Could You Be Healthier & Happier In 2018?

If there’s one thing that everyone wants to be, it’s happy and healthy, because like the old saying goes, if you don’t have you health, you don’t have anything. Health is something that, until recently, was seen as being a mainly physical thing. However, that’s all changed in the past 20 years or so, with emotional health being taken as seriously as physical health in many parts of the world.

So, when it comes to leading a healthy life, it’s just as much about being emotionally happy as it is about being physically healthy. Because without your emotional health, you don’t have your happiness. Often, stress is linked to issues with mental health, which is why wellness is taken so seriously today by medical professionals. Gone are the days when there was a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ attitude – mental health is no longer stigmatised, it’s finally starting to be treated in the same way as physical health.

Bearing all of that in mind, when it comes to managing your health on a daily basis, it’s important to take into account both your physical and mental health. Do you wonder if you could be healthier and happier in 2018? If you want to determine whether you are as healthy and happy as you could be, then it’s a good idea to take an in-depth look at your health, focusing on small changes that you could make, that offer the potential of high impact results.

For everything that you need to know about leading a healthier and happier life in 2018, read on.

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Look at your diet

First things first, focus on your diet. You know that saying ‘you are what you eat’? Well, when it comes to your health and wellbeing, it’s completely apt. The fact is that if you live off of junk food and takeaways, you can’t expect to be healthy, even if you are a ‘healthy’ size and shape. The fact is that we can’t always see the damage that we are doing – sometimes the damage is invisible.

So if you aren’t eating as well as you could be, now is the perfect time to change that. They say that getting into a habit takes just 28 days, so although the first 28 days will be tough, if you can stick to a healthier way of eating for that long, you should find that you’re able to stick to it in the long-term. It’s not easy making changes, but if you are set on achieving your goal of being healthier, it is possible.

Take steps to be more active

As a rule of thumb, it’s important to aim to do a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity every week to stay healthy. If you are trying to lose weight and get in better shape, then you will, most probably need to do more than this. But as a general rule, 150 minutes of exercise a week is plenty.

If you are exercising as much as you should be, then it’s important that you realize how serious the repercussion of not being physically active can be, and take steps to change this. Being physically active reduces your risk of a wide range of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease, so it’s something that it’s important that you make time to do. It doesn’t matter how you exercise, just as long as you are taking steps to be physically active on a regular basis. Not great at motivating yourself? How about hiring a personal trainer to do that for you?

Quit those nasty habits

Do you have any nasty, unhealthy habits, like drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or smoking? If the answer is yes, then it’s important that you take steps to rid yourself of them.

Not only can drinking impact your physical health, both in the long and short term, but it can also have an impact on your mental health. Alcohol is a depressant, and so, drinking it can cause feelings of depression and anxiety to occur. Aim to keep to a 2 drink maximum a day, to ensure that your alcohol consumption won’t impact your health in a negative way.

Smoking can have a serious impact on your health, both in the long and short term, which is why if you smoke, you need to consider quitting. You can never be truly healthy if you are putting carcinogenic smoke into your lungs. If you don’t feel strong enough to quit cold turkey, perhaps you could try vaping instead? You can learn more about this via specialist websites like ecigwizard.com. The fact is smoking is highly detrimental to your health, so if you can quit, you really should do.

Get rid of stress

If there’s one thing that can have a serious impact on your mental health (and also your physical health) it’s stress. The truth is that while our bodies are designed to be able to manage certain levels of stress, when the levels of stress that we are under get too high, they can have a huge impact on our mental health. Studies have shown that people who are overly stressed are more likely to develop various mental health problems, including both anxiety and depression. That’s why managing stress in an effective way is so vital.

The good news is that when it comes to managing stress, it’s not as difficult as you would think. The fact is that if you know what steps you need to take to manage stress, you can do so effectively. One of the best methods of stress management is exercise – studies have shown that regular exercise is a fantastic and highly effective stress reliever. It doesn’t matter how you choose to exercise, just as long as you take steps to stay active.

