Ways To Change Your Entire Look In Under 30 Minutes

There comes a time for us all when we look in the mirror and wonder what on earth has happened! We seem to have lost our style, our look, and our sparkle. So it’s good to know there is a whole host of ways we can not only refresh our look but give ourselves a much-needed boost of confidence.

We all lead busy lives, so let’s give ourselves the challenge of a 30-minute makeover to change our entire look.

Let’s start at the top and give your hair a refresh. If you’re feeling bold, then try a new hair colour! Before you ring the hairdresser, explore the amazing range of home hair colours. They offer a quick, safe and fun range of shades that will condition and protect your hair. You will find some can even offer you highlights. Plus you can pick either permanent or semi-permanent. What’s not to love?

You may want to take the plunge and try a new hairdo. But in our 30-minute challenge, consider home kit hair extensions or even a wig! Yes, they have both undergone a huge revolution in styles, quality, and authenticity. They are a great way to change your look in a matter of minutes! Don’t play safe and stay with your own hair colour. Try a wig in a bright new colour; you might be pleasantly surprised! If you decide to stick with hair extensions, have a read of these hair extension tips.

If you want to give yourself a whole new sparkle then why don’t you consider coloured contact lenses? You will find the wide range available, and they’re exciting and fun. They are easy to wear and remove, and you will find the transformation stunning! They will complement your face and along with your new hair you are now well on the way to the new you!

So, now you have your new eyes, you can check out the multitude of makeup tutorials online. They will give you step by step guidance on contouring, new eye makeup or enhancing your neglected eyebrows! These tricks and techniques will truly help you make the most of your looks.

You can also change your entire look in less than 30 minutes with a little help from your friends. Choose a friend who dresses in a different style from you and do a clothes swap. If she is a dress girl but you always find yourself in jeans, then take the plunge! Borrow one of her outfits. Do you find yourself always wearing flats or trainers? Then try some heels or pretty sandals. Taking her shopping with you can be life changing if you allow her to choose the clothes you take into the changing room! It may take a bit longer than 30 minutes, but it could be so worth it!
You can now consider taking just one of these tips to help you change your look and boosting your confidence.

It is guaranteed that however you change your look, next time you glance in the mirror you will smile! You might just have a bit of fun, or you might find the new ideal you! Either way, you might as well have a go!

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How Successful Sportswomen Play a Big Role in Society

Thankfully, the role of women in sport is gradually increasing, from securing sponsorship deals, more televised events and the prize money they earn, women are getting closer to men, even if it’s still not at the level it should be. The increase in prominence and stature of women in sport has created some ideal role models for girls all over the world, where they can aspire to be like their idols and not just from a sporting perspective. Whether it’s diet, fashion or lifestyle choices there are many influential sportswomen who play a role in giving power to women over the world.

Possibly the most influential woman in sport is Serena Williams, the queen of tennis. She has won 21 single grand-slam titles, the third most in the history of the sport, yet even at 34 she looks set to add to that as she still is the woman to beat. She is seeking her latest grand slam at the French open and you can bet on it at Betway.com and follow her journey as she looks to continue to make history. However, Serena is more than just a tennis player. She has long championed for equal pay for women, something that does exist in tennis and as for sponsorships and being a star attraction, she certainly competes with the men on that front, she is a global superstar. Away from tennis entirely, she is also a role model for women, she inspires because of her strong personality and how she is proud and embraces her body for the way she is. Serena also owns her own fashion company which provides many great outfits that reflect her own sense of style which can be seen both with her on court attire and when she is pictured in public.

When it comes to women in the UK, Jessica Ennis-Hill is undoubtedly one of the most influential. Obviously, she is a tremendous athlete, which was displayed on that historic night at the London 2012 games where all her hard work and effort paid off. However, like Serena, she is more than just a sportswoman, she has had to deal with a senior figure at UK Athletics ridiculously branding her ‘fat’ which brought a public outrage. She has since had her first child and still returned to the track which makes her an inspiration to women all over the world who have children and still manage to carry on with their lives.

Whether they want to be or not, the like of Serena and Jessica Ennis-Hill are role models to women everywhere, they combine talent with hard work in a sporting environment that hasn’t always been favourable to women. On top of that, they show their personality in interviews, show off their own fashion sense and embrace everything about themselves. With women’s sport growing, from televised FIFA World Cup’s to the Olympics, the platform for more role models and more inspirational women to showcase themselves is finally getting bigger.

