Ever watched a beauty pageant?
Where a line-up of the most beautiful women appears on stage, but only three get to win the much-coveted crowns?
If so, you may have noticed that as the shows go on, and more and more girls get eliminated, the focus shifts from outer beauty to the inner one. Judges already know the remaining finalists are all beautiful. Now they are curious to find out if the girls are equally as impressive on the inside to merit a sash and a crown.
Inner beauty becomes the deciding factor. And the three girls who prove their inner essence best, get to win the day.
Real life is not much different from beauty pageants in that way.
No matter how on-point we are with our figures, faces and fashion, there is always someone better looking around the corner. And if our physical attractiveness is not backed up with inner substance, we’re not winning any crowns that day.
Indeed, beauty is an inside job.
But how to cultivate an inner space of beauty which is in perfect harmony with the outside one?
Here are some tips to get you started on this journey that encompasses the mind, body and spirit:
# 1: Style Yourself From The Inside Out
You cannot control how people react to you if you cannot control how you react to yourself. And most times, people are not very happy with the report card they give themselves.
Your mind probably is not currently happening the way you want it. Your body is not happening the way you want it, your emotions are not happening the way you want it or your life energies are not happening the way you want it.
Working to bring each of these areas into balance is the core challenge of inner beauty that must be understood and accepted first.
# 2: Comparison Is A Spirit Killer
You don’t have to be the most beautiful person in the room. Because nobody else is taking stock of all the men or the women present and measuring them up against you. Only you are. And the constant internal, self-deprecating chatter is not cool.
The more you compare yourself with others, the more you will be afraid to fail, and the more you fear failure, the more uncertain you will become about who you are and how attractive your inner self is.
# 3: Physical Beauty Isn’t All That Complicated
The three basic principles of physical beauty in women are: a) clear skin b) facial symmetry c) 75% waist-to-hip ratio. Everything else is anecdotal. So even as you’re self-conscious about some loose skin on your upper arm or how large your feet are, rest assured that they’re not detracting from the overall package that is you.
# 4: Don’t Hide Behind Make-Up
We all love make-up in varying degrees. The problem arises when we cannot even step out of the home without a full face of it. Developing the courage to be seen sometimes with a no-make-up look is an effective way to break this co-dependency and feel comfortable with just who we are.
# 5: Know The Difference Between Reality And Illusion
Boost your self-confidence by finally understanding that your less-than-kind beliefs and ideas about yourself are not events that are happening in reality. They are only happening only in your head, and they really don’t exist.
# 6: Self-Trust Is More Important That Self-Love
Before you can begin to love yourself, lose the fear of trusting yourself first. Because if you don’t trust yourself, it’s easy to be influenced by others, and easy to keep second-guessing your best decisions. Not to mention, put other people in the driver’s seat of your life.
# 7: Don’t Be A Prisoner Of Your Past Mistakes
A person with inner beauty is not afraid to make mistakes. It’s part of the uniqueness of who he or she is and a journey towards growth and wisdom.
# 9: Make Health A Priority
Commit to yourself that from this point on, you will take measurable steps to improve your health with a good diet and regular exercise. A well-maintained mind and body is the true secret of inner beauty – and even you know it!
# 10: Nourish Your Soul
Do at least one activity every day that calms the mind and feeds the soul. From journaling to a few minutes of quiet meditation – anything you choose will get you out of your head and in a place where focus and internal harmony is born.
# 11: Don’t Be Last On The List Of People You Care For
Invest in yourself! Remember that beauty is merely a by-product of feeling good, living healthy and having a sense of well-being at most times. But the job isn’t easy. Don’t shy away from self-care as a selfish pursuit. Unless you’re feeling good about yourself, you have not much of value to offer to others.
The fun thing about goals is they’re so enjoyable to dream of. When they take shape in our imagination, fully finished with all the final touches and proudly out there for the world to see.
The problem is motivation. It’s fickle nature burns bright in the beginning, but quickly begins to fade as time goes on, leaving us stumbling in the resulting darkness where we can no longer see our way. And therefore, the goals remain unreached and unrealized. And we consider ourselves failures.
Below, we will give you 7 ways to ensure that light never dies. So, you can dust off those old goals or pursue new ones with a renewed sense of purpose.
# 1: Check On Your Motivation Daily
American author and speaker Zig Ziglar, once said: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Motivation is an emotion. And like any emotion, it ebbs and flows. The trick is to accept the ebbs as an inevitable event and ride the flows.
