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7 Tips For Surviving Single Life As A Newbie

7 Tips For Surviving Single Life As A Newbie

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Now, before we get really into this post, let’s just start with a huge disclaimer. Single life definitely doesn’t have to be something that you survive. Single life can be something that you choose. And for many of us, it is. When you go through a breakup, it can be traumatic. And it can be incredibly hard to adjust to life without your significant other. But sometimes, that’s the choice we make. When the relationship is bad, you’re unhappy, or worse – you know that sometimes, you have to be single to be happier. But that doesn’t make that awful feeling any better. And then, you’re faced with life as a singleton and the idea of dating. And that can sometimes be terrifying. So, it’s handy to work out have to navigate this part of your newly single lifestyle.

 

Whether you chose to be single – or not, whether you’re happy to be single – or not, you’ll often want to adjust to this new style of life in any way that you can. And it helps to be able to do this with a few tips to get you started out. Because the person that you once shared your days and your life with, is no longer by your side. And that can be a scary thing to adjust too. But it’s definitely not impossible, and it can actually be fun. So let’s take a look at the tips to help you.

 

  1. Get To Know Yourself

 

One of the best and most beautiful things that you can do here, is to get to know yourself a little better. Yes, you’re single, but it can be a great thing. You’re on your own, and you only have yourself to think about now. And it’s refreshing. So really make the most of that and work out what it is that you really want out of life.

 

  1. Enjoy Being Alone

 

As a step on from that, you’re going to want to get used to being alone, and actually enjoy it. You will realize that you don’t need to be in a relationship to feel fulfilled. In fact, when you can enjoy being alone, and do things that make you happy, then you’re going to become so much stronger. And this will then put you in a better position when you do want to meet someone else.

 

  1. Talk If You Want To

 

So the next thing is, that you need to know that it’s okay to talk about the breakup or how sad you’re feeling. You don’t just have to be this super strong woman that feels great on her own and is better off. Instead, if you are feeling effected, then talk about it. Talk to your friends or family or even a specialist if it’s going to help you move forward.

 

  1. Be Okay With Moving On

 

Okay, and then you’re going to want to make sure that you know that it’s perfectly okay to move on. You don’t have to stay single for a set period of time, or you don’t have to worry about it not working out. Instead, embrace the idea of meeting someone new and being happy in a relationship again.

 

  1. Discover New Ways To Date

 

Then, when it comes to the idea of dating again, why not consider new ways to do it? Don’t just hope you’ll have your romantic moment. Instead, consider options like dating apps, lesbian chat, or going on blind dates. And be open-minded about how you can meet someone that makes you happy.

 

  1. Know What You Want

 

But one thing that is incredibly important for you when you are looking to move on, is knowing what you want in a relationship. That way, you won’t get caught up in another situation that will hurt you, and you’re going to be happier when you do meet someone.

 

  1. Put Yourself First

 

So, one of the most important things that you have to do here, is to make sure that you’re putting yourself first. Because when you were in a relationship, you may notice that you were always thinking about your significant other, and putting them first. And that’s definitely something that’s natural. But now it’s just you – and you’re well within your rights to now put your own needs first, and focus on what you want. And keep that up, even when you meet someone else. This is the best way to make sure that you continue to say happy, whether you’re single or you meet someone new.

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How to Make Your Other Half Way Happier

How to Make Your Other Half Way Happier

If you feel as though you are not happy in your marriage or if you want to make your other half happier because you know that you are going through a tough time then there are things that you can do about this. Take a look below to find out more.

Be Yourself

We want to be better than what we really are. You may want to conceal your mistakes and you may also want to try and be perfect as well. You should never try and do this because it won’t lead you to have an honest and uncomplicated relationship. You should always try and be sincere and you should always try and be honest with your partner as well. Your partner should be the person who you are closest to and if you have any concerns or if you know that you have a problem then you should be able to count on them to help you with that. This will help you to be much more open with them and it will also help your relationship as well.

 

 

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Try and Stay Positive

Cheerful people have the ability to give you a ton of positive emotions and they can also help to bring you a lot of happiness as well. Everyone wants to have positive people around them and this same concept applies to your partner. If you are constantly nagging your partner or if you are constantly looking upon them with discontent then this will really ruin your relationship. You have to try and stay positive and you also need to try and make sure that you don’t let your partner down either. Being optimistic is the best thing that you can do for your partner because whatever happens, you still have each other. This will really help them out and it will also help you in your relationship as well.

