Changing The Future Of Your Health With Your Past Experiences

Our health isn’t hard to change, and drawing on our past experiences makes it so much easier to control. Whether we’re talking about mental health or physical health, there’s going to be experiences that you can draw from. Now, people become so fascinated with how their health can change, that it leads them down a career that is related to experiences that they once had. Take diabetes for example. A diagnosis can be terrible, but the experience gained is life changing. So much so, that it entices people to try out a career in medicine. So, you see, changing your health isn’t all about changing what you do with your body, it’s about changing who you are as a person, and who you want to become. That’s what we want to talk about today, so have a read on, and see if your past health experiences can change the future.

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So, first of all, think about all of the past experiences that you’ve had. Have you perhaps been in hospital, had to take multiple visits to the doctors, or maybe your mental health wasn’t in the best shape. Now, think about how you felt during that time. Most of you will have felt stressed, low, and worried. It’s naturally to feel all of those things, but it is those that make us stronger for the future. The future of your health relies on these emotions, and recovery is often quicker the second time around because you’re more prepared to deal with what would be to come. It also makes you more aware of your health, and staying on top of it. It can also shape your future in terms of what you want out of life. If you went through a really low time, it’s so easy for you to be moved into a new direction with your career, as we spoke about in the opening paragraph. It also makes you so much more in tune with other people who are suffering, whether they’re going through the same thing that you did or not.

Where They Can Take You

If you have built up that much compassion for people going through a tough time, then think about whether you want to go down a career along the lines of health. If it was mental health that you struggled with, you could try getting an online masters in mental health counseling. Of course, you would need to do qualifications prior to this, but it will open so many doors for you. The future of your health will be completely transformed as you’ll have such a better understanding of how your own mind works, as well as other peoples.

How It Will Influence Your Health

All of the things we’ve mentioned above will influence your health in a positive manor. The better understanding of how your body and mind works will better prepare you help give your body what it needs. The more you can protect your own body through knowledge, the more likely you are to lead a healthy and normal lifestyle. If you were to go down the route of counselling or a health profession, you’d be changing the health of other people as well as your own, which is just so rewarding.

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The Ultimate Guide To Having An Incredible Vacation

You might not think you have to do much at all to have an amazing vacation. However, a little planning and thought in advance can go a seriously long way. That being said, you don’t want to plan too much and overthink, as that will just stress you out!

If you want to make sure your next vacation is one to remember, read on for some tips you’ll love!

Think Balance When It Comes To Your Itinerary

Putting together an itinerary is a fantastic way to ensure you do everything you want to do on your vacation. It can help to keep you focused and stop you from missing out on something because you went at the wrong time or day.

However, you must think balance when it comes to this. You want to have a rough idea of what you want to do and when, but you don’t want to go overboard. The fact is, if you pack your itinerary full of things to do, it’s going to feel too rigid. Flexibility is key, as you never know what you might discover that you want to do along the way! Make sure you only plan what you consider to be the absolute essentials, and allow time to explore freely. This is going to feel much more relaxing than a trip where you have to jog from attraction to attraction!

Don’t forget, relaxation time is important on your vacation too. Make sure you allow time to rest on the beach or by the pool. You don’t want to burn out!

Let Go Of Any Expectations

Managing your expectations is key if you want an incredible vacation. Things won’t always go the way you envisioned them, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to be amazing! If you think that things must go a certain way, then you are limiting yourself and your opportunities.

Letting go of expectations, learning to go with the flow and live in the moment is so important if you want to have the best time. Don’t worry about the past or the future, simply live in the moment right now and enjoy it. That’s how you have the best time!

Plan With The People You’re Traveling With

Did you know that some people believe planning is the best part of travelling? It helps to build up both anticipation and excitement and can get everybody super pumped for the journey ahead! Sit down and plan a few things with the people you’re travelling with. Remember, you’ll likely need to compromise so you can do things that everybody likes to do. You might even find that you really enjoy yourself, even though you would never have chosen to do a certain activity or see a certain sight yourself.

