Start Feeling Better About Yourself Fast

If you don’t feel absolutely awesome in yourself, then you need to take action. It might sound cheesy or cliche, but you should be your best friend. You’re the only one who has to live with yourself forever, so you should learn to like yourself! Here are some pointers that will help you to learn to like yourself, or feel better about yourself, quickly:

Start Taking Play Seriously

The problem a lot of people have is taking work more seriously than play. Work earns people money and helps them to live, and play does not – so naturally, people don’t prioritize it, and it falls to the wayside. However, you’ll feel so much better about yourself and your situation when you take play just as seriously as you take work or home cleaning. Play is important as it’s great for your overall well being. It’s great for stress relief, enjoyment, and simply forgetting your troubles for a while. Try a hobby you’ve always wanted to try, or spend more time doing the things that you really love.

Learn A New Skill

Why not learn a new skill? When you set out to learn a new skill, you tend to break out of your comfort zone and begin to feel far more comfortable in your abilities. You may surprise yourself, and realize that you’re capable of far more than you could have ever imagined.

Wear Clothes You Love

The clothes we wear can have a direct impact on how we feel. If you’re wearing lounge clothes each and every day, you’ll likely feel lazy. If you wore a suit to work, you’d probably feel far more productive. This isn’t to say you should go to extremes, but there’s a nugget of truth when people say ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have.’ As clothes impact the way we feel, they can impact how productive we are. Wear clothes that make you feel great and like getting things done no matter what.

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Take Care Of Your Appearance

Spend more time on your appearance. You don’t have to slather yourself in makeup every day – not at all. Simple spend more time grooming yourself and doing what feels good. There are plenty of resources online that can help you to take care of your hair for next to nothing, like this resource here. Going to a salon is great, but not always affordable. Make sure you have a great skincare routine, too. Take care of your teeth and nails. Let your natural beauty shine through!

Take Some Time For A Pamper

Run yourself a bath and spend more time in it than you usually would. Paint your nails. Moisturize your skin with something luxurious. Spend time pampering yourself once or twice a week. Don’t just save it for special occasions!

Spend Time With People Who Lift You Up

We become most like the people we spend time with, so if you’re spending time with people who are constantly negative about themselves, you’re probably going to feel the same, eventually. Spend time with those who are positive and lift you up!

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Why Aren’t Your Work Team Working Together?

When you started out in the business world, you didn’t have to worry about anyone but yourself. The workdays were gruelling and the hours were long. But, you had the peace of knowing that everything fell to you. You didn’t have to worry about fitting around anyone else or delegating tasks. You had it all in hand.

Of course, you still started hiring as soon as you could. You’re only human. It’s not possible to keep up that workload for an indefinite amount of time. Having help on board is all you dreamt of for those long and hard months. And, there’s no denying that a team can enhance your business and make your life a lot easier.

There’s just one issue; you now have to consider what they’re doing, too. And, that brings stresses of its own, especially if all is not well in your workplace dynamic. Sadly, that’s often the case. It should come as no surprise when you think about it. At few other times are we placed within a ready-made group and expected to work together. It’s a difficult dynamic, and in-team disagreements can cause untold problems within a workplace.

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But, as the boss, you need to make sure that doesn’t happen. Lucky for you, we’re here to look at how.

Make efforts to build a team

As we’ve already mentioned, workplaces are unique in that they’re one of the only times we’re placed in teams and told to get along. But, people come from different walks of life and can have varying opinions. To place a team together and expect them to work well would be foolhardy. Instead, you need to make efforts to create that team, rather than assuming it will establish itself. How you do this is up to you. Some bosses focus on team exercises within the office, while others look into options like a murder mystery weekend or an escape room. Here, your team will have to work together to solve problems in fun settings. What could be better for bonding?

Get to the bottom of disagreements

You’re a boss, not a counsellor. As such, you may take a no-messing approach to colleague disagreements. But, if you brush over these issue, they bubble under the surface. If you aren’t careful, that could have long-lasting implications. Instead, air these issues in a safe environment. If you notice rumblings within your workforce, call the people in question to your office. Once there, give everyone a chance to speak. Together, you can address issues and move forward in a positive light.