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4 Styling Tips That Can Make Tee & Jeans Super Chic



Everyone dresses in this combination. At least once in your life, you turned towards the famous tee & jeans combo to get you out of a sticky situation. After all, if celebs can pull it off, then there’s certainly no problem for you to do it. Although it’s a definite comfortable combination, you might be tempted to think that it’s a bit of a cop-out choice, which is a statement of despair.

Can you make a T-shirt and a pair of jeans look chic stylish? You can – and this is why we’re here. We’ll tell you how, with the right accessories, you’ll be able to look like you’ve come straight off the catwalk of a glamourous fashion show.

#1 Wear a colourful Scarf

Scarves are our faithful allies in case of a fashion emergency, as they are often the spice and pepper of an outfit that we’re trying to improve. Drape a patterned scarf around your neck, play around with the way you fold it, and you’ll undoubtedly elevate the chic-level of your whole attire.

Scarves go extremely well when paired with some nice western-looking boots and a pair of subtly coloured shades. You can avoid looking too much like a cowgirl (unless you’re willingly going for this style) by throwing in some retro accessories to balance it out, such as classy rings or a long-chained necklace with a small watch pendant.

#2 Go Bold with Colours

This is what you should be majorly aiming for here. Denim isn’t a particularly colourful material and it often fades into the outfit. If you benefit from a richly patterned T-shirt, then perhaps you don’t need to worry about making your apparel pop out more. But especially if it’s a classic “white tee, blue jeans” combination, then you need to channel all craziness, colours, and patterns into everything else.

Opt for a pair of sneakers embellished in spots that resemble a painted canvas or ones decorated with feminine floral patterns blended in with bubblegum pink and white. Clothe yourself in pastel – on the bag, on a nice hat with little gems embedded in it, or on a cute watch or pair of earrings.

#3 Decorate with Pearls

Yes, pearls. We live in a time of possibilities and, with the right eye, anyone can pull off even the most surreal of combinations. Pearls are always a pinch of elegance and refined style to any outfit. While it’s easy to match them to a little black dress or a ball gown, they can also add a stunning touch to a casual outfit.

Clip around your neck a classic bead of pearls or put your hair up in a messy bun and unveil a cute pair of fishhook slip-in freshwater pearl earrings. Whether it’s a necklace, a pair of earrings, a bracelet or a ring, they will suddenly make you feel like you’re strolling through Paris and about to be photographed for a big fashion publication.

#4 Rock out with Spikes and Leather

Fear not, for you can also make this outfit be incredibly sexy. One sure way to achieve that is by putting on a black leather jacket. No matter the time of the day or situation, the mystery and elegance of black combined with the boldness and sex-appeal of leather will cloak you in an air of sensuality and confidence.

You can further accessorise by trying to follow a desired style – for example, a minimalist glam rock appearance. Opt for a gold spiked necklace with black accents that will definitely bring to light your inner tigress. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to slip your feet into that pair of leopard-print pumps to make you completely irresistible.

Cheers for debunking one more fashion myth. This is what style is all about, in the end – knowing how and when to add the right accessories. It’s all in the little things, which can make a great impact and ultimately completely change the vibes you want to transmit through your outfit.

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Dressing the Part: Top Tips for Entrepreneurs

When it comes to being an entrepreneur, a big part of the brand you’re selling is yourself. The way you present yourself is really important, especially for those crucial first impressions, and looking (or feeling) put together on the outside can actually give your confidence a massive boost.

So, just how do you dress the part? These five steps – which cover everything from emergency stain removal on your lucky suit to tips on wardrobe organisation to make your morning routine smoother – have all the secrets you need to know.