 

 

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Be Supportive

Everyone has a bad day from time to time and this can really kill the mood. It can also seriously lower your self-esteem. Let your partner know that they have your support and show them that you care as well. Your other half will feel way better for it. Of course, you also need to pay attention to their needs and you also need to make sure that you respect their wishes as well. Sure they may have a different opinion to you and they may also see the world differently but that is no reason for you to put them down or not support them.

Show them you Love Them

It’s so very important that you are able to show your loved one that you appreciate them and that you are always doing everything you can to be there for them. Try and be grateful for even the smallest of things and even try and make sure that you show them that you need them as well. It is essential to do this if you want to build a strong and meaningful connection between the two of you and it could make all the difference to how happy you feel in your relationship.

 

Give Each Other Some Space

It’s understandable that two people can’t be together all day, every day. If your partner has a hobby that takes them away from home or if they have an interest in things that you don’t then don’t stand in the way of this and always give them the support that they need to pursue their dreams. You don’t want to give up yours when you do this and you also don’t want to make too many sacrifices either. Finding the right balance is crucial here because it could really help you to gain control of your life and it could also help you both to be way happier as well. If you are struggling then why not consider premarital counseling? This is a fantastic way for you to rediscover who you are and it is also a great way for you to feel way more confident in the decisions that you make as a couple.

Of course, there are so many things that you can do to try and give your partner some more support and by following the above tips, you can be sure to help them to live their dreams while also being able to live your own. If you feel as though the above tips are not working then one thing that you can do is have a sit-down conversation while you try and find out what went wrong.

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The Types of Vaginal Discharge what they May Mean

The Types of Vaginal Discharge what they May Mean

Vaginal discharge is a source of concern for many women out there but this need not be the case. There is normal vaginal discharge and what can be considered to be an infection. In this article we take a look at the different types of vaginal discharge that most women usually experience and their different meanings.

What is vaginal discharge?

It is the fluid which exists from the vaginal opening of a woman. Vaginal discharge reflects the body’s normal cleansing process, women should be aware of the fact that the amount of vaginal discharge also varies among different women. This may also be dependent on women’s menstrual cycle.

At the end of this article you will get acquainted with the various types of vaginal discharge and be able to differentiate what is normal and what is not.

  1. Thick white discharge

Most women usually get worried when they notice thick white discharge because they take to be a sign of something seriously wrong with their bodies. According to health professionals, the thick white discharge should not be a cause for alarm if it is odorless. Most women will experience thick white discharge as their menstrual cycle progresses. The degree of thickness will vary from one woman to the next and also depend on whether there is pregnancy or not.

Thick white discharge and pregnancy

During pregnancy women usually undergo lots of changes and most of them will see an increase in the discharge that comes from their birth canals. Experts however advise that during pregnancy thick white discharge remains a perfectly normal experience. During the early stages of pregnancy, most women will experience a thick, white and creamy discharge. This shouldn’t be a concern although going to see a gynecologist just to be sure is not a bad idea. In fact, during pregnancy if you notice anything that is not normal it is better to see a doctor finding out what the problem may be.

During the early stages of pregnancy the vagina usually works extra in order to create more discharge. This is usually in an attempt to help keep the cervix moist, healthy and well sealed. What makes the discharge sometimes to come out in large quantities is the body’s temperature. The body’s temperature works to melt the thick creamy discharge making it lighter and thus more in volume.

During the third trimester of pregnancy some women will still experience thick discharge. Experts advise that as long as the discharge remains white or clear and is devoid of smell, it is likely that it is just normal.

The bottom line however is that thick white discharge is just perfectly normal, and all a woman needs to do is to keep clean at all times. The panties need to be regularly washed and dried thoroughly to remove any moisture on them before they are worn. Wearing moist panties may be a source of an infection for the woman.

Thick white discharge before period

It is normal for a woman to experience thick white discharge before her period. This discharge remains part of a normal process at the onset and the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. A woman’s vagina usually produces lots of mucus before menstruation than after menstruation. It is important to note that the discharge that you will notice at this time may be elastic or watery.

At every end of your cycle, before your menstruation begins, you may also see some thick white discharge coming out of your vagina. This should not concern you as it normal as long as you don’t experience any form of itching or odor coming out of your vagina. The color of the discharge must also be white and not colored or brown for it to be a normal kind of discharge.

