Boost the Health of Your Home to Boost Your Wellness

As well as keeping yourself healthy with a good diet and plenty of exercises, there are things you can do to make your home healthier as well. The whole family will benefit from just a few changes, and everyone’s well being will be better for it.

The environment we live in is vital for our health. We complain about pollution in our cities, but many of us do not realise how much our homes can be polluted as well. Your home should be a safe haven away from the outside pollutions, and the more environmentally friendly it is, the more impact it will have on your health and well being.

Each and every home is different, but that does not mean that are not some things that can help everyone.

 

Purify The Air

The biggest problem with air pollution, apart from the damage it can cause to our bodies, is that it cannot be seen. An air purifier will help to combat stale air. They get rid of contaminants from a room so you can be sure you are breathing clean air.

Recent research has linked air pollution to lung and heart diseases and investing in a good air purifier can help to lower the risks.

 

Change The Type Of Candles

Most candles are petroleum based and they emit potentially dangerous chemicals when they are burning. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, asthma and other common allergies.  When you light scented candles in your home, the nice aroma they give off masks any horrible smells and they can make your home smell good. There is an alternative though. Vegetable based options, such as soy candles, do not emit any harmful chemicals and will make your home smell just as good.

 

Get Rid Of The Rodents

Rats are potentially a big danger to everyone in your home. They carry germs and leave their droppings everywhere which are full of bacteria and disease. As soon as you realise you may have a rodent problem, you should get in touch with a company like Allpest rat control. They will carry out an inspection of your property to determine which part of the home they have settled in. They will then set traps and leave bait to entice the rats out. The rat control experts will also want to make sure that however the rats entered your home is not an option for the future, as the best way to deal with rats is to exclude them from your home in the first place.

 

Use Natural Cleaners

Some of the cleaning products on the supermarket shelves do a wonderful job. The problem is that they are chemical based and have been linked to a whole range of diseases and health conditions.

There are natural cleaning products on the market, or you could try making some of your own. Lemon, white vinegar and baking soda, either on their own or in different combinations are all products that can help to keep your home clean and fresh.

For instance, white vinegar with a dash of lemon and a pinch of salt is a brilliant brass cleaner. A paste of just baking soda wiped away with just warm water will be a great cleaner for your kitchen work surfaces. One part vinegar with one part water, the rind of a lemon and a few rosemary sprigs infused for a week, makes a really good all-purpose cleaner and will leave a lovely fresh smell all around your home.

These are just a few examples, there are lots more details of natural cleaning products that you can make yourself online.

 

Sleep In The Dark

Studies have shown that bad sleep is linked to cancers, obesity, memory loss and mental illness. It has also shown that we sleep better in a dark room. If light creeps into your bedroom because of a streetlight, for instance, have heavier curtains to block it out, or wear a night mask to help. This can be more of a problem if you live in a city, but light pollution will significantly interfere with your sleep and you need to make sure it does not do that to you.

It also helps if you do not play on your smartphone or watch the TV for the last hour before retiring to bed.

 

Dump The Junk Foods

If you have started a healthier diet you may have done this already, but if you have not, dump the junk foods now. Scientists say it is almost guaranteed that you will eat them if you keep them, so don’t let yourself be tempted. Leave a bowl of fruit on a work surface, and then if you want to snack, choose some of that instead.

It seems that people who leave fruit or other healthier snacks within easy reach are far more likely to stick to a healthy diet.

 

Plant a Garden

If you have a backyard, plant some trees and shrubs. If you do not have any open space, get some indoor plants around your home.  Living in an area with more greenery seems to be better for mental health, and having some in your own home or garden is even better. It does not need to be anything elaborate that will take a lot of work. Simple trees or plants that are easy to look after are the best.

Remember, that trees, plants and shrubs soak up the carbon dioxide that we breath out and replace it with clean oxygen.  It then follows that the more greenery you have around you, the healthier you should be.

 

Use Water Filters

Although the water companies filter the water before it reaches taps in people homes, it can still contain some contaminants. You can buy a pitcher where you just change the filter every few weeks and will it can stand in your fridge, or you can get a filter fitted to your water system. Whichever you do, it will make drinking water from your taps a much better proposition.

If you prefer to buy bottled water make sure you buy the ones that are in glass bottles, not plastic.

