Peace & Tranquility Can Be Found Just Outside Your Office


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Tough days are impossible to completely evade, they are just part of and parcel of your working life. It doesn’t matter how much you love your job, how much you enjoy the company of your colleagues or how satisfying you find your role; we all have days that stress us out. Even if the day itself wasn’t necessarily a bad day, chances are some part of it was stressful, some situation stressed you out.

 

That is why it is so important you learn how to cope with these stresses, shake it out of your system, and alleviate it. And to help you achieve this much sought after zen we have come up with a list of ways that will ensure you’re as relaxed as a yoga instructor by the time you hit the hay.

 

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The Soul Food That Is Music

This is nothing new. Since music playing devices were first invented, people have been dealing with their stresses by stepping out of the office doors and blowing them away with music. It doesn’t matter whether it plays through headphones or car speakers, whether it is R&B, heavy metal, rap or funk. People have been relying on music for a long time. But perhaps it is time you tried popping on some classic music. This has been proved to alleviate stress and promote good health. Buy some classic albums from the bargain bin, YouTube it, get up a playlist on Spotify; it doesn’t matter where you get it from it just matters that you get it.

 

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Become A Regular Massagee

Swedish, aromatherapy, hot stone, reflexology, Lomi Lomi; there are hundreds of different types of massage that you can enjoy, and you should. The reason for this is massage, in its most basic form, is a specialised treatment where a qualified individual manipulates the body’s muscle and soft tissue in such a way that it relieves stress. But that isn’t all. A body massage has also been proved to reduce pain, improve mood, better your sleep and give you a better body image. Now, what could be better than to leave the office stressed and get into bed utterly content with yourself?

 

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We Sweat You Can

Okay, so not an original recommendation by any stretches of any imagination; but exercising to beat stress doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym. You see, weirdly enough, you are not the only person who despises the gym on a molecular level, which is why there are thousands and thousands of alternatives. For example, you could find that the best way to alleviate your stress through exercise is by taking out all of your aggression on a punching bag at the local boxing gym, or to submerge yourself in the peace and tranquility of swimming, maybe you could take on some Zumba classes and replace your stressed mind with a toned body. The options are endless, and it could be that you go through a system of trial and error before finding the Captain Fantastic of the alternative gym opportunities.

 

The Future Is Now…Or Not


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The future. It’s unknown, ever looming, and happens before we know it. There are many blog posts out there about how to embrace the future, or make it as good as you can. But, what if you’re not ready to embrace it yet? One thing few of us expect is how fast life goes. We think we’ll be ready for major hurdles when they come, but that’s rarely the case. Instead, we’re swept up by the winds of change and have little say in the matter. Or, do we? There may not be any way to stop the clock, but there are ways to hold the future at bay. In fact, it’s well worth doing. That way, you can prepare for when those significant moments come along. We’re going to look at some of the biggest moments in anyone’s life, and how you can get a better grip on them.

The first big moment is when you meet the love of your life. Love is all you need, and all that. It’s actually easier to hold the future at bay before you’ve met the one. Once you meet them, time moves faster, and those big decisions are on you before you know. If you’re desperately searching for the man of your dreams, stop. It’s important to realize that there’s no rush. If you rush this, you’ll be diving headlong into your future again. Instead, accept that you’re single and embrace it. Chances are, you’ll meet your man. But, it doesn’t have to happen today. And, embracing singledom means you’ll be ready for him when he comes.

Once you meet your man, you’ll have to think about children. That’s the natural way of things, and your body clock is ever ticking, right? It may be what’s expected, but that doesn’t mean it will be right for you straight away. In fact, rushing into children before you’re ready could do damage to your relationship. You don’t want to have a baby in a relationship that’s not solid. So, don’t worry about rushing. Women are having children older, and medicine makes it possible. Turn instead to family planning options. There was once a time when women didn’t have a choice about having children young. That time is long gone. Get to know your options, and make the most of them.

 

Last on our list – buying a house. This is a dream most of us have, and again, it’s what’s expected. But, it’s not cheap, and rushing in before you’re ready could leave you in debt. Don’t feel pressured to rush this step. Yes, it would be lovely to own a house. In reality, though, few people can do that before their forties, or even later. Houses aren’t cheap! If possible, staying in the family home is your best bet. That way, you can get saving. If that’s not an option, don’t be afraid to concede defeat and start renting. It’s still possible to save if you get on top of your finances.

