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5 Steps To Feeling More Confident

As the weather turns dark and cold, and life tosses us stressors, we’re likely not feeling confident about the brightness of life. Don’t despair. There’s hope, thanks to self-care. In fact, indulging in self-care and putting yourself first is the hottest new trend. Here are some tips to get you feeling more confident.

Offer Your Hair Some Love

Hair care doesn’t have to mean expensive keratin treatments. You don’t need to be a pro or have a multiple-step routine to have a healthy head of hair. Sometimes, a few simple ingredients can be the nourishment your hair needs.

Two top ingredients for happier, healthier hair is castor oil and argan oil. These natural ingredients stimulate hair growth and are generally safe for everyone to use (although a patch test is still a good idea). 

Doing these treatments two to three times a week will help to rejuvenate your hair, giving it a more glowing and healthy appearance. Simply apply it before using shampoo and let it sit for a few minutes. All you need to do is apply it at the roots of your hair, leave it on for a short while and voila. Both argan oil and castor oil are rich in fatty acids and nutrients. They will nourish your scalp and give you that sought-after shine. Indulging in hair care will help you to have that effortless glow even when you’re rocking the no-makeup look. 

Invest In Your Smile

Nothing will make you more confident than having the perfect smile. Smiling more is proven to increase happiness by releasing endorphins. With a great set of pearly whites, you won’t be able to help but smile more. We all know the importance of dental care, but sometimes you want to take it that step further. Using a Dental Implant Specialist, you can improve your smile in a way that looks both beautiful and natural. These types of implants not only substitute missing teeth but improve the overall appearance of your face by giving your jawbone more support. Other simple ways to enhance your smile are to use home whitening kits or consult with your dentist about a series of whitening treatments. Investing in your teeth will undoubtedly let the world see more of that smile, as your confidence will shine through.

Journal Your Way to A Brighter Day

This one is a trickier habit to get into but will change your life once you manage it. A helpful form of self-care is to write down at least one thing per day you love about yourself. Whether this is a physical attribute or an aspect of your personality, just one thing that you are content with. Writing this down each morning will help you to appreciate what’s unique about you and to feel more positive about who you are. As you progress with this, you may be able to describe things about yourself in a positive way that you previously wouldn’t have. Journaling for self-care is a long process, but one that will be extremely rewarding.

Indulge in Yoga

Exercise is a crucial step in the road towards higher levels of confidence. It will help to increase your energy levels and get endorphins pumping. It’s a great way to improve your physical and mental well-being. For some, the idea of exercise incites a feeling of dread. Hardcore gym workouts and long-distance running aren’t for all. Experimenting with yoga and Pilates is a relaxing but effective workout routine with proven links to increasing mental wellness.

Another great thing is – you can do it from the comfort of your own home. There are so many online tutorials to help you do yoga at your own pace and start at a suitable level for you. Yoga is a great de-stressor, reducing the production of cortisol – the dreaded stress hormone. Doing yoga on a regular basis will help you to feel calmer and at more at ease with yourself, offering a form of exercise that’s truly enjoyable. Another way that yoga increases confidence is by improving your concentration. An essential aspect of the practice is being present and focusing on breathing. This focus on mindfulness can help within all realms of your life, increasing productivity all round.

Set Clear Goals

Setting goals for yourself will help you to focus on what you can achieve. You know what you are truly capable of, so turning these into tangible goals will consistently remind you of your potential. Having a growth mindset will help you to imagine these goals with clarity. Once you have envisioned it, you are one step closer to achieving it. Believing in yourself will boost your confidence and help you to be continually moving forward and becoming your best self. A great way to set these goals might be to look at things you have achieved previously and think about how you did this. Then you might ask yourself, how can I build on this? If I did that, what other great things am I capable of?

Re-Assess Your Body Language

Just like smiling makes you happier, looking confident helps you to be more confident. Focusing on your physical stance will actually trick your brain into thinking it feels more empowered. Some attributes to focus on may include standing taller and more straight, holding your shoulders back, and making direct eye contact with people. This sense of boldness will make you appear more confident both to others and yourself.

