Four Areas of Your Life That You Could Change, to Give Yourself a Real Confidence Boost

Four Areas of Your Life That You Could Change, to Give Yourself a Real Confidence Boost

In life, we can all need a little confidence boost here and there. Not all of us are naturally confident and really have to work on it. There are several things that can affect how confident we are. We might have had a negative experience in the past. It can be hard to let go of, and as a result, makes us feel unable to be proud of ourselves. We might not be happy with how we look and feel changes would help that. Whatever the reason for lacking in confidence, there are things that you can do to change that. So I’m going to talk you through some things that you could change, to give yourself a confidence boost.


Change Aspects of Your Appearance

I have briefly mentioned it above, but your appearance can be a major factor that hinders your confidence. While you shouldn’t rely on how you look to make you feel happy, small changes could help. Think for instance about your teeth. If you hate your teeth, does it stop you from smiling? It might make you feel awkward in front of a crowd, and out you off speaking in public. A simple procedure or treatment at somewhere like Broadway Dental Clinic could sort your smile right out. Something like that can be a massive confidence booster. You’ll be the selfie queen before we know it!

Change Your Thinking

One easy way to give yourself a confidence boost is to change how you think. You need to start thinking positively. In order to think positively, you need to highlight your strengths and weaknesses. It then means to take steps to overcome those weaknesses. Don’t see them as failures, but things that you can improve on. So learn from your mistakes or weaknesses. Don’t dwell on things that have happened in the past. They are exactly that; in the past. You can make your future exactly as you would want it to be.

Change Your Approach

You might have heard the little phrase ‘fake in until you make it.’ This is a good phrase that to start with, you might need to implement. If other things haven’t worked for you in the past, then why not try this? Basically, if you act like you are confident, then you will become confident. A great way to do this is by talking to other people and following their examples. Confident people are attractive to be around. So be around them and learn from them. Confidence is said to be contagious, so soak it all in!

Change How You Control Situations

One reason people lack confidence is that they don’t feel in control. Take a job interview, for example. Are you someone that plans well in advance for an interview and prepares lots of answers? Or do you just turn up and feel a little disorganized? When you take control, you will feel more confident. So take the time to plan and prepare for things more. It will give you a complete boost.


Are You Feeling Out Of Sorts? When To See A Doctor

Are You Feeling Out Of Sorts? When To See A Doctor

Everyone has days when they don’t feel 100 percent. Most of the time, there’s nothing to worry about, and you’ll bounce back before you know it. However, in other cases, you may need a little help to get back to full strength. Here are some instances when it’s best to see a doctor.

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Acute symptoms

Have you suddenly developed breathing difficulties, skin rashes or severe pain? Have you got a fever that has come from nowhere or a racing heart rate? If you experience acute (sudden) symptoms, it’s best to contact your doctor. If you have severe symptoms such as chest pain or you’re struggling for breath, call an ambulance. In many cases, these signs will be linked to minor, treatable conditions. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Persistent problems

Have you been struggling with back pain for as long as you can remember? Do you have trouble sleeping? Have you had a cough for weeks? Have you been getting a lot of headaches of late? When we feel under the weather, there’s a temptation to ignore symptoms and carry on. Often, problems resolve themselves. However, if you’ve got continual or frequent issues, it’s time to seek advice. Sometimes, symptoms can be a sign of an underlying health problem that needs attention. Call and make an appointment with your family doctor. If you can’t get one that day, there may be other options. You could visit a walk-in clinic or talk to a doctor online.

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Mental health issues

Many of us are a lot more inclined to seek help for physical issues than mental health problems. You can often see signs of physiological illnesses, but with mental health, the symptoms are often harder to detect. You may think it’s normal to feel down all the time. But the reality is that it’s not. We all have days when we don’t feel great. However, if you feel sad, anxious, or worried every day, this is a sign that you may have depression. Depression is a difficult subject for many of us to talk about. However, there is help out there. If you see your doctor, they can offer advice and talk you through some treatment options. There may not be a miracle cure, but seeking help could make a massive difference.

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Red flag signs

There are certain symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored. These signs are often nothing to worry about, but there is a risk of serious illness. If you experience unexplained weight loss or you spot blood in your feces or urine, see your doctor. You should also arrange an appointment if you feel abnormal lumps or swelling or if you have chest pain or breathing difficulties.

