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How to Look Great at the Gym

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

How to Look Great at the Gym

 

Losing weight and staying fit is tough work and sometimes it’s hard to look your best when you’re covered in sweat from head to toe. But, if looking extra fly will motivate you to work out harder and more often, then you must try to get some new gym wear that will inspire you to hit the treadmill. The right gym clothes will not only make you look amazing but also make your workouts more efficient and easier. So, what to wear, what to wear?

Undergarments

Even though it looks super cute on you, that lace bra and underwear might not be the best gym clothes option. It certainly makes you feel sexy on a date night, but it will only make you feel uncomfortable at the gym. In general, no underwear will be as comfy during exercise as a sports bra and athletic panties. Sports bras provide some extra support, limit breast movement and pain, and typically come in light and breathable materials that help keep your skin dry. Men have it a bit easier here, just make sure your undies are comfortable.

Socks and shoes

Athletic socks should be your number one choice to wear during your workout because they’re made of light, synthetic materials that wick away sweat and don’t scratch your skin. No matter the length you prefer, sporting goods stores have all kind of athletic socks for you. When it comes to shoes, you should choose them according to your preferred activity. For instance, if you love to run, then getting cross trainers is just not a great idea, and if you’re an avid weightlifter, running shoes will not do the job. Don’t be scared to splurge some more money on high-quality shoes, otherwise, you’re risking injuries and all sorts of unwanted side-effects. But, generally, look for shoes that are light, comfortable, keep your feet cool and provide ample support.

Shirts

Both women and men have a wide variety of options here. Ladies usually opt for T-shirts, tank tops, long-sleeved shirts or sweatshirts for the gym. In general, gyms permit all sorts of tank tops, but halter tops and shirts that show excessive cleavage are usually frowned upon. Just to be sure, check your gym’s dress code to ensure which shirts are appropriate. Guys better avoid tiny tank tops, even if you’re a pro bodybuilder. We get it, you have a killer body, but obviously, you have an even bigger ego. Instead, get a high-quality sleeveless shell tank that will show off your arms and hint at your abs just the right amount. And as with all gym clothing, ensure your tops and shirts are made of light, stretchy fabric that keeps you cool and doesn’t limit your mobility. You can also check out some moisture-wicking options.

Pants and shorts

For many women, the only criterion when buying gym pants is that they match with their shirt. But, your foremost priority should always be to find shorts, yoga pants and sweatpants that are light, comfortable and allow a wide range of movements. Some ladies prefer elasticized biking-style shorts, while others favor the comfort and freedom they find in yoga pants. When it comes to the gentlemen, don’t try to make your swim trunks do your gym work. Instead, pick up a few pairs of men’s gym shorts that offer breathability and comfort.

Hair and makeup

If you feel too naked going to the gym without any makeup, then choose a sheer, light foundation, a couple of coats of waterproof mascara and pull your hair out of your face. It’s an easy and functional look that still allows you to look polished at the gym

Now that you know what to wear and what to avoid in the gym, there are no more excuses. Grab your gear and hit those dumbbells.

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Doing These Things Regularly Will Make You A Natural Beauty

Doing These Things Regularly Will Make You A Natural Beauty

If you want to be a natural beauty, you need to make sure you get into a consistent routine. Doing the things in this guide regularly will make you glow from the inside out, not to mention feel great. You’ll soon realise that you don’t need to wear a ton of makeup or spend hours getting ready in the morning to look beautiful. Read on to learn what to do!

Get Your 5 A Day

It’s recommended that we all get 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day to stay healthy. Not only will it mean health in the long-term, it’ll mean looking and feeling great. Fruit and veggies are a great way to get our fibre intake up, as well as healthy carbs, and more color in our diets! Try to have a portion with each meal, and figure out healthy snacks you can have throughout the day. Fruit salad, vegetable sticks and hummus, and even vegetable rich foods like stews and stir frys are all brilliant examples. If you don’t currently ‘like’ vegetables, commit to trying one new one a week until you find something you like. It can take a little while for your tastes to change, but the more you cut down on junk and eat better, the more you’ll crave better foods.

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Drink 3 Litres Of Water

People don’t tend to drink much water, and this leaves them feeling lethargic, amongst other things. Most people don’t realise that by drinking a large glass of water upon waking each morning, they can feel alert and energised almost right away! Add fruit to water to make it taste better, rather than cordials and things that can have bad ingredients. Drinking water with honey and lemon upon waking is a great alternative to coffee, and many amazing supermodels and celebrities swear by it too!