The Key To Great First Impressions

We all know that there are plenty of different ways to make a good first impression. Eye contact and a firm handshake are probably the two most integral things that we hear about the most – but a lot can go for the way you look, as well. For many of us, a large bulk of our self-confidence is linked to the way we look. After all, if we look good and we know it, it’s one less thing to worry about, right? Plus, it is simply part of human nature to form a quick judgment on people based on the way they look – unfortunately, that’s just a part of life. Therefore, by getting these beauty basics down, you can ensure that no matter what scenario you’re in, you’ll always make a great first impression.

 

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Facial disfigurement

Whether you have a legitimate facial disfigurement or just a part of your face that you are self-conscious about, it can impact your ability to meet new people with confidence. Constantly worrying about your image can easily make you appear shy or nervous when meeting new people, even if you are otherwise a pretty confident person. If this sounds like you in any way, finding a facial plastic surgeon could be the best option for you. It gets to the very root of the issue and while some may consider it drastic, if it makes you feel better, where is the harm? Cosmetic surgery procedures have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and are all performed by expert surgeons, so you can rest assured that you will be in a safe pair of hands.

 

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Teeth

Ask anyone what the first thing they notice about someone’s face is, and chances are it will be their teeth. We hold teeth in quite a high regard in our society, mainly because they are a sign of good personal hygiene. The issue with our teeth is that it doesn’t take much for them to become damaged – simple things like drinking too much soda or not brushing for as long as you should easily lead to gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, which can be a very distressing condition for an adult to go through. Plus, when you meet a new person, you want to be able to flash a smile without feeling embarrassed. Implement and stick to a great dental health routine along with regular check-ups, and you shouldn’t have to worry about your teeth ever again.

 

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Your outfit

This mainly depends on the context in which you are meeting a new person. For example, if you are meeting someone in a formal or professional environment, it is wise to ensure you are dressed appropriately. Turning up in something either too revealing or too casual can immediately give the other person a bad first impression, as it shows you have disregarded the situation (whether it was intentional or not). There’s nothing wrong with adding a bit of your personality to your outfits, but try to make sure you have dressed appropriately for the occasion.

Feeling Fabulous For Summer


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A bikini body is sort of an arbitrary statement. It came to light a couple of years ago when somebody pointed out that all you had to do to get a bikini body was wear a bikini. That’s the literal definition of it – a bikini on a body. So why are we still so wrapped up in how our bodies look and what others will think of them? One of the greatest things that we can do with our body is be confident with it, and not focus on the aesthetics. This can be hard to do, especially as we have all grown up with role models, celebrities and famous influences all shaping our beliefs on what a perfect body should look like.

 

Eating and Drinking

 

Instead of thinking about how to feel fabulous in how you look, consider how you can feel better within yourself. Your mindset, your feelings on a day to day basis. What you consume in both food and drink can play a massive part on how you get yourself working in the morning. Make sure that you are drinking plenty throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated; eight glasses of water, each containing at least eight fluid ounces of water, is the recommended daily amount for you to be taking in to keep your levels balanced. Ensure that you are eating the correct types of foods to pass over the feelings of bloat and keep you energised and focused in whatever activities you have planned. Getting a good range of superfoods into your diet can help enormously with this.

 

Exercising

 

Exercise is something that we mainly think of as a tool to get us looking good, but we never really think about the other benefits. Sure, the consequences of us working out continually wil get our bodies into shape and stepping towards the desired effect, but we should be thinking about getting our fitness levels up to scratch before we concentrate on the side-effects. You could take a look at some exercise tools and read reviews, such as an elliptical machine for example  https://bodygearguide.com/best-elliptical-machine-reviews/ or if you don’t quite know on how to get started, you could start with something simple like running and looking for tips, such as on http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/the-25-golden-rules-of-running .

 

Dressing For Your Body

 

Feeling fabulous means that no matter what anybody else says, you will still keep a feeling of goodness about yourself. This is what everybody need to aim for, for at least one point in their life. It’s about ditching social norms and going with whatever feels comfortable for you. If you know that you can’t pull something off, then don’t wear it – but don’t let anybody else tell you what you can and can’t wear, especially when the weather is dictating the most of it. If you want to wear shorts or skirts, go for it. If you prefer to cover up, then do that. It’s nobody’s business but your own; respect yourself.

