How to Feel More Confident and Healthy in 2018

It’s common knowledge that taking care of our health is important. But do we ever really think about why? If our health begins to fail, it can affect a number of aspects of our lives. From relatively minor issues like the common cold to issues that can affect our physical and mental health like hair loss, loss of libido, and even bad skin. Here are steps you can take to combat these issues and get back to living your best life.

Make Sleep & Fitness A Priority
If you do not get an adequate amount of sleep at night, you become more prone to feeling stressed and irritable. According to Healthline, getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night can actually reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. It is also important to avoid caffeine after 3 pm and adopt a before-bed routine that helps your body and mind become relaxed. For some, meditation, decaf tea, or a hot shower before getting into bed often do the trick.

We’ve all heard how important exercise is in maintaining our health, but it can be difficult to fit a routine into daily life. One proven way to make time for exercise is to attach it to an already existing habit. Most people find it helpful to include some sort of 20 to 30-minute exercise within their morning routines. If exercise becomes part of an already existing routine, it is far more likely to happen on a daily basis. Not only will regular physical activity help you feel good mentally, but it also reduces your risk of diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.  

Treat Hair Loss & Loss of Libido

What if good sleep and exercise aren’t enough? For some, health issues such as hair loss and loss of libido occur early in life, often causing stress and embarrassment. However, it’s important to understand these problems are normal and shouldn’t be ignored. The American Hair Loss Association actually states that by the age of 35, two-thirds of men will have experienced some degree of hair loss. Roughly fifty-two percent of men experience erectile dysfunction by age 40, and thirty percent of women experience loss of libido at some point in life.

These aren’t easy topics for people to talk about, primarily for fear of being judged. It can be difficult to sit in a doctor's office and confess intimate details about your life and health. This is why health lifestyle companies like Hims have changed the way we deal with these issues entirely. They allow you to consult with one of their doctors online, not face-to-face. If you end up deciding medicine is the route for you, they’ll send it right to your door. For example, Hims offers hair loss solutions, like prescription finasteride and DHT shampoo. It’s important to remember you don’t have to let these issues impact important aspects of your life. There are countless solutions for hair loss and sexual health for men and women out there, we just have to be willing to look.

Improve Your Diet

There are plenty of changes you can make to your everyday life to keep your body healthy. Eat a balanced diet in addition to your daily exercise. Foods like fish, fruits, and nuts all contain essential nutrients that can reduce your risk of heart disease. Many health experts tout the benefits of a mediterranean diet to improve your health and work a lot of vegetables and lean proteins into your diet.  These foods have also been known to lower your risk of cancer, adding yet another benefit to eating healthy.

It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to listen to our bodies. It often tell us when something is wrong. It is important to help your body help you. With a New Year almost upon us, now is the perfect time to take a pledge to pay more attention to our health so we can live our best lives.


Wonderful ways you can make a difference in 2018

It’s that time of year again when we start to think about what the future holds. After months of anticipation, the festive season will fly by in a flash, and before we know it, we’ll be ushering in a brand new year. If you’re keen to make a difference in 2018 and you’re drawing up your New Year’s resolutions, here are some wonderful ways you could help others in the year ahead.

Donating to charity
Do you ever walk past collection buckets or see adverts and think you must do something to help others? Many of us think about donating to charity, but never actually get around to making a contribution. In the New Year, why not put your money where your mouth is and set up a direct debit from your account to support your favorite organizations? You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Just a few dollars a month could make all the difference. Instead of splashing out on a coffee from the local cafe every morning or ordering lunch at the deli, donate that money to somebody who needs it more. Giving to charity is mutually beneficial. It helps those in need, and it also makes you feel better.

Do you have a bit of spare time on your hands? If you’re looking for more constructive ways to use your time, why not consider volunteering? There are myriad roles out there, so you’re bound to find something that interests you, and the time you commit could make such a difference. You could help out at an animal shelter if you’re a dog lover or organize activities at a care home for the elderly. You could even travel the world taking part in overseas projects. If you’re interested in volunteering, you’ll find more information about organizations, projects and volunteer roles online. Even if you only give an hour a week, this is a brilliant use of your time, and it could really help to lift your spirits as well as benefiting others.

