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3 Silent, Invisible Dangers That Could Be In Your Home

3 Silent, Invisible Dangers That Could Be In Your Home

Is your home safe for you and your family? You might immediately say yes, of course, it is. But, there could be issues in your home that you are completely overlooking. For instance, you may have a problem with the water in your home. We often don’t think about water being dangerous, particularly when it comes out of the taps on our property but it certainly could be.

 

Trouble In The Water Supply

 

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Water can be dangerous in a number of ways. For instance, you might find that your water is high in fluoride. Fluoride is a cleaning chemical that can be found in toothpaste. It’s one of the reasons why you should spit toothpaste out rather than swallowing it. Why then do an alarming number of properties have high levels of the chemical in their water supply? It’s used to clean the water, and on occasion, far too much of the substance is left in the liquid. The problem is that you can’t even see that the substance is there so you could be drinking it without even realizing it. However, if you get a high quality water filter you might be able to eliminate this issue. That’s not even the only chemical that might be in your water. Ultimately, it may be healthier to switch to bottled water rather than to trust what comes out of your tap.

 

Water is just one of the silent dangers in your property. Let’s look at a few others.

 

Mouldy Windows

 

Mould can most commonly be found around the windows due to the issues with air circulation or an issue with the insulation in your property. If cold air meets warm air, there’s a good chance that mould will start to form due to the moisture in the air. The spores that mould releases into the air while not deadly can be problematic for your breathing and for young children in particular. If you have a child who has asthma or another serious breathing difficulty, you must make sure that mould is not present in any of the rooms of your property. Think Tank Home has lots of advice on how to deal with mould quickly and effectively if you are struggling. But one of the easiest ways to avoid it is with a dehumidifier. Remember it will often just look like dirt around the windowsill.

 

Of course, the mould isn’t the only problem that can causes issues with breathing. High levels of dust in the air can also be quite hazardous. This can happen, particularly in homes where a lot of DIY work has been taking place.

 

Lead Paint

 

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Finally, this is something you need to think about if you are buying a new home soon. A lot of homes on the market today still have lead paint on the walls. It’s particularly common in older homes, and it is usually due to the fact that the owner can not afford to have it removed. Do make sure that you test for an issue with like before investing in an older property. Even a spoonful is toxic to children.

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Brilliant Ideas to Help You Catch More Z’s Every Night

Brilliant Ideas to Help You Catch More Z’s Every Night

Sleep is so essential to our lives and routines, yet so many of us are not getting the sleep we need. Your brain can’t function without sleep, and lack of it can cause plenty of problems for us down the road and will result in all manner of issues such as fatigue, stress, irritability, and other long-term health problems. A lack of decent sleep is definitely going to affect your cognitive ability as well as your productivity.

 

It is essential to make sure you get the best night’s sleep you possibly can, and this is something that you can work on improving. We all have different processes when we go to sleep, but we don’t always sleep as well as we should. Here are some brilliant ideas to help you get more rest by getting a more fulfilling night’s sleep every night of the week.

 

Sound Control

 

Noise is a big factor when you’re trying to sleep, and it’s amazing how much more aware of sounds we are when we’re lying in bed trying to drift off! Do as much as you can to come up with ways of countering the noise that plagues your sleep schedule. For instance, you might want to invest in earplugs of some description. Having all the windows and doors shut might be an idea as well. Some people find they are better able to drift off listening to music or having some background noise, so this is something to consider as well.

 

Temperature Check

 

It’s not just noise that is a factor for consideration here though – you also have to think about temperature. In the summer and winter, the weather is going to be very different, and this can affect your sleeping patterns. Some people get too hot and need the window open for perfect balance. Others get too cold and will insist on windows shut, multiple layers, and a hot water bottle! Finding the optimum room temperature for great sleep is the best way to get a more complete night of uninterrupted rest.