If you need motivation to drink water, you could download an app that allows you to track your water intake – some fitness trackers allow you to do this too. You can even carry a large bottle with you each day, and mark the times throughout the day on it, aiming to have drank that much by that time. You will eventually be drinking 3 litres of water naturally, and as your body gets used to it you won’t be making as many toilet trips.

Get Active

Getting and staying active will not only help you lead a better quality of life in the long run; it will make you look and feel incredible. You can better maintain and lose weight by staying active, and many people who exercise look younger later on in life. You don’t need to do hardcore workouts for this to be effective. You can simply make sure you walk a lot. Adding more steps throughout the day can be as simple as parking a little further away or taking the stairs rather than the elevator. Swimming, yoga, and pilates are all incredible forms of exercise too. Keep things interesting and varied and you’ll get into a good routine. Once you’re in a routine, it’s really tough to quit!

Eventually, you might feel like trying out a type of exercise that’s a little harder. As long as you always aim to improve, you’re going to look and feel great!

Say Bye To Dead Skin Cells

Dead skin cells can make the skin look dry and rough, on both the face and body. You should get rid of them regularly to make sure you’re glowing. Exfoliation can also keep the blood pumping healthily, as well as reduce lumps and bumps. Read up on reviews of the 10 best exfoliators so you find something that’s suitable for your face and body. The face needs a more gentle product, while the body can afford something a little rougher. There are products out there that aren’t 100% safe, and can actually rip the skin.

Once you’ve found a product that suits you, make sure you get into a frequency that works for you too.

Use A Silk Pillowcase

Silk pillowcases are incredible for all kinds of reasons. When it comes to your hair, they can help to retain moisture and prevent things like split ends from taking place. When it comes to your skin, it’ll reduce drag (unlike cotton pillows) helping you to wake up looking far more refreshed. They are perfect for helping the entire body retain moisture while getting a great night’s rest.

Take Your Vitamins

Vitamins aren’t always necessary; you certainly don’t need to take everything under the sun. However, taking a look at your diet and lifestyle and then selecting vitamins that suit you best is a good way to go about it. For example, if you exercise a lot, taking a fish oil supplement or a vegan alternative will help to keep your joints healthy and lubricated. A multivitamin is a good choice for just about everybody. If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, make sure you look into suitable supplements, such as B12. Although these diets can have many great benefits on a person and the planet, you don’t want to develop any deficiencies or issues.

Focus On Self Development

Focusing on your own self development is a beautiful thing, and therefore will help to make you a natural beauty. How can you do this? Read books. Take courses. Follow your interests and passions. Don’t get stuck in a rut and become complacent. Being focused on your own development is one of the most incredible, attractive things you can do.

Start Smiling

Just because some of the biggest celebrities in the world refuse to smile doesn’t mean you should too. Smiling is far more attractive than a straight face, so make sure you do it more. The more you smile, the more you should find your mood lifted too! Smiling at a stranger always feels good and will no doubt make you more of a natural beauty.

Do you do some of these things already, or do you have your own routine that you feel makes you naturally beautiful? Leave your thoughts and comments below. Come back soon!

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6 Ways To Keep A Long-term Relationship Alive

By Guest Blogger Helen B.

 

6 Ways To Keep A Long-term Relationship Alive

 

It is a fact that our feelings tend to change as time goes by. This is noticeable in long-term relationships as well. A lot of people get frustrated due to changes and their response can jeopardize the whole relationship. Once honey moon phase is over, couples find themselves in front of big decisions. Questions arise, and often, people conclude that they made a mistake, since they’re not in love anymore, and end the relationship. The truth is, couples just need to slow down, talk and understand each other. Nothing good came out of fear. The text below offers useful tips which may come in handy while thinking about your relationship.

Try to have the best time of your life

A great sign of strong relationship is the ability to laugh with your significant other. It is crucial that you can share and experience happiness together. Of course, sense of humor can be very helpful in stormy times. In order to keep the relationship alive, it is very important to be able to laugh at your imperfections while trying to grow and overcome them. The same rule should go for your partner as well. When times become rough, laughter is the best medicine you’ll have.