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Take Care Of Your Health

Take care of your health before vacation and during. Make sure you go for your vaccinations if you need to, so you don’t pick up anything nasty on the road. Eat well and stay hydrated so that you feel great before you leave. When you’re travelling, practice great hygiene so that you don’t pick anything up – it’s all too easy to become ill from picking up bacteria on planes and in airports.

Make sure you heed the warnings too. You usually won’t be able to drink the tap water, and make sure you research any other health related issues before you go. Be prepared and your trip won’t be cut short due to an unforeseen illness! Imagine if you had to spend a few days in bed while the rest of your party went out and enjoyed themselves? That’s not the vacation you want to remember!

Make Sure You Haven’t Forgotten Anything

In all of the excitement of getting ready for vacation, you can easily forget something. Insurance is something that plenty of people don’t bother to get, and then end up regretting it later on when they hurt themselves or fall ill and have to go for hospital treatment.

If you’re visiting a place that requires a visa, like Turkey, make sure you leave plenty of time to get your Turkish visa application back. Make sure you apply for all of the documents you need so that you’re not refused entry to the country when the time comes!

Don’t Get Obsessed With Showing Off On Social Media

Social media can be great for some things, and not so great for others. It’s too tempting to try to outdo other people who may be visiting beautiful locations and spending time doing amazing things. It’s important to remember that they are just the snippets they want you to see. Nobody does that 24/7, and it certainly doesn’t make that person better or happier than you!

If you get too obsessed with showing off on social media, you’ll find yourself taking pictures rather than being in and enjoying the moment. You’ll be spending too much time finding the perfect pose and filter, rather than just taking in what’s right in front of you. Of course you can take pictures, but just don’t get obsessed with it. Wait until you get home to post them so you can focus on making them look great then, rather than taking time out of your trip!

Leave Your Work And Other Stresses At Home

It can be tough to leave work at home, and you might have other sources of stress if you’re like most people. Do your best to leave that there so you don’t have anything to worry about on your trip. Make sure you have an out of office email sent to people when they message you, and let people know you’re not going to be available to answer the phone or any messages. If you take work on vacation with you, it won’t feel like a vacation at all. Don’t look at them or reply no matter how tempted you may be!

Pack Like A Pro

Make a list of everything to pack in advance, so that you can add to it if you remember something you’ve forgotten. You wouldn’t believe it, but people forget things that many would consider obvious, even their passport! Write a list and include things like your passport, adapters, toothbrush, money, cards, documentation – include all of the essentials. Anything minor that you forget will usually be available once you reach your destination.

When you have your list, pack in advance. Give yourself at least a week so that you know everything will fit in your case and that you can close it. It’s a good idea to make sure that it’s not too heavy either, or you’ll have extra charges to pay at the airport!

Make sure you use packing tricks to avoid creases and save space. You can put small items in your shoes, for instance, and many believe that rolling your clothes is superior to folding them.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

What’s the point in travelling somewhere new if you’re not going to seize opportunities and step outside of your comfort zone? All of the best things happen there! Why not snorkel, or skydive? Maybe you could simply Aim to meet people and make friends, if you’re a bit of an introvert. Each person’s comfort zone is personal to them. If you find ways to get out of yours, you’ll grow as a person and feel like you got a lot more out of this vacation.

Hopefully, you loved these tricks and they help you to have the best vacation imaginable. Enjoy!

Preparing For The Post-Holiday Blues

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Montreal, Greece, Italy, Mexico City or Timbuktu – it doesn’t matter where you travel to, giving it your wanderlust cravings is one of the most magical things anyone can do. It’s the chance to escape life for a week or two, soak up some real rays, forget about your work emails and immerse yourself in a culture so different from the one you know you’ll never want to go back.

But at some point, you’re going to have to, and that’s when the post-holiday blues will settle in. This is the worst. You’re meant to feel fifty shades of relaxed when you return from a vacation, but the post-holiday blues don’t obey this rule, making it hard to maintain that sunny disposition you seemed to be radiating while exploring the northern hills of Tuscany or wherever.