Thick white discharge after making love

Most women out there have been alarmed with the white discharge they see after they have had unprotected sex with their partners. While discharge that oozes out of a vagina after sex should be carefully examined bust in most cases it is usually just normal. Here below are the reasons why you will see white discharge from your vagina after sex:

–        Lubrication of the vagina; with sexual arousal, a woman’s vagina will produce white liquid that helps with lubricating the vagina to make the sexual experience seamless. The lubrication that the vagina produces in most cases is just watery, clear or white in color. In some women even after sex, their vaginas may still continue discharging the lubricating fluid.

–        Mucus from the cervix; a woman’s cervix usually produces mucus during varied stages of the menstrual cycle. Basically, the function of the mucus is usually to help the sperm have a good environment to make its way to meet the egg and fertilize it. Now, depending on the current stage of your menstrual cycle, you may be able to see thick dry mucus-like discharge oozing from your vagina after sex. It is a sign that you are at the end of your cycle. Mucus that is clear stretchy and milky that is appearing after you have had sex is an indication that you are ovulating. It is during this time that you ought to be extra cautious if you don’t wish to conceive, please to use a condom during sex.

 

  1. White milky discharge

Ever experienced white milky discharge? You need not worry about this as this can just be perfectly normal. Many women will experience this type of discharge when they are ovulating. During ovulation most women will experience a thick white milky discharge that is stretchy but that which is odorless.
During early pregnancy the discharge can appear to be creamy and this may just be an early sign of you conceiving a baby! Experts refer to this as leucorrhea and it mostly odorless or can sometimes by with a slight odor that is not strong.

The bottom line

Experiencing thick white discharge is a normal process for most women and it shouldn’t cause alarm to them. However, when the discharge appears to be clumpy and has a foul odor that is unpleasant you should consider seeing a gynecologist right away. This may be a sign of an infection that if left untreated may cause something else that could be serious!

 

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JOJO Yang is a writer from Check Pregnancy, her passion is providing helpful information for mommy and baby’s health. More than just focus on basic knowledge about health, this website also focuses on how to establish a good parent-child relationship. You can also some find fun reviews and topics, just visit Check Pregnancy to see more.

Tips and Tricks for Discovering Paris

By Guest Blogger, Marie N.

Tips and Tricks for Discovering Paris

Paris is the beating heart of Western civilization. Some people would claim that this honor belongs to London, but one can easily argue that, while London is indeed the heart of industrialization, Paris is the cultural center whence the traditional Western culture had come. Today, it stands like a gaudy monument to the aesthetic and architectural achievements that can hardly be compared to anything, or, for that matter, anywhere in the world. Every cosmopolitan globe-trotting traveler should visit this city at least once, and here are tips and tricks for discovering Paris.

Know the broad strokes

The city of Paris boasts countless museums and cultural hotspots, but it is the very city, the endless, intricate cobweb of streets, that represents the historical museum in and of itself. The city on the river Seine is, roughly speaking, divided into two gargantuan zones – Rive Gauche and Rive Droite, each beginning on the banks of this magnificent river and extending seemingly endlessly into the urban mist. The Right Bank, north of the river, used to be a zone reserved for aristocrats, while the left bank represents the Parisian heart of bohemia, where students and struggling artists used to dwell.

Today, the northern side is home to luxury shopping, alluring ateliers of artists and a melting pot of multicultural communities. Of course, it is not as simple as it used to be – the city has become appropriately larger over the centuries, so it is divided into roughly 20 neighborhoods that, once you look at the layout from a bird’s perspective, spiral clockwise. Curiously enough, this makes the shape of the city resemble a snail shell.

Sort out the priorities

As a newcomer to Paris, you definitely need to sort out your priorities when it comes to the landmarks you need to see. Now, before you even look at the map of the city and start deciding on where to go first, there are several attractions that should definitely top your list – the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, The Louvre Museum, and the Champs-Élysées. After you see these four legendary locations/landmarks, your next set of destinations can be completely arbitrary and they are left to your imagination.

Introduce a comprehensive structure to your visit

The Paris is simply too big, overwhelming and rich in all things beautiful to be savored during a single visit. Without a proper touring “structure” to your visit, you’ll likely end up engulfed in chaos of uneven days. This is why it is absolutely crucial to introduce a comprehensive structure to your touring – which is why reliable and affordable Paris tours are so helpful. 

