Most Unique Places to Get Married At

Destination weddings have become increasingly popular over the years and they’re a great option for all couples who wish to experience something new and perhaps even combine their honeymoon and their big day into one magnificent event. If you’re feeling adventurous and are in urgent need of some inspiration, then perhaps these breathtaking places will help you decide on the best location for your big day.

Up in The Air

This wedding idea is certainly not for the faint hearted. Couples who wish to experience their special day on the fly can now say their vows in mid-air. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, couples are granted an opportunity to tie the knot in a hot air balloon at the International Balloon Fiesta. Not only will you have the chance to see the world from the bird’s-eye view, but hundreds of other colourful balloons flying around you will make your day simply astonishing. The best thing is that there are balloons that can accommodate up to 12 people, so your closest friends and family members can spend this special day with you.

Conserve Your Love

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For those willing to experience the enchanting appeal of Mother Nature, surrounding themselves with species of extraordinary plants and colourful flowers, the best choice is to choose a conservatorium as your wedding venue. The high glass ceiling, stunning water features and alluring scents will create a magical setting for your wedding reception. The United States has a great number of botanical gardens that can serve as wedding venues, such as the Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, but these spaces are available all around the globe, so it’s a good idea to check with some local greenhouses.

Caved In

The sound of waves breaking onto the shore, the smell of the sea and the gloomy visual of the surrounding stalactites should be enough to persuade you to create an unusual cave wedding. The archaic setting on the seaside cliffs and the magnificent view of the open sea, gives this location a truly surreal touch. Such Bridal Caves exist in Missouri, but if you’re craving that Mediterranean ambience, you can always choose a seaside cliff wedding venue in Southern Italy.

A Grain of Sand

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Can you imagine a faraway land without a soul in sight? A place where the days are permeated with endless sunshine, the night sky is filled with dazzling stars and all you can hear is the winds howling through the golden sand. Yes, a place such as that exists and gives willing couples an opportunity to experience the true splendour of the Sahara Desert. In the midst of the sparkling sand dunes, there is a luxurious desert camp, enriched by the Moroccan allure, with nothing else in sight but a few camels passing by. A truly mystical setting for all those couples wishing to dive into the enchanting world of the Middle East.

For more urban, and yet far enough lands, look for a wedding venue in Sydney. Nothing strikes the right cord as the beach wedding “down under” does.

Medieval Fantasy

If you have finally found your prince charming, that means that all you need is a delightful castle to organize a perfect medieval wedding. Not everybody has the chance to realize their dreams and if you want a true princess bride wedding day, then you deserve a castle wedding venue. Depending on your desires, you can find a castle fit for a king and queen in New

York City, Honolulu or even in Sicily.

In the last couple of years, many couples have decided to ditch the classic wedding norm and do something out of the ordinary. After all, this special day should be a representation of you two, your love and your whole relationship. This is exactly why it’s important to create an unforgettable wedding day, something memorable that is going to last a lifetime. These ideas can certainly help you find a perfect place to celebrate your love.

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Facing Acne

Nearly 50% of Millennials Suffer From This Condition

Acne Scarring.  If you haven’t been an acne sufferer, this will probably seem like just another article on what’s often disregarded as a teenager’s petty pimple problem. Many who haven’t been plagued with the condition think: “It’s not serious; there’s just a few zits and scars.  Get over it.”

Dermatologists, psychologists and acne sufferers, including an increasing number of adult Millennials, have a very different view. Both scientific evidence and personal experience, demonstrate acne and its scarring can have a profound and lasting impact on an individual.

Acne, Prevention & Scarring

Because of the serious impact acne and its scars can have (more on that below), it’s important to understand some basics and gather a few resources for future use.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne is, a “chronic inflammatory skin condition, is characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms.” It can develop at any age.

As for prevention, both the AAD and the Mayo Clinic provide great acne prevention recommendations. Those include guidelines such as cleansing daily; using noncomedogenic, non-acnegenic and oil-free cosmetics; and applying over-the-counter (OTC) acne cream or gel to help dry excess oil.