There you have it, a guide to everything that you need to know about being healthier and happier in 2018. Take note of the tips and advice above, and you can ensure that you have the healthiest year ever, and put your wellness first for once.

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Capture Every Big Milestone Of Your Child’s Life

Parents try to trace the growth of their children in many ways, like tracking their height in pencil along doorframes and sticking their drawings up on the refrigerator door. The most effective way to record the growth and development of your child is by using a camera and then storing those pictures in a printed photo book.

While it’s popular to only store your photos in digital albums on technological devices, you should cherish these significant transitions in your child’s life in a physical family photo book. Online albums can get lost in the shuffle, whereas you won’t forget about a tangible photo book displayed in your office or living room. You can easily make your own photo book online by taking all of the pictures stored on your various computers, tablets, smartphones and social media accounts — then you can drop them into a website andorganize them into your ideal format. The website photoroost can help you create a polished photo book and have a printed copy sent to your home in under a week. Their software will let users pick their own layout and choose their own designs so that the final product is customized. Now that you know exactly how you can make your own album, here are the meaningful moments that you should catch on camera.

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Milestones For A Baby

Every new thing that your baby does will feel like a groundbreaking occasion that you will want to preserve in a photograph. There are plenty of milestones to capture with pictures during your baby’s first year, like lifting their head without support, rolling over, sitting, standing and crawling.

Milestones For A Toddler

One of the biggest changes for toddlers is the movement away from diapers to potty training — many parents find pictures of this progression to be charming, but be wary of any photos that will be deemed too embarrassing when your childis older. Here is a brief list of other physical changes to think of commemorating in an album:

  • Running
  • Climbing
  • Jumping
  • Brushing their own teeth

Milestones For A Child

The term child usually refers to the period from age four or five until they are considered a teenager—that means you have almost a decade of important moments to capture in pictures. During this stage of their life, they will go through a lot of childhood milestones that you will want to snap in photos, like the loss of their baby teeth, learning how to ride a bicycle and swimming without flotation devices. It’s also good to keep your eye on your child’s academic milestones throughout their years at school, like reading without any help or completing their first project on their own.

Every child is different, so they will have milestones that are unique to them—it might be participating in a school concert, gaining a new belt in martial arts or learning how to play the piano. If you want to have proof of their personal milestones, you just need to be close-by and holding a camera.

The Benefits of CAT Scans in Diagnosing Health Problems

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Computed axial tomography (CAT) scans, also called CT scans, produce detailed images which can be studied by medical experts to allow them to detect and diagnose a wide range of health problems.

Here is what you need to know about this type of test.

Complications with CAT scans

The CAT scan is a very safe test. The most serious reaction may be an allergy to oral or intravenous contrast (the special solution used to highlight the body part under investigation). The symptoms of this allergy can range from a sensation of heat and the appearance of a rash to a very serious allergic reaction called anaphylactic shock.

But there is no need to worry; medical staff are always in attendance to solve these infrequent incidents. The allergy is usually apparent immediately after the administration of the contrast. However, very rarely, an allergy may appear hours after administration of the contrast, causing itching, difficulty swallowing or breathing. In this case, you should urgently contact a doctor.

Intravenous contrast sometimes generates some heat when entering the body through the vein. In case it leaves the vein during its introduction it can produce local inflammatory reactions.

Intravenous contrast can rarely cause kidney failure. This was more frequent in the past with contrast media that are no longer used nowadays. On the other hand, the dose of radiation received in a CAT scan is very small and does not produce side effects.

The CAT results

The images obtained by the tomograph can be seen immediately. However, its interpretation requires much specialisation and is carried out by radiological doctors. This specialist will make a written report that will be delivered within a few days of the test along with the radiographic images obtained.

The report of the results will include data on the technique used, if necessary the use of contrast and the findings. The type of findings can vary greatly depending on the pathology and the organ studied. Many times, benign or malignant tumors can be identified, as well as signs indicative of various infections such as abscesses or cavities in some organ, or pathologies in the bones, such as fractures or malformations.

