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The Privilege Of Spontaneity

The Privilege Of Spontaneity

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Spontaneity is one of the greatest things any of us can ever allow ourselves the pleasure of doing. Most of the time, being spontaneous really means being random, but being random is fine. It is more than fine. Life is so focused around routines that it is no wonder more people don’t go mad. We go from school to college to work to retirement. We set our alarms at 6.30am every day, leave the house 8am, get to work at 8.45, go to Subway for lunch, leave work at 6pm, have dinner at 7.30pm, watch our favorite Netflix show and go to bed at 10pm. That is the humdrum noise of so many lives, lives full of stress; so why not be a little bit spontaneous. Better yet, be spontaneous with your best friend.

This could be your wife or husband. It could be your college roommate. It could be anyone, but be spontaneous with them. Doing it alone is amazing in the sense that you have done it alone and learned something new about yourself. But doing it with a friend brings that element of silliness into it, that little bit of fun that doesn’t get allowed out when it is just you. But what random spontaneous things can you do?

Well, chances are you have resisted the urge to do a lot of these in the past, so next time you feel that bubbling energy that says “do it, do it, do it” why not give in and have a laugh. You’ll feel so much better after a good ab-aching giggle. Trust us.

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Spread Happiness

Speak to random people, but do it with an infectious glee. Say hi to people passing by on the street, or start up conversations with those sat around you on the bus, or on the subway. Too many people are afraid to step outside their comfort zones in this sense, but meeting people and making brief half-hour friendships is so an incredible thing to do. There is a word, Sonder, which is the recognition that each passerby has a life as complex and vivid as your own, so why not hear their stories. If you’re not feeling brave enough, or don’t know how to break the ice of random conversation with random people, then why not pretend you don’t know the area. Ask them for advice on where to go and what to see. You’ll be amazed at how such a simple segue will lead into a good old laugh.

Dual Headphones

This is one of our favorite random activities, but go and by an earphone splitter so that both of you can listen to the same music, plug it into your iPhone and head off on a walk. Take it in turns to choose a song, but do it alphabetically. This is such an epic and subtle way to make incredible memories. You’ll see your surroundings in a whole new light, unable to talk to one another, as you listen to each others song choice and look at your surroundings, taking it all in. You’ll see things you never saw before, in see things in a whole new way. You’ll give songs new meanings and you’ll bond with one another without even speaking; it is totally random, and spontaneous, yet incredible too.

Road Trip

Do it, just jump in the car and drive. Put $20 worth of fuel in the tank and go as far as it will take you. See what you stumble across. See what adventures you end up going on. If you see something that catches your eye, then stop and check it out. The other thing you can do to add to the total bonkers-ness of it all is to each pack a bag of totally random things to make the journey that much more memorable. Take candyfloss with you. Or pack a couple of longboards. Go online and see what dashboard items you can get, because there are some incredibly fun things out there. What’s more, they can be cheap too; some companies offer $5~$90 OFF – Custom Bobbleheads Unique Craftsmanship. Why not pack a tent and turn your spontaneous road trip into a spontaneous camping trip. This is your chance to travel with your best friend without going far, enjoying your own neck of the woods, bonding, and laughing, and do it for no good reason. That is what makes this a privilege, is the fact we can do this sort of thing, knowing some people can’t.

Street Musicians

The world is full of talented people. It is packed full of them. Yet all too often we don’t actively look for them, or we don’t give them the time of day, or we don’t see their talents because we are too busy caring about our own little world. So why not stop and take it all in for a minute? Why not go and find street musicians in your area, sit and watch them, dance, sing with them and drop a couple of dollars into each hat. Seeing your favorite band live is a gig that probably costs upward of $60, and yet for $10 you could go to five live gigs. If you can’t spare that amount, though, why not come up with a totally random points system based on your preferences, and then go back and tip the performer you liked best – you never know what might happen. Stop and listen to each one, that will make their day more than you know, but then score them based on song choices, instruments, energy, style, and anything else you can think of.