  1. Invest in a few classic pieces. Not everyone can afford to update the contents of their wardrobe regularly so instead try and invest in a few key pieces that fit you well and will pass the test of time – both in terms of quality and style. Avoid seasonal trends that are likely to go out of date quickly and opt for timeless style staples like a well-cut shirt, dark suit, and smart shoes. Once you’ve made your investments, take special care of those items to help them last. Take shoes to a cobbler for resoling instead of replacing them and use wooden or padded coat hangers to keep the shoulders of your suit jackets and blouses in good shape.
  2. Dress for your background. If you’re working in a creative environment, chances are that you’ll be expected to dress less formally than your peers who may be lawyers or accountants. However, this doesn’t mean that you should arrive into the office in pyjamas! A good rule of thumb is to emulate the smartest-dressed person in your work environment, whatever that might be. If your office is more casual then you can leave the full suit at home but equally should avoid slogan t-shirts, jeans or other forms of leisurewear.
  3. Organise your wardrobe. This might mean decluttering and coming up with some storage solutions, but organising your wardrobe will be so worth it when scrabbling around in the dark to find an outfit appropriate for your 7am breakfast meeting. Different methods work for different people: you might want to keep all your blouses hanging in the same section, or organise by colour. Rotating your clothes by season can also be really effective.
  4. Follow fashion advice. Making a few simple changes, like matching colours or patterns within your outfit, can instantly make you look smarter and more put together with minimal effort, we’re not saying you need to pull out the Overlocker, but, avoid more than one statement piece of jewellery, as it can be distracting, and have an idea of which accessories go best with each outfit – you might want to set aside an evening to model them to yourself. Other simple ways to look more put together include getting a lint roller to give yourself a quick once-over before leaving the house (especially if you have pets), and having a few smart go-to dresses that you can throw on in the morning when you’re low on time or just feeling indecisive.
  5. Look after your clothes. Nobody looks their best arriving to a presentation covered in coffee stains. If you can, start stain removal immediately after the spill to keep your clothes looking fresh and stain-free. There are different fixes for different fabrics and stains; if you’re unsure about which method is best, you can use Persil’s stain removal calculator. Finally, one of the most common ways clothing loses its shape and colour is washing, so make them last longer by washing at lower temperatures and air dry rather than using a tumble dryer. This will also save on energy bills and is better for the environment.

So there you have it. With these 5 simple steps you’ll be well on your way to dressing like the businesswoman you were born to be.

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Top 12 Beauty Tips For Kids

All mothers are the same! They all like to doll up their little bundles of joy…

As we tend to be over cautious and vigilant on things concerning our little ones, you must be left wondering if there are beauty tips as well for the little ones. Well, the answer is a yes!

Kids will be kids, but they are growing up. They need extra care to keep that cherubic beauty. Many of us don’t know some of the most essential things that have to be taken care of for this. Read on to get the most important beauty tips to be considered for both young boys and girls.

Essential Beauty tips for Kids:

1. Eat right

From the beginning get them to eat right! Beauty is also determined by the kind of food they eat. So, inculcate in them a habit of enjoying better and nutritious food like meat, fish, fruits, nuts, vegetables, rice etc.

Don’t encourage junk foods and aerated beverages. But if you completely restrict them, they tend to break your hard rules, so to be on the safer side, allow it on an occasional basis. Snack time can be fun times!

You can whip up some interesting healthy snacks and discourage fried foods. Stock up with healthy munchies instead of fried stuff and it can be a good foundation for future health and beauty.

2. Get that beauty sleep

Sleep keeps your kids healthy & beautiful! Though the child may not be willing to go to sleep early, the trick is to allow them to have their share of fun outdoors and engage them in indoor activities – they are sure to hit the bed on time.

Napping is also essential for these little ones, because it is when they sleep; their brain improves its performance, feeds onto memory power and boosts skin and beauty.

3. No chemical products for your kid’s hair

We suggest you to stay away from the chemical products for your kid’s hair. A mild shampoo and regular brushing should keep the hair in good condition. Regular trims are a must as are oil massages. Use olive oil or coconut oil, as it is really good for kid’s hair.

At this age it is always better to keep hair short so that they are well maintained and healthy. Provide them nutritious food like lettuce that will improve their hair’s texture. Combing on a regular basis every day will also help in a big way.

4. Plenty of time outdoors

Time out playing in the sun is good for kids’ health and beauty. Let them soak in the sun rays but not between 12-4 pm because that is when the sun emits harmful UV rays that can affect your child’s skin. Just don’t forget SPF and sun hat before leaving for outdoors.

5. Delicate skin needs delicate care

Your kid’s skin is sensitive to chemicals and changes in weather. Skin is one of the most important and sensitive areas of your kid’s body to be taken extreme care of. Always say no to chemical soaps, only use mild and quality soaps.

Olive oil and coconut oil is good for skin health and has long proven its benefits for skin, health and hair. Massage their body with olive oil or coconut oil before splashing in the bath tub.

Moisturise the skin! Always remember to dab a mild and good quality moisturizer after your child’s bath. This way, it will keep skin healthy in a much effective manner than otherwise.

6. Shower everyday

For kids & even adults, a daily bath is a must, if possible twice a day! The daily shower will help them keep energetic and active for the whole day. On hot summer days, it’s sure to cool them off the whole day. A fragrant talcum powder will keep them feel fresh and clean. Say no to Deodorants before they reach teen age.

