No More Toxic Mirror Syndrome

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It’s harder than ever to feel good about your body, which is one of the saddest statements we have ever had to write. Nonetheless, it is true. To see how much the “ideal body” has changed in the past hundred years is staggering, mind-blowing and, dare we say, disappointing too. You had the Mae West loo of the thirties, where curves were there to be emphasised; then there were the busty hourglass figures of the fifties, championed by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Betty Page; and now we have a world dominated by social media where everyone thinks they need to look like a Victoria’s Secret Angel – tall, thin and leggy.

Looking in the mirror should be met with acceptance, contentment and gratitude. But, for too many people, catching a glance of a mirror is now met with shame and disappointment. However, you are not alone in feeling like this. Poor body image is becoming more and more prevalent these days and so it has become an issue that a lot of us have to deal with. Yes, we know it is what’s on the inside that should count, but that doesn’t help. Not all the time. Especially not when we are standing in the changing room of some department store, under the harsh spotlight that seems to illuminate all our flaws, leaving the clothes we had picked up behind as we leave the store wearing nothing new, just that defeated look.

If you can relate to this, then read on because we have pulled together a collage of tips that have helped our readers overcome their body shames and genuinely start appreciating what they were given.

  1. Delete All Those Apps

What we see on a daily basis has a huge amount of influence over the way we feel about ourselves, which is why you should start to censor what you look at and where you go for your information. Instagram is great, but not if you are following a bunch of Insta-models that were blessed with a high metabolism and the ability to say no to dessert. Stop following these people. It is a toxic mirror. And stop ready all those beauty and gossip magazines that are designed to make you feel bad about yourself. These are all image-focused, and the image they are focused on is wholly unrealistic and edited.

  1. Focus On More Positive Things

Instead of looking at highly edited pictures of celebrities, what you should do instead is place more value on the things that matter; the things that will positively influence your self-image. We’re talking about travel blogs, wellness websites and magazines that focus on people’s entrepreneurial accomplishments. These are things that will motivate you, inspire you and help you see the truly interesting things in life. Not some fantastically beautiful tell you she only ever eats pizza.

  1. Every Body Is Different

Your body is totally unique to you. That is what makes it so beautiful. The reason the Mona Lisa is so priceless is that it is the only one in the world, remember that. Your metabolism is different, your shape is unique, everything is yours and yours alone, which is something to be celebrated and understood. What we mean by this is, well, when you workout, workout at a gym that will focus on your fitness journey which, if you want to, you can read more about it here. When you dress yourself, dress to your shape, style and comfort because if you get this right then you’ll wear the only thing that completes an outfit; your smile. You are a one-off, which means there is no point in leading a life where you believe everything is one-size fits all. Instead, tailor your choices to you. That’s all anyone can do.

  1. Touch Yourself Now And Then

Before you get carried away with the sub-title, think back to the last time you visited the hairdresser you had your hair washed or massaged, or the last time you treated yourself to a little spa session, or the last time you were given an “oh my god, I missed you” hug or even just a little shoulder rub. Each of these things feels amazing and the reason they feel amazing is touch is one of the most powerful – and we mean powerful – ways of feeling great about yourself and your body. Yes, all of these examples are of someone else touching you in a loving-slash-caring fashion, but that doesn’t mean they cannot be emulated. Wash your hair the same way the hairdresser did and massage your face when you moisturise. Both of these will make you feel great about yourself. You will start to love your body again.

  1. Find Yourself A Passion

The reason we have popped this little nugget of wisdom onto our list is simple: those people that have a passion or a purpose don’t have time to care what society may think of the way they look. They are too busy enjoying themselves and getting things done. It could be that you love making your own clothes, or nipping off to your spare bedroom-cum-painting room, or you just can’t get enough of being a parent, or you’re really into your job, or you just love keeping your garden perfectly manicured with a neat lawn care program. Whatever it is, by having something you can get really-really into, you’ll find you’re much more satisfied with who you are than when you were panicking about what to wear to go grocery shopping.

