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Simple Ways to Ensure You Look Your Best No Matter What

Looking good is important. It has a big impact on how you feel about yourself. People who take care of their appearance tend to have more confidence. Fortunately, there are lots of simple tricks you can use to keep yourself looking good. Here are a few of my favourites.

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Don’t be afraid to use shapewear

If you are well-toned and have good posture, virtually anything you wear will look good on you. It will hang properly and fit. Exercise is a good way to improve your muscle tone. But, sometimes life gets in the way and it becomes too hard to find the time to work out enough. When that happens, things tend to sag a bit and your favourite clothes stop looking good on you.

Of course, what you need to do is to get back to exercising regularly. However, getting back in shape will usually take a few weeks. In the meantime, shapewear can sort things out for you. Provided you buy the right type, it will gently smooth out the bumps and give you a little extra support.

As you can see here good-quality shapewear is no longer horrendously expensive or old-fashioned. As more men and women use it, so prices are dropping and they’re becoming more fashionable.

Invest in good skincare and clothes

Clothes that are made from high-quality fabrics tend to hang better and last far longer. When you go shopping bear this in mind and take the time to check how well made each garment is.

Having glowing skin really makes a difference. If you have good skin you always look a lot better. Getting your skin into good condition and keeping it that way is not too difficult, once you know which products to use. I tell you about them here and give you some tips which will help you to improve the condition of your skin fast.

Simple Ways to Ensure You Look Your Best No Matter What | UK Lifestyle Blog

Prioritise mindfulness and beauty sleep

Stress plays havoc with the way you look. So, avoid situations that you find stressful as much as possible.

Every day take the time to relax completely, at least twice. Go for a walk; spend 10 minutes practicing mindfulness or read a book. It does not matter how you do it, as long as it relieves the tension.

Getting at least 8 hours sleep every night will help you to look and feel much better. So, make getting enough of it a priority. If you do miss out on a couple of hours, always try to catch up. The best way to do this is to go to bed a bit earlier until you have made up for your sleep deficit.

Learn some quick beauty fixes

If you wear makeup, there are lots of fast and simple ways to brighten up your look. For example, did you know that lining the inner rim of your upper lids with a dark brown liner can make you look more awake? Well, apparently it does. You can read more about this tip and more, by clicking this link.

2018-08-29T14:28:16+00:00 August 29, 2018|Health|

I changed my perspective on exercising, and you can too!

A lot of people exercise regularly without really enjoying it all that much. Some people have simply lost interest, or, worse, never picked up the interest in the first place! The best way to tackle this sort of problem is to change your attitude towards exercise.

People don’t tend to put enjoyability or practicality at the forefront of their exercise routine. They lean more towards the no pain, no gain mentality. That, or they keep it relatively straightforward and let their records and goals guide what they do. But exercise needn’t always strain you out, nor should it always require high levels of energy.

The mindset you have when you approach exercise is very important. If you’ve found yourself lagging a bit recently, then perhaps you need to look at some new approaches towards fitness. Here are some of the things you can combine with good exercise in order to foster a new approach.

I changed my perspective on exercising, and you can too! | UK Lifestyle Blog

Making friends

Not many people look to exercise as a potential source of social activity. But if you’ve got friends who also want to get into exercise, then why not go running with them? It’s a great way to catch up and deepen your bond while you all get fitter. It seems very practical when you put it like this! Meeting up and playing sports is another way you can bring social activity and great exercise together.

There are other ways you can approach this, however. If you’re going on a night out, then dancing is definitely something you should look into. Dancing is massively underestimated when it comes to fitness; even the sort of dancing people tend to do in clubs (i.e. not likely to induce sweating, a little clumsy, etc) burns calories and helps with muscle tone!

Learning practical skills

Unless they’re looking to become a professional in the world of fitness (something we’ll touch on in the next section), most people don’t look to exercise as something that really teaches a practical skill. Unless, of course, you count developing the skill of proper exercise itself as a practical skill – which it certainly is! But there are other ways you can combine a fitness boost with lessons in a life skill. Perhaps the most obvious example is in self-defence.