 

Use Glass For Storage

Plastics can cause havoc with our health because of the toxins in them. If you are storing food put it in glass containers instead.  Food stored in plastic is likely to pick up some of the toxins contained it, and these are known to cause hormone problems and cancers. Glass is reusable and recyclable and will pass nothing onto your food, but it will keep it fresh.

There is a big push being made by governments and supermarkets to use fewer plastics where food is concerned, but there is still quite some way to go before they have been totally eliminated from our food chain.

 

Don’t Use Non-Stick Pans

Hailed as a breakthrough for cooks and chefs all over the world, when non-stick pans were first introduced they were a huge success.  However, now it has been realised that when they are being used, the synthetic polymers used in its manufacturing process give off toxic fumes, which are a danger to everyone anywhere near.

Using cast iron or stainless steel pots and pans is the best option.

 

Get Rid Of The Dust

There are times when we all wonder where all the dust in our homes has come from. There seems to be a never-ending supply of it and as soon as we get rid of one lot another batch appears.

Part of the problem is that using a feather duster, or just dusting your home with a dry cloth, just moves the dust around, it does not actually get rid of it. There can be a lot more dust in your home than you realise. It gets into corners, behind beds and in all sorts of other inaccessible places. Getting rid of as much as it as you can will help stave off dust mites, which many people are allergic to.

The way to do it is to use something that is damp to wipe your furniture. Nothing too wet as that might damage the pieces you are cleaning. Just run a slightly damp cloth through the dust on a side table, for instance, and see how much of it sticks to the cloth. With a dry cloth, that dust would have just moved somewhere else, but now you have removed it and your home will not need dusting quite so often.

 

Make Your Home Healthier

If you have gone to all the effort of changing your diet to something healthier, and you are doing more exercise well, that you want your home to be a healthy as possible too.  The things suggested above are just a few simple measures that will not involve any great changes, but they can all make a difference to the eco-friendlessness of your home.

It only takes a short while for them to become the norm, and then you can have peace of mind that you are living in a place that is as healthy as you can make it.

The Safe Way to Lose Weight

A lot of people are on a constant quest to lose weight, though this quest often turns into a cyclical battle fuelled by yo-yo dieting meaning one month they’ll lose weight, but in the next month, they’ll put it all back on.

Interestingly, this phenomena can be better explained by brain science than nutritional science.  

See, we all know how to lose weight – it’s not a complicated formula… eat less bad stuff, move more, rest, and drink plenty of water.

It’s a foolproof plan that many people choose to overcomplicate, but it is fundamentally simple, just like how pea protein isolate powder can be helpful for building muscle – and meditation can help boost confidence.

It’s not necessary to overcomplicate weight loss.   

If you want to lose weight you simply make sure that your body burns more calories than it consumes.  

It’s not rocket science – yet, we’re always on tenterhooks looking for the next miracle weight loss program and often putting our bodies through unnecessary purges or toxically intense exercise regimes, when perhaps what we really need to do is make a shift within our mind just as much as our bodies – particularly if you can relate to the cyclical fluctuations many people experience on their weight loss journey.

The first thing you need to know, is that there’s a part of your brain that operates like a thermostat in that its job is to ensure homeostasis and congruence with regard to the identity you’ve programmed into it.

If someone sees themselves as a smoker, and they make that their identity, then it’s very hard for that person to give up cigarettes because they associate smoking with being who they are – and this part of their brain is in place to ensure they remain congruent with who they believe themselves to be.

Similarly, if someone sees themselves as being overweight, in terms of their core identity (which many people do) then no matter what exercise they do or diet they undertake, they will have to fight this part of the brain that is trying its hardest to ensure they remain congruent with their self-image.

Therefore, if you want to shift the pounds it’s imperative you first shift your mindset, and specifically the way you view yourself.

This part of the brain works in a similar way to a thermostat; let’s say someone has programmed their mind to associate their idea of “self” as being a particular weight (e.g. 100kg for numerical simplicity).  

If they reach 105kg, you’ll find they will do whatever it takes to lose that weight – as this isn’t their identity, just like how a thermostat would turn on the air conditioning in order to bring the room temperature down to its programmed setting.

Now, the same would be true if that person lost 5kg, and went down to 95kg – suddenly, this person’s brain would kick in, akin to a thermostat powering on the heaters in order to turn the temperature back up to its programmed default.