Walk around your neighborhood

Depending on where you are situated during your stay, the exploration and discovery of interesting places in your neighborhood can prove to be a truly surprising and delightful endeavor. Remember, there is hardly a single corner of Paris that doesn’t offer something utterly charming or interesting. Have a long walk around your neighborhood and see what surprises come your way.

Rely on alternative sources of inspiration

We live in a time when the only thing that separates us from endless information is the tips of our fingertips. Use your digital device and a local Wi-Fi access to cross-reference the matters that interest you with your immediate environment to find exactly what you want to see. There are countless alternate sources of inspiration that can turn your visit into a magical experience. For example, you can dig through Instagram accounts to discover Paris.

You can also direct your attention to numerous neat online guides to discover the best Paris has to offer without going through the hassle of listening to tour guides that are embroiled in a shouting contest with the traffic.

 

It is not a surprise to anyone that, once they set foot on the busy street of Paris, they find out how packed with tourists its sidewalks are. The city is a destination where rivers of people from every corner of the world coalesce and create a vibrant urban landscape that can only be rivaled by the streets of New York City and Hong Kong.

This is why a visit to its most legendary hotspots can be in equal measure mesmerizing and overwhelming, but if you feel as if the influx of impressions is overloading you, remember to turn around the less frequented corner and enter the rustic and idyllic alleyway that appears to be from a different place altogether. The city of Paris is filled with little oases of comfort and tranquility – you only need to seek them out, tips and tricks not needed.

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How To Create An Unforgettable First Impression

How To Create An Unforgettable First Impression

If anyone ever tells you that first impressions don’t count, don’t believe them. In fact, studies show that if someone feels negatively about you on first meeting you, it’s incredibly hard to change their initial perception. And from job interviews, to new friends, to finding love, it’s making those positive connections that has the power to really change your life. Think of your initial meeting as laying the foundation for a future, deeper relationship – you need those foundations to be solid in order to build something great. You have, on average, just seven seconds in which to make your mark – so how do you ensure that the impression you’re creating is a positive one?

Be Present

 

We go through life half-distracted by the constant tug of our smartphones or even our own thoughts, but when meeting someone for the first time, it pays to make sure that you focus on them. One of the most compelling behaviours for this is eye contact – if we don’t make any because we’re distracted, or too shy, it’s very hard to create a positive impression. Human brains are wired to respond to the chemicals generated when we lock pupils – serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’, oxytocin which gives a sense of wellbeing and bonding, and feel-good chemicals dopamine and endorphins are all triggered by this simple, evolutionary response. So it really is crucial to sincerely meet someone’s eyes when you are first introduced. However, there’s definitely a balance to be struck. Make too much eye contact, or come across like you’re staring and the gesture will backfire – you’ll come across as either aggressive or creepy! A few seconds of eye contact followed by a natural gaze around at your surroundings is best. If you’re meeting several people, say your partners’ friends or a panel at a job interview, make sure that you share eye contact with everyone, interspersed with looking at the room around you.

 

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Pay Attention To Details

 

Being well-presented is almost certainly a good way to win people over – there are a lot of snap judgements that get inferred from how you choose to present yourself. Rightly or wrongly, the speed and volume of information that is processed by the human brain when encountering someone new has evolved into a series of informational shortcuts, or judgements, that will form an unconscious bias about you based on stored information. And while it may be very true to say ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’, unfortunately, that is exactly what we as human beings are wired to do. Make sure you cover off the details in any important situation – that your clothes are pressed and free of stains, your teeth are nice and white,  your hair is neat and you appear presentable. If you want to be memorable you could try a trick such as developing an outfit signature, like a colourful silk scarf, or even finding a signature scent such as a delicate rose perfume. People will begin to associate you with these attributes, and they can make you stand out in a good way.

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Conception’s Got You And Your Man Hot, Sweaty, And…Searching For A Surrogate?

Conception’s Got You And Your Man Hot, Sweaty, And…Searching For A Surrogate?

When it comes to conception, most of us imagine things will get hot and steamy. Sex between you and your partner might have been good before, but surely it’ll crank up a level when there’s added incentive? You likely expect to be at it like rabbits every chance you get. All the better for making that baby, right ladies?

But, what happens when things don’t go to plan? You’ve been trying for months and nothing’s happened. Then, you get the news you’ve been dreading. One of you is infertile, and suddenly your hot and steamy journey couldn’t seem colder. The two of you may go from jumping into bed every second to facing major marriage problems in one short appointment.

