How to Prepare Your Kids for College Early

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All parents want the best for their children, especially when it comes to education. College is not only important; it's a given for most families. While most kids would start getting ready for university life in high school, right before they get thrust into it, some would argue that it is best to prepare them earlier than that.

Here are ways to get your kids excited about uni:

Make them enjoy learning

As a parent, one of the best things you can do for your child is to instill a zest for learning as early as possible. Make learning fun for them. How you can accomplish this has a lot to do with respect. Parents need to take a moment and put themselves in their children's shoes to think if this is how they would want to be treated in a similar situation.

Homework would become a chore if you force your kids to do it on their own. Maybe they would like to do it alongside you, but not with you, like while you are computing your bills or working from home, as a sign of camaraderie. Give your kids some leeway to finish their homework on their own terms, and praise them when they do.

Foster learning outside school and the home, and take your children to historic destinations or fun museums, where they can learn while being entertained. Make it more fun by asking them questions and being enthusiastic about the subject matter at hand. If you think the activity is fun, your kids would be more likely to think the same.

Do not hover

Check yourself if you are being a helicopter parent who keeps hovering over their child. According to an article in Psychology Today, helicoptered kids get very anxious and depressed during college due to their inability or lack of ability to solve problems. Kids with controlling problems struggle with dealing with failures and independence, which are both natural parts of life.

Oddly enough, some people attribute the rise of helicopter parenting to the heightened competition in university admissions. As parents, we need to know when and where to draw the line between supporting and encouraging our children versus downright taking charge of their lives.

Let your kids choose

Allow your children to decide for themselves within safe and reasonable parameters, like the extracurriculars that they would want to participate in. This way you will be teaching them that they are a person separate from you, and who are capable of charting the course for their own future.

If you want to enrol them to special programs, like an International Baccalaureate diploma program, consult the matter with them. Do not enforce it. Explain what it is, how it would benefit them and maybe its drawbacks, and ask them if it is something they want. Respect whatever decision they make, and avoid pestering them about it.

We all want the best for our children, but they should have a say in the matter, too. Raise your child to become their own person so they're ready to take on college and the rest of the world.


Expat Life: Challenges You and Your Family Might Face When Living Abroad

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The number of expats in the Philippines has increased over the years. According to a survey, migrants find the Philippines as an extremely attractive' place to live because of its climate, economy and culture.

No matter how exciting, however, living the expat life has its downsides. It can be relatively easier for an individual since they only have to fend for themselves. With a family, many factors have to be considered, especially if children are involved.

Issue #1. Housing

Many expat families face a problem with housing. Without a local friend to help you, it can be challenging to find a good house to rent in an unfamiliar city. Factors such as proximity to work, shops and hospitals, the safety of the neighbourhood and accessibility to transportation networks all contribute to the best location.

Some expats consider the option to buy a house, but this is not recommended in your first year. Renting for a year before buying a house gives time to assess the neighbourhood, understand the bureaucracy and adjust to the environment.

Issue #2. Adjusting to the culture and learning the language

Perhaps one of the most difficult challenges in moving to another country is learning the language and embracing the culture.

Forming a relationship with the locals is important to smooth the adjustment to your new life. The most effective way to do that is by learning some local words and phrases. Knowing the local language will make it easier to understand, and ultimately appreciate, the culture.

Making sure that your children know the basics of the language and culture is important. If your kids aren't familiar with the culture, there is a chance they will feel out of place or worse, be picked on at school.

Issue #3. Your children's education

Choosing the right school for your children is another obstacle you have to hurdle when living abroad. Unlike buying a house, you cannot afford to delay their education for a year to find the best school for them.

Some expat families enrol their kids in local schools, which are more affordable and can give them a more immersive experience. However, the standard of a local school will be different from the home country, creating new difficulties if transitioning to a new school when moving back or going to another country.

International schools offer junior and senior school curricula that follow international standards. The qualifications your children work towards are internationally recognised and rigorous, such as the International Baccalaureate. So when you have to move your family to another location, your children can catch up with the lessons pretty quickly.