7. Teeth count too!

Healthy teeth contribute a lot to beauty! To maintain their pearly white teeth, teach them to brush twice a day and that too in the right manner on a daily basis.

Do teach kids the habit of good dental hygiene and make a visit to your dentist at least twice a year for best results. You are laying the foundation to an attractive, sparkling smile.

8. Nails

Take a look at your child’s nails. Are they long then dirt can be stuck in them. Clean them out. Make it a habit to clean them regularly & don’t let your kids grow nails long as a child. It can lead to many health issues. Keeping nails neat and clipped or well-trimmed takes priority over other things.

9. Lots of water

Water can work magic on your child’s beauty! Drinking lots of water has its benefits! Kids should drink plenty of water to keep their health and beauty. Wash their face at regular intervals so that, your child will always feel fresh.

10. Dress them right!

Weather conditions and the activity define the choice of your little one’s clothes. Easy and quick access styles would be an advantage when clothes need to be changed often. Buying children’s clothes that have colorful buttons and press studs will help to make changing jobs easier and also look smart on the kids.

11. Colourful clothes are the key

Kids look and feel good when they dress in bright & happy colours! They should wear clothes that excite them. Colourful clothes would certainly help their moods. Animal and cartoon prints are always popular picks for kids and babies.

12. Foot care

Good foot care even when kids would mean a good style of walking. Walking and exercise are needed to keep in shape. Hand-me-downs should be avoided. Comfort is of the utmost importance and you should go in for straps or lace ups for young children.

Basically all kids are beautiful one way or the other. Hope these beauty tips have helped you to enhance the beauty of your kids, as they address their beauty needs both internally and externally. Inculcate good habits right from the very beginning, and give our kids a beautiful, healthy advantage. But remember your love makes them naturally beautiful…

Author Bio:

Melvin Mathews is the Chief Promoter and Marketing Head for TrendsAndMe.com– An online clothing store for kids based at Kerala, India. We provide a wide range of party wear dresses and accessories for baby girls at affordable rates. We take pride in our excellent after sales service and timely delivery.

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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.

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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!


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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To Be Successful Your Website Needs To Stand Out

So you’re the proud owner of your very own business. You’re enthusiastic, motivated and willing to work your socks off for success; the only problem is you aren’t quite sure where to start. There’s a lot that goes into making any business a success and it’s important to understand that. No matter what you do, success won’t come overnight; it will take a lot of hard work, time, and effort.

The question that a lot of new business owners struggle with is ‘where should I start?’. This is tricky because there are so many areas that need to be focused on to build a prosperous business. That being said, the best place to start is with your business’ website. The first thing that over 80 percent of people look for when trying to find out about a company is a website. So if you want to be successful, yours needs to be smart, stylish, and professional, and most importantly, easy to find.

Want to know the easiest ways to make your website stand out? Here’s what you need to do:

Use a professional designer

Unless you’re a highly skilled website designer, don’t attempt to create your own site. Honestly, it’s not worth it. You might save yourself a few pennies but if you don’t know what you’re doing your website won’t be up to scratch. When it comes to website design, it’s all about getting each feature spot on. As well as ensuring that the site is professional-looking, easy to use, and does what it’s supposed to. If you want a website that stands out, using a professional web design service is a must. If you can’t afford an individual company, services like Godaddy can be used.

Add a blog


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Did you know that one of the best ways to make your website stand out is by adding a blog? This is because having new content uploaded to it on a regular basis, makes it more than just a business website. If you share interesting and informative content on social media, you’ll give your website an instant traffic boost. Plus, by adding a blog your site’s search engine rank will also increase. This is because search engines rank sites on the amount of fresh content on them, as well as clicks.

Learn how to increase your search engine ranking


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On that note, there are also lots of other ways you can increase your website’s search engine ranking. One of the best of which is via SEO – aka search engine optimisation. While you can attempt to do your own SEO, unless you know what you’re doing, your chances of success are low. Your best bet is to use an SEO agency to create SEO-friendly content for your website and blog. This should help to give your website the boost it needs to stand out and get noticed.

Turn your website into an app


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Everyone knows that one of the easiest ways to get noticed is to be different. A great way to make your site different to that of your competitors is to turn it into a downloadable app for smartphones and tablets. This makes it easier to use and access, and means that it will work well on all devices. Often, websites don’t work well on smartphones and tablets. So having a specific app created is a great idea.

There you have it, the best ways to make your website stand out, helping you to grow your business.

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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.


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.



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.



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.



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!



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.



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!



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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