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.

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Is There Something Holding You Back From Changing Your Lifestyle?

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

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The people around you

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

Your physical circumstances

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

Your home

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

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

The Art of Appreciation, Self Love and Self Respect

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

APPRECIATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SELF LOVE

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

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

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

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

SELF RESPECT

The last principle is that of self respect.  

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

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

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

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.

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.

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!

Gracias, Merci and Other Better Ways to Say ‘Thank You’

Thank you. These are two little words that we hear uttered over and over again. And like anything that you become too used to, the words will start to lose all meaning. Sometimes, you want a better way of expressing your thanks that truly encapsulates your gratitude for an act of kindness that someone has done for you. In this blog post, we are going to be talking about a few more effective ways that you can express your thanks to people. This way, you are better able to show people when they have done something that really matters to you.

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Use Words like ‘Appreciate’ and ‘Grateful’

There is no doubt that the phrase ‘thank you’ is overused, so you can instead use some other words that better express how you are feeling. Telling someone ‘I really appreciate it’ or ‘I am so grateful for what you did’ instantly has a much stronger meaning, and helps to convey to them that they have done so much to help you out. It may be simple, but just using some words other than ‘thank you’ can make all the difference.

Explain How They Helped You

Rather than just expressing your thanks and going no further, you can show people that you appreciate what they have done by explaining exactly how it has made a difference to you. It could be something as simple as expressing to a work colleague how busy you have been, and how pleased you are that they were able to take something off your plate. The other advantage of properly expressing your gratitude is that people are much more likely to help you out when you find yourself in a similar situation in the future.

Tell Them You Will Repay Them

People can tell that you are truly grateful when you make an offer to repay them for their kindness. Use a phrase like ‘how can I repay you?’ to do this. A lot of the time, people will respond that there is nothing that you need to do, but you can really go above and beyond by offering to do something for them anyway. Even if it is only a small gesture, people still appreciate that you have acknowledged what you have done for them.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The old adage in the title is one that you will have heard a million times before, but that doesn’t make it any less true. So, if you have been to an event that they have organised, you could send them a personalised thank you note from Giftsin24. The simplest way of expressing your thanks is by offering a reciprocal gesture.   

These are just a few of the ways that you can go above and beyond when you are saying thank you. Expressing your gratitude is a great way to build on a relationship with someone, and it is also something which is very straightforward to do.

Reinventing You: Turning Back Time With Your Look

We can’t reverse time and completely change the decisions that we’ve started to regret when it comes to our style and beauty habits. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t start fresh. We’re going to look at ways to at least create the illusion of turning back the clock. After all, sometimes a woman finds that a style just doesn’t work for her anymore and doesn’t reflect the real her. If you’re that woman, here are a few steps worth considering.

 

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Start rejuvenating

You might not be able to turn back the time to undo all the choices you’ve made, but you might have more chance of winding back the clock as far as your skin and hair is concerned. Beyond a great skincare routine, getting more active and maintaining a healthy diet has been proven to reintroduce a lot of the vibrant youthfulness you might think might be gone for good. There are even cryotherapy treatments that can help tighten your skin, giving you a much more youthful look without the scary invasiveness of surgery.

Permanent isn’t always permanent

There are some things that we might think are more permanent, but truly you might have more sway over them than you think. For instance, pregnancy stretch marks might never truly disappear, but peptide full skin screams and green tea are both proven to help them heal. Laser tattoo removal is becoming more affordable for those of us with some regretful artistic choices made by our younger selves. Caring for the skin after the removal and a little patience is necessary, but it’s no longer impossible to be fully rid of a tattoo.

Say goodbye to old friends

It’s time to undergo a full wardrobe audit. That might be hard for some of us to hear who have been holding on to old favorites, even if we haven’t used them for years. But it’s time to really look at what you wear, and what you don’t. It’s not enough to take out pieces that you spot that no longer work. Empty out the whole closet and go through every single pile, clearly separating the yes pile that you still wear often and the no pile that you’ve been constantly trying to find excuses for but just can’t.

Find your muse

Of course, where you demolish, you have to rebuild once more. Where do you find your inspiration? Celebrity fashion and finding your kindred spirit in that world can be a great help. But Pinterest is a great tool for finding that style of your own, too. Spend a few weeks (or even months) collating different images of things you’ve loved from all across the web. When in doubt, work with what you’ve got. Dress to suit your skin tone, your eyes, and your hair.

Whether it’s letting go of some painful memories or begrudgingly pushing aside past choices to explore other options, creating a new you is always a great chance to discover what really works for you. It’s worth giving it a try at least once.

