Life Lessons You Need To Learn Before You Turn 30

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Life is a collection of lessons. We make mistakes. We surprise ourselves. We meet new people. We have new experiences. By the time you reach 30-years-old, there is no denying that you will have experienced a number of different life lessons. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at some of the most important lessons you should learn before you turn 30.

Career lessons

Let’s start with your career. By this point, you may have had a number of different jobs and you will understand what you really want from your career. You will have learnt a number of lessons to get to this point. In fact, inc.com have a great post on the important career lessons that most people learn too late in life. This includes the fact that becoming a leader actually has nothing to do with a formal leadership position. Furthermore, humility goes much further than bravado, your reputation is everything, and you are not going to get anywhere by trying to take shortcuts.

Health lessons

We often take our health for granted when we are younger. However, with every year that passes, we learn that we need to respect our body. If we treat it well, it will treat us well. You have no doubt also learnt that coffee is great, but too much is bad. Other lessons you should learn by the time you reach 30-years-old include the following: physical activity is critical to personal wellness, lack of sleep is never a good thing, and you will crash if you have too much sugar.

Financial lessons

You will have probably learnt a number of different lessons about your finances by the time you reach 30-years-old. A lot of people will have gotten to this stage and have already had to cope with debt and paid it off. You can find out more about this at debtconsolidation.loans. Of course, this is the sort of lesson we hope that not everyone has to experience, but it is a reality for most people today. Other people will have fallen into the trap of overspending or not having an emergency fund available. These are all lessons we have had to learn the hard way but they help us to realise the value of having a budget and planning ahead.

Relationship lessons

Last but not least, some people will have had more relationship lessons than others. After all, naturally, some of us are more unlucky in the love department than others. Nevertheless, some of the key lessons that everyone should learn include that a real relationship is built on vulnerability, trust is not built through words but rather through acts, relationships and friendships are collaborations, and the most important relationship you can have in life is the one that you have with yourself.

So there you have it: some of the lessons you need to learn before you turn 30. Have you learnt these lessons yet? The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to live life to the fullest and ensure hurdles do not get in your way.

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You’ve Only Got One: Look After Your Body For Happiness And Health

It’s the summer, and warmer days and nights usually mean that you’ll be putting more skin on show to feel cool and comfortable. There’ll be more time spent outside, soaking up that vitamin D, and you’ll need the confidence and energy to keep up with all those warm-weather plans. However, for some, it can be a dreaded time (especially after a long winter) as you may not feel confident in your inner health and outer appearance. To ensure that your skin is glowing and you are a happy, healthy version of yourself; you must start taking care of what’s going on inside your body. The better you treat your inner health, the more your outer glow will benefit, and you’ll feel body beautiful all year round. The following are some tips and tricks for you to consider, and will ensure that you’re as kind as possible to yourself; both inside and out.

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The food you’re eating will have a direct effect on your mood, how you function, and your appearance. Therefore, it’s crucial to take a look at the fuel that you are giving yourself each day, so that you can feel as good as possible both inside and out. A little of what you fancy will always do you good, so you don’t have to say goodbye to cronuts and ice cream forever (it’s not about being mean to yourself). It’s just about eating all the naughty stuff in moderation and filling up on the good things which can still be super tasty. Sugar and fast-release carbohydrates will give you an instant boost; however, unfortunately, that boost will be short lived, and you’ll come crashing down and craving more fuel in no time.

Sugary foods and soda will give you no nutritional value either; which is why they’re often referred to as empty calories (fun calories also), and should be limited to treats and special occasions. If you feel that you need a sugary hit; combine it with fiber and vitamins, and have a fruit smoothie or cold pressed juice. At least if you’re hitting your sugar craving with natural sugars, you’ll be nourishing your body with all the good stuff that comes with it, which will help your body function in the right way. You’ll need to ensure that you’re getting enough good fats into your diet so that your hair and nails will grow strong and your skin will be nourished. Avocados are a great when it comes to good fats, and the more that you eat, the more you’ll see a change in your appearance (kind of like when you’ve had a really good facial). The green pear-shaped delights are also packed with essential fiber, which is great for your digestive health, and will lead to less bloating and better body confidence when it comes to popping on your swimwear.

When it comes to food and drink, it’s really about pouring all the vitamins and minerals, good fats, slow-release carbs, and protein into your system that will allow your body to function at its best. If the inside of your body is working as best as possible, you’ll see the difference on the outside. Your eyes, teeth, hair, skin, and nails, are all fed by what you decide to eat, so bear that in mind next time you’re on your lunch break. And again, treats are great; you deserve them, but don’t make them an integral part of your diet, because that few minutes of joy could be followed by a negative effect on your physical and mental health, and your appearance this summer.

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Hmm, That Doesn’t Feel Right

It’s time to stop ignoring those aches, pains, and changes in your body. More often than not, they’ll be nothing to worry about. However, the sooner you spot and treat illness and various conditions, the quicker your road to recovery and great inner health will be. Therefore, it’s time to book that appointment with your dentist, doctor, or counsellor so that your physical and mental health are well taken care of.

Get in to the habit of addressing your issues as soon as feel a change, and don’t put things off until they are having a negative impact on your lifestyle. It’s also worth changing your health care professional should you feel unhappy or uncomfortable with them, or speaking to companies like Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. when you feel there has been malpractice. Knowing your rights and ensuring that issues are dealt with, will help to give you strength in other areas, and will help prevent such things occuring again.

Sleep, rest, and relaxation also need to become your BFFs. The only way your body will be able to recuperate after a stressful day, or regenerate skin cells and heal any minor injuries, is to get enough sleep. If you’re burning the candle at both ends, which is easily done during summer, your body and appearance will suffer. Fatigue often leads to stress and can affect your mental health negatively, so it’s vital that you’re kind to your brain and overall being by hopping into bed at a reasonable hour each night.