The thing you need to understand about self-image and the way you view yourself in the mirror is this: it is not an attribute you have to keep hold of. It is more a habit that you have fallen into. You are letting other people – people who have the same body reservations as you – dictate the way you feel. Stop it. You are amazing and, when you go through troughs of not feeling amazing, simple take a deep breath and fake it. That always works.

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How to be on trend this winter

As the colder months start and your suntan fades, it’s time to turn to the beauty industry for some help and advice on maintaining that glowing look ready for the party season. Heading to the local salon is a good place to start as they get their professional products from the likes of Ellisons so you know they will be on trend. But there’s no harm in checking out the latest beauty looks yourself, so you know exactly what you want when you get there.

Nail Trends

Let us start with the winter nails – an essential thing to get right if you want to look great at the Christmas party.

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Now, you could go for the festive red, green or gold, which let’s face it can look out of place any other time of the year, or you can go all out with metallic. A touch of metallic silver or gold will make you stand out and compliment almost any outfit.

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Alternatively, you may prefer a more neutral colour, but you could try something a little different like a khaki shade. These colours compliment the sophisticated look perfectly ensuring you are ready to impress.

Once your nail colour is sorted it’s time to find a complimentary lip colour…

Lip Trends

Although, red is a key lip colour for this season why not try something a little different. From dark shades to barley there, you will find a colour that is right for you.

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Red with a difference, make Halloween last a little longer with a dark red shade for a seductive look. You may even want to add a little glitter and make your lips sparkle ready for the nightlife.

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If you’re set on a neutral nail shade, then this is the perfect partner. Nude lips have always been popular but with a little pink colour you’ll add a bit of blush to that pout. According to the latest Ellisons style guides a little colour in the centre of the lip will be stylish this winter.

Don’t stop there complete the look with the perfect eye colour.

Eye Trends

Getting the perfect eye colour can be tricky, especially if you don’t usually use eye shadow. One top tip would be to stick to one colour and make it simple for you, or for those of you who are more experienced try a mixture of shades.

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Great news, metallic eyes are bang on trend to match those metallic nails. But as this colour is such a bold statement stick to the natural lip shade – you don’t want to overdo it! When applying the metallic colours try to create a smoky eye look, which will have a better effect than a full colour.

If a smoky eye is not for you, then the graphic style may be the way to go. With full colour and luminous eyeliner, this look really stands out. The colours work best when taken around the eye and complimented by flicked eyeliner.

Like what you see, check out the #AWBeautyTrends guides from Ellisons for more inspiration.

How To Throw A Stunning, Memorable Event This Winter

Throwing a memorable event isn’t always the easiest task, and that rings twice as true if you’re trying to throw an event in the winter, when the lousy weather outside sets people’s baseline moods lower than in the warmer months. You really have to work to make a winter event stunning – you have to cultivate an atmosphere that mixes cozy-ness and conviviality, without sacrificing the kind of open-air freshness of a summer party. Luckily, with these few tips, you’ll be able to throw an awesome event in the depths of January or February, and guarantee that people will be talking about it well in July and August.

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Embrace The Season

When attending a party, people often look for a counterpoint to the weather. For instance, if it’s warm outside, people look to be refreshed, perhaps by a pool. In the winter, people want to be warm and cozy. Embracing the winter season means gearing your décor towards warmth and good cheer – you can accomplish this by ensuring that there is a bar at the event (perhaps two or more bars, depending on the size) and that it is well stocked with seasonally appropriate drinks. You don’t want a bar that’s just stocked with Coronas and tequila; you want a wide variety from which to choose. This seasonality goes for the food as well. Make sure your venue has a relationship with a good quality caterer, one who can work with you to create the perfect winter menu (think hearty and rib-sticking), like the kind of venue you’ll find at http://torontoeventcentre.com/ online, who are able to help in all aspects of the event planning.

A Little Fresh Air

As important as it is to be cozy at a winter party, people need access to some fresh air as well (whatever their reason might be). Check to see if the venue you’re booking has much in the way of an outdoor space, and, if they do, check if they have space heaters, just in case your outdoorsy partygoers get a little chilly. Having a mix of indoor and outdoor space allows for more free movement, and less of a feeling of constraint amongst guests. Also, the air in winter, as well as the stars, can be particularly breathtaking.