Many of us tend to try and plod on when we’re feeling out of sorts. In many cases, your body will recover and heal without any need for treatment. But it’s important to make use of services available to you. If you experience symptoms suddenly or you have recurrent problems, see your doctor. It’s always better to err on the side of caution and get professional advice.

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Turn Your Home Into An Earner: How To Create A Successful B&B

Turn Your Home Into An Earner: How To Create A Successful B&B

Have you been wondering how you could make a bit of extra cash? One of the best ways is to turn your home into an earner and set up a B&B business. Then all you have to do is rent out your spare rooms to holiday makers or other people visiting your local area. Not too sure what goes into setting up a B&B business? No problem; here are my top tips to help you make a successful B&B.


Do You Need To Extend?

If your home is quite small, you may need to extend the property slightly. Many homeowners do this if they currently only have one spare room. By adding an extra, they will be significantly increasing the income they could get from renting out two bedrooms. You will need to make sure that you get all the required permission from your local authority before you do start to build. You may also need to carry out some minor building work if your home isn’t up to current health and safety standards. For instance, you may need to add an extra exit to the building so guests can safely evacuate in the event of a fire.

Smarten Up The Bedrooms

As people will be paying to stay with you, you need to make sure that the bedrooms are very smart and comfortable. It is a good idea to decorate them before you start inviting guests into your home. You may have different people staying with you each night. So you need to prepare yourself for doing regular room changes! To do this, it is a good idea to get in touch with bedding suppliers so that you have plenty of bed linen to change the beds each day if needed. Remember to add some thoughtful touches to each room as well. Things like tea and coffee making facilities and free toiletries will always go down well with guests.


Don’t Forget About Breakfast

Your guests will expect a filling breakfast each morning. So you will also need to prepare a breakfast room. Make sure that you invest in top-quality dining tables and chairs. These may be expensive, but you won’t have to replace them as often as cheaper ones as they can handle all the wear and tear. It is important to offer your guests a wide choice at breakfast. Place fresh fruit and cereals in the breakfast room so that they can help themselves. It is also important to offer a cooked breakfast. This could be a full English or an American-style breakfast with waffles and pancakes. The more choice you offer, then your guests will certainly enjoy their breakfast and feel like they are getting good value for money!



Don’t forget that you need to market your B&B. Otherwise, no one will hear about it! Set up social media accounts for your home. It is also a good idea to get in touch with a local tourist board. They will be able to advertise your B&B for you for a small fee.

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Health Considerations For Older People: Tips For Caring For Those Closest To You

Health Considerations For Older People: Tips For Caring For Those Closest To You

There comes a time in life where many of us take on the responsibility of caring for other people. As your parents get older, for example, they may become increasingly reliant on you. If you’re caring for those closest to you, here are some considerations to bear in mind.

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Boosting general health

As we get older, we become prone to many different types of illness. It’s often impossible to prevent certain diseases. But making healthy lifestyle choices can help to boost general health. If you’re caring for an elderly parent, try and encourage them to make positive decisions. Help them out with cooking and preparing nutritious meals. Go for walks together, and try and help them to stay as active as possible. Keep up to date with routine dental and eye care checks. Older people tend to have a stiff upper lip when it comes to asking for help. Many don’t want to trouble a doctor if they feel unwell, for example. Make sure that your loved one knows that it’s ok to ask for help and that you’re there whenever they need you.

Getting help at home

As you age, living independently can become increasingly difficult. Tasks that you never thought twice about may become virtually impossible. If you have elderly relatives who are struggling at home, there are options to consider. Perhaps your parents need a little help with making meals. Or you have a grandmother who needs assistance with getting in and out of bed and washing. Maybe your relative needs medical care. If you’re not around all the time, don’t worry. There are services out there that provide tailor-made care. You could contact an agency and ask about personalized care packages, or get in touch with a live-in care agency. With this option, a carer lives in the home, so your loved one has someone with them constantly.

