5 Ways To Improve Yourself In Your Spare Time

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As people, we love to grow. From childhood, to teenager, to adult, we grow physically, but as humans we love to grow personally. We are a species that pushes the boundaries to learn new things about the world, each other and the way things work. The digital age has rushed upon us and we are making new discoveries all the time thanks to the developments in technology and the web. It makes sense that while we are developing and improving everything from the mattresses we sleep on, to the televisions we watch, that we want to add ourselves into the mix.

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The human potential can often feel limitless and when you know how to push your own boundaries, you can really harness and maximise your own personal growth. Improving yourself doesn’t just mean within business, although it’s a good place to start and build your confidence. Your personal wellbeing and relationships matter, too, and if you are spending time working on your own development, you can become a happier, more secure individual. We’ve put together five ways you can use your personal time to work on yourself and make improvements in your self-esteem.

  • Learn More. When you are working hard in your career, you can often forget your overall goals or pathway to the top. Take the time to enrol on an Online RN to BSN Degree Program. Doing this in your spare time literally adds to your brainpower and can help you develop into other future roles. This type of development can work with your confidence and self-esteem, as well as make you satisfied with your daily life at work.
  • Read More. Different from the above point, literature isn’t just about self-help and learning. Devour a book a month and challenge yourself to new genres. Expanding your horizons can open up so many doors into conversations with new people, and reading is diving into the imagination of someone else. Appreciate it and embrace it while you learn what you love.
  • Talk More. You don’t have to be the most confident person on the planet to learn a language, but learning a language can unlock different cultures and appreciations for other civilisations across the globe. Opening your mind to new experiences with languages is important and it’s a great way to build your confidence talking to new people.
  • Paint More. Look around your home and make a list of all the decorating changes you could make. The inspiration you find from the world around you can be implemented into your home and you can make as many changes as you like, as it’s your space. Let your creativity ooze out around you!
  • Sleep More. One of the biggest things that people forget is to sleep enough. We need at least six hours sleep a night to function well, so teach yourself to sleep and feel your mental health improving.

Self-improvement starts with you and your own desire to push yourself to the max and once you start on that train, you never have to get off!

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Trying To Be Wonder Woman? Here’s Why You Should Be A Wise Woman Instead

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It’s only natural, and you’re definitely not the only one, but as women, we often feel like we have to do it all. Have it all. Experience it all. It’s not just enough to do one thing or be one person. We have to do everything and be everyone. But when you’re trying to do just that, you may find that you’re heading down a slippery slope to burn out. Or, you’ll start to age. Because trying to be Wonder Woman and have it all can make you ill. Instead, you need to start shifting responsibility and ask for help – for the sake of your own sanity. It’s so much smarter that way.

House Chores

So, you’re a mom, an employee, a wife, and also a cleaner. Aren’t you exhausted? Wouldn’t you prefer to drop at least one of those titles? Namely, the cleaner! When you’ve got a full-on schedule, and you’re a busy working mom, you could use house cleaning services to help you breathe a bit easier. And even if you’re house proud and enjoy the cleaning process, just think about the extra time you’ll be able to spend with your kids when you’re not vacuuming and scrubbing. You may even get to take a candle lit bath once or twice too!

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Parenting

Okay, so it’s highly unlikely that you’re going to want to actually hang up your mom uniform, but at the same time, you might want to loosen your leash a little. If you’re at home with your kids 24/7, or even if you’re the primary caregiver, you may need to take a break every now and again. You might not want a full-time nanny, but a babysitter twice a week or one of your own parents taking the kids off of your hands and hour here and there could give you a moment or two to get yourself together.

Work

Work is called work for a reason. And even if you love your job or even run your own company, you might want to think about stepping back or balance things out a little. When you’re a mom, your kids will always come first. You may have loved the long hours once, but now’s the time to commit to your family. So offload some of your workload onto others, cut your hours, or even hire an assistant and give yourself a break.

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Running Errands

If you constantly feel like you’re running errands, you’re not the only one. Sometimes, they can even take up the entirely of your day. And when you’ve got a lot going on, this is the one thing you could often do without. So do without it. Get someone to run your errands for you instead. You’re probably wondering why you didn’t think of this sooner!

Cooking

And then, of course, there’s also cooking. Now, you may love it (you may also hate it), but with everything else you’ve got going on, trying to come up with incredible, tasty, and healthy meals, shop for them ingredients and then cook these delicious dinners is often too much for the modern family. So, go for a home recipe box instead. You get the ingredients, the recipes, and more often than not, everything is super easy to make too!