 

The good news is, infertility is by no means the end of the story anymore. With options like surrogacy, there’s every chance you can still go on to conceive a genetic child. But, you first need to go through the experience of finding a surrogate. And, it’s all too easy to lose the love during this stressful process. But, given you want to have a child because of the love you share, it’s essential you don’t let that happen. And, to make sure of it, we’re going to look at a few ways to keep hold of that intimacy, even when surrogacy is on your cards.

Focus on sex regardless

 

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So, sex isn’t going to lead to babies the way you’d hoped. But, that doesn’t mean you should stop making an effort in the bedroom. If it helps, remember that you’re still on the road to conception. Keeping on top of your sex lives can help keep that momentum alive, as well as preserving the intimacy. Focusing on sex can also help to alleviate any guilt the infertile party might feel. If your man received the bad news, for instance, he might feel that you’re withholding sex as a form of punishment. And, that type of feeling isn’t going to help either of you. So, keep making an effort here. Remember how much fun you had in the bedroom before babies were even on your cards. It might be hard at times, but you need to work to keep that going for the duration of your surrogacy search.

Do everything together

It takes two to make a baby. But, when it comes to surrogacy, it’s all too easy to slip into bad habits of separation. After all,  you’re both giving different samples without each other in the room. And, you may decide to do independent research to put your minds at ease. Before you know, you’ll be having very different experiences of what should be a shared journey. Make sure it doesn’t happen by keeping this between the two of you. Don’t go off into your own heads at any stage. Instead, attend appointments together. If it helps, ask if you can go in with your man while he gives his sperm sample. And make sure not to research alone. Instead, sit down and snuggle up with the laptop one night. Together, visit resources like the ConceiveAbilities Blog which can answer a lot of questions for you. Just the act of coming together like this can help to keep you close and build intimacy during a difficult time. Make sure, too, that you make decisions together. You’ll need to choose everything from your timeline to your surrogate herself. And, it’s essential this is done together. Otherwise, it’s all too easy for one partner to fall out of the loop.

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Keep communication open

Communication is always essential in a relationship, especially when it comes to sex. But, you guys know that, else you wouldn’t have gotten this far. The trouble is, when issues of infertility crop up, it’s all too easy for the shutters to come down. A mixture of embarrassment and reluctance to face the problem are natural. But, you need to lift those shutters before they lock on your love. Instead, make sure you’re discussing your feelings from day one. If you’re upset, talk about it. Make sure not to be touchy or take things to heart. Just listen to your partner, and work towards solutions together. There are sure to be difficult discussions along the way, but you can’t afford to skip them. Only by facing these things head on can you both stay connected for when your baby comes along. Though it may not feel like it now, that could be a lot sooner than you think.

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10 No-Fail Gifts for Music Lovers

10 No-Fail Gifts for Music Lovers

 

Getting a perfect gift may sometimes be the most difficult thing to do. This is mainly because in most cases, the money is limited and therefore there is a limited list of gifts you can easily afford. In other cases, it may be difficult to identify a gift due to the different tastes and preferences of people. However, below is a list of the 10 gifts that you can give to a music lover for any occasion.

 

For people who love music, buying them music related gifts would be the best move. Here are the top 10 things you can get a music lover as gifts:

 

1. An ergonomic keyboard

Many of the people that love music spend a lot of time with their computers. It is for this reason that an ergonomic keyboard would be the best gift idea. It is designed with a V-shape to ensure that both hands are comfortable even when using the keyboard for a long time.

 

2. Buy them a guitar or take them for guitar lessons

Many of the people that love music would love to have a guitar and learn how to play it in order to create and enjoy music. If they already have a guitar and they do not know how to play it, then guitar lesson would be the greatest gift.

 

3.Headphones

You can get the really light and in ear headphones so that they are not very heavy to carry around on their heads and necks. The headphones can also have Bluetooth connectivity for continuous music. This way, they are able to listen to music anywhere any time.

 

4. Give them a Spotify gift card

This is a gift card that enables the recipient to get 3 months free premium music streaming services. It is the perfect idea for any music lover irrespective of whether they have the service or not. This is because eve the people with the service can renew their subscription.

 

5. A Bluetooth speaker

It would be better to get them a smaller that is easier to carry around. In addition to being compact, it would also help to get a powerful speaker that is also good looking. When the quality of sound is top notch, then they are able to have more fun and appreciate the gift even more.

