Success Is In Your Attitude

Who doesn’t want to be successful? We all do.

But, it seems, that at the end, it is your attitude which determines your success.

A study conducted at Harvard showed that a person’s attitude is often the deciding factor if they will be successful or not. Your attitude contributes to 85% of your success. So, it is quite necessary that you have the right attitude and the correct mindset.

Like many things in life, attitude is temporary.
It is something that you can always change.

You can always judge if your attitude is a boon or a bane.
If you feel that your attitude isn’t helping you move forward in life, then it is the right time to change it.

Importance of Having a Positive Attitude

Having a positive outlook on life is extremely important.

A woman who has a positive outlook on life is generally liked by everyone.
This outlook is usually attainable if the woman has a positive attitude in life. Like having a positive outlook, there are many benefits of having a positive attitude.

  • It helps you reach your milestones.
  • It helps you become a favorite among co-workers and makes you instantly likable.
  • You start seeing the good in everything.

You would agree that a happy attitude is better than a high IQ.
People who are successful do not always have a highly intelligent quotient, but they have a happy attitude.
This allows them to conquer their fears, be more self-dependent and be more confident.

If we’re to talk about a few very successful people, there are many things that are common among them.

  • They all are confident.
  • They never lost hope
  • They are happy

All these things are achievable in life only if the person has the right frame of mind and the right attitude.

Positive Attitude vs Negative Attitude

Having an unfriendly or a dull attitude would never make you a social person.
People with a dull attitude are seldom successful and usually crib about their problems in life.
And no person likes to stick with a person who always complains about their problems.

Everyone faces at least one problem daily, but the people who are happy and have a positive attitude never whine about their problems.
No matter how big the problems are, a person would never crib about it because they know that crying over something won’t solve it.

Success doesn’t mean being utterly rich or being the most famous.
It means that you’re content. You might be working at a day job and you can be successful at it.
Success just requires the right attitude, not money or fame.

Here are some ways by which you can achieve a happy attitude and be successful.

  •  Be happy.
    A happy mind is always fresh and reduces stress.
  • Stay Motivated.
    Many times, life throws hurdles at you.
    It is best that you stay motivated in those hard times and look for a silver lining and hence not lose hope.
  • Mediate.
    Meditation helps reduce stress and keeps the body and mind rejuvenated.
    It helps you boost the morale and helps you in developing a positive attitude towards life.

 

Cut Down Snacking at Work!

Are you one of those who likes to munch snacks while working? Well, welcome to our squad!

We all are victims of meaningless snacking at work during the odd hours.

Be it the ever-so-friendly vending machine or just boredom, we all are guilty of consuming extra calories even when we are not hungry. Result – we tend to add weight and feel uncomfortable in our own bodies.

Not anymore! Here are some ways which would help you in cutting down your habit of snacking at work.

  • Have an amazing breakfast

One of the reasons why you might tend to continuously munch something at work is probably because you skipped your breakfast or didn’t take lunch.

Thus, make it a point to consume regular meals. Further, ensure that you consume fruits in between the meals to ensure that you are not binge eating while working.

  • Brush after you take lunch

Toothpaste works as a great weapon against constant munching in office. This is why it is often recommended to brush your teeth after lunch at work. How does this help? When your mouth retains the minty smell and freshness of the paste, you would not want to consume something sweet or chocolaty. It acts as a distraction and ensures that you do not go around snacking post-lunch in the office. You could experiment with different toothpaste flavors and tastes to bring in the desired results.

  • Chew sugarless gum

Sugarless gum can also have the same effect as a minty toothpaste. When you are chewing a gum, you are less likely to eat snacks. There are two reasons behind this. First, your mouth is already in motion and you do not need anything else to keep it active. This reduces your craving.

Second, since the mouth is feeling fresh and minty with the gum, this satisfies your cravings. Thus, keep a sugarless gum handy and chew whenever required.

  • Keep healthy snacking options        

When you are hungry at 3 p.m. and badly want to consume some snacks, what do you do? You look inside your workstation drawer to see if you have something to munch on. If not, you go and eat the pretzels from the nearby workstation and that satisfies you for a while. But, what if your drawer had something healthy to eat, like some dry fruits or bananas? You would not go to the next workstation at all in this case, right? Thus, the best way here is to keep the snacks stacked up in your drawer. This would keep you away from the unhealthy food!

