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  • 23 Nov 2020
    Does your family need a new car? We have a few tips on how to make sure you get the best deal.  Looking for the perfect car for your family can be a daunting experience. You’re about to make a huge and long-term investment, meaning that you want to make sure you make the right decision.  When you are buying a family car, there’s so much to consider besides its design: is there enough room for children to fit comfortably? Enough space for bulky baggage? What about safety features?  If you need some help to make sure you choose a car that is perfectly suited to your family needs, read our seven tips for purchasing a family vehicle.  Understand your budget As it is with making any other investment, the starting point is your budget because it will help determine your options.  Now, it may sound obvious that you need to know how much you can afford to pay for your new car. Yet, what most car buyers forget about when purchasing a new vehicle is that the car’s price doesn’t just represent its sticker price. You also need to take costs like licensing, registration fees, taxes, fuel, and regular maintenance into consideration when calculating your budget.  So, double-check your budget to see how much you can afford to pay for the car so that you can have enough money to pay for all these additional costs as well.  Consider your future journeys When purchasing a new family car, you also need to consider what you will be using it for so that you better understand your family’s needs.  Will you be using your new car for long commutes, rides around town, or city center driving? Depending on how much you’ll be using the car, you need to choose something more economical.  Also, if you and your family are planning to use the car for long trips around the country, you need to consider aspects like comfort, space, and easiness to drive the vehicle.  What’s more, when looking for a new car for your family, make sure you understand that your family can have different needs than other families. Sure, maybe your friends who are also parents find a certain car suitable for their family. Yet, their families’ needs are likely different than yours.  For example, maybe your friend drives a Volkswagen Golf, a car that is often marketed as an excellent family car. Yet, maybe this car isn’t quite suitable if you have a large family because this car is not that spacious. On the flip side, your friend may think that Ford Focus isn’t a good family car because it may not be suitable for their family’s needs. In that case, we recommend you knowing exactly what your family’s needs are and visiting both a Ford dealership and a Volkswagen dealership to decide on your own which car is best for you.              Choose a four-door car If you are buying a car for your family, we highly recommend you to choose a four-door body vehicle.  Think about it: a three-door car may be a suitable option at the beginning when it just you and your spouse. Yet, a baby comes on board, and after a few months of leaning in the back to install an infant seat from the driver’s door, will soon start to feel on your back. If your family is going to expand, it is time to consider a more family-friendly four-door car.  Safety features Keeping your family safe on the road is by far the most important thing to consider.  If there’s one thing you want for your family is to know that it is always safe, no matter where they are. So, when looking for a family car, make sure you consider whether or not it has high-tech safety features that will keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.  What kind of safety features should you be looking for in a car? You should look for advanced safety systems such as seat belts and child safety, autonomous emergency braking, stability control, and anti-lock brakes, reversing cameras, adaptive cruise control, auto parking, and blind-spot assist.  Look for child-friendly features Child-friendly features are not necessarily a must-have, but if you have some extra money in your budget for your family car, we recommend investing in them. What exactly are these child-friendly features? Integrated sunblinds, dark interiors which can hide stains your kids will probably make, or extra storage spaces, plus entertainment features such as built-in DVD players, Bluetooth connectivity, and speakers that provide actual surround sound.  Consider space and storage Having kids can reshape what storage means to you. When you leave on the road alone, you likely have a bag or two that perfectly fit in the trunk. But then, when kids come on board, there are a million other things you need to take with you wherever you go, from strollers to lots of essentials like baby wipes, clothes, and baby bottles.  When you leave for a trip, or even for a ride to the supermarket, with your kids in the car, there are going to be a lot more things you need to store in your car. So, when looking for a family car, make sure you consider the space and storage it offers.  Can your kids fit comfortably in the rear seats? Will the car provide enough room for all the things you need to carry around all the time? If the answer is “no,” you should look for a more spacious vehicle.  Consider running costs As mentioned above, a car costs a lot more than just its sticker price. So, when purchasing a new car, you also need to make sure that you can afford to maintain it.  Besides regular maintenance, you must also consider surprise maintenance. If the car would suddenly break and you couldn’t afford to fix it, this means that you probably can’t actually afford the car you are thinking about buying. 
    117 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Does your family need a new car? We have a few tips on how to make sure you get the best deal.  Looking for the perfect car for your family can be a daunting experience. You’re about to make a huge and long-term investment, meaning that you want to make sure you make the right decision.  When you are buying a family car, there’s so much to consider besides its design: is there enough room for children to fit comfortably? Enough space for bulky baggage? What about safety features?  If you need some help to make sure you choose a car that is perfectly suited to your family needs, read our seven tips for purchasing a family vehicle.  Understand your budget As it is with making any other investment, the starting point is your budget because it will help determine your options.  Now, it may sound obvious that you need to know how much you can afford to pay for your new car. Yet, what most car buyers forget about when purchasing a new vehicle is that the car’s price doesn’t just represent its sticker price. You also need to take costs like licensing, registration fees, taxes, fuel, and regular maintenance into consideration when calculating your budget.  So, double-check your budget to see how much you can afford to pay for the car so that you can have enough money to pay for all these additional costs as well.  Consider your future journeys When purchasing a new family car, you also need to consider what you will be using it for so that you better understand your family’s needs.  Will you be using your new car for long commutes, rides around town, or city center driving? Depending on how much you’ll be using the car, you need to choose something more economical.  Also, if you and your family are planning to use the car for long trips around the country, you need to consider aspects like comfort, space, and easiness to drive the vehicle.  What’s more, when looking for a new car for your family, make sure you understand that your family can have different needs than other families. Sure, maybe your friends who are also parents find a certain car suitable for their family. Yet, their families’ needs are likely different than yours.  For example, maybe your friend drives a Volkswagen Golf, a car that is often marketed as an excellent family car. Yet, maybe this car isn’t quite suitable if you have a large family because this car is not that spacious. On the flip side, your friend may think that Ford Focus isn’t a good family car because it may not be suitable for their family’s needs. In that case, we recommend you knowing exactly what your family’s needs are and visiting both a Ford dealership and a Volkswagen dealership to decide on your own which car is best for you.              Choose a four-door car If you are buying a car for your family, we highly recommend you to choose a four-door body vehicle.  Think about it: a three-door car may be a suitable option at the beginning when it just you and your spouse. Yet, a baby comes on board, and after a few months of leaning in the back to install an infant seat from the driver’s door, will soon start to feel on your back. If your family is going to expand, it is time to consider a more family-friendly four-door car.  Safety features Keeping your family safe on the road is by far the most important thing to consider.  If there’s one thing you want for your family is to know that it is always safe, no matter where they are. So, when looking for a family car, make sure you consider whether or not it has high-tech safety features that will keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.  What kind of safety features should you be looking for in a car? You should look for advanced safety systems such as seat belts and child safety, autonomous emergency braking, stability control, and anti-lock brakes, reversing cameras, adaptive cruise control, auto parking, and blind-spot assist.  Look for child-friendly features Child-friendly features are not necessarily a must-have, but if you have some extra money in your budget for your family car, we recommend investing in them. What exactly are these child-friendly features? Integrated sunblinds, dark interiors which can hide stains your kids will probably make, or extra storage spaces, plus entertainment features such as built-in DVD players, Bluetooth connectivity, and speakers that provide actual surround sound.  Consider space and storage Having kids can reshape what storage means to you. When you leave on the road alone, you likely have a bag or two that perfectly fit in the trunk. But then, when kids come on board, there are a million other things you need to take with you wherever you go, from strollers to lots of essentials like baby wipes, clothes, and baby bottles.  When you leave for a trip, or even for a ride to the supermarket, with your kids in the car, there are going to be a lot more things you need to store in your car. So, when looking for a family car, make sure you consider the space and storage it offers.  Can your kids fit comfortably in the rear seats? Will the car provide enough room for all the things you need to carry around all the time? If the answer is “no,” you should look for a more spacious vehicle.  Consider running costs As mentioned above, a car costs a lot more than just its sticker price. So, when purchasing a new car, you also need to make sure that you can afford to maintain it.  Besides regular maintenance, you must also consider surprise maintenance. If the car would suddenly break and you couldn’t afford to fix it, this means that you probably can’t actually afford the car you are thinking about buying. 
    Nov 23, 2020 117
  • 28 Oct 2020
    Annually, thousands of people lose their lives because of distractions while they drive. Almost everyone is guilty in some way – in fact, distracted drivers are everywhere if you look around you. Whether they’re on the phone, changing the music, doing their makeup, or eating and drinking, drivers literally forget that those activities should be avoided entirely while they’re on the road. You can start by putting your phone on silent and park your car before you start eating. These are such important things to consider, although you might feel like you control everything. Driving with other passengers might make you prevent distractions, but they mustn’t become a distraction to you! Distracted driving and impaired driving are some of the biggest threats when it comes to everyone’s safety. It really doesn’t matter if you are a new or an expert driver; when you get behind the wheel, you shouldn’t be drunk, eating, or doing any other activity that doesn’t imply paying attention to the road. Innocent people’s lives are taken away daily because of distracted driving. Don’t take risks! Learn how to be a better and more focused driver. Don’t use your cellphone This probably looks familiar to you already, as using the cellphone while driving doesn’t represent a problem for any driver. But it should be used only for emergency purposes, so it’s best to pull over if your phone rings and you really need to take the call. Don’t believe that wireless earphones will save you from crashing in the traffic! Even those can still make you distracted from necessary visual or audio signals while driving. Again, social convos on the phone should not be carried while driving. Moreover, it’s against the law to do such activities while driving; you could be ticked. So, avoid handheld devices while you’re behind the wheel; it could cost your life. If you are sleepy, pull off the road If you ever feel drowsy while you drive, make sure you pull over and take a moment to refresh yourself a bit. Although this cannot compare with a nap or a few hours of good sleep, it could definitely help you avoid a crash on the side road. Sleepiness increases the risk of car accidents significantly. A study showed that 37% of drivers in the U.S. are falling asleep during their driving. If you feel tired, get off the road – trying to get home faster can make you experience horrible things. In fact, you should pull off the road whenever you want to do something that isn’t meant to be done while you’re driving. This can include taking phone calls, eating, drinking, attending your children, etc. And don’t forget to always choose a less busy street to avoid other drivers smash into you. Limit the level of your activities while driving Limiting the level of activities while driving is extremely important, as well as limiting the number of passengers you bring with you. Many countries don’t allow teen drivers to drive with other teen passengers during their first months of driving. Inexperienced teen drivers must be aware of the dangerous environment that could focus more on their friends and less on the road. This is also applicable for other drivers; The interaction with other passengers might put everyone at risk, so it’s best to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Avoid complicated tasks by using technology instead. Supply your car with proper equipment to complete your tasks, such as voice-activated systems, handheld devices, cameras and sensors, and other safety technology that can help you keep your attention to the road. Avoid eating and drinking while driving Being busy shouldn’t be an excuse to get distracted while driving. It may seem like you’re saving time if you finish your breakfast while driving, but it’s much more important to save your life. You could spill drinks and drop food, because let’s face it, no matter how multitasking we think we are, we must also be aware of this major cause of distraction. Even though you might not have enough time to finish your breakfast or lunch at home, you could pull off the road in a safe place to eat. Drivers must do only one thing while on the road: Drive! Multitasking while driving, including chatting, texting, or social media interaction, should be avoided altogether.  Get organized This is another important step for keeping you out of distractions. Remove clutter from your car, organize your documents, and properly store them before hitting the road. Finish your personal grooming at home! Give yourself enough time in the morning to finish breakfast, get dressed, apply makeup, shave, etc. It’s best to wake up earlier and get things done before you walk out of the house. This will help you avoid distractions while driving. If you don’t have enough time in the morning, bring your stuff with you and stop somewhere to finish your morning routine. Get more organized with yourself, especially while driving. Also, avoid angry drivers – if they cut you off, or make inappropriate face gestures, try to simply ignore them and continue driving. Save everything for later or before you start driving Before you start your car:   Ensure you secure all your movable objects so they don’t fall or distract you from your driving.   Place everything in a secure bag and avoid reaching those objects unless you stop the car somewhere safe.   Adjust the climate, radio, mirrors, seat, and other car’s controls beforehand.   Everyone spends most of their time in their cars, so they’ve created a habit to do all those little things done while driving, such as searching for good music, trying to reach certain objects, having phone conversations, text messaging, etc. It’s simple: don’t do it! Your priority is to focus on the road and complete any activity before you start driving. Take the necessary time to drive correctly. Your goal is to keep yourself and other passengers safe on the road. 
    694 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Annually, thousands of people lose their lives because of distractions while they drive. Almost everyone is guilty in some way – in fact, distracted drivers are everywhere if you look around you. Whether they’re on the phone, changing the music, doing their makeup, or eating and drinking, drivers literally forget that those activities should be avoided entirely while they’re on the road. You can start by putting your phone on silent and park your car before you start eating. These are such important things to consider, although you might feel like you control everything. Driving with other passengers might make you prevent distractions, but they mustn’t become a distraction to you! Distracted driving and impaired driving are some of the biggest threats when it comes to everyone’s safety. It really doesn’t matter if you are a new or an expert driver; when you get behind the wheel, you shouldn’t be drunk, eating, or doing any other activity that doesn’t imply paying attention to the road. Innocent people’s lives are taken away daily because of distracted driving. Don’t take risks! Learn how to be a better and more focused driver. Don’t use your cellphone This probably looks familiar to you already, as using the cellphone while driving doesn’t represent a problem for any driver. But it should be used only for emergency purposes, so it’s best to pull over if your phone rings and you really need to take the call. Don’t believe that wireless earphones will save you from crashing in the traffic! Even those can still make you distracted from necessary visual or audio signals while driving. Again, social convos on the phone should not be carried while driving. Moreover, it’s against the law to do such activities while driving; you could be ticked. So, avoid handheld devices while you’re behind the wheel; it could cost your life. If you are sleepy, pull off the road If you ever feel drowsy while you drive, make sure you pull over and take a moment to refresh yourself a bit. Although this cannot compare with a nap or a few hours of good sleep, it could definitely help you avoid a crash on the side road. Sleepiness increases the risk of car accidents significantly. A study showed that 37% of drivers in the U.S. are falling asleep during their driving. If you feel tired, get off the road – trying to get home faster can make you experience horrible things. In fact, you should pull off the road whenever you want to do something that isn’t meant to be done while you’re driving. This can include taking phone calls, eating, drinking, attending your children, etc. And don’t forget to always choose a less busy street to avoid other drivers smash into you. Limit the level of your activities while driving Limiting the level of activities while driving is extremely important, as well as limiting the number of passengers you bring with you. Many countries don’t allow teen drivers to drive with other teen passengers during their first months of driving. Inexperienced teen drivers must be aware of the dangerous environment that could focus more on their friends and less on the road. This is also applicable for other drivers; The interaction with other passengers might put everyone at risk, so it’s best to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Avoid complicated tasks by using technology instead. Supply your car with proper equipment to complete your tasks, such as voice-activated systems, handheld devices, cameras and sensors, and other safety technology that can help you keep your attention to the road. Avoid eating and drinking while driving Being busy shouldn’t be an excuse to get distracted while driving. It may seem like you’re saving time if you finish your breakfast while driving, but it’s much more important to save your life. You could spill drinks and drop food, because let’s face it, no matter how multitasking we think we are, we must also be aware of this major cause of distraction. Even though you might not have enough time to finish your breakfast or lunch at home, you could pull off the road in a safe place to eat. Drivers must do only one thing while on the road: Drive! Multitasking while driving, including chatting, texting, or social media interaction, should be avoided altogether.  Get organized This is another important step for keeping you out of distractions. Remove clutter from your car, organize your documents, and properly store them before hitting the road. Finish your personal grooming at home! Give yourself enough time in the morning to finish breakfast, get dressed, apply makeup, shave, etc. It’s best to wake up earlier and get things done before you walk out of the house. This will help you avoid distractions while driving. If you don’t have enough time in the morning, bring your stuff with you and stop somewhere to finish your morning routine. Get more organized with yourself, especially while driving. Also, avoid angry drivers – if they cut you off, or make inappropriate face gestures, try to simply ignore them and continue driving. Save everything for later or before you start driving Before you start your car:   Ensure you secure all your movable objects so they don’t fall or distract you from your driving.   Place everything in a secure bag and avoid reaching those objects unless you stop the car somewhere safe.   Adjust the climate, radio, mirrors, seat, and other car’s controls beforehand.   Everyone spends most of their time in their cars, so they’ve created a habit to do all those little things done while driving, such as searching for good music, trying to reach certain objects, having phone conversations, text messaging, etc. It’s simple: don’t do it! Your priority is to focus on the road and complete any activity before you start driving. Take the necessary time to drive correctly. Your goal is to keep yourself and other passengers safe on the road. 
    Oct 28, 2020 694
  • 27 Oct 2020
    For home-workers, the central part of their work-life is the home office. For some, that would mean the kitchen table; for most of us, a specific room to be the headquarters of operations and try to work from there each day. Now that we have to consider strategy before tactics, it makes sense that we should make it the room we enjoy being in, and also a space that gets us in a productive flow state, and by considering these things provide a strategic framework to hacks, we can implement in the office. At home, you have control over least most of the features of your environment, while in a corporate environment, you’ve pretty much just got your desk to upgrade. With that said, we decided to take a look at the best work habits, design, and office improvement ideas that are not only suitable for remote working but create an ideal, concentration-boosting environment. What puts you in a productive mood?  That's a central question to defining your work environment. Maybe being reminded of your goals, your purpose – the reason you do this each day- is enough to get your creative juices flowing—a great way to start upgrading your working space by reminding yourself of these goals every day. Perhaps there is a minimalist approach that puts you in the right mindset, so pop all the pads and pens on your desk in a cupboard and get rid of those browser shortcuts on your desktop.  If you can't find your "why" – you can't bear your "how." So as long as you can't identify the things that trigger your productive flow, you'll have a rough time improving your office on anything more than an aesthetic level.  Lighting and color.  Lighting, believe it or not, can considerably impact the way you concentrate and do your work. Today, according to recent studies, it seems that the lighting system in the working environment has a deeper impact on our lives than we had ever known.  What's more, according to a study, Philips claims that there is a valuable connection between light and circadian rhythms, also known as "build-in-clocks," which is what determines our relaxation, sleep cycle, and stimulation. Not only that, but the light has also been proved to decrease depression as well as improve our mood, energy, productivity, and alertness.  As for colors, it's been said that the color of walls in a working environment can influence not only your mood but it can also cause more arguments and stress in a relationship (yellow being that color). In case your home office happens to be painted with an aggravating shade, then repaint it. If the current color does nothing for you either way – find a color that influences you, which puts you in a productive and relaxed mood.  A good chair.  It's quite simple to overlook the effects of your working space on your ability to be productive. If you're currently using a dining or deck chair, which supposedly isn't made at the proper high, they don't necessarily encourage the needed working posture.  Consider an adjustable professional chair such as those from Aeron, where you can set the right fit for your workspace and body. However, these chairs typically reach $600 or more- but there are also more affordable alternatives around $150 and $250 that will do the thing.  Be sure you test them personally, if possible, and reach for one with adjustable height that can roll and offer enough lumbar support for your needs. An armrest is also ideal, but only if you know to use it properly.  Proper monitor height.  Invest in a large monitor (maybe two) for your small productive corner- just as you would at the corporate office. Not only a larger monitor would go surprisingly well with your new setup, but it will encourage you to be more proactive during your most demanding tasks. Remember to keep a phone only for working purposes as you don't want to mix your professional pressure with at-home pressure- if your budget is limited, you can find one on those buy now pay later phones no credit check websites.  As for your monitors, those from Asus and Acer came up with ideal 24-to 27-inch monitors, but any major brand will offer high-quality monitors. What to avoid? Don't skimp on buying the cheapest product as they can easily lead to eye strain over time due to their lower resolution and thus amplified fuzziness. Although display resolutions are only available in a whole alphabet soup of terms, you should look for one that offers you desired higher sharpness, such as QHD, QWXGA, WQHD, or 4K. Broadly speaking, the display connector may reduce the screen resolution, which can make screens larger than 25-inch appear quite fuzzy. But if you're aiming at the best video quality, then look for monitors and computers that support HDMI 2.x, USB-C connectors, or DisplayPort.  Good internet connection.  Most suburban and urban areas come up with at least one high-speed internet provider; 50Mbps is the minimum speed available, and the more internet users this provider has in one place, the more you want to get a higher-speed.  What's to note is that your bandwidth within your house matter, as well as some of the best connections, are wired Ethernet, so if that's possible, try to connect your PC to your router using an Ethernet cable – WI-FI works great too, but that's only for basic office work, therefore you can't connect your PC to the router, try WI-FI.  When it comes to the perfect home-office setup, there are no hard-and-fast rules. There are only hacks for productivity and small upgrades that work for each of us. If these upgrades don't work for you, that's fine – you got the liberty to experiment until you find what works best for you. What matters the most is being happy and motivated in your home office and that you never stop trying to improve it.    
