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Revamp Your Style – 6 Fashion and Beauty Tips for Every Girl

Revamp Your Style – 6 Fashion and Beauty Tips for Every Girl

Being a woman has many challenges, most of which are closely connected to becoming one. A modern woman needs to be well-educated, nurturing and loving. She needs to have a fulfilling career, and she needs to be lovely while doing all of that.

We can do it all, it’s only a matter of priorities. It’s very simple to lose your way among all of these expectations. Learning about yourself and knowing who you are will be most helpful when it comes to establishing your priority list.

Now, I’d like to spend some time talking about femininity, and ways of expressing your inner beauty through your appearance – the way a woman takes care of herself says a lot about her qualities.

1. Skin care

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    First of all, I have to say that it’s completely untrue that you need a lot of money to have perfect skin. As a matter of fact, many girls I know simply buy the most generic skin care products that are branded, believing that they have done their jobs.

    Most of those products are quite harsh, and it’s not at all uncommon that your skin reacts negatively, which only leads to additional problems. Start by determining your skin type and select products accordingly based on your results.

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    For example, if you have serious problems with acne, you shouldn’t try to solve them by yourself – having a good dermatologist is your solution here. The whole process will be a lot shorter and the results will be a lot better, so don’t hesitate; consult a professional.

    2. Hair Care

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      A certain haircut and a particular hair color are just two ways to express your personality. Naturally, not all hairstyles and colors are a perfect match and you should make your selection based on the shape of your face.

      However, it’s not like you shouldn’t have any fun – being in your twenties has a lot of perks, and experimenting with your appearance is one of them. Besides, having crazy haircuts in wild colors is not at all uncommon today, so you won’t run into too many frowns in the business world if you decide to dye your hair green, for example.

      Similar to what I mentioned above in the skincare section, hair care also doesn’t have to be expensive – you just have to be smart about it. For example, getting a dye that’s a bit more expensive and of a higher quality will help you save a lot of money on hair repair products because there will be no need for it. You should find a hair routine that works for you and stick to it.

      3. Hand Care

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        A woman’s hands are a reflection of her femininity. As far as I’m concerned – you should take a good look at the women around you and see if I’m right. Somehow, women don’t pay a lot of attention to their hands, although this may be the simplest task in the beauty checklist.

        Hands can look beautiful even if you don’t have those perfect long, thin fingers – shaping your nails properly will do the trick. There’s another reason why women simply give up on their hands; because they don’t believe that they have the skills necessary to get their own nails done, or don’t have enough money to pay someone else to do it for them.

        With just a little bit of practice, you’ll manage to master these skills and do it much sooner than you expect – it’s not rocket science, really, you just need to be patient.

        4. Body Care

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          Although there has been a lot of healthy body image talk online recently, a majority of girls are still convinced that they need to be skinny in order to be beautiful. Being skinny implies improper nutrition, and if you don’t eat healthy, you can’t possibly expect your body to feel healthy.

          First of all, you need to start by embracing your figure – not everyone is born with that supermodel body line, and that’s completely OK. Once you make peace with that beautiful figure you have, you can set realistic goals and achieve them in time.

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          The fact that your body isn’t within the standards that society is forcing on you doesn’t imply that you should give up on exercising, and there are two good reasons for this:

          • Being an important health factor, exercising is great for preventing various diseases and it will help you fight certain health problems.
          • It truly is an amazing confidence booster; working out will do miracles for your social and love life because it brings a level of personal satisfaction to your game.

          Additionally, your choice of clothes needs to be in accordance with your figure. After determining your body type, you’ll be able to select flattering clothes that you’ll enjoy wearing because they look good and make you feel amazing about yourself – another confidence boost.

