Should You Dismiss These Health “Fads”?

Every once in awhile, there’s a new health fad that is being trumpeted as the cure for all ills.

The process is achingly familiar by now. It tends to begin on Instagram with celebrity endorsements of a product, exercise, or just a way of thinking. The celebrities claim that this thing has changed their life, improved their fitness, and claim it is this new innovation (rather than the gentle hand of the PhotoShop brush) that is responsible for their new look.

The newspapers are next to pick up on it. They will report the trend and then either argue for it (if they too have advertisers wanting to sell the product) or against it (if it competes with their advertisers). Soon the news moves onto the blogs, with a crowd for and against developing.

In the midst of all this – and the consumerism that’s at its heart – it’s difficult not to be cynical. Why should you ever believe a health fad?

First, let’s figure out the kind of “innovations” that have been presented to the public in this manner in the past. You’ll soon see a connection in the way they develop – essentially, taking an old idea and spinning it as new to benefit a new generation. And, of course, to profit off it!

Fad #1: Yoga

Yoga was the defining exercise practice of the mid-2000s. From Madonna to former Spice Girls, there were more yoga videos than you could shake a stick at. It was the revolution! We were all going to be bendier, healthier, just outright better.

While yoga is not quite the forefront of the health picture anymore, it’s never really gone away. There’s still due attention paid to it by medical practitioners and celebrities alike, and thousands are grabbing their yoga music and mats every day to try and improve their health.

Of course, yoga was nothing new when it became a fad – it has historical roots dating back centuries.

Fad #2: Gluten-Free Food

For those with Celiac Disease, the idea of eating food free from gluten (i.e. not containing any wheat, malt, barley etc.) was nothing new – it was a staple of life for them. Eating these foods when you have Celiac Disease can make you very unwell in the short term (gastrointestinal distress) and even cause cancer in the long run.

Then the health fad nuts got ahold of the idea that gluten-free was the answer to everything. Various claims began to circulate that it would improve your life and help weight loss. A champion tennis player credited going gluten-free with his sudden increase in form. Suddenly, gluten-free wasn’t just a choice forced upon you due to a medical condition: it was a lifestyle.

Fad #3: Paleo Eating

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There’s something about the idea of a paleo diet that makes sense to us. The idea of eating as the cavemen ate! What could be simpler? After all, it got us to this point didn’t it? Those foods have got to be beneficial, or else humanity wouldn’t exist!

Paleo is the simple concept of not eating processed foods. Meals should be derived from vegetables, healthy fats, and unprocessed meat. It’s a return to a simpler world where a snack is a handful of nuts rather than a packet of crisps.

As inevitably happens with any diet fad, the claims of weight loss were legion. Then there are the claims it can improve your health in more ways than it’s possible to count.

Fad #4: The 5:2 Diet

The 5:2 diet is relatively simplistic. For five days per week, you eat ‘normally’. For the other two days, you fast.

It has been championed far and wide for weight loss and maintaining a healthy body. It was impossible to miss the endless reports of whether or not it worked, advice from nutritionists, and the virtues and problems it presents chewed over.

Other examples of these “fads” would be Zumba, keto diet and exercise – and many more than it’s possible to count.

So What Do They All Have In Common?

There are a few unifying factors between all of these diet, health, and fitness plans.

  • They take a scientific basis and expand on it for a lifestyle option.
  • They are popularised by celebrities and the media.
  • They all make claims to great health improvement and weight loss.

The wording we’re using here suggests that these things are inherently bad: fad. A fad is meant to be a fly-by-night solution rather than a genuine lifestyle change. They promise the world and deliver very little.

Or do they?

Healthcare Science Is In A Constant State of Flux

The simple fact is that there is no “right” way to diet, exercise, or maintain your health. We have theories – a balanced diet, moderate exercise – but they are just theories. Good science should always be open to new evidence and ideas. There are so many strings to research that it makes sense that developments will happen and be introduced to the world.

