Knowing the Drill When It Comes to Dental Treatment

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When it comes to dental care and hygiene, most of us limit our experience with professionals to our yearly checkup with the dentist and hygienist. This, for the most part, will consist of your dentist poking around your mouth and giving you the all clear, and the hygienist giving you a quick scale and polish. But there are so many more specialist procedures out there that can really improve your smile. Cosmetic dentistry has come far in the past few decades and nowadays, no matter what your problem, there’s likely to be a solution to put things right. Here are some that you might like to consider!

Whitening

Perhaps the most commonly carried out type of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. There are various ways that your teeth can become stained over the years. Smoking, excessive coffee drinking, and insufficient cleaning are just a few of the potential reasons. While there are various over-the-counter treatments available, it’s important that you avoid them at all costs. Though they are cheaper, you get what you pay for. Instead, consult with a professional dentist who will create a unique mould for your teeth to ensure even coverage and sparkling pearly whites.

Braces

As well as a pearly white smile, people tend to desire straight teeth. If you take a look at pretty much any celebrity or individual in glossy magazines and advertisements, they will have perfectly aligned gnashers. If this is something you’re interested in yourself, contact an orthodontist. They specialise in the alignment of your teeth and general tooth structure. But worry not. You don’t need to rely on train track braces that we commonly associate with teenagers. Ask about Invisalign. This is a discreet tooth alignment treatment that uses clear braces to change the positioning of your teeth in a relatively short period of time. When using Invisalign, you can expect to have them removed within nine to eighteen months!

Veneers

If your teeth are damaged beyond repair, or you’re looking for an immediate fix to all of your aesthetic dental problems, veneers may be the way to go. If you opt for veneers, thin layers of porcelain will be prepared to fit perfectly over the surface of each of your teeth. As you can imagine, these can completely alter your physical appearance. From the shape of your teeth to their colour and positioning. They are bonded with a strong adhesive, so require a little preparation before fitting. So say goodbye to chips and discolouration and remember to take care for them! When cared for properly they can last for years to come!

These are just three different treatment options that are available to you. But they do provide a resolve to three of the most common problems that people have with their teeth. So, take them into consideration and start planning for a beautiful smile in the near future. The results that you can expect to achieve will no doubt be more than worth the time, effort, and financial investment involved.

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Reaching Your Personal Goals Whilst Juggling Commitments

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Many of us take on more responsibilities as we get older. Working, looking after children and doing household duties such as cooking and cleaning can sometimes leave very little time for pursuing personal interests and hobbies. Not having the time to pursue these personal goals can make many of us unhappy, as we may feel we’re living our lives doing duties rather than doing what we want. Everyone deserves their freedom – gaining this may simply require learning to better manage your time. Here are just a few solutions that could help you to take care of your commitments whilst finding time for yourself.

Make the right sacrifices

Sacrifices are often needed to better manage one’s time. Making the right sacrifices is important as it could determine how happy you are. Most people think that working all hours and sacrificing family and personal time is the way to go, but it isn’t in most cases. Rather than focusing on earning more, it could worth focusing on spending less. This might allow you to work less hours, allowing you to see your family more and spend more time on yourself.

Be wary of sacrificing sleep to get everything done as this is not the way to go either. Being overtired will negatively affect everything else from your job to your family relationships to your personal challenges. Instead of sleeping less hours, try rescheduling your sleep instead. Going to bed early and waking up early might sound boring and horrible to some people, but actually better for us. Instead of free time in the evening, you’ll have free time in the morning, which you might be able to use more productively for yourself if everyone else in your home is asleep.

Find effective ways to multi-task

There are certain times when you may be able to multi-task and fit in some free time. If you have to commute to work, consider turning this stressful and routine trip into something productive and exciting. A commute via train could allow you enough to read a book, watch a TV show, write a blog post or plan the week’s meals. A commute via car might be a little harder to make use of as it requires more concentration, however you might still be able to do a listening activity such as streaming your favourite music, listening to an audiobook or learning a new language via a CD. You may even be able to travel by bicycle and make this your get fit time.

Meanwhile, there are many tasks that you can now do at home to fit around commitments. Many employers are now allowing staff to work from home in career fields that are mainly IT and phone based. You can also study a university course from home nowadays – you’ll find all kinds of courses on the web such as a healthcare administration degree online. You may also be able to exercise at home, rely on online food shopping and host virtual meetings via skype. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t leave the house – relying on these from-home methods might allow you to simply schedule them around your lifestyle rather than waiting for shops and gyms to open or having to travel or relocate to take up a job or university course.