Maintaining a social life

Mental health is as important as physical wellbeing. Elderly people often feel isolated, and this can lead to depression and loneliness. Socialization is really important for older people. Getting out of the house, and spending time with friends can boost mental health and confidence. If you are able to, try and connect your loved ones with community groups and help them to contact friends. If you’re not around to offer lifts, you can arrange transport or enlist the services of care agencies. If your relatives are interested in hobbies or activities, you can often find details of local clubs and societies online.

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When you’re caring for older relatives, you want to do the best job possible. Try and encourage good habits and healthy lifestyle choices. Lend your support, and try and help out where you can. Sometimes, you can be there to provide assistance. But it’s often impossible to provide round-the-clock care. If you’re juggling work, looking after children and being there for your parents, there are people who can help. Care agencies provide a wide range of services. You can get help with basic tasks, such as preparing meals or invest in a more comprehensive care package.

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6 Ways to Find Love Without Using Your Mobile Phone.

6 Ways to Find Love Without Using Your Mobile Phone.

Do you remember a pre-smart phone world? One where you looked ahead rather than down at your screen? These gadgets have taken over our lives in almost every conceivable way. From organising our weekly food shop to tracking down the love of our life, you can do all of this with a casual swipe of your finger.

The problem is that the world of disposable online dating is making it difficult to pin down a real and sustainable relationship. It’s hard to give one person your full attention when thousands of ‘perfect’ singletons await you at the click of a couple of buttons. Even on real life dates our phones represent a tempting distraction from the person across the table. Why listen to another boring anecdote when you can scroll through twitter updates or nip to the loo to hunt down another potential match?

There just has to be a better way to search out Mr or Mrs. Right. So give your swiping finger a well-deserved break and check out 6 ways to meet people in the offline world.

1) Talking With Strangers
Gulp. Actually going up to RANDOM people and TALKING to them. We think nothing of throwing out comments to anyone and everyone we come across on Facebook and Twitter but talking to an unknown on the bus fills us with every type of irrational fear. The truth is that if you really want to immerse yourself in offline dating you’re going to have to get this down to a fine art. Like most things in life, it will get less scary the more you do it so take a deep breath and say hello. You might be surprised at how much this brightens your contact with the world both romantically and otherwise. Still not convinced? This will certainly change your mind.

2) Joining The Gym
What better way to bond than over a killer spin class or tough session on the treadmill? The brilliant thing about the gym is it combines doing something really positive for your mind and body with the chance to meet a whole host of potential matches. Exercise is one of the best mental boosts you can give yourself and you can learn about some of the key benefits here. The most important rule of gym romance, leave your phone in your locker. Turn off the tunes and the constant life updates to really connect with your workout and those around you. ‘Is that your dumbbell or mine…?’

3) Volunteering Abroad
There are many reasons why people volunteer to work abroad and meeting your potential partner is one of those. Taking up a worldly experience such as volunteering in a foreign country presents a wonderful opportunity for personal experience and growth. It provides a chance to see the world, to help people in need and to expand your horizons. All the while surrounded by a group of like-minded people with whom your life will become intertwined for weeks or months. It’s no wonder then that romance springs from these intense situations. Go exotic enough and you’re likely to be without a phone signal and left with no choice but to interact in real time.

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Photo Provided by guest blogger, Holly B.

4) Being a Social Butterfly
Learning to say yes to a whole range of activities is a key part of dating in the real world. From a pure numbers perspective putting yourself into lots of situations with lots of people is likely to lead to real life matches. So say yes to that gig you aren’t sure about or those work drinks you would normally dodge. Not only does being a social butterfly mean you could stumble across that special someone it also actively improves your social skills. Try and schedule in at least 3 activities per week for maximum impact.

5) The Shopping Centre
The Shopping Centre might not be top of your list of most romantic places to meet a match but there is a steady logic to this idea. Our shopping habits say a lot about our personality and disposable income so visiting your favourite store might be a useful way to meet a like-minded mate. It’s also a relaxed and low-pressure way to approach someone you don’t know. Ask for directions to the food court or the nearest cash point to flex your social muscles and strike up an interaction.

6) Being a Risk Taker
Would you risk it all for love? It seems that those who are willing to take a leap of faith or put themselves out there are more likely gain success in finding their perfect match. So date someone outside your comfort zone, say yes to an unusual dating activity or just take the chance to pass your number to that guy you see every day on your commute. Yes, taking risks, being unpredictable with a pinch of spontaneity, leaves you open to getting hurt or disappointed but it also leaves you open to so much positive energy that we should all up our risk factor. You might uncover a whole new side of yourself.
Turn off the Wi-Fi and up your dating success with these interpersonal steps.