It’s the journey that counts. 

Practicing self-care and being more confident isn’t something that happens overnight. One of the most important forms of self-care is being realistic and kind to yourself. Having bad days is normal, and help us to put everything into perspective and appreciate the positive. This applies to our self-perception; we may sometimes focus on what we dislike but then can learn to balance this with our positive attributes. Nobody’s perfect, and learning to accept ourselves is a balancing act of focusing on what we admire in ourselves and continually working to improve those aspects we wish to change.

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Tips For Visiting Your Dental Office After Lockdown

Keeping up your smile is crucial to keeping up your physical health. It’s so important that it’s recommended that you visit your dentist every six months instead of whenever something comes up that requires an emergency visit. When you visit your dentist regularly, you’re doing preventative care.

Just because you don’t have an immediate issue, that does not mean that you do not need to see a dentist. Your dentist will check your mouth for cancer as well as head and neck cancer. They will check you for any abnormal lumps on your head or neck and check for any red or white patches in the mouth. Doing these simple checks will catch any concerning issues before they become larger problems.

Regular check-ups with your dentist are also a great way to get feedback on your at-home dental care. They will be able to show you the proper way to care for your teeth in between teeth cleanings. If you are considering starting teeth whitening, they can tell you the best option for you.

Overall, visiting your dentist on a regular basis is great preventative care. They will catch problems before they become out of control. They can even give you advice about whatever your specific needs are. With that being said, you cannot let the current times deter you from looking after your oral health. If you’re worried about visiting your dental office, whether you go to Stead Willis DMD or a family dentist you have known all your life, here are some tips for vising your dental office after lockdown and what you should expect.

Arrival Changes

Typically when you arrive to your dentist office, you show your insurance card and sign in. Now the process may be a little different. It may require some extra steps. All dental practices, no matter where you live, have to make sure that you’re feeling well enough to come into the office. You can expect to be contacted before you walk in to make sure that you are not showing any signs of COVID-19.

When it comes to making appointments or just showing up to your dentist office without an appointment, those days are long gone. Typically patients will have to call the office to schedule appointments. If you don’t have an appointment, you likely won’t be able to come into the office. They’re trying to limit the number of people in any given area at the dentists’ office, particularly in the waiting room.

Waiting Room Changes

Speaking of the waiting room, there are many changes to be made in this area too. A staff member at the reception may request to check your temperature, making sure that you do not have a fever. You can expect it to either be from an ear thermometer or those gun thermometers that can scan your forehead to check your temperature. You can also expect to have your hands sanitized upon your arrival.

Just like your trips to the grocery store, there may also be a protective barrier separating you and the receptionist. In some offices, you may be asked to wear a face mask along with shoe covers. They may also ask you to put your personal belongings in a clean bag to help reduce any accidental contamination of the virus. The waiting room will be modified to abide by the 6-foot social distancing rule, and you may not see as many people in the waiting room.

Dental Team Workflow Changes

You can rest assured that most dental offices will be well ventilated, meaning you do not have to worry about breathing in recycled air that may be contaminated with the virus. Do not be alarmed if your dentist is also wearing personal protective equipment like a face mask, face shield and gloves. You may or may not be able to spit in the sink, so you can expect to have your saliva suctioned out instead. There may also be some changes to where certain procedures are performed. For those that create high levels of spray, it may be done in a completely different room. There may be longer wait times in the waiting room because any non-emergency procedures will be prioritized under patients that need immediate assistance. Because they are making sure to clean the area thoroughly after each patient, the extra wait time in between patients may also be due to that. Rest assured that they have come up with smart techniques and best practices to reduce the spread of the virus, even in their dental office.

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Tips To Help You Sleep Through The Night

Getting a good night’s rest is imperative to staying happy and healthy. When you do not get enough sleep, it shows up in other areas of your body. It could negatively affect your hormones, exercise performance as well as how well your brain functions. Not getting enough sleep could also impact your weight. If you are finding it difficult to stay asleep during the night, or if you find yourself going to bed really late night after night, here are some sleep tips that can help you sleep through the night.