Accept help from family and friends

Too many people turn down help from people around them that might otherwise free up time to focus on personal goals. Family and friends might be able to act as a babysitter occasionally whilst you get time yourself or they may be able to cook you a meal freeing up this chore. You shouldn’t over-rely on these people, but they shouldn’t be ignored.

If you’ve got a partner, you may also want to make sure that you’re both equally sharing out responsibilities. Sharing out household chores and time with the children can give you both more time to spend on personal interests and hobbies. It’s worth also trying to find some couple time for your both so that you’re not always spending time apart – this can often be a danger if you both work different hours.  

Know when to seek outside support

If you don’t have friends, family or a partner to share the load with, you can still make time to chase your personal goals – you may just have to rely on outside support. There are lots of babysitting services out there that can look after your children whilst you need to get things done. Some may be inexpensive or even free during certain hours. There are also charities out there that may be able to help with basic but gruelling tasks such as housework, allowing you to get others done. Asking for support is important as you could burnout if you’re juggling too much, affecting everything from your ability to work to your ability to look after your kids.

Schedule time for yourself

Don’t wait for free time to come along. When you have lots of commitments, you need to schedule in this free time. This could be a weekly slot when the children are being looked after or your partner is doing the housework. Having free time scheduled into your life will allow you to plan for it rather than taking it as it comes and not knowing how long it may last (a good example being when a baby is sleeping – you never know how long they’ll be out and what you’ll be able to get done in that time).

Do You Need Change or Just Greater Challenges?

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There will be a time in everyone’s career where they stare at the front door to the office and seriously consider just turning around and walking away. It is only natural to feel stuck in a rut at some point in your career. But commitments such as mortgages, family, debt, and all that other adult stuff force you just keep on through the drudgery.

So how does one overcome these feelings of exhaustion and lethargy and bitterness and every other negative word you can think of? There are options for everyone out there to get back on track and fall in love with work again, whether it be through change, challenge or something else.

CHANGE?

If you have worked at a particular company for a while, then you will naturally start to feel bogged down by routine. You know who will ask you what, you know how the week and month will go. It is all very similar. When this occurs, it might be time to change careers.

A lot of people now change jobs every year or so due to lack of potential for advancement or problems with making more money. You might think that having so many jobs on your resume may put potential employers off, and it might for some, but for many, it shows ambition and drive to better yourself, which is one of the most attractive qualities to have in an employee.

CHALLENGE?

But if you don’t want to risk leaving your job, which is understandable in the current climate, then consider seeking ways to make yourself a more valuable team member. Too many people complain about not being challenged at work but don’t do anything to change this. Don’t be that person.

If there are opportunities to further your skills, then grab them before it is too late. As the workplace evolves, the lines between industries become ever more blurred. One option is to apply for an online supply chain management course, which can provide you with broader responsibilities and shows a determination to progress in your company. Take the chance and start feeling challenged yet again.

ESCAPE?

You can either choose to escape your business altogether or merely just take some time away. Mental health issues can come about at any time, regardless of how you felt before. Sometimes, you just need a break. Discussing this with your employer may seem scary, but they would rather have a healthy, happy employee than one on the verge of burnout.  

Starting your own business combines both change and challenge and can provide you with the opportunity to feel alive again. While it can be risky, doing proper research into your chosen market will make the transition more comfortable, and you might just end up conquering the world.

BEST FOR YOU

The decision is entirely up to you. You are the one responsible for maintaining and improving your happiness and satisfaction in your career, and so only you can achieve this. Whatever you decide, you need to go into it with one hundred percent determination. Forget the fear and worry not about what might go wrong, staying positive during the tough times is the mark of a powerful person. You are that person.

Should You Be Planning For The Future Now?

The fun thing about the future is that it’s always a long while away. It doesn’t matter what kinds of plans you have for the future, you’ve always got time to figure them out! But what happens when you don’t? What happens when you get to a certain point in your life and realise that the future has arrived and you weren’t at all prepared for it? This is the kind of situation that leaves people in their forties with absolutely no idea what they want to do with their lives. Of course, that’s not the way things have to be. Sure, you might be tempted to treat the future like a problem for another day, but the truth is that the future sneaks up on all of us much faster than you might expect and the only way to be ready for it is to start planning for it right now. With that in mind, here are just a few ways that you can make sure that you’re ready for the future, today.