In essence, you will always be fighting this very powerful internal thermostat, and therefore, the most effective and safest way to lose weight is to reprogram and recondition your mind to see yourself as being your ideal weight… as otherwise, no matter what diets or exercise programs you attempt, it’ll always be an uphill struggle where you are having to fight against this automatic internal thermostat

Coping With The Demands of Caring For Your Parents

There’s a certain role reversal that takes place, as your parents get older, as they go from being the caregiver to the care receiver.  This can be a challenging emotional situation to manage, and practically speaking, you might feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders… as in addition to managing every other aspect of your busy life, you now need to arrange to care for your parents.

Whilst this comes from a place of love, and genuine desire to help, arranged aged care can feel like a burden that often needs to be outsourced to professionals – in part because they have the professional distance to not let their own emotions get in the way of providing the appropriate care.

The challenge with this, however, is that very few people want to end up in a residential care home, despite how wonderful the home might be – most elderly people want to remain in the comfort of their own home, as this gives them a sense of certainty and control which is important to most people.

This means you might need to look into getting carers to come into the home environment… and if you are tasked with finding the right people for the job, the pointers below are worth considering:

  1. Check them out

You’ll want to ensure the carer you’re thinking of hiring has been fully vetted.  You’ll want to ensure they have criminal records check along with references that are contactable – as it’s amazing how many people use fake references, for convenience, rather than being unscrupulous… but it’s important you get a holistic picture of the person entering your parents’ home, as they are in a position of great power with regard to the safety and security of your parents.

You’ll also want to check out their qualifications and make sure their training is relevant to your parent’s condition; as many times, someone that is trained as a generic carer, for instance, might not have the patience or skillset to deal with someone with dementia or alzheimers.

  1. Reliability

Of course, you want the carer to be reliable, as this is a critical component of managing your parent’s ill health.  You don’t want them missing medicine or being sat in an uncomfortable state, perhaps having been to the toilet, and for the carer to come in late.

  1. Motivation

You want to ensure the motivation of the carer comes from a good place, as in, perhaps they grew up with poorly relatives and were inspired to look after people on a professional level – rather than seeing it as a basic job that pays the bills.

  1. A Good Fit

Finally, you’ll want to ensure there’s a good fit between the carer and your parent, as the relationship between them is relatively intimate and personal – meaning it’s helpful if they naturally get along.  The most essential thing, however, is that there’s a sense of rapport and mutual respect between the parties.

 

How To Renovate Your Home Without The Stress

Renovating your house can be an enjoyable and exciting process, but it’s also incredibly overwhelming, both for you and your family. No matter the size of the project, there is going to be mess, noise, and a fair bit of disruption, and this can start to take its toll pretty quickly. Although you can’t eliminate this stress completely, there are several things that you can do to lessen the impact. Keeping that in mind, here are six ways to make your home renovation a lot more bearable.

 

  1. Be Clear On Your Budget

Regardless of the size of the task, it’s important that you understand early on that the process is going to be expensive. That being said, there are a few ways to save some cash. To start with, you need to research the costs involved and set yourself a clear budget. If you go through this budget with your builders, you shouldn’t end up spending more than you can afford.

 

  1. Shop Around For Builders

Although there will be a few improvement tasks you can complete by yourself, most of your remodeling is going to be carried out by builders. Because of this, it’s crucial that you find a professional in building and renovation. Instead of hiring the first company you see, make sure you do plenty of research and ask to see testimonials, references, and permits from every one.

 

  1. Make Decisions Before Work Commences

Once building work starts on your property, things should progress pretty quickly, which is why you need to understand exactly what you want before this work commences. If you don’t, you may end up facing expensive delays or have to make snap decisions that you could regret later. It’s much easier and less stressful to make all of the choices before your builders get to work.

 

  1. Schedule Work Around Your Life

Ideally, your remodel should cause as little disruption as possible, which is why you need to think long and hard about the dates and times work is going to be carried out. After all, the last thing you want is to have builders hammering all day when you have an important work project to focus on or your children are studying for exams.

 

  1. Remember To Tell Your Neighbours

Although the work is being carried out in your home, the noise and mess will likely affect your neighbours too. Because of this, it’s crucial that you keep your neighbours informed on the work you’re having completed and do what you can to lessen the impact on them. This should avoid any stressful confrontations later on.

 

  1. Move Out For A While

Before work starts, you should speak to your builder and ask them when the noisiest and messiest tasks are going to be carried out. If these jobs are going to be too disruptive to bear, then you may want to consider moving out for a while. You could stay at a hotel, a short-term rental, or with a friend or family member. You could even head off on vacation for a few days.