Events

Every city has an array of stuff going on, so why not go to the first event you walk past or hear of. Head to the local tourist office and ask them to pick a random event that is happening in town today. It could be an environmental march, it could be a seminar, or the opening of a café, or even an art exhibition. It doesn’t matter what it is, it just matters that you embody spontaneity and go. Who knows, you may learn something incredible. You may find you love a certain niche of art, or have a preordained love for a new food, or anything. The thing to remember is that life should be about new experiences, so throw yourself into them as often as you can. We are all learning about ourselves, and that never stops.

Dress Up

Too many of us take life too seriously, so why not go the other way and be as silly as possible. If you have a dressing up box then great. If not, raid your wardrobe, or your parents’ wardrobe, see if there are any decidedly dodgy and retro clothes that you can wear. Why not go one step further and have a 1970s inspired photoshoot. Take what you can find, head to a fancy dress shop, get some wigs, head to local landmarks and hold a hippy-inspired photoshoot. One day you’ll look back at these photos and smile. These will be the good old days when you were carefree and happy. So be weird, be wild, be odd and be you. Trust us. You’ll only regret it if you’re not.

The world is so full of opportunities to say yes, but all too often we don’t. We forget to live in the moment or get the most out of everyday. We believe in things like Carpe Diem, but the reality is very different. Imagine if every morning you woke up and found $86,400 in your bank, with one catch; anything you don’t spend that day is lost. It doesn’t carry over to the next day. You can’t save it, you can only spend it. Well, you would spend every cent, right? Well, we have 86,400 seconds to spend each day, so why not spend them with the same mentality.

Now go and be spontaneous.

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A Healthy Mind Makes a Healthy Person

A Healthy Mind Makes a Healthy Person

Our brains are at the centre of our bodies. Well, not physically, but our brains are the main control unit for everything that we do. It houses all of the functions that our body needs to be able to work. Do we need to move our hand? Our brain has to process it. Do we need to go toilet? Our brain will let us know and our body will react accordingly. Our brains also house our memories. Somewhere deep inside of your brain, there are memories that are locked away. Perhaps they are embarrassing situations, perhaps happy moments, or maybe even things you try to forget but simply can’t.

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Whatever we do it is in some way related to our brains, so if we want to have a healthy body, it makes sense to have a healthy brain. Here are some great ways to look after your mental health to keep yourself working at your optimal level.

Change Your Diet

Good nutrition is the key to a healthy mind. You should be remembering your vitamins and minerals, eating healthy food and making sure you skip as much junk food as possible. If you aren’t used to counting calories or watching your weight, then you can track your calories with an online tool. You can also take supplements that will help maintain good brain health and give you nutrients that you’re missing from your diet. For instance, if you don’t eat enough fish then you’re probably missing out on omega-3 fatty acids, and citrus fruits are good for vitamin C. Take a look at this brain supplements 101 guide if you want more information on how supplements can empower your brain.

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Stimulate Your Mind

If you want you run but you don’t practice running, your legs won’t be able to cope with what your brain wants it to do. In other words, you have to practice running in order to run well. The same logic applies to your brain. If you aren’t actively using your brain and stimulating it, then you aren’t working it hard enough and it will slowly get lazy. If you want to give your brain a good workout, then consider doing the daily sudoku or crossword puzzles in the newspaper, or get a smartphone app that challenges you with some simple or advanced math problems.

Avoid Bad Habits

Alcohol, tobacco and drugs will kill your brain activity. If you are having trouble breaking free from these habits, then it’s recommended to seek professional help. Dealing with an addiction is difficult on your own and the best way to improve your chances is to get your friends and family to help you and to see a doctor that specialises in treating addictions.

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Summary

A healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand. Having one usually makes it easier to have the other, and both of them are great things to strive for. The key points to take from this article is to eat healthily, stimulate both your body and mind and avoid bad habits. It’s not an easy task, but it will get easier the more you stick to it.

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How to clean a mattress

By Guest Blogger, David H.

