Are we getting more stressed with every passing year? It seems that we are facing more and more pressures as life goes on. Every corner we turn means something more stressful, whether it’s finding a new job, getting a mortgage, or starting a family. As fantastic as these moments are, it seems that nothing comes with an easy ride anymore. This is why it’s vital for us to ensure we have a relaxed disposition in every aspect of our lives. It’s not just about having a great night’s sleep so you feel prepared, but it’s about finding the little opportunities in life to relax. What are the best ways to do this?
A lot of us don’t breathe as deeply as we should. When we are stressed, we naturally breathe more shallow, or through our chest. If you don’t, practice diaphragmatic breathing. This will mean that you get more oxygen into your body, which will help you to calm down. There are numerous resources online that extol the virtues of deep breathing, and it’s like a little internal switch we can click when we are feeling life’s pressures. Navy seals practice breathing techniques, and it’s amazing that with just a few minutes of deep breathing every morning and evening, we can feel more grounded, focused, and energized. The big problem with stress is that it saps us of energy and leaves us unable to focus or cope with what’s being thrown at us. The next time you face a considerable problem, stop, take a moment, and breathe.
Look At Your Home Environment
While there are techniques that can help you to relax, if you are constantly being surrounded by stress, at work and at home, you won’t catch a break. This is why it’s important to look at your home environment and see what you can change to ensure it invokes relaxation. It could be something very simple, such as your bedroom being cluttered. This can be easily remedied, by decluttering and making sure that your bedroom is solely for the purposes of sleep, or it could be more complex, such as the people you live with. The concept of a comfort zone is always good because it gives us that opportunity to feel relaxed and to recalibrate, so we can go back out there and fight those battles. So, look at your immediate environment- even something as simple as allergies can make us feel like death warmed up. This is predominant in the bedroom, especially if you don’t have the right bed sheets and materials. There is a mattress toppers guide online to have a look at just to give you an idea of the different types of materials you can put over your mattress, especially if you are prone to allergies. This could be a major game changer, especially if you find yourself constantly under the weather, which leads nicely to the next point…
Know What’s Good For You
Sometimes we just don’t know what is good for us. Whether it’s a bad diet, or something much deeper, if we go through life feeling like we are under the weather, it’s going to affect our disposition. Your diet is the best place to begin because something as simple as a food allergy could change your entire life, as soon as you know how to treat it. Something like gluten intolerance is common nowadays, and when people make the switch to a gluten-free diet, they find themselves less tired, more focused, and better in themselves. So, while you might look at yourself in the mirror and see you that you are alive, are you operating at your full potential? This isn’t just in a physical sense, but a mental one too. Your frame of mind will dictate a lot about who you are, but also, if you are more prone to stress. The expression “mind over matter” comes to mind here. Because it’s been shown that people with a sunny disposition don’t get as ill. If you are perennially negative, it’s time to address this. It couldn’t be a sign of something much deeper. Something like depression and anxiety can stem from a negative perception of oneself. Nobody deserves to go through life feeling like this, and so, if you feel that this does have a detrimental impact on your frame of mind, there’s always professional help. Failing that, a cognitive behavioral therapy course is something that could help you to regain a more balanced perspective of yourself. Once you know what is good for you, this will feed you in every area of your life.
Overcoming stress isn’t something that happens overnight, but by tackling these 3 areas, this will put you on the road to relaxation and a more evened out life.
Getting engaged is one of the most exciting things that will ever happen to you. After the big moment, you and your partner should take some time to celebrate together before you start telling everybody. It’s a great feeling sharing your joy with your friends and family but it’s also a monumental task. After a while, it can start to feel like a bit of a chore To make it easier, follow this guide on announcing your engagement.
Get Plenty Of Photos
Your friends and family will want to know every little detail of your engagement. Where it happened, how he did it etc. It can be a little tiring telling everybody all about it over and over but you can still help them to share in the experience if you get plenty of photos. Get a good engagement photographer like andrea matone to do an engagement photoshoot for you. That way, you’ve got plenty to share with your family but you don’t need to worry about taking a load of photos yourself. You can send some copies around to people when you tell them.