Stay open-minded

When a relationship gets intense and close, plenty of couples begin to draw boundaries and protect from each other. This is a destructive behavior since love can’t be alive if you don’t share time and feelings with your partner. Open your eyes wide and see what your partner loves to do. Ask them how they feel and just keep up with good and open communication. It is important to do everything you can to avoid a restriction of your partner’s happiness. Forget about all boundaries, both of you should feel free in the relationship.

Express your love, don’t hide it inside

Love is a living force and should be treated that way. Every expression of love should be transparent and your partner will be happy to know they’re loved. Don’t just use words, they aren’t as strong as you may think. Showing of love is a much better way of keeping your relationship healthy and fulfilling. Always find enough time to talk and show affection. Those should be your daily routine. Hold your hands, make a lot of eye contact and enjoy with each other.

Keep up with your individuality

Make sure to remain a genuine individual at all times. Try not to lose yourself in love by jeopardizing your innate separateness. You should encourage each other to remain yourselves above all. You fell in love with that person, and you don’t want to lose it to your relationship. Fuel up yourself with tolerance and help your loved one to pursue their personal goals. Instead of merging into one, try to continue with your life, and magically, your relationship will get better and stronger.

Practice an open communication

Regardless of the problems you have, don’t feel embarrassed to share them with your significant other. You may feel depressed or anxious about the future, you may feel a decrease in libido or experience other sexual related issues. Always talk to your partner about those issues and they’ll be eager to help. Don’t be afraid to go to a couple’s counseling or an individual therapy. Some men have a fear from sexual underachieving, but if you talk, you may resolve the issue with a simple premature ejaculation treatment, if that’s the case. Just make sure to share everything, regardless of the topic. That kind of open communication is very healthy and will strengthen your relationship.

Don’t forget to be generous

Being generous means that you are willing to give yourself to other, but on the other hand, it also means that you are able to receive what’s given to you. Always remember to show appreciation, especially when gifts and acknowledgment are hard for you to receive. Try to avoid keeping a score by any means necessary. What you give and what you receive shouldn’t be measured ever. Your relationship will flourish if there is plenty of giving and understanding. Being generous is a win-win situation since both of you will feel happier and closer to each other.

Final thoughts

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to keep up with the long-term relationship, and those above are just a few of them. Feel free to be creative and proactive in your relationship. Don’t just sit down and wait for something to happen. Invest yourself and your partner will respond to that, making the relationship more stable and fulfilling.

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Welcoming Guests For a Weekend Sleepover: 8 Tips To Minimize Stress and Maximize the Joy

Welcoming Guests For a Weekend Sleepover: 8 Tips To Minimize Stress and Maximize the Joy

 

Welcoming friends or family into your home can be an amazing experience. There is something truly special in letting other people be a part of your most personal and private space, a real pleasure in sharing it with those who are dearest to you.

That being said, providing them with more than just the most basic of necessities can be stressful, especially if you don‘t plan it right.

In order to relieve you of at least some of the stress that is usually associated with preparing to welcome houseguests, I‘ve compiled a list of eight handy tips to consider and take care of before the doorbell rings and your guests step into the house.

Make sure that you have the essentials ready

There are some items that your guests will simply not be able to do without and it is extremely important to have those bases covered. You might want to write them down and check the items off the list one by one, so as to rest assured that nothing is forgotten during the hustle and bustle of preparation.

The necessary items include fresh bed sheets, curtains or window coverings of  some sort, towels, a functioning light, a wastebasket, an additional blanket in case the nights get chilly and a shelf or a drawer for your guests to store their belongings in. Providing them with a fan, a clock and some extra toiletries is also a good idea – for more in-depth info I‘d recommend this guide on TidbitsAndTwine.com

Clear the most important issues up in advance

Do your guests suffer from any allergies that you should be aware of? Are they on a specific diet? Do they have any other preferences or dislikes concerning food or their surroundings?

Being aware of any food they might be allergic to is the crucial part of a stress-free weekend.

Nothing can ruin a joyful stay like a trip to the emergency center because you didn‘t know some of your guests was allergic to, say, kiwi or peanuts and you mixed some into that gorgeous cake.  You can read a more detailed plan on welcoming guests with allergies on WomansWeekly.com here.

Do not be afraid to ask questions and take the time to ensure that their individual needs are attended to. If the houseguests have small children, you can try and track down some baby gear to borrow for the duration of their stay, as well as make sure that there is something in the fridge that the children can eat.