Put On A Bit Of A Show

Once you’re done dealing with the décor, which should be both festive and restrained, and the food and drink, which should be both comforting and varied; and once you’ve secured a space that has a good mix of inside warmth and outside freshness, you can turn your attention to the razzmatazz. LED lights, a stage for speeches or performances, projectors, TVs, surround sound audio – these are all great features, and if you’re lucky enough to find somewhere that can offer all of this, without you having to shop around privately for each component of your event’s production, you should snatch it up. One of the key things that sets a memorable event apart from a forgettable one, is the quality of the sights and sounds.

Whether you’re throwing an event for the holidays, where the pep and buzz of excitement is palpable, or you’re throwing an event in the new year when people tend to be a little more buttoned-up and reserved, you want to make sure that your event is the highlight of their week (if not their year). Why let summer have all the fun – try throwing a winter party this year!

Three Ways To Transform a Spare Bedroom

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom in your home, why not make the most of it? It’s easy for spare rooms to turn into dumping grounds- boxes, clothes, Christmas decorations and junk- but when you’re paying rent or a mortgage on a property you should get the very most out of it. If you have a spare room in your home and are wondering what to do with it, here are a few ideas!

Guest Room

Being able to have guests over is a joy in adulthood. Having friends and family over to stay helps to keep close bonds and is enjoyable for everyone. If you or your loved ones live far apart, having a guest room makes it easy too since they can stay over. Even if you only have people staying over on special occasions like Christmas, having a guest room there is certainly preferable to a junk room! Get rid of the blow up bed and wonky camp bed, invest in something comfortable. You will need a wardrobe and some drawers in your guest room so that people can put their things away without having to live out of a case. Decorate in a light, neutral colour to make the space feel big and bright, and avoid too many personal touches. Aim to create a room that feels like a hotel room– that way it will appeal to everyone and your guests will have the most comfortable stay.

Home Office

A home office is an excellent use of a spare bedroom. If you’re a blogger, freelancer or run your own business, having somewhere you can properly work from will certainly make life easier. It allows you to separate work from life which can be a struggle when you’re at home for your job. You can get all kinds of cute accessories from customized stickers and labels to luxurious looking acrylic staplers, hole punches and tape dispensers to personalise your workspace. Pots for things like pencils and paper tray tidies will help to keep everything neat. Even if you don’t work from home, a desk for your computer, some filing and office supplies will mean you have somewhere to pay bills, sort out paperwork and do these kinds of things.

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Beauty Room

At some point or another most women have dreamed of having their own beauty room or walk in wardrobe. A place to put all of your clothes, a big dressing table for your makeup and perfume, a place to put shoes, bags, scarves, jewellery. It’s somewhere you can sit down each morning and get dressed, have everything beautifully organised. Where you can come after a shower and pamper your skin and hair. It’s a great use of a spare bedroom especially if you’re currently doing your makeup perched on the end of your bed, or in your bathroom mirror. You could have some built in wardrobes installed around the edge to give you tonnes of storage and hanging space.

If you had a spare room in your home, what would you do with it? Have you created any of these rooms already?

Total Recall: Tricks To Improve Your Memory

It wasn’t so long ago that everyone assumed a failing memory was just a part of growing old. But in recent years, scientific research has shown us something contrary to that belief – memory is actually affected by modern lifestyles rather than just plain old aging.

When you think about it, it’s easy to see why. After all, you can’t expect your brain to be in tip-top shape if you surround yourself with chemicals, toxins, a poor diet, and a stressful and exhausting lifestyle. You are going to have memory problems of all kinds, and they might even end up developing into severe conditions like Alzheimer’s.

However, if you want to reduce your chances of losing your cherished memories, improve your overall performance, and keep your mind as sharp as a tack, there is plenty of good news. Your hippocampus is capable of regenerating until you are well into your 90s, and a few little tweaks to your lifestyle can help give your mind and recall a significant boost. Let’s take a look at some of your options.