How to clean a mattress

Many people ignore the importance of cleaning their mattresses although it can lead to serious health problems. Some people spend years trying to cure acne or asthma not knowing that their mattresses are the main reason why they are not getting any better. Even though you sleep on the bed sheets, your mattress is still subject to dust, dead skin cells and other allergens that can cause serious respiratory and skin problems. In this article we will highlight the best ways to clean a mattress:

  1. Vacuum your mattress:

Even with changing your sheets every other day, dust and skin cells would still reach your mattress. We shed skin cells as we sleep, and while we don’t directly sleep on the mattress, some of these cells do end up on the mattress’s surface. You need to vacuum your mattress every week to remove accumulated dust, pet hair and food crumbs. Not removing the dust can make your mattress the best home for dust mites and bed bugs which are very dangerous.

  1. Spot clean new stains:

The best way to clean a mattress is to treat spots as soon as they happen. This is will prevent the spill from sinking into the mattress. As soon as you have a spill, you should make sure that you have absorbed most of the moisture before trying to clean the stain. You can use tissue paper to absorb the moisture before trying to clean the stain. Always clean the stain from the outside towards the center. Avoid rubbing as it will make the stain sink in deeper into the mattress. You can use baking soda with water to remove tough stains. Let it dry then vacuum away the white powder.

 

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  1. Deal with old stains:

Maybe you don’t feel that you need to replace your mattress just yet, but it doesn’t mean that you have to ignore old stains. Once stains have dried they become very tough to deal with. When bodily fluids like sweat and blood dry out they combine with the mattress fabric and they become very hard to remove. Use an enzyme cleaner to clean old stains. They break down stains and odors. You can also use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap and baking soda to remove tough stains.

  1. Deodorize your mattress:

Cleaning a mattress means to keep it smelling fresh and clean. Even after removing stains you will not feel that your mattress smells clean all the time. Prepare a mixture of lemon juice and water to remove the bad odors and to keep your mattress smelling nice for some time.

  1. Disinfect your mattress:

Lemon juice and vinegar can also disinfect your mattress by killing all the bacteria and the germs. Using a chemical disinfectant can activate allergies.

  1. Air your mattress:

The best thing you can do is to leave your mattress in the air and in the sun. It might not be easy but you need to properly ventilate your mattress at least once a month. This will kill the bacteria and the germs.

These are the best tips to clean a mattress that will likely make your mattress live for a long time. Sleeping on a clean mattress will improve the quality of your sleep and will fix a lot of health problems.

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How To Be Your Own Best Friend

How To Be Your Own Best Friend

Take Yourself On A Trip

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A lot of people think that they can’t go on vacation alone – but the opposite is actually true. Going travelling by yourself is one of the most liberating things you can ever do. You can be truly selfish while you’re there, and do exactly what you want every day. If you love art then you can spend all day in a single gallery instead of having a partner or friend huffing with boredom beside you. You can dip into all the little cafes you like to find where has the best coffee and you can sit in the sun and read all day. If you want, you can always find someone to make friends with in your hotel or locality – but remember that being alone doesn’t mean that you’re lonely.

Get To Know Yourself

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If you’ve been in relationships for a long time then it’s a good idea to figure out who you are when you’re by yourself. Try out different things to find something that fits. Maybe you’re more of a bookworm than you ever thought, or you’ll discover during a French class that you’d like to move to Paris one day for a few months. There are so many things out there in the world that you’ve never experienced. You could even try out getting a psychic reading – look online to find a psychic phone number. Even if you don’t totally believe in it, it’ll make you question yourself and what you believe and what you want.

Get Yourself Fit And Healthy

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There’s nothing better than feeling as though you’re strong and that your body is in great condition. Sign up for the gym and pay for a few sessions of personal training so you figure out how to use the equipment without injuring yourself and so you find out what sort of workout routine is best for you. If the gym doesn’t appeal, then try going for some long hikes and discovering more about your local area – you could even take a friend along with you! You could also try out a yoga or Pilates class if you want to work on your core strength. Let’s face it – yoga’s just as good for your spiritual health as your physical.

