront your unhealthy habits and start making a positive change for your future. You’ll thank yourself in the future when you can continue to enjoy a happy and healthy life.

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The ABCs Of Friendship

If you want to have good friendships in your life, then it needs to start with you. Some people won’t be worth the effort, especially when they put in very little themselves. But there are some gems that will be the friends that will last and last. But much like a romantic relationship, friendships do take work. So here are 26 things to help you to be a better friend, the ABCs of friendship, if you like.

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  • Appreciate – showing how thankful you are for things can make their day and show that they matter to you.
  • Birthdays – make sure you celebrate them in style on their big day. From looking at a birthday gift collection for the perfect gift, to partying with them, it is all good.
  • Communication – so important for any kind of relationship. Say what you mean.
  • Don’t Be Selfish – enough said.
  • Encourage – a good friend helps you to be a better version of yourself. So be that person for your friends.
  • Forgive and Forget – it can be easier said than done, but is vital for any friendship as we can all say and do things that we regret.
  • Generosity – give of your time and what you have to be better friend. Don’t buy friends, but bu generous.
  • Hug It Out – hugging can be a great thing with your bestie. It can help if you are feeling sad or stressed too.
  • Include Them – we all have family and other friend circles, but include them where you can.
  • Join something together – a club or a team can give you some common ground and more chance to connect.
  • Keep Promises – only make them if you can keep them/
  • Listen – a vital part of communication is listening. Are they trying to say something between the lines?
  • Motivate – from helping them to exercise more to motivating them to get a new job, it is all good.
  • No – sometimes saying no can be a good thing. Make sure figure out the balance.
  • Own Up – be honest, and own up to your mistakes.
  • Practice makes perfect – Sometimes you won’t do things well straight away. Stick at it.
  • Quash jealous feelings – we may envy their style or their other friends. Just don’t!
  • Respect – you are not going to treat someone badly if you respect them. Be sincere and value their opinions.
  • Speak up – if you’re unhappy about something, speak up about it. Then they will feel that they can do the same.
  • Trust – it is a vital part of any kind of relationship. Some people may break it, but allow them to work at it.
  • Understanding – we are all different and all do things differently. Just because they don’t want to go out one evening, doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong. They could just be an introvert, for example.
  • Visit – with social media taking over, it can be easy just to send them a snap. Visit and meet up when you can.
  • Work – working at a friendship is important. Make sure that it isn’t just one-sided, though.
  • Xtra Effort – a must for any happy friendship.
  • You – don’t forget yourself in all of this. If it turns toxic, it is time to get out.
  • Zero Negativity – because who likes to be friends with someone full of negativity?

Feeling Fabulous And Making the Most Of Your Weekends

Don’t you find that the weekends just go too quickly at the moment? You blink and it seems you miss them if you are not careful. Often weekends are there to ensure that you get the rest and relaxation that you need to help you crack on with the next week ahead. But they are also a great opportunity to do different things and really experience the world. So I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can continue to feel fabulous and make the most of your weekends.

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Do something to inspire you

Sometimes it is nice to do something that inspires you, and often things like going to a museum or an art gallery does exactly that. It gives you a chance to learn and expand your knowledge while also feeling inspired pin different ways. Websites like VirtosuArt.com can show you a great gallery to attend, however a quick search online will highlight some of the local attractions you have close to you. You may find that there are some great spots locally you don’t know existed.

Exercise and feel good

Exercising is a great way to spend your weekend and while you won’t’ be doing it all day everyday, there are aspects of activity you can do during the weekend that not only give you all the benefits of exercise but can also give you a fun activity and thing to do. Hiking, walking, swimming and running are all activities that can be enjoyed over the course of a weekend.

Catch up with friends and family

Maybe you want to socialise over the weekend and I don’t blame you. It is one of the only opportunities you get enjoy a later night than usual without the follow up of having to get up super early for work or other commitments in your life. Catching up with friends and family is a great way to spend your weekend.

Cook up a storm

Not all of us get the time to cook up meals from scratch during the week so use the time you have on the weekend to your advantage and really cook something up. Cooking can actually be very therapeutic as well so you may find that it is a relaxing activity as well as fun one.