    983 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • For home-workers, the central part of their work-life is the home office. For some, that would mean the kitchen table; for most of us, a specific room to be the headquarters of operations and try to work from there each day. Now that we have to consider strategy before tactics, it makes sense that we should make it the room we enjoy being in, and also a space that gets us in a productive flow state, and by considering these things provide a strategic framework to hacks, we can implement in the office. At home, you have control over least most of the features of your environment, while in a corporate environment, you’ve pretty much just got your desk to upgrade. With that said, we decided to take a look at the best work habits, design, and office improvement ideas that are not only suitable for remote working but create an ideal, concentration-boosting environment. What puts you in a productive mood?  That's a central question to defining your work environment. Maybe being reminded of your goals, your purpose – the reason you do this each day- is enough to get your creative juices flowing—a great way to start upgrading your working space by reminding yourself of these goals every day. Perhaps there is a minimalist approach that puts you in the right mindset, so pop all the pads and pens on your desk in a cupboard and get rid of those browser shortcuts on your desktop.  If you can't find your "why" – you can't bear your "how." So as long as you can't identify the things that trigger your productive flow, you'll have a rough time improving your office on anything more than an aesthetic level.  Lighting and color.  Lighting, believe it or not, can considerably impact the way you concentrate and do your work. Today, according to recent studies, it seems that the lighting system in the working environment has a deeper impact on our lives than we had ever known.  What's more, according to a study, Philips claims that there is a valuable connection between light and circadian rhythms, also known as "build-in-clocks," which is what determines our relaxation, sleep cycle, and stimulation. Not only that, but the light has also been proved to decrease depression as well as improve our mood, energy, productivity, and alertness.  As for colors, it's been said that the color of walls in a working environment can influence not only your mood but it can also cause more arguments and stress in a relationship (yellow being that color). In case your home office happens to be painted with an aggravating shade, then repaint it. If the current color does nothing for you either way – find a color that influences you, which puts you in a productive and relaxed mood.  A good chair.  It's quite simple to overlook the effects of your working space on your ability to be productive. If you're currently using a dining or deck chair, which supposedly isn't made at the proper high, they don't necessarily encourage the needed working posture.  Consider an adjustable professional chair such as those from Aeron, where you can set the right fit for your workspace and body. However, these chairs typically reach $600 or more- but there are also more affordable alternatives around $150 and $250 that will do the thing.  Be sure you test them personally, if possible, and reach for one with adjustable height that can roll and offer enough lumbar support for your needs. An armrest is also ideal, but only if you know to use it properly.  Proper monitor height.  Invest in a large monitor (maybe two) for your small productive corner- just as you would at the corporate office. Not only a larger monitor would go surprisingly well with your new setup, but it will encourage you to be more proactive during your most demanding tasks. Remember to keep a phone only for working purposes as you don't want to mix your professional pressure with at-home pressure- if your budget is limited, you can find one on those buy now pay later phones no credit check websites.  As for your monitors, those from Asus and Acer came up with ideal 24-to 27-inch monitors, but any major brand will offer high-quality monitors. What to avoid? Don't skimp on buying the cheapest product as they can easily lead to eye strain over time due to their lower resolution and thus amplified fuzziness. Although display resolutions are only available in a whole alphabet soup of terms, you should look for one that offers you desired higher sharpness, such as QHD, QWXGA, WQHD, or 4K. Broadly speaking, the display connector may reduce the screen resolution, which can make screens larger than 25-inch appear quite fuzzy. But if you're aiming at the best video quality, then look for monitors and computers that support HDMI 2.x, USB-C connectors, or DisplayPort.  Good internet connection.  Most suburban and urban areas come up with at least one high-speed internet provider; 50Mbps is the minimum speed available, and the more internet users this provider has in one place, the more you want to get a higher-speed.  What's to note is that your bandwidth within your house matter, as well as some of the best connections, are wired Ethernet, so if that's possible, try to connect your PC to your router using an Ethernet cable – WI-FI works great too, but that's only for basic office work, therefore you can't connect your PC to the router, try WI-FI.  When it comes to the perfect home-office setup, there are no hard-and-fast rules. There are only hacks for productivity and small upgrades that work for each of us. If these upgrades don't work for you, that's fine – you got the liberty to experiment until you find what works best for you. What matters the most is being happy and motivated in your home office and that you never stop trying to improve it.    
    Oct 27, 2020 983
  • 29 Sep 2020
    For the past few months, you’ve been scrolling through your social media, looking at photos of your friends with their significant others frolicking on beaches in exotic destinations. You felt a little bit of envy, but you decided that it’s way too soon to go on a vacation as a couple. You hadn’t been together for that long, and you needed more time to get to know each other. But now you feel ready. You’ve waited long enough! You’re excited and nervous at the same time. You know that this is an important milestone, and you’ll always remember your first trip together. When you look back, you want your memories to revolve around romantic walks and deep conversation against a backdrop of breath-taking scenery. You certainly don’t want them to include huge fights caused by the many things that can go awry when traveling. Although traveling as a couple for the first time has its challenges, with our list of tips, you can avoid unnecessary tension and spend your time enjoying each other’s company. Where Should We Go? Most likely, you have a list of countries you’d like to visit, and so does your partner. If you compare two lists of at least ten possible options, chances are you’re going to find some matches. Once you agree on a country, you can start discussing what region and what activities you’re most interested in.  This is also a great opportunity to find out more about each other. As in any aspect of a relationship, it’s important to keep an open mind and compromise. Even the most compatible couple won’t be 100% interested in the same activities. As long as you allocate an equal amount of time so you both can enjoy your vacation, you’ll be off to a great start.  Set a Budget  Money is one of the most common things couples fight about, so you’ll want to set a budget before you leave. If you don’t have similar income levels, the partner with a higher income might expect to stay at a five-star hotel and splurge on luxury adventures. If you make less money than your partner, tell them that although you also want them to have a good time, you simply can’t afford X, Y, or Z activities.  On the other hand, if you’re the one that makes more money and you insist on some things that your partner can’t afford, you should be prepared to pay for them without making them feel bad. You’re certainly not required to split everything equally, but you’ll need to agree on a fair ratio.  Make a Rough Itinerary Your itinerary will depend on your destination and budget. As we mentioned before, your definitions of a good time won’t match perfectly, so it’s essential to discuss it before you leave so you don’t risk having fights while you’re there. Ask your partner what the top five things that they would like to do on this vacation are. Make your own list and then compare notes.  Don’t plan your day to the last minute because you may be able to power through the first three or four days, but eventually, you’ll get tired and cranky. And aren’t vacations supposed to be about relaxing? Regarding activities, on some things, if they don’t take a lot of time, you can go solo. For example, you like visiting history museums, and your partner doesn’t. They like walking around the city, taking photos. You could spend a couple of hours at the museum while they walk around. Still, most of your activities you’ll be doing together, and you may not even be used to spending that much time together.   Once again, you’ll have to compromise. Maybe you think an activity is stupid or boring, but it’s important to your partner, and it’s their vacation too. This is one of the great things about relationships. You get to try new things, and you may even discover that you enjoy them. Think of it as an opportunity to dive into their world and form a stronger bond.  You Don’t Have to Spend Every Waking Minute Together No matter how much two people love each other, they probably don’t want to spend every waking minute together. Since this is your first trip, it might be the first time you’re together 24/7 for so long. For this reason, if you’re planning a longer trip, let’s say a week, you may want to forego the hotel and look for alternative accommodation. You’ll find lots of options. You can rent an apartment, a villa, or you can find a home exchange platform.  It’s usually cheaper, but the main advantage is that you’ll have more space and more privacy, instead of having to share just one room in a hotel. This way, you can have a bit of space and time for yourself when you feel like you need it.  Set Realistic Expectations  When you go on your first trip as a couple, it’s quite easy to get carried away and form these elaborate fantasies of everything being so romantic and magical all the time. If you leave with such high expectations, you’ll feel disappointed and frustrated when you realize that it’s more like a normal vacation and less like a Disney movie.  Even if this is the first time you travel with your partner, you’ve traveled before. You know that things can get awry. Your flight can get delayed. Your luggage can get lost. Maybe you’ll get a sunburn, food poisoning, or catch a cold. We don’t need to go over all the bad things that could happen because then we’d be going to the other extreme. The point is that it’ not going to be perfect, but that doesn’t matter.  Remember why you’re there. You want to have a good time with your SO and form a deeper connection. When you keep this in mind, any mishap can turn into an opportunity to show how much you care about each other and learn to work as a team. With the right attitude, you can find romance and joy in imperfect moments.  
    1177 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • For the past few months, you’ve been scrolling through your social media, looking at photos of your friends with their significant others frolicking on beaches in exotic destinations. You felt a little bit of envy, but you decided that it’s way too soon to go on a vacation as a couple. You hadn’t been together for that long, and you needed more time to get to know each other. But now you feel ready. You’ve waited long enough! You’re excited and nervous at the same time. You know that this is an important milestone, and you’ll always remember your first trip together. When you look back, you want your memories to revolve around romantic walks and deep conversation against a backdrop of breath-taking scenery. You certainly don’t want them to include huge fights caused by the many things that can go awry when traveling. Although traveling as a couple for the first time has its challenges, with our list of tips, you can avoid unnecessary tension and spend your time enjoying each other’s company. Where Should We Go? Most likely, you have a list of countries you’d like to visit, and so does your partner. If you compare two lists of at least ten possible options, chances are you’re going to find some matches. Once you agree on a country, you can start discussing what region and what activities you’re most interested in.  This is also a great opportunity to find out more about each other. As in any aspect of a relationship, it’s important to keep an open mind and compromise. Even the most compatible couple won’t be 100% interested in the same activities. As long as you allocate an equal amount of time so you both can enjoy your vacation, you’ll be off to a great start.  Set a Budget  Money is one of the most common things couples fight about, so you’ll want to set a budget before you leave. If you don’t have similar income levels, the partner with a higher income might expect to stay at a five-star hotel and splurge on luxury adventures. If you make less money than your partner, tell them that although you also want them to have a good time, you simply can’t afford X, Y, or Z activities.  On the other hand, if you’re the one that makes more money and you insist on some things that your partner can’t afford, you should be prepared to pay for them without making them feel bad. You’re certainly not required to split everything equally, but you’ll need to agree on a fair ratio.  Make a Rough Itinerary Your itinerary will depend on your destination and budget. As we mentioned before, your definitions of a good time won’t match perfectly, so it’s essential to discuss it before you leave so you don’t risk having fights while you’re there. Ask your partner what the top five things that they would like to do on this vacation are. Make your own list and then compare notes.  Don’t plan your day to the last minute because you may be able to power through the first three or four days, but eventually, you’ll get tired and cranky. And aren’t vacations supposed to be about relaxing? Regarding activities, on some things, if they don’t take a lot of time, you can go solo. For example, you like visiting history museums, and your partner doesn’t. They like walking around the city, taking photos. You could spend a couple of hours at the museum while they walk around. Still, most of your activities you’ll be doing together, and you may not even be used to spending that much time together.   Once again, you’ll have to compromise. Maybe you think an activity is stupid or boring, but it’s important to your partner, and it’s their vacation too. This is one of the great things about relationships. You get to try new things, and you may even discover that you enjoy them. Think of it as an opportunity to dive into their world and form a stronger bond.  You Don’t Have to Spend Every Waking Minute Together No matter how much two people love each other, they probably don’t want to spend every waking minute together. Since this is your first trip, it might be the first time you’re together 24/7 for so long. For this reason, if you’re planning a longer trip, let’s say a week, you may want to forego the hotel and look for alternative accommodation. You’ll find lots of options. You can rent an apartment, a villa, or you can find a home exchange platform.  It’s usually cheaper, but the main advantage is that you’ll have more space and more privacy, instead of having to share just one room in a hotel. This way, you can have a bit of space and time for yourself when you feel like you need it.  Set Realistic Expectations  When you go on your first trip as a couple, it’s quite easy to get carried away and form these elaborate fantasies of everything being so romantic and magical all the time. If you leave with such high expectations, you’ll feel disappointed and frustrated when you realize that it’s more like a normal vacation and less like a Disney movie.  Even if this is the first time you travel with your partner, you’ve traveled before. You know that things can get awry. Your flight can get delayed. Your luggage can get lost. Maybe you’ll get a sunburn, food poisoning, or catch a cold. We don’t need to go over all the bad things that could happen because then we’d be going to the other extreme. The point is that it’ not going to be perfect, but that doesn’t matter.  Remember why you’re there. You want to have a good time with your SO and form a deeper connection. When you keep this in mind, any mishap can turn into an opportunity to show how much you care about each other and learn to work as a team. With the right attitude, you can find romance and joy in imperfect moments.  
    Sep 29, 2020 1177
  • 16 Sep 2020
    Have you ever gone through periods where you got the sense that nothing you do has much impact on what's going on in your life? Did you feel ready to give up? When bad things happen to us, we all would like to believe that we'd do anything in our power to change things for the better, but it's not easy to stay strong when you're relentlessly subjected to challenging circumstances. We try to hold on, but at some point, we get tired of struggling. If all of this sounds familiar, you may have experienced what psychologists call "learned helplessness", a concept that's been observed in both humans as well as other animals and which we will explore in this article. We will discuss what learned helplessness is, its causes and what you can do to overcome it.  What Is Learned Helplessness? The concept of "learned helplessness" emerged in 1967 after a series of experiments on animals carried out by psychologists Martin Seligman and Steven F. Maier. They conditioned dogs by administering a mild shock whenever they heard a bell ring. Right now, you're probably thinking of ethical concerns regarding the use of animals in this type of research, but you need to keep in mind that these were different times.  After the dogs were conditioned, they were put in a large crate divided in two by a low fence. One side of the crate was wired to give mild shocks while the other side wasn't. To escape the shocks, the dogs would only have to hop the low fence and get to the safe side, but they didn't. They stayed put and simply took the chocks. The psychologists attributed this behaviour to the dogs having been conditioned that there was nothing they could do to stop the shocks because when they did the test on dogs that had not been conditioned, they easily jumped over the fence.  Since then, the concept of learned helplessness has been demonstrated on different animal species, including humans.  Learned Helplessness in Children and Adults When it comes to people, learned helplessness often stems from childhood experiences. For example, children raised in institutionalized settings or by unreliable and unresponsive caregivers often exhibit symptoms of this behavioural pattern.  In this sort of environment, children go through repeated experiences that reinforce feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. They may grow up with the belief that there is nothing they can do to change their problems, and they have to accept them as if these problems were their fate.  Common signed of learned helplessness in children include: Passivity Low self-esteem Poor motivation Frustration Procrastination Lack of effort Giving up Not asking for help Learned helplessness in children is also strongly linked to academic struggles. If a child makes efforts to do well in school and get good grades, but despite his or her efforts, they still do poorly, they might reach the conclusion that their performance is out of their control which will affect their self-worth.  They'll start to believe that they simply don't have what it takes to succeed, lose motivation, stop trying, and their grades will suffer even more. This learned helplessness regarding academic performance can, in turn, negatively impact their career prospects and affect their confidence and sense of self-worth as adults. In adults, we see signs of learned helplessness when a person doesn't learn or use adaptive responses when faced with difficult situations. They fail to resolve an issue despite there being a potential solution because they believe that bad things will happen no matter what they do, and since they have such little control, they should just accept it.  To give an example of learned helplessness in adults, victims of domestic abuse often hesitate to leave their abuser even if help and support are available because they develop a belief that they cannot escape this type of situation.  However, not everyone that goes through this type of experiences develops patterns of learned helplessness, and it appears that an individual's explanatory style plays a key role. The explanatory style, as the name suggests, is the way someone explains events to themselves. Individuals with a pessimistic explanatory style are more likely to experience learned helplessness because it causes them to view negative events as an unavoidable result of their shortcomings.  Learned Helplessness and Mental Health Learned helplessness may lead to higher levels of anxiety and can influence the persistence and severity of mental health conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder or depression. Moreover, learned helplessness might cause people experiencing anxiety and depression to see their symptoms as unavoidable and untreatable, so they refuse treatment. They enter a vicious circle where their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness intensify symptoms of anxiety or depression which in turn intensify their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, convincing them that there's nothing they can do to improve their quality of life.  In reality, people can overcome learned helplessness and the most common and effective form of treatment is therapy, in particular, CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  Throughout their therapy sessions, a person with patterns of learned helplessness can: Explore the origins of their learned helplessness Identify the thought patterns that contribute to their learned helplessness Identify behavioural patterns that reinforce learned helplessness Replace these thoughts and behaviours with more beneficial ones Learn techniques that can decrease the distress caused by feelings of helplessness and hopelessness Learn to work through difficult emotions Talk about abuse, neglect or trauma they may have experienced Receive support and encouragement Learn how to set goals for themselves and how to follow through Ultimately, learned helplessness is a conditioned response – a response learned via associations between past experiences and current ones. If a behaviour is rewarded or reinforced, we are likely to repeat it, and if we are punished for the same behaviour, we will avoid it in the future. This means that the key to breaking out of this pattern of learned helplessness is to unlearn the associations that made us believe that our efforts are futile and we should just accept whatever negative factors are decreasing our quality of life.
    1363 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Have you ever gone through periods where you got the sense that nothing you do has much impact on what's going on in your life? Did you feel ready to give up? When bad things happen to us, we all would like to believe that we'd do anything in our power to change things for the better, but it's not easy to stay strong when you're relentlessly subjected to challenging circumstances. We try to hold on, but at some point, we get tired of struggling. If all of this sounds familiar, you may have experienced what psychologists call "learned helplessness", a concept that's been observed in both humans as well as other animals and which we will explore in this article. We will discuss what learned helplessness is, its causes and what you can do to overcome it.  What Is Learned Helplessness? The concept of "learned helplessness" emerged in 1967 after a series of experiments on animals carried out by psychologists Martin Seligman and Steven F. Maier. They conditioned dogs by administering a mild shock whenever they heard a bell ring. Right now, you're probably thinking of ethical concerns regarding the use of animals in this type of research, but you need to keep in mind that these were different times.  After the dogs were conditioned, they were put in a large crate divided in two by a low fence. One side of the crate was wired to give mild shocks while the other side wasn't. To escape the shocks, the dogs would only have to hop the low fence and get to the safe side, but they didn't. They stayed put and simply took the chocks. The psychologists attributed this behaviour to the dogs having been conditioned that there was nothing they could do to stop the shocks because when they did the test on dogs that had not been conditioned, they easily jumped over the fence.  Since then, the concept of learned helplessness has been demonstrated on different animal species, including humans.  Learned Helplessness in Children and Adults When it comes to people, learned helplessness often stems from childhood experiences. For example, children raised in institutionalized settings or by unreliable and unresponsive caregivers often exhibit symptoms of this behavioural pattern.  In this sort of environment, children go through repeated experiences that reinforce feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. They may grow up with the belief that there is nothing they can do to change their problems, and they have to accept them as if these problems were their fate.  Common signed of learned helplessness in children include: Passivity Low self-esteem Poor motivation Frustration Procrastination Lack of effort Giving up Not asking for help Learned helplessness in children is also strongly linked to academic struggles. If a child makes efforts to do well in school and get good grades, but despite his or her efforts, they still do poorly, they might reach the conclusion that their performance is out of their control which will affect their self-worth.  They'll start to believe that they simply don't have what it takes to succeed, lose motivation, stop trying, and their grades will suffer even more. This learned helplessness regarding academic performance can, in turn, negatively impact their career prospects and affect their confidence and sense of self-worth as adults. In adults, we see signs of learned helplessness when a person doesn't learn or use adaptive responses when faced with difficult situations. They fail to resolve an issue despite there being a potential solution because they believe that bad things will happen no matter what they do, and since they have such little control, they should just accept it.  To give an example of learned helplessness in adults, victims of domestic abuse often hesitate to leave their abuser even if help and support are available because they develop a belief that they cannot escape this type of situation.  However, not everyone that goes through this type of experiences develops patterns of learned helplessness, and it appears that an individual's explanatory style plays a key role. The explanatory style, as the name suggests, is the way someone explains events to themselves. Individuals with a pessimistic explanatory style are more likely to experience learned helplessness because it causes them to view negative events as an unavoidable result of their shortcomings.  Learned Helplessness and Mental Health Learned helplessness may lead to higher levels of anxiety and can influence the persistence and severity of mental health conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder or depression. Moreover, learned helplessness might cause people experiencing anxiety and depression to see their symptoms as unavoidable and untreatable, so they refuse treatment. They enter a vicious circle where their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness intensify symptoms of anxiety or depression which in turn intensify their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, convincing them that there's nothing they can do to improve their quality of life.  In reality, people can overcome learned helplessness and the most common and effective form of treatment is therapy, in particular, CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  Throughout their therapy sessions, a person with patterns of learned helplessness can: Explore the origins of their learned helplessness Identify the thought patterns that contribute to their learned helplessness Identify behavioural patterns that reinforce learned helplessness Replace these thoughts and behaviours with more beneficial ones Learn techniques that can decrease the distress caused by feelings of helplessness and hopelessness Learn to work through difficult emotions Talk about abuse, neglect or trauma they may have experienced Receive support and encouragement Learn how to set goals for themselves and how to follow through Ultimately, learned helplessness is a conditioned response – a response learned via associations between past experiences and current ones. If a behaviour is rewarded or reinforced, we are likely to repeat it, and if we are punished for the same behaviour, we will avoid it in the future. This means that the key to breaking out of this pattern of learned helplessness is to unlearn the associations that made us believe that our efforts are futile and we should just accept whatever negative factors are decreasing our quality of life.