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What Are The Best Ways To Fix Up A House Into A Home?

What Are The Best Ways To Fix Up A House Into A Home?


When you first move into a house, it may not feel like home at first. It usually takes a lot of decoration, improvement, and adjustments to make a home feel just right. It can be a long process to really fix up a house into a home, but it’s one that’s worth all the time and money. You can take a property as a blank canvas and fix it up into your ideal living space.

Even if you’ve lived in your house for a while, you may want to renovate. Over time, your property may need some maintenance work. In some cases, you might just be bored of your surroundings and want to change it up. Fixing up your house can make it feel like an entirely new place. It’ll give you an ideal opportunity to do whatever you want with your home.

It also helps to fix up your house if you’re selling. Before you move out, implementing some useful improvements can help you sell for much higher. Those who are interested in real estate can make a living out of fixing up homes for interested buyers. A little bit of home improvement can go a long way.

No matter what you’re planning to do with your house, it’s worth fixing it up. There are many changes you can make, both big and small, to improve your property. From expensive home extensions to minor interior adjustments, these things make a significant difference. Here’s a guide to some of the best ways to make a house into a home.

Get Your House Surveyed

You should always have a property surveyed before buying. There are many services which can check the land around your property, as well as the house itself. It also helps to have a survey done before selling.

There are a lot of reasons it’s useful to have your property surveyed. You can get information about your land and zoning areas. It can be helpful if you plan to add any extensions or improvements to the garden.

It can also help identify any structural problems with the home. Surveyors can check that everything is in order when it comes to plumbing and electrical wiring. They can also identify problems with the building itself. If any issues are identified, they can let you know the fixes you need to make. Some also offer home improvement services so you can get a good rate.

Home Maintenance

You should always aim to maintain your building, as well as the contents of your house. Carrying out home maintenance jobs can make it a much better place to live. Additionally, it can also help maintain your home’s value. It’s particularly important to handle any maintenance work before selling a house. But the best approach is to consistently keep your home well-maintained to avoid any problems developing over time.

Make sure to fix up any structural issues. Things like broken roofing, cracks and holes in walls, and unclean guttering systems can cause a lot of problems. There are many different services out there which can help shore up these issues, so make use of them.

Any problems with things like plumbing and electrics should be fixed instantly. These issues can be inconvenient and also get worse if left for too long. Don’t try to make a quick fix yourself, though. These jobs are always best left to professionals.

You should also keep your appliances well-maintained. Machine breakdowns can be costly, so it’s worth buying high-quality new ones instead of used. If something goes wrong with your washing machine or dishwasher, there are also people you can call out to fix it.

Keep in mind that insurance can cover you financially for a lot of home maintenance issues. You can get insurance to cover structural problems as well as the contents of your home. Make sure that you get the best home insurance to help with any fixes you need to make.

Add Temperature Control


One of the most important things that every home should have is temperature control. It’s particularly important to be able to heat up your home as winter is coming. But even in the summer, you’ll want to make sure you can keep your house at a cool temperature.

The best way to handle temperature control is by implementing heating and cooling systems. A home HVAC system can make your entire house as warm or as cold as you want it. You can blow out hot air or cold air at the flick of a switch. It makes things incredibly easy and creates a lot of comfort in the home. There are also options such as heat pumps which can work out cheaper than air conditioning systems.

Make sure that all your windows are well-insulated. It helps keep heat in the home during the cold seasons. You’ll also want to ensure your windows are easy to open to allow for ventilation. Window hinges can get rusty and stiff after a long time. It may be worth looking into replacing them if your windows get stuck easily.

There are also some simple, low-energy methods to control temperature. Something as simple as a desk fan can make a difference. Halogen lamps and light bulbs can also help keep a room warm when it’s cold.

Security Measures

Safety is important to every homeowner. Your house is where you’ll most likely keep all your precious belongings. Having contents insurance makes sure you’re financially covered for any expensive things being stolen. But if sentimental items get robbed, you might not get them back.