Your financial future

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When people think about the kinds of things that they should be planning for in the future, money is almost always the first thing that comes up. And there’s a pretty good reason for this. The truth is that there are a lot of things to think about when it comes to everything on this list but each and every one of them requires money. You need money to do just about everything in this life, and that might not be ideal, but that’s just the world that we live in. If you don’t make plans for your finances in the future, you could end up in some serious trouble down the road. The most important thing is to start saving right away. You might think that you can’t save because you’re not earning enough but the truth is that pretty much everyone can save, even if it’s just a tiny amount each month. That money will add up surprisingly quickly, and you will also help yourself to get into the mindset of saving which can have a huge impact on your finances going into the future.

Your future career

Far too many people find themselves working jobs that they swore they would only have for a little bit while they sorted out what they really wanted to do. However, they end up working those jobs for years at a time and, before they even know it, they’ve wasted a huge chunk of their life doing something that they hated. The truth is that if no one is just going to hand you the career that you want and if you want to end up doing something that you really care about then you’ve got to put the effort in to look for it. Think carefully about the kinds of skills that you have and the kinds of things that you would be happy doing with your time. Then you’ve just got to figure out what steps you need to take to make your ideal career happen. Sure, you might not be able to find your ideal career right away, but being able to set yourself on the right path is the only way you even have a chance of reaching your goals.

Your future family

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You might want a family; you might not, it’s a totally personal choice, and no one should try to push you in one direction or another, but the fact is that you can’t really know what kind of decision you’re going to make in the future. Now, changing your mind when you’re young is easy. You might find yourself in one circumstance or another, and your mind could change in any number of ways. However, as you get a bit older, especially as women, your options tend to become a little more limited. Now, there are plenty of women who decide to have families when they’re older, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but it is true that it becomes more difficult to have a baby when you get older. Luckily there are options like egg freezing available to you. Of course, you don’t have to take that option; it’s just a good thing that you have things available to you if you decide that it’s the right thing for you.

Your future home

One of the most common things for a lot of people in the modern era is the assumption that they’ll never be able to afford a home. Well, there’s no denying that buying a home is significantly more of a challenge now than it has ever been before, that doesn’t make it impossible. The truth is that you just have to start thinking about buying a home in the future right away. This means that you’re going to need to start saving for things like a deposit and well as ensuring that you’ve got the best possible credit rating so that you don’t fall into the trap of having all of the money that you need but being unable to actually secure the loan itself. Sure, it might seem like a long road ahead, but if you want to be a homeowner, the reality is that you’ve got to get started on that path as soon as possible.

Of course, none of this means that you have to have some totally fixed, rigid idea of what your future is going to be like. After all, none of us could possibly ever predict what’s coming even in the near future, let alone further on in our lives. You’ve got to make sure that you’re flexible and willing to change the way that you see and do things. You may still have the same drives, goals, and dreams in ten years that you do right now, or there’s a chance that everything that you want might be completely different, either way, being prepared for what’s coming next, whatever that might be, really is the best way to face up to any version of the future.

How To Love Yourself More: Tips that will Rocket your Body Confidence

If you are constantly battling your own thoughts and emotions when it comes to your body confidence, then you will understand how draining this can be. You will also understand how hard it can be for you to stop those thoughts and think positively about yourself, and this is because you genuinely believe that what you are seeing is true.

Stop the Fat Talk

When you talk with your friends, you may tell them that you look fat. This encourages your friends to say that you’re not and that they are fatter than you. Even though this is a joke, it can hinder your own body confidence and it probably isn’t helping your friends either. For this reason, you need to stop the fat talk while also trying to keep the conversation on morepositive topics. For example, the new clothes that you have bought or even what you did at the weekend.

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Take Action

If you are unhappy with your body and workouts aren’t working consider going to thebest liposuction surgeon you can find.  If that isn’t an option for you then think about the things you don’t like about yourself. If you hate your thighs and hips then try and think about something positive instead. For example, maybe your hips and thighs allow you to hula-hoop better than everyone else, or maybe they allow you to take part in a Zumba class and really get your groove on. When you start talking about your body in a positive way, your mind will eventually follow.