Get a quality air mattress

If you are not able to offer your houseguests the comfort of a guest room, or even if there is no futon or daybed available at your apartment, do not lose any sleep over it. A good air mattress can be just as comfortable, if not more so, as the aforementioned options.

However, before you invest in one, there are some key issues that you should consider. Choose a size which will comfortably fit within the free space that you have in your apartment, while also allowing your guests to have a good night‘s sleep. If you have elderly guests coming over, buy a high-rise air mattress – the low-rise variety will be difficult for them to get in and out of.

Pay attention to the weight capacity of your preferred air bed, especially if some of your guests are heavyset. Make sure that your mattress has a built-in pump or, even better, a secondary ‘never-flat‘ pump, which automatically inflates the mattress if it loses some of its pressure during the night.

The topic of choosing a good air mattress can easily be a topic on its own, but the full scope of it is beyond this article – my go-to resource about choosing a good air bed is TheSleepStudies.com.

Create a welcoming and homely environment from the very start

Remember that the first impression is always a lasting one. Even if the guests are arriving late, make sure to light some candles in their room, provide a cozy place for them to sit down and relax at after the journey, as well as some beverages and snacks to munch on.

Give your guests a brief house tour

If they are new to your home show the guests around your apartment once they arrive. Let them know where they can find extra blankets, toiletries, dishes and anything else that they might need. If there are any quirks that they should be aware of – such as a toilet that has to be flushed in a certain way, – point them out as well.

Respect their privacy and their sleeping schedule

This is particularly important if the guests are staying in your living room. Take extra care to provide them with as much private space as is possible under the circumstances. If they prefer heading to bed early, allow them to do that and retire to your bedroom in the evening, leaving them to rest undisturbed.

Let them help you out with some small tasks around the house

Helping you wash the dishes or set the table is a way for your guests to repay you for your hospitality. Do not preclude them from doing that if they offer their assistance. In fact, doing chores with them can be a great bonding experience.

Relax and let things go

Some additional chaos and clutter is unavoidable in a situation where there are more people inside your house than usual.

Do not let the stress overtake you. Just relax and enjoy the company of your guests – the mess is only temporary and you will miss your loved ones after they leave.

A good day for everyone

This is pretty much all you need to know in order to be an incredible host. Your guests are sure to feel happy and grateful as long as you put these tips to use – and they will return the favour once the tables are turned and it is you who is stepping over their threshold!

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The Simple Lifestyle Changes That Reduce Your Risk Of Getting Cancer

The Simple Lifestyle Changes That Reduce Your Risk Of Getting Cancer

Most people have been affected by cancer in some way, whether they’ve had it themselves or they know somebody else that has. It’s something that we are all at risk of, especially as we get older, and a lot of the time it cannot be avoided. Even the most healthy people can contract the disease, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an effort to avoid it. While there is always the chance that you will get ill, regardless of what you do, there is still a lot of common causes of cancer that are completely within your control. By changing your behaviors, you can massively reduce your risk of getting cancer and you don’t need to make any huge lifestyle changes to do it, so you can easily fit it into your hectic lifestyle. These are the causes of cancer that you can easily avoid.

Alcohol

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Nobody is going to tell you that drinking alcohol is good for you. We all know that it’s not great for your health, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy it in moderation still. You’ll be glad to hear that reducing your risk of cancer doesn’t mean giving up drinking entirely. Most people don’t really know how much they’re drinking every week and we tend to underestimate it. Track how much you’re having for a week and then see where you could cut down. The more you cut down, the lower your risk is, so it’s really up to you how far you want to go with it. Even cutting out just a few drinks will make you a lot healthier and reduce the chances that you’ll contract cancer in later life.

Asbestos

Even if you eat right, never drink, and exercise every day, you could still contract cancer if you’ve got asbestos in your house, or workplace. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos in over ninety percent of cases. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos without knowing then you could be owed some compensation. There are plenty of companies that can help you find the right asbestos & mesothelioma lawyer and tell you whether you have a case or not. If you’ve contracted cancer, your medical bills are going to be incredibly high and this extra money could really help you.