Be clear about your objectives

No amount of team bonding is going to change the fact your colleagues will have varying approaches. And, if these are too opposed, working together on any task could get difficult. To help stop in-work arguments, be clear on your objectives when you pass down an assignment. Attempt to at least guide the direction your team takes. You’d be amazed how many arguments this small step can stop.

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Moving House: Why It’s Time For A Change

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Deciding to move house is never easy. As exciting as it may be, it’s still going to be difficult to pack up all of your memories and leave, as there’s only so much you can take with you. But the time to move doesn’t just randomly happen, there’s always a reason for it, and if the reason is enough for you to consider moving, then it’s definitely not one to be taken lightly.

Change is a hard thing, because while it makes adrenaline and trepidation mix within your body, it’s still a hard thing to do. We seem to fear the thought of change because we’re worried about what waits for us on the other side. It’s essentially fear of the unknown. But that’s okay. It’s normal, so embrace it. The more you try to block it out, the harder it will be, so acknowledge what is happening, and then you will be able to overcome it.

But if you know that it’s time to move your things with Nick’s Moving Company and start a new chapter of your life, but you’re still trying to find more reasons to confirm that your decision is the right one, here are some more reasons why.

Second chances

A lot of people stress and dwell on things that have happened that they wish didn’t, or situations that they’ve been in that they wished they’d handled differently. We are constantly told not to live in regret, and yet it’s a lot easier said than done. But moving means that you are giving yourself another opportunity to create that second chance. You have a do-over to start again and become someone new if that’s what you want. You have the power to skip chapters, or rewrite it the way that was intended, but this time with more experience and knowledge than ever before.

New surroundings

After a certain amount of time, as humans, we get bored and look for something new. There’s only so long that you can look at the same tree until you’ve seen it enough times and long for something else. By moving, you are essentially opening up a whole new world for yourself because you can go somewhere that you’ve never been to before. That way you not only have a new house to live in, and a garden to relax in, but you also have new shops, new parks, new hiking poles, and new routes to walk. This is awfully exciting because it means you get to go off to discover and explore, and you can do this bit by bit, taking as long as you want to unravel your new environment.

So what more are you waiting for? Now you have a couple more reasons as to why moving is a beautiful, refreshing experience, make the most of it and don’t allow your nerves to ruin the journey. Remember that it is yours to do whatever you want with.

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What to do After a Slip, Trip or Fall in a Public Place

Being in any type of accident isn’t fun. It might be even more difficult if you have a trip or a fall when you are out in public alone. And while it hopefully will never be something you have to deal with, it is good to know what you should do if this happens to you.

Firstly, try to regain your bearings. When you hurt yourself, say your hammock carabiner broke, you may feel a little bit confused, and if you’re in public, you may also be slightly embarrassed. Try to remember that it happens all the time.

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If local shop owners or pedestrians come to offer help, try to push pride aside and accept the help they are providing. It could be possible your injuries are worse than you suspect. It might be nice to take note of the name and number or perhaps address of people who help you – so that you may send a thank you card when you are feeling a bit better.

Make a note of where you have fallen; you can report this to the shop owner, local council or governing body responsible for the location so that they may write a report and take steps to fix the issue. This also means you can have a written statement of the incident on file. In order to help you and them, take a photo of the exact location, any cracks in the pavement, an area of water on a shop floor, the stairs – whatever has caused the accident.

If you have small cuts and bruises, the likelihood is you will be fine to head home, but it is wise to make sure you book an appointment with your doctor to get checked over anyway. Often the real damage and injuries don’t present until you aren’t in shock anymore.

You might not be so lucky as to have small injuries that can be seen to by a doctor; you may have bumped your head and not be in the best condition to drive, or make any decisions. If this is the case, then it might be better for you wait for an ambulance.

The chances are you will have been seated by the passers-by that came to your aid. Remain seated until the ambulance arrives to help.

Once you are safely home, and your injuries have been taken care of it might be time to consider who was at fault for the accident. You might need legal help with your personal injury, so try not to waste valuable time seeking help. While you are in the store or the location of the accident, don’t admit fault, as tempting as it might be due to embarrassment.

