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Whether you’ve been with your spouse for a year or you’ve been married for a decade, and no matter how good your relationship might be, things can get comfortable; you can get complacent; issues can creep in where there were no issues before. That’s why relationships have to be worked on all the time.
If you’ve decided it's time work on your relationship to make it the best it can be, here are a few things you can do:
Ask Something Different
Most of us have a set a few questions that we ask our partners each day. Things like “What was your day like at work?” and “Did you have fun with Jen?” are repeated day after day, and that can get, well, repetitive. Maybe it even sounds like a question out of obligation, though it's probably not at all the intention. So, why not shake things up by asking something new, something unexpected that will break the routine and make things a bit more intriguing. Get creative.
Try New Things in The Bedroom
Many sex therapists recommend shaking things up in the bedroom. Intimacy is important in a relationship and the bedroom should be a safe space for you and your partner to be vulnerable and share your fantasies. Both feeling comfortable and exploring that together evolves the partnership and allows romance back into your lives.
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Show Your Appreciation
When you’re comfortable in a relationship you get used to the little things your spouse does for you, which means you can overlook them and neglect to show any appreciation. You can expect things and forget how important it is to see each other and appreciate the partnership. Getting creative in all aspects helps the relationship. Doing little spontaneous things like, buying a plant, flowers or even a cake from that favorite spot of hers or his.
Forgive and Let Go
If your partner has hurt you in some way and it led to an argument, remember forgiveness and empathy. Once you’ve found the space to forgive, allow yourself the opportunity to let go. Bringing it up will only harm your well being and your relationship. This will make for a much more grown-up and harmonious relationship. Talk it through, listen to each other, and if you must, agree to disagree.
Conversely, when you’ve done something that hurts both your partner and your relationship, don’t be stubborn - apologize. Grow together in the relationship through maturity, learned mistakes, and new choices. This will help both of you.
Have Plenty of Me Time
Part of building a healthy relationship is having time apart. Spending time catering to your own needs means that you will be happier, healthier, and grounded. It will benefit you both having time for your own individual needs. Remember, you can only make you happy. We are all individually responsible for our own choices and happiness.
While we are still in the midst of winter, there is no doubt that your mind might be occupied by the spring and summer months ahead. Planning can be key, especially when it comes to changes with your wardrobe selections. So what should you be thinking about?
With that in mind, here are some of the perfect additions you can add to your wardrobe to make the whole dilemma of what to wear that little bit easier when warmer weather sneaks in... You’re welcome!
Think about cooler materials
When it comes to summer, we can often find that we struggle because of the heat. Getting too hot, sweaty and generally feeling uncomfortable is never pleasant, especially when you still have a job to do and things to organise. So the materials you choose for the clothing you wear in the summer can make a dramatic difference. Cooler materials include things like linen, silk and cotton. Adding key pieces to your wardrobe that use these materials can help you to feel light and cooler in your outfit choices.
What is your style and “go to” pieces?
A great thing to consider at this time of year, especially if you are wanting to add to your wardrobe, is to think about the “go to” pieces that you constantly wear all of the time. If you are a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, then you can still rock that signature look, but for summer it might be cut off jeans and a cotton slogan t-shirt. If that makes sense. Think about the body shape you have and what sort of clothing will work well.
Don’t forget the accessories
When it comes to an outfit there is only one real big way to transform the look and make it look a little more different and finished off. That is through your choice of accessories. From the choice of earrings such as spiral earrings for a minimalistic look to the statement necklace there is bound to be a different trend you can follow. Some prefer to keep to the essentials, like an engagement or wedding ring and standard stud earrings. But it doesn’t mean you can’t add to it, and try something a little different.
Why don’t you step out of your comfort zone?
Finally, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try a different style for summer. Maybe a maxi dress if you always live in jeans. Perhaps adding some colour if you prefer to always wear black. Small changes like this can make a big difference to how you look and is an excellent way of boosting your confidence. Don’t go overboard straight away, clothing is an expression of your personality, and so you want to ensure that you stick with a style that you are comfortable with, while trying to add some new touches. Colour and different textures are two great places to start with this, but don’t be afraid to try something new.
We hope these tips help you add some new things to your summer wardrobe. And remember, most of it is about attitude. So be yourself, honor who you are, and rock that style that is true to you.