 

Quick Study: Speedy Ways to Learn New Skills

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Pretty much everyone has one or two skills that they wish they could master. But one of the main factors that seems to get in the way is time. Learning any new skills takes a great deal of commitment, but people struggle to put in the hours that it takes. When you do find time to practice learning your skill, you want to make sure that you are using it wisely. So, if you want to look for some quick ways that you can pick up new skills then these tips are here to give you a helping hand.

 

Set Realistic Goals

 

The best way to learn anything is to set yourself goals and make sure you stick to them. But you also want to make sure that the targets you are setting for yourself are actually realistic and achievable. So, your long-term goal may be to learn the guitar, but you may break this down by learning a new chord every few days and eventually build this up to learning an entire song. Learning the guitar seems too vague, whereas learning the chords is one that is actually measurable and achievable.

 

Think of the Obstacles that May Stand in Your Way
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When you are trying to learn a new skill, there will be all manner of obstacles that stand in your way. In the first days and weeks, this is when it can be difficult and frustrating, so this is your first barrier. Identify what else is blocking your learning and try to find ways to overcome these problems. If you find that you are easily distracted, put yourself in an environment where you can limit these distractions. If you find that time is an issue, move something out of your day like that extra half hour of TV. You will be in a much stronger position to deal with obstacles if you identify them early.

 

Focus on the Essentials

 

Once again, this is where it comes back to focusing on the sub-skills that you can teach yourself. When you are learning new skills, there are some essentials that will lead you quicker to your desired outcomes. So, if you are trying to learn a new language, it is likely that you will want to focus on the essential conversational skills rather than the complex areas of grammar. If you are learning to cook, you will want to focus on the skills that can be transferred across various different meals so try these delicious recipes. Focusing on the key areas will get you to your goal quicker.

 

Master One Area Before Moving On

 

The best way to achieve a goal is to put all your attention into that particular area. So, make sure you are entirely comfortable that you have got each subskill to the level you want before moving onto the next one. Otherwise, your attention will become too divided and you will find yourself pulled off in too many different directions at once.  

How Do You Keep Yourself In The Game?

Drive is essential. Whether you’re a professional photographer, blogger or business owner or you’re trying to get your education, a focus is an immensely powerful tool. When you drop out of “the game”, you’re prone to distraction, to sub-par efforts, and to just losing the love for what you’re passionate about. Lacking that focus and motivation is a big problem for people who don’t naturally have that drive. But it’s not a problem that can’t be solved.

 

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Create the right space

Whether it’s for professional or creative use, you need to make sure that your environment is conducive to hours at a time being spent in that one place. To that end, it’s recommended that you ensure you’re not using the space that’s normally for relaxing at home. Creating a home office can help you ensure you’re in an environment that doesn’t blur the lines between your work and the life outside it.

Start the day right

Perhaps you have trouble getting into gear from the start of the day. If that’s the case, then it might be because you’re not giving yourself the proper start you need with an extensive morning routine. For one, wake up with at least two hours between you and when you need to shift into ‘work mode’. Have a full morning, including a proper breakfast and a bit of a morning exercise. A bit of meditation can even help, too.

Visualize and act

One of the most effective aspects of meditation is the fact it gives you a bit of space and perspective. It’s one of the ways, but not the only one, to visualize your goals before you start the day. It might otherwise be a to-do list or a schedule for how you spend the day. Know what you want to achieve at the end of it, so you always feel like every bit of effort you’re putting in is bringing you closer to some finish line.

Treat yourself

One of the issues a lot of people have with staying energetic throughout the day is that they fail to give themselves the mindful break they need to check in on themselves and recharge. It doesn’t even have to be an extended time away from your work. Many people wouldn’t be able to work without a good cup of coffee. Make it a special treat during your work day. Instead of standard store-bought stuff, you can easily get quality coffee beans with free delivery so your treat isn’t costing you too much. If coffee isn’t your thing, prepare yourself a delicious (but hopefully healthy) snack to take ten minutes away from work with. A little breathing room can do a great deal of good.

Diversify

In the long term, trying to keep your focus on one thing alone can be bad for you. You don’t necessarily have to be a full renaissance man or woman, but it’s a good idea to have at least one other passion. Alongside your work, find your creative side that you make time to engage with.. If you keep your head fully entrenched in one world for too long, it’s too easy to get sick of obsessing over the details of it for too long.

Putting in the right practices and habits might be all it takes to help you regain the ability to focus on what’s important to you. If they don’t, you might need to reexamine your priorities. What are your goals and is what you’re doing now really going to help you achieve them?