So, without further ado, here are some top tips for keeping the good vibes going well after you return from that most dreamy of vacations:

  1. Clean Up Before Departure

You don’t have to go overboard, but nothing is going to drag you into a blue mood more than getting back to a house that’s a mess. Coffee cups littering the living room, laundry basket overflowing, dishes stacked to the ceiling – that sort of thing. To avoid this and get that refreshing “ahhh, I’m back home” feeling, have a quick runaround before you leave.

  1. Best Bed Possible

If there is one thing you’ll miss more than anything when away, it’s your own bed. It’s having a duvet that can be snuggled up in, a marshmallow to sleep on and all your usual familiarities. Unless, of course, your bedroom doesn’t tick these boxes, in which case you need to invest  in a new mattress, something this link can help with big time: www.mattress-guides.net/purple-mattress-review-complaints/. Trust us, when you get back from a long, tiring journey home, all you’ll want to do is climb into bed and watch Netflix. It’s a sort of decompression chamber. So make it the best mattress possible.

  1. Start Planning The Next One

While we all think the best part of a vacation is the vacation itself, studies have shown the moments leading up to your vacation could be the happiest. Yup. Just planning a trip can lead to increased feelings of happiness, which is why you should start planning your next adventure the moment you touch down. Having another escape planned won’t just make real-life easier, it will give you something to get excited about too.

  1. Feed Your Memories

As you probably know, food and memory are linked in some inexplicable way, sort of like E.T. and Elliott. So, in the same way there are foods that can take you back to your childhood, get in the kitchen and start making the meals that will remind you of your holiday. What an experience it would be to whip up your favorite meal from your last vacation and make a night of it. Or, if you want to go five steps further, check out local cooking classes and start perfecting this cuisine. Make pasta like you had in Rome and ramen like you had in Japan. It will make home a lot easier to handle.

What Not To Do To Your Fixer Upper

If you’ve recently purchased a new house and it has been given the euphemism title that is ‘fixer-upper’ it may be a little dated at best or in need of complete structural renovation at worst. In any case, once you are done waving your design wand, you will have the perfect humble abode. Many people choose to purchase a house that needs work doing to it to get a foothold on the housing ladder and to try and outperform the market by adding value. Purchase the worst house on the best street, and you could be in the money. Take a look at what not to do when renovating your fixer-upper to make sure the home of your dreams doesn’t quickly become the stuff of nightmares.

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Planning Permissions

If you are structurally altering the property you have bought, adding extensions or doing conversions, it is vital that you seek planning permission. While rare, there are horror stories in the press of people choosing to change their garage into an extra living room or adding a two hundred square foot rear extension and then being forced to pull it down because they didn’t seek planning permission. Yes, the process can be long winded and frustrating, but it’s vital that you get the go-ahead from the relevant authorities. If you don’t, you risk losing money and being unable to sell your home in the future.

Decorating

Ensure that you don’t paint the freshly plastered walls of your new dwelling a crisp white hue before you’ve got your large items of furniture in the rooms. There’s nothing worse than seeing scuffs and scrapes on an otherwise pristine new wall. Find the best local Shiply courier quotes to deliver your sofas, kitchen units, and bathroom suite before you begin decorating. Using a comparison site is ideal as it saves you trawling the net for hours on end trying to find the best deal. Put everything in the centre of the room, cover it with a dust sheet and only then whip out your paintbrush.

Prioritise

While choosing the furnishings for your living room and selecting the gadgets for your kitchen are the most exciting part of renovating, it’s vital that you get the important stuff done first. Ensure that all of your utilities are connected and that you have broadband capabilities. Without these simple necessities, it can be difficult for your house to function as a home. Some fixer-uppers haven’t been lived in for decades so will require utilities being turned back on, new pipework to be laid and new phone lines to be installed. You must factor this into your budget as engineer labour costs are not cheap.

Purchasing a fixer-upper could be the best decision you ever make. Indeed, some people make a career of renovating the worst dwellings they can find to flip and turn a quick profit. Ensure that you buy at the right price, set yourself a realistic budget and enjoy turning a once dilapidated building into your dream home.