Work Out Who To Tell First
Tere are certain people that are closer to you and they’ll be upset if they’re the last to know. Your parents should always come first, they’ve been waiting for this moment for your entire life so they deserve to be told before anybody else. It’s best to tell them in person if you can, but you can do it over video chat if they live far away. Next, you should tell the rest of the family before moving on to close friends. Everybody else will just find out naturally as and when you next see them so there’s no need to call up every single person that you know.
Have A Surprise Party
If you want to get the announcements out of the way in one go and have a bit of fun while you’re at it, you can have a surprise engagement party. Invite everybody along and then when you’ve got everybody gathered, you can let them all know at once. It’s worth telling a few people like parents and other close family members before the party, otherwise, they might be upset that they found out at the same time as everybody else.
The most efficient way of getting the message out there has to be social media. Some people might think that it’s a bit impersonal but it’s actually fairly common for people to announce their engagement online these days. It’s far less time-consuming than any of the other methods of letting people know. As with a party, you need to think about who should know before you release the information online. Think about how your parents would feel if they found out you were getting married when they were scrolling on Facebook. Go through the list of all the people that you want to tell and consider who will have their feelings hurt by finding out online and let them know beforehand.
Telling everybody about your engagement is always going to be time-consuming, just try to enjoy the process of sharing it with your loved ones.
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There are many different steps which may be involved in realising your design dreams and in turning your home, as it exists today, into the personal manor-house or chateau of your dreams.
In fact, it’s often not easy to know where to start. In your idealised, daydream version of your ideal home, you might find yourself living in a James Bond style mansion, with several carports underneath the swimming pool, high up on the slopes of some lush tropical mountain, but with an ultra-modern Scandinavian noir feel to everything.
On the other hand, maybe, when left to your own devices, you imagine yourself reclining in an antique lounge-chair, in the middle of some French castle with such a storied history that it could fit as the central location in a series of period novels.
In practice, however, overhauling and improving your home’s design aesthetic is something which will require particular steps and approaches in real time, rather than just abstract wishing and daydreaming (although there’s nothing wrong with wishing and daydreaming).
Like everything else in life, taking on a major design overhaul project for your home will require a substantial degree of mental work. In order to make sure that you can manoeuvre things in the particular way you’d most like, getting your mindset right is crucial.
Here are some mindset habits you should adopt in order to make your home redesign as effective and effortless as possible.
Familiarise yourself with a minimalist ethos
Minimalism has been one of the hottest lifestyle trends of recent times, with hordes of people — particularly young professionals, it seems — becoming disillusioned with the cluttered and materialistic nature of the corporate culture and mainstream way of life, and seeking out a better and more relaxing approach to life.
Minimalism, in this form, is about stripping your belongings down to the bare essentials — those few things that are directly useful to you, or which exert a strong and uplifting emotional pull. Everything else is given away, sold, or disposed of.
Following the minimalist template for life, it’s common to see people who once had large and cluttered homes filled with bags of unpacked shopping in the corner of each room, move to the equivalent of log cabins in the woods, with nothing but a small rucksack of belongings to call their own.
This is an extreme example of course, and many people will not feel comfortable or content with living a minimalist life to the nth degree.
Nonetheless, there are some important lessons from minimalism that can help you to become a better and more conscientious home designer, without having to go all out and sell your toothbrush. Here are just a few reasons why familiarising yourself with a minimalist ethos can help you out:
– Minimalism encourages people to break their emotional attachments to things (unless those attachments are strong and sincere). Being unwilling to throw away an old cardboard box, or a dress you bought two years ago and never wore (and never will wear) is generally unhealthy and counterproductive to being able to design the home of your dreams. Becoming less invested in “stuff” can be a great help for that reason. Of course, there’s no reason to feel you should throw out belongings that bring you genuine joy; such as your wedding dress or a childhood memento.
– Minimalism encourages you to focus on quality over quantity. Home design is often a costly process, but when you’re focusing on a few key items, rather than trying to stuff every room with as many decorations as possible, it becomes a lot more achievable. Minimalism is all about quality over quantity. In the minimalist ethos, you may have only a handful of items in your wardrobe, but all of them should be comfortable, attractive, and make you feel good. So too for your home decorations.