    Sep 16, 2020 1363
  • 18 Aug 2020
    It's easy to start making plans to exercise. Either it's your New Year's resolution for the fifth year in a row, or maybe you watched a motivational video and told yourself you're going to start going to the gym. Several weeks later you either never started, or you're on an indefinite break. You're not alone. We've all been there. Motivation is very finicky and usually deserts us when we need it the most. Part of the problem is the way we view motivation. We keep thinking it will just come to us. One day we wake up, and suddenly we'll feel like it. From that moment everything will change. Reality, as you probably already know, doesn't work that way. In fact, more often than not, if we feel even a tiny bit of enthusiasm, what immediately pops into our minds is some excuse why we should postpone it. When it comes to exercising, the truth is that, at least in the beginning, you're never going to feel like it. Motivation will be something you need to create for yourself. Breaking Down Barriers The first step to creating motivation is to break down your mental barriers. What's stopping you from exercising? We're all too familiar with our excuses: we're too tired right now, it's such a busy time at work, it's raining today and tomorrow it will be sunny, it's better to start on a sunny day, it's sunny today, but it's too hot, etc.  But what are the real reasons you don't exercise? Let's look at some of the common ones. It's Unfamiliar If you're not used to exercising regularly, it can be quite intimidating. Unfortunately, any workout routine is hardest in the beginning when you're out of shape. Perhaps you've started and quit several times because you felt exhausted. Then, whenever you're going through a stressful period, you ask yourself: How am I going to fit this into my already busy schedule? And the answer is you don't. What's the solution? Start with manageable goals until you form a habit. Once you find a routine that you can manage both in terms of time and energy, you won't be as tempted to quit. As your fitness level increases, you will find it easier to increase the intensity of your workout without losing motivation. Life Is Sedentary Our modern lives don't give us many opportunities to exercise. You can't get a lot of things done without much physical activity. You work in an office, so you sit all day. You're not moving that much, but it's intellectually demanding and leaves you feeling drained. Then you drive home. You're too tired to cook, so you order takeout. Actually, you can even order your groceries. If you were raised in an active family and you're used to an active lifestyle, you won't have as much difficulty sticking to your fitness goals. But if you don't have that foundation, you have to start from scratch. We View Exercise as a Luxury   Although we know that getting enough exercise is essential to maintaining our health, we still view it as a luxury. As an adult with more responsibilities than you could ever dream of and endless to-do lists, you almost feel guilty when you take the time to go jogging or to a Zumba class. It feels selfish. So you tell yourself you get enough exercise running after the kids and cleaning the house. Then you start thinking about shortcuts. Pills, diets, gadgets, plastic surgery – anything that promises to deliver the same results but without actually exercising. We have to start thinking about regular exercise as a necessity rather than a hobby. The same way you need to brush your teeth, you need to exercise. Give it Meaning Once you've broken down your barriers, you'll want to set some goals. Most people have some sort of goal in mind when they decide to start exercising. Maybe it's losing weight, building muscle mass or simply staying healthy. It's good to have future goals, but if you want to stay motivated, you need more than that. You need to give it meaning. What does losing weight, building muscle mass or staying healthy mean to you? What value does it have? Since it may take many months to achieve these goals, you need to find something that can keep you going every step of the way. You'll also want to focus on the more immediate benefits of exercising like how it reduces stress, gives you more energy, helps you focus and sleep better. Then you'll want to write down daily and weekly goals. For example, you can start by walking 20 minutes per day for a week, and the next week you'll increase it to 25. You need to always know what you're working for – small goals, big goals and why it means so much to you. Our last tip is to experiment and find what works for you. Most people just try to imitate the mainstream idea of exercise. If that doesn't suit you, it doesn't mean you have to give up altogether. Let's say you don't like going to the gym. You don't have any good gyms close by, and you don't have the time to commute. Moreover, having to exercise in front of other people makes you uncomfortable. Then don't go to the gym. That's not the only option. The same technology that keeps us sedentary can help us find new ways to become more active. You can try virtual fitness classes, maybe play fitness video games, find video tutorials you like. If you get bored while exercising, you could get a treadmill or stationary bike and watch your favourite TV show while exercising. This works even better if you allow yourself to watch the show only when you exercise. You want something more social but still not the gym? How about taking dancing classes? Forget the rules. You need to start with something you like. Something that doesn't feel like a chore. As we said before, gradually your fitness level will increase, you'll have more energy, and you can build more intense workout routines.  
    2009 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • It's easy to start making plans to exercise. Either it's your New Year's resolution for the fifth year in a row, or maybe you watched a motivational video and told yourself you're going to start going to the gym. Several weeks later you either never started, or you're on an indefinite break. You're not alone. We've all been there. Motivation is very finicky and usually deserts us when we need it the most. Part of the problem is the way we view motivation. We keep thinking it will just come to us. One day we wake up, and suddenly we'll feel like it. From that moment everything will change. Reality, as you probably already know, doesn't work that way. In fact, more often than not, if we feel even a tiny bit of enthusiasm, what immediately pops into our minds is some excuse why we should postpone it. When it comes to exercising, the truth is that, at least in the beginning, you're never going to feel like it. Motivation will be something you need to create for yourself. Breaking Down Barriers The first step to creating motivation is to break down your mental barriers. What's stopping you from exercising? We're all too familiar with our excuses: we're too tired right now, it's such a busy time at work, it's raining today and tomorrow it will be sunny, it's better to start on a sunny day, it's sunny today, but it's too hot, etc.  But what are the real reasons you don't exercise? Let's look at some of the common ones. It's Unfamiliar If you're not used to exercising regularly, it can be quite intimidating. Unfortunately, any workout routine is hardest in the beginning when you're out of shape. Perhaps you've started and quit several times because you felt exhausted. Then, whenever you're going through a stressful period, you ask yourself: How am I going to fit this into my already busy schedule? And the answer is you don't. What's the solution? Start with manageable goals until you form a habit. Once you find a routine that you can manage both in terms of time and energy, you won't be as tempted to quit. As your fitness level increases, you will find it easier to increase the intensity of your workout without losing motivation. Life Is Sedentary Our modern lives don't give us many opportunities to exercise. You can't get a lot of things done without much physical activity. You work in an office, so you sit all day. You're not moving that much, but it's intellectually demanding and leaves you feeling drained. Then you drive home. You're too tired to cook, so you order takeout. Actually, you can even order your groceries. If you were raised in an active family and you're used to an active lifestyle, you won't have as much difficulty sticking to your fitness goals. But if you don't have that foundation, you have to start from scratch. We View Exercise as a Luxury   Although we know that getting enough exercise is essential to maintaining our health, we still view it as a luxury. As an adult with more responsibilities than you could ever dream of and endless to-do lists, you almost feel guilty when you take the time to go jogging or to a Zumba class. It feels selfish. So you tell yourself you get enough exercise running after the kids and cleaning the house. Then you start thinking about shortcuts. Pills, diets, gadgets, plastic surgery – anything that promises to deliver the same results but without actually exercising. We have to start thinking about regular exercise as a necessity rather than a hobby. The same way you need to brush your teeth, you need to exercise. Give it Meaning Once you've broken down your barriers, you'll want to set some goals. Most people have some sort of goal in mind when they decide to start exercising. Maybe it's losing weight, building muscle mass or simply staying healthy. It's good to have future goals, but if you want to stay motivated, you need more than that. You need to give it meaning. What does losing weight, building muscle mass or staying healthy mean to you? What value does it have? Since it may take many months to achieve these goals, you need to find something that can keep you going every step of the way. You'll also want to focus on the more immediate benefits of exercising like how it reduces stress, gives you more energy, helps you focus and sleep better. Then you'll want to write down daily and weekly goals. For example, you can start by walking 20 minutes per day for a week, and the next week you'll increase it to 25. You need to always know what you're working for – small goals, big goals and why it means so much to you. Our last tip is to experiment and find what works for you. Most people just try to imitate the mainstream idea of exercise. If that doesn't suit you, it doesn't mean you have to give up altogether. Let's say you don't like going to the gym. You don't have any good gyms close by, and you don't have the time to commute. Moreover, having to exercise in front of other people makes you uncomfortable. Then don't go to the gym. That's not the only option. The same technology that keeps us sedentary can help us find new ways to become more active. You can try virtual fitness classes, maybe play fitness video games, find video tutorials you like. If you get bored while exercising, you could get a treadmill or stationary bike and watch your favourite TV show while exercising. This works even better if you allow yourself to watch the show only when you exercise. You want something more social but still not the gym? How about taking dancing classes? Forget the rules. You need to start with something you like. Something that doesn't feel like a chore. As we said before, gradually your fitness level will increase, you'll have more energy, and you can build more intense workout routines.  
    Aug 18, 2020 2009
  • 07 Aug 2020
    Working from home can be great until your pet throws up on your computer, and your neighbor starts renovating their apartment, using all kinds of noisy machinery. Some of us think that working from home is a luxury. Indeed, nothing compares with working from the comfort of our home. However, in the office, your coworkers may often distract you by inviting you to lunch, engaging in conversations, etc. It can be a considerable drawback to get your work done.  Of course, it is helpful to be socially active in the workplace, but you can become easily distracted. At home, it’s easier for you to create a workplace and not be surrounded by coworkers. However, working from home can make you become your worst enemy. Coworkers might not surround you, but you are free to do whatever you want. Not feeling the same pressure to get stuff done may transform you into a lazy and unproductive person. But these issues can be avoided if you follow this great work from home tips. Wake up early! If you want to be productive and finish all your work in time, make sure you get up early in the morning. Set up a few alarms, and make sure you don't fall asleep! Morning sleep is the most confusing, so get started early. When working in an office, you know you have to get up early and get ready. It can help you be prepared in time, as late people are considered unorganized. At home, however, the distance from the bed and desk might seem incredibly long. You may not believe it, but working from home and remain productive is possible. Diving into your tasks as soon as you wake up can be the key to making progress throughout the day. So, wake up, put on a cup of coffee, and start working.  Act like you’re going to the office Pretending you're going to the office can help you be a lot more productive. There's no reason you shouldn't do it if it enables you to be mentally prepared for your daily working tasks. Do all the things you would typically do if you would go to the office. Set up your alarm, get some coffee, and even change to nice clothes. If it sounds weird to you, well, you should know it is helpful for many people. When working from home, it's essential to create a routine and stick to it. It will help you to be more productive and feel a lot more organized. Get ready for the day and act like you're going to the office, or else, you'll find yourself back in the bed. Use the same schedule as if you are in the office. You'll finish your work a lot faster, and remain focused and productive. If you lack certain electronics to make your work complete, such as laptops, iPad & tablets, desktop computers, or computer monitors, you can rent to own computers by merely searching on Google.  Choose a dedicated workspace Just because you're not working at the office, doesn't mean you shouldn't create a working space at home. Working from home brings you comfort and peace, but it can also be why most people engage in other activities while working, and become unproductive. Rather than take your laptop on the couch or bed, create a specific room in your home. Or, you can go from time to time to coffee shops, specifically to work. All you'll need is an internet connection, and you get into the right vibe of focusing on your work. If you can't dedicate your work at home entirely, getting out of the house will help you stimulate your energy and be productive for the rest of the day. Public places can also be helpful for you to work. However, if you feel like you get distracted by those around you, return home and get your stuff done.  Log out from social media Social media is the most well-known reason why people get distracted most times at work. It makes it harder for yourself actually to concentrate and be productive. So, to make it easier for you to focus, log out of every account, and put your phone aside. It might guarantee that you won't be tempting to take too many social breaks. Removing all the browser windows will help you stay focused on your work, and eliminate the chances to engage in too much online activity. Social platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, can give you an uncontrollable impulse to click on them and get sucked without knowing. Eliminating these social networks while working from home can increase your productivity. Take Breaks It can be so easy to engage in your work, that you avoid taking your well-deserved breaks. You shouldn't feel guilty about the fact that you are working from home. Don't let the guilt take over you; use your breaks to relax, watch funny videos, listen to your favorite music, or get away from the desk. Go outside and take a walk, spend some time with a friend, or any other activity that refreshes you and prepares you to continue your work. Breaks, generally, make life easier and recharge you to do a better job. Eat your lunch, take a five-minute break whenever you feel the need, but stick to your schedule!  Determine a schedule and stick to it Specific projects can take longer than you expect. So, for this reason, you'll often do less than you propose. To encourage yourself to do more, estimate how much time you'll spend on each project. Also, it's essential to determine how many tasks to handle in that day. Establish some goals and try to achieve them. Even if you don't succeed in finishing everything you expect, you'll still come out with a solid list of completed tasks. A morning list with what responsibilities you have for that day will help you progress every day. It will help you be honest about yourself, and even though you might feel like doing something else, you'll already know that you've established some rules you need to keep up with. Remember, working from home shouldn't be a reason to be unproductive.
    2605 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Working from home can be great until your pet throws up on your computer, and your neighbor starts renovating their apartment, using all kinds of noisy machinery. Some of us think that working from home is a luxury. Indeed, nothing compares with working from the comfort of our home. However, in the office, your coworkers may often distract you by inviting you to lunch, engaging in conversations, etc. It can be a considerable drawback to get your work done.  Of course, it is helpful to be socially active in the workplace, but you can become easily distracted. At home, it’s easier for you to create a workplace and not be surrounded by coworkers. However, working from home can make you become your worst enemy. Coworkers might not surround you, but you are free to do whatever you want. Not feeling the same pressure to get stuff done may transform you into a lazy and unproductive person. But these issues can be avoided if you follow this great work from home tips. Wake up early! If you want to be productive and finish all your work in time, make sure you get up early in the morning. Set up a few alarms, and make sure you don't fall asleep! Morning sleep is the most confusing, so get started early. When working in an office, you know you have to get up early and get ready. It can help you be prepared in time, as late people are considered unorganized. At home, however, the distance from the bed and desk might seem incredibly long. You may not believe it, but working from home and remain productive is possible. Diving into your tasks as soon as you wake up can be the key to making progress throughout the day. So, wake up, put on a cup of coffee, and start working.  Act like you’re going to the office Pretending you're going to the office can help you be a lot more productive. There's no reason you shouldn't do it if it enables you to be mentally prepared for your daily working tasks. Do all the things you would typically do if you would go to the office. Set up your alarm, get some coffee, and even change to nice clothes. If it sounds weird to you, well, you should know it is helpful for many people. When working from home, it's essential to create a routine and stick to it. It will help you to be more productive and feel a lot more organized. Get ready for the day and act like you're going to the office, or else, you'll find yourself back in the bed. Use the same schedule as if you are in the office. You'll finish your work a lot faster, and remain focused and productive. If you lack certain electronics to make your work complete, such as laptops, iPad & tablets, desktop computers, or computer monitors, you can rent to own computers by merely searching on Google.  Choose a dedicated workspace Just because you're not working at the office, doesn't mean you shouldn't create a working space at home. Working from home brings you comfort and peace, but it can also be why most people engage in other activities while working, and become unproductive. Rather than take your laptop on the couch or bed, create a specific room in your home. Or, you can go from time to time to coffee shops, specifically to work. All you'll need is an internet connection, and you get into the right vibe of focusing on your work. If you can't dedicate your work at home entirely, getting out of the house will help you stimulate your energy and be productive for the rest of the day. Public places can also be helpful for you to work. However, if you feel like you get distracted by those around you, return home and get your stuff done.  Log out from social media Social media is the most well-known reason why people get distracted most times at work. It makes it harder for yourself actually to concentrate and be productive. So, to make it easier for you to focus, log out of every account, and put your phone aside. It might guarantee that you won't be tempting to take too many social breaks. Removing all the browser windows will help you stay focused on your work, and eliminate the chances to engage in too much online activity. Social platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, can give you an uncontrollable impulse to click on them and get sucked without knowing. Eliminating these social networks while working from home can increase your productivity. Take Breaks It can be so easy to engage in your work, that you avoid taking your well-deserved breaks. You shouldn't feel guilty about the fact that you are working from home. Don't let the guilt take over you; use your breaks to relax, watch funny videos, listen to your favorite music, or get away from the desk. Go outside and take a walk, spend some time with a friend, or any other activity that refreshes you and prepares you to continue your work. Breaks, generally, make life easier and recharge you to do a better job. Eat your lunch, take a five-minute break whenever you feel the need, but stick to your schedule!  Determine a schedule and stick to it Specific projects can take longer than you expect. So, for this reason, you'll often do less than you propose. To encourage yourself to do more, estimate how much time you'll spend on each project. Also, it's essential to determine how many tasks to handle in that day. Establish some goals and try to achieve them. Even if you don't succeed in finishing everything you expect, you'll still come out with a solid list of completed tasks. A morning list with what responsibilities you have for that day will help you progress every day. It will help you be honest about yourself, and even though you might feel like doing something else, you'll already know that you've established some rules you need to keep up with. Remember, working from home shouldn't be a reason to be unproductive.
    Aug 07, 2020 2605
  • 22 Apr 2020
    What could be better than having your own dirt bike? You can learn new riding techniques that can be transferred onto the road, not to mention that you enjoy total freedom. Buy a motorcycle already. It doesn’t have to be as powerful as a KTM. Get yourself any kind of ride. If you have been toying with the idea of picking up a dirt bike for some time now, don’t waste any more time and look for a good price.  There are some things you should know when becoming the proud new owner of a dirt bike. Check to see what is there to know. Maybe you knew some of these things, maybe you didn’t. Either way, it’s worth reading.   From the helmet to the boots, you have to be protected     Sometimes when riding your dirt bike, accidents can happen Therefore, selecting the right protective gear is paramount. It will keep you safe on the road and, in case you happen to crash, you won’t end up severely injured.  The helmet will protect you from head injuries during a fall or collision. Unfortunately, it can’t prevent concussions. If you get hit hard enough, you risk being hospitalised.  It’s hard, if not impossible to find an affordable helmet. Actually, protective gear can be pretty expensive. Maybe so, but that’s not a good reason to skimp out on something that can save your life. Don’t buy the most expensive helmet that money can buy, yet get a good piece of protective gear. Helmets such as Bell and Fly are available anywhere. There are some of the best products on the market, meaning that they’re worth the price.  Boots are another thing to place on your shopping list. They protect your feet and ankles, which can get caught between the ground and the foot peg. Additionally, if you wear boots on your dirt bike, it will be easier for you to maintain your overall position. A good pair of boots will protect you against hazards and ensure good stability. Boots may all look the same on the outside, but they’re not the same inside, so choose carefully.      Find a local riding club   At times, you may feel lonely. Nobody in your entourage shares your passion for riding dirt bikes. Why don’t you join a riding club? You can make new friends with open-minded people and, most importantly, get a better idea of what it’s like to own a dirt bike. The best part of all is that you have land and places to go ride when you feel like it. You don’t have a specific schedule to follow. Find out if there are any motorcycle riding clubs in your area.  Get an idea of what the club has to offer before becoming a member. Go to a meeting or talk to one of the club members. Some of the benefits offered by dirt bike riding clubs are access to local events at affordable entry fees and guidance and training and education courses. The conditions for joining the dirt bike riding club are clearly set out in the association’s constitution. If you want you could set up your own club. It’s not a bad idea you know.     Maintain your dirt bike to prolong its life    The dirt bike needs a little tender loving care. Routine maintenance is of the essence because it helps prevent mechanical failure, accidents, not to mention costly repairs. You’re not much of a mechanic, but there are little things you can do to keep the ride running smoothly for as long as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind:  Change the oil regularly – It’s just like changing the oil on your car, the only difference is that you don’t have to get under the hood. Fresh oil safeguards the parts and keeps them lubricated. Generally, dirt bikes require an oil change every 8 hours of riding.  Inspect and clean the chain – If the chain is over tightened, the mechanical linkages will stretch and eventually break. Check the chain tension and ensure everything is alright. If the chain is muddy, let the mud dry and remove it with a nylon brush. Invest in a high-quality lube.  Charge the dirt bike battery – During the winter, you’ll want to put the battery on a trickle charger. Charge the battery up full before storing the ride in the garage. After the long winter months, it’s necessary to charge the battery once again.    Insurance is part of being a responsible dirt bike owner    If you want to be a responsible dirt bike owner, buy insurance. An insurance plan offers protection that is specially designed for your riding situation. If your bike gets damaged, you’re financially responsible, so it’s worth looking into dirt bike insurance options. A comprehensive coverage plan covers legal liability, accidental damage, theft, fire, and so on. Many types of coverage plans exist, so figure out what you need.  No matter your riding plans, there is an insurance policy to meet your needs and expectations. Generally speaking, premiums are affordable and some insurers even offer discounts on existing policies. Dirt bike coverage is available for both registered and non-registered motorcycles. In some countries, dirt bike insurance is mandatory. If you drive an off-road vehicle in Australia, you’ll need insurance.  The cost of the premiums depends on the type of motorcycle, your age, and how much you ride. All in all, coverage doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Even if it did, there’s nothing more important than security. When you’re not using the dirt bike, keep it in the garage. Let your insurer know you keep the ride in a safe place at all times.  If you’re a first-time dirt-bike owner, then you’ve got a lot to learn. You’ll soon discover that being a motorcycle owner is the best thing ever. Your journeys don’t depend on anyone but yourself. Plus, it makes you feel better. You’ll notice a massive improvement in your mood and health. Go out there and start riding.
    3717 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • What could be better than having your own dirt bike? You can learn new riding techniques that can be transferred onto the road, not to mention that you enjoy total freedom. Buy a motorcycle already. It doesn’t have to be as powerful as a KTM. Get yourself any kind of ride. If you have been toying with the idea of picking up a dirt bike for some time now, don’t waste any more time and look for a good price.  There are some things you should know when becoming the proud new owner of a dirt bike. Check to see what is there to know. Maybe you knew some of these things, maybe you didn’t. Either way, it’s worth reading.   From the helmet to the boots, you have to be protected     Sometimes when riding your dirt bike, accidents can happen Therefore, selecting the right protective gear is paramount. It will keep you safe on the road and, in case you happen to crash, you won’t end up severely injured.  The helmet will protect you from head injuries during a fall or collision. Unfortunately, it can’t prevent concussions. If you get hit hard enough, you risk being hospitalised.  It’s hard, if not impossible to find an affordable helmet. Actually, protective gear can be pretty expensive. Maybe so, but that’s not a good reason to skimp out on something that can save your life. Don’t buy the most expensive helmet that money can buy, yet get a good piece of protective gear. Helmets such as Bell and Fly are available anywhere. There are some of the best products on the market, meaning that they’re worth the price.  Boots are another thing to place on your shopping list. They protect your feet and ankles, which can get caught between the ground and the foot peg. Additionally, if you wear boots on your dirt bike, it will be easier for you to maintain your overall position. A good pair of boots will protect you against hazards and ensure good stability. Boots may all look the same on the outside, but they’re not the same inside, so choose carefully.      Find a local riding club   At times, you may feel lonely. Nobody in your entourage shares your passion for riding dirt bikes. Why don’t you join a riding club? You can make new friends with open-minded people and, most importantly, get a better idea of what it’s like to own a dirt bike. The best part of all is that you have land and places to go ride when you feel like it. You don’t have a specific schedule to follow. Find out if there are any motorcycle riding clubs in your area.  Get an idea of what the club has to offer before becoming a member. Go to a meeting or talk to one of the club members. Some of the benefits offered by dirt bike riding clubs are access to local events at affordable entry fees and guidance and training and education courses. The conditions for joining the dirt bike riding club are clearly set out in the association’s constitution. If you want you could set up your own club. It’s not a bad idea you know.     Maintain your dirt bike to prolong its life    The dirt bike needs a little tender loving care. Routine maintenance is of the essence because it helps prevent mechanical failure, accidents, not to mention costly repairs. You’re not much of a mechanic, but there are little things you can do to keep the ride running smoothly for as long as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind:  Change the oil regularly – It’s just like changing the oil on your car, the only difference is that you don’t have to get under the hood. Fresh oil safeguards the parts and keeps them lubricated. Generally, dirt bikes require an oil change every 8 hours of riding.  Inspect and clean the chain – If the chain is over tightened, the mechanical linkages will stretch and eventually break. Check the chain tension and ensure everything is alright. If the chain is muddy, let the mud dry and remove it with a nylon brush. Invest in a high-quality lube.  Charge the dirt bike battery – During the winter, you’ll want to put the battery on a trickle charger. Charge the battery up full before storing the ride in the garage. After the long winter months, it’s necessary to charge the battery once again.    Insurance is part of being a responsible dirt bike owner    If you want to be a responsible dirt bike owner, buy insurance. An insurance plan offers protection that is specially designed for your riding situation. If your bike gets damaged, you’re financially responsible, so it’s worth looking into dirt bike insurance options. A comprehensive coverage plan covers legal liability, accidental damage, theft, fire, and so on. Many types of coverage plans exist, so figure out what you need.  No matter your riding plans, there is an insurance policy to meet your needs and expectations. Generally speaking, premiums are affordable and some insurers even offer discounts on existing policies. Dirt bike coverage is available for both registered and non-registered motorcycles. In some countries, dirt bike insurance is mandatory. If you drive an off-road vehicle in Australia, you’ll need insurance.  The cost of the premiums depends on the type of motorcycle, your age, and how much you ride. All in all, coverage doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Even if it did, there’s nothing more important than security. When you’re not using the dirt bike, keep it in the garage. Let your insurer know you keep the ride in a safe place at all times.  If you’re a first-time dirt-bike owner, then you’ve got a lot to learn. You’ll soon discover that being a motorcycle owner is the best thing ever. Your journeys don’t depend on anyone but yourself. Plus, it makes you feel better. You’ll notice a massive improvement in your mood and health. Go out there and start riding.