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Exercise your mind

The human brain is built for testing, and if you aren’t sharpening your mind, it will start to lose its sheen. If you are coasting in your job, have stopped reading books and learning new things, or don’t exercise your brain in any way, it will weaken just like any other organ – or even muscle – in your body. The good news is that it’s possible to improve things significantly with a little effort. Start to train up your brain more often by learning new skills, taking on new challenges, and forcing yourself to make a mental effort. Not only will your memory improve, but you’ll also start leading a vastly more rewarding life.

Exercise your body

Brain training should also include physical training – there is an active link between a healthy mind and a healthy body. Aerobic exercises are great for keeping your blood pumping around your body, which helps your brain regenerate cells. Exercise is also an excellent primer for learning – it gets your mind in active mode and enables you to remember relevant facts and figures. Bear in mind that challenging maneuvers that require coordination and lots of different movements also help you build up your brain’s neural connections.

Get some sleep

One thing many of us are guilty of these days is not getting enough sleep. If you are going to burn the candle at both ends, your brain will bear the brunt of it. The vast majority of people out there need at least 7.5 hours every night, and some even longer – 9 hours is still well within the average range. So, try sticking to a regular sleep schedule, including at the weekends. Avoid screens like smartphones and tablets, too, for at least an hour before bed. Don’t forget, sleep is vital for memory consolidation, and without it, you’ll find that you start forgetting all kinds of events and occurrences that you ought to remember.

Eat the right food

Your diet is also critical to your mind, as well as your body. A proper, nutritious diet promotes the growth of brain cells, boosts brainpower, and also protects against nasty substances actually doing damage to your mind. For example, if you overeat sugar and too many grain carbohydrates, it can actually have a negative impact on your gray matter. Consuming organic compounds like shilajit promotes brain health, also, apparently, as well as a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, B, C, and E are all recommended, as is magnesium and Folic Acid.

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However, don’t go overboard on the food. Research suggests that one of the best possible fuels for your blood is ketone – not glucose as previously thought. Ketones are in the fat that your body starts to burn when you stop topping up your carbs, and instead start to consume other types of healthy fats like avocados and coconut oil. So regular fasting to allow your body to reset itself can be hugely beneficial to the brain. Try eating all of your meals through a 6-8 hour period, and you will, in effect, be fasting for somewhere in the region of 16-18 hours every day.

Watch some comedy

Everyone says that laughter is one of the best medicines, and science actually backs that theory up when it comes to a healthy brain. How? Well, when you laugh, it is a response that affects the whole of the brain, not just one particular part, which is the case for most of your other emotions. Your rain gets a lot of stimulation when you laugh, so the more you do it, the better. It also takes concentration and intelligence to understand and work out jokes. It helps you be more creative, which then leads to deeper thinking and using more brainpower.

Be aware

Be honest – how aware are you of your current health? If you notice your memory starting to fail you, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting Alzheimer’s or dementia. You could be suffering a small blip – but you could also have underlying health concerns. Heart disease, diabetes, hormone imbalance and many other serious illnesses sometimes interfere with your memory, too. So, don’t put your sudden forgetful nature to one side – make sure you get yourself checked out by your doctor, as it could be something far more severe.

Play brain games

Finally, if you really can’t be bothered to take up any of these ideas, you can still give your brain some important exercise. Brain games are available everywhere online and can be an effective way of providing your memory a boost. Try programs like Brain HQ once or twice a day. According to research, the first 5-6 minutes of using these games is the most important, so there is little need to spend hours trying them out.

Do you worry about a weak memory? If so, try some of these tips and let us know how you get on. Hopefully, they might help your brain retrain and get your memory back on track.

7 Genius Ways To Organize Your Closet

If you often find that you struggle to come up with ways to keep your belongings organized, then it is time to change. When everything has a home, the whole space can be clean, tidy, less stressful, and much more user-friendly. Closets and drawers are some of the worst things for things. We just stuff them full of so much stuff, right? So here are some genius ways to get your closet and drawers organized. You can thank me for it later.

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  • Shoe boxes are great for organizing. You often won’t need to use them for your actual shoes (unless they’re a fancy pair that need to be kept pristine). You can put them in drawers to use as a drawer organizer, specially for sock and underwear drawers.