Weight

Being overweight is one of the biggest health concerns at the moment. The levels of obesity around the world are skyrocketing and it doesn’t look as if they’ll slow down anytime soon. People often think about heart disease when they consider the health risks of being overweight but cancer is just as big of a problem. If you’re overweight, it’s likely that you aren’t eating well so a lack of vitamins will increase your chances of getting ill just as much as being overweight will. A healthy person should be getting around half an hour of exercise every day. That doesn’t mean you need to go to the gym every day, but walking instead of driving and taking the stairs instead of the lift will help. All of these small changes will add up to better health.

Processed Meats

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A processed meat is anything that has been preserved in any way apart from freezing it. That covers a lot of things so you’re probably eating a lot of this stuff every day. You don’t need to cut it out completely but if you limit yourself to once or twice a week, you’ll be much healthier for it. If you’re replacing that meat with vegetables and pulses, you’ll also be getting far more vitamins than you normally would so that will reduce your risk of getting cancer even further.

Salt

One of the major causes of stomach cancer is a high salt intake, but the thing is, you don’t need it most of the time. Most processed or pre-prepared foods have loads of salt thrown in there to replace the flavor that’s lost during the preservation process. If you make the same foods from scratch with fresh ingredients, you don’t need to do that. By cutting out this salt and cooking from fresh, you’ll be a lot healthier in general and you won’t be at risk of getting stomach cancer.

Sunlight

We all like to get a nice tan but if you aren’t protecting yourself in the sun, you’re massively increasing the risk of getting skin cancer. The majority of skin cancer cases are linked to sun damage so always make sure that you wear sunscreen, and if you are using sunbeds often, consider switching to fake tan instead. It might not give you the exact same result, but it’s much better for you.

All of these simple lifestyle changes will add up to hugely reduce the risk of you getting ill when you’re older.

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Planning a Birthday Celebration for Kids – Tips and Ideas

By Guest Blogger, Ian P.

Planning a Birthday Celebration for Kids – Tips and Ideas

 

If your wallet is thin but there’s a child’s birthday coming up, of course that a birthday party is in order, no matter the circumstances. However, you don’t have to spend a mountain of cash to make your kid happy. Try to skip the pricey off-site party and opt for hosting a birthday party at home. It may involve a little more work, but the important thing is that your kid will be happy all the same. We’re going to give you tips on how to throw a kid’s party on a budget and give you some ideas for fun and games for the guests that come.

 

Choose a theme

Although a theme is not really imperative, if you want to go the extra mile, you can try to make a themed birthday party:

        If your child is 3-5 years old, a simple theme such as bugs, butterflies or cars can make a huge difference.

        6-8 years old can be Princess, Pirate themed, or any fantasy they love, such as Harry Potter or the like.

        For children over 8, they’ve probably developed a more personalized taste, so you can even try and consult with them about the theme and what can be possible to achieve.

 

How to organize a birthday party on a budget?

Now that you’ve determined the theme, it’s time for planning. If you do this correctly, you can throw an awesome party and everyone will enjoy.

        If you want to save some expenses, saving on food can help you a great deal. Believe it or not, the time of the party can make or break your budget. If you throw you child’s party around lunch or dinner time, naturally, people will assume there will be food. Instead, have the party at a time when you know people will come after lunch or dinner. That way you can easily get away with having a cake and something festive to drink.

        If you want to save money, time and stress altogether, don’t invite a bunch of kids. That, plus their parents can be a nightmare to take care of. A general rule of thumb can be to invite as many kids as much as your child has years. Or, simply limit it to the closest friends your child has (or the ones they talk about most often), not the whole class in school or kindergarten.

        Many people also spend a mountain of cash just on birthday party decorations, when in fact they don’t realize that children don’t even pay much attention to it. The only thing they are interested in are balloons and maybe party hats – that’s enough to make them feel festive and special, and you can even hand those out to each kid to take home, since it’s not costly.

 

What about entertainment?

Instead of the built-in entertainment of a bouncy house or gym full of trampolines, play some super fun party games or plan a craft that is both age-appropriate and fit to the theme of your party. Arts and crafts can always be a fun activity for children, and you can also match it to the theme of your party!

Were you thinking how to catch your child’s birthday party in essence? A Photo Booth Hire Wollongong might be a right solution, as children will be thrilled to stand in line and take silly photos, for a party that will be remembered.