          5. Find a Style of Clothing That Will Suit You

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            Once you have accepted yourself and determined what your body type is, it is time to find a style of clothing that will suit you and your figure. This isn’t very hard, the first thing you need to do is to take a closer look at your lifestyle and your personality. Are you casual and outdoorsy, or someone just waiting for a chance to wear an evening gown? Some people like a more professional business look. It is important to find a style of clothing that will fit into your lifestyle and complement you. Otherwise, you will only feel uncomfortable, and that will reflect on everything you do.

            Also, always have in mind; the shape of your body, because while leggings are trendy, they only look good on girls with long and thin legs. Make sure you choose the colors that will highlight your natural beauty. For example, if lime green is the “in color” right now, and you look pale and washed out when wearing it, try to find a shade of green that will make you look good, and save that lime color for a pair of shoes or a handbag.

            6. Do The Right Type of Exercise

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              Like we mentioned above, exercising is not only an important factor for your overall health, it’s also an amazing confidence booster. However, if you are someone who hasn’t done a lot of exercising in the past, getting in shape can be overwhelming and it’s hard to even get started. Most girls who are looking for the perfect workout plan try one solution after another and end up thinking that nothing really works for them.

              You can easily get stuck in the extremes such as: eating nothing after 6pm., or committing yourself to exercising and eating well, where in the end you become obsessed with it and actually make yourself feel worse, both emotionally and physically.

              You need to find the right balance, a workout that will fit into your everyday life and leave you feeling satisfied. It would be best if you found a trainer who would have answers to all of your questions, and help you create a workout plan that will suit you and your specific needs.

              This is all within the borders of basic care, and none of the tips I mentioned are difficult to achieve. I believe that being a woman is something you learn in time, and things like that shouldn’t be forced. Don’t get frustrated; give yourself enough time so that you can discover who you really are, and how you can manifest your personality through your appearance.

              Featured photo credit: https://pixabay.com/en/studio-portrait-woman-face-model-660806/ via pexels.com

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              Published on November 14, 2018

              Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

              Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

              With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

              For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

              In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

              Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

              Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

              It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

              For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

              Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

              Symptoms of Fatigue

              Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

              • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
              • mental blocks
              • lack of motivation
              • headache
              • dizziness
              • muscle weakness
              • slowed reflexes and responses
              • impaired decision-making and judgement
              • moodiness, such as irritability
              • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
              • reduced immune system function
              • blurry vision
              • short-term memory problems
              • poor concentration
              • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

              Causes of Fatigue

              The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

              • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
              • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
              • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
              • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

              Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

              Medical Causes of Fatigue

              If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

              Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

              Anemia

              Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

              Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

              There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

              Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

              Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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              This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

              Diabetes

              Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

              Sleep Apnea

              Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

              Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

              Thyroid disease

              An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

              Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

              • Lack of sleep
              • Too much sleep 
              • Alcohol and drugs 
              • Sleep disturbances 
              • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
              • Poor diet 

              Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

              • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
              • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
              • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
              • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

              Psychological Causes of Fatigue

              Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

              • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
              • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
              • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

              How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

              Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

              1. Tell The Truth

              Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

              To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

              Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

              The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

              One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

              • How you feel
              • What time of day it is
              • What may have contributed to your fatigue
              • How your mind and body reacts

              This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

              2. Reduce Your Commitments

              When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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              If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

              When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

              Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

              3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

              If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

              Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

              If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

              Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

              Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

              4. Express More Gratitude

              Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

              It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

              Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

              5. Focus On Yourself

              Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

              There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

              But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

              We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

              6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

              Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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              Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

              The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

              Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

              7. Take a Power Nap

              When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

              Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

              This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

              8. Take More Exercise

              The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

              Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

              The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

              You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

              9. Get More Quality Sleep

              To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

              Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

              My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

              10. Improve Your Diet

              Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

              Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

              On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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              To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

              Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

              Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

              11. Manage Your Stress Levels

              Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

              When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

              Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

              My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

              12. Get Hydrated

              Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

              Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

              If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

              The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

              The Bottom Line

              These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

              If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

              Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

              Reference

              [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
              [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
              [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
              [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
              [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
              [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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