Becoming an egg donor
Do you have friends or family members who have had troubles conceiving? If so, you’ll know how difficult it can be to be faced with the prospect of being unable to have children. Even if you don’t know anyone who has experienced fertility issues, you may still be keen to help others achieve their dream of becoming parents. Perhaps you’re a parent yourself, for example, and you can’t imagine life without your kids. In some cases, women are unable to conceive naturally using their own eggs, and if you become an egg donor, you could help them to become a mom. It’s a decision you shouldn’t take lightly, but if you want to help others and you’re in the privileged position of having healthy eggs, this is a move you may wish to consider. Meet with fertility experts, learn more about the process and then make a decision. Your actions could change somebody else’s life forever.

Reaching out
Do you ever sit at home and wonder about the people around you? Have you spotted a neighbor you think may be lonely or do you have elderly neighbors who never seem to go out? Community spirit can be sadly lacking in the modern age, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t switch things up. Try and reach out to those around you and let them know that you’re there if they need help or they’d simply like to chat now and again. Knock on the door or post a card through the mailbox. You don’t have to start offering to mow lawns or wash cars, but a little neighborly spirit won’t go amiss.

Do you enjoy spending time with children? Are you eager to inspire future generations? Could you help to give young people more confidence? If you’ve got a bit of spare time, you could consider taking on a mentoring role. Mentors aren’t necessarily qualified to teach, but they play a really important role in supporting and encouraging children and giving them the confidence to aim high and be ambitious. Young people don’t always enjoy the best start to life, and they often suffer a crisis of confidence, which makes them feel like they can’t achieve their goals. With the help of educators and mentors, they can learn to change this mindset and start taking steps towards a brighter future.  

Spending more time with loved ones
Many of us are busy, but that shouldn’t stand in the way of spending time with our loved ones. Time isn’t something we should take for granted and you don’t want to regret not finding time to see those closest to you. Even if you don’t have time to physically see your mom or dad or visit your sister, you can make time to send a message or give them a call. That phone call could be just the tonic they need after a bad day or that email could bring a smile to their face that stays in place for hours. Interaction is so important for mental health, so don’t be a stranger. If you’re guilty of not spending enough time with friends and family, make it your mission to get some dates in the diary. You’ll never regret spending too much time with the people you love.

New Year is fast approaching, and many of us will be thinking about how we change our lives for the better in 2018. If you’re keen to think outside of the box this year and avoid cliches like eating more vegetables and going to bed earlier, why not think about how you could have a positive impact on others? There are so many things you could do that would benefit others at the same time as lifting your spirits. You don’t have to have loads of money or spare time to make a difference. Hopefully, this guide has inspired you and given you some food for thought. Of course, it’s great to eat your greens, but imagine how brilliant you’ll feel if you can bring smiles to people’s faces. 

Patience is a virtue when it comes to Christmas with kids

Any parent will know that Christmas becomes just that bit extra special when there are little ones around to celebrate it with. Sure, heading out for Christmas drinks with work pals can be fun and a mug of mulled wine by the fireside can help you to feel content and relaxed. But nothing quite compares to a child’s excitement at the thought of elves making and wrapping their gifts and Santa Claus delivering them on his reindeer-drawn sleigh. However, when it comes to Christmas with kids, one golden rule rings true: patience is a virtue. When children get excited, they often get hyperactive and can begin unintentionally causing a scene or making small tasks a little more difficult to complete and much more time consuming. But be patient! They are only expressing their joy and at the end of the day, while things might not get completed in as fast or as neat a manner as what you’re used to, you will build wonderful memories along the way. Here are a few areas that may test you and a few tips and tricks to help you through them.