Issue #4. Lack of support network

If you don't know anyone in your new country, you may be lonely if you don't look for contacts and friends. Although modern technology allows you to connect with friends and family, it still won't be the same as having them near. However, most countries have expat networks and events for socialising. These new contacts will be essential to helping settle in, finding a reliable electrician, knowing where to fix the car and where to shop.

Give yourself and your family some time to adjust to the expat life. Treat the experience as something exciting instead of daunting. Motivate your children by telling them the family is going on an adventure, creating new memories and learning about a new culture. Embrace the adjustment and enjoy the difference.

When First Impressions Matter: Tips on Writing a Good CV

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When it comes to applying for a job, your CV is an important tool. It is the first thing a recruiter knows about you and it could make or break your application. If it is badly written, the chances are you will be dropped from the next step of the application process.

There are no fixed rules in writing a CV. However, it is important to keep it concise without compromising the details you think the recruiter needs to consider you for the position. Here are a few tips on how to keep the text informative and succinct.

How long should a CV be?

The length of a CV is not set in stone. It depends on the person's work and educational background, as well as the skill set that is relevant to the position on offer. If you are a fresh graduate or someone with only a few years of work experience, keep your resume to two pages at most. A one-pager is better if it is well presented.

Highlight relevant information

Every job description needs specific skills and experience, so tailor your CV to satisfy these requirements. Make sure that the skill seta nd job experience you highlight is relevant to the vacant position.

To do this, research the position that interests you and the company offering the job. All job ads online have a short description of the position. Make sure the summary at the beginning of the CV matches the skillset, experience and motivation they want.

Keep your CV detailed yet concise

Make your CV readable. More often than not, recruiters quickly scan your CV, looking for key words, your previous job titles and the companies you have worked for. Make sure your previous job titles are easy to understand (some companies make their employee job titles ambiguous or elaborate). Provide two to three sentences about your position in the company to give an idea of your skillset.

You don't need to detail all your work experience unless you feel they are very relevant to the job application. Any work experience from 10 years ago can be mentioned in passing. If the recruiter is interested in that experience, they will ask.

Boast your skills

Aside from your work and education background, have a section in your CV that will highlight other skills you have developed. For example, mention proficiency in any computer systems or software, especially if IT skills are part of the job description. Mention any outside hobbies to show enthusiasm and dedication, sports activities to demonstrate teamwork or competitiveness and other social activities that demonstrate leadership or social responsibility.

You may also include foreign languages. Nowadays, proficiency in other languages is an important asset in an employee because businesses are becoming more global. All schools teach languages, with international schools often having a competitive edge for teaching major languages spoken in their region. 

Your CV is one of your greatest self-marketing tools. It demonstrates your employability, so when writing, take your time in explaining why you should be selected.

Better Grades: How to Manage Your Time as an Online Student

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Studying, whether done at home or in school, can be quite difficult and challenging. However, procrastinating can even be a lot more prominent for online students, as you have the freedom to basically do whatever you want at home.

Discipline and time management are some of the most important things that you should learn as an online student. Below, we will teach you a couple of time management tips to make sure that you'd be able to do it right once you've enrolled in schoolsoffering online courses in the Philippines.

Create a Plan

The first thing that you should do is to create a solid plan. You definitely need structure, and one way to solidify your plans is by creating your own study calendar. Take a good look at your syllabus and list down the due dates on your calendar. Once you've done this, make sure to designate the study time for each of your online class and always make it a point to stick to them.

Do a Daily Check-In

You might be tempted to procrastinate and just check-in when you need to, but this is not a good idea. You should always check-in every single day to make sure that you are on top of your tasks. This will also help you be focused on your lessons and courses, which is an integral part of online studying.

You do not have to do a full-blown homework or exam every single day unless you need to. On some days, all you might need to do is check the boards for upcoming assignments and exams so you can add these to your list. It's also incredibly easy to do such, anyways, as technology is literally always in our hands.