In relation to the vessels that irrigate the different organs, thrombi, vascular infarcts (due to the obstruction of an artery) or hemorrhages can be identified. Many times, it is necessary to repeat the test to see how the different lesions evolve, either spontaneously or with some treatment.

If you need a CAT urgently, you may choose to attend a private healthcare facility. While, obviously, a private facility offering a CT scan in London will cost more than if done through the NHS, the waiting time will be much less and the results available much quicker.

Normally, when the final results are ready, the doctor who originally asked for the test will give you the results and will indicate the need to do other complementary examinations or other treatment, as required.

The Secrets Revealed: The Top Things Guys Notice First

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Let’s face it: ladies, we all want to look good. Whether you spend hours grooming and styling yourself or are okay with a quick blow-dry and a dash of lipstick, you want to know that you look your best. Even on those days when you don’t want to As much as we’d like to think that physical attractiveness is just a small portion of what makes us great, it still counts for a lot. As hard as it is to admit, men are attracted by our physical attributes first. If you’ve ever wondered what men see or notice first, wonder no more – here are the secrets revealed: the top things guys notice first.

Your smile and laugh

When we meet someone for the first time, we automatically smile (unless you’re a complete fan of Resting B**** Face). The good thing is, your smile is the first thing guys notice, and it better be good. If you’ve got a great smile, don’t hesitate to highlight it with some awesome lipstick or gloss. When you smile, you can instantly attract someone – and then it’s just up to your fabulous personality to reel them in.

Your laugh is another aspect about you that guys notice first, too. If your laugh sounds like the tinkling of bells, then by all means, laugh as much as you can. If your laugh is like the screech of a banshee, maybe it’s better to lie low and just smile or giggle instead.

Your feet and your hands

You may not want to believe it, but a lot of guys do have a thing for feet. It doesn’t mean they have a foot fetish, though – it just means that they appreciate nice, well-kept feet. If your feet are dry and your nails aren’t properly taken care of, this can turn a guy off big time. The same is true for your hands – and, of course, your fingernails. Pay attention to your fingernails and don’t just make sure they’re clean –  If you don’t have time or the money to go to the salon try a set of press on nails.

Your eyes and face

Any decent guy would look into your eyes when you’re talking. But your eyes say a lot about you, and if you’ve got beautiful eyes, there’s no harm in accentuating them even more with the right amount of mascara and eye shadow. Of course, your face will be noticed, too, so it really pays to take care of your skin … exfoliation works wonders for that healthy glow, and make sure to hydrate your skin with skin care products such as masks and creams as often as you can.

 

How To Become A Modern-Day Wonder Woman

Do you dream of being the next business mogul, sporting heroine or leading light in the world of politics? In years gone by, the dreams of women have been suppressed, but opportunities are increasingly abundant. If you’re on a mission to be a modern-day Wonder Woman, take inspiration from these women at the top of their game and don’t give up on your goals.

One of the best pieces of advice you can take on board comes from Jessica Ennis-Hill, an Olympic champion who coped with immense pressure to take heptathlon gold at London 2012. If you ever doubt yourself or your confidence takes a knock, listen to Jess when she says, “The only one who can tell you you can’t win is you, and you don’t have to listen.” Recognise your strengths, be confident in what you can do and don’t let rejection get you down. As J K Rowling says, “It’s impossible to live without failing at something.” Learn from every experience, both positive and negative, but never doubt that you can get to where you want to be.

In this day and age, it can be easy to get pressured into being something that you’re not. To be a real-life superhero, you shouldn’t be afraid to be yourself. As the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern suggests, “I don’t think that the next generation should fear just being who they are, rather than conforming to an expectation of what they should be.” Just do you. You’ll be much happier in yourself.