Home renovations can be incredibly stressful, but, with the tips above, you should find yours a little easier to bear.

 

A Room-by-Room Guide to Deep Cleaning Your Home

There comes a time of the year when you decide that you need to give your home a proper deep clean. Perhaps it is when the spring months are starting to approach after you have spent a long time indoors and a lot of dirt is likely to have accumulated. A deep clean is different from your average cleaning and tidying which you do on a regular basis. You need to start looking to tackle some of the long-forgotten areas of the home, as well as the jobs that you have been putting off during the rest of the year. To help you get prepared for undertaking this task, here is a room-by-room guide which details some of the main jobs that you will want to be doing.

 

Bathrooms and Kitchen

The bathrooms and kitchen are arguably the rooms of the house in which cleanliness is most important, and they are also places where jobs are easy to get overlooked. Starting off in the bathroom, the main jobs that you need to tackle include cleaning the tubs, shower, toilet, and sinks. But before this, a good rule of thumb with cleaning is to start at the top and work your way down. So, dust the light fixtures and clear cobwebs out of the corners. Next, you can wash your surfaces and mirrors. Finally, you can clean the shower curtains (or replace them entirely) and the bathmats.

Moving onto the kitchen, you should remove all food so that you can clean the tops and insides of the cabinets, which will also allow you to organise your food and get rid of anything which has expired. You should do the same in your refrigerator, cleaning the shelves and drawers thoroughly. A commonly overlooked area is behind the fridge, so don’t forget to wash the floor behind this area. Also, wash out the trash cans as this can be a place where bad smells in your kitchen are originating from. Wipe down all countertops, appliances and cabinet surfaces. Also, thoroughly clean the sinks, stovetop and oven.

 

Bedrooms

To properly clean the bedroom, it is worth clearing out anything which is taking up space here. This way, when it comes to deciding to put it all back again, you can ask yourself whether it needs to be in the bedroom, if there is somewhere better that you can store it, and whether you need to keep it at all. Deep cleaning and decluttering are two tasks which can go hand in hand. Wiping down your surfaces is obvious, but you should also clean ceiling fans, baseboards, headboards etc. Now is a good opportunity to flip or rotate your mattresses. Wash all your bed linen including duvets, mattress pads etc. And don’t forget to clean the window treatments as well.

 

Living Room

One of the most commonly overlooked areas in your living room for cleaning is down the sides of your sofa and underneath the cushions, so take all of these off so that you can vacuum thoroughly. If you have carpets, you should use special products to deep clean them properly, and you could even call in the experts such as Chem-Dry to deal with them. When you are dusting, make sure to get all those hard to reach areas such as on top of high shelves, light fittings, lamp shades etc. And it is worth moving all you big furniture items to clear the dirt which has gathered here. You could even take this opportunity to redesign the room if you would like!

 

Outdoor Areas

Since you are doing a deep clean of your entire home, it is worthwhile in taking care of the outdoor spaces as well. So, you can start by sweeping the patios, porches and decks to get rid of the upper layer of dirt. You can then give it a rinse with the hose – or a pressure washer for an even deeper and more effective clean. As for any outdoor furniture which hasn’t been washed in a long time, now is the opportunity to deal with this.   

 

Although it presents a big task to thoroughly clean your home, it is one which is ultimately worthwhile. And the sense of satisfaction that you get when you are done is hard to beat! Of course, if possible, you don’t want to be doing everything all by yourself, so enlist the help of whoever you are living with. And you could also consider hiring in the professionals if you want to do a very thorough job.

How to Create a Relaxing Corner In Your Home

If you would like to make the most out of the space you call home, you will have to try and create a corner where you can sit back and relax, while you are comfortable and enjoying the company of others. From gaming corners to a reading nook, there are plenty of ideas that will not take a lot of time to create or space. Whether you are the quiet type or love entertaining your friends, you will be able to enjoy some great time at home using the ideas below.

Love Chairs

If you love spending a quiet night in with your partner, you can get a love chair where you can cuddle having a movie night or a conversation. There are plenty of great love chair ideas that will not only keep you two happy and content as well as comfortable. Some stunning designs are available that will enhance the look of your living room as well. Some love cuddle seats even come with a storage, so you can keep your blankets and cushions stored away.  