When the sweet tooth calls, sometimes we feel the need to respond with more than just a berry. This comment was not created to offend any berries or lover of berries. We love them, we eat them, we savor them. In fact, you can totally try your favorite berry on top of these delicious cupcakes you're about to make.
They're fluffy, light, and inspired by some favorite recipes to make these cupcakes both healthy-ish and delicious.
Mix in ingredients in the order listed
Pour mix in cupcake liners
Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F (or insert a toothpick and if clean, it's ready)
Let sit for a few minutes
Add in your favorite vegan frosting or heat up some fruit with coconut milk and pour over cupcake.
Let us know if you like and share your photos with us on social media!
Well, we’re going to give you some tips that we think will help you do your best, and battle away some of the rubbish that the world might throw at you.
There are so many things going on in this world that we don’t know about, and the scandals that go on behind closed doors of healthcare institutes are one of them. You would think that these people would be the people who you can trust the most, but the mistreatment some professionals give to patients is terrible. What makes it worse is that it’s most likely the most vulnerable that are being neglected or abuse. So, you could put your elderly relative into a nursing home because you think it’s the best thing for them, but nursing homes have the worst reputation of mistreating their patients. For example, nursing home bedsores are one of the most common signs of neglect that people ignore. Bedsores just shouldn’t happen. Residents should be moved every hour to make sure that their skin stays healthy and intact, but there are so many cases of bedsores that it’s hard to count. So, always make sure you’re doing thorough research into any healthcare establishment you’re going into, whether it be for yourself or for a relative.
Being betrayed in your relationship is one of the worst feelings in the world, but it’s definitely a feeling that so many people have. It’s likely that most women are going to go through a relationship breakup that they didn’t want through cheating, or something similar. It can be truly heartbreaking, but it’s so important to remember it’s not your fault. As long as you can say that you put in all the effort to make sure that they were happy and you were both happy, then it wasn’t your fault. Everyone is destined to meet their one true love, so don’t give up hope on yours just because you’ve had to kiss a few toads first.
A Terrible Work Life
One that we can definitely all relate to, terrible work life can make you wonder what the point in working is. Some people have such terrible experiences, such as bullying or sexual abuse. In this instance, always make sure you’re seeking legal advice!
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Finding the home of your dreams might not sound like a realistic aim, but we’ve all got to reach for the stars in life from time to time. Why settle for a place that doesn’t quite work for you and your family when you could instead find a place that genuinely makes you happy each and every day? Here’s what it means to find the home of your dreams and what it takes.
Tempering Your Aims with Realism
First of all, you should look to find a dream home without completely letting go of your sense of realism. If you head to an estate agent such as William Pitt Realty, you should look for places that offer all of the things you need while also falling within your price range. There’s no way to buy a house that you simply have no way of affording after all.
Not Feeling Constrained by Expectations
You shouldn’t worry too much about what people tell you that you should look for in a new home. After all, it’s you and your family who will be living in your home, no one else. Many of us still worry too much about people’s expectations and what people see as normal or desirable. You’ll find it easier to find the home that’s right for you if you stop worrying about what other people think.
Thinking Outside the Box
When you think outside the box in life you can find all kinds of new ideas and possibilities that you would never have given any time or thought to in the past. Don’t feel like you have to look at houses that fit a conventional mold. Look further afield if you think that’s where you might find the home that you’ve been searching for.
Taking All Needs Into Account
When buying a family home, you can’t afford to get too wrapped up in the things you want. After all, it’s a team effort and a collaboration. Take everyone’s needs into account so that each of you can feel like you’re living in a place that really meets your needs and does everything you want it to.
Considering the Future and Not Just Today
Try to look to the future and work out what you’re going to need in a few years time, not just today. After all, our needs change as time passes. Considering the future and what might come will help you to find a home that not only delivers what you need it to do today but also in the years still to come as well.
If you take all of the things discussed above into account, you should find it much easier to find a home that ticks all of your boxes and also works functionally for you and your family. It can be a difficult balance to strike at times, but if you put in the work now, it’ll really pay off for you later.
by IC mag Contributors
From playing videogames to watching cartoons on Netflix, many children seem to be spending more of their time indoors instead of playing outside like in previous generations. Because of this, a lot of studies have been conducted to highlight the adverse effects of increased time indoors and proper play space designs on children's wellbeing and development.