Save Your Skin: 15 Ways To Make Your Skin Healthier

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We all want perfect skin, but what does it actually take to keep our complexion looking youthful forever? Giving up bad habits and embracing new healthy rituals could help to keep your skin looking beautiful long into old age. Here are just fifteen ways to improve your skin’s health.

Moisturise

Moisturising is one of the most effective ways to ward of wrinkles. As we get older, our skin loses its ability to produce its natural oil called sebum. This causes the skin to become dry, leading to wrinkling. Moisturizer helps to substitute these oils in our skin. By starting to moisturise whilst you’re young, you can prolong wrinkles even more so. There are lots of different moisturisers out there suited to different skin types – this guide at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk can help you to find the best one for your complexion.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin making your skin appear smoother. You can exfoliate by either running an exfoliation brush over the surface of your skin or by using a special scrub substance. When it comes to latter option, you should make sure to look for scrubbing substance suited to your skin – there are scrubs for dry skin and scrub for spots and blackheads. You’re best exfoliating in the shower or over the sink when your skin is already wet. Unlike many other methods in this list, exfoliation gives you instant results making your skin feel beautifully smooth – you won’t be able to stop stroking your cheeks!

Stay hydrated

Drinking lots of water can improve the health of all your organs and this includes the skin. It helps to improve the flow of nutrients to our skin whilst flushing out toxins, keeping our skin looking radiant whilst helping to repair damage more quickly. Ideally, we should all be drinking 8 glasses of water a day – this helps all our organs to work at their optimum condition.

Protect yourself in the sun

Some sun exposure can be healthy for our skin – it’s from the sun that we get most of our vitamin D which helps our skin’s immune system. However, too much sun exposure can cause sunburn, which can accelerate the wrinkling process. Sunburn can also lead to more serious skin conditions such as skin cancer. When outdoors in the sun, you should always wear sunscreen or cover up to avoid getting burnt – it may take you longer to get a tan, but it will be a healthier tan. Sunscreen comes in various different factors, but usually anything less than factor 20 is ineffective. Like moisturisers, here are sunscreens out there for different skin types – this guide at https://www.glamour.com/ offers some useful information on sunscreens, which could help you to find the best product for you.

Avoid squinting

Heard of ‘crow’s feet’ before? These are wrinkles that appear around the corners of the eyes and they’re primarily caused by squinting too much. We’re most likely to squint when there’s too much or too little light entering the eyes. For example, intense sunlight often causes us to squint, which is where sunglasses come in use – these accessories won’t just make you look cool temporarily, they’ll protect your looks long into the future. Meanwhile, you should also avoid reading in a dimly lit room as this can also cause us to squint. If you need corrective vision, you should also make sure that you’re always wearing the right prescription glasses or contact lenses as this will limit squinting.

Stop smoking

It should come as no surprise that smoking is also bad for the skin. In fact, smoking has a number of negative effects on the skin. It can make our skin appear pale by restricting blood flow to the skin. It can also cause many facial wrinkles including wrinkles around the lips, wrinkles on the forehead and bags under the eyes all as a result of the heat and smoke. Quitting smoking could help to save your complexion. The likes of vaping is much better for your skin – you can buy vaping products from sites such as https://www.vapeshop.co.uk/. Chewing gum, wearing patches and hypnosis are a few other measures that could help you to quit.

Go easy on the booze

Unfortunately, alcohol is no good for your skin either. Not only does alcohol dehydrate your body, it can also damage your immune system and ability to rebuild cells all leading to pallid and aged skin. It’s also an insulin booster, which can lead to inflammation and a puffy appearance. All in all, it’s no wonder none of us look good when we’ve got a hangover. Reduce your alcohol intake and you could see a huge improvement in your skin quality.