    Apr 22, 2020 3717
  • 17 Apr 2020
    Let us ask you this, would you rather watch a video or read a 3000 words blog?  Except for reading lovers, people prefer videos and stats prove it. Cisco, a global technology organisation revealed that in 2020, over 80% of all the web traffic is video.  Do you still have doubts video is a big thing? Have you ever wondered how many users does YouTube have? It gets one-third of the total internet users, over a billion individuals. People upload in 30 days more video content than a major TV network creates in 30 years. Let us put it this way, every 60 seconds, Internet users upload to YouTube 72 hours of video.  Organisations worldwide (90% of online marketers more exactly) use corporate videos to connect with clients, engage buyers, boost sales, and attract possible employees.  It’s a bold (but not smart) choice to neglect corporate video creation these days because data shows it’s one of the best tools you can use to stand out on the market.  Here are our top picks of corporate videos all brands should use not to lose ground to their competitors.  Brand videos Brand videos offer the public an overview of your business because they tell your brand’s story. Over 60% of purchasers buy a product after they watch branded social videos. Brand videos engage customers because they share your mission, goals, vision, milestones, and creation of products.  However, every organisation can make brand videos, so how can you stand out from your competitors? Create authentic content that engages audiences and works as a bridge between the brand and the public. Establish what branding elements make your business unique and transform them into selling propositions. Stay away from technical terms and don’t share too many details about products. Brand videos rely on emotion to create a corporate reputation and engage the public.  Lately, companies are using comedic themes to explain the benefits their services provide because the public reacts better to humorous content.  Training videos For growing companies, training videos are always great because they educate new employees and facilitate the training process. Onboarding training content serves as an introduction to the organisation because it provides information in an interactive manner. Viewers retain over 95% of a message when you deliver it using a video compared to 10% when they read a text.  Training videos save time and money because you don’t pay a specialist for a live demonstration, and your staff can watch the content every time they need it. When the job implies instructions and steps to follow, an onboarding video provides useful information and clarifies complicated details. Uber uses onboarding videos to train its drivers and provides even a step-by-step guide on how they can use the Uber app.   Product videos These videos demonstrate how the product works and lists its features. Most organisations opt for one of two ways of producing a product video. They either focus on the product’s features or on the problem it can solve. The first example is harder to sell because people don’t always understand how a product would benefit them, by discovering its features. The second one offers a hint on how their life gets better because it shows how it solves their problems. A creative product video can include both approaches and increase conversion rates. Videos up to 2 minutes long, engage the most viewers because they present all information the public needs without boring them.  Depending on the goal of the video, you can choose from different ways to present your product. Google promotes a video to showcase its functions, that includes branding elements and engages the audience by sharing experiences they can relate to in their daily lives.  Testimonial videos Prospective customers need to hear what former clients have to say about your organisation to trust it. Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to attract clients because it offers real information about a product. Testimonial videos work similarly to reviews, only that they deliver data in a video format. It can feature former employees or clients who worked with your brand and can offer original reviews about their experiences. Because testimonials are from people who worked with you, they have greater credibility than commercials and they are more likely to persuade individuals to choose your products.  Ask people to review and share testimonial videos on social media to help prospective purchasers understand how your products work. Native videos on social media are 10 times more likely to convince the public than YouTube links. 80% of Twitter users watch video content, so alongside the product and brand videos, you share on this channel to connect with your clients, consider also sharing testimonials.  Corporate event videos If you want to create buzz around an event, use corporate videos to reach viewers. You can use past events to promote an upcoming one. A corporate event video captures the most important parts of past events and turns them into a cinematic video. Pair the video with background music to provide the viewer with an immersive and engaging experience.  You can also hire a company to record the entire event and create a presentation material you upload on your website to highlight the most important moments. It serves as a reminder for your public. Including a video on a landing page makes it 50% more likely to show up on page 1 SERP.  Live streaming is another way to draw attention to an event. You can make live videos on social media to show to your followers how to prepare for the event, what happens during a launching party, and how you evaluate feedback.  Include corporate videos on your blog page to attract more visitors because video content attracts 3 times more people than inbound links.  Now that you’ve gone through our favourite corporate video picks you’ve burning ideas for future content. But before taking action understand what your public wants and which of the above examples better fits them. 
    4088 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Let us ask you this, would you rather watch a video or read a 3000 words blog?  Except for reading lovers, people prefer videos and stats prove it. Cisco, a global technology organisation revealed that in 2020, over 80% of all the web traffic is video.  Do you still have doubts video is a big thing? Have you ever wondered how many users does YouTube have? It gets one-third of the total internet users, over a billion individuals. People upload in 30 days more video content than a major TV network creates in 30 years. Let us put it this way, every 60 seconds, Internet users upload to YouTube 72 hours of video.  Organisations worldwide (90% of online marketers more exactly) use corporate videos to connect with clients, engage buyers, boost sales, and attract possible employees.  It’s a bold (but not smart) choice to neglect corporate video creation these days because data shows it’s one of the best tools you can use to stand out on the market.  Here are our top picks of corporate videos all brands should use not to lose ground to their competitors.  Brand videos Brand videos offer the public an overview of your business because they tell your brand’s story. Over 60% of purchasers buy a product after they watch branded social videos. Brand videos engage customers because they share your mission, goals, vision, milestones, and creation of products.  However, every organisation can make brand videos, so how can you stand out from your competitors? Create authentic content that engages audiences and works as a bridge between the brand and the public. Establish what branding elements make your business unique and transform them into selling propositions. Stay away from technical terms and don’t share too many details about products. Brand videos rely on emotion to create a corporate reputation and engage the public.  Lately, companies are using comedic themes to explain the benefits their services provide because the public reacts better to humorous content.  Training videos For growing companies, training videos are always great because they educate new employees and facilitate the training process. Onboarding training content serves as an introduction to the organisation because it provides information in an interactive manner. Viewers retain over 95% of a message when you deliver it using a video compared to 10% when they read a text.  Training videos save time and money because you don’t pay a specialist for a live demonstration, and your staff can watch the content every time they need it. When the job implies instructions and steps to follow, an onboarding video provides useful information and clarifies complicated details. Uber uses onboarding videos to train its drivers and provides even a step-by-step guide on how they can use the Uber app.   Product videos These videos demonstrate how the product works and lists its features. Most organisations opt for one of two ways of producing a product video. They either focus on the product’s features or on the problem it can solve. The first example is harder to sell because people don’t always understand how a product would benefit them, by discovering its features. The second one offers a hint on how their life gets better because it shows how it solves their problems. A creative product video can include both approaches and increase conversion rates. Videos up to 2 minutes long, engage the most viewers because they present all information the public needs without boring them.  Depending on the goal of the video, you can choose from different ways to present your product. Google promotes a video to showcase its functions, that includes branding elements and engages the audience by sharing experiences they can relate to in their daily lives.  Testimonial videos Prospective customers need to hear what former clients have to say about your organisation to trust it. Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to attract clients because it offers real information about a product. Testimonial videos work similarly to reviews, only that they deliver data in a video format. It can feature former employees or clients who worked with your brand and can offer original reviews about their experiences. Because testimonials are from people who worked with you, they have greater credibility than commercials and they are more likely to persuade individuals to choose your products.  Ask people to review and share testimonial videos on social media to help prospective purchasers understand how your products work. Native videos on social media are 10 times more likely to convince the public than YouTube links. 80% of Twitter users watch video content, so alongside the product and brand videos, you share on this channel to connect with your clients, consider also sharing testimonials.  Corporate event videos If you want to create buzz around an event, use corporate videos to reach viewers. You can use past events to promote an upcoming one. A corporate event video captures the most important parts of past events and turns them into a cinematic video. Pair the video with background music to provide the viewer with an immersive and engaging experience.  You can also hire a company to record the entire event and create a presentation material you upload on your website to highlight the most important moments. It serves as a reminder for your public. Including a video on a landing page makes it 50% more likely to show up on page 1 SERP.  Live streaming is another way to draw attention to an event. You can make live videos on social media to show to your followers how to prepare for the event, what happens during a launching party, and how you evaluate feedback.  Include corporate videos on your blog page to attract more visitors because video content attracts 3 times more people than inbound links.  Now that you’ve gone through our favourite corporate video picks you’ve burning ideas for future content. But before taking action understand what your public wants and which of the above examples better fits them. 
    Apr 17, 2020 4088
  • 13 Apr 2020
    Stress and fear of COVID-19 affect millions of people, especially the ones who already suffer from an anxiety disorder. If you are one of those who are emotionally affected by the pandemic, remember that you’re not alone and you’re not powerless. One thing we know about coronavirus is that it’s very contagious, and a big part of the population is vulnerable.  Still, there is good news for you out there. These tips will help you understand better the situation and get through this challenging and stressful time. Understand Your Fear and Anxiety Unfortunately, we’re living in difficult times, where a worldwide pandemic closed cities and even entire countries. You may have family members on other parts of the country, or you may live in an area that has already been affected by the virus; while others are still hoping. Everyone is wondering “What’s next?”. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, there’s no way of guessing what happens next. Billions of people isolated themselves in their houses because of the number of cases of coronavirus. And it keeps growing, with Europe being by far the most affected region, reaching high mortality peaks. To prevent the spread of the infectious disease, restrictions have been put in place, and people have been asked to stay at home and practice social distancing.  For most people, the surrounding insecurity coronavirus is hard to handle because no one knows how bad things might get. And this is the moment when most people get emotional and too easy to fall into devastating panic and stress. Understanding what is going on and what you’re going through is the first step into getting better. Fear and anxiety are pretty much normal feelings through these tough times. But there are a lot of things that you can do, even in this crisis, to manage coping with stress, fear, and worry.  Don’t Obsessively Check the News Of course, it’s crucial to stay informed about what’s happening in your area and follow advised safety defences and take part to avoid spreading the coronavirus. But there’s a lot of half-truth going around, as well as too much emotional information that can only feed into fear and stress. It’s essential to be realistic, so make sure you’re able to tell the difference. Not everything you read and watch is true.  Limit your time spent in front of the TV watching the news. The more often you check for updates, the bigger the panic. Continually monitoring the news and social media feeds can quickly install the anxiety and fear rather than easing it. We all have different feelings, so pay attention to what makes you feel worried and stressed. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and anxiety is a constant issue, make sure you limit your media consumption each day.  Also, make sure you are asking the right people about recent updates and be careful not to spread wrong information to others. Do your best to verify the information before creating unnecessary panic. If it makes you feel any better, avoid media entirely, and ask someone close to you to pass only major updates you need to know.  Stop Worrying Too Much Everyone is experiencing a massive change in their lives. There are so many things outside of control, including how everything is going to change, how people are going to react after the pandemic, how long the pandemic lasts, and what’s going to happen in our zones. For sure, that’s hard to accept, and most people are searching through the internet to find answers and create different scenarios in their heads. Focusing on what you can’t control can only get you nowhere. Aside from feeling worried, anxious, and stressed. If you find yourself completely caught up in a situation where you always ask yourself “What might happen?”, try instead to focus on the things you can control. For example, you can’t control how bad the coronavirus will affect your city, but you can manage and reduce your risk. Here is some essential advice you need to follow to keep yourself and others safe: Wash your hands as much as possible by using hand soap or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.   Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with dirty hands. Practice social distance for as much as you can and go out only in emergencies. Avoid crowded areas. During grocery shopping, avoid contact with others. Keep 6 feet of distance between you and other people. Help support your immune system by getting plenty of sleep, eat healthily, and exercise every day. Follow all the recommendations received from health authorities.   If you still feel helpless and anxious, try to find a better alternative to maintain your mental and physical health. Online psychological services is a great way to get help and get through this difficult time. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who calls for help during stressful times like this. The purpose is to make sure you do your best to stop worrying and focus on things that matter. Remember that there are people out there that care about you and they want to see you happy and healthy, as much as you would like to see them happy and fulfilled.  Stay Connected with People You Care About Even when you’re physically isolated, make sure you stay connected with friends and family members. It’s vital to practice social distancing even with the ones you most care about. Apparently healthy people don’t have symptoms but can still be virus carriers. That’s why the most important thing to do right now is to maintain social distancing.  But social isolation can come with feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and can impact your physical health. That’s why it’s essential to stay connected with close friends and ask for support when needed. Take Care of Your Body and Inner self This is the essential step in keeping yourself positive and healthy. Taking care of your body and spirit can help you face this unique situation caused by the coronavirus. Don’t go rough on yourself because you’ll generate more anxiety and stress than usual. Remember that you’re not alone in your struggle. Keep a healthy routine by getting regular sleep, have daily meals, or work schedule. Also, make sure you take time and do activities you enjoy. Reading books, cooking, exercising, playing video games. All of these will help you avoid stress and fear. With the right care and intentions, you can remain positive, and don’t forget to protect yourself and others, by changing the way you think. Don’t panic and follow the advice regarding public health and safety. 
    3741 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Stress and fear of COVID-19 affect millions of people, especially the ones who already suffer from an anxiety disorder. If you are one of those who are emotionally affected by the pandemic, remember that you’re not alone and you’re not powerless. One thing we know about coronavirus is that it’s very contagious, and a big part of the population is vulnerable.  Still, there is good news for you out there. These tips will help you understand better the situation and get through this challenging and stressful time. Understand Your Fear and Anxiety Unfortunately, we’re living in difficult times, where a worldwide pandemic closed cities and even entire countries. You may have family members on other parts of the country, or you may live in an area that has already been affected by the virus; while others are still hoping. Everyone is wondering “What’s next?”. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, there’s no way of guessing what happens next. Billions of people isolated themselves in their houses because of the number of cases of coronavirus. And it keeps growing, with Europe being by far the most affected region, reaching high mortality peaks. To prevent the spread of the infectious disease, restrictions have been put in place, and people have been asked to stay at home and practice social distancing.  For most people, the surrounding insecurity coronavirus is hard to handle because no one knows how bad things might get. And this is the moment when most people get emotional and too easy to fall into devastating panic and stress. Understanding what is going on and what you’re going through is the first step into getting better. Fear and anxiety are pretty much normal feelings through these tough times. But there are a lot of things that you can do, even in this crisis, to manage coping with stress, fear, and worry.  Don’t Obsessively Check the News Of course, it’s crucial to stay informed about what’s happening in your area and follow advised safety defences and take part to avoid spreading the coronavirus. But there’s a lot of half-truth going around, as well as too much emotional information that can only feed into fear and stress. It’s essential to be realistic, so make sure you’re able to tell the difference. Not everything you read and watch is true.  Limit your time spent in front of the TV watching the news. The more often you check for updates, the bigger the panic. Continually monitoring the news and social media feeds can quickly install the anxiety and fear rather than easing it. We all have different feelings, so pay attention to what makes you feel worried and stressed. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and anxiety is a constant issue, make sure you limit your media consumption each day.  Also, make sure you are asking the right people about recent updates and be careful not to spread wrong information to others. Do your best to verify the information before creating unnecessary panic. If it makes you feel any better, avoid media entirely, and ask someone close to you to pass only major updates you need to know.  Stop Worrying Too Much Everyone is experiencing a massive change in their lives. There are so many things outside of control, including how everything is going to change, how people are going to react after the pandemic, how long the pandemic lasts, and what’s going to happen in our zones. For sure, that’s hard to accept, and most people are searching through the internet to find answers and create different scenarios in their heads. Focusing on what you can’t control can only get you nowhere. Aside from feeling worried, anxious, and stressed. If you find yourself completely caught up in a situation where you always ask yourself “What might happen?”, try instead to focus on the things you can control. For example, you can’t control how bad the coronavirus will affect your city, but you can manage and reduce your risk. Here is some essential advice you need to follow to keep yourself and others safe: Wash your hands as much as possible by using hand soap or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.   Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with dirty hands. Practice social distance for as much as you can and go out only in emergencies. Avoid crowded areas. During grocery shopping, avoid contact with others. Keep 6 feet of distance between you and other people. Help support your immune system by getting plenty of sleep, eat healthily, and exercise every day. Follow all the recommendations received from health authorities.   If you still feel helpless and anxious, try to find a better alternative to maintain your mental and physical health. Online psychological services is a great way to get help and get through this difficult time. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who calls for help during stressful times like this. The purpose is to make sure you do your best to stop worrying and focus on things that matter. Remember that there are people out there that care about you and they want to see you happy and healthy, as much as you would like to see them happy and fulfilled.  Stay Connected with People You Care About Even when you’re physically isolated, make sure you stay connected with friends and family members. It’s vital to practice social distancing even with the ones you most care about. Apparently healthy people don’t have symptoms but can still be virus carriers. That’s why the most important thing to do right now is to maintain social distancing.  But social isolation can come with feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and can impact your physical health. That’s why it’s essential to stay connected with close friends and ask for support when needed. Take Care of Your Body and Inner self This is the essential step in keeping yourself positive and healthy. Taking care of your body and spirit can help you face this unique situation caused by the coronavirus. Don’t go rough on yourself because you’ll generate more anxiety and stress than usual. Remember that you’re not alone in your struggle. Keep a healthy routine by getting regular sleep, have daily meals, or work schedule. Also, make sure you take time and do activities you enjoy. Reading books, cooking, exercising, playing video games. All of these will help you avoid stress and fear. With the right care and intentions, you can remain positive, and don’t forget to protect yourself and others, by changing the way you think. Don’t panic and follow the advice regarding public health and safety. 
    Apr 13, 2020 3741
  • 08 Apr 2020
    Taking on a construction project is no walk in the park, especially if you’ve never built anything before, not even a birdhouse. It can be extremely stressful, exhausting and challenging on many levels, not to mention it can take a serious toll on your finances. Whether you decide it’s time to replace the roof, remodel your kitchen, give your whole house a makeover or build an annex, no matter how small or large your construction project is, you must be prepared for what’s about to come.  The idea is not to discourage you from the get-go or stop you from fulfilling your construction dreams, but you must know what you’re getting yourself into if you want the whole process to run smooth and avoid unwanted surprises. There are millions of stories about disastrous construction projects from people who couldn’t finish building their homes, went way over the budget, hired unprofessional contractors or found themselves involved in lawsuits, all because they didn’t do their homework beforehand.   A construction project is quite a complex process and there are many things you must take into account. So let’s have a look at the most important aspects you should focus on before you get down to business.  Asking for permission Not all construction projects are created equal. Some projects, usually larger ones, require permission from local authorities. Generally for projects that involve working on the interior you won’t need to ask for permission. Is nobody’s business what countertops you’ll choose for your kitchen or how you’re going to remodel your bathroom.  But exterior projects are something else. Let’s say you want to add an extension to your house. You’ll definitely have to contact the local planning office in this situation and inform them of your plans. You wouldn’t want the authorities to pay you a visit while you’re in the middle of the project and tell you to stop all work. And keep in mind that even for some interior projects you might need planning permission. So before you start knocking down walls, make sure you’re following local regulations.  Planning your budget  Most construction projects, even the less complicated ones, need a healthy budget to back them up. Don’t start something without having the necessary funds in place because relying on money that you don’t already have in the idea that you’ll manage finances as you go can spell disaster for your plans.  Instead you must put down on paper all the expenses involved, from the materials you need to contractor fees and come up with a budget that is as accurate as possible.  Even if you decide to be the handyman and do everything or part of the work yourself to cut down on costs, you’ll still have to pay for the right equipment. Let’s say you want to work on the roof, so you need to hire professional equipment from a company like UK Forks to get the job done. You should take all these expenses into consideration.  Besides, it’s already common knowledge that most construction projects inevitably go over the budget. That’s why it’s best to have some extra funds put aside for unexpected situations. Think of it as a safety net that can save you from tricky situations.  It’s going to get messy  You can build a tree house or you can add a second story to your house – there’s going to be a lot of mess involved. Obviously, the larger the project, the more mess you’ll have to deal with, but it’s something that you simply can’t avoid. Prepare yourself mentally to be surrounded by tools, noise and leftover materials throughout the project. The question is how can you get rid of all the waste that will inevitably accumulate? It’s going to be time consuming and difficult to dispose of it yourself. That’s why it’s best to look for a skip hire service, so you’ll have one less thing to worry about.  Work with professionals No matter how much of a handyman you are, sometimes you can’t do it all by yourself. That’s when you need to look for reliable people to work with who will help you complete your dream project. You should hire professionals in every domain, from architects to designers, plumbers or electricians who can provide quality services and give you peace of mind. It’s not easy to find the right contractors, so you must put some effort into it and make sure that the people you take in your team are trustworthy. Do a bit of research and get to know them before you sign a contract. It’s always a good idea to read reviews or talk to other clients they have worked with to help you decide.  Project management If you’ve decided to leave it all in the hands of the contractors, don’t assume your job is done and you can go sip a cocktail while they’re working for you. Someone has to supervise all the tasks and manage the project every step of the way. If you have a full-time job and you don’t have enough time to oversee the project yourself, you must find someone to do it for you. For smaller projects you can ask a family member or friend to help you out, but for more complex projects you’ll need a construction manager to run the show. That way you’ll know the work will be done on time and you can move on with your life.  Stay grounded  It’s not easy to keep calm and carry on when you’re dealing with a construction project and things don’t go as planned. The reality is that most of the time, things won’t go as planned. There are so many variables and millions of things that can go wrong and you simply can’t control everything. It’s important to know your limits and only take on tasks that you are able to handle, just as it’s important to manage your stress levels and accept the chaos and uncertainty that come with the job. You must expect the unexpected and try to approach each situation with calm and patience if you want to maintain your sanity. 