Enjoy a pamper session

Again during the week we often don’t get much time in the evenings to ourselves, so a weekend is the ideal time to reinvest some time into yourself. It could be that you enjoy a pamper evening where you put on a face mask, give yourself a manicure or pedicure or even just enjoy a long soak in the bath with a good book. Bliss.

Paint the town red

Finally, why not go out and paint the town red? Or whatever colour you like. A night out may not be something you do too often these days, but a girls night out or a date night with your loved one can really inject the spark and happiness back into your life.

I hope that this has given you some inspiration on how you can make the most of your weekends.

Don’t Let Depression Get You Down!

Medical experts claim that around 80% of human beings will suffer the symptoms of clinical depression at some point during their lives. For most folks, that happens when they lose someone close to them, and those individuals manage to recover pretty quickly. However, depression and low moods are sometimes the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, and that is why certain medications can work well. If you’re struggling at the moment, it’s vital you know that you are not alone. Use the ideas below to do everything within your power to turn your situation around and get back on track. Getting out of bed in the morning can become a chore when you have depression, and so you’ll want to recover quickly.

 

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Call your friends and explain

The first thing you need to remember is that some of the people around you will never notice that you feel depressed. That is because you mask your emotions, and your friends are not mind readers. So, you need to make a point of talking to them and explaining your issue. Maybe you could invite your closest friends around for a cup of coffee or something similar? Try not to go out when you need to have that conversation because you might struggle in public. With a bit of luck, your friends will give you a hug and then make sure they take the time to check on you and spend time with you. When you know that people care, it’s much easier to beat depression than it otherwise would have been.  

 

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Start exercising as much as possible

All doctors claim that exercise is one of the best cures for depression. That isn’t just those medical professionals trying to encourage you to get healthy. There is lots of scientific evidence for their stance, and so you should consider joining a local gym or something similar. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins and serotonin that help to lift your mood and make you feel happy. Even if you don’t like the idea of working out around other people, nothing is stopping you from buying some exercise DVDs and enjoying them at home when everyone else goes out for the day. You can also try jogging or running around the streets or a field in your area.

 

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Consume a healthy diet and avoid too much sugar

People who consume unhealthy foods that contain a lot of sugar mess around with their emotions every single day. While it’s not classed as such by most authorities, sugar is a stimulant that increases your energy and works in much the same way as some mild amphetamine. While you need some of it to remain healthy; you should avoid Coca-Cola, chocolate, and anything filled with too much of the substance. When it comes to planning your diet, read as many advice articles as possible online. A recent post entitled 5 Weight Loss Musts For Optimal Success claimed that getting down to your ideal size is more about what you don’t put in your body than what you do.

 

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Remove yourself from stressful situations

Lastly, you need to become a professional in identifying stressful situations that have an adverse effect on your mood. For instance, maybe you discover that you feel depressed due to a less than perfect work environment? If that is the case, you need to look for a new job as soon as possible so you can care for your mental health. You might even work out that your relationship is the case of your low mood according to a recent blog post entitled 11 Signs You Need To Leave Your Relationship. If that’s the case, you’ll have to put an end to it right now. Sometimes everyone has to make hard decisions for the benefit of their future. If you stay in a situation that makes you feel stressed and depressed; your mood is only going to worsen over time.

Anyone who takes the four tips from this page and puts them into action this year should notice a vast improvement in their mood and outlook. When you’re depressed, it’s usually difficult to find the motivation to turn the situation around. Hopefully, reading the advice from this page will mean you now have enough courage and encouragement to make some changes in your life. Bear in mind that medication is available, and some people claim it works well for their condition. Just try not to rely on drugs because that is how habits form, and depressed addicts are always going to struggle to get off their meds in the long run.

Until next time!