Work in Advance

Like what we mentioned earlier, procrastination is not an option. You would not want to cram for an upcoming exam, as this can make you fail the course. Instead, always check on your schedule and see what is due in about six weeks. This will help you maximize your time and prepare for the exam or homework properly. Doing your homework or studying for an exam a couple of days in advance will help you manage your time a lot better.

Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help

You are never alone, even if you are taking your courses online. There are instructors that are willing to help and guide you through, so don't hesitate to ask them for help if you are struggling with an exam or homework. Your instructors may be able to offer a little wiggle room if you really need it, or even give you extra credit if the right situation warrants it. You shouldn't always count on this, though, as this is just for extreme measures and for times when you might really need a little bit of extra time.

Being aware of what you need to focus on will always get you through when it comes to online studying. Get ahead with proper planning and disciplining yourself.

Types of Facial Treatments for the Management of Acne

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Acne marks one of the most common skin conditions nowadays. While generally seen in adolescent girls in the past, acne presently cuts across all generations and sexes. It is among the most devastating issues people contend with. Even the most expensive makeup products do little to mask the signs of the condition. Moreover, some of these products worsen the condition. You do not need to forego prescription medication for acne, but you can boost their results with a facial.

A reputableskincare clinicbased in thePhilippineshas several facial treatments that will go a long way in alleviating the symptoms associated with acne. While they will not cure the condition, a facial will calm it, while others will tackle issues left over after you have completed the prescription medication for acne. The following are thefacial types used for acne:

Classic Facial

This comprises the standard procedures of a facial, including an exfoliating scrub, steaming, the application of a facial mask, and massages. Some centers also use moisturizers and toners for classic facials. The procedure allows the dead cells on your skin to be removed, thus leaving the skin hydrated and with an even tone. Classic facials work wonders for whiteheads and blackheads that can be extracted. Decongesting facials are a variant of classic facials that focus on unblocking you skin pores using an extractor tool.

Microdermabrasion Facial

This is a noninvasive management process that uses a handheld device to gently exfoliate your skin's top layer. The treatment takes 30 to 40 minutes and is followed by a moisturizer application. Microdermabrasion will leave you with an even skin tone and smooth and bright skin after a few sessions. While often used for blackheads and whiteheads, skin discoloration and depressed scars associated with acne will also improve after the treatment.

LED Facial

In this facial type, your skin is cleansed using an LED machine. The machine emits blue, red, and white infrared lights. The white light penetrates the deep layers of your skin to even out the skin tone. The blue light will kill off bacteria that cause acne, while the red light will encourage collagen production. LED facials work for sensitive skin and pimples. They have noticeable results after one session.

Brightening Facial

This will use a mix of serums that contain antioxidants, acid peels, and masks. A brightening facial reduces the discoloration that is common after the clearing of acne pimples. It does this by either encouraging melanin production or the shedding of your skin's top layers. The facial will also improve your skin's texture.

Enzyme Facial

Enzymes are the naturalelements that encourage the body's regeneration of new skin cells.The enzymes used on your skin in the peels of fruits will break down the keratin protein in dead skin cells. In so doing, they leave you with even-colored and smooth skin. Enzyme facials work best for those with skin discoloration and depressed scars.

Acne, unfortunately, does not stop affecting your life once you finish treatment. The facials mentioned above are what you need to get your life on track even when undergoing prescription-based treatments. But they should be handled by a certified clinic and a trained professional to guarantee their safety and efficacy.

Malunggay Oil: What This Oil Can Do for You

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Do you suffer from hair loss, skin breakouts, and other immunity problems? Moringa oil has some healthy answers to that. Moringa or malunggay is from the moringa tree which is native from countries like Bangladesh, India, and Afghanistan. Malunggay oil and its benefits can help you address some of the issues mentioned above. Here are some of those:

For Skin, Hair, and Inflammation

The skin can benefit a lot from malunggay oil. You can apply it on dry skin, as it has moisturizing properties. It also has an antibacterial property that purifies the skin and protects it against allergens and other harmful environmental elements.

