2.21.2018

Take a break with the family on one of these great day outs


These days it may feel like you get hardly any time to spend together as a family. What with your busy work schedule and the kids’ various school and hobby commitments, you won’t be left with much free time to spend as a whole gang! So, whenever you do all have a free day, it’s important you all take a break and enjoy some quality time with one another.

What better way to enjoy each other’s company than by going for a day trip together? No matter where you live, I’m sure you’ll be able to think of some great local sights and attractions to check out as a family.

Are you a bit stuck for ideas? No problem - here are some great days out ideas that are suitable for the entire family!

Local Arcades

Kids love the flashing lights and loud noises of arcades. These are great places for the whole family as there are now many arcades that feature many vintage games, so you could even find your favorite game from your childhood - it’ll definitely bring back a lot of memories! You can learn more about the various arcades in your local area by checking their website. Most arcades also have eateries in them, so you can all grab a bite to eat while you are trying to make it onto the leaderboard!

The Beach

If you all want to get outside and feel all that great fresh air in your lungs, it’s a good idea to travel to your nearest beach. This might not be possible if you live quite far in land, but perhaps there is a large lake nearby that you could use to replace the beach? Either way, your kids will get to paddle about in the water and enjoy some time away from their computer screens!

Museums And Art Galleries

Feel like your family could do with a bit more culture? You could always spend your day out at a local museum or art gallery. The majority of museums and galleries have permanent exhibitions that don’t change too much, and will also host touring ones too. Many of the touring exhibitions during the school holiday periods will be specifically aimed at children, and will be a really interactive way for them to learn about history and art. As the touring exhibitions are regularly changing, there will always be something new for you and your family to discover and learn!

Nearby Parks

If you are looking for an option that won’t be too stressful for your bank account, you could simply organize a day out at a local park. This doesn’t have to be boring, as there are plenty of cool things you can do there, such as enjoy a picnic or take a soccer ball for a kick around. If you visit a toy store, you will find lots of outdoor games that you can take with you to the park.

Hopefully, one of the ideas above is something that you and your family will be interested in. Enjoy your time together!

Life has a way of moving you places

We all know that life has a way of making changes. It can mean that we change our career, where we live, the size of our family, and even our lifestyle. Life has a way of working in mysterious ways, and with that can come change. Change isn’t always a bad thing, although it can be feared, wouldn't you agree? We can be so used to how our lives our, our routines, that change can seem like we are thrown in at the deep end. But, change can also be a good thing. A chance to live in a better area or have more space for the family. A better job or a change in career direction could end up opening doors. I wanted to share with you some of the ways life can have a way of moving your places, and why it shouldn't be feared.


Changing your career

How many of you reading this do a job that you simply fell into? A job or a career direction that you have had since leaving education? A career that you took because of a time of need and now can’t get out of it. However, once you get settled in to a job or industry, it can be quite difficult to leave it, as you get used to the income it provides ad the security you feel. But taking a new job or starting up a career in a whole new sector could open up so many more doors and opportunities. It could mean you need to move, it might mean that you earn more money, or it could provide you with more time to spend with your loved ones. POsitive changes could be afoot, but you just need to take that leap of faith to make it happen.

Changing your home

Our home is our very own castle, but sometimes it can’t be our forever home. You may need more space, you may want to love to a different area, and it can be quite overwhelming to make that change. However, moving could be a great way to take on a new adventure with your family. Perhaps exploring a new city or state, maybe taking on the chance to meet new people, make changes to your careers or to your lifestyle. Moving doesn’t just mean you change your home, but it could change other aspects of your life and the adventure could be one worth having.

Changing your lifestyle

Finally, changing your lifestyle can be a great way to move you to different place sin life. It might enable you to lose weight down to a change in diet, it may help you to rid yourself of symptoms of anxiety and depression as you take on a lifestyle change of exercising, it could even see you try different things in your life and routine with friends and family. A lifestyle change could open up doors as you become more confident to take on new directions in your life.

I hope that this has given you the determination to accept that life has a way of moving you places.

Summer countdown. How to get a bikini body

Summer is maybe several months away, but it's already time to start preparing for the beach. Even though you'll stumble upon various diets promising to melt your weight in only a few days, it's important to be realistic.

Before you start working on the bikini body, you have to carefully envision your goals. Dieting to lose a lot of pounds in a short time is never healthy, so you must come up with a plan that you’ll benefit from. Therefore, here is some advice that will help you feel great in the bikini.