Surviving a Digital Detox

Do you look at your phone as soon as you open your eyes in the morning? Worse still, do you check it if you wake up in the middle of the night? Do you find that you can’t sleep unless you checked your social media feeds? Or, do you spend time with your friends, totally ignoring them while you sit scrolling through twitter? When was the last time that you ate a meal or went somewhere without taking a photo for Instagram? Well, the good news is, you’re not alone. Social media and smartphone addiction is becoming a very real problem in modern society. It can lead to insomnia and stress. It can make you feel jealous and like your life isn’t as good as what you see online. You could feel anxiety if you leave your phone at home or can’t get to it for a few hours and it can even ruin your real-life relationships.

If you’ve forgotten how to live without your phone and other devices and you are worried that an over-reliance is affecting your health and your relationships, then it might be time to try a digital detox. But, it’s not going to be easy. Here is what you need to do to survive.

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Get Away

One of the best ways to survive a digital detox is with a holiday. Head to Courtyard Guayaquil for a total change of scenery and a break in your normal routine. They’ll still be a temptation to overshare and let everyone know what you are doing. But, it’ll be much easier to get used to when you are away from home.

Start a Project

Keeping busy is always a good way to cope with any kind of detox or lifestyle change. You might want to take a class, start training for an event or just work on your fitness. Give yourself something to do that’s away from all devices. Make this your priority and give it all of your focus.

Get Your Friends to Join In

The hardest part of a digital detox is seeing everyone else glued to a screen. When you are out with friends or your family, explain what you are doing and ask them to join in, even if it’s just while you are together. You’ll soon be having that much fun offline that you’ll forget all about it. It’ll give your friendships a great boost and bring you all closer together too.

Take a Really Good Look Around

Look at all those people taking photographs and sharing every detail of their life. Why are they doing it? What are they getting out of it? Even when their snaps are photoshopped to perfection, it doesn’t make their life photoshop perfect, and they’ll still be jealous of other feeds and photographs. Are these people really appreciated what’s around them, or enjoying their meals or activities or are they more concerned with what other people think? Take a good hard look.

Remember, the point of a digital detox isn’t never touching a phone again. It’s about remembering that there is more to life and breaking what could become a dangerous addiction.

4 Quick Win Self Care Tips You Can Do In 10 Minutes or Less

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Now more than ever, our lives run at full tilt. We’re so consumed with our jobs, families, and activities that our ‘always-on’ digital culture just seems to swallow all the time it promised to help us save. We all lead full lives looking after the wellbeing of others, so it’s little surprise that our own happiness and health can end up somewhere near the bottom of an ever-growing to-do list.

It’s easy to read lists of self care tips and imagine that you’ll never have time for the leisurely aromatherapy baths and walks in the park they describe. But taking care of yourself can be simple. In fact, if you have just 10 minutes to spare a day, you can fit in some small changes that can have a big impact on your well being.

Where to find 10 minutes? Try cutting that time out of the mindless scrolling through social feeds that we’re all guilty of – time saved! And with that small chunk of time you’ve just gained back? You can try out one of the following quick win ideas to reset your busy brain and prioritize your health:

Do a Brain Dump

All the excess baggage we carry around with us on a daily basis is a major source of energy drain. So give yourself permission to release by actively processing the information in some way. The simple act of listing out all those to-do’s, concerns and random thoughts and then sorting them into some plan of action can be tremendously healing. It helps to silence the constant loop of inner dialogue that can prevent a restful night’s sleep and means that we are always more distracted than we’d like to be. Grab a notebook and start writing, or use a digital solution like OneNote if it makes life easier. Then give yourself permission to mentally tick off those nagging ‘I must remember…’ items.

Book That Appointment

Most of us have a health niggle we’ve shoved to one side because it’s never convenient to deal with. From that old sports injury that plays up in bad weather to the issue with our backs we’ve never addressed and even the low libido we dismiss as a fact of life – there’s a whole heap of stuff we choose to ignore. You may not be able to get the problem fixed in just ten minutes, but you can take a positive step towards finally sorting it out. So call up and book that slot with the chiropractor, order that Tribulus Terrestris supplement, or find that local acupuncture clinic. It could save your health and sanity.