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6 Rubbish Truths About Being A Woman That Women Won’t Talk About

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Us women know we have to stick together. It’s a fact and one that is coming to light a little bit more in the wake of some massive movements that demand equality. However, there are still a bunch of things about being a woman that us women don’t tell other women enough. Okay, so if you’re a fan of Caitlin Moran then this isn’t so much of a problem because there is a woman that isn’t afraid to tell you like it is. But even she isn’t the answer to all the silent struggles faced by women everywhere.

Now, don’t get our intentions all mixed up and cross-wired because we’re not here to save the day and talk you through every big-slash-little ache that women feel and think they feel alone. Instead, what we’re going to (try and) do is tell you a few things about being a woman that most other women are too embarrassed/ashamed/worried/anxious to tell you firsthand.

Think of us at that oversharing friend that you are embarrassed to take to a restaurant but absolutely love hanging out with at home. That’s us. That’s who we are.

  1. Say The Word Feminism Proudly

Even now, with everything women have been through, ranging from the suffragette marches to the #metoo movement, we still seem a little scared to say the word ‘feminism’. It’s like we’re scared people will think we’re over-opinionated and about to launch into some crazed and passionate rant about how great we think we are, and how much better we are than others. In that sense, it’s similar to saying you’re an environmentalist or, to a lesser extent, a vegan. But the point is this: the world needs you to say these words with pride. The world is resting on your shoulders – it’s the legacy we should all try and leave behind – and that’s because feminism and environmentalism and veganism could all save the world.

  1. Don’t Be Scared Of That Woman Thing

As you can tell from this subheading, just writing the word period slightly freaks us out, and this seems to be the general consensus, even with women that are over the age of forty-two. How is this possible? Simple. Just because you are a woman that has been a woman for a long time doesn’t mean being a woman is a walk in the park. It doesn’t matter how many times you have faced the trauma of a period, it still comes as a total bloody surprise (excuse the pun). It’s not just the fact it happens either. It’s the fact you get really bad acne before periods, and that you don’t know when it is going to happen even though you kinda know when it is going to happen. Trying to explain all that womby-stuff to ourselves is hard enough, but to a man, wow, what comparison is there? Leaking a rank liquid – let’s say espresso coffee – from your bits, once a month, for the next three decades. Exactly.

  1. It’s Girlfriends Over Boyfriends

Let’s get one thing straight here: us girls would prefer to have deeper relationships with our boyfriends than our girlfriends, but it doesn’t work like that. It just doesn’t. Us girls have far deeper relationships with one another than we will ever have with a man and that’s because only girls know what it is like being a girl; the hardships, the exhaustion, the constant expectations we have to shoulder and live with. Girls can cry in front of other girls about anything and not get judged by some misunderstanding person that only has preconceived stereotypes to fall back on as a means of understanding. Girls can be open with girls. There is no judging one another or thinking we are being silly about something trivial. And that is something we haven’t been able to find with men, yet, or even a man. It’s a total bitch.

  1. Answering The Biological Clock Question

It’s the worst. It really is. But the worst part is this: there is no right answer. You could lock yourself away in a closet with a thick notepad, a pen and a torch for a week and still not come up with an answer that will please you or anyone else, especially now that most women aren’t having children in their (cough) “childbearing years”. But of course we aren’t. Right now, we do the childhood thing, go to school, go to college and then get a job to support ourselves financially and, at some point during all of this, we’re meant to be able to find a man that we can spend the rest of our lives with. Yes, that’s the simplistic version, but the detailed one is no better because, let’s be honest, not many of us are meeting men between the ages of 21 and 28 that are ready for that part of their lives. Men don’t want kids at the time we are going through our “childbearing years” and, if they do want them, they aren’t in a financial position to have them. Understand this and you can understand just how tricky this whole question is.