Effective OTC treatments do exist, especially for minor to moderate acne, (not typically for deep cysts and nodules). But does Proactive really work? Studies and reviews show that high cost equals high quality. So when OTCs fail to work or acne and its scars are interfering with your life, it’s time for professional advice.  Acne is a medical condition, so consult with a dermatologist. Early intervention is the best way to stop acne and prevent scarring.

Scarring occurs when acne lesions damage the structure of the second layer of your skin, the dermis.  If you avoid poking and prodding pimples, that will help to prevent scarring and infection of acne lesions.

Just as there are many types of acne, there are many types of scars. Scars are often permanent with discoloration impacted by sun exposure and appearance heightened by aging skin.  According to a dermatological research paper in the National Center for Biotechnology Information library, doctors often treat scars based on their classifications. This resource is informative, even if a bit technical, and available to the public.

The Impact of Acne & Scarring

Facial appearance represents an important part of a person’s perception of his or her self-image and can seriously impact self-esteem. Unlike the back, the face is typically uncovered, and is the locus of most human interactions. In the era of selfies and FaceTime, this is true perhaps now even more than ever.

In Psychology Today, Ted Grossbart Ph.D., records his research about and clinical experience with individuals who have chronic skin disorders like acne.  In his article, The Emotional Impact of Skin Problems, he says: “Just as signals of psychological and emotional stress can lead to skin disorders, skin disorders often lead to psychological distress.”

In addition to psychosocial impact acne and its scars have on sufferers, the financial costs associated with treatment are high, exceeding $3 billion annually.

Solutions for Scar Sufferers

The good news? A growing number of highly effective treatments for all types of scarring appear or are perfected every year. Thus, dermatologists can deploy these to help alter not only a patient’s appearance, but also to positively shape the way a person feels about him or herself and the lives they lead.

Treatments to reduce the appearance of scars, such as products including topical retinoids and silicon gels, have proven efficacious. Depending on the type of scarring, dermatologic surgeons also have other techniques at their disposal.

Some popular and effective options recommended by the American Academy of Dermatological Surgeons include: chemical peels, dermabrasion, derm fillers, laser/light therapy, laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, and non-ablative laser rejuvenation.

Even after a person’s physical scars are gone, psychological ones can remain. It’s the psychological scars that Grossbart and other psychologists and counselors treat in their clinical practices.
Scores of acne sufferers are helped every year by the combined efforts of psychologists and dermatologists. So reach out, if you’re in need. You’ll find the assistance you’re looking for.

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17 Surprising Facts About Weddings

Weddings are a fascinating social phenomenon. And like the people involved in them, they’re diverse. Here are some surprising, funny and downright ridiculous facts about weddings.

1. If you know anything about weddings, you’ll know that it’s traditional to throw rice at the newly married couple. But, what if you grew up in Czechoslovakia. Here they don’t throw rice at the newlyweds; they throw peas.

2. In Greece, soon-to-be-wedded wives stow cubes of sugar under their dresses. This is so that they can “sweeten” the resulting marriage.

3. Have you ever wondered if there’s a way of finding out whether you should marry somebody without getting to know them first? Well, the Romans thought there was. Romans studied pig entrails to work out whether a couple was suited.

4. The most expensive wedding ever cost a grand total of $44 million or about £35 million. The wedding was between Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Princess Salama in Dubai.

5. Some wives have found their future husbands wearing their wedding dresses, locked in an embrace with their best man.

6. The average spend on wedding invitations, like pocketfold wedding invites, is more than £400.

7. You might think that weddings today are superstitious affairs. But back in ancient times, things were a lot worse. Both the Greeks and the Romans believed that the bridal veil protected brides against evil spirits. And that tradition continued down the generations. We have that tradition today because Romans brought their weddings with them when they conquered England.

8. Ever since Queen Victoria married Albert, it’s been the fashion for brides to wear white in the West. But Westerners weren’t the first to decide that wearing white was best. No – that title goes to the Japanese, who have been wearing white at weddings for centuries.