Also, there has also been increased research on the many benefits of spending time outdoors.
Here are some of them:
These, however, don't mean they should give up and never try again. These are important lessons that will help them later on in life.
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With the following advice, we’ll help you find that worthy middle ground:
A youthful treatment here and there needn’t be as intrusive as many you see, but they may be just as effective. For instance, Thermage treatments are non-invasive radiofrequency treatments that allow the skin to stay healthy, supple and youthful, giving you a radiant glow that can help you look even more beautiful when smiling with authenticity and youthful vigor. With added considerations such as worthwhile skin care treatments, you can truly get the best out of your approach.
Keeping an eye on your weight can be a little more difficult as you age, but that shouldn’t stop you from applying worthwhile eating habits and getting exercise where you can. Keeping your waistline in check can help you age more slowly, it can help your skin retain its beauty, and it will also lower your chances of dealing with age-related symptoms and stressors. In this way you can quite literally feel years younger than you might have otherwise, and of course age is nothing if not a predictor for how you feel in your body and how well you retain your youthful vigor and attitude.
The Style Is Yours
Keeping an eye on your style can help you feel confident, it can help you look younger, and it can also help you avoid dressing ‘as an old person’ simply because you feel you’ve hit a certain age. Of course, if you’re in your mid-fifties then wearing pencil-thin miniskirts and bralettes to the local club may not be something that interests you, but that doesn’t mean you should only wear drab cardigans and forgo any sense of fashion curation, or feel ashamed to have your hair dyed or to keep up with trends that interest you. When you understand that the style is yours, you can better use it to your advantage.
With this advice, we hope you can age gracefully and with confidence.
By IC Mag contributors
The Evolution of British Royal Weddings
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To learn more about the need for transformational leadership in the nursing world, take a look at the handy infographic below, which was put together by Bradley University.
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Here are a few things that might help you decide:
A Brief Profile of Post-graduates in America
In 2018, an impressive 21 million Americans aged 25 and older, obtained a master's degree. This is twice the number in 2000. A study by the U.S. Census Bureau also revealed that people with higher degrees are 3.7 times better income earners than those who quit high school.
Taking a master's program is still considered by many as having huge benefits career-wise. But choosing the program you want to enroll in, as you very well know, isn't a straightforward decision as it seems. Here are a few things to consider while you're in your deliberative process:
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battered and depleted throughout the day, and at night, sleep is the healing process.
Getting a good night's sleep is especially important if you are an athlete, no matter how serious of an athlete you are. Most every athlete knows that there is some connection that exists between sleep and working out, but the specifics are often not understood.
The reality of the links between sleep and exercise is two-fold - the relation is powerful and deeply beneficial in multiple aspects of your life.
Sleep Improves Athletic Performance
I know, this is a pretty powerfully sweeping statement, but this knowledge does come from reputed studies and a wide variety of personal stories.
The bottom line: the better you sleep, the better you will perform. This is regardless of the type of exercising you do, whether you play on a local (or national) basketball team, run competitively, or just go to the gym a few days a week.
The reasons for this are pretty straightforward. When you work out, again regardless of the type of exercise you are performing, your muscles are tearing apart and your energy and fluidity levels are decreasing.
Like I mentioned earlier, your body physically gets battered, even if you don’t get injured, per se. Now, sleep acts as a recharge - it literally heals you. When you are asleep, your body is in a heavily relaxed state, your heart rate is low and slow, and your body doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you functioning.
This means that it can devote energy and resources to repairing cellular damage and standardizing fluid levels. The result is that you wake up in better condition, with greater energy, and so are better prepared for another hard day of training.
More important, though, is the result of your athletic performance if you are under-sleeping. Sleep deprivation increases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases inflammation, and reduces the production of glycogens. Basically, you’ll be more fatigued and less focused, as well as having to deal with greater levels of stress and irritation that come from not getting those magical 8 hours.
People Who Exercise Sleep Better
I mentioned earlier how the links between exercise and sleep are two-folded. Just as sleep helps your athletics, your athletics help your sleep. People who exercise report better sleep, in general. And people who exercise at incredibly vigorous levels report higher and more consistent quality of sleep.