# 2: Remember Your Whys
Goalsetting is not a random event. You had a very good reason, or perhaps several, to set one. Having your goal visually illustrated is a tried and tested way to never lose sight of them. Create a vision board, write your whys down on the wall, make them a wallpaper on your devises. Whatever keeps them alive in your mind, and always front and center in your thoughts.
# 3: Don’t Let Everyday Life Distract You
Distractions are everywhere, and often it is hard not to get sidelined by the series of not-so-important chores and duties that steal our time and make us stray from our true path. Multi-tasking is an overrated skill that tires you out on your true purpose and doesn’t help you excel at anything.
# 4: Treat Actions Like Habits
Who here really enjoys brushing their teeth first thing in the morning with a mounting sense of adventure? No one I suppose. Yet we do it as soon as we wake up every day because it’s a habit. And habits don’t need much motivation or thinking.
# 5: Keep Short-Terms Actions In Your Head And The Joy Of Goal Completion In Your Heart
Goal completion is not a short sprint but a long-term journey. Like flying to an international beach destination, which means arranging tickets, booking hotels, packing bags, taking a cab to the airport, checking in etc. Breaking up that kind of experience into small, manageable tasks keeps the mind focused on what you need to accomplish first. Enjoying the visual of yourself on a hammock by the clear sea on a beach in the Maldives once you finally reach, will power those tasks with the promise of an ultimate reward.
# 6: Track Your Progress
Imagine a game of football being played with no one keeping score? How motivated will any of the players be then? Tracking your progress and celebrating even your smallest successes keep you excited about achieving bigger ones.
# 7: Eat Right, Sleep Well
Rest and nutrition have a direct impact on our emotions. And motivation is an emotion that springs from a sense of good health and well-being.
In today’s fast-moving world, the only way to keep up with progress is by multitasking. Or so we’re constantly being told.
There are more than 6 million webpages out there, offering a wealth of tips on how to become a better multitasker. Career consultants are listing multitasking as a necessary component in a jobseeker’s core skillset. Promotions are coming easier to those employees who are deemed to be more efficient at multitasking than their colleagues. Even stay-at-home moms are taking pride in their ability to multitask like a master juggler when they are cooking, looking after the kids and IM-ing their friends on social media at the same time.
Learn to multitask or fall behind in the race as an underserving also-ran, is the message we’re being fed in schools, homes and workplaces.
Yet, this premise couldn’t be further from the truth.
Multitasking isn’t simply an overrated skill. It’s inefficient, ineffective – and sometimes, even downright dangerous.
Why? Because human brains are not designed to multitask. And here’s a very short science lesson to explain this.
When we’re multitasking, we’re using what is known as our short-term memory, which has a very limited capacity to hold information. Studies in the 1950s concluded that our short-term memory can hold up to 7 pieces of information at any given time. But modern research has proved it’s just 2-3.
So, when we’re overloading our short-term brain with multiple tasks, all it can do is let go of the other pieces of information to make space for the new one. In a vicious cycle of accept-and-discard – accomplishing nothing of real value.
One of the things we want to encourage you to think about this week is how you can bring more focused time in your life and accomplish the tasks that really matter. And how you can do it really well by doing just one thing at a time.
# 1:Discourage Novelty Bias
This is a fascinating piece of finding that proves how multitasking comes with multicosts. When we’re working on, say a project on our computer, with a phone nearby and constant access to emails and instant team share platforms where our colleagues are constantly pinging us, we can concentrate on the project for just 35-40 seconds before we get distracted and lose focus.
Something called a novelty bias in our brains actually seeks out these distractions for a quick dose of dopamine, and we can’t resist the urge to keep checking our phone for Facebook notifications, or refresh our email inbox, or feel the urge to respond to a colleague instantly – instead of focusing only on the most important task at hand.
The only way to train our brain in this scenario is to intentionally reduce the environmental chatter. Turn off social media notifications for the time being or keep your phone facing upside down. Tell yourself you will not check on your emails until after you’ve completed the priority task you are working on. This way, it will get so much easier to focus and increase your productivity in any meaningful way.
# 2: Listen To White Noise
If you work in a busy office, it is difficult not to tune in to the conversations and events happening all around you. Listening to white noise while you focus on your work is an extremely effective way to shut out these ambient distractions.
