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How to make someone feel appreciated


In a time where we have limited options when it comes to spending time with those we care about and even seeing as many people as we’d like to (the saying killing more than two birds with one stone comes to mind). We have to make sure that we are checking up on and checking in with our nearest and dearest as often as we can. 

So for those racking your brain to think of the new ways you might be able to let a friend know they’re being thought about here are 3 ways you can show them you care...

Get quizzical 

Some may say this first one is Marmite but it was a worldwide fave during the lockdown and I’m sure will be after. As fun and interactive sports are limited, organising an online quizzical with you and your mates are guaranteed to keep you all laughing and distracted for a few hours. Not to mention you could even ramp up the stakes but offering a prize for the winner!


Get them a gift 

Now I’m not telling anyone to break the bank or do too much. But if you’ve been thinking of a way to treat a loved one a personalised gift always works. Whether it’s a little trinket that reminds you of an inside joke between you and a mate. Or what really screams personalised is a gift made with your very own hands. Check out giffgaff’s recycling ideas and create a work of art.

Start a film or book club

I was refreshingly surprised to find that one of the most helpful things we can do to maintain a positive mind is to escape and indulge in some of our favourite series, films, and books. Creating a little community or keeping up with a series to then discuss later on keeps you in constant contact with your friends and sparks good debates. 

So whip out some sweet and salted popcorn in your comfiest pyjamas and start on a good old fashioned binge! I say all of this to say don’t overdo it as binging for too long has the reverse effect.

Hopefully we’ve inspired you to show someone you care and if so let us know us below or on our social channels - sharing is caring!

Elyse

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Long-Term Changes For Improved Wellbeing


Leading a healthy lifestyle is tough. 

People who maintain regular fitness routines and consistently healthy diets often make it look so effortless, but it doesn’t usually feel that way for the rest of us. You might try working out at your local gym but find the exercise tedious or simply feel overwhelmed by the other people in there with bodybuilder physiques. And perhaps you’ve tried eating healthily but found a lot of the food options uninspiring. It might be time for a new approach. 

The points mentioned in this post could help you to start making long-term changes to your wellbeing.

Start home-cooking nutritious meals.

The first step to making a long-term change to your wellbeing is to improve your diet. 
Many people struggle with this aspect of healthy living. Perhaps you’ve tried eating healthy meals before but found them uninspiring. The important thing to remember, however, is that there are plenty of nutritious food options available in the world. Nyxie's Nook writes about this exact topic, I recommend checking out her post on Mental Health Can Impact Gut Health it discusses exactly why nutrition should be at the forefront of your wellbeing journey. 

Home-cooking nutritious meals could help you out. Once you start making the food yourself, you’ll know exactly what you’re including in your diet. Plus, you’ll have the freedom to try out different recipes and mix together food you like without any of the things you don’t like.

You might dislike all types of salad other than cucumber, for example. Rather than settling for premade meals or restaurants meals that never quite satisfy your taste preferences, you can call the shots. You just need to be adventurous and try different types of food until you find healthy options you enjoy. 

You could even take one of your favourite meals and turn them into something healthier. Perhaps you love beef lasagna, for instance. Maybe you could try making a lentil lasagna. This plant-based alternative is just as delicious (some would say it’s more delicious), it’s still a great source of protein, and it’s better for your heart than meat.

Focus on your emotional state.

If you want to make a positive long-term change to your wellbeing, you should focus on your emotional state. Many people focus on their physical health because it’s easy to notice problems with your body. 

Mental health problems, on the other hand, are more easily concealed. It might be time to address issues such as stress, anxiety, or depression if you think your emotional wellbeing is suffering. Perhaps you could do some research on horoscopes if you want to find a spiritual path to better health. 

You might want a Halloween psychic reading to give you an idea of your future. This could help you to heal and move forwards if you’re struggling in life at the moment. Being able to open up about your feelings to others is another important way to improve your emotional state. Having a strong support network is so beneficial to your long-term wellbeing.

Keep your body physically active every day.

Another important way to make long-term changes to your wellbeing is to start exercising. As mentioned in the introduction, it’s hard to just snap your fingers and make a change like that. You might not have the motivation to start working out. Instead of viewing physical activity as a chore, however, you might want to simply set yourself the goal of moving your body every day. Obviously, you already do that, but you should gradually try to become more and more active every day. 

Perhaps you could cycle to work from time to time. Perhaps you could go for a walk or even a light jog on your lunch break. Maybe you could start walking to your local shop instead of taking the car. Physical activity doesn’t have to be boring or strenuous. You could even set challenges for yourself. Start tracking your steps with an app on your phone or a Fitbit. 

If you see it as your mission to hit 10,000 steps every day, you might feel more determined to achieve that goal.