Moringa oil is also good for the hair since it acts as an antioxidant and emollient. Its antibacterial properties also help in protecting the scalp, thus eliminating dandruff. It can make the hair shiny and healthy. It's also good for inflammation. It can alleviate symptoms of arthritis, sore muscles, joint pain, and chronic fatigue. Likewise, it can vanish tissue swelling and other acute health problems.

Immunity and Other Health Problems

Malunggay oil is good for immunity. Compromised immunity is a cause for other diseases like cough and cold because your body can't handle natural factors that cause illnesses. Using this oil can help you combat that. It's rich in omega-9 fatty acids, vitamin E, and vitamin C that flushes out free radicals. It also helps the organs to avoid inflammation problems and health strain. Vitamins C and E are both good for the immune system.

You can also use this oil for treating ulcer and other stomach pain. It contains active compounds and antioxidants that ease gut inflammation. It promotes healthy digestion and normalizes bacterial levels. With this, acidity and other related conditions are lessened.

One of the most promising benefits of malunggay oil is that it can lower blood pressure. Its omega-9 fatty acid or oleic acid stimulates the blood circulation, which helps reduce the cholesterol levels in the body. Due to this, heart attacks, atherosclerosis, and strokes are kept at bay. It's important to use malunggay oil in moderation, though, because it contains behenic acid which is saturated fat. Too much of it can cause heart problems so use moderately.

Other Things Malunggay Oil Can Do for You

Malunggay oil can help you sleep better. Its behenic acid has soothing properties that help the body to relax. There are also other compounds found in this oil that can soothe the muscles and cause a feeling of calmness, thus a good sleep. You can also apply malunggay oil as aromatherapy for the temples or chest because it acts as a sedative.

Lastly, it can slow down the aging process. Its anti-aging properties can lessen wrinkles and the sagging of the face. Its antioxidants also help combat free radicals so that the aging process can slow down. That said, it can minimize skin fatigue and normalize oil secretion. It gives a natural glow due to its purifying effects.

You should use malunggay oil if you have some problems with your hair, skin, and other parts of the body. Using it will help you naturally treat health conditions. This is better than buying prescription medicines, which are not only expensive but also contain a lot of chemicals. With that, choose only natural products for your overall health.

2 Potential Benefits of the Keto Diet (and a Word of Warning)

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Out of all the diets that you’re likely to encounter these days, few have the broad popularity and impressive claims behind them as the keto diet does.

Among other things, keto advocates suggest that the diet can make you smarter, help you to lose weight, make you stronger, help you to sleep better, cure all sorts of diseases, and more.

It may be that you’ve read about the keto diet in a health magazine, or seen some of the keto diet shark tank hype. Whatever the case may be, here’s a little look at some of the potential benefits of the keto diet, along with a word of warning.

The keto diet really can help you to lose weight quickly

Research is pretty conclusive about this fact – the ketogenic diet really can help you to lose weight quickly, in large part because it deprives your body of its default and preferred fuel source (carbs, in the form of glycogen) and forces it to tap into your existing fat stores to sufficiently fuel itself.

It may not be exactly right that a keto diet is the best way of getting ripped. Your body always adapts quickly to severe dietary alterations, in order to try and maintain homeostasis. In other words, you’re likely hit a certain plateau of weight loss that you struggle to move beyond, while on your keto diet.

Nonetheless, if you want to shed some pounds in a hurry, you can potentially supercharge your fat burning – at least over the short term – by eating very low-carb.

The keto diet may have cognitive-enhancing and neuroprotective effects in certain cases

The ketogenic diet was originally used as a medical intervention to help reduce seizures in children certain health conditions, in the early 20th century.

Today, the therapeutic use of the diet for seizures has been superseded by various medications. But, many people do report that a keto diet has cognitive-enhancing and neuroprotective effects for them, personally.

When your body is in a state of ketosis, your brain switches from running entirely off of glucose, to running on a combination of glucose and – to a significant extent – ketones. It’s literally being fuelled differently, at least in part, and certain medical professionals such as Dr David Perlmutter argues that ketones may be a superior fuel when it comes to maintaining cognitive health.