Have a Private Dance Party

Music has an incredibly motivating influence on most of us, so leverage the power of a good beat to re-energize yourself on days when you feel demotivated or overwhelmed. Use your 10 minutes to set up a playlist of around the same length that contains those hero tracks that you can’t resist moving to, then when you get your spare time stick it on and bust some moves. Yes, it will look silly – but dancing gets energy flowing, blood circulating, and will rev you up to tackle whatever it is you’ve been putting off – plus lift your mood!

Throw One Thing Out

We all have too much clutter- fact. And the power of letting go of objects can be quite transformative. If you have just ten minutes spare, you may not be able to tackle a complete wardrobe clearout, but you can very quickly find something that is no longer serving you. You know the one. The object you’ve been keeping ‘just because.’ Marie Kondo that item and flush it out of your life. Before long, those individual items will add up to one big change.

Is There Something Holding You Back From Changing Your Lifestyle?

Many of us get to the spring and look at ways of making change since more, often the hibernation period of winter can allow us to feel comfortable and lethargic, as we choose to stay indoors rather than venture out or do things that are physical. However, now is the ideal time for that lifestyle change you and your body are obviously craving to do, but you feel that there is a stumbling block and something is holding you back. Sound familiar? I thought I would share with you some of the obvious reasons that you are not kick starting these new lifestyle choices. Hopefully highlighting them can help you to make some positive changes in your life and move forward.

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The people around you

One of the first things to consider would be the people around you. They can be the making of you but they can also be the ones that bring you down if you are not careful. Everyone will have an opinion. You might find that you have an opinion on other things, but if someone voices them to you, perhaps talking about your idea of more exercise or a diet change in a negative way, you may be less likely to implement that change that you want. While you may not want to get rid of certain people out of your life, the best advice is to take what people say on the chin, and carry on doing what you think is right for you.

Your physical circumstances

You guessed it. Your physical circumstances can really hinder your chance of change and more often than not this can be down to things like financial struggles. If you suddenly feel that this area of your life is holding you back it is time to take some positive actions. Sort out any debt you have and start repaying it, saving on your outgoings by switching providers for some of the regular bills and even look at investment options. Things like investing in cryptocurrencies has fast become popular and articles like litecoin vs ethereum could help you out. Investments can even include something more simple like a regular savings account or making plans for the future. Getting things like this in your life in order can also help you to move forward with the other changes you want to make.

Your home

Maybe you need to make some changes to your home. It sounds silly but there is a well known saying that states tidy house will give you a tidy mind, and it is true. Is your home feeling cluttered at the moment? Is it time to start the spring cleaning? Sometimes take steps in your home such as the jobs you don’t like doing, maybe decluttering and clearing the space, it can help you to feel more focused on the other things you want to change in your life. So simple, but many changes start at home. So I would suggest you begin there.

I hope that these tips help you to make the lifestyle change you need.

The Art of Appreciation, Self Love and Self Respect

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In this post, we’re going to look at the art of appreciation, self love and self respect.

APPRECIATION

It’s all too easy to focus on the negatives in life and so many of us take the good stuff for granted!

Think about how many green stop lights you notice compared to the red ones.  With a red stop light, particularly if you’re late and rushing to get somewhere important, you’ll get frustrated, tense and agitated to the point you really feel that red traffic light.  Meanwhile, all the green lights barely go noticed.

The same can be said for life.  Think about how easily we take for granted simple functions such as being able to walk, talk, see, and drive a car.  It’s all too easy to take the good stuff for granted, in that we fail to appreciate the positive stuff, until it’s taken away.

Have you ever been in a relationship with someone that you took for granted, or lived in an amazing country like Australia, but not truly appreciated what you have, until it’s taken away from you?

Today, so many people walk around with their heads down, with such negative mindsets, that the good in life passes them by.  In part, this could be an issue with self love and perhaps a place for the compassion project to step-in but it all just comes down to perspective.

Consider how stressed people get about money.  You’ll often hear people saying how “broke” they are, yet, in reality they are probably way up in the wealthier percentile of earth’s society.  Unfortunately, we often compare ourselves to people who are wealthier, slimmer, more intelligent, more attractive and so on – meaning we suffer unnecessarily, as this perspective of negative contrast impacts our self-esteem and causes us to feel not ‘good enough’.