Elyse

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Coin Metro | The New Exchange on The Block



It's been ages since I've written an article about cryptocurrency and it's very rare that anything catches my eye in the whole crypto-sphere. Sieving your way through all of the crap-coins and scams can really become a full-time job, but really knowing and understanding what you are investing in is absolutely crucial - lest you lose all of your money.

When you think about cryptocurrency exchange platforms you probably think about Binance. Since the crypto boom of 2018, Binance has been one of the biggest and most successful exchange platforms out there. In 2019, they achieved a daily average trading volume of over $2.8billion with 15million users worldwide, so it's easy to see exactly why they're the current top dog.

Personally, I've tried lots of different exchanges, and most, if not all, are ugly over-complicated messes. I like my UI's to be user friendly and easy to read. Clutter and over-complicated page design is a huge turn off for me when selecting where to trade. I want an exchange that offers accurate, clear and concise information without all of the unnecessary crap. 

Back in 2018, I joined an ICO (Initial coin offering) that looked promising. In all honesty, I forgot about it mainly because after the bull run of late 2017, early 2018, everything kind of went stale. Recently though, across my social's, I noticed that the project was not only up and running, but had a lot of things in the works. Roadmap, goals being completed, frequent updates from the team and no-nonsense info - my interest was certainly piqued once again. You see, this isn't the approach that most companies take and it was refreshing seeing a company be so blunt and real. 

The project is called CoinMetro, and if you follow some of my social platforms you will have no doubt seen me posting about it. CoinMetro is a trading platform that not only looks pretty but also functions. It's easy on the eye UX (User experience), in-built live-chat support (24 hours!), and the big one - FIAT to crypto deposits (tangible Government money into cryptocurrency). 

CoinMetro is fully regulated, that means it is licensed to provide crypto and FIAT wallet services. This is important because, in the future, it is very likely that cryptocurrency will be heavily regulated. Just like Binance and their BNB token, CoinMetro has a native currency called XCM. All of the services on the platform are paid with this token, such as trading.

The company is based in Estonia, which is one, of very few countries that offer clear legislation when it comes to cryptocurrency licenses. CoinMetro makes use of KYC (know your customer), which is something that you will be familiar with if you have registered on any exchange previously, applied for any UK based job or opened an account in a UK financial establishment. For those not in the know, it basically provides proof that you are who you say you are to the company requesting it. It helps protect you, as a client and the company as well. They will ask for things like photographic identification, such as a driving license or passport, proof of address documents, such as utility bills or credit card statements.  Getting verified provides you with the benefit of being protected from legal risks and you will receive a better level of service.

Overall, I'm very excited to see what happens with CoinMetro. It's one of the projects I'm keeping an eye on, which is only strengthed with the level of updates and progress achieved by the team.

If you'd like to sign up and start trading on this new, user-friendly platform, you can sign up on their website.

For those of you who are beginners and would like to know more about cryptocurrency in general, the CEO of CoinMetro, Kevin Murcko, has a series on Youtube called "Kevin Explains Crypto", where, you guessed it, talks about the ins and outs of cryptocurrency.





Elyse & Connor

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First Foray into CBD | Is it Any Good?


My experiences of CBD before 2020 were nil. It wasn't something I was particularly interested in mostly due to everyone I know who had tried it, had reported that they used it for 'pain' and to get a better 'sleep'. For me sleep isn't an issue, energy is and the fight to stay awake. For this reason alone I vowed I wouldn't be taking the CBD route. 

But like most things, I always backtrack and reassess my understanding. I realised over 2020 that the supplements I took, affected me differently from others, that the typical energy products had no effect therefore maybe, just maybe, products that had no energy aim would affect me positively. Backward thinking but it led me to where I am today. 

I started off looking and questioning the products in Holland & Barrett but would leave empty-handed as I wasn't sure what was a marketing ploy and what actually worked. I read many blogs but I found Nixie's Nook - The benefits of CBD blog post to be really resourceful and changed my perception but most CBD products can be expensive and I hate to waste money. Literally, at the same time as my research kicked up a gear, I was isolated and working from home and Synerva contacted me to ask if I wanted to try any of their CBD products. 

This was a hard yes on my part. I really wanted to see what the results were and if they were worth the money. 


After discussing with the folks at Synerva what my needs were, we agreed that the 5% CBD oil was going to be the best bet for me. In this bottle alone there are 200 drops of healing power housed in an [reusable] amber dropped bottle. 

So what is 'CBD'? 

CBD is short for 'Cannabidiol' and does not have an intoxicating effect. Instead, it works on the endocannabinoid system has many functions including the regulation of the central nervous system, our mood, physiological and cognitive health and many other important functions. 

Is it legal? 

Yes! In the UK CBD products are legally allowed to be sold as long as they don't purport medicinal benefits however much like food, I assess everything I inject and apply for their overall effects on my wellbeing as a whole. For this reason, I have assessed the Synerva CBD oil in the same way. 

My experience

I could go into the long list of ailments and conditions that could benefit from CBD or at least, would be recommended to give it a try but I won't. All I will say is that if you are feeling off-kilter, or have symptoms then CBD may be a more natural option. 

I went into testing the drops with no expectations, I suppose I didn't think I would notice a difference and much like many of the supplements I take, I presumed it would take a few months to notice any change or improvement. At the time of starting, we were in the middle of lockdown, an old whiplash pain injury had flared up and I wasn't sleeping all too well due to the tightness and pain. 

No amount of painkillers, heat packs, massages from the hairy boy, warming creams, pain creams and supplements were making a difference. I was fed up of being in pain. Fed-up of not sleeping too well and it impacting me negatively. I figured I had nothing to lose at the point of taking the CBD. 

Opening the bottle it smells earthy and hemp like. I really love the smell of hemp but I wasn't sure how it was going to taste but I gave it a try. I applied one dropper of CBD under my tongue and held it there sublingually. I then swallowed and waited. There was no nausea (which is awesome as many make me nauseous), there was no weird feeling or negative side effects. 

The taste wasn't too great I will admit that. It reminded me of the taste of miso for some reason. But, if the benefits outweighed the taste I was all in. I repeated this for the rest of the week, my whiplash injury wasn't improving all that much but I was sleeping better. 

After having a dream about the Synerva oil (I know, so strange right) I woke up and decided to copy it. I took the oil, put two droppers full onto my neck and shoulder and rubbed it into the affected area and I kid you not, the pain dissipated!! Genuinely at this point, I knew this was a wonderful product. I had no other equal benefits from any other products at that point. 

The pain started to return around four hours later so once again I added half a dropper full to the area as a top-up and again the pain dissipated. I started to decrease the amount and today, I have no pain. I am still stiff and achy but the pain which was affecting my life in all areas has gone. I doubt I will ever be without the CBD oil because if it returns this will be my first port of call in treating and healing it. 

I am someone who can handle pain well, I'm not a complainer and tend to get on with things so when the pain affects my life and I find someone that helps in the way this did I want to shout about it from the rooftops. I'm also guessing that this may help most tissue or tendon aches and pains. I'd definitely recommend you try this if nothing else seems to be working. 

You can buy this and many other strengths over on the Synerva CBD Oils website. 


Elyse

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3 Ideas When You're Stuck in the Financial Mud


Whether you're short on funds or you find yourself in a constant loop of paying off debt, it can feel like you're spinning your wheels and unable to get free from financial mud. This can have some severe repercussions for your health and happiness. While it feels tricky to break free, it isn't impossible, and although this isn't ideal, there are some steps that everyone, regardless of financial know-how or stability can do to give them a push in the right direction. 

Fix Your Credit Score

A credit score is not something you learn about at school, but it's arguably one of the most critical factors that can affect your financial well being and can feel like a quagmire that is impossible to pry yourself from. 

Bad credit means bad times. It disqualifies you from a wide range of things, including phone contracts, car financing, or even renting a property or buying a house, which can hinder your opportunities. 

It may be that you have nonexistent credit, rather than merely bad credit, especially if you're young. The good news here is there is plenty of time for you to improve it. You might want to avoid credit cards as much as possible, but using them for essential purchases, like food shopping, can help boost your credit score.

Ask For Assistance

It's almost impossible to get out of financial trouble all by yourself. It will make you overwhelmed, increase your stress levels, and lead to really bad times for you.  No one wants to ask for assistance when it comes to money troubles, but speaking with friends and family to help lighten the load or even explaining your situation to them to justify why you've not been around so often can help them understand and sympathise. 

A financial planner is also a good idea, but as these come with fees, you might not find it beneficial right now. 

Get a Quick Loan

Getting a loan when you're already in financial strife doesn't seem like a fantastic idea. However, options like Guarantor Loans from Buddy Loans can help ease financial burdens more rapidly and often come with immediate results. Naturally, all quick loans come with varied T&C's so please read these before deciding whether to go forward with a loan. 

With this, you have one less thing to think about, whether a debt or a payment, and you can start working out a way to balance your finances more effectively. You will need to pay this loan back, of course, but with enough discipline, you'll be able to do so while maintaining a secure and stable financial position. 

For many, a loan is the last resort but is something to consider when you don't know where else to turn. 

Breaking Free

Breaking free of financial worries and burdens is not easy, and it will take a great deal of discipline and determination. You can always get a little help from others to ensure you can navigate your financial troubles with more confidence, and once you get through to the other side, you can start to think about ways that you can change your relationship with money. While it is crucial for living and gives us a way to do the things we love to do, it can also cause some legitimate issues when considering our mental wellbeing.

Elyse

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