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That means that if you dismiss these health fads and trends out of hand, you could really be missing out. They might genuinely have stumbled on something that works.

People who practice yoga, for example, report a higher quality of life both physically and mentally. Those on the paleo diet do lose weight. These are good fads, which have introduced different practices that people can stick to and maintain.

Then there are the less successful fads. The 5:2 diet, for example, is great in the short term but notorious for how poorly it works in the long run. Zumba might be fun for awhile, but like all exercise styles, it has its problems keeping people’s attention. As for the favourite of the early 21st century – the Atkins Diet – we know now it can outright make you ill.

So how can you tell the difference?

What’s the key to differentiating between the fads and trends that might help you and the ones that are problematic?. If you stumble across an idea and are wondering if you should try it, then ask yourself a few key questions.

Question #1: “Is Someone Trying To Sell Me Something?”

With yoga or the paleo diet, no one is trying to sell you anything: they’re talking about a lifestyle change. You don’t have to buy special pills or sign up for a specialist discussion; you can follow along with free resources (such as YouTube videos of yoga or just buying more fruit and veg when you shop).

There might be books on the subject which can aid these ideas, but they’re not necessary. If you have to buy something to be able to follow it properly, then be very dubious indeed.

Question #2: “What Does Scientific Consensus Say?”

It’s easy enough to find the opinion of the science community on something you are considering. Just Google the name of the idea (let’s call it the Amazing Plan for this example) like so:

“Amazing Plan + science + evidence”

Speech marks and all. That should bring up the opinions of the scientific community. Spend a little time wading through the results until you find a consensus.

It’s also a good idea to speak to your doctor about anything you’re tempted to try. They will be able to tell you not only if it’s a good idea in general, but if it’s a good idea directly relating to you and your health concerns. They might even be able to guide you towards options and resources so you can get the most out of any lifestyle changes that it makes.

Question #3: “What’s The Harm?”

Trying to eat more vegetables with paleo or doing a few stretches with yoga aren’t harmful, as you will soon discover if you do them for yourself. However, with the “bad” trends, online forums will quickly reveal if there is a potential harm caused by a new trend.

Take account of personal experiences from people who have lived it. Ideally this should be sourced from forums rather than magazines/blogs – often, magazines and blogs are being paid to promote a product, so they’re unlikely to say anything bad about it. Look for genuine user experience. If you do find a blog post or magazine article that you think is genuine, there should always be a disclosure if it’s a paid advertisement. It’s often at the bottom in small print. If you find it, keep that in mind when following the opinions and advice offered.

So…

Sometimes, the public is made aware of a change to health and fitness that is genuinely beneficial. So rather than dismissing a new idea for health improvement or self-help out of hand, apply a few questions and some discerning thinking before deciding to go ahead. Finally, there is always the option of running any plans you have regarding your health and well-being by your doctor first – it’s always a good step before making any changes, just to be on the safe side.

Eight Ways To Cut Back And Improve Your Bank Account

Have you looked at your bank account lately and felt a slight jolt of alarm? Don’t worry – we’ve all been there. Money issues are something that almost everyone has suffered from at some point, but there are a few ways that you can make yourself a little more financially secure by cutting back in various parts of your life…

Cook From Scratch

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If you’re trying to find a place to cut corners, then cooking from scratch is absolutely it. If you tend to buy your lunch at the coffee shop near work every day, stop that – it’s time to start making sandwiches and salads the night before to take to work from you, along with coffee in a thermal travel mug. In the evenings, stop buying convenience food and ordering takeout – cooking from scratch might take longer but it’s a lot cheaper and in the end it’s a lot more tasty and pure.