9. The James Bond films first popularised the idea that diamonds are forever. And even before, then diamonds have been seen as a symbol of marital permanence. But diamonds are not the only precious stone linked to marriage. According to experts, aquamarine is also associated with marriage. It’s meant to symbolise harmony and ensure that the marriage is long and prosperous.

10. China is the most populous country on the planet, even with the one-child policy. But do you have any idea of how many marriages happen there every day? The number is a staggering 26,000. That means that every month over 800,000 couples tie the knot.

11. Wedding dresses have always been a big part of every wedding, figuratively speaking. But one German bride made her dress a big part of the wedding in the literal sense too. The dress was 515 feet long. That sparked a trend that caught on globally. Just last year a new record was set in the Chinese province of Xiamen, Fujian. The dress measured over 8600 feet long – or more than a mile.

12. Have you ever wondered where the stag do originated? I’m sure you’ll be surprised to find out that its origins are actually to be found in the ancient world. It’s believed that Spartan soldiers first instituted the tradition in ancient Greece. The idea was to have a wild party to say goodbye to single life. Little has changed.

13. Today it’s easy for other people to work out whether the couple-to-be are siblings. But in the past, it wasn’t: and it was a big problem. The reading of the banns was a tradition designed to solve this. It was a Catholic invention, and the idea was to make sure that the bride and groom weren’t somehow related.

14. The month of June has always been a favorite month for weddings. But have you ever wondered why? Well, it’s because Juno was the Roman goddess of childbirth and marriage. Getting married in June is supposed to be good luck.

15. You may have heard about people marrying their cars and their boats. But where did the tradition of marrying inanimate objects come from? One of the first instances of this sort of thing occurred back in 1976. A secretary from Los Angeles decided that she had had enough of looking for a man to marry. So instead she decided to marry a four-stone rock. The two were wedded in front of about two-dozen witnesses.

16. We’ve all heard about best men who are best men at multiple weddings. But have you ever wondered what the most times any individual man has been a best man? It’s 1,000 times, and it’s a record held by a rather popular Malaysian.

17. According to English folklore, Saturday is the most unlucky day to get hitched.

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How to own your wedding without breaking the bank

With the rise of online sharing and visual documentation comes huge pressure to be the best and look the best. There are certain events that certainly feel the raff of these changes, weddings are one of them. Making your wedding day look like a page on Pinterest is increasingly difficult and expensive. Like a lot of things in life, with great expectation and planning comes huge expense. Weddings are certainly no exception. As our tastes become more advanced our budgets certainly feel the weight of our imaginations. For this reason, I’d like to share some top tips to help you save the pennies. Here’s how you can create your dream day without breaking the bank and feeding your beloved guests sausage rolls, as lovely as they are, it won’t look good on Instagram.

Your day is about one thing and one thing only, you and your loved one making a beautiful commitment. When wrapped up in the excitement of it all it’s important you have somebody documenting the day for you. Wedding photographers are a perfect way of making sure you have a keepsake that will remind you of the special moments. However, they come at a cost. Look for photographers starting out in the industry. This does not mean you are going to lose quality, arrange to see their body of previous work in detail and of course outline your needs for the day. Another top tip and a great way to bring an element of fun and participation to the day is by placing disposable cameras on the tables for your guests to use at their own free will. This encourages your guest to get on their feet and be involved. Not to mention how great the disposable images will look placed in a frame and added to your new home. The photos are sure to capture the fun filled aspect of your wedding.

With regards to music, I’d like to think we are behind the days of your typical ‘wedding DJ’ assuming we are all huge ‘Take That’ fans and love nothing more than Robbie Williams on repeat. That’s not to say that we didn’t love it at the time but tastes are shifting and we are ready for something more alternative. Perhaps you are lucky enough to have a friend who plays in what happens to be a great live band. Question if discounted ‘mate rates’ would be an option, maybe you have something you could repay the favour with at a later date. Better yet, invest time into making your own playlist. Buy a docking station and suitable speakers that are sure to get people on their feet. Indeed, making a playlist that will last the entire evening of your wedding may seem like a daunting task but there’s nothing like asking for a little help from your friends. Combine your own and your partner’s favourite jams and additionally include the top picks form your guests, this way you’re sure to have tracks to suit everyone’s party needs.