Make Notes

If you want to make a change then you need to break the habits that you have now while also creating new habits.  You will want to take a month or so before you do this so you can really get it into your head about what you want to do. If you can’t change the way that you think because you think that you are lying about yourself then try and talk to a friend. When they pay you a compliment, don’t just brush it off, instead, write it down and then tape it onto the mirror, When you start getting compliments from people and you put them into writing, you will quickly see that everything that you are saying about yourself is not true at all.

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Believe in Yourself

When you get a promotion at work or when yougo to the gym and you shed a lot of weight in a week, be proud of yourself and know that you did that all on your own. You also need to be happy with what you have achieved. If you are constantly focusing on what you haven’t done rather than what you have done then this won’t do your body confidence any good and it will also make it much harder for you to move forward with your positive thoughts. For this reason, you need to believe in yourself and you also need to know that other people believe in you as well.

What Will Help You To Lose More Weight: Diet Or Exercise?

There are plenty of reasons why someone would like to lose weight. Whether it’s to fit more comfortably in your jeans that are a little too tight, become more defined and toned, feel more comfortable in their own skin – some may even be losing weight in order to meet the requirements for weight loss surgery. If this is the case, Dr. Steve Tersigni, founder of Bay Bariatrics Weight Loss Surgery Center, says that the qualifications for bariatric surgery are basically the same for all procedures, meaning that no matter your destination, you will still find handy tips in this blog to help your journey along. Regardless of the reason why you want to lose weight, there are some simple tips and tricks that will help everyone’s journey, regardless of their starting point.

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Realistic Goals

Your overall goal may be to lose four stone, but that can seem like an overwhelming and monumental goal, especially when you are only just starting out. Breaking down the main goal into smaller fortnightly or monthly goals can help everything to seem a lot more manageable, and give you small achievements along the way that will motivate you to keep going. It is recommended that you lose between one and two pounds per week to ensure you are losing weight at a healthy and sustainable pace, helping you to keep it off for good.  

Calorie Intake Deficit

There are plenty of myths out there that have been widely discredited by industry professionals, however, some still seem to be trending. Barely eating anything and starving yourself may make you lose weight at first, but you will gain it straight back as you start to eat properly again. On the other hand, going hard at that gym and then settling down to a Mcdonalds every night won’t help you to lose weight either, let alone reach your goals. Whilst it is important to focus on both your eating and exercise, it is essential that you do not cut anything out of your diet. Those previously mentioned myths happen to contain advice like cutting out carbohydrates, sugar, gluten, dairy etc. from your diet will make the weight fall off with no other encouragement. However, to healthily lose weight and create a balanced lifestyle, all of the food groups are important. The five food groups are fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy or dairy alternative, and grain/cereals. These should be represented in almost every meal you consume. The amounts of each group you need are dictated by your macronutrients, which are carbs, fat, and protein. It is recommended that your diet is made up of 50-60% carbs, and around 20-25% of protein and fat. Having all of these is essential for helping your body to function properly, ensure you receive all your minerals and vitamins, and therefore contribute to your weight loss. Carbs are not your enemy, but your fuel to get up off the sofa and burn some calories. The only way to lose weight is a calorie intake deficit, meaning you burn off more in a day then what you intake. Intuitively eating – only eating when you are actually hungry and not just bored – and regular exercise is the best way to achieve this.  

Exercise That You Enjoy

To lose weight, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to get on a treadmill and run until you can’t feel your legs. You can actually do something you enjoy. Now you may be thinking there is no exercise you could ever enjoy as it can be gruelling, especially if you are unfit. But have you looked at all your options? HIIT is short high-intensity workouts that will fit easily into a busy schedule, and weight lifting burns more calories after you have worked out due to the energy your body uses to repair muscles. If you have tried both and hated them, there are group exercise options like Zumba and Yoga, or you could even ask a friend if they would like to take up a new hobby with you. There is swimming, badminton, dancing, tennis, netball – all great activities that will burn calories while you enjoy yourself. It really is a case of trial and error – if you don’t like something, try something else. Do your research and find out what activities and facilities are local to you for you to try. It is important to find something you enjoy so it doesn’t feel like a chore to exercise. When you enjoy something, you are more likely to stick to it and start to see results.

If you are hoping to lose weight through the start of 2018, hopefully, this has given you a few tips and tricks on how you can best achieve your goals. Best of luck.  