Besides that, you can turn to numerous classic outdoor kid games that all guests would enjoy in, such as Kickball, Hide-and-Seek, Tag, Red Rover, Hopscotch and many others. Avoid lapses in activities, that’s when kids chase each other screaming, or run upstairs. Since kids trickle in at different times, offer simple opening activities and ease them into something more serious.

 

Conclusion

In the end, you don’t have to do everything by yourself. If friends or family aren’t an option, you don’t have to spend a fortune on the event coordinator – you can simply hire a babysitter or two to help. Kids will love to have them at the celebration and you’ll appreciate the much needed extra pair of hands. Your part doesn’t have to be better than others – the goal is for everyone to have fun, and that’s all that matters.

 

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Strike a Pose: How Yoga May Combat Depression

Strike a Pose: How Yoga May Combat Depression

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Depression may strike us at any given time, and women are twice as likely as men to suffer from it. Scientists are psychologists provide us with a whole platter of different reasons to this gloomy monster; while some of them point out genetic predisposition and hormonal imbalances to be the source, others point to psychological and sociocultural factors.

Regardless of its source, depression is hard to fight – and especially when you do it on your own. Exercise has proven to work wonders on our mind, though, and certain types seem to be more effective than others.

Why Yoga?

This ancient activity is a sequence of poses and is supposed to clear the mind to prepare it for meditation. Today, we focus more on the physical benefits of practicing – as well as celebrating the added benefits of a calmer and steadier mind. We’re looking at it from the other way around, in other words, where ancient yogis would see added strength and flexibility as a nice little bonus to a quiet and relaxed mind.

By combining these two benefits, the strength a yoga practice can give your body as well as the calm and meditative state we tend to practice in, you achieve a holistic view of your health where the mind, as well as the body, is in focus.

This is important to feel more connected, in general, and to be able to deal with chronic and daily stress.

Health is about more than activity and a peaceful mind, although this certainly takes you a long way. Make sure you eat a variety of food, mostly plants, and bathe your cells in quantities of water every day. Read up on a few AlgaeCal reviews if you’re an aging woman, as we all are, and keep up with the cardio to keep your heart healthy.

To stay strong and vigorous, you need to tackle the problems that are specific to your health; consider supplements if you’re not eating enough nutrients, and always consult with your doctor before taking anything new.

The best poses to combat depression

If you’re convinced, it’s time to roll out your mat and enjoy a deep and energizing breath. Some of the yoga poses are known for its abilities to increase your mindfulness and turn you inwards rather than outwards to bring you closer to yourself. Inversions are usually the best mind-boosting poses you can choose, such as the forward fold and head-to-knee forward bend.

Remember that any forward bend should be equaled out with a back bend, such as the cobra and bridge. If you’re not that advanced in yoga yet, try to modify your bridge by keeping it in a table-top style rather than a full bridge.

Other complicated inversions, such as the headstand and shoulderstand are also known for their healing effects – but again, don’t attempt these without having a yoga teacher around.

Holding these for around eight breaths or up to two minutes is good for both your mind and your body. Breathe slowly through your nose and keep the exhalations as long as your inhalations.

It might not make you instantly healthy, but keep it up and you’ll reap the benefits of your practice with a happy mind that’s ready to tackle the challenges of life

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Beyond The Pain, Coping With The Stresses Of Sudden Illness

Beyond The Pain, Coping With The Stresses Of Sudden Illness

Sudden illness, injury, or disability can really turn your life upside-down. The trauma, pain, and stress of the discovery and treatment can be enough to deal with. If only that was the only impact it had on your life, however. The truth is that sudden illness actually has much further reaching impacts that aren’t considered as often. Here are a few that you should be aware of and how you might deal with them.

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Finding comfort

Beyond the treatment you’re given by your healthcare professional, it’s worth considering a proactive look at how you deal with the symptoms you face in the long-run. Chronic pain is a common side-effect of many illnesses and injuries, but finding ways to cope through pain management techniques can help them become much less debilitating. For some, seeking additional physical therapy through techniques like massage therapy and meditation can work. For others, focusing on recovery through reintroduction to exercise adapted to your mobility levels and a healthier diet can help you become stronger and healthier by comparison.

The way that works for you

Whether it’s temporary or permanent, an injury that’s disabling will suddenly make the world seem like a much different place. Things you could do with no issue before now become a challenge. But rather than forcing you to use considerably more effort, there are plenty of creative home modifications for those living with disability, for instance, that allow you to better adapt your home environment to your current condition. Similarly, you should talk to your employer, if you’re still able to work, about allowing a little more flexibility in your role so you can continue to work without putting your body at further risk.