Martial arts is absolutely fantastic for muscular development. It’s also great when it comes to self-defence. A lot of people suffer from low confidence or anxiety when they’re in particular scenarios outdoors because they feel at risk. But if you know how to defend yourself in case of attack, then your confidence will definitely get a boost. Plus, on the off-chance that something actually does happen, then you’re much more likely to get out of that situation in one piece!

I changed my perspective on exercising, and you can too! | UK Lifestyle Blog

Generate an income

When people think about people who make an income through exercise, they usually think of sporting professionals. They consider the household names of the football pitches who make hundreds of thousands of pounds per year, if not millions! A lot of people simply don’t consider the fact that there are plenty of “non-celebrities” out there who make a good income from their exercising or fitness-based hobbies.

Perhaps the most obvious way in which this is achieved is by becoming a personal trainer. If you’re interested in helping other people who may need some assistance when it comes to gaining muscle, losing weight, or simply boosting their cardiovascular health, then you should consider taking an online personal trainer course to get the knowledge and qualifications you need. This isn’t the only way fitness can earn you money, however. There are plenty of people out there who make money by writing about fitness.

Cute fitness apparel

Ever heard the phrase “all the gear, no idea”? I feel like a fraud if I buy myself yoga pants and bright Nike trainers, if I know I’m actually only going to be wearing them when I’m being a potato at home. Whatever you decide to start doing, whether it’s going for a run in the morning or joining a pilates class, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are not one of these girls. Instead, you’ll be a strong, independent woman – with nice clothes!

When I first started running I bought myself a decent sports bra from Knix, some half decent leggings and a pair of £100 pair of running trainers. I told myself, once I had committed myself to running at least 3 – 5 times a week, and achieved running 5km without stopping, I would treat myself to another pair of trainers or another piece of apparel I kept doing his as I upped my milage to 10km, 20km without stopping, etc. This really helped me stay motivated!

I changed my perspective on exercising, and you can too! | UK Lifestyle Blog

Seeing new places

Surely only a couch potato doesn’t want to see new places – and if you enjoy exercising, then you’re probably not a couch potato! A lot of people romanticise traveling a bit too much. But the fact is that there are a lot of benefits to see new places. They increase the level of novelty in your life, which can help with long-term satisfaction. Seeing new nature-based places helps inspire feelings of wonder and awe – and you don’t have to sign up to some new age theory to acknowledge the benefits of those feelings!

You should see exercise as a good excuse to see new places. For a lot of people, the combination of travelling or exploring with exercise means hiking. This is definitely something you should consider, as it’s amazing for both your body and mind. But even venturing somewhere close to home you’ve never visited before and going for a run or a cycle can be an excellent way to do it.

Increased confidence

Exercise can help to increase confidence. Even just a couple of hours of exercise a week will make you feel better, and the endorphins released after exercise, will make you feel even better. First, in the short-term, exercise enhances our mood and puts our mind in a more positive state. Second, in the long-term, exercise makes us feel good about our physical self – our abilities and physique.

2018-08-23T12:21:20+00:00 August 23, 2018|Health|

6 Simple Steps to Achieving Everyday Happiness

Oh, happiness! This emotion and state of mind can sometimes feel so elusive. As we journey on through an increasingly stressful and turbulent world, it can often feel to so many of us that happiness is a little too far out of reach.

Whether you’re experiencing the devastating effects of anxiety or stress or stuck in an existential crisis, a little bit of happiness every day could lift your state of mind and offer you a different perspective on your current situation. And the good thing is you don’t have to look too far for happiness; it lies a lot closer than you think. Whenever things get on top of me, these are the some of the things I do or think about to boost my happiness quotient.