There is however, no party without a venue. Finding affordable wedding venues can be like finding a needle in a hay stack. Ways to try and scrimp back the pennies when booking your venue is to consider marrying on a day that isn’t a Saturday. Yes, we all want to get married on the weekend, it makes life easier for our guests and means nobody has to take time off work. Give your loved ones enough notice and I really don’t see how this will cause an issue. Fridays are a great choice, not many people will argue about having to take a long weekend off. Open your venue search to areas, stretching out further than the city. Barns are fast becoming a popular choice, granted they too can still be pricey but generally they have already been done up with all the swanky fittings. Using your skills and anyone else you can convince to help, get creative designing your own venue decorations. I’ve learnt there is nothing a bulk pack of fairy lights can’t solve.

Finally, every bride wants to look their best on their big day. Another area you can certainly cut back on is hair and make-up. Don’t panic, I’m not suggesting you scrap this all together. I do understand it’s just as important as the dress, I certainly would not be seen without it on my wedding day. I would however grab a friend and together teach ourselves the tricks of the trade. Especially when it comes to make up, the internet is jammed video tutorials telling us what new expensive make up to buy next and how of course we should be applying it. Invest time learning the ropes and you and your friend can make use of your new skill come the big day. You are of course free to do as many try outs as you so wish.

It’s important you don’t get too bogged down with the financial side of planning your wedding. Sure, it’s important and requires thought. But know that you can still achieve a beautiful day without having to spend your entire life savings. Know that so long as you encompass what makes you and your husband or wife to be so special, both you and your guests will be happy. Not to mention the bank balance. Happy wedding planning!

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Practicing Yoga in the Shed of Nature

There is no better way to unwind after a stressful day and let go of all your troubles than practice yoga. This kind of exercise is bound to help your body and mind. It will help you get rid of back pain gained after slouching behind the keyboard in your office and your posture will improve in no time. You will easily build muscle strength and improve overall flexibility. For those of you who do not know how to tackle the matter of high blood pressure – this is the best kind of exercise to embark on, as it drops blood pressure. And the best of all, yoga will increase your happiness levels!

With the World Laughter Day coming soon on 1st May what you can do to celebrate it in the best possible way is to practice yoga to boost your mood and enjoy yourself. However, what matters when doing this kind of exercise is the environment. You need to create a pleasant atmosphere around you to stimulate the unwinding process. And there is no better place to do it than in nature. There are just a couple of things you need to do to make it fit for practicing yoga, and you are ready to start.

Here comes the natural sun

Being exposed to the sun is vital for your skin. The sun will create a lot of Vitamin D that your body is desperately craving for. In order to help your body get the much needed Vitamin and relieve it from anxiety, think about a sun-soaked fields where you could make your yoga spot.

Connect with the nature

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Make sure you have a lot of greenery around you when you do yoga. Green environments reduce stress and they soothe your eyes, so be sure to position yourself in an open grass space as you practice and soak in the sun. If you would like to learn more about the perfect environment conditions and ways how to improve your yoga skills you should think about obtaining a yoga certification. You will learn how to practice yoga perfectly and how to create the perfect environment for doing so!

Water water everywhere

To feel the connection with the nature you can try yoga by the water. Think about a perfect yoga sanctuary by a local lake or a river where you can practice your Asanas in peace and harmony. The sound of water will create the real feel and you can enjoy practicing your yoga class in utterly. If you live near a beach you are lucky! Just place your yoga mat on the public beach, especially in the morning when there’s not so many people around and where you can look upon the sea and enjoy yourself!

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Practicing yoga is essential for your overall health. Not only will it improve your physical condition, but it will help you become free of anxiety. In order to get the most out of it, you should create a perfect yoga sanctuary in local wood, park or by the water.. Pay attention to the spot in it where there is enough sunlight and a lot of greenery. With a touch of water you will soon drift off to a place where you will gain your inner peace in a matter of seconds. May this become everyday routine, but do not let it become mundane. Always strive for more, learn how to be a professional at this and reach new levels of yoga everyday.