 

6. Rock n’ roll t-shirts vintage

Most of the music lovers appreciate rock n’ roll vintage t-shirts. There is a large variety for you to choose from when you want to buy one of r a music lover. The major advantage of this is that the t-shirts are simple and cheap but they have a lot of sentimental value to music lovers.

 

7. Get them a shower head speaker

This is one of the gifts that all music lovers will be able to appreciate. Most people play music on their phones when they are hitting the shower. Having the Bluetooth speaker shower head will completely blow their minds.

 

8. Get them vintage concert stickers

We all have our favorite wall where we stick all the stuff we like most. Music lovers can either have that wall or a book where they collect and collage all their favorite stuff. Getting a music lover a reproduction of a vintage concert sticker will go a long way in brightening up their day.

 

9. Pillows, cushions and even duvets with music themes

This is one of the most affordable gift ideas for a music lovers. This is because you can get a simple pillow and have it customized. You can either put the title of the song they love so much, the name or picture of their favorite artist or even their favorite lyrics. All these ideas will work great for a music lover.

 

10. You can also get record coasters for a music lover who also loves vinyl

This may be a really small gift but it would have a lot value to the music lover because it will help them expand their stock of the records. You can even go ahead and get their favorite tunes on the records.

 

Getting a gift is one of the most hectic things to do. This is because you may not have the perfect gift idea on your head. However, above are the top 10 gift ideas for music lovers. You have the guarantee that the gift you choose from the list above will go a long way in making their day complete.

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What We Learned from Sex and the City

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E.

What We Learned from Sex and the City

 

Our favorite girl gang might not be airing on TV anymore, but they still hold their spot in our hearts. The Sex and the City show made us all wonder if we have what it takes to live the high life in the urban jungle and what it is you actually need to do to get there. So, if you want to bring back the best of the times into today, here’s what you’re going to need:

An outfit to make a statement

Each of the girls in the show has her own unique style that worked brilliantly when then show aired in the early 2000’s, but let’s just say that not all of their styles aged so well. While Carrie might have been the fashion icon during the series, these days you might want to be a bit more like Charlotte. But if the girls have thought us something, it’s that you should always dress to impress. Surprisingly, while Miranda was the odd one out, dressing far less stylish than the other girls, her outfits would look the most normal if worn today. Clashing colors and weird pattern mixes might have been considered a catastrophe back in the day, but today you can see such designs on the biggest runways of the world. So really, whether you want to rock knee-high boots with an over-the-top fur coat, or if you want to show off your body in a sexy red dress, it’s important that you find the look that represents you.

Dating

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Relationships take time. You might meet the perfect one and fall in love instantly, but actually not end up together until several arguments, other partners and a couple of seasons pass by. But if we step away from Carrie and look at Charlotte, we’ll see that things don’t always work out – or do they? Your perfect life falls apart, you get divorced and you feel like you are at the bottom, but them someone new just walks by and there you go, back up on your feet.

Sex

 

Let’s take a page from Samantha’s book: She’s not only sex obsessed, but she is perfectly fine with sharing every single detail with her friends and the unseen audience. The thing to remember here is that this show made great strides in demystifying adult toys and showing us that sex isn’t always good. And when it isn’t – you should speak up, change something about it or, at the very least, take things into your hands. But the show also addresses a major problem: unplanned pregnancy. Miranda’s against-all-odds pregnancy was a shock to everyone, and the message is clear: if you don’t want kids (or and STI) always use protection.

Know your perfect cocktail

There is really nothing more iconic for this show than a glass of Cosmopolitan. So let’s see how you can recreate it at home with your best friends: Originally, the recipe uses cranberry juice, but you can substitute it for grapefruit or blood orange. Put 1oz in a shaker over ice, add a ¼ oz of triple sec and 1 ¼ oz of vodka (or a bit more, if you’re trying to cheer up a friend who just broke up). Shake it all up and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and you are good to go. Alternatively, go downtown to your favorite bar and tell mr. Bartender to keep them coming.

Have a support group

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If you strip away all the side action that fills up the show, you are left with one very simple theme: friendship. The four girls go through their life’s ups and downs together and support each other through it all. So before you start buying furry coats, shaking up cosmos and updating your sex toy collection, first make sure you have a group of friends that will see you through thick and thin, laugh and cry with you and love you and simply love you unconditionally.