  • Pool noodles are a great way to help shoes and boots to keep their shape. They can be super cheap to buy which is handy; then just chop them up to fit your shoes or boots. It can stop your boots from getting squashed and damaged, especially as they aren’t used all year round.

  • Shoe racks are your new best friend when it comes to being organized. You can display all of your shoes and keep pairs of shoes and sandals together. You can also use shoe racks that hang on doors as a nifty way to store things like jewellery and toiletries. So if you need some organization in your life, then you could find shoe racks for sale and stock up. They are pretty versatile which is great.

  • At this time of year, you are going to need your scarves and pashminas. But what can be half of the problem is having to iron it before you need to wear it. So hang your scarves on a pants hanger. They be draped over and piled up which is good for seeing what you have. Then when you need one, you can just grab it and it will be crease-free.

  • Shower curtain rings can be a great way to hang things like shorts and pants, if you have quite a lot. Folded, they take up quite a lot of room. But if you use the shower curtain rings, it can mean displaying them easily and making your closet feel like your own designer store.

  • You don’t need to spend a lot to get organized. You can make a good jewelry organizer by simply using something like an ice cube tray. It works well for rings and earrings, and it will fit well in a drawer. Simple, but it works.

  • Having a declutter is a great way to get organized. You could go through your closet and ask yourself ‘if I was shopping right now, would I buy this?’ If the answer is no, then you probably have your answer of if you need it or not. You could sell or give to charity if they are in good condition. It will help keep things organized, as well as fill your closet with on the things that you want to wear.

Stuck In A Dead End Job? Here’s How To Make A Change

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You may come to a point in your life where the job you once loved just doesn’t give you that same spark of passion anymore, or maybe you have never truly found your calling and stuck with the practical option for you family. Being stuck in a job you no longer thrive in can be debilitating to your health, mental state and happiness. We spend on average 70% of our time at our job, so it is crucial that we find a job that makes us happy. Life is too short to work somewhere you hate.

But how do you go about taking that step and changing your career path?

Step Back And See Yourself From A Different Perspective

Before you rush into making crazy changes to your life. Take a moment to understand the reasons for why you feel the way you do. Is it the morning commute which puts you in a bad mood for the rest of the day? A boss who you struggle to get along with? Or is it just the job role itself? Once you have answered all of these questions you will be able to see where the changes need to be made and how you will rectify your situation.

Let Go Of Your Worries

There is clearly something standing in the way of your success and progression in your professional life. What is it? Finding the root cause of your issues will help you to change the situation and change your life for the better. Look at the patterns of behaviour which stop you from reaching your full potential and this will allow you to work your way around it and solve your issues.

Say Yes To Your Dreams

Close your eyes and imagine the one thing you wish you were doing right now. Once you have the image in your mind, hold onto it and work out what you need to do to achieve it. Research online and write down every qualification, skill and step you need to complete to reach that goal. Even if it is a big dream like earning a Doctorate of Nursing Practice or becoming a scientist: it shouldn’t stop you from working towards your dream career. The biggest hurdle you will have to overcome in your path to success is your own self-doubt. Stop telling yourself you can’t do it, and start working towards it. Take an online course to earn a degree alongside your full-time job, start a blog, offer your photography services… whatever the dream, it won’t make itself.

Explore it and try it on

You might think that what you want is what you want, but you don’t truly know if it’s right for you until you try it. Narrow down the top three things you would love to pursue and try each of them if you can. For example, if you have a passion for photography, writing and social media: try out becoming a blogger for a while to learn about social media management and content creation, and offer your photography services for weddings and birthdays to see what it’s really like be a professional photographer. You may find that after a while of trying out these things for yourself, that they are too hard or don’t satisfy your professional cravings.

It’s ok to try things and admit that it’s not right, if you are a creative person, it can take you years to find that perfect career path which encapsulates everything you want in life. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Eventually you will find something that makes you want to wake up at the crack of dawn each day and never have a day off sick. When you find that one thing, hold onto it with all your strength and never let go.

Create it S.M.A.R.T.