  • Take proper protein

As a matter of fact, consuming protein-rich foods will keep you satiated for long. This will prevent you from consuming any junk food at work. Wasabi peas are a great snack and are also rich in protein. Further, you can also keep a jar of almond butter in your cabinet.

Your Turn

These healthy foods would not only satisfy your food cravings but would also limit your calorie intake. Any other ideas? Do share with us in the comments.

How to Stop Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals

Ugh.. you’re tired of being out of shape.

You stumble across that new popular fitness plan, and decided to commit.
This time it’s no sugar, low carbs, and an hour of exercise a day.

Everything goes great on day one. You have the veggie platter for lunch, chicken and veggies for dinner, and you nail your workout. You’re pumped.

A few days later, you begin craving sweets. You tell yourself, “just once won’t hurt.” Next, you crave something greasy. You skip your next workout, order fast food, and binge eat in front of the TV.
Soon, you begin feeling guilty.
You wonder how you’ll stick to your plan, and just like that, you’re back into your old habits.

Sound familiar?

This is one of the four most common ways that people sabotage their fitness goals. Learn to tackle this challenge, as well as three others, to set yourself up for success.

1. Expecting perfection

That one sweet? Not so bad.
The fast food binge? Not great, but manageable.
Letting a few setbacks ruin your fitness plans? Definitely bad.

Don’t expect perfection in following your new diet or workout plan.

Instead, we suggest that you look for progress and allow yourself one cheat meal a week while you learn to create new habits.

2. Expecting too much too soon

Everywhere you turn, fitness ads claim instant success. Results now. One-week weight loss.

In reality, these promises are too good to be true.
If you are unhappy with your current fitness, it likely results from years of bad habits. How can you expect to turn it around quickly?

Start your fitness journey with the right expectations.
There is no instant gratification.
Fitness is a process that takes time, goal setting, and commitment.

3. Focusing on that single big goal

Goals are a tricky thing.
Setting fitness goals is great, but focusing on a single big goal can be paralyzing.

To avoid being paralyzed by your goal, break it down into smaller goals.

Create attainable goals for each day, week, and month.
Then focus on one goal at a time, and create a plan for attaining the goal.
What will your actions be? How often will you take these actions? How will you measure your goal?
When you accomplish a single smaller goal, then set your sights on the next one.

For example, if my overall goal is to lose 30 pounds, my first goal might be to lose one pound a week.
This is a trackable, attainable goal.
To achieve that I plan on working out 3 days a week. After sticking with this plan for two months I might increase my commitment by following the nutrition plan and adding a 4th workout each week.

4. Fixating on what you can’t have

When you begin a new diet, it is easy to focus on the things you can’t have: cookies, chocolate, fast food, and sugar.
The problem is this often makes you want them even more. To counteract this, quit focusing on what you can’t have, and start focusing on what you can have.

At first, you might fell limited by all of your dietary restrictions. However, while searching for tasty, healthy foods, you will soon realize that the list is actually endless. Options include chia seeds, flax seeds, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and more.
There are so many possibilities!

Healthy eating can taste great, and isn’t as hard as it seems.
Just experiment with healthy recipes to find the foods and spices that work for you.
Combine healthy grains, spices, meats, fruits, and veggies for tasty meals that don’t take hours to make and give you great nutritious meals.

How to achieve your fitness goals

OK, enough about sabotaging yourself.

Just like that last point, we don’t want to focus on what not to do. We want to focus on what you should be doing. To wrap things up, here are four ways to think about your fitness goals that improve your chances of success:

  • Work on making progress. There is no perfection; only progress (and the occasional setback!).
  • Have patience. Change takes time. Fitness is a lifestyle, which takes a lifetime to achieve and maintain.
  • Take small steps. Set small achievable goals and tackle them one at a time
  • Focus on the cans. Spend your time and effort on what you can have, and what you can do.