Be Kind To Yourself

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The strange thing about most human beings is that we just don’t treat ourselves as well as we do other people. Make yourself and what you want a priority in your own life, and take note when you do something that you’re proud of and happy with. Remember that your best is good enough and that no one will ever be perfect (and that the people who appear to be are pretty much just faking it). If you feel emotionally exhausted then it’s okay to say no to people – being assertive is one of the healthiest skills you can acquire and one of the best ways to make yourself happier. Make sure that you say ‘I love you’ to yourself every once in a while to – at the end of the day, you’re all that you have.

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There Is Something We Need To Discuss …

There Is Something We Need To Discuss …

 

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Sex.  It’s not always the easiest subject to talk about, especially to talk honestly about so to take away the awkwardness, you don’t have to do any talking, we’ll do it for you.

Did you meet the love of your life? Perfect for you in every single way.  They make you laugh, you fancy them like crazy and they are always there when you need them?  Perfect.  Except there is one problem.  You feel the sex isn’t great and it’s causing a problem in your relationship.

Sex takes two people.  So it’s really important to acknowledge that neither of you are at fault and if you aren’t talking about it openly, then neither of you are going to solve it.  The first thing to establish is if your partner feels there is a problem with your sex life too and whilst there some obvious signs from a man that they are enjoying it, it can be harder to tell if a woman is.  The simple solution?  Ask.

Sometimes the problem lies within us.  It’s not uncommon, especially as you get older, to be body conscious or worry that things aren’t quite right down south,  if you aren’t confident in how you look it could lead you towards dramatic resolutions such as breast augmentation.  Before you head off to the clinic you need to ensure you have tried everything you can to fall in love with your body and, again, talking to your partner about it is the best start.  The features you hate the most may be the ones they love the most and knowing how other people see you could be the first step in making friends with your body.

Performance issues may be another problem.  You might be worried you aren’t doing things right or confused that your partner doesn’t react like past partners.  The problem with this is that you will be over thinking and possibly trying to hard, taking away the natural feeling that works best when it comes to sex.  Men and women react to sensations in very different ways and regardless of gender we all have different sensitivity levels.  So one person could break out in goose pimples just from the delicate brush of a hand whilst others demand a firmer touch to make them feel good.  Keep talking but try not to spend your nights of passion saying ‘do you like this?’ just go with the flow and save that chat for after.

Of course it could just be that whilst you are perfect in every other way, the sexual chemistry isn’t there for either of you.  That doesn’t mean the end of your relationship.  You can try to add spice to your life by exploring each others fantasies, or you may find that your relationship is deeper than a sexual connection and you can live around it, there are so many couples who don’t think great sex is an important element in a relationship.  Love is really all that matter.

Regardless of reason, the simple and only solution is to keep talking about sex.

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7 Simple Tips for You to Treat Bacterial Vaginosis Effectively

By Guest Blogger, Rose Emma

7 Simple Tips for You to Treat Bacterial Vaginosis Effectively

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Vagina has always been a sensitive and troublesome area for women because a lot of things can go wrong easily and threaten the quality of their sex life as well as the well-being of their happiness. The most common vaginal infection is bacterial vaginosis which is backed up by the fact that 75% women at the age of 15-44 has it at least once in their lifetime.

Bacterial vaginosis happens when harmful bacteria in the vagina outnumbers good ones and gets out of control. It’s a mild infection and in some cases, it disappears on its own without any touch of medicines. But if you find the symptoms, including vaginal discharge, itching, burning sensation when urinating or foul smell, high chance you might get bacterial vaginosis. It’s not hard to combat this conditions, but if you hesitate to get treatment, you will put your health at risk of getting STDs and other severe infections.

Here we provide some of the most effective home treatments for bacterial vaginosis which are all easy to perform at home in order to completely manage the condition.

  1. Yogurt

It is recommended by many gynecologists to support the treatment of bacterial vaginosis with yogurt. Lactobacillus acidophilus – a good type of bacteria in yogurt holds the power to reestablish the pH level in the vagina.  One cup of yogurt in your daily diet also gives your immune system a happy boost, which helps our body fight against bacteria more effectively.

  1. Tea Tree Oil

The powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties make tea tree oil a hero when treating with bacterial vaginosis. It is very effective in killing harmful bacteria and alleviating the symptoms. The strong exotic odor also outweighs the foul smell caused by bacterial vaginosis, making you feel less concerned with the odor of the sensitive area.