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Taking Care of Someone: Some Useful Tips

Being tasked with taking care of another human being is surely one of the most daunting things that can happen to someone. While we don’t want to make it out to be some horror story, it can be an extremely difficult and frightening task. In fact, many people live in fear of having to do it some day. It can stem from a fear of the ageing of your parents. After all, as the next of kin, you’re going to have to decide what to do with an elderly parent. There’s also the fear that something could happen to your partner that would necessitate full-time care.

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This may sound like pretty selfish thinking. The focus is being put on you as opposed to the well-being of the other person. But that’s because we’re only thinking hypothetically. If something does actually happen that requires you to care for someone else, it will be completely different. Indeed, it will be very different to what you’ve imagined on many levels. Some of it will be more difficult than you had originally thought. Some of it won’t be anywhere near as terrible as you thought it would be.

But as this article will display, a little bit of selfish thinking can work to everyone’s benefit. That is if you’re combining it with positive thinking and selflessness. You’ll see what I mean as we go along.

Living with someone suffering from mental illness

While we often think about the physically disabled, we rarely take much time to consider those living with mental illness. While the stigma is slowly making its way out, there’s still a very “behind closed doors” aspect to mental illness. It’s certainly the most abstract and most difficult to understand. It’s much easier to see yourself caring for someone who is clearly unable to do certain things for themselves. But having to be an emotional support to someone who may be unable to deal with their own emotions? It’s harder to imagine.

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The first step is understanding the types of mental illness that could cause these problems. Mental illnesses can cause severe problems with mood, thinking, and general behaviour. It’s not something someone can go through with the power of their own mind. Many make the mistake of thinking someone suffering from a mental illness can simply “get over it”. This is especially true in the cases of anxiety and depression. This mindset can also negatively affect the carer: after all, if someone can just “get over it”, then why aren’t you able to help them do so?

There are many types of mental illness. Anxiety disorders and mood disorders are more common than you may think. It’s not just a case of “the occasional blues”. They can manifest themselves physically and render someone unable to handle many everyday tasks. Interacting with others or leaving the house can become extremely difficult and stressful. There are also psychotic disorders, which alter someone’s thinking and awareness. Schizophrenia is an example of a psychotic problem. Hallucinations and delusions are features of these disorders.

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You need to help the person develop and follow routines in their daily life. These are often the first things to suffer when someone has a mental illness. While it may seem like a small thing, keeping some sort of routine is going to help tremendously. A first step here is to try creating regular times for going to bed and getting up in the morning. These tasks can be particularly difficult for that person, as sleeping troubles are also common here. Try to keep them active with energetic activities, even if that is just a daily walk. Make sure they take their prescribed medicines in order to help them deal with their problem. And if suicidal thoughts become a topic, don’t be afraid to talk to them about it. Getting professional assistance can be vital here. But make sure you don’t avoid talking frankly with your loved one about these thoughts. This will help prevent bottled-up emotions. As I’m sure you know from personal experience, bottling up emotions is rarely a good thing.

Looking after the elderly

Many of us spend a lot of time worrying about when our elderly loved one will need help, as opposed to if. It’s important to look out for the signs that someone may need help soon. Increased forgetfulness, decrease in personal hygiene and injuries are the more obvious signs. But even these can be hidden by the person suffering from them.

Have observed behaviour that suggests that your elderly loved one needs to be taken care of? Then you need to discuss it with them directly. Discuss what you’ve observed and ask them for their opinion on what might be happening. If they acknowledge the problems, then don’t instantly make action plans for them. Ask them what they think would be the ideal solution.