Watch Out For Deals

When you’re out grocery shopping, it’s important to keep your eyes open for whatever deals that the store is doing that day. Sometimes at the end of the day, food can be discounted so that it sells before it goes out of date – this can be particularly great with fruits and vegetables, which usually have a few days more of freshness than their best before date proclaims. If there’s a buy one get one half price or similar deal, then just make sure that it’s something that you’d buy anyway – there’s no point in having extra bottles of a shampoo that you don’t use purely because it was discounted! Buying in bulk can often help you save money if you’re in a pinch, so long as you make sure that you have space to store it all, and coupons can often help as well. You could also make sure that you compare different prices of your favourite products at the different stores in your area to make sure that you’re getting the best deal.

Quit The Gym

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If you aren’t the most avid gym user in the world then chances are, you aren’t getting enough out of your gym membership and it’s something that you could easily cut out of your life. This time of year particularly, it’s easy to get fit using the great outdoors instead of at the gym – instead of lifting weights or going to spinning classes, why not start hiking? Look up your local beauty spots and enlist your family and possibly your dog (or a friend’s dog!) to accompany you. You could also start doing yoga at home – this can be particularly good for your spiritual as well as physical health. Try out Yoga With Adriene for some great beginners’ videos.

Change Your Providers

Even if you’ve been with your current energy providers for years, it could be time to use a service like Simply Switch to find a deal that works better with your current lifestyle. You could also look for better bank accounts, better credit card deals, and better mobile phone deals – do you really need all that data? It’s time to consider what you and your family’s real needs are so that you can invest in providers and schemes that really work for your life specifically. Make sure that you talk to your bank and your providers to figure out a deal that can work for you – a lot of the time, companies will work with you to figure out something that will work if you can explain what exactly you need.

Stay In At Night

It’s time to change your social life! No one’s saying that you have to see your friends less – on the contrary, seeing your friends and being sociable does wonders for your happiness and general well being. But there are ways that you can save money while you socialise. If you and your partner have regular date nights – and who doesn’t, really? They’re a great way to make the most of your relationship and reconnect with each other – then you might find that they’re starting to get a little pricey. The cost of a babysitter alone if you have kids can be very expensive, plus a restaurant bill, gas, movie or theatre tickets, or whatever else you choose to do – all these costs can add up to make date night very expensive. Cut back a little and spend some more time at home to reconnect. Watch a movie with a bowl of popcorn, snuggled up together in a blanket fort, or spend some time together as you make your favourite dinner. You could even take a trip down memory lane by looking at your wedding albums! If you’re trying to figure out how you could cut back when you go out with your friends, try going out for brunch or lunch instead of dinner. You probably already know that dinner sometimes tends to turn into bars and clubs, which can rack up huge bills! Still – there’s no point in not letting yourself have some fun sometimes…

Lose Your Car

If you live in a city with a good public transport system, it’s time to consider whether you really do need your car or not. If you live out in a rural area then cars are necessary, and if you have kids then cars can often make life a lot easier. But if your main journeys are commuting to and from work, then it’s much better for the environment to take public transport – and it’s much better for your wallet too as you can cut down on car payments, gas bills, and of course however much parking costs you. While you’re commuting you can take some time out to relax and read or maybe even nap – it’s a whole lot more relaxing than driving, particularly if you think about how much money you’re saving!

Save Energy At Home

It’s important to start cutting down on your energy bills at home by making sure that you save electricity. Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room, and make a one time expenditure to improve your insulation so that you don’t need to turn the heating on nearly as much. Adding rugs or carpets to floors is a very easy way to keep your home a little warmer, as is opening the curtains to let sunlight stream into your home. You’ll be tempted to curl up in the warm pools of golden sunlight on your floor just like a cat – and remember it’s also a great source of Vitamin D.

Change Your Fashion

Never fear, if you love fashion then there’s no need to look bad just because you’re cutting down on your expenses. Vintage is always in and it’s time to make the most of that by shopping on eBay and looking through your local thrift stores. Think Rachel and Monica on Friends if you’re looking for a little nineties inspiration – dresses over tight t-shirts, wedges and denim jackets are all very much in and also, let’s face it, universally flattering. You can also look for drug store dupes of your favourite high end makeup products. Skincare can be much harder to dupe, so stick with your favourite brands for that, but brands like e.l.f. and Sleek make some great eyeshadows, highlighters and lipsticks for a fraction of the cost of brands like Mac. You should also check out NYX – not only is it an incredibly cool and well-priced brand but it’s also totally cruelty free, which means you can buy as much makeup as you want while feeling completely unguilty.

Surprising Ways Your House Can Give You Funds

We don’t think of our house of a way to make money. In fact, it’s probably one of the most significant things we spend our money on month after month! After all, mortgage bills and bills can add up every month. But if you could do with some extra money, your home is a great place to start. In fact, here are some surprising ways your house can give you funds.

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You could rent out one of your rooms

If you currently live in a home which offers more bedrooms than you need, it’s a very good idea to consider renting out the spare room. After all, it could make you some extra cash without you having to do anything! And over time, the money could soon add up to a tidy amount. Of course, you need to be careful about who you rent the room out to. After all, you don’t want someone who is going to take advantage to live under your roof. To ensure you do it safely, you ought to rent it out through an estate agent. They will do many checks on the person before they can come through the door. And make sure the contract is only for a couple of months. That way, if it doesn’t work out, you can say cheerio without it causing a huge issue.

You could potentially remortgage  

With house prices constantly rising, your property is probably worth more than when you originally bought it. And as you have been paying off the mortgage every month, your equity on the home is likely to be growing. Therefore, if you require some money for home improvements or to buy a new car, you should consider remortgaging your property. It means money will be released which will go into your pocket. And the repayments on your new mortgage might not be much higher than you are currently paying. Just make sure you consider the additional costs including remortgage conveyancing fees if you are going down this road. After all, you don’t want to leave yourself short when you are remortgaging your home. And make sure you are happy to stay at the house for a while yet. After all, you don’t want to get a new mortgage then decide to move house in a year!

You could rent out your garage or drive

If you live in a prime location, you might want to consider renting out your drive. After all, people will be willing to pay money to rent your driveway. After all, it’s going to be a lot cheaper than having to park in car parks which can be a small fortune! And it will give them close access to their work. And it’s not just your drive you can rent out; your garage could be a gold mine too. After all, people might rent it to use to store additional cars. Or even to use as a workshop. Therefore, put your drive and garage on legitimate sites like JustPark to start making some money!

And remember you could use your home for your business. For example, you could turn the living room into a salon where you can work on clients. Or you could even turn the house into a bed and breakfast which could make you a ton of money!

Don’t Just Shape up for Summer, Shape up for the Whole Year!

Getting in shape for the summer months is like a ritual; it’s a sign that the winter months are finally over and that there is finally something bright to look forward to and work towards. But why just shape up for one part of the year, why not shape up for the whole of it? Most people find that the hot weather months are the only time of the year when they can keep their beach bodies looking up to scratch, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be the truth. Below you can find a few ways to keep fit ALL year round.

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However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use the summer as your focal point for your current training regime, because you most definitely should considering how close on the horizon it is; you should seek to set a series of short-term goals throughout the changing seasons, and your first should be for the summer. You should seek to use your summer holiday as your first bit of inspiration in your goal of optimising your physical potential for this year and you can start by buying yourself a nice new bathing suit that is a few sizes smaller than you currently are.

Buying it and hanging it in a place where you are most likely to work out in your home is a great source of inspiration to get yourself down to a size where you can fit in it. Using a guide such as Kayla Itsines BBG, you can find all the workout and nutritional guides that are needed in order to achieve the ultimate beach body and to be able to fit into that beautiful new bathing suit. And once your holiday and the summer is over, you should seek to find yourself a new short-term goal to work towards; whether that means cutting more weight or maintaining the one you have gotten yourself down to. For instance, you could again buy yourself a piece of clothing, like a little black dress, that would like nice at any New Year’s Eve parties you’ve been invited to.

And when the winter does in fact roll around again, you shouldn’t let the weather stop you from getting out and getting active. Yes, this may sound easier said than done, so why not go to a place where it’ll be easiest for you to find the inspiration needed to remain active? A change in scenery at this time of the year is never a bad idea, so a good idea is to book a warm weather winter retreat. Here, you could run outside to your heart’s content without having to worry about your fingers dropping off because of frostbite.

And once back home (if you do decide to come home) you can carry on the avoidance of the weather by taking to taking your fitness regime inside. You could utilise a local running track, sign up to a local spin class or even seek a gym membership. The bad weather is never an excuse for letting your summer beach body disappear, don’t let it be one!

As well as the weather, the fact that a fitness regime can quickly become boring is also a reason why people tend to forgo consistent workout regimes. It is easy to give up on a workout cycle if it gets boring, at which point you should aim to spice up your workout regime. This could be achieved by mixing cardio with strength training. Doing so not only means you are tweeting your regime, but it also means that you are getting the very most out of every session you do. You could even attempt a whole new style of workout, such as yoga, kickboxing or Pilates, Zumba or any other kind of dancing. It’s important to constantly find a workout that is not only stimulating your health, but stimulating your attention also.

Simply put: if you’re not enjoying a workout anymore you will sooner than later begin to become lackadaisical when attempting it, which, if left unprevented, will mean that your beach body shape will become lost.

What can also be detrimental to the maintaining of the perfect shape all year round is injury. You may think that these can’t be prevented, but they can, if you take the correct precautions before and after each workout. It is easy to allow for injury to cause a prolonged absence when it comes to even the strictest of workout regimes, and it is even easier for them to destroy your enthusiasm to pick up where you left before the injury, which is why you should be trying to avoid injuries at all times. Ways to do so include: warming up and cooling down for up to 10 minutes before and after each workout, never train to a point where you are overusing certain areas and aspects of your body and listening to your body at all times.

Of course, injuries do sometimes happen regardless of how many precautions you take — if you ever do suffer an injury-based lay-off from your regime, then it may be a good idea to hire a personal trainer when you are first able to train again just to make sure that you are going to hit the ground running again straight away.

In order to retain a certain shape the whole year round, you really need to make the maintaining of it a lifestyle choice, and there is no better way to do so than by jumping into a career that will keep you in the best health. By choosing going down a career path that induces a lot of activity, sometimes without you even realising it, is a great way to not only shape up but to stay shaped up. For more advice on how you can have a beach ready body the whole year round, make sure to click here. For now, make sure to buy a nice little bathing suit and do your utmost in order to be able to wear it with pride on whatever beach you are heading to this summer!

 

Web design in Chelmsford

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Every single website that comes to being today needs an adequate web design to attract the attention of visitors. But, what is an adequate web design? It is the design that represents your brand and business in the best way possible, while also being fresh, elegant, and user-friendly. It makes no sense in getting complicated web designs, which usually end up looking heavy and impossible to navigate through, because you will lose your visitors. Time is everything these days, so if a person cannot get through a website easily, finding the info he or she may need quick and simple, they will not bother to spend any more time on your site. If you want to be successful with your site, just ask the help of professionals in this domain, just like the team of web design in Chelmsford.

The Essex Web Design Studio is a Chelmsford-based web design company that is activating in this domain for years. If you want to hire professionals that know their job well, don’t hesitate to call this team. In the past years, the trends concerning how the design of a website should look changed a lot, but this team was always on the lookout. They know what needs to be done in order to have a site that represents your brand, with a clean and elegant design. They are well aware of the fact that your site is your business card in the online environment; this is why compromises are never accepted in this activity field. The competition is way too harsh to settle for less or to think that it will work no matter what you do. Well, it does matter what you do, because even the smallest of details can make a huge difference.

So, do you want your website to help your business become successful? Then pick an experienced team to help you with your web design. If your business is located in Chelmsford or anywhere near, you know now who to call for this job. Don’t postpone this aspect for too long and don’t be cheap when it comes to your site. You need the best team your money can get because you need a pristine site that will act like a magnet for potential clients. It doesn’t matter what is the domain of your business, because this team of web design in Chelmsford has what it takes to make it happen. They know how to best entwine functionality and aesthetics, for a beautiful and presentable site.

Aluminium Roof Lanterns

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Would you like to enjoy more natural light in your home? Then why don’t you take advantage of aluminium roof lanterns? They will make you look at the sky night and day, regardless of the weather outside, helping the existent windows with supplementary natural light. It is known that artificial light is bothering for our eyes and mood, most people having a tendency to feel gloomier on a clouded day, when natural light is scarce. But now, we can make our homes more welcoming, enjoying natural light as much as possible, with the help of these innovative roof lanterns.

But, what are these aluminium roof lanterns? Well, they have nothing to do with electricity, being elegant aluminium profiles, covered in sturdy glass, which replace your traditional roof. Thus, you will enjoy the daylight until darkness falls, not needing to use artificial light sources, not even on a rainy day. Are you ready to look at stars on the sky from the comfort of your home? Would you like to enjoy the rain while sitting comfortable under a cozy blanket and enjoy a hot tea? These roof lanterns can offer you exactly such type of experiences, without appearing like a bulky construction in your beautiful home. Due to the extra sleek frames, which measure just 40mm, this particular type of roof lanterns are 70% thinner than the regular roof lanterns you may find on the market. They are stylish but at the same time very resistant, providing all the protection you need on any weather.

If you want to have a breathtaking home, making you wish to go back at soon as possible, this is the addition you need to make to its design. This investment will not just help you save on electricity, since you won’t need artificial light too early in the day, but will also help you love your living space more. Not to mention that the design of your house will respect the latest tendencies, making everybody awe in amazement at the sight of your new roof. In case you were looking to do some major changes to the old appearance of your home, now you know what your options are. It is enough to install aluminium roof lanterns and your entire house will look brand new. Also, you will be amazed to see that it takes longer to take off your former roof than you install these amazing roof lanterns. It doesn’t matter where you will choose to enjoy such lanterns, because any room will look stunning with this elegant structure.

Aluminium Bifold Doors

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Do you love broad spaces, full of natural light? Well, how about if you could not just enjoy glass walls, but also a wall that can turn into an open space in just a few seconds. Yes, it is possible to turn a wall into a terrace with the help of Aluminium Bifold doors. But this is not the only practical application these amazing doors have. You can turn any wall you like into a glass wall, which can be opened completely whenever you desire, creating wide open spaces. It is exactly what you need if you want to make your living space seem without limit, enjoying natural light as much as possible, without the feeling that you are trapped inside. But, do talk with an architect first, because you need to know what walls can be folded and what walls are part of the resistance structure of your home.

These Aluminium Bifold doors are both a practical and elegant solution to creating a visual illusion of an open space. They act like windows when the weather outside is cold, but they can be completed removed, with the help of a revolutionary system, whenever you want to feel the need to be in the outdoors. They can make the connection between your house and the backyard, between your house and the patio, or between two rooms inside the house. You can make them as long as possible, because they extra slim profiles will not make the structure stand out or look bulky. These walls will look like regular doors and windows when they are not used, transforming into perfectly functional units when you need to create a wider space. As the name suggests, the segments of these glass doors will elegantly fold one onto another, allowing you to open entire walls with minimum space requirements.

The doors are fully customizable and will be made according to the specifications of your available space. Also, you can choose from a wide range of colors, so you can be sure that they will match the rest of your home. Even if having such walls and doors may look unsecure, you should know that the system used for locking the doors is extremely secure. The panels do not have exterior handles, the entire operation of the doors being made only from the inside. And you may also want to know that these doors are energy efficient, meaning that they won’t allow any heat to get out, also having a system that will keep them cool, to avoid the creation of a greenhouse effect, especially for windows that are oriented towards the east or south.

4 Hacks To Make Your Nose The Best Feature On Your Face

You will be surprised how many girls hate their nose. The size and shape often leave girls shuddering when they look in the mirror. In fact, it’s one of the biggest beauty worries women have in their life. However, there are some ways you can tweak your nose so that it becomes your favorite thing about your face. Here are four hacks to make it the best feature on your face.

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Use powder

You might be surprised to know that you can alter the look of your nose by just using makeup. If you want a beautiful nose that you love, powder should be your new best friend. By applying powder to the sides, it will make your nose look much slimmer than it actually is. It’s best to buy a product which is specific for contouring such as a sculpting powder to ensure you pull off the best look. Just make sure you don’t put too much on the bridge of your nose, as it will stand out like a sore thumb on your face. Here is some more advice for slimming down your nose!

Get a piercing

You could also get a nose piercing that will soon make you love your nose. It will distract you from the size and shape of your nose as you will just see the piercing when you look in the mirror. And nobody will be drawn to the cute piercing, rather than the look of your nose. You can find some beautiful nose rings and studs which will help your nose to look fantastic once you have your nasal pierced. Just make sure you get a professional to complete the piercing for you; a nose infection is never pretty and is very painful!

Consider rhinoplasty

If your nose is really getting you down, you could also consider getting a form of surgery to alter your nose. The most well-known surgery to alter your nose is rhinoplasty. A lot of celebrities have admitted to having it done recently, including Reality TV star Ferne McCann and Olympian Rebecca Adlington. It can help girls who find their nose to be too small or large. Or it can be ideal if you want to change the angle of your nose. The procedure sees incisions being made to rearrange or reshape the bone. The nose job cost, plus the pain involved in the procedure, puts some girls off. After all, it can take up to 10 days recovery time. But it can often leave girls smiling when they finally see the final result.

Do some nose exercises

It might seem silly, but there are some exercises out there which can make your nose look better on your face! Apparently, doing facial exercises such as the nose shortener can really improve the look of your nose! This is where you press one finger on the tip of your nose and then exert downward pressure! Here are some other facial exercises which are meant to make a difference to the look of your nose!

Remember to make sure you keep on top of moisturising your nose when taking care of your face. Spots on your nose is never a good look!

Why We Should All Try To Make Others Feel Special

 

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Being too self-involved is something we are all guilty of from time to time. From selfies to status updates on how we are feeling, we have become a society obsessed with ourselves. Unfortunately, with so much emphasis on our own thoughts, feelings and goals, it can be easy to overlook those around us.

When was the last time you made a conscious effort to make someone else feel amazing? If you aren’t sure of the answer, it’s probably been a while. Nourishing our relationships with friends and family is essential, but it’s not always a priority. We claim we are too busy dealing with things we deem to be more important. But in reality, we all have plenty of time to tell our loved ones that they matter. So if you want to change your ways, here are three simple ideas you might like to consider.

Write a thank-you letter

Letter writing is often seen as old-fashioned when compared to emails and texts. But letters are often a more personal and heartfelt way of telling someone how you feel. Seeing a person’s handwriting on paper has a beautifully nostalgic quality. They also make wonderful keepsakes that can be treasured for a lifetime. Use your letter to express how grateful and thankful you are to have your loved one in your life. You can share memories or compliments and even commend them on reaching a lifelong goal. You may even want to apologise for not communicating or spending as much time with them as you should have done.
There are plenty of letter sets online or in stationery stores, you can use to get started. It might be wise to plan out what you are going to say by creating a rough draft first. You can also add another personal touch by using photographic stamps from http://www.onlinestamp.net/. There’s no doubt your letter will be a refreshing novelty for them to receive that will instantly brighten up their day.

Take an interest in their dreams

Taking an interest in someone else’s dreams is another idea you could use. Encourage your best friend or a colleague to open up to you about their aspirations. Listen carefully and ask them questions about how this dream came to be. Talking about something they are passionate about to someone who cares can provide a wealth of motivation. Your interest can also make them feel less alone and more confident to strive towards their goal. You could help them start making the initial steps towards making their dream a reality too. Let them know that you believe in them and that their dream is within their reach.

If your best friend wants to become a dance teacher, join a dance class with her or buy her some ballet shoes. Or if your Father wants to travel more, assist him in setting up a savings account. Doing this could alter your own ideas of what your aspirations are too. Take a look at http://www.success.com/ for steps on achieving dreams, no matter how big or small.

Share your time

Instead of making excuses about your lack of time, clear your schedule. The easiest way of showing someone that you care is by making time for them. Whether it’s for a few hours or an entire day, spending time together is bound to make you both feel fantastic. This can come in multiple forms from catching up on their latest news to comforting them when they are ill. So make sure your relatives and friends know that you’re there for them for any reason.

You could invite your friends round and enjoy a night of listening to your favourite songs or watching movies. You could have a technology free evening where you can talk and make your own entertainment. If your best friend’s relationship is over, surprise her with a visit and give her some fuss. Even if you just sit in silence, your presence will be a comfort. You can also plan a day which involves something you are both interested in. Whether it’s yoga or painting, this is an ideal way of reconnecting and showing you care about them. For more ideas on planning a fun day out, use http://www.sparkpeople.com.

Whether you use these ideas or one of your own, shifting your focus firmly onto others can help you live a more fulfilling life. You’ll soon become know for your acts of kindness and gratefulness. So use every day as an opportunity to see the good in someone and acknowledge their importance.

Tips And Tricks To Have Great Style On A Budget

 

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Having style can be difficult, especially when sticking to a budget. It seems that when you have no money to spend you want everything. But when the opposite happens you can’t find anything you like. However, it is possible to have incredible style on a budget. By being savvy with your choices and frugal with your spending, you can up your fashion game while still taking care of the bank balance. Here’s how to have style on a budget.

Shop in the sales

Shopping in the sales gives you a great opportunity to get some of those clothes you have been lusting after at a lower price. The trick is to keep an eye online and instore when a sale is advertised or due to happen. Most establishments will hold sales twice a year. An end of summer and end of winter sale. Some shops go one step further and have a mid season sale. A great tip is to check our money saving websites which tend to give you an idea about when big sales are due to happen. Shopping in the sales can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Use discount codes and vouchers

A great tip to take care of how much you spend is to use discount codes and voucher when purchasing. Many shops including some of the bigger brands offer a great incentive on websites. Many of these can be used online so that you can take advantage of things like the Dorothy Perkins free delivery offers. Or the next day delivery options from other stores like House Of Fraser. Sometimes the savings they can offer can be quite large. It can depend on the time of year, so it’s always essential to keep an eye on these types of websites.

Hunt out bargains

If you are serious about saving money on clothes purchases, then you may need to think outside of the box. This is where hunting out for bargains on websites like eBay can help. Or heading to your local thrift shops and picking up some unique pieces. All of which can be a fraction of the cost buying something new. Many items that get online on eBay or in thrift shops can be unworn and even have the label on. Enabling you to pick up some amazing deals and bargains.

Consider smaller boutiques

A lot of the time, looking into buying from smaller boutiques and shops can save you money. Websites like Etsy allow some individuals to sell their own work online. Many small collections are advertised this way meaning you can pick up the latest trends without involving the cost. Look into your local community and see what some of the shops have available, you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Swap clothes with friends

A great idea is to chat amongst your friends and see if you can arrange a swap evening. This is where you all bring some clothes and swap with one another. It gives you the chance to refresh your wardrobe for little cost. Not only are you helping yourself but also your friends as well.

I hope this has inspired you to believe that you can be super stylish on a budget.

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