How to use:

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in purified water and clean your vagina daily.
  • Another option is to soak in a tub of warm water with a few drops of tea tree oil for 30 minutes.
  1. Fenugreek

Fenugreek is long known to be able to balance the pH level in the vagina as well as the level of hormone in the body. Fenugreek also regulates the menstrual cycle which plays a big role in the natural healing of the vagina. Fenugreek should be consume orally only.

You can add a tablespoon of fenugreek powder to your cup of yogurt. The effect will be doubled.

Or follow many others people who soak the seeds in water and drink the water in the morning before having breakfast.

  1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil again proves its irreplaceable status in home remedies. It is packed with antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties which are very beneficial in treating bacterial vaginosis if you apply it in the right way.

How to use:

  • Drop coconut oil on a tampon and insert it into your vagina for two hours, rinse well with clean water and pat dry with a towel.
  • Include coconut oil in daily cooking to improve your immune system
  1. Hydrogen Peroxide

This versatile solution can be used to treat bacterial vaginosis effectively. 3% hydrogen peroxide can disinfect and control the development of harmful bacteria. It also helps relieve itchiness and pain caused by bacterial vaginosis.

How to use:

  • Make a solution from water and 3% hydrogen peroxide in the ratio 1:1
  • Cleanse your vagina with this solution 1 or 2 times a day. Remember to gently dry the area with a clean towel.
  1. Good Vaginal Hygiene

It sounds obvious, but it would be a mistake if we rule this out from the list. A good vaginal hygiene plays an important role in control the growth of harmful bacteria. If you don’t keep the area dry and clean, you can turn this area into a favorable nest for harmful bacteria to flourish.

It is also ideal if you can avoid intercourse until the doctor says your vagina are free from bacterial vaginosis to because those activities can bring harmful bacteria deeper in the vagina or transmit to your sex partner.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar again can amaze us by its ability to treat bacterial vaginosis. Its natural acidic compound restores the pH balance in the vagina and makes it an inhabitable environment for harmful bacteria.

How to apply:

  • Prepare a warm tub of water that is added 3 cups of apple cider vinegar; soak yourself in the tub for 15 minutes.
  • Another good option is to simply wash your vagina with a mixture of ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and water. You will see improvement in no time.

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Author’s bio: This article is written by Rose Emma – Senior Editor of Authority Remedies. She works as a health care expert in the field of Nutrition and Health for over 2 years after trained in Food and Nutrition Dietetics at Bluffton University. With all the experience she accumulates since college, she provides people with useful information about nutrition as well as helps them with their common health problems.

Stress Isn’t Just Annoying, It’s Actually Dangerous!

Stress Isn’t Just Annoying, It’s Actually Dangerous!

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We all get stressed from time to time, that’s just a natural part of life. Between work, family life and trying to maintain a healthy social life, there are plenty of occasions when things start to pile on, and you need to take a break from it all. For the most part, the best thing to do is just step back and relax for a little bit. Try to forget the things that are causing you stress, rest, and recharge. But what happens when you’re not able to do that? What happens when stress goes from being a minor and occasional inconvenience to being a constant and persistent part of your life? Well, it turns out that too much stress isn’t just annoying or inconvenient, it can actually be downright dangerous! Here are a few ways that too much stress can actually cause problems for you, your life, and your body.

Adrenal fatigue

Your adrenal glands are the primary stress control center in your body. They are incredibly important for maintaining correct stress levels throughout your system. When put under too much strain through external stress such as depression, anger, sleep deprivation or infection, then your adrenal glands can actually stop functioning properly. This can lead to adrenal exhaustion. There are a lot of different symptoms of adrenal exhaustion but some of them include weight gain and respiratory problems.

Weakened immune system

There is a lot less attention paid to the relationship between the mind and the body than there should be. However there have been links found between stress levels and a weakened immune system. How many us have been in the position where we get sick right at the moment where we really needed not to. Perhaps there was a big presentation coming up at work, or you were getting ready to move house. These kinds of situations can be incredibly stressful and those stress levels in your system can often leave your body vulnerable.