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Many elderly people who acknowledge that they need some extra care would prefer to be at home, or at least at a family member’s home. The first thing you should do is make sure your house is suitable for their stay. As you surely know by now, the elderly have a much harder time moving around houses then you do. The ideal solution would be to make sure their room is located on the lower floor. The closest room to any downstairs bathroom facilities would be the best. But if rooming on the lower floor isn’t possible, you may want to look into getting a stairlift. Many other areas of the house will probably need to be modified in order to accommodate them. What about the front of the house? Are there stairs leading up to your front door? You could have these converted into a ramp. Even if your elderly loved one isn’t in a wheelchair, a well-built ramp will make it much easier to get up and down. You’ll also need to install anti-slip measures in your bathrooms and showers.

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The best thing you can do here is help your loved one keep busy. Don’t assume they’re going to be just fine sitting on the sofa and watching television. Use this time to interact with them more than you might have done in the past few years. To help yourself be prepared for elderly care, you can take an educational course on the subject. It’s important to know as much as possible in order to protect them properly if something goes wrong. And if it gets too much, you should remember that it’s possible to get help in quality assisted living. See HC-Care-Homes for more details.

Taking care of yourself

This is where the whole “little bit of selfish thinking” thing I mentioned earlier comes into play. The fact is that looking after someone else can be extremely trying for you. Having to take on all these extra responsibilities will increase your stress, which is going to have a lot of adverse health effects. Sleeplessness and irritability are common in these kinds of situations for the carer. You may often end up thinking you need someone to take care of you!

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Well, you do. That “someone”, however, probably has to be you. You need to make sure you’re taking time out in order to calm down and give yourself some breathing space. If there’s someone else who can help you look after the person, take advantage of this and consider a holiday. In fact, many care facilities offer “respite” services. You can leave your loved one in professional care for a few days while you focus on yourself. Discuss this with the person, but try to avoid making them feel like a burden. Be honest about the stress the situation is putting you under, but make sure they know that you love them. Make sure you still think you’re the best person to do this and that you’re going to back with them as soon as possible. Explain to them the importance of looking after yourself.

It’s important to keep as positive an outlook as possible during the entire process. This can take many forms. Usually, it will involve finding the “silver lining” amongst what seems like a “dark cloud” situation. Here’s an example of positive thinking in the case of a parent. If you’re taking care of an elderly parent, you can think of this as repayment for all the time they took care of you. This may seem like flawed reasoning to you, if you think about it. After all, you didn’t choose to be born, and they were legally obliged to look after you! While this is all true, you shouldn’t let it distract you from what is, ultimately, positive thinking.

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Ultimately, this is going to affect everyone positively. If you’re stressed, overworked and tired, then it’s going to negatively affect your ability to take care of this person properly. Your loved one needs a positive and comfortable environment. Help provide it to them by making sure you look after yourself. Get some sleep, meet up with friends – heck, even sit around and watch television if it helps!

You should also look into all your options for financial help. Taking care of someone with mental or physical disabilities can take a financial toll, but there is assistance available. See the NHS website for more details.

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World Laughter Day – Bondi Beach

If you are thinking of the most convenient ways how to spend 1st May this year, search no more – World Laughter Day is all you need! Book a flight to Sydney and enjoy the most positive day of the entire year which will boost your health too.

The best medicine

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and the best of all, this medicine is free of charge. It is contagious, once you hear somebody laugh you are bound to do it yourself and spread the positive energy all around you. People bond easily if they laugh a lot, so this will boost your socializing with others and help your mood as well. There is no better way to relax your muscles, as laughing really hard will make your muscles relaxed for as much as 45 minutes! It triggers the so much sought-after hormone called endorphin which is responsible for overall happiness.

Happiness for body and mind

So, what you should definitely do is plan on visiting the World Laughter Day event in Sydney at Bondi beach. Not only will you laugh a lot but you will be encouraged to do some light physical exercise that is good for your well-being and a positive state of mind. The experienced professionals will introduce you to laughter yoga which will make you completely stress-free. Yoga has numerous benefits for both your body and mind. You will get leaner muscles, become more flexible and you can forget about slouching behind the keyboard – yoga will improve your posture, too! If you have high blood pressure, there is no better thing to do than yoga which will drop your blood pressure. And the best thing is – it will make you happy!

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Cheers!

