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Destress Your Stress | GUEST POST

Today I’m introducing guest blogger* Sara Coppola, a creative content writer who works in the clothing industry, such as Miinto in the UK.  Her post today focuses on how to eradicate stress in your life, with a focus on sleep, good health and exercise. As it’s the beginning of the year and we’re all trying to eradicate a few Festive Season bulges as well as learn how to be happy and healthy, it’s the perfect way to get you smiling. Enjoy!

Avoiding stress is a self-teaching attitude that can greatly improve our lifestyle. Life can be much better by just caring more about one own self and dedicate time to our bodies and mental needs.

With increasingly busier lives: work, house, kids, husbands, family, friends (and the list could go on and on) most of us find ourselves overwhelmed and stressed, a lethal combination that seems to negatively affect our mental and physical health! How to manage and overcome all this? I think in life, are the small things that make the difference and help us feeling better. Regardless of all the responsibilities we are put or we put ourselves in charge of, it is very important to love ourselves and make sure to give time and to take care of our own person.

Here are my personal suggestions to tackle daily stress; they are small footsteps that usually help me through the most intense and stressful weeks. Taking care of one own self helps feeling better and more rested resulting in a better mood and more energy.

Relax, Everything is Interconnected

Relax | source Robert Sawkins

Manage your Time

Unfortunately there are only a certain number of hours in a day, and most of the time it is not possible to accomplish everything. Balancing work and private life is probably one of the hardest things to do, but remember to take some time for yourself, to rest and enjoy life. If you can´t manage to rest during the week, make sure to leave space for some relax during the weekend, do not stuff up your agenda with social events; rediscover the pleasure of spending in bed an entire Sunday or just chilling around the house. Make room for something that is just for yourself!

Be Free in Yourself

Be Free in Yourself | source here

1.       You NEED to Sleep

A regular sleeping pattern is what regenerates hour energy level. Contrary to believes, if you don´t sleep for a week, your body will not “make up” for it if the next night you sleep more; in a way, the body does not “storage” sleep. You need to get a good 7-8 hour sleep every night!

Sleeping helps concentration and therefore outputs; it has a big impact on our mood and gives us energy to be happier and accomplish more things.

2.       Sleeping Environment

To achieve a better sleeping pattern, it is also of outmost importance to ditch all non-bedroom related things. Sleeping with your phone next to you or watching movies in bed keeps your body in “alert” mood, preventing from good sleep and real rest. Make sure your bedroom is solely the place where you sleep and not an extension of your living room or office. Lights and noise unconsciously awake your brain.

Peaceful Sleep

Peaceful Sleep | source here

3.       Exercises

Even small exercise can do you a great good. To stay healthy you don’t need to work out 7 days a week and become a ‘gym-aholic’. If you are more of a lethargic type (then I´ll feel in good company), easy things like: taking the stairs instead of the elevator, biking to work, getting off one metro stop before yours and just walking the remaining distance, can help you keep fit and feeling more energetic!

4.       Healthy Eating

Apparently exercising regularly contributes to your body health only for a 30 per cent. The remaining 70 per cent of effort lies in what you eat! So it would not make much sense to be a hard core gym-aholic if then you stuff yourself with chocolate and fried juicy food! A good diet is what matter most of all; I do not mean starvation or bird-size dishes, but simply remember to eat a bit of everything, natural non-process food and in “normal” dish-size. Most of all, if you are full, STOP eating! And if you are stressed, do not indulge, go take a walk, it would help you more than you can imagine!

Trail Run Your Heart Out

Trail Run Your Heart Out | source Mountain Girl Fitness

5.       Sun & Vitamins

Exposition to sun is very important for the human body. With the winter season at the doors and less daylight available, it is important to assume the right intake of Vitamin D that we would usually get from the sun. Vitamin D can be found in pills, but also in some types of food such as eggs, milk, grapes ‘skin, many type of fish (sword fish, tuna, smoked salmon), cereals, orange juice and many other

6.       Smile

Feeling tired and stressed has a huge impact on hour daily life and mood. The worse thing is that it triggers a negative chain of negativity and unhealthy feeling. Luckily, just smiling during our day and trying to have positive thoughts can greatly impact all this. Constructive optimistic thoughts can go a long way by themselves; in the end, one´s self-influence is the most powerful weapon we have on our own well-being.

Smile girl

Smile girl | source here

About the Author

Sara Coppola is a creative content writer within the fashion clothing industry and is now launching herself into freelance writing. When not writing Sara loves to travel, take pictures and keep up with the latest fashion trends.

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me on theggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.