Restore, Revitalise and Relax: How To Feel Fabulous With Food and Fitness

You stare into the mirror each morning and you aren’t happy with what is standing in front of you. Everyday you inspect your curvy hips, wobbly thighs and squishy cheeks. Overcoming these insecurities will never be easy. We all have hang-ups when it comes to our bodies, but often we don’t realise that they are what make us fabulous. You should never what to change who you are, but it is important to be healthy. I bet you didn’t know that most of the things you don’t like about yourself can be tweaked and tightened up in a flash. No surgery or drastic diets needed, all you need to do is adjust your lifestyle little by little. The beauty will shine out from within and you will feel goodinstantly. Start today and use food and fitness to live a brighter life.

Glamourous and Glowing

You’re skin look dull, tired and full of blemishes. You can’t remember a time you woke up and felt flawless and free of make-up. Did you know that food can influence the way your skin looks and feels? It doesn’t matter if you’ve invested your savings into the most expensive, premium skincare brand on the market; if you aren’t feeding your body the correct nutrients your skin will suffer.

Make sure you incorporate skin-plumping foods into your diet, such as avocados and fresh salmon. The rich, good fats in these foods will feed your skin from the inside and give you a glow in no time. If you’re suffering from inflamed zits or skin blemishes try starting your day with a hot mug of water with a slice of fresh lemon. Lemon contains antioxidants that will instantly relieve your skin of bacteria causing blemishes. Blueberries are another amazing antioxidants so try and get these into at least one of your meals each day. Make sure you’re drinking enough water too to keep your skin hydrated and your body functioning well.

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Fuel Your Fitness Regime

You might have started a new exercise plan which promises quick and easy results, but you’re just not seeing on yourself. You’ve been sticking to it religiously and your body just doesn’t seem to be responding. No matter how hard you’re working in the gym, you need to complement that hard work with the correct nutrients. You need to feed your body the correct products at the correct times in order to see those results in the gym.

Before you head to the gym try and make sure you’ve had some form of complex carbohydrates, this will fuel your body with the energy it needs to work hard in that spin class. You could have organic porridge, wholemeal toast with peanut butter or even some Greek yogurt with homemade granola sprinkled on top. Don’t be afraid to eat carbs, they are you friend if you’re going to the gym! After a hard workout your body will need adequate supplements to repair its muscles. You’re going to need high protein foods such as eggs, lean meats and green veggies after you hit the gym. If you’re opting for a smoothie try adding a supplement of protein powder for an extra boost of muscle repairing formula. If you are consuming protein powder and building muscle you’re more likely to feel leaner and more energized. So if you’re looking to lose fat and gain muscle this would be a great idea for you.

Be Kind To Yourself

Stop beating yourself up for skipping a gym class or indulging in a slice of cake at your friend’s birthday. We all have a life and we should be allowed to live it to the fullest without consequences. Life is about balance and as long as you are having healthy meals and exercising often, you should never feel bad about giving yourself a treat. We all have goals we want to reach, but try and make them tangible. Stop looking at numbers on a scale or measuring tape for a start. Try and set goals such as, fitting into a new pair of skinny jeans, rather than reaching a certain weight. You will never truly know your weight as it fluctuates so much throughout one day. Do yourself a favour and throw away the scales, they are not your friend!

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Mindful Movement

Stop snoozing your alarm in the morning and start your day peacefully. Forget the rushing around and barely brushing your hair before you leave for work or college. Start your day with a relaxed mindset and your body will feel happier straight away. Practice yoga and meditations for a few minutes each day to allow your mind to escape to a world of calm serenity. If you’re unsure where to start, there are tonnes of awesome apps which can help you to start up a routine of meditation and yoga. Deep breathing techniques and calming poses will help your body to reset. You will see a noticeable difference if you suffer from anxiety and you will feel stress free as soon as the day begins. Give it a go and try it with a friend if you need a little helping hand.

Revel In Relaxation

Always allow yourself time to relax and recuperate after a stressful situation. Maybe you have a crazy deadline to meet at work or you’ve been staying up late working on a project. If you have a long, hard stint of work today make sure you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Reward yourself and you will feel more motivated to get to the end.