White noise is a sort of soundtrack that combines all different frequencies of sound with equal intensities at once. And since white noise contains all frequencies, it has the capability to mask any interrupting sounds. You will soon tune out the monotonous sound of waterfall or rain or whatever the white noise is masked with, and find you’re feeling more focused – and only focused – on what you’re doing at the moment.
# 3:Take Short Breaks
Break the stranglehold of distraction on your ability to focus by giving your brain the reward of pre-planned breaks. Vigilance decrement, or losing focus over time, is a proven brain behavior, and short breaks in the middle of a long task leaves you feeling reenergized and ready to return with a fresh perspective each time.
# 4:Doodle To Improve Your Focus
Sounds counterintuitive, right? But research has proved that doodling increases focus, helps in memory retention and makes it easier to digest information being imparted audibly. Surely, a huge help if you’re stuck in a long, boring meeting where you’ll likely to tune out or, even worse, fall asleep in the middle of a dull presentation?
(An interesting aside: apparently, 26 of 44 of our American Presidents doodled. Theodore Roosevelt doodled animals and children. Ronald Reagan doodled cowboys and football players. John F. Kennedy doodled dominoes.)
# 5: Climate Control Your Environment
Feeling too hot or too cold can impede your attempts to concentrate. A study from Cornell University has found employees to be most productive and making fewer errors in an environment that is somewhere between 68 and 77 degrees. Another study from the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland pegs the temperature at a definitive 71 degrees.
Let’s talk about CBD (cannabidiol).
Some call it the most misunderstood compound in the world today – and yet, the billion-dollar industry is sparking such an explosion of interest in the United States that by 2024, the sale of CBD products is expected to touch $ 20 billion.
From anxiety and inflammation to MS, heart health and even cancer, CBD is showing its promise as a curative support for a variety of mental and physical diseases.
Some scientists even believe that CBD oil will prove as life-changing as penicillin in the 1940s.
So, what’s the delay?
In the technology-driven environment we live in today, why can’t CBD simply time-travel into the future and establish itself as the wonder drug it is slated to be right now?
The answer is two-fold: a) pending further research and b) existing fear in the minds of people that CBD is actually a drug.
We’ll set aside the need for more scientific findings for the purpose of this article. We’ll focus on the fear factor instead. Because lack of knowledge engenders fear, and that fear in turn create myths and misinterpretations among consumers that take years sometimes to clear up.
Below, we have listed 7 of the most common misconceptions about CBD, to get the ball rolling on this conversation at Hydralive.
CBD Myth # 1: It’s Related To Marijuana, So It Must Be An Intoxicating Substance
No. CBD is not intoxicating. The compound that produces a stoner’s high when using marijuana is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It is the notoriety of THC that has caused so much confusion and overshadowed the potential benefits of CBD as a naturally occurring, therapeutic product.
Sure, CBD and THC are both compounds (cannabinoids) extracted from the cannabis plant. But they impact different receptors in the brain. Simply put, THC affects what is known as CB1 receptors, which produces a feeling of intoxication. CBD does not.
In fact, CBD helps to counteract the anxious, paranoid feelings that THC sometimes creates and works as an anti-psychotic.
CBD Myth # 2: It’s Illegal In The United States
You can legally buy CBD online across the US, as long as it is derived from industrial hemp (containing THC below 0.3% by weight). But some states are a bit more friendly than others when it comes to CBD. Find out more, if you’re interested in the current position of your own state, by clicking HERE.
CBD Myth # 3: It’s Addictive
CBD in any form is not addictive. In fact, CBD may actually help treat certain substance addictions and minimize the unwanted side effects of pain management medications without being an addictive agent itself.
CBD Myth # 4: It’s Nothing More Than A Lifestyle Fad
We’d say this. Incorporating any natural wellness product into everyday lifestyle is a fad. Social media has changed the world irrevocably, and thanks to tastemakers, influencers and trendsetters in the social space commanding millions in followership, it is easier than ever to reach and bandwagon people in new and imaginative ways.
True, that CBD is being enjoyed today in everything from chocolate, lollipops and lattes to bath bombs, face masks and body lotions. But look back just a year or so, and you’ll remember how turmeric for example, with its endless healing properties, became trendy as a popcorn topper, cheesy dip and smoothie ingredient.