Cut down on sugary snacks

Those with a sweet tooth may also be disappointed to discover that sugar is also bad for the skin. Sugar spikes our insulin levels, which leads to inflammation. This can make conditions like acne and eczema much worse. Soft drinks are the biggest culprit as they often contain more sugar than even the sweetest snacks (a can of coke contains 39 grams of sugar which is the equivalent of 9 teaspoons). Sticking to only a couple soft drinks a day and drinking more water could have a significant effect on your skin. You could also try drinking sugar-free soft drinks instead – this guide at https://www.coca-cola.co.uk offers a list of low-sugar and no-sugar alternatives to popular soft drinks.

Eat more leafy greens

When it comes to foods that are healthy for our skin, leafy greens come up top. The likes of spinach, lettuce and broccoli are all rich in nutrients that can help to flush out toxins from our skin and repair damage. Start eating more salads and you could start to see a glow returning to your skin. You can also experiment with smoothies and soups as a way if integrating these greens in a more exciting way.

Get your fix of omega-3

Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the most important nutrients for your skin, helping to absorb and retain water and ward off wrinkles. You can find these nutrients in all kinds of foods – the most plentiful source being fish. If you’re not a fan of fish, you can also get your fix of omega-3 in walnuts and flaxseeds. You can also take omega-3 in the form of supplements such as cod liver oil – these are so popular that you’re likely to find them in your local supermarket.

Drink green tea

Green tea is also great for the skin. It contains catechins, which have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to combat spots and rashes. These catechins are also able to slow down aging, preventing wrinkles. Green tea has many other health benefits such as protecting the heart, brain and bones – it’s often heralded as a superdrink.

Stay active

Being physically active is also good for the skin. When we exercise, the blood flows faster helping oxygen and nutrients to reach the surface of the skin. This can help to keep your skin glowing. There are also other advantages to exercise that can affect the skin. The risk of getting cellulite and varicose veins can be reduced by exercising.

Take care with makeup

Most makeup causes no damage to skin – whilst some people can get allergies, there are now many hypoallergenic makeup which can prevent rashes. Those with oily skin however may want to be careful of wearing makeup too often. Makeup can block up pores in the skin leading to spots and acne. It’s best to not wear makeup every day and to always take it off before you go to bed.

Take time to destress

Stress can also take its toll on your skin. When we are stressed our body releases a hormone called cortisol, which makes our skin more reactive to inflammation. This could lead to outbreaks of acne or rashes. It’s not always possible to remove the triggers in our life causing stress, however you may be able to find ways of destressing, helping you to lower your cortisol levels. Some of the best ways to destress include meditation, exercise and taking a hot bath.

Get your beauty sleep

Your skin could also be suffering if you’re not getting enough sleep. Not only does a lack of sleep  cause stress, but it also limits the time our body has to heal. When we’re tired, we’re also more prone to getting puffy eyes, which can develop into permanent wrinkles if you’re persistently tired. Getting a good night’s sleep could help to make your skin look more rejuvenated by preventing this puffiness, helping your skin heal and making you feel less stressed.

Visiting Montreal For The First Time?

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If you are planning on visiting Canada, Montreal is certainly a city that is worth exploring. There is so much to see and do in the area, from an architectural, historical, cultural, and culinary point of view. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things that you must do if you are visiting Montreal for the first time…

Head to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – You should definitely try and incorporate an exhibit into your holiday to Montreal. This is a museum that welcomes works from some of the best names in the world of art, including Gaultier, Warhol, Rodin, and Chihuly. You will most certainly get your money’s worth!

Browse the Mile End boutiques – If you intend to shop until you drop while you are on holiday, this is definitely a good spot. Some of the best spots for Womenswear include Annex Vintage, Unicorn, and Vestibule.

Visit Basilique Notre-Dame – This is one of the most incredible religious buildings you will ever come across. Basilique Notre-Dame features a strikingly beautiful chapel at the back, and one of the most ornate gothic facades the world has to offer.

Go on a food tour – If there is one thing that Montreal is, it is a foodie city. The food on offer may be of the greasy variety, but who doesn’t love a bit of indulgence while on holiday? Make sure you get some poutine while in Canada. This is a traditional dish that consists of French fries and cheese curds, which is finished off with a good helping of gravy. It may appear like cheesy chips that have been run over, but it’s so much better!