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Wise Moves To Make Growing Old A Little More Comfortable

None of us can escape the physical impacts that time will have on our bodies. Frankly, those deteriorations are sure to erect new obstacles and challenges as you get older. While you cannot stop the effects, you can at least reduce their influence on your daily activities.

They say we get wiser as we get older. Prove it once and for all by taking these simple steps to a more comfortable future. You will not regret it.

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Adapt the home: Once you reach retirement age, there’s a good chance that you’ll be spending more time in the home. Even if this isn’t true, bathroom upgrades and other jobs built for your comfort can make a world of difference. In some situations, you may find that relocating to a ground floor apartment is best. Alternatively,y downsizing to an easily managed property could be the answer. The solid foundation of a good home environment truly can set you up for a far brighter future.

Look your best: Growing old will take its toll on your skin and natural features. But this shouldn’t be an excuse to ignore your looks. Adding a little color to your skin with the right makeup can work wonders. A winning smile, natural or otherwise, can have an equally telling impact. Meanwhile, the fashion choices available on the market are far greater than ever before. Looking good makes you feel good no matter how old you get. Do not forget it for a second.

Get the right help: Retaining a sense of independence is high on the agenda. Nonetheless, there is nothing wrong with seeking a helping hand in life. This could range from finding the right hearing aid to gaining financial support. Assistance is often available, but you must take the first steps by actively seeking it. Those little pieces of help could make everyday life a lot less stressful too. After the amount of people you’ve supported throughout your days, it’s the least you deserve.

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Stay social: Loneliness is a major problem among older citizens, especially when far away from family members. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people. Whether it’s signing up for local community events, attending bingo events, or connecting online doesn’t matter. Furthermore, it’s never too late to fall in love, which is why you should always remain open to this. Whatever you do, human interaction is a key ingredient in the recipe for health and happiness.

Learn to rest: Taking care of the body and staying active is great. Nonetheless, the body cannot do the things it used to do. Following exhausting days, it’s especially important to get a good night’s sleep. Creating a bedroom fit for royalty should be a key item on your home upgrade list. Meanwhile, getting to bed a little earlier gives your body and mind a chance to wind down. The reward of waking up fresh and ready to take the day ahead will surely vindicate those decisions.

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Stop Neglecting Your Home Renovation Project

You don’t have to be an interior designer or a construction expert to know when your home needs a good makeover. There comes a point at which you can’t neglect the peeling wallpaper or horrendously tattered and dated couches in the living room. You might have been stubbornly making do for years but a home should feel cozy and welcoming; you shouldn’t have to make do. It’s time to stop neglecting your home renovation project and put your builder’s hat on.

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Draw up the design plan.

Put down the hammer or paintbrush. Before you get started with this renovation project, you need a detailed overall plan so that you know what you’re doing. There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a project and realizing that you don’t have enough money to finish, you’ve made a huge structural mistake by biting off more than you could chew, or you simply hate the way something’s turned out in reality.

You need to walk through your home and make notes about the things you’d like to change and then draw up a rough sketch of the way you want things to look. You could do a little research online to get inspiration. The goal is to compartmentalize the project into lots of mini projects so that you can make gradual changes to your home and see whether you like the way your ideas have turned out when actualized.

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Declutter for that minimalistic look.

You need to aim for a minimalistic look if you want your home to feel fresh, modern, and spacious; clutter has never been fashionable and it never will be. Of course, the goal isn’t just to tidy up your home today and then have to do the same thing in a few weeks when your kids mess up the household again. You need to aim to make the home more organized so that maintaining the home’s level of tidiness in the future is far easier. Keep this project simple because minimalism is all about simplicity. Even colors can achieve this effect; aim for a neutral palette to really open up rooms and make them feel more spacious and bright. Mirrors can help with this effect too; they reflect sunlight and naturally brighten rooms.

Putting up shelving units is a great way to store all those loose items that you’d ordinarily leave lying around on countertops or tables. You could even get custom magnets for the fridge that list everybody’s chores for the week so that you never fall behind on keeping your house clean. The point is that you should be aiming to keep your house looking minimalistic and tidy; find a way to make maintenance and regular tidying easy in the future. Reduce the risk of your household becoming unclean and messy in the first place.

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Remember the comfort factor.

Whilst aesthetic is very important for a home renovation, you mustn’t forget the practical objectives of the project. The goal is to make a home in which you can relax and feel comfortable. You need to strive for an elegant yet cozy aesthetic. Instead of leather couches which look great but feel cold and uncomfortable, you should opt for soft pillows, throws, and other furnishings which are colorful and attractive but cozy at the same time. Don’t neglect comfort for the sake of a nice interior design.

