Staying Healthy This Summer

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Summer is nearly upon us. Maybe you are planning a vacation that you’ve been looking forward to all year, or you want to take some time off work to finally get to the things around the house that you’ve been putting off for so long. Either way, the summer is not only a new season, it is a chance for a fresh start. A lot is said about getting one’s body ready for summer as if the beach or the local pool is some sort of tacitly acknowledged beauty contest were everyone must participate (because they have no choice; the judges are everywhere and always watching) and no one gets a trophy. However, this can quickly seem rather absurd and can easily cause lots of people to avoid those places. The emphasis on the so-called ‘beach body’ reveals a fascination with appearances. Looking good is important, but being healthy is crucial. Here are a few ways of becoming the healthiest you that you can this summer:


  1. Being healthy is all about the sort of lifestyle that you lead. One of the most important things for any person to feel good and look good is getting enough sleep. Researchers from the National Sleep Foundation in the US collated findings from lots of studies and found that adults need to get between seven to nine hours each night. Any more or less will not help you quite as much. Sleep is the time when your body recovers from the pressures that it faces all day long. Failing to give it a chance to catch up is only going to compound the problem. They do not call it beauty sleep for nothing.
  2. Diets are sometimes quite dangerous. Losing weight is a healthy choice for some people but doing it at any cost can actually threaten your health to a greater degree. That is why you should eat foods that are good for you in moderation. It is fine to occasionally have something that you love that is rather calorific, but if you do it too often, it can become a problem. In any case, healthy food does not need to be any less appealing. Sites like can help you find the best products to ensure that your food is both nutritious and good for you at the same time. One particularly good device to invest in is a blender. Put your favorite fruits in with a little of something sweet, and you have a great breakfast which you can have on the go.
  3. Exercise is obviously the third point in the healthy lifestyle trinity. A lot of people dread to think about going to the gym or doing something gratuitously grueling like a marathon. However, exercise can be fun too. If you like dancing, then do it regularly as it is a great way to get a workout without really thinking about it. Besides, if you take up a sport, you will learn a new skill while also doing some exercise. Playing on a team can also help you make friends. By the end of your first season, you will not remember that you started just for the exercise.

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A Happier Lifestyle: Getting Out Of That Rut And Reclaiming Your Strut

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There is no single answer to the perfect lifestyle. We all find ourselves in ruts from time to time, whether that’s due to stress at work, unhappiness at home, or a general sense of unfulfillment in life as a whole. The ironic thing is that it’s always harder to pull yourself out of that rut once you’re in it. Motivation, inspiration, and the desire to change are all things which are hard to come by once your mind is in a bad place.


Nonetheless, all is not lost. There’s always a way to make changes today towards being the happier person that you’ve always wanted to be. Sometimes there isn’t always a quick fix; it’s about making gradual steps towards happiness and improving day by day. If you feel as if you’ve tried everything to get back on your feet but nothing has changed either your mind or your physical life then here are some pieces of advice which might help you get out of that rut and reclaim your strut.


Take better care of your body.

A healthy body is absolutely vital to a happy life, and this isn’t a commercial. It’s something we all know but very few of us fully accept; the state of your body is fragile but also integral to your health and happiness. As a place to start, a healthy diet should obviously be a priority in your life. Eating well will help improve your figure and reduce the risk of health problems in the future, but the food you eat also affects your mind, so this could be the first step towards clearing your mind and functioning more effectively throughout the day on a physical level.


A job that was once exciting but now seems exhausting might suddenly gain a new lease of life in fresh eyes when you take better care of itself, but you’ll know that the problem lies outside of you if it doesn’t. The best way to take a good look at your life and the many aspects of your daily routine is to take care of yourself and get into a happier head space. You’ll not only be happier with the way you look, but you’ll be healthier on a practical level. On the topic of mental health…


Take better care of your mind.

Happiness is in the mind, so it makes sense that the key to finding a lifestyle which makes you happier lies not only in looking at your life on an external level but also in looking at it on an internal level. Your mind will tell you so much about what’s going wrong in your current lifestyle but you have to give yourself time during the day to reflect, recharge and focus on you. Practicing meditation is a great way to achieve this, as we spend our days frantically rushing around and completing so many tasks that we rarely remember to just exist.


Throughout the day, take a few minutes here and there to focus on your breathing, and let your mind roam freely. You need to recharge and reboot if you want to get to the root of what’s holding you back from happiness in life. The key is to fix whatever’s affecting your brain and make changes towards better mental health because this is just as important as maintaining good physical health.


Make a big change.

Often, you might find that your life is lacking because you’re no longer challenging yourself. Our younger years are fast-paced and ever-evolving, and this is why adulthood is such a sharp and unexpected change for so many of us. You were learning a multitude of things every day, going new places, and doing new things, but now you’re stuck in the same job and you feel as if nothing’s changing. However, age shouldn’t stop you from retaining that same energy and desire for newness that you felt when you were younger.