If you struggle with chronic brain fog and nothing else has helped, you might want to give a keto diet a go.

A word of warning: keto and hormone levels, sustainability, and exercise performance

Advocates of the keto diet generally promote the idea of remaining in ketosis permanently – and it’s important to keep in mind that this is a very unusual situation, in the context of human evolutionary history.

All ancient human populations that we know of – including ancient hunter-gatherers – were omnivores. Even Eskimos, often considered the original meat-eaters, would seek out plant matter from the bellies of the animals they hunted.

What’s more, there have been plenty of remarkably healthy populations out there who have relied almost exclusively on high-carb plant diets – such as the Kitavan islanders.

There is some evidence that your body really doesn’t like being without carbs for a prolonged period of time – and cases of low testosterone levels, and other forms of hormonal dysregulation are frequently reported on a keto diet.

What’s more, carbs are an essential fuel source for high-intensity activity – and people on very low-carb diets will routinely “hit the wall” much sooner than their carbed-up counterparts, even though they may perform better at lower-intensity endurance exercise.

Finally, it’s important to realise that a keto diet is very tough to sustain over the long term. Even one doughnut or a slice of bread might hypothetically be enough to throw you out of ketosis.


Hair Care: Keep Your Hair Manageable During Monsoon Season

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When monsoon season in the Philippines begins, expect downpours from time to time. Apart from preparing for potential floods, you should also protect your hair from the rain and humidity caused by the monsoon.

Monsoon Weather Changes Your Hair 

A few drops of rain can make your hair frizzy and unruly instantly, especially if you have natural curls. Hair fibers have keratin proteins that form two different bonds, namely:

  • Disulfide bond – this is a permanent bond that provides strength to the hair.

  • Hydrogen bond – this is a more temporary bond, which is weaker than the other. This bond forms when the hair goes wet to dry.

Hair experts explain higher humidity and moisture in the atmosphere increase the bonding that makes each fiber fold back on itself, resulting in frizzier and curlier hair. This weather condition affects any type of hair, from pin straight to kinky curly.

Fortunately, you can prevent your hair from becoming frizzy and voluminous during the monsoon season.

Preventing Hair from Drying

Using the right products and proper hair care routine can help you tame your frizzy hair. Gentle yet potent malunggay oil, for one, is an excellent addition to your hair care products. It helps moisturize your scalp, which is ideal if you have dry scalp. The plant is also packed with nutrients and antioxidants that help strengthen your hair.

Since Metro Manila has high humidity, ask your hairstylist to give you a haircut with blunt lines. This style helps tame the hair down because the haircut keeps the weight. Getting a layered or textured haircut can make the ends weak and wispy.

You can also find hair products formulated to fight the frizz and give you smooth and healthy hair. Use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and apply hair oil to give your locks extra protection against environmental elements that can cause damage.

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Hair Care Routine for Changing Weather

Like skincare, it’s helpful to adjust your hair care routine to suit the climate. Your routine should meet the needs of your hair during the entire monsoon season.

Here are the top three hair care routines to practice:

  • Shower with cooler water – although hot showers are relaxing, the hot water is like humidity and can raise the cuticle. You can also rinse your hair with cold water to seal your hair cuticles and enhance shine.

  • Use your towel wisely – towels have fibers that can disrupt hair cuticle. Instead, use a towel with softer fabric or a soft cotton T-shirt to dry your hair, especially if it’s curly.

  • Apply products immediately for visible results – waiting too long to apply anti-frizz products after showering makes them less-effective because the fuzz starts forming instantly. Make products more effective by applying them through your strands after drying your hair gently.

This monsoon season, keep your hair happy with the right products and treatment; proper hair care won’t give you dry and frizzy hair. As an added precaution, bring hair oil with you to polish your hair instantly wherever you go.



Different Ways Children Learn and How You Can Support Them

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In pre-school, teachers employ varied styles to conduct their lessons. If students need to learn about shapes, they're given pieces of plastic or wood that they'd have to insert in similarly-shaped holes. If they need to learn about the different continents in the world, teachers often make them use different colours on a map. To learn how to spell, teachers invent silly, catchy songs.