Giving yourself some time to take a soak in the bath, or read a book or magazine are other ways to aid your relaxation and release your mind of the strains of the day. Overthinking and worry can lead to a terrible night’s sleep, and your face will show how many hours you managed to (or didn’t manage to) squeeze in the next morning, so do all you can to unwind and relax. Meditation is another technique that many people are turning towards to start their days energized and positively. Many think that meditation is a way to relax before bed; however, it’s best-done in the morning as it will help to reset your mind and refresh your inner energy.

Taking little moments out of your day to regroup and calm down, is another way to rest and regenerate from the inside out. The better shape your mental health is in, the more gorgeous you’ll feel on the inside, and you’ll glow on the outside all summer long.

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4 Ways You Can Change The World Today

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Change the world? Little old you? Ridiculous. What could you do? After all, you’re not Wonder Woman, and you don’t possess any super powers. You’re not in politics (we are assuming), so unlike the trailblazing AZ sec of state, you don’t have the platform to make a difference in the place you are living in. You don’t work for Greenpeace (again, we are assuming), so you don’t have a direct hand in protecting the environment.

So what could you do? Hmmm, lets see shall we…

You could be kind to the people you pass during the day. A smile, a kind word, a helpful gesture… these things are not difficult to do, and by doing so, you are promoting a positive outcome. And who knows? The people you are kind to may follow your example. Remember the movie Pay It Forward? An emotional weepie it may be (we are still crying after that ending), but the concept is valid. If you do something kind for another person, they may pass on that kindness through their behaviour, and so and so on. Before you know it, the whole world will be passing on kindness, and that’s thanks to the gesture started by you. Okay, in a perfect world maybe, but you never know how far your kindness will stretch.

You could help the people who are central to your life. To change the world for the better, we often need to start with the people closest to us, so think about those you can help today. Is it your mate who needs help with fitness? Is it a family member who needs a childminder/pet sitter/shoulder to cry on? Is it your neighbour who is too old to manage their chores? Is it your child who is struggling at school? So look at the people in your life. Do they need you? And if they come to you for help, don’t be quick turning them away. By making a difference to their lives, there will be a ripple effect elsewhere.

You could volunteer to help people in your locale. Perhaps there is a homeless shelter you could volunteer in. An environmentalist group may need help with litter picks. A church or community group may require help with children’s activities. Go online, Google search your local area, and get involved. There will be charity work you are suited to, and by doing so, you can make a difference to the lives of others.

You could help people on a global level. You don’t have to get on a plane to help those people far away from you. Think of the world we live in. Think of those people who are struggling in other countries. Think of the charities helping them. What could you do? You could join a charity on a local level to do good to those people far away. You may be able to donate money to a good cause. You might even share global issues with others online through social media or a blog, raising awareness to anybody willing to read what you have to say. Supergirl would fly around the world changing lives, but you can do it from the comfort of your armchair.

So, what do you think? Could you save the world today? By making even small differences, you can encourage others to do the same. And then, little by little, the world will be a better place! Something to think about anyway, but we hope you take action soon. And when we say ‘you,’ we are indeed talking about YOU!! So, put down your copy of Vogue, and get to work!

Clever & Contemporary: Bettering Yourself Quickly With Time & Modern Tools

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When your weekends consist of lying back, and binging on yet another boxset, do you feel that sometimes you need to be challenged a bit more? While we all have the best of intentions to expand our horizons, the fact is, we haven’t got all the time in the world. We have busy lives, full social calendars, and the task of bettering ourselves falls way down the priority list. So are there any way you can do this, but quickly?

Make The Most Of Your Netflix Subscription

Everyone’s got a Netflix subscription now, and instead of binging on 13 Reasons Why, why don’t you go for one of the many insightful, yet entertaining, documentaries? If you haven’t got Netflix, it might very well be worth your while, especially as internet providers like Suddenlink have Netflix as part of their package, you can look at their page for more details, but the fact is, as far as streaming services are concerned, Netflix is one of the best, because of the diverse range of programming on there. You want to learn about Bitcoin? You’ve got it! Want to diversify your musical knowledge? It’s there. Heard so many people talking about Blackfish? Netflix is where they got it from.

Learn While Commuting

The way most of us consume content now is through our phones. And while most of us absentmindedly scroll up and down through our Instagram account, if you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, a subscription to Audible or even downloading a podcast is a cheaper option. If you have a long commute into your day job, it can feel like you’re wasting a lot of time. So, if you cannot read while you are on the train or the bus, this is the answer.

Pick A Long-Term Challenge

While you feel that there’s not much time to learn something new, is it because you haven’t picked the right challenge? If you’ve been considering learning a language, there’s a lot of dedication required. So, because it’s a long-term challenge, you need to put in the focus and effort in on a regular basis. So, set aside an hour or so a week and this will be enough to get you on the way. The big problem that we all have now is that no matter how many things we want to learn, there’s not enough time to do it in. And this is why picking one thing is going to benefit you much more. As we are spoilt for choice now, we can pick up one thing and try to learn it, but move on to something else the next week. Instead, choose one thing, and focus on that over a long period of time.

Finding ways to better yourself is easier than ever before, but it’s the act of putting in the hard work that’s difficult. This is why you’ve got to be clever with your time and your choice of activity. That’s why something like a 90 minute documentary on Netflix, a podcast for your commute, or a couple of hours work a week on something you care about will be great, not just for your skills, but your frame of mind.

 

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.

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.