Whereas, when you shift your perspective to one of appreciation, you can flip that contrast around and realise that there are some people without a home, without a car, or even access to safe drinking water.  This, of course, isn’t a game of one upmanship or feeling better at others expense – it’s just a matter of gaining perspective and living in a state of appreciation for what you do have rather than for what you don’t have.

When you live in a mental state of appreciation, according to Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling book “The Secret” you attract more of the good stuff into your life.  There’s a saying within the book that says “what we think about we bring about” and “thoughts become things”.

Just like there’s a universal law of attraction there’s also a law of momentum.  Essentially, it’s a slippery slope in that the more you focus on how bad something is the more bad stuff you attract, and things start spiralling downhill due to the domino effect.  Similarly, when you focus on how good something is and really appreciate it (whether that’s falling in love with Sydney again or falling back in love with your partner) this creates an upward spiral where things get better and better.

Now that we’ve defined the importance of appreciation and being in a state of gratitude, let’s move onto a topic equally as important; self love and self acceptance.

SELF LOVE

In some ways, you could view self-love to be the same as self-esteem, however, self-esteem tends to be more about how competent we feel we are in terms of tangible output and how much we value the impact and contribution we make.  Self love, on the other hand, is more about self-acceptance and loving ourselves just the way we are.

Louise Hay, who is one of the world’s leading experts in this area of self-love states:  “Self love is a deep appreciation. When I talk about loving ourselves, I mean having a deep appreciation for who we are. We accept all the different parts of ourselves—our little peculiarities, the embarrassments, the things we may not do so well, and all the wonderful qualities, too.”

She goes on to explain that, many of us make self love conditional by creating unnecessary rules, such as that we will love ourselves WHEN we lose weight, get a better job, or drive a better car… meaning, it’s constantly being put off until tomorrow.  We put external conditions on our internal sense of self-worth, which is what creates unhappiness, as it’s like a carrot dangling in front of a donkey’s nose… it’s always just slightly out of reach.

Self love is an unconditional sense of love and acceptance for who you are, where you’ve been, what you have and where you’re heading.  It’s a sense of emotional security that allows you to recognise that you are good enough as you are!

SELF RESPECT

The last principle is that of self respect.  

A lot of the time, when someone treats us without respect (e.g. by cheating on you) we take it extremely personally; as if their behaviour is a direct reflection of our value.  Indeed, when we are treated without value by a person close to us we can feel like we have no value.  This is why so many people struggle with break-ups.

It’s understandable and normal to feel this way, but there are two points here – firstly their behavior reflects who they are, not who you are, or what you deserve… and secondly, in order for people to treat you with respect, dignity and consideration – you need to respect yourself.  Unfortunately, without even meaning to, people will treat you without respect and consideration; the popular term “they’ll walk all over you if you let them” comes to mind. That’s not to say you have to be militant in the enforcement of your boundaries; it’s more that you must have a healthy level of self-respect in order for people to treat you with respect.  

Remember, life has a mirror like quality to it, in that it reflects back to us what we feel on the inside.  If you don’t respect yourself – expect others to reflect this back to you. Similarly, as soon as you start treating yourself with respect the people in your life will either adapt their behaviour to this or leave your life and make way for someone that can treat you with the respect, consideration and dignity you deserve.

Finding Balance In Your Chaotic Life

Do you feel like your life is pretty chaotic right now, and you’re unsure of what you should do about it? You’re not alone. Many people feel a little unstable on their feet, with no idea of how to change things so they feel more confident and comfortable in how they are living day to day.

If you know you could use a little help finding that balance, read on for some pointers you can begin to use:

Identify What’s Truly Important To You

The reason you may be feeling life is too chaotic for you, is that you haven’t identified what is truly important to you. When you know what’s really important, you can focus on these things and spend less time worrying about what isn’t important to you. You can’t fit everything into your life. We can accomplish a lot, sure, but you can’t give your all to absolutely everything; work, socialising, creative hobbies, pursuing other goals, kids, family – you’re going to need to make some difficult choices. Honestly, what is important to you and how can you make time for it? For example, you could cut back on socialising to pursue your creative hobbies more. In the long run, this will likely make you happier. However, it all depends on the person.