6 Simple Steps to Achieving Everyday Happiness | UK Lifestyle Blog

Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

Unfortunately, it’s all too easy these days to walk through life feeling dissatisfied and not realising the real value of our experiences. At some point or another, all of us become a little bit ungrateful; not intentionally, it’s only sometimes we forget how much we do have. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is a sure-fire way to experience a mood boost, and it’s something that anybody can do at any moment.

The next time you feel like life is getting on top of you, stop, take a deep breath and think of three things that you currently have in your life for which you feel grateful. It doesn’t have to be riches or material things, sometimes it’s only about gratitude for the running water that comes out of your taps or the smile you get from the shopkeeper down the road!

Smile So Much That Your Eyes Crease

Every day, we are bombarded with perfected faces — smiles that never quite reach the eyes and ‘Blue Steel’ stares continuously pour out of online and offline media. A real smile, though, something that has been called by happiness researchers (what an excellent job!) the Duchenne Smile, packs a mighty punch.

When we smile and laugh so much that our face crinkles up, all sorts of stress hormone-combating endorphins are released. We also get the benefit of a relaxed nervous and cardiovascular system because to laugh, we have to breath out. Try it right now. Make the biggest smile you can, and the next time something bothers you only let out a big laugh!

6 Simple Steps to Achieving Everyday Happiness | UK Lifestyle Blog

Realise the importance of sleep

Sleep is important for various aspects of brain function. This includes cognition, concentration, productivity and performance. All of these are negatively affected by sleep deprivation. A study on medical interns provides a good example. Interns on a traditional schedule with extended work hours of more than 24 hours made 36% more serious medical errors than interns on a schedule that allowed more sleep.

Mental health issues, such as depression, are strongly linked to poor sleep quality and sleeping disorders. It has been estimated that 90% of people with depression complain about sleep quality. Those with sleeping disorders like insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea also report significantly higher rates of depression than those without. Finding the right bed and having a good nights kip is essential for your happiness.

Find Your Flow

‘Flow’ is one of those new self-development buzzwords, but far from being a fascinating marketing ploy, it is something worthy of attention. When you’re carrying out an activity that you enjoy, especially if it’s one that challenges you and asks you to use and increase your skills, you become engaged. And to become engaged means that you enter this state of flow or become present. Some people enter the flow so much that they lose their sense of time and even themselves.

States of flow are in everything from hobbies to vocations, look at Maria Konnikova. This successful author, psychologist and journalist unexpectedly found her flow when researching the discipline of poker for her latest book: ‘The Biggest Bluff’. She fell in love with the game so much that she’s now competing as a professional and even acts as an ambassador for a prestigious global poker platform.

6 Simple Steps to Achieving Everyday Happiness | UK Lifestyle Blog

Random acts of Kindness

In her book, ‘The How of Happiness’, notable professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, talks about the real power of practicing acts of kindness. Random, authentic acts of kindness carried out from the heart boost the mood of the giver, the recipient and can even improve the mood of people who witness the act.

Whenever you can do something to be kind to someone, it can be as simple as holding open a door for someone or offering up your seat on the bus or train to someone for the hell of it, do it. Plus, if you throw in a Duchenne Smile, you’ll get a double boost of happy-making endorphins!

Be Content with Good Enough

This one resonates with me a great deal, and I’m sure it will do the same with you, too. Instead of always striving for perfection, overachieving and overworking the simplest of activities (yes, you, competitive gym-goers I’m looking at you!), we do have to learn to be content with things that are ‘good enough’.

If you’re a striver like me, then, of course, you’ll keep striving, but instead of beating yourself up for failing to live up to your ridiculously high standards of perfection, learn to do the best that you can do in every moment. In time, you’ll realise that your version of good enough is perfect!

6 Simple Steps to Achieving Everyday Happiness | UK Lifestyle Blog

The nature of life is that it will have its high and low points; there’s nothing that any of us can do about that. However, I hope these tips will help you the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed. And remember, happiness is something that we all do deserve.

2018-08-14T11:26:03+00:00 August 14, 2018|Health|
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