Lastly, enjoy the ride and look at this as a new adventure!

Why Cutting Calories Could Be Sabotaging Your Health Goals?

One of the many reasons why most of the diets fail is because they ask you to count your calories, weigh your food or remove certain food groups from your diet.

However, even though various diets just don’t mention anything about watching, tracking and counting calories, most people would still believe that they need to reduce their calorie intake if they want to lose weight.

This whole concept of tracking and restricting our calorie intake is so deep-rooted within us that even if we allow ourselves to eat breakfast, we will limit ourselves to consuming a protein bar, a hard-boiled egg or a green juice.

But, here is the truth – calorie restriction would not help you in losing weight, but it backfires. Keeping a rigid check over calorie intake ignores your biological needs, hormonal reactions and blood sugar responses.

Let’s have a quick look at few more such truths related to calorie counting, and what should be done instead.

  • It makes it difficult for you to meet your nutrient needs

We often tend to underestimate the importance of vitamins, fiber, minerals and other nutrients to our well-being.

But, anything that is not visible, doesn’t necessarily mean, that it won’t impact your quality of life in long-term. Let’s understand this with the help of a simple example. Dietary calcium is important for our body functions like blood circulation and muscle control.

For the first 30 years of our life, our body stores excess calcium in bones. After 30, your body stops gaining muscle mass and starts relying on existing calcium storage. Thus, if you don’t consume the right food, your body won’t be able to meet the calcium needs after a certain age, and you will become prone to the risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis.

  • It slows down your metabolism

When you start eating less just to limit your calorie intake, your body switches itself to survival mode and would start breaking down the muscles to release the stored glucose.

Losing muscle mass can have an adverse effect on your body. Further, it can even impact your weight loss goals, as our muscles burn calories 24 x 7, and when you have fewer muscles, they will burn fewer calories.

  • It compromises your brain’s performance

This might not be expected, but once you start cutting your diet, you also start losing your mental edge. This is because our brain runs on glucose, and it needs enough of it to keep working. If you keep yourself hungry, it is only obvious that you won’t be able to work at the top of your capacities.

  • It might give you gallstones

Low-calorie diets of around 800 calories per day can help you in losing the weight, but would also make you prone to the risk of gallstones. In the worst scenario, it might cause abdominal pain and would need surgery.

The bottom line here is to eat right and intake all daily nutrients, after all, at the end, it is your health that matters.

Are You Maintaining Your Health While You’re Young?

Health is an important part of being young.

Isn’t it energizing to cherish the peak years of your life?

Oh yes! It is believed that the age of 20s is the most life-changing, vivacious and integral phase of one’s life.

It is in your twenties when you embark upon a professional career, start earning your livelihood and some set forth with their conjugal life as well. Some even turn into proud parents. Well, in the midst of the paraphernalia of twenties’ life, you tend to forget the important aspects of your health.

Aspects Of Health To Think About In Your 20s

This is the right time when you can build some healthy habits that will let you have a great 30s and 40s life ahead.

  • Start exercising and paying attention to your fitness

Working out for an hour or more wouldn’t do any harm to your limbs or bones. The more you start paying attention to your fitness and exercise regularly, the muscles and bones would grow stronger and more flexible, reducing the chances of getting knee pain, backaches, joint pains, arthritis, etc. in the later years.

It also helps you to maintain a proper posture and prevents you to slump for the rest of your life.

  • Start eating healthy and cutting down on alcohol & unhealthy snacks

It is quite evident that this is the very age when you love to booze, binge on pizzas, pasta, burgers, hotdogs, wafers, etc. No one is telling you to stop consuming all this. However, it is highly recommended to lower down the intake of and restrict yourself to one or two cocktails.

Try it. It is not so tough. You can fill in by gorging on fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, etc. This will benefit your health for a long, long time.

  • Sleep for 7 to 8hours

Going sleepless for nights may not show any serious effects now but it will definitely hamper your health in the next few years. So do not sacrifice your good night’s sleep for anything else.

  • Apply sunscreen every 4 to 5hours during the daytime

Whether you step out of your house or stay indoors, whether you have a field job or sitting in front of a computer, apply sunscreen to protect the skin from pigmentation, dark spots and tanning.