Go up the Mont-Royal – This is free of charge, and it is probably one of the best ways to begin your journey in Montreal. You can see amazing views of the mountains over on the south bank, as well as views of downtown Montreal. If you can, try to get up early and watch the sun rise from this point; it is a magical sight.

Choose your accommodation with care – Last but not least, once you have determined what you want to do in Montreal, you will the be able to determine the best accommodation for you based on location. A lot of people like to stay in a hotel close to the airport for part of their stay, like Courtyard Montreal Airport, and then move onto a more central accommodation option. Either way, get on Google Maps and check out the proximity of your hotel to all of the places you wish to visit.

As you can see, there is a lot to see and do in Montreal, so make sure you plan your trip in advance so that you don’t miss out on any of the amazing attractions. Have a great time!

The Secrets of Better Dental Health

When it comes to your oral health, you should be doing everything that you can to ensure that your teeth stay at their best and brightest. Of course, everyone knows the basics of dental care like brushing twice a day, flossing, avoiding sugary snacks etc, but there are plenty of other things that you need to know as well.

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For bigger changes and treatments, you may well want to go to the professionals like digital smile makeover. However, if you are looking for a few things that you can do by yourself, these are what we will be taking a closer look at in this article.

Angle the Brush Correctly

First and foremost, when you are brushing your teeth, you need to ensure that the bristles are angled correctly. You should be aiming to get the head of the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line when you are cleaning both the inside and outside surfaces of your teeth.

Don’t Forget About Your Tongue

To make sure that you are really tackling any plaque and bacteria that has gathered on, around or under your tongue, you should be cleaning it on a daily basis. You can either use a toothbrush or a specialised tongue cleaner to do this. Some toothbrushes even come with a tongue cleaner on the opposite side to the bristles. The other advantage of cleaning your tongue on a daily basis is that it will help you to prevent bad breath.

Wear a Mouthguard for Physical Activity

While sports are good for your body, they do present potential hazards to your mouth. If you want to take extra care of your teeth, it may be worth investing in a mouth guard yourself – particularly if you are planning on engaging in any ‘rougher’ physical activities. Even if it is not a team sport, there is always a chance you could trip into something and damage your mouth.

Don’t Use Mouthwash Straight After Brushing

Hopefully, you are already using toothpaste which contains fluoride. But if you are using mouthwash right after you brush, it may not have had the chance to take full effect. So, you should aim to wait at least 15 minutes after you have brushed so that you have given the fluoride a chance to work its magic.

Chew More

After eating or drinking (particularly sugary food), you could chew sugar-free gum to help protect your teeth and gums. An alternative solution is to finish off your meal with a cube of cheese which plays a part in reducing the effects of acid on your teeth.

Get Out in the Sun

You may not have automatically thought of stepping outside into the sunlight as a way to improve your oral health, but the vitamin D that you receive from the sun helps to keep both your teeth and your gums strong and healthy.

Seal Off Your Back Teeth

The back teeth are isten prone to problems as they are harder to reach and so you often don’t brush them as well as you can. To help protect them, you could apply a thin protective coating known as a sealant which is designed to prevent both decay and cavities. Taking an extra precaution like this can make all the difference in the long run.

Avoid Bad Habits

There are plenty of bad habits which can have a detrimental effect on your dental health. For example, excessive nail biting can end up causing hard to both your teeth and your gums. Similarly, grinding or clenching your teeth is something which you should get out of. The last thing that you want is to have an improper bite or crooked teeth. While brushing on a regular basis is important, you don’t want to brush too hard as this can wear away the protective enamel on your teeth. Avoid putting your teeth through any trials that you don’t really need to. If you are the kind of person who crunches on ice whenever you have a drink or use your teeth as a bottle opener, these are two habits which you really need to get out of. Finally, people tend to eat a huge amount more sugar than they need on a daily basis, so if you can cut out some drinks or snacks from your life, your mouth will thank you for it.

So, there you have just a few of the things that you can do (beyond the obvious) to improve your dental health.