Identify The Things That Are Draining You

You must know the things that are draining you so you can eliminate them. What do you have in your life that you know isn’t great for you, but you’re not doing anything about it? Do you have toxic people? Perhaps you’re going out socialising every weekend to wind down from a busy week, only to waste the whole weekend and feel worse for it. Going to alcohol rehab can help some, but it isn’t for everyone – you can simply make a promise to yourself that you’re going to work on your goals more often. Ask yourself when something comes up, ‘is this going to help me get to where I want to be? How is this going to make me feel, really?’ and you should have your answer.

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Know What Your Goals Are For The Coming Years

Have a set list of goals for the coming years, and actually take steps to work towards them. Goals give us more purpose in our lives. They help us to build confidence, and in some cases, they can open up a whole new world full of opportunities. Do you want to learn a new language? Play an instrument? Start a business? Write out these goals, the steps you can take to work towards them, and perhaps consider giving yourself a time limit for certain goals. You can manage your time better this way. The time will pass anyway!

Get Into A Routine That You Enjoy

Finally, getting into a routine you enjoy is a must. If you’re a parent, a business owner, or a freelancer, this can be especially hard as you don’t usually have anybody telling you when to do certain things. Get into your own routine. Get up at the same time, go to bed at the same time, have times for your meals, and make sure you enjoy what you do!

How Raleigh NC Can Make You An InstaStar

If you’ve been looking for a way to grow your audience successfully on Instagram, you probably know that it takes more than a good picture to attract the reach out to a new public. You need an exciting story that fits in the casual and everyday motto that Instagram has developed. You need to prove that you find the extraordinary in life at the most ordinary of moments, and that is a skill that a lot of Insta posters still have to develop. Sure, you can share all your OTT moments, but ultimately people want to follow somehow who inspire them to find joy in the routine of the everyday life. If your feed consists only of glitter and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, it’s likely that your followers will grow a little bored of watching without ever being able to join in. What you need is a trip to a location that offers the perfect environment to experiment with your photo style and to find what makes your followers tick. What you need is a weekend in Raleigh, NC.

Change your feeds from dull to Insta sensation!

A busy town full of knowledge and people

Raleigh is not just any town; it’s the capital city of North Carolina. Needless to say, you will find plenty of exciting subjects to capture just by walking in the streets. If you haven’t yet tried this candid approach to Instagram, you need to take a bold jump and share in your feeds photos that aren’t posed or planned. A vibrant city such as Raleigh can offer you a variety of angles, from the university areas to the entertainment districts, without mentioning the fashion and attitude of its inhabitants. There’s a richness that you find only in big towns to it, but there is a hint of North Carolina in everyone in there. It’s up to you to capture it and expose the difference between the Raleigh and the NYC style.

Amazing areas to relax

You can train your eye for wildlife pictures too, by stopping in the Days Inn Raleigh Glenwood-Crabtree not far from the Pullen Park. This gives you the perfect base to take frame the trees and water in the park. If you want to give a rustic feel to your Instafeed, stay by the 1911 Gustave A. Dentzel Menagerie Carousel, where you can capture the timeless amusement of children. Perfect for black and white shots if you don’t want to give a clear date to the photo.

Food pictures everybody will love

Finally, if you’ve been trying to grow your food picture portfolio, and are getting sick of tacos, burgers, and pizze, you might want to drop by the Mandolin in town. This little restaurant offers fantastic brunch and drinks with an exquisite decor – and you might even get to take your drink to the garden. There is an attractive mixture of colors and textures at the Mandolin that will give every shot a timeless quality. Besides, their presentation is out of this world, so you can be sure you’ll get a fantastic image every single time!

Growing your Instafeed demands time and dedication. You need to understand what your followers react to. Therefore a trip to a colorful and exciting place like Raleigh is the perfect solution to tackle your photo block!