This habit is not only for your cosmetic appeal. It will slow down the aging of your skin and protect your body from the harmful UV rays that cause many skin and neurotic diseases.

  • Go for a health check-up twice in a year

You might feel that it is unnecessary to go for a health check-up as everything seems to be fine at this age. There is no harm in keeping a tap on your health aspects.

Wrapping Up

Since there are no serious health issues, the vital aspects of health might easily be ignored. But, just as the age-old saying goes—‘Prevention is better than cure’.

“I look back on my 20s. It’s supposed to be the prime of your life, the most vital, and beautiful. But you’re making your critical decisions and sometimes your most critical mistakes.”

–Ann Brashares

Look Youthful After Menopause With Effective Skin Care Regime

Menopause could be frustrating, especially due to the skin changes that it brings along. But take heart, with a little care you can still look healthy and attractive.

A woman’s skin is all about hormones. The youthful skin that you get is all due to the perfect balance of the hormones. But after menopause, your skin starts to change beyond your imagination.

Your postmenopausal skin might show symptoms including of wrinkling, slackness, dryness and withering. After menopause, tearing and bruising of skin are common, and you are prone to dry skin conditions.

After the menopausal damage, the least you could add is the sun. It is a perfect storm that leaves you imbalanced and dull. However, here are some skin care remedies you can follow.

Ways to Keep Your Skin Glowing Even After Menopause

In order to look youthful even after your menopause, the best way is to focus on activities that would build collagen and elastic fibers in your skin. Here is what you can do!

Scrub it out

One of the best ways you can enhance the collagen levels in your skin is by scrubbing them regularly. Once the outer layer of the skin is shed, the deeper layers of the skin automatically get the signal to become more active. Choose gentle and good scrubs and avoid over scrubbing, especially when you have a sensitive skin. Stick to twice a week. If you have an oily and tough skin, gentle daily scrub might be okay.

Get hold of creams that build collagen

Grab all those creams that would help your skin build collagen. This will make your skin glow and make you look youthful. It is highly recommended to go for vitamin creams. Renova/ Tazorac/ Tretinoin are a few good names you can reply upon. There are also proof that vitamin C serums enhance the production of collagen. Further, alpha and beta hydroxy acids do wonders in building collagen as well.

Building collagen through lasers

Yes, you read that right! Lasers could also help in building collagen, especially longwave lasers. Intense pulse light devices (IPLs) with photo-rejuvenation send signals to skin instructing it to build more collagen. You won’t get to see the results almost instantly. However, five monthly treatments can have visible results.

Keep your skin well hydrated

Water does more good to your skin than anything else! Your skin is more prone to dryness after menopause and this is when you need to keep your skin hydrated all the more. Use steeply hydrating moisturizers and sensitive skin cleaners to avoid dryness. This would also avoid your skin from looking dull, wrinkled and crinkled.

Boost the production of hyaluronic acid

In order to get youthful skin, look for products with glycolic acid. This will enhance the levels of hyaluronic acid in your skin, thus making you look young.

Whatever you do, stay happy and embrace the change. With a little bit of hard work, you can manage to look young and dynamic forever.

Your Sensitive Skin – What Do You Have To Do About It?

If your skin is very dry, tends to blush or flush, and you can see visible skin reactions; chances are you have a sensitive skin. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you may find this condition troublesome, and you’re definitely prone to acne, skin bumps, or irritation. Achieving clear complexion seems to be impossible, but that’s not the case!

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO YOUR SENSITIVE SKIN

Sensitive skin requires a lot of effort to keep it clear, but you can always start from home. Here are some clear skin remedies for sensitive skin:

  1. ALOE VERA
    Dubbed the best natural ingredients for sensitive skin, aloe vera provides cooling effect that will reduce redness or itchiness. If you have a hard time finding aloe plant, opt for in-the-counter products made of aloe vera gel.
  2. SUNSCREEN
    Exposed to sunlight for a long period of time may causes your skin to irritate and causes discomfort. If you’re especially sensitive toward sunlight, apply sunscreen before leaving your house or when you’re having outdoor activities to keep your skin protected.
  3. LEMON WATER
    Not only rich in Vitamin C, lemon is also a great source of antioxidants. Drinking lemon water daily removes toxins from your body and as the result; you will see improvement in your skin condition.


WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO

Now that we learn what is good for your skin, let’s learn what is bad for it. Basically, you’ll need to beware of antibacterial or deodorant ingredients, alcohol, and synthetic products. Your cosmetic would have to be carefully chosen; free of coloring agents, acid, petrochemicals, and harsh exfoliants. When choosing facial scrub, choose the product that has softer and smaller beads. Use homemade remedies such as sugar with olive oil. Don’t share your makeup with others, and go with minimal makeup if possible.

WHAT TO WEAR

Having sensitive skin would also affect you to a certain degree in how you dress. Choose fine cotton and silk fabric for your clothes, or rayon and linen. You don’t want to wear something too tight or with a lot of creases and folds. When outside, wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hat, especially if you want to hit the beach. Use moisturizer afterwards, and take warm baths after heavy activity.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  1. Should I choose “hypoallergenic” products?
    Products labeled as hypoallergenic can varies between a manufacturer and another. Basically, they are not made for people with sensitive skin, so you need to be very careful when making your purchase. Read the ingredients carefully and stop usage if you experience any symptoms.
  2. Can I get facials?
    Yes, but choose a skilled aesthetician and make sure they use products that won’t cause sensitiveness.
  3. How should I treat acne?
    Use a topical gel that contains chloroxylenol or bisabolol. Don’t wash your face with hot water and use soap-free liquid and warm water to wash your face.

Having sensitive skin shouldn’t stress you out, since you can always achieve clear skin by applying the do’s and don’ts above. You may need to avoid direct sunlight, certain types or fabrics and clothing, as well as makeup products; but if you stick to the recommended diet and treatment mentioned above you will get a clear skin, regardless of your skin type!

8 Ways to get in Shape Without Trying too Much

Are you planning to improve the shape of your body, but not able to take out time from your busy schedule? Just remember that your life can always be what you make it to be.

So, wait no more, and get started in the right direction and get a body shape of your dreams, that too without hitting the gym!

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  • Say good bye to stress

Stress makes you eat even when you are not hungry, thus making you gain weight.  Thus, whenever you are in a stress, go outside and have a walk in fresh air. It will not only help you in relieving stress but will also help in burning extra calories from your body, maintaining your body weight and will help you to come in shape faster.

  • Stay active throughout the day

You might have a 9-to-5 job, but let not your busy office schedule interfere with your body health. Stop being a couch potato and make sure that you are doing enough physical activity throughout the day. A simple two-minute brisk walk or small exercises and lift-ups in your workstation can increase your fitness levels.

  • Eat right on right time

Try to take your food on time and never skip your meals. Don’t live in misconception that skipping meals would help you achieve your body shape quickly. This way your body will only find it difficult to function properly, thus making you weak and dull.

  • Balanced diet is the key

Avoid taking junk foods and plan your food according to the demand of your body. Incorporate foods items that are low in calories and boost your energy and activity levels. Eat food from each food group every day such as pulses that are rich in proteins, fruits and vegetables rich in fiber and whole grains.

  • Watch your water intake

Water is an important constituent of our body. This pretty much explains why you should drink enough water daily along with other liquids. Drinking enough water would not only keep your skin glowing but would also help you in cutting down extra calories from your body.

  • Go for gardening

This might sound a bit weird, but gardening is a strenuous exercise that doesn’t require any investment. You may choose to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers regardless of your choice, without knowing that you are burning enough of your calories. It is also one of the easiest ways to take a break, forget about all your troubles, connect to nature, and get in shape faster.

  • Enhance your sitting skills

Regular sitting for more than 6-7 hours on office chairs may lead to spine and other health problems. Thus, it is highly recommended to sit on a stability ball as it activates the abdomen, hip and the back muscles and balances your body perfectly.

  • All work and no play?

Do you remember when you had played your last game? Try to remember your childhood memories and play your favorite game whenever you are free. This will not only relieve you from stress but would also help you burn calories.