During this event there will be a session called “Drink, Laugh and Mingle”. Everyone is encouraged to bring a drink and share with others. You will be surrounded with a lot of happy people who will be willing to meet someone new and chat over a glass of wine. You will definitely need to be ready for mingling. If you come alone, do not be anxious, there will be lots of people to meet. And if you are thinking of inviting friends or family – great. The more the better! There is just one thing you need to do in advance. Search for the right drinks you will enjoy there. Before stopping at Bondi beach visit bottle shops in Sydney to pick some drinks which are top quality ones and are bound to make you happy. Cheers to that!

Enjoy the beach

There is no better place to spend a day laughing than at a beach as marvellous as Bondi beach. The picturesque sights will leave you breathless and the breeze will make you relax even more as you gaze into the water and drift away. You can plan on doing some fun activities once you get there or after the event. What you can do here is swimming, sunbathing, diving… Think about some team activities and include the beloved ones who will come with you. How about beach volleyball? Everybody will really enjoy and they will get a bit competitive and laugh a lot, and that is all that matters. You will create some unforgettable memories – that is for sure!

Laughter is all you need. Instead of leading a stressful lifestyle make a decision to choose 1st May as the day when you will get rid of all your problems and have the best time ever. Go to celebrate World laughter day with your friends or family and laugh a lot to make your body and mind satisfied. Grab a bottle of drink and let your laughter be contagious as well as the good vibes. And do it all at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Now, can it get any cooler than that?

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Priceless Skills to Have as an Entrepreneur

So you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a futurist and a visionary. To be successful in your quest you need to invest time to learn and hone the skills needed to enable you to excel in your start up business. Time is precious and one of the most valuable aspects of your journey. Use and abuse it and you’ll find yourself lagging behind in what is a very competitive market.

A question you must ask yourself before committing to anything is ‘do I have what it takes’? A simple question but one that holds great weight. Confidence in yourself is where your success will begin. Any doubt at this stage and you’ll be self-destructive going forward.

Hunger and courage

Too many people forget about the skills we hold within us, the more emotionally driven skills. These are just as important if not more so then say educational skills. If you’re the kind of person who lives to accomplish things and get things done, this is a great start. It’s so important you have the drive to achieve the goals you have set out for yourself. Have something to aim for and take pride when you can say ‘I achieved this and was part of something important.’

Being young and having so much you wish to achieve can often have knock on effects regarding self-confidence. This will get easier the more experience you gain. If you have the guts to brave making big decisions that’s enough to give you a chance in the running.

A Motivator

Some would say having the ability to motivate a group of people is a skill you are born with; you either have it or you don’t. I disagree with this statement. The more experience you have within a work and business environment the faster you understand what gets people moving. The most vital step you should take is to invest time into trying to understand other people’s ticks, knowing when there is a lull amongst colleges and using your role of authority to pick up a team’s spirits.

Attention to Detail

For people to take you seriously you must create a professional business persona. Meaning that in every form of communication be it face to face or email you are professional and approachable. Email communication is incredibly important, this requires you to be strict with regards to grammar and tone of voice. Knowing correct business English goes along when running your own business and communicating with clients. Spend some time looking for English courses in London and around the UK to better your communications and grammar.

Human Resources

HR is essential for any business; it is however very common for business owners to feel as if they are heading into unknown territory when considering HR. It certainly is a necessity for any fully functioning business, if your operations aren’t being looked after you’ll soon find yourself swimming in trouble. It’s always worth looking in hr training programs or a CIPD qualification to better your understanding of everything HR including; employment law, training, tax, employment eligibility. No matter how small your business employee well-being depends on HR.

Socialising

You may have heard people say that ‘you are who you hang around with’. Socialising and getting yourself known are both important factors towards your growth as a respected business man or woman. Of course the more people you meet the higher chance you’ll have of growing your client base at greater speed. It’s fundamental that you have people in your life who understandings the ups and downs of starting out as a small business.

See more top tips for all budding entrepreneurs here.