It is vital that you take care of yourself for the following few days after an accident, no matter how minor you might feel it was. You may have to arrange a few days off work, or someone to pop in and make sure you are okay during the day. As above the initial damage might not appear until later – so look after yourself well over the following days.

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Hazards In The Home: How To Make Your House Safer For Your Health

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Our homes are our havens – where we retreat from the troubles of the world outside and find our security and stability in life. We expect to be secure and comfortable, and in good health in our own homes. But the truth is, our houses are filled in invisible hazards that can threaten our health and make us ill – and we invite them in all the time. Dangerous chemicals are a threat to the health of our families, and yet they are hiding in innocuous household objects we don’t think twice about using. These substances are things we rub shoulders with every day, and never suspect that they may be the cause of various allergic symptoms that increase our risk of many cancers and birth defects in our children.

The introduction of toxic substances comes in many forms and the worst offenders are hiding in plain sight – from cleaning products to children’s toys and the paint on our walls.

If your home suddenly seems not as safe? Don’t panic. Identify the problem areas outlined below and you’re well on your way to making your home a safer place to live.

The Scent of Danger

We all want our homes to smell pleasant and fresh, so sales of air fresheners, plug-in room deodorizers, and scented candles are at an all-time high – but although they may smell sweet, a lot of them are not so good for you and your family’s health. Most scented candles are made from paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum. Therefore, it emits carcinogens (or toxic chemicals) such as toluene and benzene. The same is true from sprays and plug-ins, which can also contain formaldehyde and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) like nitrogen dioxide. So look into more natural ways to scent your home – either source natural beeswax or soy candles or you can use essential oils in many different ways – adding some to a square of muslin and tucking behind the radiator, buying a diffuser or even dabbing some on a lightbulb can all keep your home smelling great without the chemical hit.

Colour Me Green

The way we choose to decorate our homes can also mean introducing harmful chemicals into our living environments. Most mass-market paint brands contain VOCs as well. These give qualities such as shelf-life and spreadability to commercial points, but they also keep releasing for up to five years after application, so it’s worth hunting down the increasing numbers of non-VOC paints that you can now buy. Similarly, carpets and rugs are coated with chemical compounds both in the glues and dyes that make up the item and some that are applied after manufacture, such as flame retardants or stain guards. The problem is most acute when they are new, so if you’ve just redecorated, you could have unwittingly introduced chemicals into the environment. Again, it is possible to source carpets and rugs which use natural dyes and are VOC-free. The Green Label Plus scheme shows those carpets and rugs which emit a lesser amount of chemicals. The chemical release is generally worse in the first 72 hours after a carpet is fitted, so if you can, consider letting it air out in an open space for 24 hours prior to fitting. For those rugs already installed, you can actually help prevent the build-up of harmful chemicals and allergens by vacuuming regularly with a cleaner that has a HEPA filter installed. Choose non-toxic rug cleaners – natural substances such as white vinegar, baking soda and cornstarch are really effective ways to get rid of a lot of stains and spills. It’s also wise to have visitors and family remove their shoes before coming into the house, which prevents dirt, pesticides and other nasties from tracking into the house and carpeting.

Your Child’s Toys

It’s not nice to think that the things you give your kids to play with could be harming them, but a lot of plastic toys produced for children are made of a substances called PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which is a known carcinogen, and is often coated in worse offenders such as phthalates to make it flexible. Although some of these compounds have been banned in some countries, forms of them can still be found in some toys, especially those manufactured in places like China. The chemicals can disrupt the natural production of hormones in the body. So try to opt for wooden toys where ever possible, and read labels carefully.

Dangerous Tech

We all know the lessons about letting our children spend too long glues to phones, laptops and tablets, but it seems it’s not just what they’re watching on YouTube that we need to be concerned about. Slowly, electronics manufacturers are trying to phase them out, but some devices still contain various chemical substances such as triphenyl phosphate, which acts as a flame retardant but can release gasses when your device heats up. And if you still have a printer at home, it could be releasing ozone, a substance that can be an irritant for your nose and lungs and trigger conditions such as bronchitis or asthma. The best idea is all around is to limit the use of computers in the home as far as possible, especially at night time, when the blue light they emit can disrupt the hormones that regulate our sleep and give out electromagnetic fields that can also be harmful.