But, as children progress through school, the special ways by which educators teach become fewer and further between. When students reach high school, they learn mostly through textbooks and PowerPoint presentations. While those types of learning may work for some students, others who have different learning styles may struggle.

What does learning style mean?

Essentially, learning style pertains to how a person perceives, organises and recalls information. This means that there are different ways every student comprehends what's taught in school.

Currently, there are four commonly recognised learning styles. Since there's only one teacher per subject in international schools in Manila, meaning one teaching style, it can be challenging for your child to keep up. But, by determining which of the following learning styles your child prefers, you can provide support at home so they can excel in school.

1. Visual (Spatial)

Children who are visual learners prefer studying images and having spatial understanding. They need to be able to see things to understand them. You'll know if this style best suits your child one if it is easier for them to learn from visual representations like graphs and charts.

How you can help: Visual learners thrive when they see how something is done. So, whenever possible, use a visual demonstration when helping your child at home. When helping them review for an upcoming exam, flashcards can help them remember the information they need to.

2. Aural (Auditory-Musical)

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 Sound and music are the best friends of aural learners. They may have a hard time digesting texts on page but can memorise a song or understand a speech with ease.

How you can help: Aural learners benefit from a supportive parent who is open to being their study buddy. Verbally reinforcing information will help your child retain it.

3. Verbal (Linguistic)

This learning style tends to overlap a bit with aural, but verbal learners prefer to study words both in speech and in writing. If your child loves to read and has an easy time memorising poems, they're likely a verbal learner.

How you can help: Verbal learners do not need much from you. They can simply read their notes aloud and process the subject through verbalisation. But, you can be their sounding board as they review the things they're learning out loud.

4. Physical (Kinaesthetic)

Kinaesthetic learners best understand information by physically interacting with a tactile representation of it. If your child adapted easily to the use of an abacus, for instance,  or loved to play with clay when they were younger, they're likely a kinaesthetic learner.

How you can help: Ever hear of the term "hands-on approach"? That's what this type of learner needs when studying. You can help your child review by bouncing a tennis ball back and forth when they answer questions. As long as you ensure that they're moving while studying, they're good to go.

Each person has a different way of interpreting things. So, knowing how your child does it and doing your part to support them will help them succeed.

The Best Birthday Gifts For a 1-Year-Old

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Struggling to find the right gift for a first birthday? Whether it’s your own child, a niece/nephew or a child of friend, why not consider some of these ideas?

Baby clothes

A first birthday could be a great opportunity to splash out on some adorable new baby clothes. Technically this is more of a gift for the parents than the baby, but that shouldn’t matter – it’s as much of an opportunity for the parents to celebrate as it is the child. Besides, one-year-olds may starting to develop an interest in the clothes they wear.

Push-along toys

It’s around the one year mark that many kids are building the strength to walk. Push along toys can be great for building the confidence to walk by oneself. Think toy lawnmowers or toy prams – these will continue to get use long after mastering walking.

Rocking toys

A lot of kids around this age also love rocking toys. There are all kinds of versions of this toy from traditional rocking horses to other bouncing animals that may produce sounds or glow up. One year olds may need help getting on these toys at first but may soon be able to easily climb on themselves.

Bath toys

Bath toys can help infants to start associating bath time as something fun. There are all kinds of different bath toys out there from rubber ducks to toy boats to squirting toys. You may even be able to find more elaborate toys that glow up or produce bubbles.

Musical instruments

A lot of one years olds will interested in the sounds that objects create. This is a great time to introduce simple instruments aimed at kids like xylophones, bongos, tambourines and even simple keyboards. Musical toys could encourage kids to stop banging and clanging on other household items. There are also plenty of other toys that can produce musical sounds.

Stacking/puzzle toys

There are plenty of toys that can encourage infants to fit things together such as stacking cubes in a certain way or fitting certain shapes in certain holes. These are great for developing problem-solving skills at this age. Consider gifts like Duplo sets and books with jigsaw pieces in.  