It’s never too late and it’s never too foolish to make a big change in your life. It doesn’t even have to be something you want to do; it could be something which scares you. You could look into real estate abroad and make a new life for yourself in a brand new country. You could move into a brand new industry which always intrigued you but you never had the guts to approach. The point is that there’s no “one way” to live life. We’re all taught to take a rigid and predefined path, but the truth is that we’re all on different paths. If you want to get out of that rut then get out of that rut. It doesn’t matter how you do it; challenge yourself, and keep on challenging yourself so that you find the happiness and vitality you miss from your youth.

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Learn a new skill.

Continuing from previous points, happiness can be found in an active and stimulated brain. When you find yourself in a physical rut, due to the monotonous nature of an endlessly repeating daily routine, it’s likely that your mind founds itself trapped in a rut and your lifestyle no longer seems joyous or fulfilling. Of course, we’re only as trapped as we let ourselves believe we are.


It’s up to you to take control of the reins of your life and start to make moves towards being a happier and more fulfilled person. Learn something new today, and don’t stop learning new things tomorrow. That’s the key to happiness and an interesting life. Never stop forcing your brain to reinvent itself. You don’t have to become a musical genius overnight; learning something different could involve talking to a new person every day and seeing the world through a stranger’s eyes.


Focus on one thing at a time.

There’s an interesting article which highly rates the idea of single-tasking. This, simply put, entails that we should all focus on one thing at a time. Rather than trying to complete a million things each day and doing a half-decent job of each one, you should be challenging yourself to complete a single task really well over a day or a long period of time. You’ll be more productive and pleased with your overall achievements if you narrow your focus in life.

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How To Prepare For Your Trip To India

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If you’re planning on going to India, there are a lot of things you should do in order to properly prepare for the trip.

With this guide, you’ll be able to stay organized and get all the boring things out of the way, so you can focus on having a great time once you’re there.



Where do you want to go?


This is probably one of the hardest things to decide on if you haven’t already thought of exactly where you want to go.

India is packed full of such variety, there are so many things to see, and choosing where you want to go all depends on how much time you have. If you know you’re staying for a while, you have the option to move around a lot more than if you were only staying for a few days.

It’s a good idea to get a guide book as this can recommend areas to stop in, as well as what you can do while you’re there.



Book your transport in advance


A lot of people don’t actually like to book flights and trains in advance because they see it as a restriction, especially if they decide they want to go somewhere else instead, or even stay where they are for a little bit longer than planned.

But it’s very wise to book in advance because the number of people traveling to and from India has increased an awful lot. Even more so by train, as the prices have been dropped a significant amount.

The more popular the train route, the more likely it is to be filled in within a short period of time, so make sure you book before it’s too late.



Book your accommodation


It can be very tempting to wait until you’re in India to get your hotel, because you can try and get a better deal by negotiating rates, but if you’re going to a larger city, it’s best to book your accommodation beforehand, otherwise it may just end up causing you too much hassle. You want to be able to go straight in and find you room after hours of transport, rather than messing around walking the streets trying to find a good offer.

Another benefit from booking online before you arrive is that many companies have deals connected to flights, so you may end up paying a lot less if you book the flight and the hotel together, than if you do it separately. So that’s definitely something you should think about.



Go to your doctor


Your health is always your number one priority when planning a trip overseas. Depending on where you go will also depend on what preventions you should take, so speak to you doctor so you know what kind of injections you will need before going to India. The dates of when you plan on going are also very important, so make sure you have the right information otherwise you may not be getting everything you need.



Get your visa


Anyone who plans of traveling will need a Visa For India unless you’re already a citizen. You will need this before you arrive in the country, otherwise you won’t get in.

If you only plan on staying for under 72 hours, then you can obtain a Transit Visa instead.



What to pack


When you start packing for India, it’s important to consider the country’s dress standards. We all know that certain body parts are covered in India as a form or respect, now whether or not you plan on doing this is entirely your choice – it’s not your culture, so you can wear whatever you want. But having said that, it’s always nice to make an effort and show your respect to other people’s beliefs.

Don’t forget to pack any medication that you take, along with personal care items and money. It’s also a good idea to bring some plug adapters for any electronics you may have.



How to get around when you’re there


If you’re in a big city, then taxis are probably the best way to get around. Not only do they know the best routes to take, but they are extremely cheap too.

If you’re getting a taxi from the airport, you should use a pre-paid service to avoid the risk of being scammed.


Trains are known for being very overcrowded and pretty old. They’re fine for short trips, but you probably won’t want to travel a long distance on them, especially not overnight, because it definitely won’t be the most comfortable night you’ll have.



How to stay healthy when you’re there


Whatever you do, don’t drink the tap water, even if it’s filtered doesn’t mean it’s 100% clean, so it’s just not worth the risk of getting ill. This means ice cubes too, so tell them not to put any in your glass if you’re ordering a drink in a restaurant.


Always have travel insurance when you go abroad. No matter how fit and healthy you are, you can never know what may happen when you’re away, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.



How to stay safe when you’re there


It has been reported that assaults on women in India have increased, but because of this, there are now extra safety precautions that have been made. For example, there are now women-only rooms and floors in big hotels that are offered to any female travelers and guests.