 

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Sleeping on Air

 

What you sleep on is so important, and this is where you need to make some big decisions. To get the perfect night’s sleep, it should feel as though you are sleeping on air. This might mean a new bed or at least a change of mattress. Deciding whether or not to purchase a foam mattress, or perhaps simply buy a mattress topper, is a crucial decision. Get this right, and you increase your chances of having a more complete night’s sleep. Choosing the perfect mattress can relax you more, it reduces the risk of pain and discomfort, and you can be much more relaxed as a result.

 

There are plenty of great ideas out there that can help you get a good night’s sleep. If you can follow the tips on this list, you will be much better placed to improve your sleeping schedule. Make sure you make the right choices to put you in a better position to enjoy a relaxing and stress-free sleep. Catch more Z’s, and enjoy the benefits of a perfectly planned sleeping schedule.

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Decorate with A Message

By Tia Cristy

Decorate with A Message

Home décor is all about personal touch. Bare walls can feel cold and drab. Dressing up any colored wall with a splash of your own creative side can transcend your room into your masterpiece. When deciding what to place on the walls take your time to figure out what you can live with, what will make you happy to look at and what will inspire you day in and day out.

You Don’t Need to be a Business to Have a Sign

Adding a business sign to a feature wall in your home can become a great conversational piece. Place a sign that says simply ‘coffee’ in the kitchen can achieve a good mental vibe for morning. If letters are more your style, you can get individual letters to spell out your message. For the kids room, why not try large, chunky, metallic initials over the beds or dressers.

Go Neon

Neon isn’t just for the local pubs or salons. Picking up a neon sign for the man cave or placing one above the wet bar can attract just the right amount of attention.

Stay Inspired  

Placing an inspiring quote on the wall can fill a blank wall and give it a whole new life. If your not ready for the commitment on a wall, why not place a decal on a piece of old wood, and then hang the sign. Think about it, there are quotes for every room and every occasion. It’s a simple peel n’ stick method for art that will last for many years to come. If you have a wall design in your mind, but haven’t found it in the store, check out Americansignsletters.com where you can upload a picture for them to create your custom art. They even offer free shipping on every purchase, which is great for business owners too who are looking to revamp their signage.

So remember, when it comes to home décor, remember to make it your own space.

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Unusual Ways To Relieve Stress

Unusual Ways To Relieve Stress

Stress might be invisible, but it can cause damage to people as if it were a physical ailment. Feeling stressed isn’t nice, and going through some of the physical changes that it can present isn’t nice, either. You could lose your appetite, feel tired all the time, struggle to sleep, want to eat even more, lost your hair – the list goes on. The body responds to stress in different ways, and people deal with it in different ways.

 

However, you may want some new methods of relieving stress that you haven’t heard of before.     Here are some unusual ways of relieving stress that you might find interesting!

 

Meditate

Sitting around ‘doing nothing’ might seem strange when you feel stressed, but meditation is so much more than that. If you haven’t tried it yet, download an app and see if you can carve 10 minutes out of your day to do it. You’ll relieve stress in general, feel happier, and have more clarity to deal with the issues on your plate. Meditation is one of the best possible ways to deal with a variety of issues. Try meditation before you try medication!

 

Wear Aromatherapy Jewelry

Essential oils and aromatherapy are an effective way to feel better. You can use a diffuser in your home to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, but what about when you’re not at home? Enter: aromatherapy jewelry. You can now wear your aromatherapy on your wrist or around your neck so that you can enjoy the benefits of your favorite oils wherever you go.

 

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Spend Time With Animals

Spending time with animals is a great way to feel better. If you have your own pet, that’s great; spend some time petting them and playing with them and you should find your life feels brighter pretty soon. However, you don’t even have to have your own pets. You can learn more about emotional support animals and get an idea of what they do for people.

 

Use A Pink Himalayan Salt Lamp

Having a pink Himalayan salt lamp in every room might seem excessive, but it’s a great way to give each room a relaxing glow and relieve stress thanks to the benefits of the lamp. The lamp creates a healthier atmosphere wherever it is placed, and lifts moods almost instantly.