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The Price of Beauty

When it comes to our beauty products, some of the worst offenders can be found lurking in our makeup bags and bathroom cabinets. They can have far-ranging effects, from causing skin irritation, allergies, hormone disruption, links to some cancers and even neurological problems – and we add them to our skin each and every day. Thankfully, finding natural alternatives has become a lot easier in recent years, as demand has risen for natural, effective alternatives to everyday products. As the options have increased, the price has also lowered, meaning that natural beauty is more viable than ever before. Brands such as Neal’s Yard Remedies and Rahua are producing great products derived from organic and natural ingredients, so there are lots of easy alternatives out there that don’t compromise on the luxury element.

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It’s All About Giving Back

Any successful small business will know that being a part of the local community is essential. You need their support if you hope to get ahead with your company as, believe it or not, the local community can have a huge impact on your small business. If you can pick up right away that you can use the local community to your advantage, then you’ll be able to compete with the big dogs in the same industry you are in.

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It can be a challenge to squeeze in any more than you already do into your day, and while you probably already have door-to-door fundraisers going for a local charity with a company like Global Faces Direct, you need to think about how you can give back to the locals around you. Doing good deeds are necessary in your business if you want to be looked upon favourably by the community. So, with that in mind, here are some of the best ways that you can give back to your local community and spread the word about who you are.

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Promotion. You may be a business in the local community, but you aren’t the only small business out there. Making a point of helping out the other local businesses by promoting their brand on your website, your social media and even in your physical offices by having business cards to hand will work well in two ways. Firstly, you’ll be able to reach new people and you’ll link up with business owners such as yourself.

Participation. You’ll notice, as a small business, that there is a lot going on in a small community. Holiday food drives, bake sales, summer fairs and all to raise money for the community as a whole. You need to participate, put your hand into the budget and donate your time and your staffing to get involved. Yes, it will cost something in the budget, but it’ll also help you raise more sales.

Sponsorship. It may not always be the case that you have your time to give, but you can spare some budget and sponsor an event. Marathons and running events are widely available and you can sponsor a runner – especially if you are sponsoring a member of your own company to run! It’s a fun way to show your support and give back to the local community.

Volunteer. You are a business, which means you are skilled at doing something for the world around you and you’re good at it. Volunteering your time and your skills to a local cause can be a great way to drum up a little PR in the local papers and radio and it can also be a part of your giving back. Being able to do something for others is amazing, it’s just a bonus that you’ll get more exposure for it.

Your small business is a vital part of your community and it’s so important for you to show your support to the residents and give it back to them where you can.

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Avoid These Habits To Keep Your Mental Health In Check

Being vigilant about your mental health is more important than ever because our stressful work lives make it more likely for you to suffer. In the past, mental health issues were considered quite rare but now that we’ve learned to recognize them a lot better, it’s become clear that so many people are suffering. Recent figures suggest that around one quarter of people will experience some kind of mental health problem in their lives. That’s why it’s so important that we live a healthy lifestyle and avoid habits that increase the chances of developing mental health issues. These are some of the habits that can make things a lot worse for you if you’re already struggling with your mental health.

Lack Of Sleep

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When you sleep, your body and mind repairs themselves but if you’re not giving it that chance, you’ll end up with a whole host of health problems, both physical and mental. Not having enough sleep saps your motivation and increases your chance of developing problems with anxiety and depression. You need to get into a good routine and try to get to sleep at roughly the same time every night. Avoid using your phone or laptop or the repetidor wifi late at night as well because it makes it harder for you to get to sleep.

Excessive Drinking

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People often use alcohol as a stress reliever which can lead to serious problems. Excessive drinking has been linked to depression and people suffering with mental health issues often use alcohol as a way of managing those feelings, creating a vicious cycle. It can quickly sneak up on you and become a problem without you realizing. If you think that your drinking may be out of control, you should consider going to a health recovery centre to deal with it. If you let it spiral out of control, things will get a lot worse.