    3539 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Taking on a construction project is no walk in the park, especially if you’ve never built anything before, not even a birdhouse. It can be extremely stressful, exhausting and challenging on many levels, not to mention it can take a serious toll on your finances. Whether you decide it’s time to replace the roof, remodel your kitchen, give your whole house a makeover or build an annex, no matter how small or large your construction project is, you must be prepared for what’s about to come.  The idea is not to discourage you from the get-go or stop you from fulfilling your construction dreams, but you must know what you’re getting yourself into if you want the whole process to run smooth and avoid unwanted surprises. There are millions of stories about disastrous construction projects from people who couldn’t finish building their homes, went way over the budget, hired unprofessional contractors or found themselves involved in lawsuits, all because they didn’t do their homework beforehand.   A construction project is quite a complex process and there are many things you must take into account. So let’s have a look at the most important aspects you should focus on before you get down to business.  Asking for permission Not all construction projects are created equal. Some projects, usually larger ones, require permission from local authorities. Generally for projects that involve working on the interior you won’t need to ask for permission. Is nobody’s business what countertops you’ll choose for your kitchen or how you’re going to remodel your bathroom.  But exterior projects are something else. Let’s say you want to add an extension to your house. You’ll definitely have to contact the local planning office in this situation and inform them of your plans. You wouldn’t want the authorities to pay you a visit while you’re in the middle of the project and tell you to stop all work. And keep in mind that even for some interior projects you might need planning permission. So before you start knocking down walls, make sure you’re following local regulations.  Planning your budget  Most construction projects, even the less complicated ones, need a healthy budget to back them up. Don’t start something without having the necessary funds in place because relying on money that you don’t already have in the idea that you’ll manage finances as you go can spell disaster for your plans.  Instead you must put down on paper all the expenses involved, from the materials you need to contractor fees and come up with a budget that is as accurate as possible.  Even if you decide to be the handyman and do everything or part of the work yourself to cut down on costs, you’ll still have to pay for the right equipment. Let’s say you want to work on the roof, so you need to hire professional equipment from a company like UK Forks to get the job done. You should take all these expenses into consideration.  Besides, it’s already common knowledge that most construction projects inevitably go over the budget. That’s why it’s best to have some extra funds put aside for unexpected situations. Think of it as a safety net that can save you from tricky situations.  It’s going to get messy  You can build a tree house or you can add a second story to your house – there’s going to be a lot of mess involved. Obviously, the larger the project, the more mess you’ll have to deal with, but it’s something that you simply can’t avoid. Prepare yourself mentally to be surrounded by tools, noise and leftover materials throughout the project. The question is how can you get rid of all the waste that will inevitably accumulate? It’s going to be time consuming and difficult to dispose of it yourself. That’s why it’s best to look for a skip hire service, so you’ll have one less thing to worry about.  Work with professionals No matter how much of a handyman you are, sometimes you can’t do it all by yourself. That’s when you need to look for reliable people to work with who will help you complete your dream project. You should hire professionals in every domain, from architects to designers, plumbers or electricians who can provide quality services and give you peace of mind. It’s not easy to find the right contractors, so you must put some effort into it and make sure that the people you take in your team are trustworthy. Do a bit of research and get to know them before you sign a contract. It’s always a good idea to read reviews or talk to other clients they have worked with to help you decide.  Project management If you’ve decided to leave it all in the hands of the contractors, don’t assume your job is done and you can go sip a cocktail while they’re working for you. Someone has to supervise all the tasks and manage the project every step of the way. If you have a full-time job and you don’t have enough time to oversee the project yourself, you must find someone to do it for you. For smaller projects you can ask a family member or friend to help you out, but for more complex projects you’ll need a construction manager to run the show. That way you’ll know the work will be done on time and you can move on with your life.  Stay grounded  It’s not easy to keep calm and carry on when you’re dealing with a construction project and things don’t go as planned. The reality is that most of the time, things won’t go as planned. There are so many variables and millions of things that can go wrong and you simply can’t control everything. It’s important to know your limits and only take on tasks that you are able to handle, just as it’s important to manage your stress levels and accept the chaos and uncertainty that come with the job. You must expect the unexpected and try to approach each situation with calm and patience if you want to maintain your sanity. 
    Apr 08, 2020 3539
  • 11 Mar 2020
    An office renovation is a time of excitement for any business. Even though the headquarters remains unmoved, a renovation still represents a fresh start and a chance to breathe new life over the company’s identity. The reasons for an office renovation can be many. Maybe you need to make room for the team to grow, or the space simply does not resonate with the company image anymore. Whatever the reasons may be, before you start tearing down walls and floors, there are some things you need to take into consideration.  Now, I won’t tell you how to completely redesign your office, but the following advice is meant to help you make some changes that will boost employee satisfaction and productivity.  Maximize lighting, both natural and artificial  I’m going to start with lighting because I can not stress how important it is for an office space to be well lit up. Employees spend several hours a day in front of a computer, or reading documents. Bad lighting can take a toll on your employees’ eyes, reducing productivity and increasing the risk of developing eye problems.  Start by installing an efficient lighting system that has just enough light fixtures to illuminate key areas in the office, such as employee desks, common spaces, and conference rooms.  Another way to maximize lighting is to combine artificial and natural light sources. Consider replacing the windows with some larger ones, to not only bring in more sunlight but also create the illusion of space. It may sound like a complicated process, but the outcome will be worth it.  If you are not going to replace windows, then consider giving them a thorough cleaning at least, to allow light to pass through. Hiring a spider lift so that your cleaning staff has access to high areas is all you need.  Include collaborative, as well as private workspaces If your office has cubicles, now is the time to consider ditching them completely. Employees certainly don’t enjoy being trapped in a cube for 8 hours a day, plus they take up a lot of space. Instead, why not go for large tables that fit 6-8 employees? These will take up much little space and make the place look less crowded.  If people need to work alone from time to time, either because they need to be on the phone for longer, or they simply need a quiet space, you can also design some individual offices that employees can use.  Allow people to have the option to work in a collaborative, as well as in a private working space from time to time. This will boost productivity and help maximize the space you have available.  Consider switching to glass walls Another great way to make the space seem larger is to use glass walls. You have probably seen this in a lot of offices from movies and TV shows, where they have conference rooms surrounded by glass walls instead of concrete. This gives out the illusion of a much bigger and brighter office space, plus it looks more modern and appealing. You can also use glass walls to separate an open-space office into smaller office rooms. This way, you get every team working together in the same space, but also provide privacy for each department to work on their tasks.  Make use of vertical spaces If you have a small office, why not leave the floor as free as possible and consider installing some shelves on the walls for storage? Wall desks can have drawers and shelves above them, to still maintain the necessary storage space. If you have a storage room, why not build shelves all up to the ceiling and install a library staircase to access everything? Remember the huge library they had in the infamous TV series, Suits? Now, I know that may take a lot of financial resources to build, but you can draw inspiration from it at least.  Bring some color into the office space You may think that keeping everything as neutral as possible when it comes to colors will show more professionalism, but that’s not necessarily the case. Now is a good moment to bring some color into the office and turn the place into something inspiring.  No, I’m not saying you should paint each room a different color, but an accent wall or some murals should do it. Avoid sticking to whites or grays, as they will only make the office seem more bland. Instead, go for colors such as green, blue, orange or light purple, as they are more subtle, but can turn the space around.  If you don’t want to paint the walls, maybe go for some interesting wall art? Big paintings, that will brighten up the space, or a plant wall to keep things fresh can be a great option.  Allow employees to be creative Even though you will probably take care of most of the renovation process, remember that you are not the only one working there. Allow employees to show their creativity and be a part of the process as well. Let them personalize their office space to their own likings, let them bring plants, hand up photos on their walls and make the space feel closer to home. After all, they are spending a good part of their day there, so they need to feel comfortable.  Another way to get them to e involved in the process is to ask for suggestions before the renovation begins. Ask them to come up with ideas and go through the list when making the renovation plan. Chances are, you will see a number of repetitive ideas, which means there are some issues that need to be taken care of.  An office renovation is a perfect opportunity to not only maximize office space and make the most out of what you got. It is also the moment to let creativity shine and transform the office into an enjoyable place for you, for the employees, and for the clients as well. 
    3422 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • An office renovation is a time of excitement for any business. Even though the headquarters remains unmoved, a renovation still represents a fresh start and a chance to breathe new life over the company’s identity. The reasons for an office renovation can be many. Maybe you need to make room for the team to grow, or the space simply does not resonate with the company image anymore. Whatever the reasons may be, before you start tearing down walls and floors, there are some things you need to take into consideration.  Now, I won’t tell you how to completely redesign your office, but the following advice is meant to help you make some changes that will boost employee satisfaction and productivity.  Maximize lighting, both natural and artificial  I’m going to start with lighting because I can not stress how important it is for an office space to be well lit up. Employees spend several hours a day in front of a computer, or reading documents. Bad lighting can take a toll on your employees’ eyes, reducing productivity and increasing the risk of developing eye problems.  Start by installing an efficient lighting system that has just enough light fixtures to illuminate key areas in the office, such as employee desks, common spaces, and conference rooms.  Another way to maximize lighting is to combine artificial and natural light sources. Consider replacing the windows with some larger ones, to not only bring in more sunlight but also create the illusion of space. It may sound like a complicated process, but the outcome will be worth it.  If you are not going to replace windows, then consider giving them a thorough cleaning at least, to allow light to pass through. Hiring a spider lift so that your cleaning staff has access to high areas is all you need.  Include collaborative, as well as private workspaces If your office has cubicles, now is the time to consider ditching them completely. Employees certainly don’t enjoy being trapped in a cube for 8 hours a day, plus they take up a lot of space. Instead, why not go for large tables that fit 6-8 employees? These will take up much little space and make the place look less crowded.  If people need to work alone from time to time, either because they need to be on the phone for longer, or they simply need a quiet space, you can also design some individual offices that employees can use.  Allow people to have the option to work in a collaborative, as well as in a private working space from time to time. This will boost productivity and help maximize the space you have available.  Consider switching to glass walls Another great way to make the space seem larger is to use glass walls. You have probably seen this in a lot of offices from movies and TV shows, where they have conference rooms surrounded by glass walls instead of concrete. This gives out the illusion of a much bigger and brighter office space, plus it looks more modern and appealing. You can also use glass walls to separate an open-space office into smaller office rooms. This way, you get every team working together in the same space, but also provide privacy for each department to work on their tasks.  Make use of vertical spaces If you have a small office, why not leave the floor as free as possible and consider installing some shelves on the walls for storage? Wall desks can have drawers and shelves above them, to still maintain the necessary storage space. If you have a storage room, why not build shelves all up to the ceiling and install a library staircase to access everything? Remember the huge library they had in the infamous TV series, Suits? Now, I know that may take a lot of financial resources to build, but you can draw inspiration from it at least.  Bring some color into the office space You may think that keeping everything as neutral as possible when it comes to colors will show more professionalism, but that’s not necessarily the case. Now is a good moment to bring some color into the office and turn the place into something inspiring.  No, I’m not saying you should paint each room a different color, but an accent wall or some murals should do it. Avoid sticking to whites or grays, as they will only make the office seem more bland. Instead, go for colors such as green, blue, orange or light purple, as they are more subtle, but can turn the space around.  If you don’t want to paint the walls, maybe go for some interesting wall art? Big paintings, that will brighten up the space, or a plant wall to keep things fresh can be a great option.  Allow employees to be creative Even though you will probably take care of most of the renovation process, remember that you are not the only one working there. Allow employees to show their creativity and be a part of the process as well. Let them personalize their office space to their own likings, let them bring plants, hand up photos on their walls and make the space feel closer to home. After all, they are spending a good part of their day there, so they need to feel comfortable.  Another way to get them to e involved in the process is to ask for suggestions before the renovation begins. Ask them to come up with ideas and go through the list when making the renovation plan. Chances are, you will see a number of repetitive ideas, which means there are some issues that need to be taken care of.  An office renovation is a perfect opportunity to not only maximize office space and make the most out of what you got. It is also the moment to let creativity shine and transform the office into an enjoyable place for you, for the employees, and for the clients as well. 
    Mar 11, 2020 3422
  • 03 Mar 2020
    The most overwhelming part of planning a baby shower is picking a theme for the party. What should you choose when there are so many ideas out there? What does the future mommy want? Should you choose the theme or should you ask the parents-to-be if they have any preferences?  Do you lack inspiration? The Internet is the best resource to find a perfect theme. And if you want a fancy idea then you should inspire from celebrities because their baby showers are like regular moms-to-be baby showers, except more opulent. But not all of them like fancy things, some choose to be creative and leave extravagant celebrations for Beyoncé. Celebrity mamas are the best source of inspiration for this type of celebration. Why have a baby shower? If you are the mom-to-be you may wonder why should you have a baby shower when you are so busy getting the room ready, seeing the doctor, and planning everything for when the baby arrives. The answer is that it’s relaxing and fun, and the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones before your baby keeps you busy 24/7. Parties can relieve stress and anxiety, states you’ll definitely experience before giving birth.  And where do you count the gifts? Babies need a lot of things and your family and friends are more than thrilled to buy something for the little one. Don’t forget, it’s important to tell them if you prefer pink, blue or gender-neutral items.  Who should host the party? The future mom can plan the party, but she’ll probably be overwhelmed with everything she has to do before giving birth, she won’t have time for organizing the baby shower. So, the best solution is a friend or family member to plan the event. Anyone  willing to celebrate the baby can host the party. As long as the mother is happy, it doesn’t really matter who plans and hosts the festivities.  It’s okay to collaborate with the mother to plan the event because you must find out her opinions and preferences. Even if a surprise party sounds more thrilling, it’s better to tell her what you plan because she is already stressed out with everything she experiences.  Celebrity baby shower themes everyone loves Pajama party – for Kim Kardashian & Kylie Jenner Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are known for their extravagant styles, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t like to unwind from time to time. To celebrate the upcoming arrival of her second child, Kim preferred a pajama baby shower because this theme allows everyone to relax and rest. Her pregnancy wasn’t free of stress and complications, so it’s understandable she preferred something chill. The guests filled their stomachs with Girl Scout cookies and hot chocolate. They installed some indoor tents inspired by the Troop Beverly Hills to take some amazing photos.  And because Kim Kardashian is a true inspiration for her little sister Kylie, when she had to celebrate the arrival of her baby daughter, she chose the same theme. Only this time Kylie hosted the baby shower outdoors and she opted for pink pajamas.  Meditation, and some CBD oil for Kim Kardashian, again Kim Kardashian has 4 kids, so she has plenty of experience with baby showers. Her youngest baby girl and boy were born via surrogate, but it doesn’t mean she didn’t freak out at the idea she won’t handle the things with 4 children running around the house. She also thought it’s ridiculous to have a baby shower when she didn’t carry the baby, so she found more fit to throw a party that helps her meditate and relax. And because the baby was soon arriving, she thought the perfect way to celebrate it is to have a little CBD with her friends, to calm down before the storm hits.  She and her celebrity guests laid on mats, practiced yoga, and used infused oils to get into a super zen state. Did it work? It probably did because she is thrilled to have 4 kids.  Flowers and bears for Malika Haqq Malika felt all the love her friends could offer when Khloe Kardashian throw her the baby shower. The event was cozy but lavish because her friends surrounded her with support and love, but they did it on style, with outstanding clothes. For the festive occasion, the Good American Founder chose a cozy theme, flowers, and bears. The venue featured larger-than-life teddy bears, balloons, and nude-colored flowers.  The baby shower decorations Malika had should be an inspiration for all hosts because they’ll impress every mom-to-be. If you plan a party for your friend fill the room with congratulation flowers, balloons, and animals made from flowers and greeneries. And you shouldn’t forget the cake. No party is complete without a cake.  McDonald’s for Chrissy Teigen Chrissy Teigen is famous for her cooking books, so it’s no surprise that for her baby shower Kim Kardashian chose the McDonald’s theme. A pregnant woman gets what she wants, and Chrissy loved her flowers and McDonald’s food. The mom-to-be got everything from Big Macs to fries because she wasn’t shy to share that she craved for fast food during her pregnancy.  It’s hard to imagine that Kim Kardashian smells like McDonald’s, but her entire Bel Air mansion did when she hosted the party for her friend.  Books for Naya Rivera and Joanna Gaines If the mom-to-be loves books then you should inspire from the book-themed party Naya Rivera, the former Glee star, had. She even had a cake created in honor of the children’s classic story, I Love You Forever.  And Naya wasn’t the only one to have a book-themed baby shower, Joana Gaines also has one. Her guests even brought her books to create a library for the baby. We should mention that the celebration was for her fifth child, so it’s understandable that she opted for something more picturesque. The setup was simply adorable, the room was filled with balloons and books.  Here are our favorite baby shower ideas. What are yours?
    3457 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • The most overwhelming part of planning a baby shower is picking a theme for the party. What should you choose when there are so many ideas out there? What does the future mommy want? Should you choose the theme or should you ask the parents-to-be if they have any preferences?  Do you lack inspiration? The Internet is the best resource to find a perfect theme. And if you want a fancy idea then you should inspire from celebrities because their baby showers are like regular moms-to-be baby showers, except more opulent. But not all of them like fancy things, some choose to be creative and leave extravagant celebrations for Beyoncé. Celebrity mamas are the best source of inspiration for this type of celebration. Why have a baby shower? If you are the mom-to-be you may wonder why should you have a baby shower when you are so busy getting the room ready, seeing the doctor, and planning everything for when the baby arrives. The answer is that it’s relaxing and fun, and the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones before your baby keeps you busy 24/7. Parties can relieve stress and anxiety, states you’ll definitely experience before giving birth.  And where do you count the gifts? Babies need a lot of things and your family and friends are more than thrilled to buy something for the little one. Don’t forget, it’s important to tell them if you prefer pink, blue or gender-neutral items.  Who should host the party? The future mom can plan the party, but she’ll probably be overwhelmed with everything she has to do before giving birth, she won’t have time for organizing the baby shower. So, the best solution is a friend or family member to plan the event. Anyone  willing to celebrate the baby can host the party. As long as the mother is happy, it doesn’t really matter who plans and hosts the festivities.  It’s okay to collaborate with the mother to plan the event because you must find out her opinions and preferences. Even if a surprise party sounds more thrilling, it’s better to tell her what you plan because she is already stressed out with everything she experiences.  Celebrity baby shower themes everyone loves Pajama party – for Kim Kardashian & Kylie Jenner Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are known for their extravagant styles, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t like to unwind from time to time. To celebrate the upcoming arrival of her second child, Kim preferred a pajama baby shower because this theme allows everyone to relax and rest. Her pregnancy wasn’t free of stress and complications, so it’s understandable she preferred something chill. The guests filled their stomachs with Girl Scout cookies and hot chocolate. They installed some indoor tents inspired by the Troop Beverly Hills to take some amazing photos.  And because Kim Kardashian is a true inspiration for her little sister Kylie, when she had to celebrate the arrival of her baby daughter, she chose the same theme. Only this time Kylie hosted the baby shower outdoors and she opted for pink pajamas.  Meditation, and some CBD oil for Kim Kardashian, again Kim Kardashian has 4 kids, so she has plenty of experience with baby showers. Her youngest baby girl and boy were born via surrogate, but it doesn’t mean she didn’t freak out at the idea she won’t handle the things with 4 children running around the house. She also thought it’s ridiculous to have a baby shower when she didn’t carry the baby, so she found more fit to throw a party that helps her meditate and relax. And because the baby was soon arriving, she thought the perfect way to celebrate it is to have a little CBD with her friends, to calm down before the storm hits.  She and her celebrity guests laid on mats, practiced yoga, and used infused oils to get into a super zen state. Did it work? It probably did because she is thrilled to have 4 kids.  Flowers and bears for Malika Haqq Malika felt all the love her friends could offer when Khloe Kardashian throw her the baby shower. The event was cozy but lavish because her friends surrounded her with support and love, but they did it on style, with outstanding clothes. For the festive occasion, the Good American Founder chose a cozy theme, flowers, and bears. The venue featured larger-than-life teddy bears, balloons, and nude-colored flowers.  The baby shower decorations Malika had should be an inspiration for all hosts because they’ll impress every mom-to-be. If you plan a party for your friend fill the room with congratulation flowers, balloons, and animals made from flowers and greeneries. And you shouldn’t forget the cake. No party is complete without a cake.  McDonald’s for Chrissy Teigen Chrissy Teigen is famous for her cooking books, so it’s no surprise that for her baby shower Kim Kardashian chose the McDonald’s theme. A pregnant woman gets what she wants, and Chrissy loved her flowers and McDonald’s food. The mom-to-be got everything from Big Macs to fries because she wasn’t shy to share that she craved for fast food during her pregnancy.  It’s hard to imagine that Kim Kardashian smells like McDonald’s, but her entire Bel Air mansion did when she hosted the party for her friend.  Books for Naya Rivera and Joanna Gaines If the mom-to-be loves books then you should inspire from the book-themed party Naya Rivera, the former Glee star, had. She even had a cake created in honor of the children’s classic story, I Love You Forever.  And Naya wasn’t the only one to have a book-themed baby shower, Joana Gaines also has one. Her guests even brought her books to create a library for the baby. We should mention that the celebration was for her fifth child, so it’s understandable that she opted for something more picturesque. The setup was simply adorable, the room was filled with balloons and books.  Here are our favorite baby shower ideas. What are yours?