 

Scream Into A Pillow

Maybe what you really need to do is let all of the stress out. Grab a pillow and scream as much as you like into it (so you don’t alert the neighbors). Punch it and kick it a bit too – go for it! If you don’t want to do it at home, you could always find a nice secluded spot and scream there instead.

 

Break Some Plates

There are places you can actually visit now to throw plates. Imagine how good that will feel when you’re stressed out! Throw as many as you like and get all of that stress out before you leave.

 

What do you think of these unusual ways to relieve stress? Are there any that jump out at you that you want to immediately try? Leave your thoughts below!

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3 Tips for Choosing the Right tires for Your Car

By Guest Blogger, Neil W.

3 Tips for Choosing the Right tires for Your Car

Tires weren’t always designed the way they are today. The first models were made of iron bands attached to the wooden wheels. They were used for carts and wagons. The first use of rubber was recorded in the mid 19th century. Still, these were also very simple types of tires where all the load was placed on the rubber.

The first pneumatic tire appeared in 1845. The design patented by R.W. Thomson used air to absorb the shocks of the road. But this type of tire was only the beginning to invent the one we use today. While improving a bike, John Boyd Dunlop created the improved version of a pneumatic tire. That was I  1888 and was noticed only because the rider of the bike won the race.

Andre and Édouard Michelin were the first to use a pneumatic tire on a car in 1895. This is considered the beginning of the global use of pneumatic tires. Countries all around the world issued regulations requiring that all manufacturers start using pneumatic tires in production. 

From then on, tires were only improved to reduce the fuel consumption, handling different types of road and carry an appropriate load. In order to take good care of your car, you have to know your tires. Since we are not all car savvy, here are some easy tips for choosing the right ones.

1.    Let us look at the basics

Tires are rubber containers filled with compressed air. They take the load of the car upon themselves, but also they have to handle the road conditions. Observe them as cushions which reduce the impact of the ride on the vehicle.

Nowadays, tires have from 19 to 25 components. The core of every tire is an inner liner since it holds the air inside and so gives the tire its round shape. Steel belts are used for stability and to flatten the treated pattern as much as possible. 

A sidewall is located, as the name says, on the side. It defines the ride characteristics. For example, the softer sidewall can take a harder impact like bumps, while stiffer provides sharper steering.

Also, every sidewall on every tire has an alphanumeric code. These are dimensions of the tire. Most start with the letter “P” unless you drive a light truck where they start with “LT”. This code will help you choose the right tire for your vehicle, however that may not be the only helpful factor. 

2.    Learn to read the code

As we mentioned, every tire has a code on its sidewall which contains information you can use to choose the right one. Correct tire size is a very common mistake, but it’s also an easily solvable one.

So let’s break down the code so you can understand what every letter and number stands for. The code starts with the letter “P”, which signifies the type of tire. Its followed by the three-digit number like 195, for example. This is the tire’s width across the thread and is shown in millimeters.

After the symbol “/”, follows another number which signifies aspect ratio of the sidewall. Right next to this number is the letter “R” for radial construction and a number which stands for a diameter of the rim. After a blank space comes the number which shows tire’s load rating and a letter signifying the speed rating. If there is M+S at the end of the code, this means that the tire is suitable for all-season driving.

3.     How to avoid mistakes

Even though having this code means that you can simply go to the store and buy a tire, unfortunately, some mistakes still happen. Consulting a car repair center is always the best choice if you’re unsure how to buy the right ones.

For example, you have to pay attention not to choose the lower-load tire. This is especially important when you are buying a spare tire. Traction is another aspect you need to pay attention to. Choosing a tire inappropriate for the road you’ll be driving on is actually a very common mistake. Every season requires a certain type of tires, as well as certain terrains like mountain, dirt or wet roads. 

The cost of the tire differs depending on the vehicle. SUV requires different ones than the passenger vehicle. However, it’s very commonly noticed that SUV owners choose tires intended for the lighter cars because they’re cheaper. This is not only damaging to the car but also dangerous for the passengers.