 

And if this made you feel nostalgic, then maybe get your friends together and watch a season or two of the show to remember the good time and give yourself inspiration for your own adventure. After all, we are all writing our own stories, and perhaps it’s just the right time for another plot twist.

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How To Improve Your Focus

How To Improve Your Focus

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Do you find that you are struggling to focus as of late? Do you often find yourself staring out of the window or day-dreaming and you don’t know how long you have been doing it for? Maybe you cannot focus on one idea for a long period of time without getting frustrated and thinking about something else? We all get like this from time-to-time. However, the only person that can get your focus back is you. With that being said, read on to discover a number of different suggestions that will help you to regain your focus again.

Take short breaks – There is only one place to begin, and this is with taking short breaks. Sitting at a computer for hours on end is not going to help anyone. Instead, if you take short breaks and you do so regularly, you give your brain a chance to refresh. You will come back to your station feeling rejuvenated, which will enable you to tackle your work with a much higher level of focus and concentration. There have also been a number of studies that have backed this up too. This includes one that was carried out by Alejandro Lleras, a psychologist at the University of Illinois. He carried out a study that involved participants taking short breaks throughout a task lasting 50 minutes. He found that they performed better than participants that worked straight through the task without taking any breaks. The theory is simply that short breaks like this will re-energize the brain. In order to stay focus, you need to deactivate and reactivate your goals. Brief mental breaks will actually enable you to stay focus on the task at hand.

Turn on some music – Another way to increase your focus levels is to turn on your music. You may assume that this would be a distraction, but it all depends on the music you play. After all, too much background noise can be very distracting. However, if you play a song that you like, it can help you to focus your thoughts. This is something that was proven by the University of North Carolina and Wake Forest School of Medicine. You can find their research in the Scientific Reports. The researchers that carried out the study said they were surprised by the consistency of their results because of the fact that music varies considerably, from pieces with and without lyrics, to the differences in acoustic complexity. Nevertheless, no matter whether it is Beyoncé or Beethoven, listening to music that you enjoy can help you to improve your focus.

Check the thermostat – The next step in improving your levels of concentration is to check the thermostat. Your focus can be negatively impacted if your place of work is too hot or too cold. You need to make sure you are comfortable and that you are working to the optimal temperature.

Grab a coffee – Are you the sort of person that needs a morning coffee to get your day going? If not, this could be where you are going wrong. You are probably aware of the fact that coffee can give you an energy boost and wake you up. However, it does a lot more than this, as it can actually help you to focus on the day too. A run to the coffee shop could be just the thing you need if you require an attention booster in the afternoon.

Natural energy boosters – There are a lot of energy-boosting products available on the market today, yet most people are skeptical of using such supplements. This is understandable. After all, you don’t want to put something in your body if there is a risk of it having an adverse side effect. This is why it is good to use a natural energy booster, for example, something like Nitro Xtreme works well. With natural products like this, you can be sure that you are not consuming anything harmful. Some of the ingredients in this product include Niacin, Chromium, Zinc, Magnesium, and CoQ10. This increases your focus and gives you a natural boost of energy, making it especially suitable for anyone that has been experiencing a hectic and stressful life lately.

Unplug for 30 minutes – Earlier, we spoke about the importance of taking brief breaks throughout any task you are carrying out that is going on for a considerable amount of time. However, it is also good to unplug for 30 minutes if you find that you are struggling to get in the zone out of work. This means logging out of social media and your email too. You can do this at the beginning of the day or for a period during the afternoon, whatever is better for you. You will be shocked by how much more you can achieve once your emails and social media messages are not distracting you. Why not go one step further and turn off your notifications altogether? A lot of people assign themselves certain periods throughout the day for checking their emails so that it does not get in the way of what they are meant to be doing at work.

Understand what your focus needs to be – You are going to struggle to achieve the high levels of focus and concentration you need if you cannot determine what is worthy of your distraction. Every morning, think about what really needs your most focus for the day so that you can direct your efforts properly and you can avoid wasting time on tasks that are not considered an emergency.

Prepare your brain – Aside from the points that have already been mentioned, another way that you can focus more effectively is by calming your brain prior to carrying out any task. You should take a minute or two and sit in a position that is comfortable for you. Practice deep breathing into your stomach. This does not mean that you need to chant or sit cross-legged. You merely need to find a way to calm your body down before you start your work. This will really help you to get into the zone and concentrate.