– Minimalism forces you to narrow your attention and can inspire you to think thematically. Coming up with a compelling design template for your home is, to a large degree, a matter of paring down disparate and conflicting elements, and creating a harmonious and unified style. Minimalism is, to a large degree, about reducing clutter and disparate elements in a home, and coming to enjoy a more relaxing and harmonious environment.
Don’t fret about your perfect design template to begin with, but begin making incremental improvements and positive changes
It’s a great idea to develop an idea of what your ideal design template might look like, so that you’re able to properly orient your efforts and ambitions, and stay motivated as you adjust the layout and style of your home over a prolonged period of time.
That being said, however, it’s important than you’re able to put your ideal design template aside from time to time, in order to make incremental changes on your home without feeling disheartened that everything isn’t yet the way you imagined it being in your most ambitious fantasy.
It may take a long time for you to turn your home into the avatar of your perfect dream villa on the hills, but you can always make positive changes, bit by bit, on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
Don’t fret too much about making everything perfect from day one — remember the saying, “perfect is the enemy of good”. Instead, focus on making small but real and meaningful changes, incrementally, whenever possible. Make things better as often as you can rather than becoming disheartened because you’re unable to go from zero to one-hundred in the blink of an eye.
Begin to think of storage solutions as your new best friend
One of the ultimate banes of an attractive, well-put-together and well-designed home, is constant mess, clutter, and the general state of being where things just aren’t where they should be, and chaos reigns as a result.
That new rug of yours has little purpose if it’s perpetually obscured by a stack of cardboard boxes, or a pile of shoes that you haven’t got a better storage space for.
That carefully coordinated colour scheme in your living room is all for nought if there’s a jarring stack of old newspapers in one corner of the room, a stack of laundry on the sofa, and a collection of scarves and jackets draped unceremoniously over the back of one of those antique chairs that you were so happy to have found.
One way of dealing with the problem of clutter is by disposing of it — and that’s often a good solution, too. For many types of clutter, however, you’ll want, or need, to hold on to the items in question rather than just summarily bin them.
In the case of such a situation as that, storage solutions are your best friend, and should be your primary port of call. Storage crates, wardrobes, sofas with drawers, and so on, can be found in any style imaginable, and at a variety of price ranges. A couple of old, tasteful wooden crates in the corner of your room will, if anything, help to accentuate and complement many design styles.
A pile of unpacked belongings scattered all around, will do the opposite.
Begin collecting magazines, reading articles, and just generally building up a library of style inspiration
This step perhaps goes without saying, but it can be extremely tricky trying to come up with an attractive, tasteful, and coordinated home aesthetic all on your own, without any external input whatsoever.
Said differently; there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
Collecting and reading through home decoration magazines, articles, blogs, and other resources, is a great way of discovering style inspiration and then using the elements you read about and discover to create your own template of an ideal home.
In many cases, just having a deepened awareness of the kinds of styles that can be introduced to a home, can make all the difference when it comes to structuring your design and decoration efforts. If you begin a home decoration or redesign project with a good style template in mind, you can begin iteratively moving your entire home into a more unified and harmonious direction, from day one.
Try adopting mindfulness practices to keep you focused on the tasks directly in front of you, rather than letting yourself get caught up in your own mind
Whenever you’re embarking on an ambitious project in life, it can be easy to get caught up in your own fears, preoccupations, and concerns. The slightest mishaps can seem to rob you of your inspiration, and it can be difficult to remain focused on the task at hand and see the job through, rather than abandoning it halfway.
To counteract this, try adopting some mindfulness practices to help keep you focused on the task at hand, so that you can in turn complete the various jobs you’re committed to completing.
It’s always exciting getting engaged. Indeed, is there anything better? You’ll be on cloud nine for a while, but once the initial buzz has passed, you might have a moment where you realize that, oh dear, you have to host a big party for all your family and friends! If you’ve never been married before, then you might be a little clueless about the right steps to take, especially if you’re the first in your friend group to get married. Below, we take a look at a few ways you can make sure your wedding is extra special, even if you’re currently clueless about organising them.
Help From Friends and Family
You’re the one going to be at the center of attention on your wedding day (well, you and your partner), but you’re not facing the day alone. In the planning stages, you’ll be able to call upon all your friends and family to get things arranged. Between all of them, there will surely be some useful advice. And when all the planning gets too much, you can call on them to help you handle all of those niggling, annoying details.