Be realistic with yourself. If you are starting at the bottom step of the ladder, you won’t reach the top within a few months. Make a realistic set of milestones and goals for yourself to follow in order to reach that ultimate place at the end. If you want to become a published writer and a New York Times’ bestseller, it’s not going to happen straight away. You will have to plan out your novel, develop the plotlines, make your characters come to life, edit the book, get your family to proofread it, and then you’ll need to get in touch with a literary agent to publish your book. Even then, you might not be accepted for publication, meaning that you will have to self-publish your novel instead. It might take weeks for you to earn money from your masterpiece, but eventually you could be the next JK Rowling and become renowned across the world for your stories.

It’s a long process which could take you well over a year to produce the book, and then another year to get it published and start making sales of your creation. So don’t expect yourself to magically be a best-selling author right away. Give yourself the time to develop your skills and your writing to that standard. You might even take a course on creative writing to improve your vocabulary and the standard of your grammar within the book.

The point is that you can’t ask too much from yourself. It will stress you out and cause you to work overtime on achieving a goal which is unachievable. Be smart with the way you plan, split things up into manageable sections and allow yourself extra time in case things go wrong. Reaching out for your dream career will take a lot of hard graft, tears, tantrums and gallons of coffee. But once you split your goals up into small chunks, every time you reach a milestone you will feel a boost in confidence and one step closer to that aim. You need to be ready to put in all of your spare hours into getting that job you love, otherwise you will never reach that goal.

The Things Us Girls Do To Look Good!

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There’s that phrase that says “Beauty is pain”. But have you ever wondered why that seemed to only apply to girls and not guys? It’s crazy if you sit and have a think about all the things we do in order to make sure we look good. Let alone the money that we spend along the way. But you’ll never hear us complain – at least not to the boys, because we want to give off the impression that it’s easy and natural. Like Beyonce once said, “I woke up like this – we flawless” At least, that’s what we want everyone to believe.

Here are the top three things we do in order to look (and feel) beautiful.

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For some reason, we only feel like a real girl when we have the pretty nails on. But if you don’t already have long, well-kept nails, then you’re going to have to pay for some. And that isn’t a cheap investment – not when you’re required to do it every month. The plus side is being able to choose beautiful colours and pattern and shapes and lengths. This isn’t really a chore, it’s actually rather enjoyable, but it does cost money, and it isn’t a one-off thing. So technically, that’s still a tough job to maintain. No matter how pretty the outcome is. You can find some of the best ideas for this fall on glamour.com.

Hair Removal

It hurts, it’s a regular job, it’s time-consuming – but we do it. Whether it be shaving, waxing, plucking, threading, or zapping, our need to be soft and smooth is the main priority. But sometimes it’s not as simple as that, there can be issues along the way, like ingrow hair, cuts, and bumps, and they’re never fun to try and deal with – but there is a way. You can find out how to get rid of razor bumps from 99centrazor.com, as well as figuring out how to avoid those nasty ingrown hairs. In fact, even introducing exfoliating into your routine can greatly make a difference. So do the research, not just the action – you could learn a lot and make the experience an easier one.

Makeup

Do you have any idea about how much money you spend on your makeup every year? No? Well, you probably won’t want to find out, because it’ll be a lot. Remember that you’re supposed to throw out your makeup if you’ve had it for three months, and while no one really does that – imagine that extra cost if you did. Regardless of where you shop, whether that be the drugstore or the high-end beauty stores, it still all adds up. Mascara dry up quickly, eyeshadows run out rapidly, foundations disappear dramatically, and our brushes – our brushes should all be put in the bin and replaced. Like, now. You don’t want to know what’s crawling around in there. Not even kidding.

So as you can see, us women have it hard. And that’s without even mentioning that time of the month…

Is Your Job Causing Long Term Damage To Your Health?

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No job should compromise your health. Whilst many jobs have health and safety precautions in place, there are still many forms of long-term damage that we ourselves can take action against. Here are a few ways to keep yourself safe at work.