Rocking Chair

Our grandparents knew something about feeling relaxed and comfortable, and they loved rocking chairs. If you love reading or watching TV while your back is supported and having your space is your idea of fun, you might want to invest in a rocking chair They come in different sizes and designs. Some are fully padded, and have an armrest, while others are modern and simply do the job while offering you various settings. You can improve the appearance of your home by choosing a great rocking chair.

Bean Bags for Gaming

If your kind of relaxing involves gaming, you will find that sitting on the sofa can give you a bad back or strains. This is why you might want to look for personalised bean bag chairs that will follow your shape and support your body while you are chasing monsters or competing with friends. You can choose the firmness and the size according to your favorite position of gaming, so you will enjoy playing without getting a bad shoulder or back.

Under the Stairs Hammock

Those who simply need some alone time can create a hideaway nook where you can read, have a nap, or simply meditate and have some tranquility. To create this hideaway, you can use the space under your stairs, provided that you don’t store anything there. Get a seat, a small sofa, or even put on a hammock and hide from the rest of the people at home. If you have small kids, expect them to take over your space every now and then to play, but you can still take advantage of the stunning nook you created.

Window Seats

If you love listening to your favorite music and reading, you will need some natural light, as well. Window seats are great for relaxing and connecting with the outdoors without having to leave the safety of your home. There are some good designs that provide you extra storage so you can make the most out of your space. There are plenty of DIY window seat guides available on the internet, so you can design your own space and even choose the upholstery that matches your curtains and other soft furnishings.

Reclining Sofa and Chairs

There’s a misconception that reclining chairs and sofas are only for the people who have mobility issues. In fact, they can be some of the most comfortable furniture you will ever own. Some of them come with an armrest that has a tray so you can have your snacks or put down your glass of wine while talking to your family members or enjoying a movie. You can get manual or motor designs, and the choice is up to you, depending on the level of comfort you would like to achieve.

Foot Stools

There’s nothing better than getting home after a hard day at work and kicking off our shoes, putting our feet up. You might not want to lie down when you are watching TV, so you can get some foot stools that match your sofa and other furniture. Some ottoman stools can be used as a seat as well, and have a storage to keep your gaming consoles, remotes, and spare blankets.

Swing

Are you looking to have some fun and stretch your legs while browsing the internet? There are plenty of great swing chairs available from various retailers online. Some are made of rattan, others are made of mesh and other materials. A modern swing chair in your room can be a great place to curl up with a book, your crafts, crochet, or just sit back and enjoy being off the ground.

Personalised Decor  

It is important that you personalize your space so you can enjoy the ambience and tranquility. Surround your relaxing corner with your favourite pictures, quotes, or create a personalized pin board that has some of your best family photos. Use calming colors, such as green, beige, and sky blue to make you feel more relaxed. If you have the space, you can get a small indoor waterfall or fountain installed in the corner so you can relax by the sound of the water.

Mood Lighting

Your special space should also have some mood lighting and a Bluetooth speaker. If you would like to fully relax, you need to get some convenience features. Get a color changing light, a sun catcher, and consider getting a smart home solution. Be in control of the light and make sure you have a flexible reading lamp as well, in case you need to catch up with work or studies.

Creating a great hideaway corner in your house will help you relax and look forward to getting back home. Make sure that you are able to personalize your space and stay in touch with the rest of the family if you want to, or have a quiet time when you feel like you need to take a break from it all.

Overhaul Your Life In Winter And Feel Fabulous

Winter is the time of year that everyone wants to batten down the hatches and stay indoors, and I don’t blame you because there is certainly a chill in the air. But, having said that, being inside and not indulging your more usual active lifestyle can mean that you start to feel lethargic, low on energy and perhaps a little down and out about yourself. But it doesn’t haven’t be this way. I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can overhaul your life this winter and feel fabulous.

 

Change your appearance

One of the first things you could consider doing is changing your appearance. It doesn’t mean to be drastic, no one is suggesting you change your look entirely, but it can make a big difference to your confidence simply by changing your hairstyle or color. A visit to a hair salon can also feel like the ultimate treat. Time to relax and let someone work their magic on your look. You could also consider trying out new makeup techniques, if you like to wear it. YouTube is full of tutorials on how to create the best contour look or smoky eye effect.