Heart problems

Too much stress hormone in your system increases your heart rate and constricts your blood vessels. This means that your heart is under much more pressure and is forced to work a lot harder, leading increase blood pressure levels. Studies have also shown a clear link between stress levels and a person’s risk of suffering a heart attack.

Relationship difficulties

This might not relate to your body, but it is still a risk factor when it comes to the stress levels in your life. If you’re feeling very stressed and under a lot of pressure, that can very often lead to difficulty communicating in your relationship, as well as sometimes taking that stress out on the people closest to you. Large amounts of stress also make you more likely to overreact to minor inconveniences. This is what often leads to minor disagreements turn into heated screaming matches for seemingly no reason. People with increased levels of stress often find it much harder to come back down from that place and calm down as well. It’s important not to let the stress of life get in the way of a happy, healthy relationship.

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Get Beauty Sleep Not Baby Sleep!

Get Beauty Sleep Not Baby Sleep!

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Ask any new mom, and I’m sure they will tell you exactly what it is like to try and get a proper good night’s sleep when there is a new-born baby in the house. And they will all say that it is pretty much impossible! One thing is for certain when you are blessed with a baby you definitely won’t be blessed with sleep. But, you will be happy to hear that having a baby doesn’t necessarily mean giving up sleep for good. Here are some brilliant tips to help you turn that baby sleep into beauty sleep!

Lie Down

Even if you don’t feel tired, it is important to rest while your baby is having a nap or while someone else is occupying your child. Even if you don’t feel particularly tired, you will find that simply lying and relaxing for an hour or so can be very rejuvenating and restorative. It doesn’t matter if you don’t even feel like closing your eyes. You will feel the benefits that come with simply lying flat and taking all the strain off your feet.

Don’t Use Coffee

When you wake up very early after little sleep, you might want to brew up a large pot of coffee to help you get through the day. However, this can be very counterproductive indeed. Sure, all the caffeine in the coffee can help you stay wide awake when you need to, but it will also make it very difficult to fall asleep and nap when you are able to. So try not to use coffee or other caffeinated drinks to keep you going. Instead, stick to a natural alternative, such as herbal teas.

Create A Comfortable Sleep Environment

If your bedroom is a great sleep environment, you will find it much easier and quicker to nod off at night. So make sure your bed is super comfy and has the ideal pillows and mattress for your needs, which can be found at Best Beds Boutique and other bedding stores. Make sure there is nothing to distract you in your bedroom either, like TV and computer screens. You will also find that blackout blinds are a great way to sleep through light nights.

Pump Breast Milk

The main reason why new moms end up getting up through the night so often is that their baby needs feeding. Unfortunately, dads don’t produce their own breast milk, so it has to be the mom who always gets up. But there is a way around this, ladies! You just need to start pumping your own breast milk and storing it in sterilized bottles. That way, your partner can see to the nightly feeds while you get some quality shuteye for once!

No one said it was going to be easy raising a baby. And no one said that you would get through it with plenty of energy! But, hopefully, all of these great tips will help you get a few extra hours of sleep each night so that you feel a little more refreshed each day.

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Get Back On Track And Get Things Done

Get Back On Track And Get Things Done

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For many of us, mid-February is the time when our resolutions are waning. After a positive start to the year, our determination falters, and we slip back into old habits. We then feel frustrated and angry at ourselves, but feel overwhelmed and powerless to get back on track.

If you recognize this cycle, then you’re certainly not alone. It’s time to stop beating yourself up and make a few simple, positive changes.

Silence Your Inner Critic

So, you just spent the weekend binging on your latest box set. You slept late and ate fast, processed food. When Monday morning comes around, you’re tired, bloated, and feeling guilty and disgusted at yourself. Dirty dishes are still stacked up in the kitchen, and you haven’t achieved any of your goals.

Put it behind you. The weekend has gone, and this is a new week. Make a fresh list and get stuck in. Silence that critical voice. There’s no point in going over and over what you haven’t done. Just make a start on doing it.

