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How to Make Up With Your Bestie After a Fight

How to Make Up With Your Bestie After a Fight

Chances are that you have been in a fight with your best friend, but has it ever been to the point where you were not sure if you would ever be friends again? This is possibly one of the worst feelings, and it can seem confusing on how to proceed to repair the friendship. Having healthy friendships is vital to your emotional and physical health, so do the best that you can to make up with your best friend.

Admit When You Are Wrong

You might have to swallow your pride to admit that you were the one in the wrong, but this is a huge step in making up with your best friend. When the conversation is just you trying to defend what you did or what you said, there is no way to reach an agreement about what went wrong and will likely just make everything worse. When you own up and take the blame if it is truly on you, this could be something that makes the friendship much stronger in the long run.

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Get Mushy

Being sentimental might seem like the last thing that needs to happen, but gather up the photos of you two and remind your bestie of how much fun you two had. You will always cherish the great times that have been had, but let them know that you want to keep on making these memories and you simply cannot be your truly happy self if they are not by your side. If there is a song that you consider “yours” send it to them along with one of the best memories that go along with it.

Hand Write an Apology

So many people still believe that written letters mean so much more than something that is typed out like an email or a text message. Writing your feelings out and handing them over can really get them in the feels, especially if you two are not on talking terms at the moment. It can be something as simple as a post-it with an apology or a long letter gushing about how much they mean to you. Put it somewhere that they will see it, without necessarily hanging it directly to them—that could just upset them more.

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Offer Up a Gift

This is one of the best ways to have someone open back up to you. You will want the gift to be something that is meaningful, so think about something that they’ve been wanting for a while, or play it simple and get them their favorite candy. For something extra special, choose a personalized gift that shows you believe that they are worth your time and effort. iCustom Label has a plethora of items to choose from, so there is surely one that your bestie will love. Have a set of personalized stickers made of their celebrity crush or their pet from My Sticker Face. Make the offer extra sweet by giving them customized M&Ms—add whatever image and text you would like.

Infiltrate Through Their Tummy

It’s quite hard to say no to food when it is offered, so take the time to make their favorite treat. Aim to make them something that they love but might not indulge in all the time because it is difficult to make or is regarded as an indulgence for them. Try to do something that can’t just be picked up from the bakery aisle at the store, as this shows you are putting time and effort into gaining their friendship back.

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Know That You Are Truly Ready

If the fight between you and your bestie was especially awful, it is vital that you know within your heart that you are ready to make up with them. The fight might’ve started with you in the wrong or them in the wrong, but either way you must be ready to put it past you so that it does not seep back up through the cracks and start to deteriorate the friendship again. When you are absolutely ready, all of the actions that you take and words that you speak will not only seem genuine, but they will actually be genuine.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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