So make sure that you use tires appropriate for your vehicle type, road conditions and season to avoid accidents and avoidable repairs.   

Finally

This may be a lot to remember since people handle numbers on daily basis. Passwords, PINs, security codes and all other figures can be a little too much to handle. But, now that you know that the code to buy the right tire is right on its sidewall, you can remember fewer symbols. Alternatively, you can always go to professionals for help and have one less worry on your mind.  

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Tips for Designing and Decorating Your Granny Flat

By Guest Blogger, Derek L.

Tips for Designing and Decorating Your Granny Flat

Name aside, granny flats are not just for the elderly. This is an excellent way to add extra living or storage space and even create a home away from home. These relatively small enclosures (depends how you build and design it) can serve as study rooms if you need to get away from the noise in the house, private area for your children, and you can even offer them for rent on websites like Airbnb.

However, the extent of your granny flat use depends solely on how you design and furnish it. Of course, you cannot rent a space without a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. and you cannot have a study room without a table, sofa, and so on.

But don’t worry; that is why we are here. Today, we will talk about the best design ideas and tips for setting up your granny flat. So, let’s begin.

Embrace minimalism

Out of all types of living spaces, granny flats would benefit the most out of taking the minimalistic approach. As you probably already know, granny flats are not spacious by default. In fact, most of their designs are centered around making the most out of the smallest spaces.

So, don’t overburden your granny flat with unnecessary cabinetry, furniture and decorations. Instead, focus on the things you absolutely need. This way, your flat will appear bigger and more spacious, even if it has 30 square meters only.

Think outside of the box

Next, when designing your granny flat, you need to think outside of the box. Some design solutions that work in regular-sized households may not be as effective in smaller living spaces as are granny flats. So, you will have to come up with clever storage solutions and smart uses of space to maximise the efficiency. But if you are not a thinker, you can always research some granny flat trends.

For example, sky domes are the biggest hit among Australians right now. According to professional granny flat builders in Sydney, this is one of the most sought-after features. If you opt-in for this solution, your granny flat will use less energy for lights, as well as be more environmentally friendly. This type unconventional and green design solutions are extremely popular with the granny flat builders from all over the world.

Bathroom essentials only

Designing a bathroom for a granny flat is one of the trickiest things you will have to do. Bathrooms are an essential part of every living space, but unfortunately, they are large and take a lot of space. Therefore, you will have to build it as barebones as possible.

That means installing a shower, toilet, sink, and a small cabinet, nothing more. People often try to build their granny flat bathrooms as the ones in their regular homes, but that is not their purpose. Bathtubs, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, massive wardrobes, etc. are not necessary. After all, the space you save from bathroom, you can add to the living room of your granny flat.

Build a small cooking station

Finally, you need to design a compact kitchen for your granny flat. The same principles that apply to bathrooms, apply to kitchens as well. So, keep it simple and install kitchen essentials only like a sink, small workstation, and a stove. If you need more inspiration for designing your cooking station, we recommend checking out some trends from the tiny house community. These people have mastered the use of space, and their kitchens are as beautiful as they are effective.

As you can see, designing a granny flat is not an impossible task. Sure, you will have to think unconventionally and abandon some commodities that come with regular houses, but luxury is not a part of their M.O. With that said, if you follow these tips, put in some effort, and get creative, you could create a fantastic living space from your granny flat.

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15 Secrets to Make a Marriage Work

15 Secrets to Make a Marriage Work

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Challenges are normal in marriages. As they say, love is not enough to make a marriage successful. Both partners have to do their best to make sure that the marriage will work. Otherwise, the entire family suffers. These are fifteen secrets that real-life couples attest to being pivotal to the success of their marriages:

  1. Listen to your partner

Listening to each other may seem easy but you would be surprised how many couples struggle with this. Both partners should realize that hearing and listening are two vastly different things. To be a good listener, you should open your mind and heart to what your partner is saying. This way, you can understand their perspective.