While you might like to invest in a child minder or child care while you pick up your kid’s presents (no more surprises being uncovered by little prying eyes and hands), you’re not going to be able to afford this every time you need to get out of the house to pick something up. Christmas shopping can also be a hugely enjoyable experience for kids, as they’ll marvel at the bright Christmas lights and extravagant window displays that fill commercial spaces at this time of year. So, make sure everyone is wrapped up warm and get ready to tackle the shops together. There may be traffic and parking lots are likely to be extremely busy. This will mean it’s going to take you a longer time to get anywhere and you may have to wait a while before finding a parking spot. But have patience! Otherwise you could find yourself hit by an unwanted and extremely inconvenient speeding or parking fine. The money needed to clear this could have been put to much better use elsewhere, and chances are that you didn’t get to your destination much faster anyway. If you find that you have received some sort of fine, you can always appeal. Learn more about this from reliable attorneys.


Say goodbye to your neat, curated tree with neatly aligned, matching decorations. The fir or artificial branches are now the realm of your little ones. They’re going to want to help turning the feature into something extra special and their taste may be a little different to yours. A sage piece of advice is to set the tree up and add the lights yourself while your little ones are otherwise distracted. This means that little fingers aren’t caught in the heavy work and the electrics are all dealt with properly. Then let them loose with the hanging decorations. Stick with sturdy and durable options that won’t smash if dropped. Or at least keep glass decorations or more fragile ornaments out of reach and closer to the top of the tree. This may all take a little longer and the centrepiece of your festivities may no longer look like the pieces of art that fill Pinterest boards. But it will have a more personal touch and you can even add decorations made by your kids themselves, adding a sentimental touch to the overall affair.

While having kids can make processes take a little longer, it also makes the entire Christmas experience more rewarding. So have a little patience and let your hair down! It’s time to enjoy yourself.


Almost blue. Ways to enjoy miserable January

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Once the festivities of Christmas have faded away, it feels like there's nothing to look forward to, and we have that dreaded hinterland of January to muddle through. Of course, January is one of those months where the weather is terrible, we have no money, and the television schedule is back to normal. So, how can we enjoy our miserable January?

Have A Party
You might feel that your belly (and liver) is full from all the festivities over December, but you have so much leftover cheese, wine and soft drinks, that you may as well have a party to use them up! Set up a buffet table, or if your budget allows, order some food in. Choose Illiano’s authentic Italian recipes for the best catering at your home or their restaurant if you have leftover Christmas money and you want to venture out. Remember, every public service is desperate for custom in January, so they are willing to slash their prices. So if you can't bear the idea of having people making a mess in your home, head out!

Start A Hobby
We can feel so bored during January because we have no money, or everything is tied up in vouchers, that we can't even go outside. So this may be time for you to start that hobby you've been thinking about for so long. Maybe you should start that book, learn that instrument, or do that thing that everybody says they plan on doing in January, and get fit. The great thing about these things now is that you can get free resources online. So, you don't need to venture out to the bookshop, music shop, or gym.

Have Duvet Days
If the weather outside is frightful, make the most of the cozy atmosphere and get through that box set, or line up your favorite funny films to take your mind off the terrible weather. In fact, having a few duvet days scattered across January might be what the doctor ordered, because it gives you that opportunity to relax and fully recharge from the busy December. It's the perfect opportunity to watch some shows that you haven't had the opportunity to get through, or cuddle up with your loved one, or just sleep! It feels like a wonderfully lazy day when you go to the couch, get a duvet, and stay there all day.

Book A Weekend Break
We might feel a bit overwhelmed by all the preparation we had to do for Christmas, so a weekend away might be exactly what you need to get back on an even keel. This can be a bit of a financial expense, but there are travel firms that can offer you weekend deals, but you may want to undertake a journey somewhere that's in the middle of nowhere so you can decompress from the busy Christmas period.

January doesn't have to be a miserable month, but for most people, the lack of finances makes it a month long hangover. So, get creative and think of some handy ways to enjoy the month.

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