Improving Your Self-Esteem One Step At A Time

Confidence seems to be key to succeed in the modern world. Whether you’re going for a job interview or a first date, the advice of your peers is likely to be about exuding confidence and sureness in yourself. This is easier said than done for some people. If you suffer from low self-esteem you’ll know how debilitating it can be, and how difficult it is to fix it. Take a look at these simple and manageable steps for building confidence and self-esteem. You might just pick up some useful tips that work for you!

 

Understanding Self-Esteem

 

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Self-esteem often has little to do with the money you earn, accomplishments you’ve had, or way you look. Low self-esteem is a mindset which doesn’t allow the sufferers to feel good about themselves for who they are. They find little worth or pride in themselves or their achievements. A person with low self-esteem often spends too much time fixating on their flaws. It can be easy to find yourself overwhelmed with irrational negativity if you have low self-esteem.

 

It’s Time To Take Stock

 

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Before you can set any goals or make a breakthrough, you need to find out what you struggle with and what you’re good at. Simply write a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Do this in a journal, on your laptop. Whatever works for you. You have to note down 10 things on each side. If you suffer from low self-esteem the strength side will be far harder than the weakness side.

 

If you’re struggling think of strengths think back to any compliments your friends or family have given you. You probably brushed them off at the time, but being thanked for listening, helping, contributing, are all positives. There is no such thing as a strength which is too small or unimportant to be noted down.  This is a good exercise because it shows clearly you aren’t a failure. You have strengths and weaknesses just like everybody else, but you do have something to offer.

 

Set Some Realistic Goals

 

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Stopping the cycle of negative thoughts is about working your way through your weaknesses. You won’t get rid of all of them, none of us do, because nobody is perfect. If you can pinpoint specific things that make you lack confidence work on those first. It could be that you don’t feel good-looking enough or intelligent enough. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Get in shape or improve your intellect to help yourself nobody else. There are plenty of articles about how to burn belly fat fast etc. Concentrate on taking things slowly and healthily. Address your diet and do some light cardio like running to start with. Exercise is actually a great way to lift your mood too. Similarly, if you want to boost your brain power look into evening classes. Watch some documentaries at the weekend rather than TV or visit a museum.

 

Beside The Seaside- Fun Things To Do at The Beach!


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There’s nothing nicer than a day out at the beach when the weather warms up. Plenty of sunbathing and relaxation is probably on the cards, but you don’t need to spend the entire time just lying around. Whether you want to get some exercise in or just have fun with friends and family, here are some activities you could do to make a day of it.

 

Play Some Water Sports

The ocean is a playground, and there are so many sports and fun activities you could try out! You could try surfing or paddleboarding, even if you’re not at a tropical beach and it’s a bit cooler you can purchase a wetsuit for SUP surfing to keep you warm in the water. How about snorkeling or scuba diving or even jet skiing- lots of beaches will have activities like this nearby where you can hire equipment and go on a tour or class. Especially if you’re in a more popular tourist area.

 

Play Games on The Beach

Even if you don’t fancy getting in the water, there are a ton of great games you can play on the beach itself. If you’re out with friends, how about setting up a game of cricket or beach volleyball? You could kick a ball around or throw a frisbee for your dog to chase. If you’re at the beach with kids, you could build sandcastles or take a walk to collect sea shells. Some exercise, fresh air, and fun all rolled into one.

 

Watch Out For Wildlife

You might think you need to be somewhere super tropical and sunny to see creatures like whales and dolphins. However, it’s not the case if you’re lucky you can see them from locations all across the world including America, Canada, the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Each destination also has its resident wildlife. You could explore a rockpool, or keep an eye out for crabs, turtles, lizards or any other fascinating species that live in the country you’re visiting.

 

Have a Picnic

There’s usually no shortage of cute cafes and food places near any touristy beach area. However, there’s something nice about packing up your own little stash and enjoying it out on the sand. Lay down a large blanket and pack up a cool bag with a selection of treats, not forgetting plastic cutlery and plates. If you’re visiting the beach with little ones, consider bringing a parasol or beach tent too. That way you can keep them shaded especially during the sunniest part of the day. If you’re planning on making a day of it, a picnic means you have enough to eat and drink. You don’t need to bother with the hassle of going to grab something to eat, or spend a lot of money!