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4 Genius Ways You Can Relax At Home

Relaxation is something everyone can do with now and then. Our society seems to be built around stress, stress, and more stress. The cost of living is on the up, meaning we have to stress about having enough money to survive. There are terrorist attacks and tragedies every month, which causes us to stress about our safety. And we have the normal stressors in life such as children, education, work, weight, health – the list goes on and on.

To put it simply, the more time we have to relax, the better. One of the best and most effective ways of relaxing is getting a nice deep tissue massage. Alternatively, you can visit a spa and spend the day having a detox to cleanse your spirit. Unfortunately, you can’t do either of these things every day. Some people can’t even afford to do them ever, so there needs to be other options.

Have no fear, there are a lot of ways you can relax, and most of these things can be done without leaving your home. So, if you’ve had a stressful day, or you just have some free time and want to de-stress, here are a few genius ideas you can steal:

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Gaze At The Stars

This is a wonderful way of relaxing at home, and there are many ways you can go about it. If the weather is nice, you can sit outside or lie on a mat and gaze up at the stars from your garden. In fact, if you have a sunlounger or deck chair, then that’s even better. Doing this is so effective because you can lose yourself in the sky. You get to stare at all the stars and see them twinkling. It gets your mind racing as you think about what else could be out there or you attempt to draw things with the stars. Factor in the fresh air filling your lungs and all your stress seems to fade away.

This is the best way of doing it, but you do have two other options. The first is to get a telescope so you can look at the stars from inside. This is really fun as you can try and identify certain stars or planets, and you get a better view of everything. The second alternative is to get a virtual reality space game or app. I think there’s one on the Google Play store for Android devices, it basically gives you a tour of space, but you feel like you’re there because it’s virtual reality.

I don’t know why, but the stars and space are just a very relaxing thing to think about. Maybe it’s because we concern ourselves with things that are millions and billions of light years away from our own problems on earth.

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Chill Out In A Bean Bag Chair

Relaxation is all about letting all tension leave your body and just getting comfortable. You want to be able to sit down, stretch out, and hear a huge sigh leave your body. Some people have a favorite armchair that they sit in to relax, but I find conventional chairs and sofas to be a bit hit and miss. Instead, you should get your hands on a bean bag chair. If you visit Fombag online, you’ll see a huge range of bean bag chairs that are filled with foam. This type of chair is ideal for relaxing in, as you get maximum comfort levels. With bean bags, you pretty much just sink into the chair and become part of it. You melt down into the bag, and it’s incredibly relaxing.

Get yourself a bean bag, and just sit in it while listening to music, reading a book, or watching TV. The effect will be instantaneous. The only bad thing is that you might struggle to get back up because you’ve relaxed so much your body now feels part of the chair.  

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Take A Long Bath

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a spa, you can give yourself some spa treatments in your bathroom. One of my favorite ways of relaxing is running a nice hot bath. Sometimes, I drop in a bath bomb, so it smells and looks really nice. Then, I turn the lights off and have my bath in candlelight. Bring in a radio or some speakers, and you can listen to some relaxing music as well.

The warmth of the water helps with circulation and can soothe any tight spots in your body that have built up through tension. It’s a good way to help relax your muscles and get yourself ready for a long night’s sleep. If I could, I’d do this every night before bed. Those of you without children should do this as often as possible before it becomes hard to do regularly!

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Stretch Every Morning And Evening

Staying on the topic of relaxed muscles, tight ones can be a source of stress for everyone. When your muscles become tight and knotted, they develop trigger points that cause pain and soreness. It means you wake up every morning with a stiff back or neck, and this soreness stays with you throughout the day.

Getting into the habit of stretching can help you get rid of a lot of tension in your body, and relax a lot more. My advice is to find a stretching routine online and do it every morning and evening. It will be the perfect way to start the day by getting your body moving and loosening up all your tight points. Then, a stretching session in the evening can relax your muscles and get you ready for bed. It doesn’t have to be a long routine, I say five minutes minimum and maybe thirty minutes max.

As you can see, there are plenty of genius ways you can relax at home. The best thing about all these ideas is that they’re easy to fit into your routine. Everyone can find a spare ten minutes or so to relax in a bean bag chair or do some stretches. We’ve all got time for a bath once or twice a week, and you can stare at the stars whenever you like. Give everything a try, and you can relax more and see so many health benefits as a result.

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Yes, You Can Go Green While Enjoying The Same Lifestyle

The once blue planet, the Earth, is on the verge of an environmental catastrophe. Our air is polluted; the wildlife is endangered, and some of our favorite resources are threatening to disappear. In fact, the green discourse that spreads across the planet is not another philosophical mindset: It’s an absolute necessity to maintain Life on the Earth. However, more often than not people can’t be bothered or are unsure how to take actions. Don’t be fooled into thinking that going green is an impossible sacrifice that will change your life forever. Going green is an effective way of improving the survival chances of all living creatures on Earth, but it doesn’t have to destroy the lifestyle you’ve created! Everything starts with a simple little step: Making way for sustainability in our lives. From reminding businesses of their responsibility to having an honest chat with your local authorities, you can do a lot to encourage others to embrace the green movement. But what we care in this article is what you can do yourself.