Work with the Professionals
Thank goodness we live in a society. Whenever we have a problem, there’s someone on hand to help us figure it all out. To make sure you have a wedding that looks, tastes, and feels amazing, work with the professionals. They’ll have the experience to bring your vision of your wedding to life. Learn more about working with a florist for your floral displays, hire wedding caterers for the food, and leave the music in the hands of a DJ with a reputation for getting the dancefloor bouncing. There’ll be no need to worry that things won’t be quite as good as they could be when you have experts by your side.
Look For Inspiration
If you’ve just engaged, then there might still be a year or two until you’re walking down the aisle. In that time, you’ll likely go to a wedding or two. While there, have a look and see if there’s anything you like that you can incorporate into your wedding day. Also, remember that it’s just as important to check out the things that you didn’t like/work, too. When it comes to your wedding, you’ll know what to include and what to keep away.
Keep Things Simple
If you watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, then you’ll have had a glimpse of just how big a wedding can be. But they had an unlimited budget and the eyes of the world on them; your day will be much smaller! So keep things simple. It’s better to have a perfect, simple day rather than a complicated one that doesn’t quite hit the mark.
Do Things Your Way
Whatever you do, do things your way! There’s nothing to say you have to do anything on your wedding day. If you like it, go with it – it’s all about you, after all!
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I chose bikinis. Because summer is just around the corner and I knew that I’ll be more staying at the sea shores as my family and friends really loves to go on the beach as the summer comes. Hence, better yet to have some good set of swimwear to wear on my upcoming summer getaway engagements.
Choosing your wedding ring is arguably one of the most important decisions you can make on the run-up to the big day, and it is one which you will carry with you throughout the rest of your life.
When choosing a wedding ring you will often hear of the fours C’s: color, clarity, carat, and cut. These combine to ensure that you get the best possible diamond to put on your finger on your wedding day. Here are the four C’s is more detail and how they can help you pick that perfect diamond.
Ideally a diamond is colorless. If you look at the purest diamonds in the world they usually contain no color because there are no other elements mixed into the crystal. Of course, most diamonds you buy will have a slightly yellow hue due to impurities, but it is the sheer magnitude of yellow which you can look at here. A diamond graded D is colorless, and this is the most expensive diamond you can buy. It is something which will depend highly on your budget, style, and taste.
Clarity is the measure of how clear your diamond is. Most diamonds will contain some indents or fingerprints which make them unique and imperfect. If you want a clear and almost perfectly sparkling diamond you will need to spend more, as the diamond is worth more.
The carat of a diamond is usually mistaken for the size, however, it actually pertains to the weight of the stone. The heavier a diamond is, the best the quality and therefore the more expensive it is for you to buy. Even if you can’t afford a huge diamond for your wedding ring, certain cuts can actually make the diamond look larger than it is, so don’t worry if you are on a strict budget.
The final C we are going to talk about is the cut of your diamond. This is the last stage in your diamond choosing process and is arguably on one of the most important decisions you make in regards to your diamond. The cut you choose can increase the style, prospective size, the color and even the light it shines when reflecting on objects. There are many different cuts you can choose from and here are some of them.
This is the most popular way to cut your diamond and is the all-time classic. It suits any setting and is truly a timeless way to have your diamond cut.
A princess cut diamond is a brilliant cut, square shaped diamond. It is a fresh and modern take on the classic round cut.
A cut above
This fresh cut by white flash has been seen as one of the most stunning cuts of all. You can see Whiteflash reviews online and take a look at this gorgeous cut.
The most popular choice for celebrities is a cushion cut. It is a rectangular shape which is rounded at the edges to give that extra edge of brilliance. It is a great choice for larger diamonds.
For the old romantic in all of us, there is a heart cut which is just what it says on the tin. A romantic cut for the lovers of the world.
When was the last time you tried to do something new with the dining space in your home? If it’s been a long time, now could be the time for you to improve the space. If you love to entertain and you value you a good dining experience, this is the room in your home you should be prioritising right now. With a well-designed dining space with the right furniture and finishing touches, you’ll get so much more out of your home.