CBD Myth # 5: It’s Biggest Fans Are Millennials
CBD consumers are an average age of 40 and over. Moreover, they have higher education, holding college degrees, and are more likely than non-consumers to be responsibly employed full time.
CBD Myth # 6: I Tried CBD, And I Felt Nothing
Unlike THC, which impacts the way you feel almost immediately, CBD does not work that way. You don’t experience a high. And depending on why you’re taking it, you might not notice any significant changes until you’ve been supplementing daily for a few weeks.
The best way to know if CBD oil is “working” is to know why you’re taking it before you start. Maintain a record of your symptoms as time goes on, and you’ll find it easier to understand if the supplement is a good fit for you.
CBD Myth # 7: All CBD Products Are Equally Effective
In an unregulated market, it is important to do your research well, and choose products from the most reputable suppliers. No matter what it says on the label.
Check for full disclosure on the COA (Certificate of Analysis) that all reputable CBD companies use. The COA tells you everything you want to know about the quality of the CBD and the information is verifiable. Also be skeptical of international manufacturers. Tests have proven that some of them contain trace amounts of CBD – or none at all!
February is American Heart Month – and the message coming through this year is a strong wake-up call to the fact that not only do an estimated 630,000 Americans die of heart-related diseases annually, they can be afflicted at any stage and any age in their lives!
It’s the perfect time therefore, to learn about your own risks for heart disease, and the steps you need to take to make sure you’re not another victim of this leading cause of fatalities in the country.
We’re particularly interested in telling our readers about something they may not have considered before: how hydration is a key factor in maintaining heart health.
So, here are the facts:
# 1: Dehydration Exhausts The Heart
When your body is not getting proper hydration, your blood volume lowers and thickens as blood consists mostly of water. And when blood volume drops, your vessels tighten and heart rate increases to compensate for that drop – which isn’t good news for optimal functioning of the organ.
# 2: Dehydration Increases Risks Of Stroke
Stroke is caused by the lack of optimal blood reaching the brain, and when you consider how lack of hydration lowers blood volume from the above point, the connection is pretty obvious.
# 3: Dehydration Increases Chances Of Fatal Coronary Heart Disease
The connection between dehydration and coronary heart disease (CHD) was proven in a study that found this astounding fact: sufficient hydration reduces risk of CHD by 59% in women and 46% in men. What’s more, it you drink just five glasses of more water per day, it can make a huge difference!
What Can You Do?
Those most at risk for dehydration are the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, children and athletes. But dehydration can strike anytime and during any season, without you even knowing you are dehydrated.
This is why a regular regimen for hydration has to become a part of your daily lifestyle.
Read our article on how to stay hydrated round the year by clicking HERE, HERE and HERE.
At a glance though, here are some quick facts you can scan through on this page to get some necessary facts:
• Women need about 11 cups (91 ounces) of total daily fluid intake (which includes healthy beverages and water-containing foods).
• Men need about 15.5 cups (125 ounces) total daily fluid intake (which includes healthy beverages and water-containing foods).
• Drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day is acceptable if 25 % of daily fluid intake is coming from food and other drinks.
• Among water-rich vegetables that you can add to your diet are: lettuce (96%), celery (95%), bok choy (95%), radish (95%), cucumber (95%), zucchini (95%), tomato (95%), green bell pepper (94%) and asparagus (93%) and cabbage (92%).
• Meat naturally contains about 75% water but can vary depending on the cut. Remember also that meats lose water content in the cooking process.
• When choosing fruits, look for water-rich ones such as watermelon (92%), strawberries (90%), grapefruit (90%), cantaloupe (90%), pineapple (87%), oranges (87%) and raspberries (85%).
• Beverages like coffee and soda may increase your daily water intake, but their caffeine content also acts as a diuretic, which means you can end up losing more fluids too. Keep that in mind when you think of them as a source of hydration.
• Meat naturally contains about 75% water but can vary depending on the cut. Remember also that meats lose water content in the cooking process.
• Increase your fluid intake if you are an athlete or exercise frequently, as you’ll lose more water than others with more sedentary lifestyles through exertion and sweat.
• Hot weather calls for more fluids, but dehydration can occur in winter months too.
• Women who are either pregnant or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated.
• IV therapy is a quick and easy way to increase hydration in the body. This is an extremely efficient system as none of the essential components, like minerals and nutrients, are lost in the digestion process and your body enjoys full benefits from the transmissions.
Click HERE to know more about IV therapy options to counter dehydration.