 

So pack up the car with everything you need and head down to the beach! There are few better ways to spend a sunny day.

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What’s your favorite way to spend a day at the beach? Do you have any beach visits planned this spring/ summer?

Making It Big In The Creative World

If you watch films and TV shows, you will notice that there is a stereotype of people who have creative jobs being hard up. Unless they make it to the big time and become an international pop star or best-selling author, there isn’t much money to be had from creative careers.

 

So, is it really worth following your dreams and trying to forge a career from the creative world? Well, yes it is! After all, you may hit the big time and become rich and famous. But even if you don’t, you will be happy to hear that the popular stereotype of broke creatives is just that – a stereotype! It doesn’t really ring true in the real world. Here are some popular creative careers, and how you can turn yours into a success.

 

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Photographer

 

Anyone can buy a camera and take photographs, so if you want to be a professional photographer, you need to practice your art to ensure that yours are better than anyone else’s. Once you have fine-tuned your photography skills, you then need to get your photos out into the world so people can find your work and hire you. The best way to do this is to publish your images onto social media. Just make sure you always add a watermark so that no one can steal them! It’s also a good idea to use one of the Nationwide Disc duplication services and produce DVDs and CDs with your images on. You can then send these out to potential clients and galleries.

 

Writer

 

It can be hard starting out as a writer, as you need to build up a strong portfolio. To get this going, you might have to write for free at first. But once you have some great pieces under your belt, you can then start pitching to online and print publications for paid work. It’s worth setting up your very own blog. Then at least your unpaid writing will be for yourself! Sharing your work on Facebook and Twitter is a good way to spread it around. You will have to develop a very thick skin as a writer because pitches and book manuscripts are often rejected. But this should make you more determined to succeed!

 

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Singer

 

One way to make it as a singer is to go on TV talent shows and hope you win the recording contract! Don’t fancy being judged in front of the nation? Fair enough! You need to try and get noticed by a record producer or agent, so start uploading videos of yourself onto YouTube. If they get enough hits, someone will start to take notice! It is also worth posting tapes to agents and record labels. Just like with sending off writing pitches, you will face a lot of rejections. But this is just part of the creative lifestyle; simply brush them off and keep smiling!

 

There you have it – it isn’t so difficult to make it in the creative world after all! Good luck with your career!

How To Be More Present In The World

The world seems difficult at the moment. People are warring, politics is harsh and terrifying, and it’s getting harder and harder to rely on our own instincts. A lot of us are starting to think that we need to rely more deeply on ourselves and our most innermost thoughts and instincts. Here are some tips on how to be more present in your everyday life.


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Observe People

One of the best ways to learn about yourself is to figure out the sort of responses that you evoke in other people. Consider how you can adapt your behaviour to make other people feel comfortable, and look at your own body language – are you smiling? Are you open, or are your arms folded over your chest? Also, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to fill quiet spaces all the time. Allowing yourself time to think and breathe is an absolutely crucial part of the quest to get to know yourself better. In the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a character says “Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.” Although mindless chat is fun sometimes, remember that you don’t have to insert your words into every quiet space. Simply being is often enough.


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Learn About Psychic Abilities

You may believe in psychics, or you may not – they may be real, and again, they may not. No one can prove it – but one thing is for certain: they can change the way that you look at your life. There are some completely honest psychics out there and others who are crooks and who will use your body language and responses to find exactly what you want to hear. Are they telling your future? Nope. But that doesn’t mean that nothing will be revealed to you. Anything that interprets your personality in some small way can be used to reflect back on yourself, whether that’s a palm reader or a tarot reader – you can find tarot reading phone numbers online if you don’t want to track one down in your local area. Simply opening yourself to the possibility of learning about yourself will enable you to do so.


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Discover Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days, but the truth is that you don’t need any workshops or fragrances or extensive literature to understand it. Rather, you just need to remember that being mindful means being present. It’s so easy to focus on your regrets from the past or your worries about the future but if we’re completely honest with ourselves, happiness can only be found in cherishing what we have in the moment. If you’re busy thinking about whether or not it’s going to rain tomorrow, you won’t notice the sun shining outside. If you find it hard to be present in the moment, then try meditation. You don’t have to do it for hours or twist yourself up into a pretzel doing a yoga routine. Instead sit still for five minutes and focus intently on your breathing. It might be hard at first, but the more you do it, the easier it will get.