Wait no more. Get started today.

How You Look Can Cost You Your Career!

Have you ever wonder why some people are successful in their career while others aren’t?

Various studies have conclude that people who look more attractive or taller are far likely to advance in their career than their less attractive counterparts.

Research done by Journal of Labor Economics show that attractive people (regardless of gender) earn 5% more than those who are average looking, who in turn earn 9% more than the plainest looking colleagues.

To put that into context, imagine an average-looking worker makes $50,000 a month. Their most attractive colleagues will make $52,500 a month while their least attractive colleagues will bring home just $45,500.

Youthfulness is another significant factor in career advancement.

A study done by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that up to 73% of women felt that youthful appearance played a significant role in getting a job, promotions or a raise.

Are We That Shallow?

Isn’t our career advancement dependent on the inner qualities such as competencies, intelligence and attitude?

Unfortunately, looking good is still plays a huge role in our society because humans are hard wired to perceive attractiveness to productivity since ancient times.

If you look good, you are sending non verbal messages that indicate that you are productive, healthy and intelligent.

What Can You Do?

Now, we all want to get ahead in our career. So here are some tips for you to look good and get ahead.

  1. Walking upright – People who walk upright are perceived to be more confident and physically attractive that those who slouch or with their head bow.
  2. Remove your wrinkles – Like I said, youthfulness plays a big part in getting that promotion or raise. Therefore, you should try to remove as much wrinkles as possible.
  3. Get the right size – Make sure your clothes fit. If it’s too big or too small, you are not going to look good in it. That is why, it’s necessary to have some of your office wear tailored.
  4. Pay attention to colors – You should also pay attention to the color of your clothes. Dark colored clothing sends the message of authority. While bright colored clothes are distracting and visual equivalent of shouting.

Don’t lose hope if you don’t find yourself”attractive” because even though attractiveness can open doors, it requires competencies and intelligence to remain open.

Health-related resolutions that aren’t just simply to ‘lose weight’ !

  •  Resolve To Drink More Water and Less Caffeine

Staying hydrated sounds simple enough, right? But most of us are chronically dehydrated. And chugging caffeinated beverages doesn’t help.

Resolve to drink more water. Purchase a good water filtering system and a solid reusable container that you can carry with you. Your kidneys and lymph nodes need to filter daily. By buying your own home filtering system, you are contributing less to cluttered waste for the earth.

It may seem like a small goal, but staying hydrated can have drastic positive effects on your overall health, from more energy to better skin to increased productivity at work.

Swapping that pre-meeting cup of java for some H2O may boost your energy and improve focus instead!

  • Sleep Better

Lack of sleep is often the underlying cause of many of our health issues, including stress and anxiety, weight gain and low immunity. But sticking to a rigid sleep schedule can be tricky, especially after the holidays when we’re all recovering from disrupted bedtime routines. So in the New Year, we can vow to start small.

Getting black out curtains or masking any light with electrical tape are all good starts. We may also want to consider eliminating screens from our bedrooms, cutting back on caffeine and alcohol before bed, and aiming to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

  • Practice Mindful Eating

Just because I’m not looking to lose weight doesn’t mean I’m ruling out ways to improve my diet and habits around food. Eating mindfully can mean stopping the habit of digging into a bag of chips in front of the TV or eating lunch at my desk.

It involves slowing down while we eat and paying attention to our body’s appetite, hunger and fullness signals. One of the primary focuses of mindful eating is to help us learn how to feed ourself when we are hungry, and stop when you are full.

Ask these questions when you are choosing what you might want to eat: What does my body need to be nourished? What am I craving? Will I enjoy eating it? How will my body feel after I eat it?

  • Pay Down Debts

With the vast majority of us living paycheck to paycheck, many of us can benefit from dedicating more effort into dealing with our finances, which undoubtedly add stress to our lives that can affect our health and happiness. (In fact, 65 percent of Americans lose sleep over financial stress.)

We’ve all heard it’s good to pay more than the minimum on credit card and auto loan debt, but we don’t always think of paying extra on our mortgages, and we’re missing out on the bigger savings.