Art supplies

Around the one year mark, kids may also start to want to scribble or finger-paint. Consider sets of crayons and paper or paints that allow a child to experiment with colours and get messy. There may also be mess free toys to consider such as etch-a-sketches – parents may appreciate this more if you’re buying for a one-year-old that isn’t your own!

 


Taking The Hassle Out Of Healthy Living: Easy Ways To Feel Better

There’s so much information about healthy living and what we should and shouldn’t do that it can be incredibly difficult to figure out what actually works. With new fad diets emerging every week, and exercise trends changing by the day, it’s easy to get bogged down in information. The truth is that living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to be a hassle. There are some very simple, stress-free ways you can improve your health. 

Simple steps to improve your diet

There are hundreds of articles about healthy eating out there, and it seems like we’re advised to eat different foods every month. The reality is that adopting a healthy diet doesn’t have to involve a dramatic overhaul. To improve your diet, incorporate foods that have nutritional value, and try and cut down on those that don’t benefit you. Steer clear of processed foods and items that are high in trans and saturated fats, and focus on lean sources of protein, mineral and vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. Simple steps like swapping white bread for wholemeal and adding more greens and oily fish to your diet will make a massive difference. If you’re not a seasoned pro in the kitchen, look for easy, quick, healthy recipes online. 

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Taking care of your dental health

Did you know that poor oral health can increase your risk of developing heart disease and dementia? Research suggests that dental health is linked to general health. If you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, or you’ve been hoping that your toothache goes away of its own accord, now is the time to book an appointment. Attending regular checks, getting swollen and bleeding gums checked out and investigating options like partials for missing teeth will improve your dental health dramatically. Ideally, you should go to the dentist every 6-12 months. To reduce the risk of dental problems, it’s also advisable to brush twice a day with an electric toothbrush and avoid snacking and eating a lot of sugary and acidic foods. 

Moving more

Inactivity is a major threat to our health and wellbeing. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. If you’re not a gym bunny, there’s no need to panic. You can make up the minutes doing all kinds of activities. From dancing, walking the dog, cycling, and climbing to ice skating, yoga, playing tennis, and jogging, there are multiple ways you can increase your activity levels. It’s also a great idea to make small changes like walking or cycling short distances instead of driving and using stairs instead of elevators and escalators. 

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Rest and recovery

Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty? Do most days feel hectic or rushed? Do you feel tired all the time? If you’re not getting enough sleep, this will have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Set yourself up with a bedtime routine, which enables you to get enough hours of sleep every night, relax before you go to bed, and keep your phone away from your bedroom. 

It’s very easy to lose sight of what works and what doesn’t when you read magazines or watch TV documentaries. There seems to be new information about healthy living all the time, and often, articles and features contradict each other. The truth is that making very simple changes can have a drastic impact on your health. 






Fun Activities for Kids this Summer

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The long summer months are here and it’s time to relax and kick back with the family. But with so many weeks to fill, it’s easy for parents to run out of ideas to keep their kids entertained - especially if you will be working through most of the vacation.

No matter what your budget is or how old your kids are, here’s a list of suggestions you might like. 

Summer Camps

There are all kinds of different camps available from more educational programs like a stem summer camp to more activity-based camps that give your kids a chance to try different outdoor pursuits. Choosing the right camp is all about figuring out what will be the most fun, and how far away and how long your child wants to stay. For their first camp, it’s a good idea to try a day camp or a short camp first.

A summer camp is a great chance for kids to meet new people and become a little more independent from home. Camp offers them a chance to develop their social skills and have a lot of fun too. Camps can be a great solution for parents who can’t stay home with their kids for the whole summer break too. 

Fun in the Garden

While the weather is so fine, having fun in the garden is almost an obligation. Family BBQs, water fights and picnics are a brilliant way to enjoy the sunshine and make the most of your space. Getting the kids involved in the kitchen making picnic recipes is also a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Plus, kids are much more likely to try food they have helped to prepare so this could be your chance to persuade a fussy eater to try new things. 