  1. Accept your partner

One of the most common reasons for breakups between married couples is lack of acceptance. Both men and women have this tendency to try to change their partners to what they think they should be. If they have to, however, they have to make that journey on their own. Focus on the positive traits and features of your partner so you will be less stressed.

  1. Be responsible

Both partners must be responsible as individuals and as a team. When you set out to do something as a couple, you must remember to take responsibility whether it will be successful or not. You also have to accept that part of it may be on you.

Another aspect of marriage that being responsible would be helpful in is during arguments. If someone said something that was uncalled for, the other party must take responsibility by apologizing.

Be equally responsible in parenting as well. Both should try and spend as much time with the kids as possible. With some free time, both can help the kids do their homework. In case you both are too busy to help with homework of your kids, at least have them home tuition for the subjects they find difficult.

  1. Go on date nights

Date nights are essential to a marriage as they keep the fire burning. You do not have to go to a fancy restaurant or a luxury hotel. There are many things you can do depending on what you have in mind. Even just one night on a camping beach is already a romantic gesture. Make sure that your phones are off so that you can concentrate on each other.

  1. Be intimate

Therapists always say that sex is important if you are to keep your marriage healthy. According to some researchers and therapists, sex should be done on a regular basis. Sex should also be interesting so it would be best to sit down and talk about experimenting. Keep it exciting but safe in the bedroom.

  1. Spot “soft” emotions

The concept of a “soft” emotion may be foreign to you but it is incredibly helpful in ensuring that partners empathize with each other. For example, when you feel anger, you are most likely masking another emotion. Usually, these emotions are your vulnerabilities. You could be jealous, insecure or disappointed. Partners should be able to look for the soft emotion that may be just bubbling beneath the surface.

  1. Stop being controlling

Being controlling is never good in a marriage. Control may be how a partner wants to keep the other to fit in to what they expect of them. When one partner starts becoming controlling, the other may start resenting that. This is why talking with each other about such issues is a good thing. If settling between each other is no longer working, it is best to go to a marriage counselor.

  1. Avoid ever using the D-word

No matter what stage you are in your marriage, you should never use the D-word. Couples have been known to use divorce as a threat to each other. This can be used as a control mechanism that may be bound to fail as most of those who do it end up filing divorce papers. Not only is it immature, it also does not solve the problem the couple is facing.

  1. Be realistic about your expectations

The moment you get married, you should start letting go of the fantasy. Fairy tale endings do not happen in real life marriages. You need to be realistic about what you expect of your partner and your relationship. Accept that sometimes, being “okay” is more than enough. Otherwise, you will just end up being disappointed. This could lead to resentment, which you do not want in a marriage.

  1. Never take each other for granted

Never be complacent in a marriage. Always strive to be the best partner you can be. This way, your partner will see that you value them. They can return the favor too. Sure, it may be human nature to be comfortable with what is familiar to you but when you are in a committed relationship, try to resist any urge to be complacent.

  1. Agree to disagree

You may be married now but you are still individuals. You are never going to agree on every single thing. These disagreements could be on something as small as your choice in tea or something big like your political affiliation. Part of why a lot of marriages succeed is when both partners have the ability to meet halfway and compromise. No one has to be right every time.

  1. Be independent

One of the keys to a happy marriage is maintaining your independence. The husband and the wife must be able to enjoy their own personal space and hobbies. Part of this is sometimes getting the time to be apart. This way, you can ensure that you are happy, which could lead to a happy marriage. After all, a marriage works only when both partners have a sense of fulfillment in their lives.

  1. Be romantic

Never take romantic acts for granted. This can help keep the fire alive in the marriage. Send them flowers. Place a love note. Give them a ring. All ideas are valid just as long as the other partner ends up happy.

  1. Tell each other compliments

Compliments make a person feel good. Acknowledge the positive traits that your partner may have.