    Mar 03, 2020 3457
  • 02 Mar 2020
    You’ve heard it millions of time but this is still relevant for many pub owners. Keeping things tidy is the key to success no matter how small your pub might be. No, this will take your neither too much money nor time if you stick with a certain cleaning routine. It’s worth knowing that routines, regardless of their objective are a life saviour, especially for a small business. Pubs have always played an important part in society, let alone the British and Irish cultures where people gather almost every evening to meet their friends, find new ones and “unwind”. No matter how small, darky and cosy your pub might you should be able to maintain its hospitability and cleanness if want to avoid bad reviews. Here are some basic tips on how to maintain that atmosphere without too many efforts.   Care for the Equipment  A pub’s equipment lay at the core of your business efficiency. Because this plays an important role, you might need to maintain it as clean and ready as possible for those tough weekends. Bar equipment is highly expensive, so if you can’t invest in new ones, make sure you don’t neglect what you already have. There will always be tons of liquid to pass through the bar, and equipment that will require much attention from your staff. Keeping this equipment up to date and tidy will help you overcome potential expenses.  A great idea would be to have a reliable contractor for when the equipment fails. He should be able to call or visit you on various occasion to make sure everything goes as planned. When we talk about equipment maintenance, we don’t refer only at the top of the bar but also at the tub and pipes that need to be changed and cleaned often. This can be detrimental for your pub’s efficiency since pubs and beers lines can become very dirty ruining the taste of a great ale.  Despite everything, it’s unnecessary to provide high-quality beer if that beverage travels through a murky tube. This will require a minimum staff training to make sure you avoid such nuisance and it’s not as difficult as you believe, you’ll only have to pump diluted cleanser through the lines and let it soak for a while. After you’ve flashed out the lines make sure you soak and rinse as well every faucet and tap. This simple routine should be taken seriously after each keg, or at every two weeks.  Establish A Cleaning Schedule  It might sound overwhelming for many pub owners but, establishing a quick and efficient cleaning schedule is precisely what your small pub needs to flourish. We’re naturally attracted by tidiness and cosiness, a so small inviting pub at the end of the week where you can enjoy a good ale is more than inviting. To make sure you maintain it so, you should establish a clear, efficient and simple cleaning schedule that everyone can keep up with. A great idea would be to implement a daily, weekly even monthly checklist for cleaning and maintenance that your staff can strictly follow. Remember, there is no time to lose when it comes to business efficiency so, if you simply can’t keep up with your schedule you can always for aged clear cleaning services available in your local town.  Check your daily tasks, see what requires attention at the beginning of the day. Usually, daily tasks may include cleaning dishes and other cooking tools, the floor, the tables and so on. Depending on how you’ll build your schedule you may choose to clean the bathroom thoroughly every week, caring for the ducts and more similar tasks, as the monthly routine should include a complete cleaning of your building, assessing your inventory and such.  Remind Your Employees to Stay Clean  Since your business will depend on this, you should ensure that your staff remains clean and sanitized to avoid contamination in your facility. It’s well known that a bar or a pub has various contaminants in it, from bathrooms, spilt drink and food resulting in sticky floors, and lots of organic waste form your kitchen, you name it.  To avoid any type of contamination, there is a simple solution we’ve all heard kindergarten. All your staff can avoid such issues by sanitizing their hand periodically. It would be even better if your staff uses hand-sanitizer after washing their hands.  Get Rid of the Bad Odours  Pubs from everywhere are famous for their odours. This is not actually a bad thing since it’s an appealing part of the pub culture to have a strong scent of food and beer. Even though this might be an essential part of the pub culture, it’s worth knowing that not every large crowd who eats and drink in your pub, will leave a pleasant odour. To avoid unpleasant smells, we advise you to invest in good quality exhaust fans placed in multiple spots so you can ventilate properly after a rough weekend. Also, with so many varieties of organic fresheners, it would be a shame not to use a few for the sake of your business.  Routine lays at the core of success, and there is nothing that proves otherwise. A pub has never been easy to maintain, no matter how big or small it was. It requires patience, good planning and an efficient routine that will work great for you and your staff. For a great pub efficiency, remember to keep your menu updated, your bar’s fixtures as clean as possible and establish an easy cleaning schedule. Even though this seems very plain, there are many pubs that still neglect simple rules, which makes a huge difference between a successful and unsuccessful small business. Things are easier when you have a dedicated staff and a serious cleaning procedure list that will help you stay on top, so make sure you implement simple, easy to follow rules.    
    3062 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • You’ve heard it millions of time but this is still relevant for many pub owners. Keeping things tidy is the key to success no matter how small your pub might be. No, this will take your neither too much money nor time if you stick with a certain cleaning routine. It’s worth knowing that routines, regardless of their objective are a life saviour, especially for a small business. Pubs have always played an important part in society, let alone the British and Irish cultures where people gather almost every evening to meet their friends, find new ones and “unwind”. No matter how small, darky and cosy your pub might you should be able to maintain its hospitability and cleanness if want to avoid bad reviews. Here are some basic tips on how to maintain that atmosphere without too many efforts.   Care for the Equipment  A pub’s equipment lay at the core of your business efficiency. Because this plays an important role, you might need to maintain it as clean and ready as possible for those tough weekends. Bar equipment is highly expensive, so if you can’t invest in new ones, make sure you don’t neglect what you already have. There will always be tons of liquid to pass through the bar, and equipment that will require much attention from your staff. Keeping this equipment up to date and tidy will help you overcome potential expenses.  A great idea would be to have a reliable contractor for when the equipment fails. He should be able to call or visit you on various occasion to make sure everything goes as planned. When we talk about equipment maintenance, we don’t refer only at the top of the bar but also at the tub and pipes that need to be changed and cleaned often. This can be detrimental for your pub’s efficiency since pubs and beers lines can become very dirty ruining the taste of a great ale.  Despite everything, it’s unnecessary to provide high-quality beer if that beverage travels through a murky tube. This will require a minimum staff training to make sure you avoid such nuisance and it’s not as difficult as you believe, you’ll only have to pump diluted cleanser through the lines and let it soak for a while. After you’ve flashed out the lines make sure you soak and rinse as well every faucet and tap. This simple routine should be taken seriously after each keg, or at every two weeks.  Establish A Cleaning Schedule  It might sound overwhelming for many pub owners but, establishing a quick and efficient cleaning schedule is precisely what your small pub needs to flourish. We’re naturally attracted by tidiness and cosiness, a so small inviting pub at the end of the week where you can enjoy a good ale is more than inviting. To make sure you maintain it so, you should establish a clear, efficient and simple cleaning schedule that everyone can keep up with. A great idea would be to implement a daily, weekly even monthly checklist for cleaning and maintenance that your staff can strictly follow. Remember, there is no time to lose when it comes to business efficiency so, if you simply can’t keep up with your schedule you can always for aged clear cleaning services available in your local town.  Check your daily tasks, see what requires attention at the beginning of the day. Usually, daily tasks may include cleaning dishes and other cooking tools, the floor, the tables and so on. Depending on how you’ll build your schedule you may choose to clean the bathroom thoroughly every week, caring for the ducts and more similar tasks, as the monthly routine should include a complete cleaning of your building, assessing your inventory and such.  Remind Your Employees to Stay Clean  Since your business will depend on this, you should ensure that your staff remains clean and sanitized to avoid contamination in your facility. It’s well known that a bar or a pub has various contaminants in it, from bathrooms, spilt drink and food resulting in sticky floors, and lots of organic waste form your kitchen, you name it.  To avoid any type of contamination, there is a simple solution we’ve all heard kindergarten. All your staff can avoid such issues by sanitizing their hand periodically. It would be even better if your staff uses hand-sanitizer after washing their hands.  Get Rid of the Bad Odours  Pubs from everywhere are famous for their odours. This is not actually a bad thing since it’s an appealing part of the pub culture to have a strong scent of food and beer. Even though this might be an essential part of the pub culture, it’s worth knowing that not every large crowd who eats and drink in your pub, will leave a pleasant odour. To avoid unpleasant smells, we advise you to invest in good quality exhaust fans placed in multiple spots so you can ventilate properly after a rough weekend. Also, with so many varieties of organic fresheners, it would be a shame not to use a few for the sake of your business.  Routine lays at the core of success, and there is nothing that proves otherwise. A pub has never been easy to maintain, no matter how big or small it was. It requires patience, good planning and an efficient routine that will work great for you and your staff. For a great pub efficiency, remember to keep your menu updated, your bar’s fixtures as clean as possible and establish an easy cleaning schedule. Even though this seems very plain, there are many pubs that still neglect simple rules, which makes a huge difference between a successful and unsuccessful small business. Things are easier when you have a dedicated staff and a serious cleaning procedure list that will help you stay on top, so make sure you implement simple, easy to follow rules.    
    Mar 02, 2020 3062
  • 02 Mar 2020
    From the story of the famous Disney character Sleeping Beauty to every person we know who insists on taking their afternoon nap for aesthetic purposes, it seems that beauty and sleep are often correlated. Now, we have no clue whether Sleeping Beauty is described by Disney as a beautiful girl because she was asleep for a very long, long time. But we do know that sleeping can actually have a major impact on the way you look. Or at least, that’s what studies suggest. For a very long time, before the ‘50s, specialists believed that sleeping was a passive activity that made our brain and body inoperative. However, later, they have come to the conclusion that sleep is actually a period during which the human brain engages in several activities necessary to life. Activities that keep our minds and bodies healthy. Yet, it seems that sleep is no longer good only for your body and your brain but for your appearance too. If you think that sleep is a negative time in your day, let us tell you that your brain and several other systems in your body have a quite different opinion about this one. Sleep deprivation makes you uglier, study shows Recent findings suggest that people who miss out on sleep tend to appear less attractive to others. In fact, the study claims that only a few sleepless nights are enough to affect your appearance pretty significantly. The researchers asked 25 university students, both male and female, to take part in their experiment to see whether or not sleep can affect one’s appearance. And, after taking a good night’s sleep for two consecutive nights, the students had to restrict their sleep to only four hours a night for the next two nights. The effects were recorded with make-up free photographs of the students both after the nights when they were asked to sleep well and after the two, mostly, sleepless nights. But what were the results of the experiment? After the experiment, the researchers requested 122 strangers they found on the streets of Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, to take a look at the photos and rate the attractiveness, health, sleepiness, and trustworthiness of the people in the pictures. Unsurprisingly, the strangers were able to determine if the subjects were looking tired or sleepy, and also pointed out that their attractiveness has suffered. Moreover, the 122 strangers also told researchers that they were less likely to socialize with those students who looked tired, associating them with being less healthy as well. At the end of the experiment, researchers concluded that sleep deprivation does make you look less attractive to the people around you. Furthermore, they also suggested that other’s negative perceptions of a tired person might be driven by a disease-avoiding mechanism. Simply put, people don’t want to hang out with people who might be ill. On the other hand, those who get a good night’s sleep and look energetic and fit tend to get a higher score of attractiveness. Beauty sleep is not a myth Now, you may be thinking that the results of the experiment might not be 100% accurate as there are many relative aspects, including the objectivity of beauty. However, let us strengthen this idea with some medical facts. There are a lot of things going on inside your body and brain as you are floating off to Dreamland. From your immune system increasing the production of certain proteins that fight disease to the production of growth hormone which helps grow and maintain muscles and tissues, your body becomes a rollercoaster of processes and actions. Now, what is the medical explanation of the “beauty sleep”? Well, it all starts right from the moment when you get in bed preparing to get some sleep. At that certain point, your body starts to cool down, nearly half of degree. And, to affect your body’s temperature, the circulatory system starts to increase blood flow to the skin. Once you fall asleep, typically during stages 3 and 4 of your sleep, as mentioned above, your body starts to experience a surge in growth hormone. How is that connected to becoming more beautiful overnight? The growth hormone is generally responsible for regenerating body tissues like muscle and bone. However, growth hormone also plays a big part in maintaining the collagen matrix. Hence, it plays a major role in lessening the severity of wrinkles in the face and neck, at least temporarily, and keeping the appearance of youthfulness. To test this theory, researchers analyzed what happens to the appearance of rats when deprived of sleep. The result? One of the first physical consequences that could be noticed was lesions on the skin. Therefore, this indicates that good sleep in important to the integrity of the skin. Now, the skin is the largest human organ of the integumentary system of a body. Yes, organ! And, this organ is made of 7 layers. Yet, the first layer of the skin is mostly made of closely packed dead cells that are constantly removed during the day. Thus, although it has been proved that skin cells regenerate faster at night than they do during the day, a personalized skincare routine before going to bed still remains paramount for that youthfulness appearance. Stress, sleep, skin Sleep deprivation and stress are interconnected because they can have a major influence on one another. Simply put, you may not be able to sleep because you are dealing with high levels of stress or you may be feeling stressed because you are deprived of sleep. Either way, there’s not going to be any good result from each of these scenarios. But what does this have to do with your skin? Stress can have multiple effects on the integrity of your skin. It can cause diseases such as alopecia areata, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. And, as you might imagine, they can all affect your appearance. As for sleep deprivation, you may already know the short-term and long-term consequences including swollen, sunken eyes, dark circles, and generally pale and dehydrated skin. These studies are good reminders of how important sleep is to us. A good night’s sleep is paramount for mental and physical health and for our youthfulness looks.
    3162 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • From the story of the famous Disney character Sleeping Beauty to every person we know who insists on taking their afternoon nap for aesthetic purposes, it seems that beauty and sleep are often correlated. Now, we have no clue whether Sleeping Beauty is described by Disney as a beautiful girl because she was asleep for a very long, long time. But we do know that sleeping can actually have a major impact on the way you look. Or at least, that’s what studies suggest. For a very long time, before the ‘50s, specialists believed that sleeping was a passive activity that made our brain and body inoperative. However, later, they have come to the conclusion that sleep is actually a period during which the human brain engages in several activities necessary to life. Activities that keep our minds and bodies healthy. Yet, it seems that sleep is no longer good only for your body and your brain but for your appearance too. If you think that sleep is a negative time in your day, let us tell you that your brain and several other systems in your body have a quite different opinion about this one. Sleep deprivation makes you uglier, study shows Recent findings suggest that people who miss out on sleep tend to appear less attractive to others. In fact, the study claims that only a few sleepless nights are enough to affect your appearance pretty significantly. The researchers asked 25 university students, both male and female, to take part in their experiment to see whether or not sleep can affect one’s appearance. And, after taking a good night’s sleep for two consecutive nights, the students had to restrict their sleep to only four hours a night for the next two nights. The effects were recorded with make-up free photographs of the students both after the nights when they were asked to sleep well and after the two, mostly, sleepless nights. But what were the results of the experiment? After the experiment, the researchers requested 122 strangers they found on the streets of Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, to take a look at the photos and rate the attractiveness, health, sleepiness, and trustworthiness of the people in the pictures. Unsurprisingly, the strangers were able to determine if the subjects were looking tired or sleepy, and also pointed out that their attractiveness has suffered. Moreover, the 122 strangers also told researchers that they were less likely to socialize with those students who looked tired, associating them with being less healthy as well. At the end of the experiment, researchers concluded that sleep deprivation does make you look less attractive to the people around you. Furthermore, they also suggested that other’s negative perceptions of a tired person might be driven by a disease-avoiding mechanism. Simply put, people don’t want to hang out with people who might be ill. On the other hand, those who get a good night’s sleep and look energetic and fit tend to get a higher score of attractiveness. Beauty sleep is not a myth Now, you may be thinking that the results of the experiment might not be 100% accurate as there are many relative aspects, including the objectivity of beauty. However, let us strengthen this idea with some medical facts. There are a lot of things going on inside your body and brain as you are floating off to Dreamland. From your immune system increasing the production of certain proteins that fight disease to the production of growth hormone which helps grow and maintain muscles and tissues, your body becomes a rollercoaster of processes and actions. Now, what is the medical explanation of the “beauty sleep”? Well, it all starts right from the moment when you get in bed preparing to get some sleep. At that certain point, your body starts to cool down, nearly half of degree. And, to affect your body’s temperature, the circulatory system starts to increase blood flow to the skin. Once you fall asleep, typically during stages 3 and 4 of your sleep, as mentioned above, your body starts to experience a surge in growth hormone. How is that connected to becoming more beautiful overnight? The growth hormone is generally responsible for regenerating body tissues like muscle and bone. However, growth hormone also plays a big part in maintaining the collagen matrix. Hence, it plays a major role in lessening the severity of wrinkles in the face and neck, at least temporarily, and keeping the appearance of youthfulness. To test this theory, researchers analyzed what happens to the appearance of rats when deprived of sleep. The result? One of the first physical consequences that could be noticed was lesions on the skin. Therefore, this indicates that good sleep in important to the integrity of the skin. Now, the skin is the largest human organ of the integumentary system of a body. Yes, organ! And, this organ is made of 7 layers. Yet, the first layer of the skin is mostly made of closely packed dead cells that are constantly removed during the day. Thus, although it has been proved that skin cells regenerate faster at night than they do during the day, a personalized skincare routine before going to bed still remains paramount for that youthfulness appearance. Stress, sleep, skin Sleep deprivation and stress are interconnected because they can have a major influence on one another. Simply put, you may not be able to sleep because you are dealing with high levels of stress or you may be feeling stressed because you are deprived of sleep. Either way, there’s not going to be any good result from each of these scenarios. But what does this have to do with your skin? Stress can have multiple effects on the integrity of your skin. It can cause diseases such as alopecia areata, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. And, as you might imagine, they can all affect your appearance. As for sleep deprivation, you may already know the short-term and long-term consequences including swollen, sunken eyes, dark circles, and generally pale and dehydrated skin. These studies are good reminders of how important sleep is to us. A good night’s sleep is paramount for mental and physical health and for our youthfulness looks.
    Mar 02, 2020 3162
  • 02 Mar 2020
    Planning to reach Rushmore Mountain this summer? If so, make sure you and your car are entirely prepared for your road trip. To get the most out of this experience, you'd better take good care of your car so it can take care of you. There are various ways you can update your vehicle for the perfect road trip, but one should not overlook the basic maintenance process which is more than necessary if you wish to experience this summer to the fullest. Of course, if you’re not able to tackle this basic maintenance, there is no need to worry since there plenty of services happy to put your car back on track and prepare it for your summer requirements. However, taking some time to tackle basic car maintenance will ensure you and your family peace of mind during the trip, thus you won’t have to deal with unnecessary stops and high bills.  Ensure the Battery is in Good Shape Since not everyone is acquainted with how a car battery works when it dies often happens in the most unexpected moment and place. To avoid that, do yourself a favour and while planning the itinerary send your vehicle to get the battery tested and ready for this summer. To make sure everything goes as planned, make sure there is enough liquid in your battery so you won’t have to worry on the way to your favourite place. Replacing an old battery won’t cause you a hole in the budget, but it might be relevant to test it or even replace it if you wish to avoid your car from shutting down in the middle of a highway. Surely there are plenty of tow truck services that can get you out of this situation, but a smarter move would be to get your battery tested before jumping in the car. Even though many would consider that a battery is a small and insignificant thing to check, this can bring you great consequences if neglected. Pack an Emergency Kit Summer road trips are a reason to live for many individuals. However, because this has never been a totally safe experience, it’s especially important to equip your car with an emergency kit. Simply put, the further away you are from home, the more vital your car’s emergency kit becomes. There are plenty of things that could happen during a road trip, a reason why you should not overlook the importance of it. In case your car breaks down, or you’re unlucky enough to get into an accident, packing an emergency kit could be more than handy in such situations. In case you were wondering what an emergency kit for a car should contain here is a Red Cross recommendation: A durable canvas bag for your supplies Jumper Cables Flat tire inflation canister Extra car fuses First-aid supplies Bottled Water Energy bars Blankets Flashlights with extra batteries Foldable shovel Car fire extinguisher Car escape tool Road maps Seasonal supplies Multipurpose tool Check or Replace Your Tires Getting a flat tire is one of the most common reasons why many people call roadside assistance. Nobody likes it when that happens, you know very well how exhausting the entire process. There are many ways you can check your tires. You either make it possible and do it by yourself or you can ask your nearby auto-service to take care of it, so you don’t have to worry while heading towards your favourite location. Even better, in case this happens while on the road you can ask for a mobile tyre service to help you if you don’t have the necessary experience with your car. Yet, it might be crucial to care for your vehicle tires before heading somewhere this summer.  Thus, if you have enough time at your disposal ensure you verify the tire pressure and know how much air is in them. If necessary, you can add more air to bring the tire to an adequate pressure level. These small maintenances are more than necessary to ensure your family's best summer trip. No matter where you plan to go this summer, make it possible to check your car in time. Change the Oil   Another crucial thing you should not underestimate when it comes to your own well-being and your car efficiency would be to change the oil according to your car’s needs. People usually tend to forget how important engine oil can be for their car’s efficiency. As the oil gets older and thicker a car can’t function properly anymore. It won’t matter that you know how to pour more oil when the level oil gets too low because, in reality, this must be changed. Before equipping your car for the road, ensure you have the proper amount of oil in the engine, and it’s also perfectly clean. Changing your engine oil regularly will help your vehicle function at the normal level, so you won’t have to worry about unplanned stops. Check the Air Conditioning Air conditioning is what makes the difference between a hit summer trip and a nightmare one. Keeping a normal temperature inside your car is essential, especially if you plan to take the elders or the little ones in the middle of the summer. Air conditioning is one of the issues that appears very often during summer. These either don’t work properly or they simply cease to function. Make sure you test your car’s air conditioning before leaving so you can spot eventual problems and take care of it at the proper time. Most probably many exciting road trippers have already experienced plenty of issues that helped them organize better future trips. If this happens to be your first road trip experience, make sure to plan carefully every step from your itinerary and check with your local service how to prepare and maintain your vehicle for an unforgettable summer experience.  