The reasoning behind this biological reality is, again, pretty straightforward. You may not remember this, but when you were a toddler, your mom or dad probably took you to a park or had you run around in the backyard, to tire you out. And after each highly-intense play-session, you would promptly fall into your daily nap.
While you may have outgrown naps, exercise tires out your body, which makes better sleep more attainable. There are a few biological reasons for this. When you exercise, your core temperature hugely increases and there is evidence that the drop in temperature once you are done exercising promotes sleep.
Exercise is also proven to be a strong method of reducing anxiety and depression, two things that are strongly linked to insomnia. With lower stress levels and a mind and body that are both tired and relaxed, sleep comes easier and feels better.
While those two statements provide the basis for the cyclical link between sleep and exercise, there are a few other facts that are good to know.
Less Time Sitting Is Always Better
We live in a society where the gross majority of people spend much of their days hunched and seated, over a desk, typing away at their computer. There has been a lot of research conducted on the health implications of sitting, and the results are largely negative.
Sitting results in muscle strains in your back and neck, as well as your wrists, and is also incredibly restrictive. Studies have found that people who sit less, sleep better. The specific numbers are at 8 hours - if you can sit less than 8 hours a day, you will likely experience an improved quality of sleep.
With that, people who exercise, by the nature of exercise, spend less of their day sitting. Yes, there’s the car ride to the gym, but at least one or more hours of your day is taken up with physical activity - that helps your body stretch out, helps you feel better, and keeps you out of your chair.
So, not only does exercise tire out your body for sleep, but it also contributes to a healthier lifestyle, which makes your sleep even better. See more tips on how to live a healthier life on this site.
There Are No Time Restraints
There is a pretty consistent misconception that exercising close to bedtime is bad for your quality of sleep. Luckily, this is just a misconception.
In reality, you can exercise at 6 A.M or 9:30 at night, you’ll still sleep better. Although, for best sleep-related results, the later on in the day you work out, the better. For this, mid-to-late afternoon is optimal, depending, of course, on your schedule.
The links between sleep and exercise are clear and double-edged. One helps the other, which helps the other, and so on. Whether you are getting good sleep or bad sleep, the result is a vicious, unending cycle, that simply gets worse (or better) the longer you are in it.
If you consistently work out and get your 8 hours of sleep, that process will simply continue. If you get consistently bad sleep, you will, likely, keep getting bad sleep, and your workouts won’t go well, which helps contribute to the poor state of your sleep.
The point: sleep is your body’s natural (and magical) way of healing and recharging. It is of utmost importance to your overall health, in a myriad of ways.
And exercise can help your sleep become even better - higher quality of sleep is the one thing that everybody seems to constantly be seeking. All you have to do to hit those Z’s is to hit those weights.
by Daniel DeMoss
One of the hardest things to do as an adult is to break a bad habit. Whether you like to have a drink every weekend or you’ve been smoking for years, the sooner you start thinking about breaking your bad habits the better. Whilst it won’t be easy, there are a couple of trips and tricks you can pick up to help you succeed.
With that in mind, here are 5 things you might want to consider if you want to break a bad habit:
What Habits Do You Want To Break?
One of the first things you need to do when it comes to breaking a habit is to decide what habits it is you want to break. From snacking after 9 pm to skipping the gym in the mornings, the first step is deciding you’re ready to break the habit. If it helps, write your good intentions down.
For guidance when it comes to breaking bad habits, you can visit this site here.
Can You Find Alternative Ways To Cope?
Once you know what habits it is you want to break, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to break them. One of the best ways, of course, is to think about what you can when you get the ‘urge’ to break your habit. Whether that means vaping instead of smoking or eating fruit instead of chocolate, you need to find a way to take your mind off your bad habits. If you’re looking for tips when it comes to vaping rather than smoking, you might want to consider using ejuice that doesn’t contain nicotine.
How Soon Do You Want To Break Your Habit?
Another important thing t consider is when you want to break your habit by. Although it may be difficult to work to a time limit, having something in place will definitely help you stay focused. For a guide to setting time-based goals, you can visit this site here.
Do You Need To Speak To A Professional?