If you don’t know where to start with making changes to your dining space, we’re going to help you out so that you’ll be able to get the most out of it. It’s all about making the space more appealing to use, as well as improving the functionality. If you can combine the right cosmetic changes with some functional upgrades, you’ll achieve the perfect dining space for your home in no time at all. So read on now to learn more about what you should do.
Modernise With Wallpaper
If you want to make the space feel more modern and up to date, one thing that you should definitely try to do is add some wallpaper. Solid colours painted on the walls never quite compares to a modern and nicely-designed wallpaper, so this is something that you should definitely look into. If you feel like your dining room is currently behind the times, this is the change to make.
Look for a Sturdy, Solid and Attention-Grabbing Dining Table
Of course, the dining table you choose for your dining space is going to be the main attraction of the room. This is the thing that you’re going to be using multiple times per day, and it’s the thing that’s going to be at the centre of your dining space. There are many options out there, so it’s really up to you. But if you want to invest a decent amount of money, it makes sense to choose a sturdy and solid table that has an eye-catching design.
Consider Doing Something Different With the Ceiling
You shouldn’t ignore the ceiling of your dining room because this will certainly have a big impact on how the room looks overall. Some people decide to create patterns that can be applied to the ceiling, but this can be tricky to get right if you don’t really know what you’re doing. If you’re not sure, there are decorators out there that will be able to help you with all of this.
Fit Lights That Hang Above Your Table
The lighting situation in your dining room is also really important, so you should try to fit lights that allow you to use the room properly and completely after dark, while also creating a dramatic impact with the fixtures themselves. They should hang down above the table so that the most important aspect of the room is always lit up fully.
Choose Simple and Timeless Chairs
The chairs you choose for your dining space are obviously going to be an important part of the room. You’ll be using them pretty much every day of the year, so you want them to be right for you, but they also need to tie into the theme of the rest of the room. To make sure that you achieve this, it’s usually best to choose simple and timeless chairs. They work with more designs and styles, so just make sure your choices are comfortable.
Find a Rug to Put Beneath Your Table
The floor in your dining room is one part of the space that’s very easy to overlook, but you should try to avoid falling into that trap if you can. You don’t have to completely replace the flooring you currently have in place if you don’t want to. Even adding a new rug to the floor that can complement the other design decisions you’ve made in the room can have a pretty big impact on how your dining space looks and feels.
Try to Link Up to Your Kitchen as Much as Possible
The dining room only works if you also have a kitchen that’s fit for purpose. It’s something that you need to think about when you’re designing and improving your dining room because the two rooms need to be linked up as much as possible. You might want to knock down the wall that separates your dining room and your kitchen because having that big open plan space can actually be really helpful when you’re trying to make things more impressive and more functional.
Choose the Right Table Dressings and Accessories
You need to make sure that what you put on your table is fit for purpose and up to the job of making your dining space look interesting and vibrant. For a start, you need to look for simple white tablecloths to make the table look clean and appealing. On top of that, you can do something with decorative features, such as glasses and ornaments. Some people decide to create a large fruit bowl in the middle of the table too.
Make Use of Flowers
Finally, you should try to make use of flowers in your dining room because these will allow you to make the space feel more natural and vibrant, which has to be a good thing. You don’t want the space to feel more sterile. After all, this is a place where you’re going to be eating and enjoying life, so a bit of natural beauty is definitely going to add what you need. A floral arrangement on the dining could be the best way to go, but it’s up to you.
Your dining room is one of the most important rooms in your home because it’s where you can get together with your family and friends and have a good time. It’s about community and family; being able to entertain in this room and share food together morning and night is really important, so work hard on making the most of your space.
There are quite a few reasons why one needs to vacation in Palm Springs, CA. Not the least of which is the amazing golf opportunities. Here are some of the best and neatest reasons why Palm Springs should be next on your vacation list.
1. Firstly, there is the airport, which is completely outdoors. The weather is extremely pleasant in southern California during most of the year. If you happen to be vacationing with small children, the airport acts twofold as it contains a playground for them to play in.
2. There is a ton of history about the valley in Palm Springs. During the Golden Days of Hollywood, Palm Springs was a playground for the ruling elite. In current days, there are guided tours which can take interested visitors to all of the different sites.