    3464 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Planning to reach Rushmore Mountain this summer? If so, make sure you and your car are entirely prepared for your road trip. To get the most out of this experience, you'd better take good care of your car so it can take care of you. There are various ways you can update your vehicle for the perfect road trip, but one should not overlook the basic maintenance process which is more than necessary if you wish to experience this summer to the fullest. Of course, if you’re not able to tackle this basic maintenance, there is no need to worry since there plenty of services happy to put your car back on track and prepare it for your summer requirements. However, taking some time to tackle basic car maintenance will ensure you and your family peace of mind during the trip, thus you won’t have to deal with unnecessary stops and high bills.  Ensure the Battery is in Good Shape Since not everyone is acquainted with how a car battery works when it dies often happens in the most unexpected moment and place. To avoid that, do yourself a favour and while planning the itinerary send your vehicle to get the battery tested and ready for this summer. To make sure everything goes as planned, make sure there is enough liquid in your battery so you won’t have to worry on the way to your favourite place. Replacing an old battery won’t cause you a hole in the budget, but it might be relevant to test it or even replace it if you wish to avoid your car from shutting down in the middle of a highway. Surely there are plenty of tow truck services that can get you out of this situation, but a smarter move would be to get your battery tested before jumping in the car. Even though many would consider that a battery is a small and insignificant thing to check, this can bring you great consequences if neglected. Pack an Emergency Kit Summer road trips are a reason to live for many individuals. However, because this has never been a totally safe experience, it’s especially important to equip your car with an emergency kit. Simply put, the further away you are from home, the more vital your car’s emergency kit becomes. There are plenty of things that could happen during a road trip, a reason why you should not overlook the importance of it. In case your car breaks down, or you’re unlucky enough to get into an accident, packing an emergency kit could be more than handy in such situations. In case you were wondering what an emergency kit for a car should contain here is a Red Cross recommendation: A durable canvas bag for your supplies Jumper Cables Flat tire inflation canister Extra car fuses First-aid supplies Bottled Water Energy bars Blankets Flashlights with extra batteries Foldable shovel Car fire extinguisher Car escape tool Road maps Seasonal supplies Multipurpose tool Check or Replace Your Tires Getting a flat tire is one of the most common reasons why many people call roadside assistance. Nobody likes it when that happens, you know very well how exhausting the entire process. There are many ways you can check your tires. You either make it possible and do it by yourself or you can ask your nearby auto-service to take care of it, so you don’t have to worry while heading towards your favourite location. Even better, in case this happens while on the road you can ask for a mobile tyre service to help you if you don’t have the necessary experience with your car. Yet, it might be crucial to care for your vehicle tires before heading somewhere this summer.  Thus, if you have enough time at your disposal ensure you verify the tire pressure and know how much air is in them. If necessary, you can add more air to bring the tire to an adequate pressure level. These small maintenances are more than necessary to ensure your family's best summer trip. No matter where you plan to go this summer, make it possible to check your car in time. Change the Oil   Another crucial thing you should not underestimate when it comes to your own well-being and your car efficiency would be to change the oil according to your car’s needs. People usually tend to forget how important engine oil can be for their car’s efficiency. As the oil gets older and thicker a car can’t function properly anymore. It won’t matter that you know how to pour more oil when the level oil gets too low because, in reality, this must be changed. Before equipping your car for the road, ensure you have the proper amount of oil in the engine, and it’s also perfectly clean. Changing your engine oil regularly will help your vehicle function at the normal level, so you won’t have to worry about unplanned stops. Check the Air Conditioning Air conditioning is what makes the difference between a hit summer trip and a nightmare one. Keeping a normal temperature inside your car is essential, especially if you plan to take the elders or the little ones in the middle of the summer. Air conditioning is one of the issues that appears very often during summer. These either don’t work properly or they simply cease to function. Make sure you test your car’s air conditioning before leaving so you can spot eventual problems and take care of it at the proper time. Most probably many exciting road trippers have already experienced plenty of issues that helped them organize better future trips. If this happens to be your first road trip experience, make sure to plan carefully every step from your itinerary and check with your local service how to prepare and maintain your vehicle for an unforgettable summer experience.  
    Mar 02, 2020 3464
  • 02 Mar 2020
    Swimming lessons should be a must for every child and all parents should know that is important to teach their child to swim at an early age. Beyond the fact that swimming is great for your child’s health, it’s needless to say that it’s the only sport that can save your life, and your child’s, too. Plus, your kids will have a lot more fun in family vacations, at the beach, or in the pool. Many parents don’t send their kids to swimming lessons because they assume that their child is doing swimming at school already. But not all school provide swimming lessons, and if they do, are often during certain times. You need to be confident enough to allow your kids to fall into the water and ensure they can handle the situation. The benefits of swimming are many but you need to take into consideration these important facts and understand why is important for your kids to learn how to swim. Safety Goes First Children aged under 14 are drowning because they haven’t learned how to swim. It is crucial for all children to learn how to swim at a very young age. Make sure your child is comfortable around water, as this is essential for their own safety. Even if your children don’t show any interest in swimming, you should still try to convince them that this is one of the best ways in which they can protect themselves in case of falling into the pool. Studies have shown that kids who learn how to swim at an early age are much more responsible and careful when they’re adults. Throughout their childhood, they’ll be exposed to many situations in which it’s safer if they already know how to swim. You will be more relaxed knowing that they have the necessary confidence to get involved in any pool party. Swimming is a Great Way to Exercise You have to keep in mind that swimming is the best way to exercise your entire body. Imagine your kids practicing this sport at a young age, they’ll be so healthy and good-looking when they’ll grow up. By convincing your kids to enroll in a swim program, they’ll get the necessary dose of energy and maybe they’ll keep practicing this sport for the rest of their lives. Swimming is one of the best ways to train your body and is for people of all ages, including kids. Develop Personal and Social Skills During swimming lessons, your kids will be informed to follow instructions from the teacher and socialize with other kids. This will provide them both social and personal skills and prepare them up for their future. Wait no more! Search for kids swimming lessons online, enroll your kids and teach them a skill for life. Develop Physical Skills Swimming can participate in your children’s early development and physical skills. It is well-known that those who learn how to swim during childhood are more creative and intelligent. To develop physical skills in children, it’s important to give them plenty of possibilities to be freely active in different places. Lack of exposure to different physical activities can limit the effect of the development both physically and mentally in the human body. It is proven that children who started their swimming lessons at an early age have much more capability in physical activities than other children who hadn’t. Therefore, why does swimming differ from other physical activities? Because you need to work out your entire body when swimming. It keeps your heart rate up, helps you maintain a healthy weight, keeps your organs healthy, tones muscles, and builds strength. These are the most important health benefits of swimming. Children can Continue to Swim Forever If your kids know how to swim at a young age, this skill may remain forever with them. The quality of their life will improve significantly, as this water exercising helps them to maintain good strength for their body. It’s important for every kid to learn how to swim, especially in case of a fall into the water. Help your kid to understand why swimming is so important in someone’s life. Learning how to swim can begin early in life. Babies and toddlers can be introduced to water before they can even walk. Scientific studies explain that a baby’s brain is developed through movements, so, an activity like swimming should be ideal, right? Swimming is Fun Swimming lessons involve a lot of work and patience. Make sure your kids have enough time to play in the water because this way they’ll learn how to swim better. Playing in the water with toys, or splashing each other is purely fun. It’s a great opportunity for your child to have fun and learn how to swim. One thing that you have to keep in mind is that your children need to go often to swimming lessons if they want better and faster results. Kids who live positive and active lives are happier, more intelligent, and healthier. Swimming can improve balance in someone’s life because when you swim, you have to control your body to maintain a horizontal body position. That can help any swimmer to develop and improve a good balance. Confidence  Swimming is great for building confidence and develop athletic abilities. If your kids dedicate a lot of time to swimming, they’ll become more disciplined and confident. It’s true that they might give up some of their favorite activities to become better at swimming. This kind of dedication at an early age can help them make better decisions in their adulthood. Also, swimming is a great opportunity for your children to meet other kids and built strong friendships. Once they’ll learn how to swim, it’s going to be hard to take them out of the pool. There’s no other sport better than swimming, considering how beneficial is for your health. It provides resistance for building muscles and it helps your body to release stress, which means you’ll feel happier. Because swimming requires a big amount of energy, your kids will sleep better in the evening. This way, they’ll have more energy for the next day. 
    2869 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Swimming lessons should be a must for every child and all parents should know that is important to teach their child to swim at an early age. Beyond the fact that swimming is great for your child’s health, it’s needless to say that it’s the only sport that can save your life, and your child’s, too. Plus, your kids will have a lot more fun in family vacations, at the beach, or in the pool. Many parents don’t send their kids to swimming lessons because they assume that their child is doing swimming at school already. But not all school provide swimming lessons, and if they do, are often during certain times. You need to be confident enough to allow your kids to fall into the water and ensure they can handle the situation. The benefits of swimming are many but you need to take into consideration these important facts and understand why is important for your kids to learn how to swim. Safety Goes First Children aged under 14 are drowning because they haven’t learned how to swim. It is crucial for all children to learn how to swim at a very young age. Make sure your child is comfortable around water, as this is essential for their own safety. Even if your children don’t show any interest in swimming, you should still try to convince them that this is one of the best ways in which they can protect themselves in case of falling into the pool. Studies have shown that kids who learn how to swim at an early age are much more responsible and careful when they’re adults. Throughout their childhood, they’ll be exposed to many situations in which it’s safer if they already know how to swim. You will be more relaxed knowing that they have the necessary confidence to get involved in any pool party. Swimming is a Great Way to Exercise You have to keep in mind that swimming is the best way to exercise your entire body. Imagine your kids practicing this sport at a young age, they’ll be so healthy and good-looking when they’ll grow up. By convincing your kids to enroll in a swim program, they’ll get the necessary dose of energy and maybe they’ll keep practicing this sport for the rest of their lives. Swimming is one of the best ways to train your body and is for people of all ages, including kids. Develop Personal and Social Skills During swimming lessons, your kids will be informed to follow instructions from the teacher and socialize with other kids. This will provide them both social and personal skills and prepare them up for their future. Wait no more! Search for kids swimming lessons online, enroll your kids and teach them a skill for life. Develop Physical Skills Swimming can participate in your children’s early development and physical skills. It is well-known that those who learn how to swim during childhood are more creative and intelligent. To develop physical skills in children, it’s important to give them plenty of possibilities to be freely active in different places. Lack of exposure to different physical activities can limit the effect of the development both physically and mentally in the human body. It is proven that children who started their swimming lessons at an early age have much more capability in physical activities than other children who hadn’t. Therefore, why does swimming differ from other physical activities? Because you need to work out your entire body when swimming. It keeps your heart rate up, helps you maintain a healthy weight, keeps your organs healthy, tones muscles, and builds strength. These are the most important health benefits of swimming. Children can Continue to Swim Forever If your kids know how to swim at a young age, this skill may remain forever with them. The quality of their life will improve significantly, as this water exercising helps them to maintain good strength for their body. It’s important for every kid to learn how to swim, especially in case of a fall into the water. Help your kid to understand why swimming is so important in someone’s life. Learning how to swim can begin early in life. Babies and toddlers can be introduced to water before they can even walk. Scientific studies explain that a baby’s brain is developed through movements, so, an activity like swimming should be ideal, right? Swimming is Fun Swimming lessons involve a lot of work and patience. Make sure your kids have enough time to play in the water because this way they’ll learn how to swim better. Playing in the water with toys, or splashing each other is purely fun. It’s a great opportunity for your child to have fun and learn how to swim. One thing that you have to keep in mind is that your children need to go often to swimming lessons if they want better and faster results. Kids who live positive and active lives are happier, more intelligent, and healthier. Swimming can improve balance in someone’s life because when you swim, you have to control your body to maintain a horizontal body position. That can help any swimmer to develop and improve a good balance. Confidence  Swimming is great for building confidence and develop athletic abilities. If your kids dedicate a lot of time to swimming, they’ll become more disciplined and confident. It’s true that they might give up some of their favorite activities to become better at swimming. This kind of dedication at an early age can help them make better decisions in their adulthood. Also, swimming is a great opportunity for your children to meet other kids and built strong friendships. Once they’ll learn how to swim, it’s going to be hard to take them out of the pool. There’s no other sport better than swimming, considering how beneficial is for your health. It provides resistance for building muscles and it helps your body to release stress, which means you’ll feel happier. Because swimming requires a big amount of energy, your kids will sleep better in the evening. This way, they’ll have more energy for the next day. 
    Mar 02, 2020 2869
  • 27 Feb 2020
    The reason why you want to renovate your home is probably because you want your personal space to look more beautiful and comfortable. Think about the renovating idea as a business plan, so you’ll be more involved and excited to get it done. It’s best if you hire an architect to organize everything, but if you want to save money, you can do it yourself too. There are so many DIY ideas of how to renovate your home beautifully, yet on a budget. The most important thing to do when planning to renovate your home is to plan everything effectively. This article has some awesome ideas on how to renovate your home effectively and economically.  Do Your Research Before you start the renovation plan, it’s best if you do your research first. Why is this important? First of all, renovating your home takes time, costs money, and can be a bit stressful if you don’t organize everything before. And let’s be honest, you renovate your home for the long term, so it’s necessary to be calculated with this investment. You will be surprised to see how many options you have when you start looking for furniture and decorations. For example, the beautiful couch that you liked maybe can be purchased from another store at a cheaper price. This is the whole point of renovating your home on a budget. Also, if you want to change your windows and doors, make sure you choose very good quality ones, as these are worth the investment and increase your home’s curb appeal. It’s important to keep in mind that if you do your research, it’s best to spend less on decorations and supplies that you can find at an inexpensive price. Go to thrift stores, search online for offers, buy second-hand furniture or ask your friends and family if they have some furniture to gift. You’ll see that you can decorate your house beautifully, yet economically.  Doors Create the First Impression Knock, Knock! Who’s there? The first impression of your house is your door. If you can’t, or don’t want to change it, at least make sure you keep it in good condition. Also, the light in your home can be affected by the color of the doors. When dealing with a dark room, try to paint the ceiling, trim, and door the same color. A lighter one, preferably. So, if you are renovating your house on a budget, make sure you paint your door according to the concentration of light in your home. This way, you’ll improve the lightning of your house the way you want to.  Kitchen and Storage When you renovate your kitchen, you probably want to maximize your storage, too. Take advantage of thrift shops in your area or use recycled materials for DIY kitchen cabinets and storage. This can be done on a low budget and can be a really cool renovation of your kitchen. And also, you’ll save money by reusing old materials. Renovating just became easier, right? Replacing and painting your kitchen by yourself will look as good as buying new furniture.  Light comes through the windows, so, when remodeling your home, install large windows. These will provide you with good lighting in your kitchen. If you want to play around with paint, add a shade lighter than the rest of the kitchen. It’ll make the space look larger.  Bathroom Renovation Again, if you don’t plan on changing the items in your bathroom, you can fix up everything. Start by changing cabinet paints, fixing the pressure of the shower, the toilet, etc. Renovating your bathroom can make it look completely different. You have so many affordable options that allow you to give the space a nice look. As long as you use the right renovation ideas, you’ll see that you actually don’t need a lot of money to make your bathroom look expensive. In terms of aesthetics, a few nice elements incorporated into the bathroom will have impressive effects.  If you have some basic handyman skills, you can give your walls a fresh coat of paint that won’t cost you much. Don’t stick to white colors only, play around with other shades that you like. However, renovating the entire bathroom can be quite expensive, so if you don’t have the budget, consider using a few decorations tricks instead. These ideas will allow you to beautify the space and give it a nice, warm feel. Hang New Curtains Hanging new curtains to your windows will change the aspect of the room a lot. If you don’t have the budget to buy new curtains, just make ones by yourself, or improve the old ones. Two of the most important things when choosing your curtains for your windows are color and fabric. The material will dictate how the curtains will look and hold up over time. To hang beautifully on your windows, you have to make sure you choose a nice, qualitative material. Also, remember that sunlight will weaken fabric over time. So, avoid bright colors, as these tend to face faster than dark colors. Materials such as linen, silk, and velvet are the best choices when it comes to changing your curtains.  Ok, so here are the final thoughts. Renovating your home can be a fun and interesting process. If you do it correctly, you can change the appearance of your home beautifully. And on budget, too. You don’t need an expert to renovate your home, you can use your creativity to make nice improvements to your home. Plus, you can buy second-hand furniture or use the old one and repaint it. It’ll look as good as buying new furniture. There are so many ways in which you can renovate and decorate your home, you just have to do your research first. You’ll be surprised to see how many ideas you can use to make your home look wonderful. The goal is to create a space where you feel comfortable. Hopefully, these ideas will help you renovate your home as you wish.  
    1969 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • The reason why you want to renovate your home is probably because you want your personal space to look more beautiful and comfortable. Think about the renovating idea as a business plan, so you’ll be more involved and excited to get it done. It’s best if you hire an architect to organize everything, but if you want to save money, you can do it yourself too. There are so many DIY ideas of how to renovate your home beautifully, yet on a budget. The most important thing to do when planning to renovate your home is to plan everything effectively. This article has some awesome ideas on how to renovate your home effectively and economically.  Do Your Research Before you start the renovation plan, it’s best if you do your research first. Why is this important? First of all, renovating your home takes time, costs money, and can be a bit stressful if you don’t organize everything before. And let’s be honest, you renovate your home for the long term, so it’s necessary to be calculated with this investment. You will be surprised to see how many options you have when you start looking for furniture and decorations. For example, the beautiful couch that you liked maybe can be purchased from another store at a cheaper price. This is the whole point of renovating your home on a budget. Also, if you want to change your windows and doors, make sure you choose very good quality ones, as these are worth the investment and increase your home’s curb appeal. It’s important to keep in mind that if you do your research, it’s best to spend less on decorations and supplies that you can find at an inexpensive price. Go to thrift stores, search online for offers, buy second-hand furniture or ask your friends and family if they have some furniture to gift. You’ll see that you can decorate your house beautifully, yet economically.  Doors Create the First Impression Knock, Knock! Who’s there? The first impression of your house is your door. If you can’t, or don’t want to change it, at least make sure you keep it in good condition. Also, the light in your home can be affected by the color of the doors. When dealing with a dark room, try to paint the ceiling, trim, and door the same color. A lighter one, preferably. So, if you are renovating your house on a budget, make sure you paint your door according to the concentration of light in your home. This way, you’ll improve the lightning of your house the way you want to.  Kitchen and Storage When you renovate your kitchen, you probably want to maximize your storage, too. Take advantage of thrift shops in your area or use recycled materials for DIY kitchen cabinets and storage. This can be done on a low budget and can be a really cool renovation of your kitchen. And also, you’ll save money by reusing old materials. Renovating just became easier, right? Replacing and painting your kitchen by yourself will look as good as buying new furniture.  Light comes through the windows, so, when remodeling your home, install large windows. These will provide you with good lighting in your kitchen. If you want to play around with paint, add a shade lighter than the rest of the kitchen. It’ll make the space look larger.  Bathroom Renovation Again, if you don’t plan on changing the items in your bathroom, you can fix up everything. Start by changing cabinet paints, fixing the pressure of the shower, the toilet, etc. Renovating your bathroom can make it look completely different. You have so many affordable options that allow you to give the space a nice look. As long as you use the right renovation ideas, you’ll see that you actually don’t need a lot of money to make your bathroom look expensive. In terms of aesthetics, a few nice elements incorporated into the bathroom will have impressive effects.  If you have some basic handyman skills, you can give your walls a fresh coat of paint that won’t cost you much. Don’t stick to white colors only, play around with other shades that you like. However, renovating the entire bathroom can be quite expensive, so if you don’t have the budget, consider using a few decorations tricks instead. These ideas will allow you to beautify the space and give it a nice, warm feel. Hang New Curtains Hanging new curtains to your windows will change the aspect of the room a lot. If you don’t have the budget to buy new curtains, just make ones by yourself, or improve the old ones. Two of the most important things when choosing your curtains for your windows are color and fabric. The material will dictate how the curtains will look and hold up over time. To hang beautifully on your windows, you have to make sure you choose a nice, qualitative material. Also, remember that sunlight will weaken fabric over time. So, avoid bright colors, as these tend to face faster than dark colors. Materials such as linen, silk, and velvet are the best choices when it comes to changing your curtains.  Ok, so here are the final thoughts. Renovating your home can be a fun and interesting process. If you do it correctly, you can change the appearance of your home beautifully. And on budget, too. You don’t need an expert to renovate your home, you can use your creativity to make nice improvements to your home. Plus, you can buy second-hand furniture or use the old one and repaint it. It’ll look as good as buying new furniture. There are so many ways in which you can renovate and decorate your home, you just have to do your research first. You’ll be surprised to see how many ideas you can use to make your home look wonderful. The goal is to create a space where you feel comfortable. Hopefully, these ideas will help you renovate your home as you wish.  
    Feb 27, 2020 1969
  • 27 Feb 2020
    What is the definition of music for you? Regardless of your music genre, there is only one definition. Music is an art that expresses ideas and emotions in many forms through the elements of rhythm. If you feel different about music, it’s clear that you need to reconsider the way you feel about music. Every artist will agree that music is the art that feeds the soul. There are a few situations in which music doesn’t fit.  Almost any activity requires music, such as gym sessions, parties, weddings, when you enjoy your alone time, etc. Music can help you develop your social skills and also, works as a therapy for many people. It boosts your creativity and is a perfect remedy for those who want to relax. What type of music represents you the most? If you are looking to learn about many forms of music genres, here you have a few of them that might become your favorite.  Pop Music  Pop music is known as a genre of popular music with its roots in the rock & roll style. This genre produced the most hits. In the ‘70s pop music came in the form of a pop-rock sound. It was the era of Elton John, Jackson 5, and Queen. Back in the 1980s, Michael Jackson became the king of pop. Artists like Prince and Michael Jackson were revolutionary for pop. Michael Jackson’s ‘’Thriller’’ album is still the best-selling album in the history of music.  Rock Music Rock music began to rock the world in the 1950s. Originally called ‘’Rock & Roll’’, this form of music has its roots in the 1940s and 1950s, with genres of electric blues and folk, and also incorporated jazz influences, classical, etc. However, rock music evolved amazingly over the years. Sadly, rock ‘n’ roll is dead. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still listen to it. It just means that the sounds and forms were replaced with more heavy notes. When you think about the king of rock ‘n’ roll, you probably think about ‘’Elvis Presley’’. Actually, the ‘’father of rock’’ was Chuck Berry. Other famous bands included in rock music are Metallica, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, etc.  Jazz When It comes to music, people have a lot to choose from. If you are reading this paragraph, it means that you love jazz music. So, why jazz? And why should other people listen to jazz music? There are many reasons why jazz music is still preferred by most people. It’s obvious that any type of music has a different meaning for different people. Music is a powerful, unique phenomenon. The elements of jazz in music are full of desire, joy, and uniquely fun. It’s one of the most fulfilling styles of music because it helps you to stay active, positive, and inspired.  It encourages you to express feelings of love, but also, it has a fascinating way to make you enjoy the darker side of life. Jazz music is full of emotions, energy, excitement. There are many ways in which someone can listen to royalty free jazz music and deeply think about the meaning of this style of music. Also, jazz originated in the early 20th century and has become a major form of musical expression. Blues Blues originated in the early 20th century and became one of the most important influences in the growth of popular music in the United States. The blues is more of a vocal form, expressing feelings rather than stories. Blues artists are expressing feelings of sadness and melancholy, often being characterized due to love problems.  The blues influenced many musical styles, such as rock and jazz music. Rock singers such as Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, were influenced by blues music. Also, an interesting fact about this style of music is that the term “Blues” may have come from “blue devils” which means melancholy and sadness.  Metal Music Metal Music is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s in the United Kingdom and the United States. With its roots in rock, acid rock, psychedelic rock, and blues-rock, the sounds created by many bands are mostly characterized by guitar solos, overall loudness, and emphatic beats. The style of metal music is associated with aggression and fearlessness. In 1968, three bands were considered the most famous pioneers of metal music, such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. Though they successfully attracted the audience, they were often ridiculed by the critics.  In the early 1970s, several American bands adapted metal music into a more accessible form. Alice Cooper, Van Helen, and Kiss are the bands that introduced heavy metal in the US. During that year, Motorhead increased emphasis on speed and introduced punk rock in heavy metal music. In the late 1970s, bands such as Iron Maiden and Def Leppard followed the same procedure and became part of the new wave of British heavy metal music. Before the end of that year, metal fans were known as metalheads or headbangers. There’s a wide variety of music genres that can represent your style. Choose your favorite music style, create a playlist, and let the music play!
