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10 Things You Need To Do To Welcome The Spring In Style

10 Things You Need To Do To Welcome The Spring In Style

Spring is a wonderful season! In spring, you can go out and enjoy a long walk, hear the birds singing, and see the seedlings emerging from the soil! Spring is the time of love, a time to celebrate, a time of rebirth.

If the allergies and mood changes make it difficult for you to love the springtime, you can pamper yourself for the new season – this is the easiest way to enhance your spring and come to love it!

1. Discover a new travel destination

Spring is the best season to travel: it’s warm enough for a walk, yet not in full season, so the prices are decent and the number of tourists is low. Here’s another major factor to convince you to travel in the spring: there are lots of festivals and parties which celebrate the new season!

You can plan your next big escape in a foreign country or simply put on the most comfortable pair of shoes and grab your backpack as you towards a new city or area in your home country. There is always something to see and somewhere to go, so browse the internet and find somewhere tp enjoy the rebirth of nature next weekend. This is also the perfect opportunity to establish a new family tradition: traveling to a new place each spring and having fun with your loved ones.

2. Pamper your body

Just like animals come out of their warm dens, you are going to come out of your cozy home in spring, which means you need to look your best. During winter months you may overlook some self-grooming tasks, such as waxing your legs – spring is the best time to update your look and pamper your body to get ready for the summer days.

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Whether you book a day at the spa using a voucher or you choose to turn your own home into a spa, you should include a full body massage, a relaxation session with Epsom salts, and a look update.

3. Try a new hairstyle

Welcome the spring in style with a new hairstyle. A new hairstyle can make you feel better about yourself and can definitely make you feel the spring groove. Go bold and try something new, like a bun, pigtails, high pony, or curls. Of course, a new hairstyle is not complete without a color change – go from blonde to brunette or redhead, or try a new trend! Take a risk and experiment with a new color. I guarantee you will feel revived!

4. New makeup, new nails

After a new hairstyle, you need new makeup and a new manicure style. Nothing says spring louder than a new manicure and pedicure. Choose pastels, which are the best for this new season. Mint, turquoise, pink, blue, or lavender are all great options when it comes to your nails. Before you start painting, don’t forget to give some loving care to your feet and hands — a hot milk and honey bath is going to leave your skin soft and glowing.

You also deserve new makeup for spring — ditch the old makeup look and embrace a new one. You can choose to follow the current trends or just find a new way to highlight your natural beauty.

If you look at designers, you will see lots of spring colors, such as blue and green for the eye makeup; orange, pink, deep reds, and wine for the lips. Keep your skin glowing by using scrubs and hydrating lotions or creams.

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5. New clothes

New hair, new makeup, new nails — you’ll need new clothes to complete your new look! Time to dive into the wardrobe and really spring clean! Welcome the spring in style with some staples: jeans, slip-on shoes, flower patterns, simple shirts, leggings, and an all-weather blazer and trench. Don’t forget a trendy and highly useful crossbody bag which can be converted to a simple small backpack.

A scarf is always handy in spring, as it helps you stay trendy and warm as the weather changes from hour to hour. None of these items are restricted to just one season. Pick versatile outfits which can be worn in multiple seasons – you just have to add new statement, trendy accessories each time.

6. Detox your entire being

To be able to welcome the spring in style, you need to give a boost to the natural detox processes which go on in your body. There are many ways to do this, yet the most effective and easy method is to stick with infused waters, detox smoothies, and whole foods.

Your first step towards detox is hydration. Because it can be hard to drink enough water during the day, you can use a simple trick: make infused water. Infused water can be made simply by adding herbs, fruits, and vegetables to your water. The added flavor of the water will make you want to drink more than usual, and the added ingredients will speed up your metabolism and increase your fat burning rate. Experiment with different ingredients until you find the one you like best.

Smoothies can support the infused water and act as your meals for the day, as long as you add enough protein to them. Base your smoothies on leafy greens, which have fibre and support proper bowel movements. Dandelion greens, spinach, kale, and parsley are among the best greens for your detox smoothies.

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Switch to whole foods and local produce — ditching the processed foods is a great way to boost your health and cleanse your body. Aim to eliminate sugars, alcohol, and gluten from your diet, relying on vegetables and fresh products.

During your 7-10 days of detox, you have to pay attention to your spirit and mind as well. Aim to meditate for 5 minutes a day, or simply disconnect from the electronics and unplug all the devices, spending some time in complete silence, breathing deeply. You will notice the benefits of this practice after the first session and you will never want to give it up!

7. Embrace a new exercise routine

Spring is the best time to take up a new sport, so take advantage of it! Take a bike ride and enjoy the great outdoors! Biking is easy to fit it into your lifestyle, as you can just ditch the car and ride your bike while running errands. You’ll gradually get fitter, all while enjoying a new activity that puts you in a positive mood.

8. Create a new playlist

To get into the mood and welcome the spring in style, you need to have some appropriate tunes ready. Music has a beneficial effect on your mood and studies have proven that music therapy can reduce depression and depressive syndrome. This can be common during the spring, as the body is affected by the climatic changes, like temperature and pressure. Apart from the scientific side of music, it can make you relive past memories, like that song that was playing during your first kiss.

Music awakens emotions, so you can use it to pump up your mood in preparation for spring. Create a spring playlist and unleash your creativity and happiness. Add songs which remind you of your favorite spring moments.

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9. Read a new book

Rediscover the library and boost your creativity this spring. Reading enhances your brain power — that’s a proven fact. Go for physical books rather than ebook — the experience of reading is not complete without the act of turning the pages.

10. Start a DIY project

Spring is the perfect time to start a DIY project. When the allergies hit you hard or the spring storms are not allowing any walks in the park, just take the DIY path. Make a cute purse, necklace, enhance your hangers, or give an old item a new life — spring is the right time to tackle those projects you’ve been procrastinating for the last year.

Spring is a lovely season, so embrace it! Ditch the seasonal funk by grabbing your infused water and crafting a new item while listening to your power playlist!

Featured photo credit: Albumarium via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on January 15, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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