Split Tasks

Often, we fail in achieving our goals because we take on too much. We were over ambitious in what we could reasonably achieve. It helps to make a list of all the things you want to complete over a long period of time. But it’s not helpful to look at in its entirety. Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed because you have so much to do? And the result was that you did nothing?

Try splitting your tasks into manageable chunks. Prioritize and focus on one thing at a time. This will help you adopt good habits. Work out which of the items would bring about the most benefit and tackle those first. Even if you tick one item off your list or make one simple change in your life, it’s something. And it’s certainly better than doing nothing at all.

Delegate

You don’t have to do everything yourself. In fact, it’s not advisable to do so. Wherever possible, split tasks with your family or work colleagues, etc. Make use of local services such as City Appliance Repair, who will fix broken appliances in super-fast time. This will free up your time and allow you to tick off another item from your to-do list.

Tackle Short Tasks

If you find you have a build-up of short tasks, re-think how you’re planning your time. If tasks take a couple of minutes to complete, get them out of the way immediately. For example, opening and filing post, washing your coffee cup, putting magazines or books away after use. These are the little things that mount up if left and end up taking much longer.

Plan Your Weekends

People often find that they waste time at the weekend. They set out with all good intentions but get lost along the way. Try planning your weekends in the same way you would plan your working days. You don’t have to be as strict, of course. After all, it is the weekend, and you should have some time off. But it helps to have a few things planned to ensure you stay on track. And remember to schedule some time to do the things you enjoy.

What If You Have No Time?

Finally, it’s worth mentioning time. Many of us lead busy lives, something that is part of modern living. But is it true that you have no time? As a simple exercise, try writing down everything you do in a week. You’ll be amazed how much time you spend watching television or scrolling through your phone. Think of how much time you could save or put to better use if you switched off your screens for a few hours.

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Let’s Get Adulting! Five Things You Must Invest In

Let’s Get Adulting! Five Things You Must Invest In

Time is ticking on and at some point we’ll all have to admit that we’re – gasp! – real live adults. As you grow up, your priorities tend to change – you decide that staying out until 4am every Friday night isn’t your idea of how to have a good time any more, and you also decide that the sort of moody bad boy who always used to win your heart really isn’t worth your energy. The rest of your life starts to change too as your finances change and you decide what you should be spending money on these days. Here are five things that you should start to invest in as you get older…

Skincare

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Noticing fine lines around your eyes? Aren’t we all? It feels disastrous but at the same time they’re a little bit like war wounds: we’re proud of them because they demonstrate that we’ve grown up over the years it’s taken to get those fine lines, and that we’ve become wiser as well as older. That doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to moisturise the heck out of them until they start to fade. Make sure that you keep your skin hydrated with a good quality moisturiser – you want it to glow, after all – and wear night cream and eye cream every night.

Staple Clothing Items

Boots, bags, jeans and jackets: those are the clothes items that you need to start investing in because once you find the perfect ones, believe me – you’re going to want them to last forever. Choose great quality materials like buttery leather and well-sewn thick denim with a little stretch in it so that you can stay comfortable.

Furniture

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If you’re starting to outgrow your Ikea phase it’s time to invest in furniture that doesn’t come in flatpacks and require you to ask your friend’s boyfriend to come over with his screwdriver to put it all together for you. Start picking out items from Plum Goose or other sites that tempt you – add some beauty and style to your home, and pick furniture that will last the test of time.

Your Friends

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Your most important commodity is time, so you should spend it on what matters most to you, which should of course be people. Maintaining your friendships as you get older requires much more time and work than it did when you were at school, so it’s crucial that you overcome that end of the week tiredness to peel yourself out of bed and meet your best friend on Saturday morning for brunch. If you don’t have kids yet, then you might do one day, and it’ll be an even bigger test of your friendship and time – make sure you don’t fall at the first hurdle.

Your Future

More than anything you should be investing in yourself. You are the most precious thing in your life and your future should be something that you focus on. Take classes for further qualifications in your chosen field and put in the extra hours at work, or take relevant volunteering or interning placements. It may be tough in the meantime, but investing in your future will be the best thing you ever do.

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