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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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