 

Step out of your comfort zone with style

It is easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to what we wear. So you may want to try and step out of your comfort zone every once in a while. It can be a huge boost to your confidence levels. It might be that you love a particular colour but don’t have the confidence to wear it in clothes, or maybe you love dresses or skirts but just don’t feel like they suit you. Just try and see the difference it could make to your overall look. It could inspire you to make further changes. Winter doesn’t mean you have to stay wrapped up, dresses look great with tights and boots and jeans can still be worn with style. Look online for some winter fashion inspiration.

 

You can still indulge a healthy diet

Winter often means we are more tempted by carbohydrates and comfort food, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t be healthy. There are some great recipients ideas out there now that will have your mouth watering. Vegetable bakes, creamy risottos filled with goodness and healthy pasta dishes. All full of good food. It is easy to fall off the wagon in winter, but if you are creative you can still feel good thanks to the food that you consume.

 

Exercise can still happen in winter

Finally, exercise may be the last thing on your mind thanks to the colder weather, but actually, you can still indulge in being active on a cold day. A brisk walk wrapped up warm, or even join a gym to try out new exercise classes can be just the way you remain active on those colder days of the year.

I hope that this has you motivated to overhaul your life this winter.

9 Ways to Look After Yourself as a Caregiver

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It can be one of the most fulfilling roles in the world, but there’s no doubt that being a caregiver can also be one of the most demanding and stressful experiences as well. If you’re caring for an elderly parent or a brand new parent, you can often feel worn-out, fearful and lonely, even if you know you are doing the best thing for your relative. However, it’s also important to make sure you are living a fulfilled life. These nine tips will help you keep a healthy balance between caring for someone you love and caring for yourself.

  1. Accept the reality of your situation

Maybe your partner is slowly submitting to dementia and you feel as though you’re losing the person you love, or perhaps you’re mourning the future you’d imagined for your child. Don’t feel guilty for grieving over these things. It may take time to accept the situation, but it’s important to come to terms with the reality so you can move on.

 

  1. Find out what you’re entitled to receive

It’s essential to find out what help you’re entitled to receive, so that you and your loved one have the best quality of life. Investigate what your insurance offers, learn benefits you may be entitled too, and discover the best ways to get specialist equipment or house adaptations carried out.

 

  1. Care for yourself first

This may seem like the ultimate in betrayal, but if your mental or physical health breaks down then your loved one may need to go into residential care. Living a fulfilled life yourself will improve your own mental health and help you be more positive when facing the difficulties involved in caring.

 

  1. Decide what you need in order to be fulfilled

As a caregiver, you’ll need to be practical and plan ahead to carve out some ‘me’ time. Make a list of things you’d like to do every day, every month, and perhaps a couple of bigger things (like a holiday) every year. Then think about exactly what must happen to allow you to achieve them. Be inventive and think outside the box—you never know what you can achieve until you try.

 

  1. Accept help

Whether you get assistance from kind friends and family or opt for more professional support such as that provided by a care worker or cleaner, try to muster as much help as possible. There’s no value in struggling to do everything yourself, and you may be surprised at the results. My parents resisted asking for help with getting my disabled father up and dressed each day, but once it became essential, these carers quickly became good friends too. Try a ‘double-caring’ session first if necessary, with you showing someone else how to do things.

 

  1. Make everyday life easier

Although it may seem tiring at first, working ahead and preparing things in advance can really make a difference to your overall tiredness levels. Use a weekly organizer for medication so you only count out tablets once. Cook meals in batches and freeze them in individual portions, or keep some ready-cooked meals on hand for days when cooking from scratch seems like just too much. Lay out breakfast items and tomorrow’s clothing the night before, so you’re not rushed in the morning.

 

  1. Give yourself daily treats

Even little things can make a huge difference to your outlook. A daily scented bath, time alone to get lost in a book, or a brisk ten minute walk can all be lifesavers when it comes to getting through the day, so plan a few treats that can fit into your daily routine.

 

  1. Get out regularly

It can be tempting to simple collapse on the couch when you have time to yourself. But getting out and about will not only reinvigorate you—it will also help you avoid the loss of confidence that comes from spending weeks and months at home. Try a weekly exercise class, a photography course or attending a worship session at your church or synagogue.

 

  1. Meet with other caregivers

Lastly, sharing your experience with others is a great release, and you can also get useful tips about how to manage your role from people who are in the same position. If meeting others in person is difficult, link up with other caregivers online to experience mutual support.