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Does green living mean no tech?

There’s a common misconception that a green life is a life deprived of technology. Don’t just bin your smartphone now; you can keep a modern lifestyle while respecting the environment. There is no need to embrace an Edwardian existence and cut yourself off from any social and professional facility just to protect the planet. What matters, though, is to understand how modern waste, and especially electronic, can affect the environment — to find out more about electronics recycling – The Complete Guide from DRM can provide many answers to your questions. In other words, it’s not how you use modern items from plastic bottles to computers that plays a role; it’s how you dispose of them. Here’s a hint: Your old items can be recycled. Therefore, making an effort to bring unwanted items to recycling centers can make a great deal of difference to the wildlife.

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Does green living mean no more car?

Most people think that going green is not for them because they can’t afford to live without a car. Nobody is expecting you to. But what you can do, though, is to pick a second-hand vehicle, because they have a reduced environmental impact compared to new cars that need to be produced and shipped. A Ford Focus from 2008 onward offers a perfect combination of reliability and low CO2 emissions. If you prefer a German make, the Polo (2005) is kind to the environment and the wallet. Alternatives to cars are public transports, cycling or directly working from home.  

Does green living mean a less comfortable home?

Many believe that turning down the heater is the best way to save energy. But being cold and going green are two different things. Using green insulation – Popular Mechanics suggests easy ways to stay warm and eco-friendly. You can keep your heating low in winter and save energy by relying on polyurethane foam to keep the cold outside. It’s an ideal choice for basement and attic walls. Icynene is another excellent insulator that doesn’t only traps air but moisture too so that the home is warm and mold-free.

In the end, going green is easier than you think. Remember that even the smallest step can have a considerable impact on the environment. Saving the planet is not a life change, but it can change lives.

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Bad Weather? Keep Your Sanity With These DIY Project Tips

It doesn’t take much to keep us indoors. Bad weather and wintry conditions quickly lead to boredom though. If you’re looking for something new to keep you occupied for the next few weeks, why not consider a DIY project? There are plenty of beginner projects you can start with, and there are even more if you’re up for a challenge. Here’s a guide to get you started even if the weather holds:

Ideas

The first thing you need is a source of ideas and inspiration. You might have a few jobs to do around the house. Putting up a picture hook and repairing the curtain rail is a bit boring though. What you want is something that makes life that little bit better! Maybe a new entertainment center? Or why not go all the way and create a man cave out of your spare bedroom?

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Tools

Every good DIYer has all the tools they need. Of course, most of us just getting started have very little in the way of tools! You will need a good pair of screwdrivers, a weighty hammer, and a power drill. If you know you’re going to be doing some serious projects, you might want to opt for a hammer drill that can get through masonry as well as wood. Some of the better ones are reviewed at websites like https://bestofmachinery.com/best-hammer-drill/ You will also need a good measuring tape, a spanner set, and a saw.

Getting Started

Always sketch what you intend to build. And always triple check any measurements! If you’re buying wood or other materials, errors can be quite costly. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for an opinion on your ideas as you work. You never know – someone might see things in a different way that could spark your next big idea or improvement. Have a look at some images at places like  https://www.pinterest.com/amerifirst/pinterest-diy-home-improvements/ Finally, make a list of your work plan, so you don’t miss any crucial steps.

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Putting It Together

It might take several steps to get to a point where you can see the fruits of your labor. Once it all comes together, you can start to pat yourself on the back, though! Most DIY projects are abandoned long before this point so well done you. Now, of course, you need to work on finishing it off and making it look really good. Helpful tools here include the paintbrush, the sandpaper, and the glue gun!

Didn’t Work Out?

So it didn’t quite go to plan? Don’t panic. Most projects are fixable even when they’ve gone horribly wrong. Keep your cool, take a step back and figure out where it went wrong. You might need to grab some more materials. You might need to grab a mate to help. You might even need to start over. All of this is about the learning curve, and sometimes that can be pretty steep. Don’t lose heart. You’ve got your tools, you’ve got some experience now, and you’ve got your good ideas.

Whatever you’ve been working on, and whatever you fancy trying next, don’t wait for bad weather to get started. You can enjoy all the delights of doing-it-yourself any time of the year. And then you can enjoy whatever it is you’ve built!

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