Drink more fluids – The final tip when it comes to giving your focus the boost it needs is to drink more fluids. This is another suggestion that has been proven with a study. The Journal of Nutrition found that mild dehydration is one of the key reasons for inattention. Their 2012 study concluded that drinking more fluids could make a big difference in terms of focus levels. They recommend 12.5 cups for men and nine cups for women. Carry a water bottle with you while you are at work and use an app on your phone to track how much water you have drunk each day.

As you can see, there are many different ways that you can improve your focus. If you have been struggling to concentrate in the workplace and you do not know what to do to get your high levels of concentration back, follow the suggestions that have been provided above and you should notice a difference in terms of your efficiency and focus levels. You will be able to achieve more, and you will know exactly what to do if your concentration levels ever start to take a dip again.

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5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better about Yourself

By Guest Blogger, Rebecca B.

5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better about Yourself

We can’t always feel our best or be at our best. But in order to live a happier and more stress-free life, there are certain things you can do to help the tough times flow by faster.

Exercise More

Did you know that exercise actually makes you happy? While doing your workout, your brain recognises the activity as stress, which is why it releases endorphins which are also known as the hormones of happiness. And the more you “torture” your body with exercise, the happier you are afterwards! You can even get hooked on your daily workout and it is probably the best addiction you can develop. There is a long list of benefits including a healthier heart, lower blood sugar levels, a slimmer figure, a sense of achievement, better mental health, to name but a few.

Most people find it hard to endure a certain type of exercise. We tend to give up for all sorts of reasons: it is too hard, we don’t have the time, it is more fun to do other things or we simply get bored of repeating the same drill over and over again. You can solve this problem by changing the type of workout you do. Combine different activities such as running, cycling, swimming and going to the gym. Or try out some fun new ways to keep fit such as power yoga, pilates, kickboxing or even dancing.

Enjoy a Long Walk by Yourself

If you want a quick fix for your body and soul, then go outside and take a stroll by yourself! Did you know you can spend a lot of calories just by walking? In one hour, you can burn about 200 calories, which is one snack. And just being outside alone and enjoying the fresh air will help you clear your mind and forget about anything that was previously bothering you. Beautiful scenery will help you even more, so go to a park, forest, river bank or simply stroll along quiet streets.

But what if it is too hot, too cold, too windy or too rainy outside? Then you can walk at home! All you need is a few square meters and a step counter. You can play the music you like or even watch a movie! And if you need extra motivation, find walk at home videos online.

Eat Healthy

Changing your eating habits can also help you feel better about yourself. If you want to lose weight, start counting calories. You can download an app to help you monitor what you eat and achieve your goals. You should also carefully choose the food you eat. Read the labels and avoid products which contain additives, artificial sweeteners, nitrites, nitrates, and other nasties.

You should also try to eat more organic food and cook your meals from scratch. Instead of buying a pasta sauce or mayonnaise, why not make them yourself. Fresh, healthy food tastes better anyway! Whenever you can, cook your meals, because it can be so rewarding. And if you don’t have time to do that, buy healthy, quality ingredients which can be tossed together and prepared quickly, or order food from trusty restaurants.

Have a Cosmetic Procedure

Not happy with your looks? Why not treat yourself with a cosmetic procedure! If you need a small boost, try one of the non-surgical treatments such as lip enhancement, face fillers, acne treatment or laser hair removal. Perhaps you have a tattoo you are no longer happy about? That can be fixed too!

Cosmetic surgery is nothing to be ashamed of if it can actually improve your overall wellbeing. A small intervention can boost your confidence and let you embrace new opportunities in life easier. In some cases, it can even improve your mental health!

Have a Pampering Session

 

And occasionally spoil yourself with a pampering session! Book a treatment at a beauty salon to fix your brows, get a wax or have your nails done. It will make you feel so much better about yourself! Or even go to a spa and enjoy a massage, an indulgent cosmetic treatment, a sauna or an energetic swim in the pool. It is a great idea for a girly outing with your bestie!

Alternatively, stay at home and dedicate an evening to yourself. Light up your favourite candles, make a bubble bath, put a rejuvenating mask on your face, do a scrub and use your most loved lotions and potions. Then tuck yourself in comfy pajamas and watch a series you are hooked on. It is one of the best ways to end the day and fill yourself with positive energy.

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