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4 Reasons Why You Need To Start Getting More Sleep Starting Today

We are all guilty of fighting going to sleep every now and then. You might want to stay up to watch the end of a TV series or want to go out dancing until the early hours. We all know that we should be getting eight hours minimum each night, but many of us still aren’t getting it. We then spend the majority of our days complaining about how tired we are and how we need rest. But even then, the urge to stay awake for longer persists. While there is nothing wrong with little sleep occasionally, not getting enough regularly can be severe. From your health to your looks, not sleeping enough can affect your life in more ways than one. Here are six compelling reasons that will show you just how important getting more sleep each night can be.

It can help you to lose weight

Whether it’s for health reasons or to boost your confidence, losing weight is something many of us strive to achieve. But did you know that getting more sleep each night can actually help you achieve this? Sufficient sleep promotes the development of a hormone called Leptin, which suppresses your appetite. This will stop you from experiencing the urge to gorge and overeat. You can also burn more calories by extending how long you sleep by just one or two hours. Whereas a lack of sleep can have the opposite effect which makes you feel hungry and encourages you to gain weight. So if you’re struggling to stick to your diet and can’t shift the pounds, your limited amount of sleep could be to blame. Sleeping will also give you the strength and energy you need to exercise each day, which will also be beneficial when you’re trying to lose weight. Get yourself to be a little earlier each night to help you create and maintain a fit and healthy body in no time.

It can make you look better

While we all know how good sleep is for our health, it also has some other advantages we should utilize. While you are asleep your body repairs and rejuvenates itself ready for the day ahead. This can give you a fresher appearance and lets you make the most of your looks. As well as getting rid of dark circles, it also reduces puffiness and redness around the eyes. It can also give you a glowing complexion, fewer wrinkles and makes you look happier. On top of that, it’s also been said to improve the effectiveness of your skincare products by increasing blood flow and skin repair. In addition to that, you will also find that you can create flawless finishes with your makeup far easier and with fewer products. It’s always obvious when someone looks well rested, and you’ll begin to notice changes to your appearance instantly. With some of the benefits of a good night’s sleep showing after one night. What more reason do you need to get more sleep than to make you look better. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing.

It can reduce your mood swings

If you often find that your emotions are continually all over the place, not getting enough sleep could be a cause. People who don’t get their right amount of sleep each night increase their chances of developing anxiety and depression. Any of these conditions can have serious effects on your wellbeing, relationships, and career. If they persist, they can also keep you awake at night, which in turn could make your condition worse. So it’s essential that we all develop positive sleeping habits now and reduce the risk of this happening. Mood swings are the most common effect of a lack of sleep with many feeling angry, frustrated and stressed. We have all experienced these emotions at some time or another. We are more susceptible to lash out and start arguments when we are feeling this way which could have detrimental effects on our lives. Making sure you have eight hours every night will boost your mood making you feel happier all round. The best way of doing this is by starting a sleep schedule where you wake up and go to sleep at the same time each day. This will naturally let your body know when you need to wake up and sleep. In little time, your mood and outlook will be more positive and happier as a result.

It can make you pain-free

Recent research has proven that getting sufficient sleep can improve a person’s pain sensitivity. Just two extra hours of sleep per night can ease the pain and discomfort of chronic back and joint issues. As well as other issues such as swollen ankles and severe wounds. This additional sleep helps to decrease inflammation caused by these health concerns. In comparison, a lack of sleep can increase this inflammation and therefore causing further pain. So it’s vital that you get plenty of it. To enhance this effect even further, you need to make sure you are sleeping on the right kind of mattress. Sleeping on a worn or incorrect mattress can exacerbate your back or joint pain. We all have different preferences when it comes to mattresses, so it is essential that you have one that suits. Some styles of mattress are credited with giving extra support to help ease your pain from a health issue or injury more effectively. There are many different styles to choose from, so you need to do your research. You could read a pocket sprung mattress guide online or try some mattresses in store to test the varying firmness levels and styles.

Now you can see how important sleeping is; you can start changing your habits for the better. It’s something we all take for granted, but it needs to be a priority. Nothing will make you look and feel as good as sleep can. So why not go to bed a little earlier tonight and see just how much better you feel come morning.

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