3. While summer can be very hot in Palm Springs, there are numerous resorts which have deluxe sprawling pools to cool you down. Plus, it rarely ever rains there, so worshippers of the sun have a lot to look forward to.
4. There are several palm springs golf tournaments that happen at the various golf courses in Palm Springs. Even if you are not actually into playing golf, it is a great and easy way to spot celebrities “in the wild” and give everyone back home something to talk about.
5. There are also quite a few restaurants in Palm Springs serving up the most delicious of foods. The landscape is dotted with everything from steakhouses to trendy vegan restaurants and everything in between.
These are just a few of the reasons why you need to make sure that when you are putting together a list of possible vacation spots, Palm Springs is at the top of the list.
It’s super stressful when you’re an upcoming graduate. Juggling late nights at the library for revision, spending hours meeting that 10,000-word target for your dissertation, and trying to find a job to walk into after graduation can get a bit too much. Not to mention that part-time job and trying to have some sort of a social life. When you eventually get invited to an interview, they are often with short notice and come around quickly — leaving you with little time to decide what to wear! CT shirts, retailers of menswear and men’s shirts, gives us some advice:
Casual dress is suitable when you’re interviewing for charity work or a casual unpaid internship. For these interviews, it is likely that they won’t expect you to be dressed very formally, and will be more concerned with your personality, including your punctuality. Of course, it’s always good to make a positive first impression, so still consider what you’re wearing.
For women, skirts and jeans are appropriate in a casual interview — wear what you feel comfortable in. To ensure you still look presentable, you should avoid mini-skirts with bare legs and ripped jeans. You could wear a smart dress with tights and a cardigan or a shirt-jumper combo with a smart pair of slacks or jeans.
Since it’s likely to be a relaxed vibe, you shouldn’t worry too much about footwear. Opt for a smart ankle boot or flat pump, and perhaps avoid trainers and high heels.
For men, it can be hard to dress casually without looking too underdressed. Jeans are definitely appropriate, but similar to our advice for women, steer clear of ripped jeans. You should avoid wearing joggers or tracksuit tops, as these will not give off the best impression. A safe option would be a long-sleeved top, jeans, dress shoes such as Chelsea boots or brogues, and a smart jacket.
Some interviews may specify business-casual attire on the invitation. This may be because they have this dress code in the office or it may be for an assessment day where you are expected to be there all day and recruiters want you to feel comfortable.
If you are unsure what to wear, it’s best to dress too formally rather than too casually to avoid giving off the wrong impression.
With a business-casual dress code, you have more freedom with what you wear than in a strictly professional interview. You could wear pinstripe or patterned dress slacks with a smart shirt tucked in.
Or, wear a smart shirt with a wide collar underneath a long-sleeved sweater. This look gives off a formal impression, whilst not as professional as a shirt and suit jacket.
For men, to be appropriate for a business-casual dress code, you should wear a smart shirt. Why not invest in a non-iron shirt? It stays free of creases and there’s no need to rush around with the iron the morning before the interview! Also, if you’re travelling by car or public transport to the interview, a normal shirt can become creased but this is avoided through the non-iron garment.
You should avoid a polo shirt, as this is too casual and still steer clear of wearing jeans.
For formal interviews, you should adopt a professional look. These interviews could be in front of directors of the company for a graduate job or an internship. You want to look your best here; your appearance certainly counts, and with the high level of competition at this stage, you don’t want to fall at any hurdles.
In a professional situation, women should opt for a suit. When it comes to dressing the bottom half, go with what you feel comfortable in. If you decide to wear a skirt, wear one with a hemline just below the knee to avoid it rising and becoming too revealing. A suit doesn’t have to be boring — shop around and discover suits that are tailored in different ways — find one that suits your body shape. When it comes to footwear, heels are acceptable but make sure you can walk with confidence in them. If you don’t feel happy wearing heels, opt for pumps or shoes with a smaller heel.
Men should wear a suit when it comes to a formal interview, too. Wear dark socks to blend in with your outfit and bring a briefcase to look professional. Brogues are a good choice of footwear — they are stylish and smart without being mundane. Choose a tailored suit that you feel represents your style, a slim leg may be best suited for you and your shape.
What to avoid
As we can see, the main thing to do is to make sure you feel comfortable in your outfit — it will show in the interview! However, there are a few things that you should avoid: