You’re probably in the swing of the holiday season, and enjoying all the festivities it has to bring. There’s nothing like Christmas and the new year to make you feel great and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. It’s also the perfect excuse to get dressed up for the party season and spend some time investing in yourself so that you look and feel your best. Therefore, now is an ideal time to start planning your new year plans so that you can continue to feel gorgeous through January and the year ahead. The beginning of any month is the chance for a fresh start, so why not make next month all about you, and focus on the things that will make you happy.
Whatever area of your life that you feel is holding you back; start thinking about how to change it today so that you can get the confidence boost you need. Planning changes and improvements for 2018 will ensure that you enter it with a spring in your step and with the ability to tackle anything the year throws at you. To become motivated and get that momentum going, make your health, happiness, and wellbeing your top priority for a successful future. The following are some areas to consider to have a positive start to the new year, and some ideas on how to focus your actions and help yourself feel great.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock during the past few weeks, it’s likely that you’ve noticed the coming of winter: The temperatures have dropped, the rain and the snow have replaced the sunny summer days, and more and more people are walking around with a red and sniffly nose and a bag full of tissues. You can’t deny it any longer: Winter doesn’t always show the best in people. Cracked lips are a common and extremely painful complaint of hundreds of individuals who are left unable to smile for days. For others, it’s red and sore skin on the hands as soon as the first cold winds blow outside. You’ll be lucky if you can survive the cold season without catching a cold – and everybody knows that colds are the worst because they can last for weeks. However, it doesn’t mean that you should let winter ruin your days and damage your mood. You can stay healthy and stylish despite the cold weather and here’s how:
If you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen my posts about #thekindesschallenge. I am challenging myself, and anyone who would like to join, to do something kind for yourself or others each day of the month. I came up with the idea after hitting December 1st and realizing it is not only the holidays but also my birthday month. I usually am so pumped and excited to celebrate all these wonderful moments, but for some reason this year I wasn’t feeling it. It made me so sad!
Confidence can be a magical thing. When you have it, you can feel on top of the world. But when you don’t, there can be no worse feeling. Although we’d all much rather have days that are more like the former, it often seems that time and again we suffer from more like the latter. As women, we don’t always tend to feel that confident in ourselves and it can totally blow! So when you hear others telling you to cheer up or to put yourself out there, it can be super frustrating because it’s hard to shake off a low-self esteem.
Instead, we have to work towards creating more confidence. While this isn’t something that can happen overnight, it is something that we can have – and will have when we start to work at it. There are a plethora of ways to reprogram your thinking and how you view yourself. Then there are these tips that slightly more familiar than pushing through your fears or trying something new. Sometimes, the way to give yourself to biggest confidence boost of all are the things bring comfort. So bucking the more conventional trends, let’s look at the alternative ways to feel more confident in yourself.
Ever have one of those days where you seem to run around endlessly for other people? Your boss needs help with a project, but that just means he’s leaving you to do it all. Your friend’s been on the phone 4 times already about her breakup, and it’s only 9 am. Even the dog is demanding another walk. Sometimes you don’t seem to be able to catch a moment that is just for you. Here are simple ways to start investing time into yourself amidst a busy life.
You may call us a little eager, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolution. Think back to the last three years and what you promised yourself you would do more of. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred we focus on improving our physical health. But what if this year you focus on your mental wellbeing? What if your new resolution is to find ways to improve your mind and thoughts, or find a way to better manage stress and your mental health.
Emotional wellbeing is a priority everyone shares or at least one we should share. Just look at the stats. 25% of people will suffer from some sort of mental health issue at some point in their life. Twenty-five percent. One in four. The odds are too high to ignore this part of our happiness and wellbeing.
Making your mind the priority next year isn’t just reserved for those that are battling depression, bipolar, cyclothymia, anxiety and everything else that falls within this bell curve. That’s because emotional wellbeing also affects day to day life such as stress, decisions, social events, how we connect with others, the kind of confidence we uphold.
So, if you find your head is subtly nodding as you read this, then here are our top tips on how to make your mental health the absolute priority going into 2018:
Let’s face it, whether you like it or not, life can be pretty stressful. In fact, it’s easy to feel as though stress is pretty much the default setting that most of us spend our time in. Between work, family, financial responsibilities, and everything else that you have to deal with, adult life can all get pretty overwhelming after a while. That being said, there are almost certainly specific times in life when the stress levels end up becoming even more significant. When that happens, it’s easy to feel like things are completely falling apart. Of course, things don’t have to be that way. You might not be able to avoid stressful situations, but it’s how you deal with those situations that makes all the difference. With that in mind, here how to deal with the stress of life.
I am writing this while laying on my hardwood floors drinking my second cup of coffee after spending two hours doing accounting and the morning deep cleaning the apartment. Looking through other drafted articles I had ready to go for this Friday, I realized let’s just begin with where I am today… Adulting is tough, man, but I rather learn that now.
I cannot believe it is September already. This Summer went so fast, I blinked and it is almost over! We still have a few more weeks before it is officially Fall (aka my favorite season). This year though, I am kind of sad Summer is ending. I actually had a really nice relaxing Summer. I didn’t travel or do much of anything, but it was a welcomed treat to stay still. I mentioned in an earlier post this week, last summer I moved three times! Which I guess is why staying still and not running around too much is a dream! Keep reading why.
I recently discovered a trick to sleep so soundly and easily while calming my anxiety before going to bed. It never occurred to me that I may need a routine to relax at night. What I discovered helps prevent those restless nights thinking about work and “what am I doing in my life”. Take a look!
I wanted to write this article after reading a fellow blogger’s real life experience. It made me laugh so hard and I could relate to every piece. Just like every industry, there is a lot the goes on behind the scenes that you probably wouldn’t even think about. It may shock you how ridiculously REAL it gets being a blogger. After all, we are just humans. Have a look!
Wow, that is a loaded title!! I mean dang, but this idea and topic came from the conversation that formed under the article, ‘ 5 Defeating Actions Keeping You From Success‘. What a powerful conversation that was and a great way to bring the community together. Thank you to everyone who shared!
I noticed a majority of comments touched on the idea of not taking on other people’s problems. The messages ranged from having a hard time with this idea to completely seeing how it has changed lives, and others spoke about how they really want to implement this idea into their current life. I found this fascinating and was really moved by each one.
Whether we realize it or not, we often get in our own way of success. Sometimes it is a habit we formed over the years, other times it is a mindset we inherited from our environment. Here are five defeating actions keeping you from success.
I am not sure about you, but this Summer has been packed full of work, events, exciting moments, and personal challenges. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by constant change, long lists of things to do, and commitments. I recently learned these three easy tricks to relieve some of that stress. Keep reading!