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The financial impact

Many illnesses and injuries bring them serious financial repercussions, too. If you’re involved in an accident or exposed to elements that bring about your sickness and it’s someone else’s fault, then seeking responsibility can help you cope with costs that you otherwise shouldn’t. But the longer-term financial stress is often caused by no longer being able to work. Getting what you’re entitled to isn’t always as easy as applying for social security. With some diseases that have symptoms that aren’t as visible, like fibromyalgia, getting help from an attorney can often give you the convincing edge you need to make sure you get what you need. If you haven’t yet been injured or made ill, then it’s worth considering investing in long-term sick insurance for yourself, too.

It’s not just your body that takes a toll

One of the hidden impacts of serious accidents being brought more to the forefront as of late is the high rates of severe stress, anxiety, and PTSD in victims. But even no-fault injuries and illnesses can have a tremendous impact on self-esteem and confidence, especially if new disability makes it much harder for you to do what you once could. It pays to be aware that your mind might be suffering a much heavier toll than it should be, even in relatively dire circumstances. Taking your mental health seriously and knowing when you might need help can be an important step on becoming the same person inside that you were before the incident.

Health issues have ripple effects across your whole life, from your ability to work to how you used to carry out simple household tasks that now seem much more difficult. Coming face-to-face with your challenges and finding the ways to cope with them can help you get some control back, instead of feeling like your life is being taken over.

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3 Ways To Handle Divorce In The Right Way

3 Ways To Handle Divorce In The Right Way

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No one ever expects a divorce to happen, but the reality of life is that they often do occur. They can be very hard or easy affairs depending upon your situation but they are often difficult so don’t have your hopes up for an easy ride with it. People usually get on the bad side of divorce, and whilst there isn’t a good one, there are some things you can do to make it as painless as possible.

Give Yourself Time To Decompress

This is a very important part of a divorce, and so too it is for any other big, arguably traumatic event. Decompression is the time it takes for you to fully realize everything that is going on, to explore your feelings and know where you stand with everyone who is involved, as well as yourself. It’s very important that you allow yourself time to do this because it lets you get out, and then figure out, all of the negative emotions that will be hiding away. If it’s a particularly troubled divorce then you may find yourself wanting a divorce therapist that can you can visit and talk to in order to make you feel okay again.

Make Sure You’re Legally Covered

If you have anything that is in both you and your partner’s names you need to be legally covered. When a divorce occurs, the right for who get’s what is the game that is played, so you need to have a good legal plan for when the court cases come around. This can be for children if you have them and for all of the items that belong to you both, which makes getting a divorce quite a difficult process. You could get items or child custody wrongly taken off you, so to avoid this you have to be legally covered.

Ensure Everyone Knows What Is Going On

It can be easy to shut yourself away and not tell anyone you know about what is going on, but the truth is that a problem shared is a problem halved so it’s good to tell people what is going on. Not only will it make it easier for you, people need to know what is going on in your life in order to keep up with you and help you if needs be. Any children you have will need to know too as it will affect them the most. Be realistic with them but also not harsh as to not upset them too much. You cannot avoid your kids being upset when this happens, but if they are well informed and looked after properly then the blow dealt will be much less painful.

It is advisable that you do all of these things if you are going through a divorce. They are difficult times and are never, ever easy so expect the worse with them and you’ll be surprised when it doesn’t come to it! Deciding whether or not you need a divorce can be a difficult thing as it’s a very intricate and intimate situation, so read this if you think you’re coming to a crossroads within your relationship.

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The Many And Varied Benefits of Caring

The Many And Varied Benefits of Caring

If there’s a question that that best symbolizes humanity at its worst, it’s “who cares?”. It’s a question most often spoken by those interested only in themselves with a fundamental lack of respect and regard for the world and the people around them. Don’t be too harsh on them, though. Look around and you’ll see that we don’t inhabit a society that’s conducive to caring. We’re almost pre-programmed by society to be selfish and insulated.

Most of us walk around with headphones stuffed into our ears or heads bowed as we consume the world through the screens on our smartphones. We live in the age of consumerism where we equate happiness with owning stuff and self-cherishment is the ultimate pursuit. From a young age, we’re conditioned to be rampant individualists, striving for our own betterment and educational / career advancement at the expense of all others.