Too Much Social Media

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Comparing yourself to others all the time can make you feel bad about yourself which is why using too much social media can lead to mental health problems. Studies show that it can seriously impact your self esteem and give you unreasonable ideas about what your life should be like. Constantly looking at other people’s posts and convincing yourself that their life is better than yours will only damage your mental wellbeing. But the thing is, people aren’t posting an accurate picture of their lives online, they’re just showing you the best bits and they’ve got all the same problems that you have. The other problem is that, even though you may feel as though you’re connecting with people, you aren’t making valuable human connections. Substituting real human interaction with social media can quickly leave you feeling isolated and make mental health problems a lot worse. You don’t have to swear off social media completely but don’t take everything you see at face value and try not to spend too much time looking at it every day.

Breaking these habits can help you to keep your mental health in check and avoid any serious problems.

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5 Laser Hair Removal Myths You Should Stop Believing

There are about as many myths about ridding yourself of body hair as there are methods of removing it in the first place. Often, the information you’ll find is confusing at best and conflicting at worst. Is laser hair removal for you and can this makeover treatment do you any good? Below, we separate the fiction from facts:

Myth 1: Laser hair removal causes the hair to grow back faster and denser.

How fast your hair grows back, as well as how thick or coarse it is, is pre-determined by your genes. This means that regardless of the method you’ve used to remove the hair, it will always come back at the same rate. People believe this myth because untouched body hair lies flat, soft, and thin; a stark contrast to freshly shaved hair with blunted ends, which feels courser against the surface of the skin.

Laser hair removal should cause a marked reduction of hair growth, anywhere between 10% and 25%. There should also be a visible reduction in the density and thickness of the hair when it grows back, as well as a decreased rate of growth for every successive session. The hair that does grow back should be much finer and lighter than before, meaning that problematic areas won’t bother you as much when the hair does start growing back.

Myth 2: Laser hair removal lasts forever.

While it is a highly effective method of getting rid of unwanted body hair, laser hair removal isn’t permanent. However, it does drastically reduce hair growth, and as stated above, the hair that does grow back is thinner and much finer. After a point, it will become unnecessary for you to pick up a razor ever again, so long as you are able to complete your recommended number of treatments faithfully. This means going in for a sitting up to 12 times to fully realize the effects, though around 6 to 8 sessions is enough to notice a visible reduction.
Laser energy is used to damage the follicles in the growing phase, and several treatments are needed to get all of them. Depending on the hair type and your genes, certain people may require more treatments to fully rid themselves of hair.

Myth 3: Laser hair removal only works on a certain skin or hair color.

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about laser hair removal only being effective on those with light skin and dark hair. While this used to be true, the technology has advanced enough that people of all colors and hair types can now avail of laser hair removal and achieve the same results. However, it may take light haired, fair-skinned individuals a few more treatments for the lasers to get the work done. You’ll want to consult with a professional about this to determine how many sessions it’ll take for you personally, as it can vary from person to person.

Myth 4: Laser hair removal can burn the skin.

It’s actually very rare for the machines used in laser hair removal to cause burns. It depends on the condition of your skin, as darker-skinned individuals may be more at risk for this. That’s why it’s important to talk to a medical professional before undergoing any sort of aesthetic treatment. Listen to their advice and take any pre- and post-treatment medication you may be prescribed.

Myth 5: Laser hair removal is extremely painful.

How painful the treatment will be largely depends on which tool is used – there are many different kinds! Ask your aesthetician for a list of options and inform yourself well on each one, especially if you have a particularly low tolerance.

The pain level can vary for different people: some treatments are virtually painless, while others have reported to feeling a mildly uncomfortable pinprick sensation. Others still report a manageable amount of discomfort – certainly less than waxing, for example. You can rest assured that your aesthetician will do everything within their power to make the process as comfortable as possible for you, so don’t be afraid to speak up. Furthermore, laser treatments get progressively less painful as the hair becomes finer, so you can just grit your teeth until the worst has passed, for lasting hairless comfort.

Again, it’s very important to consult with a medical professional and educate yourself about laser hair removal prior to signing up for a series of treatments. This way, you can properly set your expectations and clear any misgivings you may have about it.

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