Take a stand

Do you spend most of your job sat behind a desk? A sedentary lifestyle can come with many long-term health problems. Bending over a desk can damage your posture. Constantly relaxing the muscles in the stomach meanwhile can cause these muscles to wear and promote weight gain. The knees meanwhile can also suffer damage from being bent for long periods. An easy way to prevent all this long-term damage is to regularly take a break from sitting down and stretch your legs. Walking around for five minutes at a time every hour could be enough. Some people have even taken the option to buy a stand-up desk.

Save your breath

Various chemicals when breathed in can cause respiratory problems later in life. These include industrial chemicals and flour, as well as more dangerous substances such as asbestos. In such jobs, a safety mask will generally be supplied – be sure to wear this to avoid long term damage to your lungs.

Turn down the volume

Similarly, many jobs can involve exposure to loud noise. This can cause hearing loss later on in life. Common careers that result in hearing loss involve construction, airport work and music venue work. Always wear ear protection where supplied to protect your ears against damage. If you start to experience hearing loss, it could be worth visiting a specialist who may be able to fit a hearing aid and return your hearing to normal.

Kick up your heels

Do you regularly wear high heels to work? When worn on a daily basis, heels can cause many joint problems as well as back problems. This can negatively affect mobility later in life. Take a break from heels and try to wearing them only on special occasions. You can also take actions such as lowering the size of your heel.

Rest your eyes

Most of us spend our jobs looking at computer screens or tills. Whilst there is still growing research into the damage that this can cause, it’s been shown that reading in poor light can cause long-sightedness later on in life. Make sure that your office desk or premises is well lit so that you’re not straining your eyes. If you do require reading glasses, make sure that you’re wearing them as straining your eyes will cause further damage.

De-stress

Stress is indeed the biggest killer. Cortisol released during stress causes heightened blood pressure and overproduction of white blood cells, which can then lead to heart attacks and strokes. If you work a high-pressure job, make sure that you are getting a break at home. There are many ways to reduce stress including getting a healthy amount of sleep and exercise. Meditation, music and laughter have all been found to reduce stress.  

Optimize Your Home

Your home is most likely the centre of your life. It’s your pride and joy. All of you with have specific things that you love about your home. Mom’s, it’s usually the kitchen. Teenage boys, it’s usually their bedroom. But one thing most people lack is making the most of every room. Whether that be with tech, furniture, or accessories. Check out these ways you can add a little snazzyness to your home.

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Tech

There’s so much tech out there that can help you with things such as reducing energy bills, or just generally making home life easier. For the bedroom, invest in something such as the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link. It’s a little device that does what it says on the tin. There’s nothing worse than being to hot or to cold in the night, this will solve all of your issues. It doesn’t have any fan blades either, so you could easily put one in your children’s bedroom.

Why not try something like a smart meter. They’re a relatively new piece of technology, but are so efficient for saving you some pennies. You can control it from your phone, and do thing such as put the heating on a few minutes before you get back to the home, switch the water on etc. All of this can be done from a remote location. Check this out and see which one you prefer. You definitely won’t be disappointed with the money it saves.

You could even look to put something such as mood lighting in either the bedroom, or the living room. If it’s in the bedroom, the dim light can help you naturally fall asleep. Using soothing colours such as blue’s, oranges, and greens to have you drift off. If it’s in the lounge, you can get tech that’ll change the colour of the lights to the sounds being played on the TV. A novelty feature that is bound to amaze all of your guests.

Furniture

The comfiest part of your home. In the bedroom, try optimising your space with a different bed frame. You can either get ones that pull up and reveal a large under bed space. Or there are plenty out there that have a few pull out compartments underneath. It’s so hard to find space in the smallest room in the house, so make use of what you have!

One cool idea for the longue is footstools that open up, and have a lot of storage room inside them. A lot of people don’t have recliner sofas, so this one is a win win. It’ll give you a place to rest your feet, and storage space for things such as toys if you have kids. Or it can be a place to put accessories such as remotes, maybe even magazines and books so they’re out the way but easily accessible.

Optimising your home really isn’t hard, it can either save you a lot of pennies, or just make your home generally more aesthetically pleasing. If you have anymore tips, leave a comment below!