More Bright Light Exposure During The Day

When you expose yourself to natural, bright light during the day, it will help balance your body’s natural rhythm also known as your circadian rhythm. This rhythm helps you stay awake during the day and tells your body when it is time to go to sleep at night. More bright light during the day will keep your rhythm healthy, improves your daytime energy and improves your nighttime sleep quality. It can also help you sleep longer during the night. Make sure you get some natural daylight and if that is not possible consider artificial bright lights.

Reduce Blue Light Exposure At Night

Another way to help you sleep through the night is to reduce your blue light exposure at night. Blue lights come from things like your cell phone and computer. Your electronic devices are not the only emitter of blue light, but it emits the most. There are a few things you can do to reduce your blue light exposure. First, consider wearing blue light glasses at night. Next, there are also apps you can download onto your computer or smartphone that block blue light on your laptop, computer or your mobile devices. Lastly at least two hours before you to go to bed, you should not watch TV and turn off any bright lights.

Avoid Late Coffee Breaks

Caffeine has many benefits, but having caffeine too late in the day can wreck your plans of trying to have a good night’s rest. Caffeine excites your nervous system, preventing your body from fully relaxing at night when it is time to go to sleep. Keep in mind that caffeine can stay in your system anywhere between six to eight hours. With this in mind, it is recommended that you should not drink coffee anytime after 3-4 p.m.

Avoid Long Naps

If possible, try not to take long naps. You should also avoid irregular naps. Remember your circadian rhythm? It is a very delicate system that should not be disturbed. If you sleep during the day, this confuses your internal clock. When night time comes around, your body may not be ready for bed even though you are tired. If you take regular naps, this is different as napping regularly typically does not impact your quality of sleep at night. 

Sleep On A Schedule

When you go to sleep in a semi-fixed schedule, your body will start to expect when to get sleepy. It is recommended that you try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. It may be tempting to stay up late and sleeping in on the weekends, but that could be hurting your quality of sleep during the week.

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How To Influence Good Vibes In Your Life

Life is too short to be unhappy, right? However, it does have it’s challenges, and we’re only human at the end of the day. Whether we realize it or not though, we can influence the path our lives take. What we do on a daily basis could help to brighten our days in a variety of ways. Whether it’s manifesting a job promotion to finding peace within oneself, we can be cultivate joy. Here are some helpful tips on how to influence good vibes in your life.

Be Kind To Yourself

When did you last congratulate yourself for doing something incredible? Even if it was just waking up and getting out of bed in the morning, these can be successes. The reality is, we don’t do enough for ourselves when it comes to spreading positivity. If anything, we’re our own worst critic and enemy. That’s something that only you can control. No one else can control this.

When you’re trying to promote a more positive outlook, it starts from within. Start practicing that kindness where you can and figure out where you might be lacking that. Pause in those moments of success to give yourself a pat on the back. Don’t ignore those moments and treat them as if nothing significant has happened. We’re very quick to critique ourselves when we aren’t succeeding or even if we’re doing well but not quite where we think we need to be. Try to squash those thoughts and replace them with kinder words and a more positive attitude to everything you do, whether you succeed or fail at it.

Use Positive Words

Positive words can help when you’re trying to find motivation for what’s happening in your life. We all have the potential to achieve anything that we put our minds to. Sometimes, it’s just a case of being good to ourselves and also inspiring ourselves through positive words. Words are powerful. Words can create strong emotions. So when you’re struggling with something, give yourself a pep talk. When you’re self-assessing yourself for work or filling in a bio on your social media, look for positive words to describe your personality and traits. Avoid using negative words when you’re talking about yourself. The world already has enough negativity. Why add to it? Instead, replace it with positivity.

Consider A Mantra

A mantra is something you repeat to yourself often. A mantra can get you into a routine, especially if it’s inspiring. They come in various forms, including physical objects. The meaning of mantra beads is worth knowing, as it’s something you might want to try out for yourself. When thinking up a mantra, it can be something you say to yourself in the mirror every morning or last thing at night. You can write it down, say it out loud, or speak it in your mind. Whatever it is, make sure you repeat this mantra for as long as you can until it becomes true for you.

Smile More

Smiling releases endorphins that make you feel good inside. If you feel good, you project that positivity out into the world. Not only does it benefit you, but it also benefits other people to look at life a little more positively at times. Smiling is better than frowning. Often, we fake our way to feeling better by smiling and ‘putting on a brave face’. Finding happiness can be challenging in life, as life tends to throw a lot of obstacles our way. However, if we all smiled more, the world would certainly be a happier place in general. Smiling on the inside is the most important part of all this. To do this, find things that make you happy. Avoid doing those things that make you sad. If that means cutting certain elements out of your life, including people, then do it for the sake of your happiness.

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Surround Yourself By Positive People

Positive people are the best type of people to be around. In life, you always want to have people who are going to lift you up. Anyone who wants to bring you down, whether intentionally or not, is not worth having in your life. We all like to feel valued and we all like to hear praise and support from others. The more you can create a core family and friendship group or circle, the better your life is going to be. Influencing positivity is important, and in a way, that attracts the right type of people towards you too. Don’t be afraid of letting go of the past. And if there are toxic people in your life, then maybe it’s time you took a step back from them. Friendships can change, you can outgrow them, or they can end up becoming too harmful for you and your well-being. Continue to surround yourself with positive people, and you’ll surely thrive.

Be A Goal-Setter

A goal-setter is someone who is driven. When you’re setting goals, you’re working towards something substantial, and that’s important in life. It can be hard enough to feel like you need to meet expectations set out by others, but really it’s all about what you set yourself. Start thinking about the things you want to achieve in life instead and focus on you. Look at the goals you’d like to achieve over the course of the year and work on making them happen. By ticking off your goals, it becomes a very satisfying task. So set as many goals as you feel is necessary.

Good vibes in life are all any of us want. So use these tips to make sure you’re putting out that positive energy daily.

Super Self Care For Optimum Well-Being

Self care is such an important responsibility to consider when aiming to achieve optimum well-being. It can seem like a minefield of different topics, opinions and ideas though. Sometimes, those minefield elements can be quite hard to wrap your head around. Luckily, figuring out how to make the most of self care doesn’t need to be as difficult as you might think. There are a few key areas in which you can focus your efforts to help you travel this territory. So, if you would like to find out more about how you can indulge in the most beneficial self care, then read on. 

Eat A Balanced Diet 

One of the most important steps that you must follow in order to maintain optimum well-being is to eat a balanced diet. The food that you eat directly converts to the fuel that your mind and body uses to perform each task. This includes the growth and repair of muscles and the energy you rely on to get up and go. Eating foods which are high in low-quality fats, sugar, salt, and artificial ingredients will provide you with very little fuel. Instead, they’ll encourage illnesses such as diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, and more. It’s vital to stop the association between unhealthy foods and the concept of ‘treating yourself’. You see, a treat that can make you sick, isn’t really a treat at all.

A balanced diet should consist of a wide variety of healthy, high-quality fats, sustainable, grass-fed and free-range proteins, and fresh fruits and vegetables to pack a nutrient rich punch. Eating a balanced diet is the foundation of all self care, as you need to consume a range of vitamins and minerals each and every day to perform at your best. If you’re unsure of how to actually create these healthy meals, then don’t fret. There are so many easy to follow recipes online that can be utilized by even the most novice of chefs! You’re bound to feel the benefits of your new healthy diet almost immediately after you make the switch to health-focused. So there’s no time like the present to start making better food choices. 

Work Out Regularly 

Unfortunately, many people have a negative relationship with exercise that encourages them to avoid working out altogether. Failing to exercise for at least 30-60 minutes a day may inspire a range of difficulties and conditions that could have otherwise been avoided. For the benefit of your well-being, it’s essential that you learn to embrace it. There are so many different exercise styles that you can explore, from high energy training such as rock climbing to low impact sports like yoga. And even home workouts that can be done from the comfort of your living room! It’s almost guaranteed that there’s a sport out there that you can manage on a regular basis. The positive side effects that you can experience as a result of your participation will make it all worthwhile.