It’s best to look for methods to secure your home. Having secure locks fitted on every door and window is a big help. You might want a security box or small safe to protect your most valued belongings.

For extra security, you may even want cameras fitted in your home. Simply having security cameras around your house will deter burglars from breaking in. If anything does happen, you’ll have footage to identify the suspect.

Interior Decorating And Remodeling

One of the most fun parts of fixing up your house is getting to decorate it. You can decide how each room should look. Painting the walls, using the right furniture, and adding some decorative touches can really make a house feel like a home.

You may want to use the services of an interior decorator to style up your home. But this isn’t necessary. Doing it yourself gives you complete control over what you do and how you do it. There are plenty of ways to decorate your home on a budget. You can always get help from painting and decorating services if you need any assistance.

You can even remodel areas of the house to fix it up. You can get entire kitchen designs fitted, with fantastic appliances and useful dining facilities. Make sure your living room is comfortable and enjoyable. Relaxing sofas and armchairs will make you feel at home. A large, flat screen TV is also great for watching all your favorite shows and movies.

Make the most of your bedrooms, too. If you have children, you may want to give them wallpaper and bedcovers of their favorite cartoon characters. The master bedroom should have the most comfortable bed in the house, though. An en-suite can enhance your room a lot, so you may want to have one fitted if you don’t have one already.

Paintings, plants, and photos can all make your house look and feel like a home. Add some personal touches to fix your home up. Decorating the interior of your house can often take a lot of investment. However, seeing the finished results is always worth it!

Improve The Garden


Don’t just focus on the house- the garden of your property is also important. Making the most of your garden gives you a fantastic space for parties and get-togethers. It’s also one of the first things people look for when buying a home. This makes fixing up the garden especially important for those selling a house.

Remove any weeds and keep the lawn trimmed. You could also create soil patches for planting all kinds of plants, flowers, and trees. If you want to go a step further, you could even add a patio. It can add a lot of style to any garden and make your property more valuable.

Get An Extension

Adding an extension can be a great way to fix up your house. You may need some extra storage space. Perhaps you need another bedroom for a child on the way. You could also add a new bathroom if you wanted.

Having an extension built can add to the value of your property. Things like garages and conservatories make a home stand out. If you have something you want to add to your house, it’s well worth considering an extension.

Keep in mind that it can be costly. It can also take a lot of time for builders to finish your extension, depending on the scale of the job. There are many things to consider before getting a home extension. But if you have the money and feel like it’d add a lot of quality to your home, it can improve your property a great deal.

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7 Ideas to Help You Stick to Your Budget

By Guest Blogger Maricor B.
7 Ideas to Help You Stick to Your Budget
Are you all too familiar with the challenges of budgeting? Sticking to a budget is not something that comes naturally to all of us. But if you’re looking to pay off debt or save more cash every payday, learning to budget is a must.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

Luckily, budgeting is a pretty straightforward process that gets easier over time. And living more frugally is simply a matter of making the right decisions moneywise.

The following 7 ideas should help you succeed at budgeting.
1. Know your goals
Is there something you have been saving up for? Do you want to purchase a new HVAC system? Are you planning on finally going on that cruise you’ve always dreamed about? Big expenses like these are the perfect goals. Keeping them in mind will help motivate you to avoid overspending and be smarter about spending.
2. Plan for everything
How will your income be spent? Aside from the essential expenses like food, utilities, transportation and housing, you also have to take your savings and loan payments into account. Creating a weekly or monthly plan can do wonders and help develop healthy spending habits.
3. Keep track
It certainly helps to know where your money goes. You may find a lot of areas for improvement in your current plan when you start tracking your weekly spending for the first time. Once you become completely aware of how your money is spent, you can be more effective at cutting expenses and saving money.
4. Be prepared
Aside from maintaining an emergency fund, you should also set aside some cash for surprise expenses. Make sure you have enough money to take care of inexpensive unplanned expenses so you won’t have to touch your personal savings and the fund you’ve set aside for personal financial dilemmas.
5. Don’t be tempted
Temptation is everywhere. Both online and brick-and-mortar stores have many ways to make their offers more tempting. Every now and then they will try to lure you into spending your money on stuff you don’t actually need. Since you’re sticking to a budget, it’s best to avoid gimmicks such as flash sales or once-in-a-lifetime offers, especially if it’s for stuff you have no use for in the first place.
6. Welcome debt
You shouldn’t avoid debt like it’s the plague. In fact, there is such a thing as good debt. Acquiring some debt right now can actually yield financial benefits in the long run. Taking out a loan and paying it off in time will improve your credit score and help you save money. Plus, the best types of debt such as mortgages and student loans have the potential to increase in value and generate income.
7. Have some fun
Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to something nice once in a while. If you keep making the right choices and continue to stay one step ahead of your expenses, you deserve a reward. A little positive reinforcement can certainly do wonders for your budgeting efforts. Don’t forget to have fun.
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Safe (And Sound) Methods To Protect Your Home