  1.  Mind what you eat

The first thing that comes to mind when people start talking about getting into shape is controlling their diet. Unfortunately, that usually means that they’ll follow diets promising wonders and reducing their eating habits to inappropriate portions and ingredients.
The only way to make sure you are not harming yourself with your diet is to consult your doctor and nutritionist. After certain medical analysis and detailed examination of your lifestyle, the nutritionist will prepare diet specifically tailored for you. This way you will eat properly and control your looks in the healthy and responsible way.

  1. Start exercising

Physical activity is not only important for shaping your body but also for prevention of certain life-threatening diseases. If you want to work on your bikini body, then exercise paired up with appropriate diet is the right way to go. There are several ways you can start exercising. If you feel uncomfortable working out with others, you can start cycling or jogging outside. Also, yoga is a great exercise to do at home or in your backyard.  
Video tutorials by famous trainers are another solution, but make sure that you choose appropriate one so you wouldn't demotivate yourself. Private trainers can cost a lot, but it can be money well spent if you're not a disciplined person. Gym membership, on the other hand, is cheaper and you can always get advice from the personnel on the exercise.
  1. Cosmetic surgery

Science has gone a long way today. Even though many feel that surgery may be a bit extreme, sometimes it’s the only way to achieve the goals. For example, plastic or cosmetic surgery can be helpful for those who lost a lot of weight and have a problem with loose skin. It is also a good start for working on your physical appearance, but you shouldn’t see it as the only option. Cosmetic surgery can help you get the look you want but you should always consult with an expert on the scope, recovery and risks.

  1. Love yourself

There are different bikini models, so approach your summer outwear from a slightly changed perspective. Instead of trying to fit into the certain model, choose the one appropriate for your body type. This doesn't mean you should avoid exercising since it will make you feel good about yourself. The studies show that regular exercise is not only excellent prevention for certain diseases but also boosts your mood.
During the workout, your body releases endorphins which are chemicals responsible for reducing stress, feeling good and controlling depression. In the end, it all comes down to accepting yourself and being positive about your body in a healthy and sensible manner.  

  1. Don’t give up

There will come the time when you'd want to give up or choose unhealthy and faster ways in the end. It's always hard in the beginning and it will take time to get used to new regime and lifestyle. The most important thing is not to give up and continue with your plan even when you can't stand it anymore.
To avoid losing motivation and quitting, find an exercise buddy or try new recipes online. Never strain yourself too much and take it slow to avoid injury and exhaustion. Don't forget, it will take time and patience, but this new habits can be the interesting and exciting experience to go through.

Final thoughts

Putting on the bikini is about relaxing and having fun on the beach with your friends. Summer is usually that time of year when we want to feel free and enjoy the gorgeous weather. Even though you will worry about your bikini body, make sure that it’s for the right reasons. In the end, it’s important how you feel and see yourself, and not what others think. Remember, healthy body is the perfect bikini body.






 


2.20.2018

Dealing with the diagnosis you didnt want to hear

No one ever wants to hear their doctor say the C word. Getting this diagnosis can be a huge blow, especially if you have a large family who depend on you in various ways. But it’s not only a bad diagnosis practically speaking - it can also bring a huge emotional strain to your family as well. But you will have to shoulder the majority of the stress and worry that comes with a cancer diagnosis, and this can sometimes cause problems with your treatment.

Once you do hear that you are suffering from cancer, you need to make sure you start dealing with it as effectively as you possibly can. The only way you are going to beat this terrible disease is if you take numerous practical steps to deal with it. Ready to take your diagnosis and show it who’s boss? Here are some things that you should do to help yourself and your family come to terms with and deal with your cancer diagnosis.


Try And Stay Positive

First and foremost, it is super important that you try and stay as positive as possible. You might find that your mental health starts to decline after you receive your diagnosis, and this will especially be the case if you end up feeling down and depressed about the illness. Thankfully, there are some reasons to stay cheerful. After all, cancer survival rates are constantly on the up, so there will be a good chance that you will overcome this illness. There are a few different things you can do to try and stay positive as well. For instance, you might want to surround yourself with all the people who love you and are happy to support you through this new chapter. It’s also useful to practice lots of self care to ensure that you are feeling as good as you can as much as possible.