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Happy New Year! It’s 2013…

Hello everyone! I’ve just got back from holiday – and what a vacation it was – and am now only discovering this thing called ‘a computer!’ how brilliant to have 2 and a half weeks off from all technology, really refreshing 🙂

But in the meantime, wishing you all a very happy new year; may 2013 be the year your dreams are realised, your passions grow and your life sees amazing change for the better! My husband and I are starting with what we’ve termed a ‘relaunch’ – a full health & fitness overhaul to get us in shape and happy for 2013. With that, and a whole bunch of other big ‘life changes’ on the cards, I’m certainly looking forward to the year! Wishing you a successful, happy and prosperous 2013!

Happy New Year!

Wisdom From Roald Dahl | Tuesday Inspiration

Here’s some Tuesday Inspiration for you all – from one of my favourite authors – Roald Dahl! It’s in the same vein as ‘The Eyes are the Window to the Soul’ –  whether you’re in a good or bad place, your eyes will be your giveaway…

And as Mr Dahl says, if you have good thoughts (a happy, healthy mind), they will shine out of your face like sunbeams! Be a ray of light rather than a drop of rain – think positive and be happy! Have a super rest of your Tuesday Good Girls (and Boys!) x

Wisdom from Roald Dahl

Hey Friday Hey! Have a Good Girl Weekend!

Hey lovelies! Hope your weeks have been good, but if they haven’t – it’s ok – it’s FRIDAY! Can you tell that I’m ready to head home? May your weekends be full of the nicest moments, and may you be the best Good Girl you can be 🙂 Would love to hear about your weekends – and what cool stuff you got up to.

Taken some pics at a market? Gone to a show? Spotted a cool DIY idea? Would love to know your ideas around awesome weekends! You can mail me on theggguide[at]gmail.com or DM me on twitter @theggguide. Keen for some weekend inspiration? My Pinterest account is growing alarmingly with the number of {prettyinspiration} boards, so be sure to check those out too over here.

Have a happy weekend!

It's Friday - Hey!

Pink! It just goes with the Fashion | Decor & Style

Pink, it’s my new obsession, yeah
Pink, it’s not even a question
Pink, on the lips of your lover
‘Cause pink is the love you discover

Pink, as the bing on your cherry
Pink, ’cause you are so very
Pink, it’s the color of passion
‘Cause today it just goes with the fashion!

Aerosmith

Pink Cafe

Pink Cafe | source ZsaZsa Bellagio

Rose in a Gilt Cage

Rose in a Gilt Cage | source valdirose.blogspot.com

Ballerina Girl

Ballerina Girl | source weheartit.com

Love on a Stand

Love on a Stand | source juliasroomfordessert.blogspot.com

Pink & Orange India

Pink & Orange India | source Erin ever After

Into Morocco

Into Morocco | prettypetals.typepad.com

French Afternoon

French Afternoon | source frenchbydesign.blogspot.com

Pink at the Beach House

Pink at the Beach House | source vintagerosebrocante.tumblr.com

Oh So Vintage

Oh So Vintage | source Sarah Kaye

Vintage Wedding

Vintage Wedding | source The Pretty Blog

Lounge in the Pink

Lounge in the Pink | source Style at Home

It's PINK!

It’s PINK! | source pinterest

‘Whatever is True’ | Scripture Inspiration

Happy Monday! Today I’ve been listening to Mark Driscoll’s talk on Mary and Martha from Luke – and what an insight it is to the character and personalities of people in Christ; some are doers, some are be-ers…of you know what I mean! It’s all how we are wired – and it’s learning to have grace in that, being the person God created you to be.

It’s so important to gain insight from the word like this – and applying it to our own lives in a way that increases our faith and reliance on God. Also, it was a welcome change to listening to the radio in the traffic – really filling my mind with worthy things 🙂 So, in the week leading up to Easter – I pray you would all fill your minds with the things and character of God, and remember that each of us are individuals and he has plans for each one of us 🙂

Whatever is True

Whatever is True | source here.

Live in the Sunshine – Friday Inspiration

Today, be inspired. Be inspired to live more, dream more, play harder, laugh and giggle in delight, swim in the sea, play dress up, experiment with crazy makeup, follow a stranger on twitter, try something new, run wild in the mountains, take up a new sport, phone your gran to say hi, make cookies and eat them all, drink a glass of chocolate milk, play with a puppy, stay up late, sleep in, get up early and be the best you can be.

It’s Friday and a new month! Make the most of it! Have a happy weekend 🙂

Live in the Sunshine

Swim in the Sunshine | source here.