    1959 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • What is the definition of music for you? Regardless of your music genre, there is only one definition. Music is an art that expresses ideas and emotions in many forms through the elements of rhythm. If you feel different about music, it’s clear that you need to reconsider the way you feel about music. Every artist will agree that music is the art that feeds the soul. There are a few situations in which music doesn’t fit.  Almost any activity requires music, such as gym sessions, parties, weddings, when you enjoy your alone time, etc. Music can help you develop your social skills and also, works as a therapy for many people. It boosts your creativity and is a perfect remedy for those who want to relax. What type of music represents you the most? If you are looking to learn about many forms of music genres, here you have a few of them that might become your favorite.  Pop Music  Pop music is known as a genre of popular music with its roots in the rock & roll style. This genre produced the most hits. In the ‘70s pop music came in the form of a pop-rock sound. It was the era of Elton John, Jackson 5, and Queen. Back in the 1980s, Michael Jackson became the king of pop. Artists like Prince and Michael Jackson were revolutionary for pop. Michael Jackson’s ‘’Thriller’’ album is still the best-selling album in the history of music.  Rock Music Rock music began to rock the world in the 1950s. Originally called ‘’Rock & Roll’’, this form of music has its roots in the 1940s and 1950s, with genres of electric blues and folk, and also incorporated jazz influences, classical, etc. However, rock music evolved amazingly over the years. Sadly, rock ‘n’ roll is dead. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still listen to it. It just means that the sounds and forms were replaced with more heavy notes. When you think about the king of rock ‘n’ roll, you probably think about ‘’Elvis Presley’’. Actually, the ‘’father of rock’’ was Chuck Berry. Other famous bands included in rock music are Metallica, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, etc.  Jazz When It comes to music, people have a lot to choose from. If you are reading this paragraph, it means that you love jazz music. So, why jazz? And why should other people listen to jazz music? There are many reasons why jazz music is still preferred by most people. It’s obvious that any type of music has a different meaning for different people. Music is a powerful, unique phenomenon. The elements of jazz in music are full of desire, joy, and uniquely fun. It’s one of the most fulfilling styles of music because it helps you to stay active, positive, and inspired.  It encourages you to express feelings of love, but also, it has a fascinating way to make you enjoy the darker side of life. Jazz music is full of emotions, energy, excitement. There are many ways in which someone can listen to royalty free jazz music and deeply think about the meaning of this style of music. Also, jazz originated in the early 20th century and has become a major form of musical expression. Blues Blues originated in the early 20th century and became one of the most important influences in the growth of popular music in the United States. The blues is more of a vocal form, expressing feelings rather than stories. Blues artists are expressing feelings of sadness and melancholy, often being characterized due to love problems.  The blues influenced many musical styles, such as rock and jazz music. Rock singers such as Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, were influenced by blues music. Also, an interesting fact about this style of music is that the term “Blues” may have come from “blue devils” which means melancholy and sadness.  Metal Music Metal Music is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s in the United Kingdom and the United States. With its roots in rock, acid rock, psychedelic rock, and blues-rock, the sounds created by many bands are mostly characterized by guitar solos, overall loudness, and emphatic beats. The style of metal music is associated with aggression and fearlessness. In 1968, three bands were considered the most famous pioneers of metal music, such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. Though they successfully attracted the audience, they were often ridiculed by the critics.  In the early 1970s, several American bands adapted metal music into a more accessible form. Alice Cooper, Van Helen, and Kiss are the bands that introduced heavy metal in the US. During that year, Motorhead increased emphasis on speed and introduced punk rock in heavy metal music. In the late 1970s, bands such as Iron Maiden and Def Leppard followed the same procedure and became part of the new wave of British heavy metal music. Before the end of that year, metal fans were known as metalheads or headbangers. There’s a wide variety of music genres that can represent your style. Choose your favorite music style, create a playlist, and let the music play!
    Feb 27, 2020 1959
  • 18 Feb 2020
    Lucky and blessed are those of us who can follow their passions and convert them into their profession. Boredom will never step in, you will never regret investing money and time in it, and, the best part of it all, you will get paid for doing what you love to do.  Yet, converting a hobby into a profession isn’t easy. Especially when it comes to dancing. There’s a huge difference between goofing around your house on your favourite song and performing on the stage of a famous theatre.  It takes real talent, practice, and a little bit of luck to stand out of the crowd and succeed in the dance industry.  Especially since data shows that, in 2019, there were over 17 thousand dancers and choreographers in employment in the UK. So, the competition is fierce out there.  So, if you’re committed to transforming your love for dance into a career, here’s what steps you should take into becoming a professional dancer: Find a dance style that represents you  First things first, growing your hobby into a career needs to start with getting a clearer idea of what exactly about dancing you are passionate of. Going out regularly to dance with your friends or dancing in your living room doesn’t truly give you an idea of which dancing style represents you the best.  There are over 100 dance styles in the world but for sure there is one of them that you are keen on and like the best. And, you know what they say: less is more. Whether you like hip-hop, folk, salsa, tango, or you name it, you must first choose one or two dance styles and focus on improving your dancing skills for these dancing styles. The more specific you get about a dance style, the better you can focus on getting better at the dance moves that represent it.  Find a source of inspiration Finding a source of inspiration for your hobby shouldn’t be difficult. In fact, for sure you already have a favourite dancer whose performances you follow.   How can a source of inspiration help you? First of all, it can help you stay motivated to achieve your goal of becoming a professional dancer. As you see your idol performing on large stages all around the world, your dreams of becoming just as a famous dancer as they are will continue to grow.  Moreover, since your idol is a professional, he or she is certainly a very talented dancer. Therefore, you can easily learn from them a move or two or how to be more expressive through dancing. Simply analyse your idol’s combination of choreography and techniques and include them in your dancing.  Most professional dancers also often share their knowledge with novice dancers to help them improve their skills. For example, Craig Revel Horwood, the famous dancer, choreographer, and Strictly Come Dancing judge, often shares his dancing tips with his fans. On Craig's official site you can find more information about his career which might be a powerful source of inspiration for you to pursue your passion.  Practice, practice, practice Like it or not, no one becomes a professional dancer overnight. It takes constant practice if you want to become a famous dancer and dance in the largest stages all around the world. And, remember that whether you practice at home or take dance classes, like with any other hobby, becoming better takes patience and commitment.  First thing first, in order to improve your dancing skills, you must first identify your weaknesses. For example, some of the most common weaknesses dances have are going ahead of the music, losing balance when making a turn, becoming rough once exhaustion hits, or looking at the floor during the entire performance.  However, every dancer has different weaknesses or challenges. So, you must learn yours. A good idea would be to record yourself while dancing and then analyse the video to spot the mistakes you make often or what you can improve about the posture or a certain move.  Next, you must become more familiar with the concept of sharpness in dancing. In dancing, sharpness represents the different use of speeds and sudden stops to make your moves more interesting and engaging. So, you may want to practice your reflexes in order to wipe off the amateur look when you dance.  Take dance classes Like it or not, there is no better way to learn how to dance like a professional than to be thought by experts from the industry.  Whether or not you become a professional dancer in the future, taking dance classes already has enough benefits to make you sign up for the classes. From the mental and physical health benefits to the opportunity to connect with other professionals from the industry, taking dance classes is sure-fire going to take you one step closer to transforming your passion into a profession.  You will connect with and learn from world-class dancers and choreographers which is the best strategy to improve your dancing skills and to be seen by the right pair of eyes.  Get online  Like with any other profession, once you will become a professional dancer, it will be like running your own business. And, like with any other business, you will have to promote your services, artistic performances in your case.  Yet, until that moment, your main goal should be to take the word about your dancing skills out there in the world. And what better way to do it in today’s digital era than getting online.  Here’s the good news: social media networks got your back when it comes to promoting your dancing skills and building a career out of your passion too. Social media gives you unlimited opportunities these days including exposure and networking, inspiration and ideas, auditions and new opportunities, and even constructive criticism.  So, use the powers social media has today as a strategy to show the world how good of a dancer you are and to make sure that you get seen by the right pair of eyes that will give you the opportunity you need to become a professional dancer.  Transforming your passion for dancing into a career won’t be easy. It takes patience, practice, and incredible marketing skills to make sure you will be noticed. However, all the struggle won’t matter anymore when you will be a star.   
    1748 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Lucky and blessed are those of us who can follow their passions and convert them into their profession. Boredom will never step in, you will never regret investing money and time in it, and, the best part of it all, you will get paid for doing what you love to do.  Yet, converting a hobby into a profession isn’t easy. Especially when it comes to dancing. There’s a huge difference between goofing around your house on your favourite song and performing on the stage of a famous theatre.  It takes real talent, practice, and a little bit of luck to stand out of the crowd and succeed in the dance industry.  Especially since data shows that, in 2019, there were over 17 thousand dancers and choreographers in employment in the UK. So, the competition is fierce out there.  So, if you’re committed to transforming your love for dance into a career, here’s what steps you should take into becoming a professional dancer: Find a dance style that represents you  First things first, growing your hobby into a career needs to start with getting a clearer idea of what exactly about dancing you are passionate of. Going out regularly to dance with your friends or dancing in your living room doesn’t truly give you an idea of which dancing style represents you the best.  There are over 100 dance styles in the world but for sure there is one of them that you are keen on and like the best. And, you know what they say: less is more. Whether you like hip-hop, folk, salsa, tango, or you name it, you must first choose one or two dance styles and focus on improving your dancing skills for these dancing styles. The more specific you get about a dance style, the better you can focus on getting better at the dance moves that represent it.  Find a source of inspiration Finding a source of inspiration for your hobby shouldn’t be difficult. In fact, for sure you already have a favourite dancer whose performances you follow.   How can a source of inspiration help you? First of all, it can help you stay motivated to achieve your goal of becoming a professional dancer. As you see your idol performing on large stages all around the world, your dreams of becoming just as a famous dancer as they are will continue to grow.  Moreover, since your idol is a professional, he or she is certainly a very talented dancer. Therefore, you can easily learn from them a move or two or how to be more expressive through dancing. Simply analyse your idol’s combination of choreography and techniques and include them in your dancing.  Most professional dancers also often share their knowledge with novice dancers to help them improve their skills. For example, Craig Revel Horwood, the famous dancer, choreographer, and Strictly Come Dancing judge, often shares his dancing tips with his fans. On Craig's official site you can find more information about his career which might be a powerful source of inspiration for you to pursue your passion.  Practice, practice, practice Like it or not, no one becomes a professional dancer overnight. It takes constant practice if you want to become a famous dancer and dance in the largest stages all around the world. And, remember that whether you practice at home or take dance classes, like with any other hobby, becoming better takes patience and commitment.  First thing first, in order to improve your dancing skills, you must first identify your weaknesses. For example, some of the most common weaknesses dances have are going ahead of the music, losing balance when making a turn, becoming rough once exhaustion hits, or looking at the floor during the entire performance.  However, every dancer has different weaknesses or challenges. So, you must learn yours. A good idea would be to record yourself while dancing and then analyse the video to spot the mistakes you make often or what you can improve about the posture or a certain move.  Next, you must become more familiar with the concept of sharpness in dancing. In dancing, sharpness represents the different use of speeds and sudden stops to make your moves more interesting and engaging. So, you may want to practice your reflexes in order to wipe off the amateur look when you dance.  Take dance classes Like it or not, there is no better way to learn how to dance like a professional than to be thought by experts from the industry.  Whether or not you become a professional dancer in the future, taking dance classes already has enough benefits to make you sign up for the classes. From the mental and physical health benefits to the opportunity to connect with other professionals from the industry, taking dance classes is sure-fire going to take you one step closer to transforming your passion into a profession.  You will connect with and learn from world-class dancers and choreographers which is the best strategy to improve your dancing skills and to be seen by the right pair of eyes.  Get online  Like with any other profession, once you will become a professional dancer, it will be like running your own business. And, like with any other business, you will have to promote your services, artistic performances in your case.  Yet, until that moment, your main goal should be to take the word about your dancing skills out there in the world. And what better way to do it in today’s digital era than getting online.  Here’s the good news: social media networks got your back when it comes to promoting your dancing skills and building a career out of your passion too. Social media gives you unlimited opportunities these days including exposure and networking, inspiration and ideas, auditions and new opportunities, and even constructive criticism.  So, use the powers social media has today as a strategy to show the world how good of a dancer you are and to make sure that you get seen by the right pair of eyes that will give you the opportunity you need to become a professional dancer.  Transforming your passion for dancing into a career won’t be easy. It takes patience, practice, and incredible marketing skills to make sure you will be noticed. However, all the struggle won’t matter anymore when you will be a star.   
    Feb 18, 2020 1748
  • 28 Jan 2020
    Having a dog is a huge responsibility. As a dog owner, you need to do much more than feed them, take them for a walk, and give them a bath from time to time. Dogs need attention, care, and mental stimulation, in order to grow up healthy and happy. In order to keep your dog happy, you need to learn what their needs are, and how to care for those needs. Dog owners should see this experience not as a chore, but as something that brings joy to their life. A dog’s love and loyalty are things you can’t find anywhere else, and if you learn how to make your dog happy, you will be rewarded with much more than you can think of.  If you don’t know where to start, follow the tips below, to make your dog’s life as good as it can be.    Make sure they have a place of their own By nature, dogs are social animals, and they don’t enjoy feeling left out. Some dogs like to live outside, but most of them want to be able to spend time with you inside the house as well. After all, to them, you are their people. If you usually keep your dog outside, make sure they also have a designated area inside the house, where they can sit and enjoy your company. Whether it is a simple mat that you can place on the floor, or an enclosed area, the most important thing is for your dog to have enough room to play, take a nap and stretch inside the designated area. This can be applied if you keep your dog inside all the time as well. Teach them where their spot is and carefully enforce off-limit areas.    Keep them active Most dogs are very active beings, meaning that, if they don’t have enough space to play, run around and chase after toys, they need to be taken for walks at least once a day. No, taking your dog for a walk does not mean going around the apartment building for 5 minutes, until they do their nasty business. Take your dog to the dog park at least once a week, so they can run free and off the leash, and play with other dogs. If you are an active person yourself, taking your dog with you when you go running, hiking or biking can also be a good idea. Dogs love activity, so they won’t mind an extra-long hike or a walk through the forest from time to time. At home, make time to play with toys, train them to fetch and play tug-of-war with them.    Schedule play dates with other dogs Just like you enjoy going out with your friends, your dog likes to spend time with other dogs as well. Taking them to the dog park, so that they can play with other dogs and “socialize” is extremely important for the mental health of your dog. If you keep them isolated, they will grow anxious and won’t know how to behave when they have to interact with other people or animals.  If you have friends with dogs, schedule play dates and get them together, to chase around and play. This way, you can spend time with your friends and make your dog happy in the process. If you don’t have enough time on your hands, try taking them to a dog daycare facility. Daycare facilities have trained personnel, that know how to take care of your dog when you are at work, or when you need some time for yourself.    Make grooming a ritual Yes, washing, drying and brushing your dog can be unpleasant and time-consuming sometimes, but they need grooming just as much as you do, so why not make this a bonding ritual? Not all dogs like to be washed, let along brushed, even though they very much need it, but with patience and care, you can teach your dog to enjoy grooming and perceive it as quality time spent with you.  If your dog does not like grooming, you have to make them get used to it. Start by presenting to them all the tools you are using for grooming, such as combs and brushes. Give out constant positive reinforcement and slowly move to the next step. If you feel your dog may not like a certain tool or action, spend more time on it and help them get used to that certain step in the process.     Get them some nice treats Nutrition is very important for dogs, but normal dog food can be boring and unfulfilling after a while. To balance things out, get them some nice treats that your dog will enjoy. You can use eats in training session, or simply to reward them for good behavior.  Yummy treats are one thing but do make sure you also incorporate some healthy treats in your dog’s diet as well. Dental sticks, treats that help keeping fur healthy and shiny, as well as nutritional supplements, are welcomed at any time. Just make sure you talk to your vet before, to recommend supplements that won’t interfere with your dog’s diet.    Train them with care When training your dog, never, but absolutely never punish them. Training can not be forced, and the more you try to punish your dog when they fail to learn a new command, the less likely they will be to learn it. Instead, try positive reinforcement. Keep around treats for every training session and reward them every time they do something good. This way, they will learn that the only way to receive treats is to listen to you. Training sessions are your one-on-one time with your dog, so make the most out of it. Use this time for boding and creating a strong relationship with them, but at the same time remind them they need to listen to you. With enough care and, of course, treats, you can teach your dog to do anything.
    1773 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Having a dog is a huge responsibility. As a dog owner, you need to do much more than feed them, take them for a walk, and give them a bath from time to time. Dogs need attention, care, and mental stimulation, in order to grow up healthy and happy. In order to keep your dog happy, you need to learn what their needs are, and how to care for those needs. Dog owners should see this experience not as a chore, but as something that brings joy to their life. A dog’s love and loyalty are things you can’t find anywhere else, and if you learn how to make your dog happy, you will be rewarded with much more than you can think of.  If you don’t know where to start, follow the tips below, to make your dog’s life as good as it can be.    Make sure they have a place of their own By nature, dogs are social animals, and they don’t enjoy feeling left out. Some dogs like to live outside, but most of them want to be able to spend time with you inside the house as well. After all, to them, you are their people. If you usually keep your dog outside, make sure they also have a designated area inside the house, where they can sit and enjoy your company. Whether it is a simple mat that you can place on the floor, or an enclosed area, the most important thing is for your dog to have enough room to play, take a nap and stretch inside the designated area. This can be applied if you keep your dog inside all the time as well. Teach them where their spot is and carefully enforce off-limit areas.    Keep them active Most dogs are very active beings, meaning that, if they don’t have enough space to play, run around and chase after toys, they need to be taken for walks at least once a day. No, taking your dog for a walk does not mean going around the apartment building for 5 minutes, until they do their nasty business. Take your dog to the dog park at least once a week, so they can run free and off the leash, and play with other dogs. If you are an active person yourself, taking your dog with you when you go running, hiking or biking can also be a good idea. Dogs love activity, so they won’t mind an extra-long hike or a walk through the forest from time to time. At home, make time to play with toys, train them to fetch and play tug-of-war with them.    Schedule play dates with other dogs Just like you enjoy going out with your friends, your dog likes to spend time with other dogs as well. Taking them to the dog park, so that they can play with other dogs and “socialize” is extremely important for the mental health of your dog. If you keep them isolated, they will grow anxious and won’t know how to behave when they have to interact with other people or animals.  If you have friends with dogs, schedule play dates and get them together, to chase around and play. This way, you can spend time with your friends and make your dog happy in the process. If you don’t have enough time on your hands, try taking them to a dog daycare facility. Daycare facilities have trained personnel, that know how to take care of your dog when you are at work, or when you need some time for yourself.    Make grooming a ritual Yes, washing, drying and brushing your dog can be unpleasant and time-consuming sometimes, but they need grooming just as much as you do, so why not make this a bonding ritual? Not all dogs like to be washed, let along brushed, even though they very much need it, but with patience and care, you can teach your dog to enjoy grooming and perceive it as quality time spent with you.  If your dog does not like grooming, you have to make them get used to it. Start by presenting to them all the tools you are using for grooming, such as combs and brushes. Give out constant positive reinforcement and slowly move to the next step. If you feel your dog may not like a certain tool or action, spend more time on it and help them get used to that certain step in the process.     Get them some nice treats Nutrition is very important for dogs, but normal dog food can be boring and unfulfilling after a while. To balance things out, get them some nice treats that your dog will enjoy. You can use eats in training session, or simply to reward them for good behavior.  Yummy treats are one thing but do make sure you also incorporate some healthy treats in your dog’s diet as well. Dental sticks, treats that help keeping fur healthy and shiny, as well as nutritional supplements, are welcomed at any time. Just make sure you talk to your vet before, to recommend supplements that won’t interfere with your dog’s diet.    Train them with care When training your dog, never, but absolutely never punish them. Training can not be forced, and the more you try to punish your dog when they fail to learn a new command, the less likely they will be to learn it. Instead, try positive reinforcement. Keep around treats for every training session and reward them every time they do something good. This way, they will learn that the only way to receive treats is to listen to you. Training sessions are your one-on-one time with your dog, so make the most out of it. Use this time for boding and creating a strong relationship with them, but at the same time remind them they need to listen to you. With enough care and, of course, treats, you can teach your dog to do anything.
    Jan 28, 2020 1773