If you’re struggling when it comes to breaking your bad habits, why not speak to a professional? Not only will they be able to advise you of the best route to take but they will also be able to provide you with everything you need to make it happen. For a guide to speaking to a professional doctor, you can visit this site here.
Could You Use A Habit Tracker?
Finally, you need to think about whether or not a habit tracker will help you stay on track. On average, it takes 28 days to break a habit so creating a chart where you mark off how many days you have gone without sticking to your new healthy habit. If you slip up, you start again and keep tracking.
Do you want to break some of your bad habits? Is there anything you need to consider to ensure the process is as easy as it can be? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.
The truth is that there is no "perfect" family.
Every family is different
The most important thing to remember is that every single family is different which means that there is no single way to measure what's right and what's wrong. Sure, there are some things that everyone agrees on but the way that your family works often simply comes down to who you all are as people, both you, your partner and your kids. The moment that you remember that your family is unique and that means that the standards that you work to are unique as well, you're going to start feeling a whole lot better.
There are always challenges to face
There will be days where it feels like things are just never going to go right. This is something that's universal to just about every parent. The truth is that you don't have to treat these challenges as a sign of failure. Instead, you need to try your best to find ways to deal with them. Whether it's sleeping through the night, feeding, or the need for something like speech therapy for children, it's essential that you face those challenges. The one thing that you need to be sure that you don't do is to act as though the mere presence of these challenges means that you've somehow failed as a parent.
You can set your own rules
Now, this doesn't mean that you don't have to set rules and boundaries for your child, because of course you do! What it means is that the rules of what it is that actually constitutes a healthy and happy family aren't set in stone. Some people adopt, some raise children on their own. There is nothing to say that any of these situations are any less valid than a traditional family. That's the real truth of the matter: your family, your rules.
The truth is, you really don't need to listen to what anyone has to say about whether or not your family is the way that it's supposed to be. As long as you and your family are happy and healthy and living your lives the way that you want, that's all you can do. Obsessing over some mythical ideal version of family life is just going to leave you feeling frustrated and unhappy.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you... you're welcome.
We all hope that we’ll be with the person we marry forever, but alas, this isn’t always the case. While the percentage of marriages that end in divorce has been steadily dropping, it is still pretty high, and could happen to anyone. And of course, going through a divorce can be a traumatic, stressful experience. There are things we can do, however, that’ll make things easier to manage. Below, we take a look at a few recommended actions that’ll ensure you’re able to make it through the other side as a stronger person.
Let Yourself Feel
If you’re going through a divorce, then there’s no getting around it: things are going to suck for a while. Sometimes, people try to put on a brave face through the entire process, but this isn’t recommended! You can’t experience deeply felt emotions, and try to suppress them. If you’re not feeling OK, then allow yourself to feel that way. You’ll find it much easier to manage things in the long-term if you’re giving yourself thirty minutes to cry and scream every few days, rather than stifling everything and just carrying on as normal.
Surround Yourself with Friends
One of the toughest things about getting divorced is that it can make you feel lonely. You were once two, and now it’s only you. However, in reality, this is rarely the case. You probably have a lot of friends and family in your life, too. Sure, it’s not the same as having a partner, but you’re verifiably not alone in this world. Rather than just sitting in your home by yourself, surround yourself with loved ones. They might just provide the few nuggets of wisdom and laughs that you need to remember that the world can still be a beautiful place.
Involve the Professionals
You’re going through an emotional time. But alas, there are also some logistical matters that have to be handled. There’ll be financial issues, divorce paperwork, and legal matters related to any children you have, to name just a few. Rather than handling these things yourself, look at working with professional experts. You’ll find things much easier to manage if you’re working with someone who is a specialist in child support, filing divorce paperwork, and so on. You’ll be able to focus on yourself, secure in the knowledge that the important things are being taken care of.
Look After Yourself
There’ll be times when you just want to lie in bed all day. But it’s important that you don’t become too withdrawn. Looking after yourself, be it through getting exercise, starting hobbies, eating well, and so on will make it easier to move on after the divorce has been finalized. It’s akin to taking the first steps of a new journey. It might not be fun, but you’ll be traveling to a good place.
This Too Will Pass
Finally, remember that even though things suck, it won’t be like this forever! Time really does heal all wounds. Be patient, treat yourself well, and you’ll see.
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