  1. Learn to communicate

To say that communication is important in a marriage is an understatement. The couple must be able to talk to each other about their feelings and issues freely. Partners should also look out for non-verbal cues. Read about love languages, which is how a person communicates their love. This could be in the form of acts of service or words of affirmation.

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How To Recover From An Accident At Home

How To Recover From An Accident At Home

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If you’ve found yourself to be in a serious accident, this is always a scary time in your life where you reflect on all the things that are most important to you. Regardless of what actually happened – you’ve been hurt, and that not only takes its toll on your body physically, but mentally too. Going through a difficult experience can be hard on the mind. You may find that your outlook on things have changed, or you’re finding it tough to deal with exactly what has happened, and how your life may have changed, whether it be for a few weeks, months, or even permanently. With this, you may start to fall down a slippery slope and end up depressed, not knowing how to climb back out again.

 

This is why it’s so important that you take the time to recover properly once you’re home.

 

Here’s what you need to do.

 

Ask for help

There is nothing wrong with asking for some help – it doesn’t make you any less of a person. Understandably you may not be able to do certain things by yourself right now, let alone try vacuuming the home. So don’t be afraid to call a friend or family member to help you out. This might be things like cleaning, washing clothes, or even doing your grocery shopping for you until you feel ready to venture out of the house yourself. Doing this will also provide you with a bit of company, and that is always important.

 

Install the aid   

No matter what your injury may be, you may realise that you can’t do things that you once could, whether that means walk up and down your stairs, or find a comfortable position when sitting down. Your sofa might not be the best thing for your body right now because it doesn’t give you the necessary support it needs. If this is the case, you will want to look at Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare and see what products are available that will make things a lot easier for you around the home until you get better.

 

Speak to someone

You might be feeling as though you’re alone, or you’ve lost the purpose you once had because things have changed. If you’re low within yourself then it’s important that you reach out and talk to someone. It may be the last thing that you feel like doing, but you need to keep your mental health just as looked after as your physical. Make an appointment with your doctor and tell them how you’re feeling. They will be able to advise you on the best thing for you, like having weekly therapy to teach you new techniques for dealing with how you feel.

 

Now you have a few ideas, make sure you bear them in mind. You should also try and get out of the house when you feel up to it because being stuck within four walls is never good if you already feel rather down.

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Reconnect And Recover Your Relationship

Reconnect And Recover Your Relationship

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Do you feel like your relationship has taken a turn for the worst? Do you feel like you simply don’t connect as much anymore? There often comes a stage whereby couples feel distant and like their powerful connection has fizzled out. While this is cause for concern, it does not mean that your relationship is coming to an end. It simply means that you need to look for ways to reconnect with one and other. Read on to discover some suggestions.

Have a daily check-in ritual – The first thing you should do to boost your relationship is institute a daily check-in. This is something that a lot of marriage experts advise. When you both get in from work, make an effort to start off by appreciating something about the other person. You should then offer some new information about your day, and ask them something about themselves too to keep the conversation flowing. You can then end the conversation with a hope. This could be big, such as retiring within the next ten years, or it could be small, such as seeing a movie this week. Simply talking more can have a much bigger impact than you may expect.

Take up yoga – A great way to reconnect with your partner is to do yoga. There are yoga poses for couples specifically, which help you to connect in mind, body, and soul. You may even want to consider one of the yoga retreats that are available, allowing you to explore one of the most magical parts of the world. Is there any better way to reconnect than this? Yoga can help your relationship in many ways. Not only will it bring you closer together, but also it reduces stress and anxiety, increases trust and communication, improves intimacy, and increases overall relationship satisfaction too.

Create a couple’s ritual – If yoga is not something that appeals to you, then you need to find something else that can be your couple’s ritual. This can be anything that is going to bond you. For example, you could decide to make every Saturday night a date night. Other options include having a morning coffee together every day or making sure you have ten minutes to chat to one and other before bed. It has to be something that you will both enjoy and something that you will stick to. A date night every Saturday may be difficult for some couples, so don’t agree to this if you know someone is going to let the arrangement down, as that will only make matters worse.