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Try Something New

It’s always fun to take up a new hobby or pursuit. Whether it’s a new sport or healthy recipe, it’s a great idea to keep you occupied and get your body into gear. The chances are you’ll make a new friend or even start up a hobby that develops into a career. Don’t be afraid to give anything a go and get the moral support you need from your friends and family.

Don’t delay in starting your health and fitness journey today. Your body will feel the love it deserves and as long as you’re living a fulfilled and happy lifestyle you’re definitely on the right track.

Do These Things To Feel Good Every Day – They Really Work

Feeling good every day can be a little tough for some. Some people are born with a naturally happy disposition, while others have a sort of middle set point that tends to lean towards the grumpy side more often than not. Which one are you? If you’re reading this, our guess is you don’t feel as happy every day as you’d like to.

If you want to feel good every day, here’s a few things you can do to change that. You may resist trying them out, but trust us, they really work!

Meditation

No, it isn’t just buddhist monks who use meditation. Monks use meditation to reach enlightenment, but using meditation to be happier is more than possible too. All you have to do is get into the habit of doing it for a few minutes each day. It can be tough to sit there doing nothing at first, but after you’ve kept it up for a couple of weeks, it’ll become second nature. There are many apps out there that can help you, including Calm and Headspace. Aiming for just 5 minutes a day is fine at first. Slowly build yourself up until you’re doing around 15 minutes. It’s up to you whether you want to spend even longer – some like to make their meditation practice up to an hour!

Exercise

Exercise in the morning will make you more productive and focused throughout the rest of the day, and you’ll be happier thanks to the endorphins that you’ve released. You could go for a walk, a quick jog, do a bodyweight HIIT session, or use weights to get your workout in. There are all kinds of workouts you can try out on YouTube and sites like Fitnessblender, so you have no excuse.

Nutrition

The food you eat can make you feel better or worse. Eating nutritious food that the body naturally craves is a great way to feel better. Eating junk is obviously going to make you feel like junk. Those who eat junk often experience a slump in the afternoon, making it tough to concentrate and get anything done. You don’t have to eat clean or forbid yourself from enjoying treats, but you should make smart choices the majority of the time.

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Nap

Taking naps is a great way to safeguard your health and feel happier; many successful people take a nap for 20-30 minutes a day to help them top up their sleep and feel more productive in a flash. Make sure you set an alarm, though, so you don’t end up sleeping for too long and suffering from inertia. Then you’ll find it impossible to get up! If you nap at home, make sure your bed is suitable. It should be comfortable, with the right kind of pillows and mattress. You can learn about the different kinds of mattresses online. Find more about Mattress-Guides.net and you’ll be able to ensure your environment is suitable for both napping and quality sleep. It’s a good idea when napping not to get under the covers, and use a thinner blanket instead so you don’t fall straight into a deep sleep!

Help somebody else

Helping others is a much faster way to feel happier than helping ourselves. Seriously. Why not pay it forward in a coffee shop? Simply smiling at a stranger will make you both feel good too!

Compassion, And What It Can Mean To Someone Who Struggles

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Compassion means everything to those who receive it, and it dignifies those who give it. No matter how hard your hard, or how difficult and hopeless the situation, compassion will lend a meaning to live. Without sounding like we’re preaching from a soapbox, it’s important to understand how the power of this can work. We, humans, are designed to love each other first and foremost. If not from an emotional standpoint, from an evolutionary standpoint. We all know that life is simply better, more bearable, and tragedy more manageable when we share our love for one another. No matter who you show compassion to, your friend who is addicted to a substance, an elderly relative who would benefit from at home care, or even yourself during a rough patch, this article is concerned with celebrating the power and meaning of compassion:

Compassion Reframes Tragedy

Everything is perception, and all is belief. No matter how horrific and tragic the circumstances you or a loved one has experienced, bringing in compassion to the situation lifts it slightly. It helps define a human virtue despite the difficulty. A kind word, a simple statement of encouragement, an action of help and a full-time investment towards resolution can all contribute to the effort of positivity. This can lend you immense strength.

Compassion Gives You Purpose

It’s easy to become disenfranchised or feel worried in the presence of difficulty. Becoming lost is often the temptation for most people. It’s simply a human issue which we all can experience without warning. However, applying compassion to both yourself and others gives you purpose. This can help direct you. Feeling empathic towards your situation allows you to look for solutions.