Finalize Your Will

Of course, you need to try and stay realistic throughout your cancer treatment and the whole recovery process. Sure, cancer survival rates are increasing year on year. However, you still need to be aware of the fact that you might not survive, no matter how good your treatment is. This is one of the sad realities that come with a cancer diagnosis. So, it’s important to go through your last will and testament to see if any changes need to be made. This way, you can ensure that all of your family and next of kin will be financially looked after in the event of your death. Even if you are sure that your will is all sorted already, it’s important to double check it just in case there are any clauses that need taking out or adding in.


Consider Your Treatment Options

You will of course be eligible for the very basic cancer treatment. This will be covered by your insurance plan. If you want to benefit from better treatment, then it’s worth paying for a better insurance plan. You might be able to make a one-off payment to buy some specialist cancer treatments, which is another option that you have. You could always find out more about NSCLC xenografts if you or your doctor think that they could really enhance your recovery. Of course, it is always best to consult the cancer specialist who is in charge of your care for their recommendations about the best treatment options for your particular form of the diseases. Every type of cancer is different and will respond to different treatments differently. Your doctor or specialist will be the best person to turn to for treatment advice.


Improve Your Diet

When you are going through the recovery period, you will need to make sure that you try and lead a healthy lifestyle, as this can greatly help to improve your chances of a speedy recovery. Not only that, though, but it will also help to boost your treatment and ensure that your body doesn’t suffer from too many side effects. One way that you can try and keep in good health is to improve your diet. Ideally, you should ditch all the process food and ready meals in favor of fresh fruit and vegetables. If you eat things like bread, pasta, and rice, try and stick to wholemeal options as white varieties have had all the nutrients stripped from them. You should also try and keep your meat intake down to a minimum as there have been some studies and research that link it to an increased risk of cancer. Cooking from scratch is also another way to ensure you are eating as well as possible.


Grow Your Support Network

It’s important that you find as much help, support, and advice as you can once you are going through your cancer treatment. To help you with this, you should try and get as big a support network in your life as possible. Of course, your friends and family will be a big part of this. I’m sure that the majority of them will want to help you with anything that you need, such as doing your weekly grocery shop for you or going with you to your hospital appointments. But you shouldn’t forget that all of your doctors and nurses who you are regularly in contact with also make up your support network as well. Whenever possible, you should try and grow this network so that you can get as much help as possible when you need it the most.


Continue With Your Exercise

Hopefully, you were very active and took part in plenty of weekly exercise before you got your cancer diagnosis. Well, there is no excuse to give up this exercise routine now! However, if the cancer is leaving you feeling extremely tired and weak, then you will obviously have to cut back your physical activity accordingly. But if you still feel physically fit, then there is no reason for you to stop your weekly exercise sessions. In fact, keeping up with it could help to boost your immune system’s fight against the illness. Of course, it’s always necessary to check with your physician to make sure that it is safe for you to continue with your exercise even if you do feel fine when you do it. There could be an underlying issue that your doctor will be able to flag up for you.


Join A Local Support Group

There are lots of support groups and organizations that have been set up to give cancer sufferers help and support as they work through their treatments. These support groups also help individuals once they have completed their treatment and are in the recovery period. It’s a really good idea to join your local support group. Groups hold regular meetings in which experts and professionals can give you lots of help and reading material so that you can find out more about your illness and treatment. But that’s not the only reason why it’s a good idea to join such a group. You will also be put in contact with other people who are in similar situations to you. You’ll then be able to chat to all the other cancer sufferers about their experiences with the illness and treatment.


Review Your Finances

When you receive a cancer diagnosis, you might find that you need to take a close look at your finances and try to improve them. This will be especially important if your illness means that you need to give up your job. If you aren’t working for a prolonged period, you will find that you stop receiving sickness benefits from your job. That’s because statutory sick pay only lasts for so long. So, you might need to place your savings into strong investments where they can accumulate more interest. That way, your savings will last for longer while you need to live off them. You could also see about applying for some benefits from the government. There will be a few that you will be eligible for while you are undergoing treatment and unable to work - it’s worth speaking to a cancer specialist about these as they will have a good idea of what you can apply for.

Find Your Own Coping Strategies

We all have our own coping strategies for certain situations and scenarios. It’s important that you take some time out so that you can find the best coping strategies for you to use right now. Some people find that taking part in more self-care really helps them cope with all the stress and strain that cancer brings. You might prefer to start to keep a daily journal so that you can write down all the feelings and emotions that you go through. Some people find that writing down all of their feelings in this way really helps them come to term with things.

Getting through cancer won’t be easy, but there are things you can do that will make your treatment a lot easier on you. Just remember to try and stay positive!

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