Try the suggestions that have been mentioned above and see whether this helps you to rebuild your relationship and connect with your partner on a deeper level again. You may be surprised by just how much of a difference this makes. From yoga to simply chatting more, these are not changes that are difficult to implement, so why not get started today?

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Ways to Enhance Your Concentration

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Ways to Enhance Your Concentration

 

You have a deadline and you really need to work, but the busy Sydney streets are screaming at you from outside your window, you can’t get that scene from your favorite TV show out of your head and then, just when you clear your mind and finally focus on your assignment, somebody comes in with a question. There goes your concentration, leaving you frustrated and in panic. But, is there a way to enhance your concentration? Yes, there is. Here are some ways to do it.

Be rested

If you don’t get enough sleep, or if your sleep isn’t calming and restful, your thoughts can become scattered and focusing on anything might prove to be next to impossible. Establish a quality sleeping routine, which will include going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, sleeping on a comfortable bed and in a place that you find relaxing. If you don’t sleep enough during the night, try having at least a short nap during the day, in order to energize and concentrate more easily.

Eat well

Never skip meals, especially breakfast, since hunger can be your concentration’s greatest enemy. Your meals should be a healthy balance between proteins and carbohydrates, loaded with nutrients. Your body needs vitamins and minerals to maximize brain function, as well as water to remain hydrated, since dehydration can lower your concentration. However, overeating can cause discomfort and drowsiness, so avoid eating too much.

Take breaks

Trying to stay focused on one thing for a long time can be tiring and can even make you nervous. After a while, your brain’s processing abilities will decline, and your concentration along with it. Therefore, make a schedule for each task or each working day, one which will include several breaks. Taking an hourly short break can help you get your focus back and make you feel refreshed and alert. Use these breaks to have a healthy snack, take a nap or phone your friend for a quick chat.

Listen to music

Other than making you feel relaxed and boosting your mood, music can also improve your concentration. Certain types of music affect the parts of the brain related to paying attention and memory update, while others calm you down and help with anxiety. Find the music that makes you productive and helps you concentrate, invest in the best noise-cancelling headphones Sydney can offer and get back to work.

Exercise your body and mind

Physical exercise can get you into shape and improve your overall health, including your mind. If you’re unhealthy and physically inactive, you mood worsens and you feel worn down, which can make it very hard to focus. A daily workout can help you concentrate since it improves your circulation, and blood flow to the brain. It can be something as simple as a walk on the beach or a bicycle ride to and from work. And if physical exercise isn’t enough, you can also exercise your mind. Read a good book, do some crossword puzzles or Sudoku, or have a stimulating conversation during your lunch break to improve memory and concentration.

Remove distractions

Sometimes the loss of concentration is caused by outside factors, such as noise from the traffic outside or your colleagues’ squeaky voice and laughter. If you have your own office, closing the window or the door might be all it takes to regain your peace and quiet and avoid distractions. If not, try isolating yourself in another way, like using earplugs. Log out of your social networks accounts and turn your phone to silent mode if possible. However, if you need your phone and the social networks for work, you need to learn to ignore these specific distractions, disregard them and stay focused on your task.

Avoid multitasking

Jumping to a new project without finishing the previous one can be confusing and lead your brain to think it’s OK to switch focus from one topic to another, which in return can lower your concentration. If you start doing several things at the same time, you’ll be giving each of those things only partial attention, which can cause you to achieve less and make mistakes you wouldn’t make if you were completely focused on a single task. In order to improve your concentration, stick to a task until you finish it, and then make a short mental break before starting the next one.

Although it takes effort and time to concentrate properly, it’s not an impossible task. All it sometimes takes is to challenge your brain to stay focused on a single task for just a bit longer than the previous time. So, do what you can to stay healthy and sharp and your problem might just disappear.

 

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