  1. The Humiliation Is Tiring

It really is. From the moment you became an adult – and sometime before – we have to endure getting wolf-whistled as we walk the streets, we have to put up with that weird uncle telling us we’ll be a heartbreaker when we’re older, we have to pretend to smile when people say we’re big-boned and all of it is tiring. But what is even more tiring is the fact nothing can help us. Not even fame and fortune, something we have seen with our female idols getting ripped apart in the media for doing nothing other than being human. “Ooooo, look how much weight so-and-so has put on” or “they must have gotten their eggs frozen”. It’s all total bull, as is all the leaked photos and sex-tapes getting put up for sale and whatnot. It’s as if being a woman is cause for humiliation a lot of the time and that, as you can probably feel, is absolutely knackering. As is all the stuff we went through above – from the delicate feminism thing to the biological clock thing. So, if you feel this way, don’t worry, we all do, and if we keep thinking like this then hopefully it will change.

  1. Stop Being Scared Of Being A Burden

This is another one of those painfully delicate parts of being a woman. It’s this idea that women should be more doormattish and less of a burden or, in all honesty, less of anything. Don’t follow this idea. In fact, shun with all of your might. You have every right to tell people what you want and how you feel and to ask questions. Men do and so should you. If you don’t then, the reality is, no one will know what it is you are after in life. It could be asking your lover to define what your relationship is or where they see it going. It could be asking your spouse to help fund your passion so that you can turn it into a legitimate business. It could be something as simple as asking the mechanic that just fixed your car to itemise your bill so that you can see why it cost as much as it did. And, come on, you’ve gotta ask your boss about your future at that company. These sorts of questions do not make you a burden, they make you an assertive human. They make you normal and reasonable and all of that sort of stuff.

What to wear to the races

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Horse races have quite a long tradition in the UK, being not just a sports event but also a social event where everybody display’s their best attires. So, if you plan to attend the coming horse racing event, stirred by the betting odds released by WilliamHill or simply because you want to enjoy the occasion, you need to know what to wear. Believe it or not, horse races are rather sophisticated events, where, regardless of how appropriate it may seem, you cannot wear a casual attire. Yes, you are going to walk on grass and dirt, but you need to display a flawless attire, suitable for a lady like yourself, so you may want to follow the pieces of advice listed below.

  • Choose the right dress

Before you choose the dress you will wear at such an event, you need to know that there is a dress code you need to respect. If this is not enough, each horse race may have its own dress code, so make sure you check this first. It is enough to access the website of the horse race that interest you and you’ll find there the information concerning the accepted dress code. But, as a general rule, short dresses should be avoided, as mid-length ones are more suitable. They should not be embellished with sequins or be too cropped, and they should not allow your underwear to be seen. So make sure you assort the underwear with the color of your dress.

  • Don’t forget about the hat

Hats are elegant accessories, so if you always wanted to wear one, but never had the chance to do so, a horse race is the best occasion. Again, check the website of the race to see if there are any specifications concerning the hat particularities that are accepted. But, whatever you do, choose a hat that will flatter your attire and body size and shape. For example, if you are not too tall, a hat shaped like a mushroom will make you look even shorter. Never choose the hat and then the dress, as it may turn out to be more complicated. It is easier to find the dress first and then find the hat that is right for it.  

  • And yes, you must wear heels

It may not seem like such a good idea to wear heels somewhere where walking on grass may be involved, but horse races are all about elegance, so you will have to make this sacrifice and leave your practical sense at home. Of course, you can avoid walking on grass, for the sake of your shoes, and only do it if there’s no other way. Concerning the heels, make sure they are clean and that they do not present any scratches or scruffs. You will be very well analyzed by the rest of the participants at the race, so you need to protect your image. But, even so, it is not a good idea to wear new shoes at a horse race, as you’ll end up with painful blisters. Try breaking them in by wearing the shoes around the house.

  • A light makeup will be the winner in this case

The makeup you will use when getting ready for a horse race should complement your natural traits and not cover your face. You are not going to a nightclub, so forget about smoky eyes and bright red lipstick. If the day will be sunny, your makeup will be even more visible, an extra reason to opt for something light, like rosy blush and pastel eyeshadows. And if you really want to have a flawless appearance, ask the help of a hairdresser to match your hairstyle and hat in a way that will make you look amazing and chic.