Notice that compassion and empathy is much more and much different than pity. It looks for solutions after accurately seeing the problem, as opposed to bathing in the problem and hoping it will solve itself. Purpose can help people get out of the most difficult times, so much so that many studies have been undertaken (such as those featured in Dr Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning,) on those trapped in concentration camps in WW2. Those who looked forward to a meaning after the camp, and held on to inspiration and purpose throughout the tragedy were much more likely to survive. This human passion helps us burn through even the most difficult of problems.

Compassions Gives You Clarity

If you have compassion, you’re much less likely to rest in your prejudices and instead listen to the person you’re gifting that compassion to. A drug addict will be seen as a diseased person, someone who needs help as opposed to a morally corrupt or ‘bad’ person. This helps you see the levels of complexity to any situation which can then help you give directed and appropriate help, or refer that person to better help with a more nuanced and appropriate approach.

Compassion helps improve your life, and your social depth even without tragedy to spur it on. Pause for thought and make use of compassion, it could just improve your life more than you know.

Running Injuries That Are Easy To Avoid

Running is a great way to stay in shape and it doesn’t come with a lot of the same dangers as competitive team sports, but that doesn’t mean you can’t injure yourself. Runners have their own set of risks to deal with and if you don’t run with good form, using the right gear, you could put yourself out of action and it’ll take a while to recover. There are a couple of injuries that runners often fall prey to, here’s what they are and how you can avoid them.

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Plantar Fasciitis

This is just a fancy name for an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. It usually gives you a sharp pain in the heel or the arch of the foot. It can be a slight annoyance but if you leave it untreated for too long, it’ll soon become incredibly painful. The two main causes are overworking and lack of proper footwear. If you haven’t got proper running shoes on, you won’t have enough support and you open yourself up to injury. Choosing the right one is a bit of a minefield but if you check out the Running Shoes Guru you’ll find plenty of great reviews to help you find the right ones. Good support should stop you from getting Plantar Fasciitis, as long as you aren’t running too often.

It’s tempting to get out and run every day when you’re constantly competing with yourself and trying to smash your best time. But you’ve got no chance of beating your record if you can’t run at all. Even with the best running shoes, your feet can only take so much. If you overwork them you’ll almost certainly end up with problems, so always take a couple of days off throughout the week.

Achilles Tendinitis   

This one is the Achilles heel of runners everywhere. All it means is that you’ve got inflammation in your Achilles tendon. It takes a long while to heal because there isn’t that much blood flow to the area so preventing it is vital. You’ll get pain around your heel and up the back of your foot, there’s also a lot of swelling that can make it unbearable to walk, let alone run.

Tight calves are one of the main culprits of an Achilles injury because if your calves aren’t taking enough of the impact, it all gets put on the Achilles tendon. If you overtrain and your calves are suffering because of it, you’re likely to develop an Achilles injury. You’re also at risk if there are sudden increases in the intensity of your training. If you’ve decided that your current training regimes just aren’t pushing you hard enough, you’ll want to take things up a notch. But if you go from running twice a week to five times a week and increase the distance at the same time, you’ll hurt yourself. Always increase the intensity gradually over a few weeks and you should be fine.

Iliotibial Tendon

This is a tendon that runs from your hip to your knee and there are all sorts of ways that you can damage it. If you’re feeling a sharp stabbing pain in the side of your knee when you run, that’s a sure sign of an IT injury.

Running downhill a lot is one of the causes because the angle of the incline puts extra stress on your IT. When you run, you usually run with a slight lean, even if you don’t notice it. Running on different sides of the roads helps you to balance it out a bit but if you’re always taking the same route, you could be putting extra stress on your legs. Changing up your route to cut out hills and run in different directions is the best way to avoid an IT injury.

Runner’s Knee

If you experience a dull ache under the kneecap whenever you run, you’ve got runner’s knee. It’s caused by different things in different people but there are a couple of common causes. Not wearing proper footwear is one, but that can be said of pretty much any running injury. Running on uneven ground is another big cause of runner’s knee that can be solved fairly easily by changing your route or buying running shoes with a spongier sole. If you’ve got weak quads or hips, your knees are picking up all the slack.

When it comes to sorting the problem the bottom line is, don’t run if it hurts. Try new footwear and always put an ice pack on it when you’ve got pain.

Most running injuries are caused by overwork, bad form, and lack of proper footwear. If you know what you’re doing and you invest in the right gear, you should be fine.