Safe (And Sound) Methods To Protect Your Home


Safety is not the sexiest of topics to talk about that it is an essential thing when you are looking to keep your family and your possessions safe. It takes 7 seconds for a thief to decide if your house is worth breaking into. And professional thieves know exactly what they looking for when they break into a home. So protect your home using simple yet effective methods, including the following:

The Doors And Windows

Your doors and windows are the easiest points of entry for a thief, so make them as secure as you can possibly make them. Make sure you fit secure locks, such as deadlocks, on your doors and use a security chain, which makes entry more difficult. Windows and doors should always be locked every time you leave the house, even if you are going out briefly and will return in a few minutes. Even in the summer make sure the windows are closed.  Sliding glass doors can be made secure with either a metal bar or a wooden dowel placed in the tracking of the door. In addition to that, all windows on the ground floor should be locked. If you have single pane glass, it might be worth thinking about upgrading to UPVC which is harder to break through.

Doors also can have access to keys. Make sure that you remove keys from locks and place them away from windows and doors as well as away from letterboxes as thieves can use mailboxes to fish keys out.

Household Items

For protection over your valuables, it is recommended that you write an inventory of your belongings that are of value. And make sure you place important documents in a safe place. If you can afford to purchase a home safe or security box, then it is worth investing in. You can purchase home safes online, such as a first alert home safe.

Also when it comes to household items that are of value, making sure you have contents insurance is a great preventative measure. If you need to claim on your insurance after a burglary the insurance company will replace your items like for like.

Give The Impression That You Are At Home, Even When You’re Not!

An excellent way to deter thieves is to give the impression that there are people at home. A way to do this simply is to light up your home.  It great cost effective measure to prevent thieves.  However if you are concerned about the electricity bill, you can set the lights to come on using a timer switch.

When you go on vacation, make sure that you are taking extra care. Make sure that your letterbox is not overfilled as this is a sure giveaway that nobody is at home. Ask a neighbor or a trusted friend to check on the house every couple of days for peace of mind. Another way to improve the security in your home, and to give your home an upgrade is to invest in an alarm system. This is probably the most effective measure. It shows thieves that your property is being constantly watched and that there is someone available if your alarm goes off.

Other Methods You May Not Have Thought Of

Do you have a pet? If not you may want to consider getting a dog. Police say that thieves tend to avoid houses where there are dogs because of the noise a dog can make, they also want to avoid getting attacked! But you don’t need to get a big German Shepherd, a small, loud dog will be enough to deter any thieves. Another approach is to get motion sensor lights which would come on if somebody entered the darkness such as a burglar. The great thing about motion sensor lights is that they are very sensitive and don’t need maintaining. Other handy deterrents include signs such as “beware of the dog” or signs that made outside is aware of your alarm system. But beware,  if you take the trouble to have so many signs scattered around your property it may make burglars wonder what it is you are protecting. A surprising deterrent is a neat and well-trimmed garden, and this is because it is more difficult for burglars to hide in bushes, shrubs or corners. Finally not forgetting having a handy neighborhood watch scheme is a great deterrent and is beneficial for the whole neighborhood.

Overall there are many ways to keep your home safe from prospective robberies. These are a few methods that you can put into practice so you can sleep safe and sound at night.

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Divorced? Here’s What You Need To Do Now

Divorced? Here’s What You Need To Do Now

Making the decision to get a divorce is never an easy one, particularly if there are children involved. You might have been trying to make it work for months or even years but to no avail. If both you and your partner are severely unhappy in your marriage, a divorce can be the best solution for everyone. But once you’ve come to an agreement, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Even though it’s the right thing to do, it can still be an emotional and overwhelming experience. So if you’ve just decided to get divorced and are unsure what to do now, follow these simple steps.