Avoid looking at people for too long, as this can be considered rude, even if you’re smiling. So if you feel eyes on you, don’t feel the need to stare back, just keep on walking in a polite manner.


Do all the research you can about India and the places within it. The more you know about the area, the safer you will be. So familiarize yourself with the local information, as well as the dangers and even scams that take place.


Don’t walk around with your valuables on show, so that means any expensive jewelry or gadgets you may have – keep them hidden; otherwise you will just be asking for trouble.

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DIY Dos and Don’ts

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Got your own personal home project planned out? Ditching handyman services can save you a lot of money, but there are a lot of factors to consider before going DIY. Here are a few do’s and don’ts that will ensure your project goes to plan.


Do buy top quality tools


When it comes to tools you don’t want to be skimping back on cheap fragile tools or outdated second-hand gear. Stick to well-known brands – a Ryobi impact wrench is likely to be far more trialled and tested than a cheap own brand tool from ten years ago. Online reviews and comparison guides can help you to make the right decision.


Don’t buy expensive specialist machinery


Top-end tools for specific uses should be hired, not rented. You’re unlikely to use these machines again so don’t waste your money buying one. Trusted tool hire companies such as United Rentals will often provide brand new models and will keep tools well maintained, so you know you’re getting something good for your money.

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Do paint


Painting is the perfect DIY task for beginners. It doesn’t require too much know-how or licensing. There are some basics that need to be covered, learning to prime and caulk up holes is worthwhile. Painting also does take a fair bit of preparation – everything needs to be moved and covered in sheets to stop it getting splashed. However, the actual painting process is very easy and can be more easily corrected than other DIY tasks.


Don’t play with gas or electrics


Electrical work requires a permit, so leave this to a professional. Other than getting in trouble with a surveyor later down the line, dodgy wiring could cause a fire or put you at risk of electrocution, so don’t do it. Gas work meanwhile also requires a license as could cause a gas leak if done incorrectly – hire a licensed plumber to deal with this.


Do tackle flooring


Flooring may seem like a big job, but it can actually be very easy to install. Floating flooring from companies such as Armstrong is the best option to pursue – whether laminate or hardwood you’ll simply have to snap fit it in and there will generally be instructions from the manufacturer. When sizing up the room, just make sure you leave a little room around the edges as flooring that is too tightly installed can warp.

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Don’t knock down walls


As fun as it may look to swing that sledgehammer, knocking down walls isn’t as easy a task as you may think and getting it wrong could cause the whole house to collapse. It also requires a permit in most cases. A professional construction service will know how loads are transferred and carried and so will be able to carry out the work more safely. This also applies to cut-outs and creating new doors or windows. Always contact your local planning committee first and notify your home insurance company if you have one.

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Beat The Heat At Home This Summer



The summer is a great time of year, especially when the sun starts to crack the flags. But, it’s also an uncomfortable time. There is no doubt that the sun’s rays aren’t always welcome because they can get too hot. When you’re stuck at home, this is a major problem. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer in your own home any longer thanks to these tips.


Here are the tricks of the trade that will help you beat the heat this summer.


Cover The AC Unit


Air conditioning units are lifesavers in the summertime because they keep the cold air flowing. When the mercury hits record temperatures, cold air is the only way to prevent evaporation! But, the problem with an HVAC unit is that they aren’t infallible to the sun either. UV rays can cause as much damage, if not more, to an air conditioner as they lead to overheating. Of course, overheating leads to a broken air con unit, which is almost like the end of the world. By shielding it from the sun, the motor should keep cool and last longer, pumping the cold air out until the temperature drops.


Get It Fixed


Sadly, covering your air con unit won’t be enough to keep it from breaking down. Like all industrial machines, air conditioners suffer from wear and tear, and you will wear it down over the summer. As a result, it’s likely to stop working or at least slow down at some point. When that happens, you need to call an HVAC repair person as soon as possible. Hopefully, they will be able to use their experience and expertise to get it working again. Of course, you could try it alone, but you’re just asking for trouble. Air con units aren’t basic pieces of equipment, which means you might do more damage.


Close The Windows


Opening the windows to let in fresh air is an excellent idea according to conventional wisdom, but it doesn’t work for a number of reasons. The first is that the warm air from outside will negate the cold air from the AC. So, instead of feeling cool and refreshed, you’ll feel clammy and overly hot. Even if you don’t have an AC unit, opening the windows isn’t a good option. By covering them during the hottest part of the day, the drapes will reflect the heat and keep the interior cooler.


Turn Down Appliances


Certain household devices are essential to everyday life. If you think about it, can you survive without a fridge or a washing machine or a dryer? The answer is probably, but life would be so much harder! However, relying on appliances means they give off more heat, particularly the larger items. By turning them down, they use less energy and give off less heat. If you insist on using them, you should try and ration usage to the times when the temperature isn’t as high.


If you’re sick and tired of stewing in sweat at summer, these tips can help.

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