Regular exercise can be very beneficial for maintaining good mental health. It’s a great way to release stress while improving stamina too. To add to this, working out can help to maintain a high metabolism which as a result can manage weight levels. It also improves blood flow and cardiovascular health. A workout can also be an opportunity to turn a bad day around. How? Well, the boost known as a ‘runner’s high’ after a particularly strenuous exercise session can provide you with a rush of endorphins for a totally natural feeling of euphoria. Whether you decide to attend your local gym or sports center, invest in some home sports equipment, or simply find an easy to follow YouTube tutorial, you’ll benefit.

You can experiment with a few different activities to find the best fit for your preferences. Just be sure to give it your all and don’t give up on the first try! 

Focus On Personal Hygiene 

When you think of self care, you may picture yourself lounging in a hot bubble bath with a face mask and cucumber slices. Though this might be a little cliche, focusing on your personal hygiene is actually an important aspect of your well-being. This is something that can be of benefit for both your mental and physical health. Taking a regular shower or bath can easily become a tricky task when you suffer from low mood or lead a busy lifestyle. But taking some time out once a day to cleanse yourself is vital for your skin’s health. Help motivate yourself by investing in some moisturizing shower cream and a deliciously scented shampoo.

Doing something as simple as climbing out of bed to shower and brush your teeth can help to set you up for the day ahead. So this should become a part of your usual routine to maintain optimum well-being. Additionally, taking part in a skincare regime can add a little luxury while improving your confidence too! You can find lots of tips for dry skin on your face that can pack a moisturizing punch, as well as anti-oil tricks and steps to help tackle redness and discoloration. Spending some time focusing on your own wants and needs in this way can increase your self worth and assurance, as you’re able to address your own unique needs in your own unique way. 

Meditate & Unwind Often 

Modern life can bring about a host of sources of stress and anxiety. It can be beneficial to take the chance to meditate and unwind often. Meditation is a tradition that has been utilized for many centuries, and the practice focuses on encouraging the participant to free their mind of invasive and negative thoughts. The aim is to achieve a more balanced, enlightened state. Meditation is a key aspect of self care, as the practice can provide you with the skills you need to better handle certain situations. It also encourages calmness and tranquility to flow from within.

There are many step by step guides that can walk you through the process of successful meditation. And there are also many specialized guided sessions with specialist gurus that can help you achieve your goal. If meditation isn’t really your thing, simply taking the opportunity to unwind by taking a walk in nature can have a similarly beneficial effect. Finding ways to remove yourself from the usual worry of daily life can give you a much needed break, both physically and mentally. 

Learn To Say No 

Setting boundaries can be a difficult task, as you may not initially associate such an activity with self care. However, learning to say no is a key part of personal progress as this means that you are able to successfully recognize your worth and value as an individual. Becoming your own main priority will allow you to set boundaries that suit you and only you. This takes the pressure off you attempting to accommodate other people’s needs before your own. If you do not feel comfortable in a situation, whether this is at work or in your personal life, don’t simply suffer through it. Make your opinion known and choose to find a resolution. Or remove yourself completely for the sake of your mental and physical well-being.

You are the master of your own destiny, and you cannot let other people make important decisions on your behalf. It can be tough to learn how to say no, especially when you have always said yes in the past. But having the right support around you can be a huge help. Visiting a therapist or counselor may be of benefit in this respect, as they will be able to offer some great tips and tricks that encourage you to keep control. You’ll also learn skills to create and implement your own boundaries. 

With any luck, the super self care concepts detailed above can help you to achieve and maintain ultimate mental and physical well-being in no time at all. Staying fit and healthy is so important for your quality of life. And learning how to become your own main priority makes this so much easier to achieve. Start off by laying the best foundations, eating a nutritious, balanced diet, exercising regularly, meditating often and focusing on personal hygiene to help you feel your absolute best.