The garden is also a good space for learning. Give your kids time to explore and play, making mud pies and planting quick-grow seeds together. A sunflower competition is always a fun activity for early summer months. Making a grasshead is also a fun way to grow seeds for the first time and, once the grass has started growing, you can trim it to create different ‘haircuts’.  

Learning New Skills

The summer is the perfect time to teach your kids new skills such as how to swim and how to ride a bike. As the school term and curriculum can be quite restrictive, the summer is the perfect opportunity to broaden your kids’ horizons with cultural pursuits such as trips to art galleries and museums and family days out.  

Of course, growing up is all about developing social skills too. Now is the perfect time of year to host sleepovers (and send your kids on them too!) as you can put up a tent in the garden and give the kids a bit more space to play together. While it might not be as structured as other activities, just giving kids a chance to entertain themselves is really important and the summer is the perfect opportunity. 


Re-entering Into The Workforce Market Isn't So Tough

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Parents who have stayed at home for a long time raising their children, might get an itch they need to scratch after a while. Once the children are old enough to go to school or perhaps to daycare, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands. However, even if your children are still toddlers and need full time parental care, you might also want to re-enter into the workforce market. It's natural to feel this way because work gives you routine and direction and that is always healthy. And yet, you also have children to look after which makes certain kinds of work out of the question. If you have previous career skills you might need to use what you can and find what you can. For example, if you were a professional marketer, you might not be able to do the 9 to 5 schedule anymore, but you can use your skills as a self-employed professional. Working from home has never been easier than before, so take the opportunity to do so if you can.

Being an online consultant

Small business owners do not have a large fund which they can use to hire the best people. However they do have amazing ambition and willingness to learn. Entrepreneurs are trying to find experts and knowledgeable people in their industry, who can impart their wisdom unto them. They need guidance and mentoring, advice on strategy and tips on small things like analyzing people’s behavior during the hiring process. Becoming a freelance home-based consultant is easy. You already have the past experience and knowledge of working in your particular industry, now all you need is a platform from which to share this.

You can set up a blog from which you can attract traffic. Using blogs and modern SEO techniques is very effective, as is video content sharing tips and tricks of the trade. However, you might also want to join a consulting agency, which has been designed specifically for one to one client relationships. The agencies will find you the clients but also take a fee for their efforts. It's recommended you do both as you cast the net wide in hopes of finding regular clientele.

Begin to home network

Every business in the world uses some kind of modern conferencing software. For full time parents who want to know how they can start working as a stay-at-home mom, take a look at how you can start to hold home conference calls. Maybe you would like to carry on your role in the same capacity from home now that you’re ready to work again. Keep in touch with your previous colleagues and make sure you’re always reading up on the latest news in the industry. This not only keeps your mind fresh and in the know, but your knowledge is brought up to speed with modern day standards. You’re also able to have voice communication with multiple people at the same time. Therefore being engaged in meetings with clients, customers or your fellow colleagues is almost as effective as being there in person.

Go to industry events

Going to industry events isn’t just for the professionals in the industries themselves, they’re open to everyone. It's prudent to sign up early to any industry event that is relevant to your ambitions. This way you have the opportunity to snap up any exclusive passes which have perks. Going to industry events is a great way to network, but also refresh your mind as to what you loved doing before having children. You can then slowly get up to speed with the current climate of technology, practices, standards and build relationships. 

Make it a priority to network with small businesses as they are always looking to expand their workforce. Because you have been out of work for a few years, large firms may not want to hire you in favor for a younger candidate. You should still try, but your best bet is to look for an exciting new company, with a new idea and offer your skills to various business owners who fit the criteria. It’s in person so you may need to work on your conversational skills and become comfortable again speaking the language of the industry; i.e. using familiar jargon.

After being a full time parent, it's often time to rejoin the workforce. However times change quickly and your skills may have a little rust on them. Begin by trying your hand at being a self-employed expert and offer consulting to entrepreneurs. If you would like to take it one step further and look for a company to work for, go to industry events and network with small businesses.