Social media has made everyone the star of their own reality TV show. We’ve stopped looking at ourselves as people and started looking at ourselves as a brand, as a marketable commodity. In an age of unparalleled interconnectivity, we’ve never been more alone.

This is a shame, because chasing possessions and social media ‘likes’ is an ultimately hollow pursuit. It’s caring for others that really gives us value. There are many ways to care for others, from giving to charity to caring for an elderly relative to choosing a career in public service such as teaching, childcare or nursing. The benefits of caring are rich and varied both to the individual and to society as a whole.

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The social benefits of caring

Altruism has helped us to grow and evolve as a species. We’ve been looking out for each other since the dawn of humanity, so there’s no reason to stop now. Caring for others, through charitable donations or volunteering helps to protect the most vulnerable in society. It also allows caring people to lead by example, leading to the eventual betterment of society. Moreover, caring for others helps people to like and value you in more meaningful ways than digital hearts and thumbs on a social media platform. Demonstrating caring traits to your children (to them and others), will allow them to see the real-terms benefits of caring. They’ll see the positive impact you have on the lives of others and will grow up wanting to emulate this. This means that you will be giving your kids the inside track when it comes to their interpersonal relationships and emotional health. As we get older, we can find ourselves isolated and depressed unless we form caring, meaningful relationships with others earlier on in life.

The emotional and psychological benefits of caring

Caring for others makes us feel better. Whatever your religious or philosophical persuasion, there’s no doubt that you’ll have been versed in the benefits of caring for others. For all the societal benefits of caring, in whatever form it may take, there are scientifically proven emotional and psychological benefits too.  Studies have shown that people who were ‘intrinsically motivated’ (motivated by a desire to do good rather than being encouraged to by a teacher, parent, partner or career advisor) to help others through small acts of altruism or organized voluntary activities demonstrated greater psychological and emotional well being than their peers who did not.

This is because doing good positively affects our brain chemistry. Good deeds stimulate the mesolimbic system, which is the portion of the brain that distributes feelings of reward. This also causes the brain to release feel-good chemicals resulting in what some psychologists call the “helper’s high”. It’s a neurochemical response that is encouraged to perpetuate good deeds.

Compare that to the countless tales of depressed wealthy and successful people that we hear regularly. These are people who have succeeded on the terms that society has dictated, yet still feel sad and empty inside. This is because wealth and the superficial trappings of success are meaningless in and of themselves. We’re conditioned to chase consumer products to distract ourselves from how fundamentally unhappy we are with society’s little arrangement and even when we’ve successfully navigated the road to success, we still feel hollow.

The health benefits of caring

Altruism doesn’t just positively affect your brain chemistry, it improves your overall health too. Heck, it can even help you lose weight. Don’t believe me? Read on! Careers that revolve around the care of others, such as nursing, tend to be very active roles that are more conducive to general health than sedentary desk bound jobs but the health benefits don’t stop there. Charitable or altruistic work can counteract the damaging effects of stress.

In a 2013 study by the United Health Group 78 percent of participants who volunteered over a 12-month period said that they felt their charitable activities lowered their stress levels. This is because good deeds stimulate our body’s production of oxytocin, the “compassion hormone,” which counteracts the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol makes us store fat around our bellies, hence why altruistic acts can actually help you lose weight.

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The career benefits of caring

Caring can not only be a wonderful and rewarding pastime, it can be a rewarding and enjoyable career. We’re unfortunately conditioned to chase unrewarding, stressful and irritating yet highly paid jobs in order to chase status symbols like expensive clothes and flashy cars as we neglect what’s far more important… Job satisfaction! Nursing is just one example of an emotionally rewarding career that not only provides job satisfaction and security, but great opportunities for progression, diversification and education that few can compete with. Why earn a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration? Because it can lead to roles in management, leadership and sharing your knowledge and experience with others, allowing you opportunities to help peers through coaching and mentoring. That’s twice the altruistic benefits!

So, who cares?

Now we come back to that first question of “who cares?”. As we move towards a new decade, we need to readdress what we value as a society, thinking twice about the money and status symbols we so desperately crave and pursue more beneficial, more altruistic attitudes.  So hopefully, one day, everybody will care.

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