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Talk about child custody

This is likely to be the most difficult conversation you will ever have. But it’s also the most important. You and your partner need to decide how you intend to continue providing care, time and support for your children. Consider how you can equally spend time with them, particularly over holidays, birthdays and weekends. Be realistic and always focus on your kid’s best interests.

In addition to this, you should also discuss how you want to break the news of your divorce to your children. Talking about this beforehand gives you time to prepare for their reactions. If you find it difficult to come to an agreement, get in touch with Gillespie, Shields, Durrant & Goldfarb or another family law firm.

Check your finances

Running a house will be different now you only have one source of income. You might have to survive on less and stretch your money further each week. The cost of getting a divorce can also be notoriously expensive. So one of the most important things you need to do is check your finances. Visit your bank and talk to your financial advisor about your current situation. They may be able to suggest ways in which you can save more money each month. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to set up a new bank account. If you think you might struggle, you should also start looking for additional employment. Download LinkedIn and other free job search apps to get started.

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Decide where you will live

Another vital discussion you need to have with your partner is where you will both live. One of you might want to stay in the same property whereas the other might want to move out. Or perhaps both of you want to move out and sell your old home. Remember to consider your kids before making a final decision. If you do decide to sell, work out a fair way to divide the money equally. This is an agreement you should have witnessed by an attorney, as your property is likely to be the most expensive asset you have. This will ensure that when it is sold, no foul play will occur.

By following these simple steps, you increase your chances of having a more honest and amicable divorce. This can benefit not only you but your children as well. If you’re still finding it difficult to come to terms with your divorce, talk to a divorce counselor or your doctor.

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An App A Day Keeps The Doctor Away: Keeping On Top Of Your Health

An App A Day Keeps The Doctor Away: Keeping On Top Of Your Health

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We all want to keep healthy but often find it difficult to find the time around work and other responsibilities. But there are easy ways to keep fit and in good health that don’t involve hours down the gym on the treadmill. Nowadays, we’re more attached to our phones than ever. This can be a hindrance: you might spend hours checking your Facebook newsfeed when that time could be better spent on self-improvement. But you can also use new technology to your advantage. The health and lifestyle industry is booming, and there are now all sorts of apps out there that will help you to check and monitor your health. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Personal Health Apps

Personal health apps can help you to check your symptoms without leaving the house. The Doctor App, for example, allows you to have a video or phone call with a qualified medic within minutes, check your symptoms in real time and have 24-hour access to healthcare support. If your symptoms aren’t severe or indicative of an emergency, this is ideal. It saves you searching your symptoms on a search engine and scaring yourself sick with horrific, far-fetched diagnoses. It will also help you to know whether you can care for yourself from home or whether you should seek further professional help. Remember, if you are experiencing chest pain, severe bleeding, fits or seizures, difficulty breathing or bouts of losing consciousness, call 999. These are emergency situations and no time should be wasted in getting them seen to.

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Pedometer Apps

You have your phone on you all day. Your phone can track how many steps you take and how many flights of stairs you ascend and descend. It is recommended that the average adult takes 10,000 steps a day. So check how you measure up to this. You might find that you’re a lot more sedentary than you originally thought. If you are, take a stroll in the park after dinner. It’ll boost your steps, get some fresh air into your lungs and leave you feeling relaxed and healthier.

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First Aid Apps

First aid is a skill that many of us lack. This is concerning. Basic first aid should be part of everyone’s knowledge. Download a first aid app to learn basic skills. For example, how to carry out the Heimlich maneuver, how to do CPR, take care of minor burns or scalds, minor bandage cuts and stop minor bleeding. These are all things that could prove life-saving in medical situations.

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Mental Health Apps

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. There are mental health apps out there to help you. Some apps specialize in breathing exercises. Others offer basic cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. Whatever your problem, there is an app to guide you through it. If you are worried that you could pose a danger to your own or other’s lives, you need to seek professional help immediately. If you can wait, arrange an appointment with your GP. If your issue is urgent, contact emergency services or phone 111 for advice.

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