Monday, 23 February 2015

A Better Quality Of Life In 3 Easy Steps

In truth, living better is really not so hard – it just means taking the time to make small improvements here and there in your lifestyle. Here are three very simple steps you can take to put some zest back in your day. 

Declutter


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One of the reasons modern life can sometimes feel so disorientating is the sheer amount of stuff we now accumulate. Take a look around your house and you’re sure to find piles of old toys, clothes, magazines and lord knows what else piling up. All this stuff can really encroach on your living space and make you feel a little claustrophobic.

The answer: make and stick to a strict decluttering code. Make deadlines for how long you are prepared to allow things stay unused in your house, from last month’s magazines, to the outfits you no longer wear. Believe us, once you kick some of the old tat to the kerb, you’ll instantly feel yourself breathing a little easier.

Lose the cigarettes



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These days, people are quitting smoking in record numbers for many reasons. One of them is the smoking bans that have been brought in across the world over the last decade. Another is the now unarguable scientific fact that smoking is extremely bad for your health. If you’re still a smoker, the best thing you could do to improve your life quality would be to hurl those ciggies in the bin.

If you just can’t bring yourself to give them up, then why not try an e-cigarette? Vaping has become extremely popular over the last three years, is more cost effective than traditional smoking, is legal in public places and is healthier.

Quit stressing


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No matter how many times we hear ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’, it’s amazing how little we take it to heart. Less stress equals a happier life – there is simply no two ways about it. If you are having trouble with stress, there are some easy things you can do to relax. 

One is a breathing technique call the 4-7-8. You inhale through your nose for a count of four, then hold until seven before exhaling on eight. It’s great for clearing your mind when things are getting on top of you upstairs.

A better quality of life can be yours with just a few small adjustments to your day. Try out some of these simple tips and see if they boost things for you.

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21 comments

  1. I like the use of the breathing technique - I read somewhere that it would help you sleep as it slows the heartbeat down to a resting pace. I haven't really used it for sleep, but it is very calming.

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    1. It can help you sleep and calm you down.

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  2. As a daughter of someone that died due to a smoking related illness I have concerns about ecigs. I want my children to know that smoking fullstop is bad and done see them as a solution. Oh and I was a smoker for 14 years and have been stopped for 10 so do know how hard it is to give up

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    1. I can totally understand where you are coming from, from my own personal experience I think they are a good idea to help someone stop smoking.

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  3. I have been using breathing techniques lately, life is going through a stressful patch and it definitely helps when everything feels too much!

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  4. I am a self confessed stress head, I tend to worry about things I don't need to. I must try that breathing technique to help me when I am feeling stressed.

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  5. I don't smoke but the first and last don't really work in my house. I try and do declutter bu the kids bring in more tat and then I end up stressing as I block and my house is cluttered again.

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    1. You need to teach the kids from an early age, it's hard I know, my son is messy.

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  6. Decluttering makes such a difference, I agree. I try to clear stuff out often and take things to the charity shops.

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    1. It can help you feel focused and more organised I think.

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  7. I am a right stressed person. I quit smoking about 13 years ago though.

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  8. Nice breathing technique, it helps for someone who is too addicted of smoking and provide you relief and calmness. :)

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    1. It can help you become focused and calm you down.

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  9. Decluttering... That is the one I need.

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    1. I'm good at decluttering but I have a flat so I need to be.

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  10. I've been trying ti use lots of decluttering tips annd getting our space in order! x

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  11. You described good breathing techniques, i didn't use them but i have heard a lot about these that these can provide you relief and calmness. Specially for those who are too addicted to smoking. And if they read this, they will surely get some good ideas. Thinking to share your article on this topic is a really appreciative.
    Keep doing your good work!

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