 

Wake Up It’s A Beautiful Morning!

Are you the sort of person that leaps out of bed every morning, full of motivation, and ready to welcome the new day and all it brings? No? Well, that’s OK because not everybody is. In fact, it pretty easy to stay snuggled up in your duvet, and snooze that alarm clock. Especially when it’s cold and dark outside. But there are a few things that you can do to make getting up in the morning a little easier. Read on to find out more.

Blue light

So the number one thing you can do is to expose yourself to blue light in the morning. Conveniently that is the stuff that your mobile phone puts out if it’s not on the ‘night shift.’ In fact, the whole idea of night shift is to remove the blue light, so you don’t have trouble falling asleep, so just reserves it to help you get up in the morning!

I’m sure there won’t be too many objections about checking your phone first thing either! But you might want to steer clear of social media at this early time. As it best not to post or comment when you have woken up yet. Instead, why not catch up on current events and learn what’s trending today, on news sites instead?

Get to bed at a decent time

Yup, unfortunately, getting to be early is important in being able to get up. It’s best if you set yourself a regular bedtime that allows you to have at least 7-9 hours sleep. This might seem like a lot, but we are designed to get that much sleep a night and need it to function normally.

Also getting into a regular sleep pattern can help you manage your time better. This is because you know when you will need to do things throughout the evening to get them done in time and have enough time that is just for you to chill out in.

Simulated Dawn

Another awesome way of making it a lot easier to get out of bed in the morning is to use a simulated dawn light. This area usually attached to special clocks which signal the light to turn on gradually mirroring the sunlight at dawn. Using light like these can help your body wake up in a more natural and gentle way.

Although it also now possible to get smart ones that fit into normal light sockets, that will also perform this function. You just need to program them to do this using your phone.

Breakfast

Lastly, a great way of raising your motivation to get up in the morning is to make sure that you have a nice healthy breakfast to look forward. There really is no need to eat some awful fiber flakes that taste like reconstituted doormat anymore!

In fact, there are plenty of super easy and quick recipes that you can even make in advance for a nutritious breakfast.

 

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For example, why not try clean eating brownies. Or what about this recipe where you can make your very own granola? Now if that doesn’t get you out of bed in the morning, I don’t  know what will!

Is Social Media Ruling Your Life?


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It’s highly likely that right now, you are reading this blog post on a smart phone. We have the buttons for you to share this on your social media and while you’re doing that, ask yourself this question: how many hours a day do you spend on social media? How many hours do you spend tweaking your photos, your life, to fit the world you’ve created online?

For most people, they spend all day long on social media. The generation of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr – the list goes on – users are all about life through a lens. The lens is usually attached to their smartphone and everything is uploaded and shared to one or more of the many social media apps out there. Occasions, meals, a walk in the local park on a cold morning – it’s all shared to the world, as if you need to photographically evidence your life so it can be considered real. Concerts are looked at through the video setting of a phone instead of through the eyes of the person at the concert. Every moment is captured and streamed live but, what if it wasn’t?

What if you made the choice to put down the phone during a party, or a night out? What if you didn’t take the photo of your dinner and add two or three filters and hashtags? Guess what would happen? Absolutely nothing. You would enjoy your time with your own senses and while it wouldn’t be forever living in your phone, you would instead have every second stamped in your memory, like the writing in a stick of rock. The addiction to screens, to sharing our lives every second of the day has become so consuming that people won’t buy a phone anymore unless it has a camera attached. Think about it, the biggest days of your life are not viewed through your camera. When you get engaged, you are highly unlikely to be stood and waiting for it to happen so you can capture it. You get married and hire a Photographer to take photos of your day and there’s a growing trend of brides asking people to put the camera away during the ceremony so that the hired professional can do their job.

Life doesn’t have to be viewed through the five-inch screen of an iPhone. Social media does not need to know your every movement and you don’t have to tell the world every moment either. Keep some moments for you, for your family. Enjoy your evenings out with your friends and their faces, rather than contorting into the best selfie positions. Look at the sunset and take in every last ray, instead of trying to get your smartphone to comply with the view you are seeing. We all know there’s no comparison between viewing the sunset yourself or through a phone screen. Ask yourself whether your social media is ruling over your life and if you think it is, it’s time to delete the apps and start living life with your eyes, not your phone.