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The Daily Grind: 5 simple ways to improve your health and thrive at work

If you’re reading this, I hope you have a job you love – a job that makes you excited about getting out of bed every morning and fuels your passion and dreams. However, even if none of that is true, you don’t have to contend with simply trudging to work, feeling down in the dumps.

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There are quite a few simple measures for revitalising your workplace mood – and the knock-on effects can include better productivity, which will clearly go down well with the boss.

Mentally, stay in the here and now

Do you find yourself often merely “going through the motions” at work, not really paying close attention to the task at hand? This can too easily happen if you don’t love your job – and, perhaps, have an eye on soon “moving on” to take up that coveted “dream job”.

However, that job won’t just appear out of nowhere, mindbodygreen.com emphasises. It’s through producing your best work right here, right now that you can realise magical results.

Seek to learn new ways of improving your work

Are you currently falling short? Heed Inc.‘s revelation that thriving workers “look for opportunities to learn new things and acquire new skills, and access information to help them get better at what they do.” By following suit, you could bring into effect a “self-perpetuating” growth journey.

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For this reason, you should welcome feedback when you receive it, whether from the boss or fellow employees. Taking account of feedback can help prevent distractions from your organisational goals.

Are you an employer? Lead by example

Every successful business has its own Winston Churchill, a leader who can inspire their recruits not merely to work towards success, but even work their way out of corporate quicksand, so to say.

There is certainly solid evidence of how beneficial such leadership can prove to a business. One recent study looking at various industries found that leaders high in self-reported thriving were, by their employees, deemed 17% more effective than leaders comparatively lacking in this measure.

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Strike a good work-life balance

How is your personal life going? Whether you are currently on cloud nine because of a new, super-exciting romance, your favourite TV show is back on the box, you are getting better at surfing, or some other reason, those high levels of happiness could push you towards workplace success, too.

Research has confirmed that people who fare well in their personal lives appear to accumulate “resources” that they can pour into their work activities – a real win-win-win situation!

Do you smoke? Consider switching to vaping

I’ll resist launching into a lecture about how that cigarette habit could be wrecking your health. However, keep in mind that, as the Daily Mail reports, e-cigarettes are much safer than tobacco, according to experts. Furthermore, there isn’t a strict legal ban on e-cigarette use in offices.

While employers can still ban vaping in workplaces at their discretion, you could stock up on products like Innokin Proton Plex Kit if your own office is vape-friendly.

2019-01-21T13:28:42+00:00 January 22, 2019|Health|

Feeling Fresh: Wedding Season Might Be Dying Down, But Party Season Is Just Starting

There’s always a great to celebrate; summer is still in full swing, and the wedding invites will have been plentiful for some. Even though autumn is afoot (don’t worry, there’s still sunshine left), there is always a party, celebration, or shindig to enjoy, and you’ll want to feel just as fresh and confident for each event you’re planning to attend.

There’ll be autumn weddings too, not to mention birthday bashes, Halloween and bonfire get-togethers, and dare we mention the festive party season? No? Okay, too soon. However, there’s no harm in thinking about all the fun stuff you’ll have coming up, and preparing a little beforehand so that you can feel your best in every single Instagram shot (alright then, most of them).

The following are some ideas, inspiration and advice for those who want to look and feel their very best for each event they have on their upcoming calendar, and even for the ones they haven’t RSVP’d to yet.

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Make up and nails

When it comes to doing your own makeup for an occasion or party, make sure you have several practice runs in the evenings, or the weekend before the event. You might need to brush up on your eyelash application or get that contouring technique perfected, so it’s worth remembering that practice makes perfect!

Take a look on YouTube and Pinterest for some inspiration and tutorials on formal makeup looks, and test out what’s going to suit your skin tone, hair, and outfit choice. You’ll want to turn up to the wedding venue or rooftop bar feeling your very best, and if you’re not feeling your face; you won’t be able to get into the swing of things with confidence.

Try and work out how long the makeup will take you to do beforehand, and give yourself some extra time, in case you need to correct anything or fix a smudge (it’s bound to happen).

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For some tips on achieving a flawless makeup look, you can always head towards a friendly face at a cosmetics counter in-store. It’s also the ideal excuse to splurge on that CC cream or liquid lipstick you’ve had your eyes on. You can ensure the condition of your nails by using a cuticle oil on a regular basis before you come to paint them or visit someone for a manicure.

When it comes to your nail polish choice; your options really come down to a neutral, nude shade, or a pop of colour, that will stand out on your fingernails and toes. Classic berry tones and reds suit every skin tone, and will go with a huge variety of colours, ensuring your nails wouldn’t clash with your clothing; but, instead, would complement it.

If you’re unsure and wary of looking too busy; pick a taupe or a pale pink shade, which will definitely go with your outfit, whatever the colour. Or, use your nails as a canvas to have some fun; nail art and mirroring techniques can be beautiful, but, if you’re not trained, these are best left to the professionals, so book yourself in the week beforehand.

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Hair and skin

Whatever your hair type might be; you want it looking the best it can on your big night out, day of dancing, or whatever celebration it is that you’re heading towards (even if that is the fact it’s a Friday, and the weekend is here). On the run up to the event, make sure you take some time to indulge in a hair mask or two, so you know your hair is as strong and conditioned as possible.

It’s important to nourish your hair before any styling, straightening, or curling, as most of these techniques require the use of direct heat to your hair, along with products and sprays that you’re not used to. Figure out if you’re going to use a professional stylist at a hair salon, or if you’re confident enough to execute the hairstyle of your choice yourself.

If you’re going with the salon option, make sure you’re booked in as soon as you’ve RSVP’d to the invite. Give yourself enough time to get dressed and apply your make up after the stylist (whether it’s you, or somebody else) has worked their magic. If you choose to get your hair done in the morning, ensure your style is locked in with enough spray, and it will see you through until you get in the Uber to go home.

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It’s always a treat to pamper your skin, but in the days leading up to the event; make sure you moisturise each day after your bath or shower. If you plan to apply a fake tanning product, it’s key that your skin is hydrated, particularly around your knees, elbows, and heels. Fake tan a couple of evenings before; so it looks as natural as possible, and there’s time to fix any potential mistakes.

If you don’t feel the need to change the shade of your skin in any way, ensure it’s looking as bright, soft and glowing as possible. Applying specialist foot cream to your feet and toes, and popping some cotton socks on them, before bed each night will ensure they are soft and open-toe-shoes ready. The morning of the event is a great time to use a body scrub, to get rid of any dry areas of skin, and pop your body cream, butter, or souffle of choice on from head to toe.

Glad rags

Just because you’re heading out to a formal event or an invite-only bash, doesn’t mean you have to feel completely uncomfortable, or unlike yourself. You can rock an outfit that fits both the occasion and your personal style; so bear that in mind when you head onto ASOS to do your shopping. Thinking about the best colour palette for your hair and skin tone is a wise place to start; you might think you’ve found the outfit of your dreams, only to find the colour makes you look washed out and unwell. Order a few things; that’s the beauty of free returns! Feeling your best self will ensure that you’ll have a great time, no matter what the occasion.

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2018-08-30T13:27:58+00:00 August 30, 2018|Beauty|

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.

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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|
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