Boosting Your Confidence By Changing Your Lifestyle

There are many things that can knock your confidence. A bad breakup to problems at work can affect your self-esteem and leave you feeling less than your best. You might even have suffered from confidence issues throughout your life, holding you back from doing the things you want to do.

Now is as good a time as any to make a change. Adopting a healthier lifestyle can help you become stronger inside and out, encouraging a confidence boost that will reflect in all aspects of your life.

Are you ready to take the leap and overhaul your lifestyle? Here are just some of the things you can do to give yourself the confidence boost you deserve.

Eat better

Food affects your mood in many ways. If you tend to comfort eat in times of crisis, you’re probably not giving your body the proper nutrition it needs to function. When you eat well, your energy levels increase, you sleep better and your hair, skin and nails improve – all big confidence boosters. If you make one change to your diet, let it be this – eat a good breakfast every morning. Starting the day off right will have both mental and physical benefits, and you’ll find some great healthy breakfast recipes that even girls on the go can make in the mornings.

Improve your smile

Do you shy away from showing off your smile? It’s more common than you think but is a problem that can be fixed. Whether you’re concerned about the shape of your smile or you wish your teeth were whiter, you can either learn to love what you’ve got or do something about it. Visit your orthodontist to find out what your options are. Making improvements to your smile can make more of a difference than you realise, giving you the confidence to flash your pearly whites.

Get in shape

Exercise is important, there’s no getting around it. If you want to feel and look healthy, you’re going to have to start moving. Exercise helps you to feel in control, eases your stress and can help you condition your body, in addition to many mental health benefits. Why not start the day with a run or a long walk to get you outside and get your heart rate up to feel fitter and healthier and build your confidence up as you go along?

Sleep better

Believe it or not, sleep can help your self-esteem. When you’re well rested, you’ll feel more prepared to take on anything and stop feelings of irritability or confusion in their tracks. Sleeping more is one of the ways you can start getting serious about your health for a better outlook and to improve your overall health.

 

Building up your confidence takes time, but by focusing on your health and wellbeing – you can do it. Make some healthier lifestyle changes today and see the difference it can make to your self-esteem

How to Become the Kind of Person You like and Respect

There are many ways of measuring success in life, ranging from the thickness of your wallet, to the titles you have before or after your name, the recognition you get from others, how early you get to retire, or the amount of free time you have at the end of each working day.

But above all, perhaps the most important determinant of your success in life is simply how well you can look at yourself in the mirror and feel a sense of pride and satisfaction, rather than shame and uneasiness.

People will hire experts such as the Sydney Tree Company to deal with the natural scenery on their properties, but they will often neglect to ask themselves one very simple question: “am I the kind of person I would like and respect, if I met myself?”

If the honest answer to that is no, or if you’re not sure what the answer is, here are some tips for becoming the kind of person you can like and respect.

Always tell the truth

Many people go through life telling “white lies” and justifying it to themselves by saying it’s all for the greater good, or it’s to make people happy, or to avoid drama. Ultimately, though, very good arguments can be made that any form of lie is immensely detrimental.

When we tell our significant other that their outfit looks nice, when we think it looks terrible, we’re preventing them from making a positive change which would not only make us happier, but would potentially even affect the way other people would treat them, in a positive way.

When we say “it’s fine” when it really isn’t, we only trade an argument today for bottled up resentment and a much bigger argument later.

Always telling the truth — in a tactful way, mind you, not as a weapon — builds integrity and forces us to hold ourselves to a higher standard, too.

Stop doing things that you’d be ashamed of other people knowing about

Is there anything you do which you would be ashamed for other people to know about? If so, be sure that you’re damaging your self-respect consistently, on a subconscious basis.

While it’s normal to be horrified at the idea of strangers seeing you naked, for example, you are not ashamed by the fact that strangers know you get naked when you take a shower.

But you would probably be ashamed if strangers knew you stole, or betrayed, or wasted opportunities, or were a drunk.

Stop doing things you’d be ashamed of other people knowing about.

Work on improving things by small degrees, day by day

A big part of self-respect is the knowledge that we are capable of facing the world head-on and making the best of. Knowing that we can make positive changes in our lives and master our circumstances is an immensely uplifting thing.

Work on improving the conditions of your life by small degrees, day by day.
Perhaps the house is messy. Tidy it up. Then you’ll like yourself a little bit more. Make similar small, positive changes each day, and your self-respect will rise dramatically.