Health | The Essential Guide To Get You On Track

It’s that time of year where we can feel a little lethargic and zapped of energy. All we want to do is curl up on the sofa and hibernate. But we all want to feel and look healthier. So if you want to achieve a healthier you at this time of year then this guide will help you get on track.

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Think about what you eat

Either we are denying ourselves something or overindulging on bad things. This is where it is important to develop a healthy balanced diet. Eating too much of the wrong thing like junk food or sweet treats can cause us to put on weight. Which in the long term could affect our body mass index and make us overweight, junk food can zap the energy out of us, which can also make us feel lethargic and down. Relying on a diet is not sustainable for the future. This is where you tend to deny yourself something that is important to your body like a carbohydrate. The best advice is to stick to a balanced diet where you give your body what it needs. Doing this can help aid your immune system to fight against common illnesses like colds or flu, and sickness bugs. Which are rife at this time of year.

Think about how you exercise

There are some major benefits for moving more. One of those being that it can help to increase your fitness. Moving more, in general, can aid weight loss as well as help with general health. There are many ways you can actively move more. One of the things you could consider is just to start walking. Or if you fancy something more energetic then join a Zumba dance workout class for fitness. Many people take great enjoyment out of it. Even switching up the music at home and having a dance around will increase your heart rate.

Consider your mindset

Thinking positively can be the first step to changing your mindset. It won’t be easy at first. Your mind will be so used to thinking negatively that it can be difficult to break that habit. So you have to think about every situation and thought more positively. Just until that develops into a new habit and the negativity is a thing of the past. At first, if you find yourself drifting into a negative thought, turn it around to be more positive.


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Drink more water

Drinking more water will always have amazing health benefits. Firstly, it’s a natural detox. So it naturally flushes your body of bad toxins. It can also increase energy levels and reduce tiredness. You will also see an improvement in your skin tone as water is a natural remedy for clearing your skin and reducing spots. It will also encourage your children to develop the habit of drinking more which will serve them well in the future. For adults that are looking to reduce their weight, increasing your water intake can be a great aid to this. Alongside all of that it can even help you sleep better. Overall, drinking more water can help you throughout your whole healthy process.

I hope this helps you get on track.


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Stationery for Every Stage of Your Life


We seem to use technology for everything nowadays: from the way we learn, to the way we make lists, right the way through to the way we communicate with our loved ones. But there’s still a place for stationery. In fact, there’s a place for stationery at every stage of your life, and for many of us, it holds a sentimental and functional value – whatever we’re doing! Not sure what we mean? Read on to delve a little deeper into the role that stationery plays…

Early Years 

Between the ages of 0 and 5 years old, your brain is learning a lot. A key part of this learning and development is played out with stationery, such as huge sheets of paper and pots filled with chubby crayons and craft materials. Not only does using stationery spark your imagination and flex your creative muscles, but using it at this age actually, strengthens your fine motor skills and develops your hand and eye coordination too: key skills that are vital for success as you grow older.

Primary School

Fast forward a little to primary school, and stationery takes centre stage. You’ll fondly look back on this time as one where you rummaged through your pencil case to pull out handfuls of colouring pencils, gel pens and dusty pencil sharpeners. A desk drawer filled with stationery is essential for completing exercises in the classroom, and you’ll find that your teacher’s seemingly unending supply of stationery can be used to create masterpieces for school displays.

Secondary School
At secondary school, stationery still has an important role to play. Suddenly, protractors, compasses and calculators are knocking around your bag for those intimidating maths and science lessons, and you might even have graduated to a fancy fountain pen with disposable ink cartridges.

University 

Despite the prevalence of laptops in lecture theatres, stationery is still essential at university. Sheets of lined paper bound within empty notepads are indispensable when it comes to jotting down the wise words of professors delivered in complicated lecturers. 
And you’ll get well acquainted with the benefits of highlighters, sticky notes and labels when you’re revising for your final year examinations. Just don’t forget to bring a pen and a couple of spares when it’s time to enter the exam hall: you don’t want to fall at the last hurdle!

First Job

Nothing welcomes you to your first job like a collection of brand new stationery on your desk. You’ll get to know your colleagues and figure out your new role while drawing on the usefulness of sticky notes, staplers, and – of course - a pen to twirl in each meeting.

Engagement

Finally, stationery seems to follow you through to life’s major personal events too. Perhaps you’ll end up writing your own wedding invitations on beautiful paper before popping each one in the post. Without a doubt, you’ll end up scouring the house from top to bottom looking for a pen to write the hundreds upon hundreds of ‘congratulations on your first home/baby/wedding/anniversary’ cards for friends and family. 

So, do you see? Stationery is practical, functional and sentimental: a constant presence in our lives and one that’s not going away anytime soon.


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Tips || Why Your Video Content Isn't Working


Video content is pretty inescapable these days. Since the internet saw its last major boom in popularity, businesses, Vloggers and humble social media users have all been posting their own videos in a seemingly endless stream. You probably know that video content can be an extremely powerful tool in the scope of modern marketing. What you may not know is why your content is failing! Here are some of the common issues you may be up against.

The first mistake you could be making is scrimping on the production values of your video content. Like many of our readers, you might be the owner or executive at a fledgeling start-up, with countless great ideas but very little resources at your disposal. Because of this, you may have decided to look for a cheaper solution to your video content, giving it to an amateur in the office or a freelancer with little credentials. Now, it’s important to remember that all great filmmakers start off as amateurs, hoping to start their own firm or get hired by a larger one like Rocket Productions. There may be some great ones out there. However, it’s also important to remember that video production is a very challenging learning curve and that you’ll usually get what you pay for when you outsource the job to professionals.

Another big mistake you could have made is going into the project with little in the way of a purpose or focus. Some business owners falsely believe that simply having video content out there can be a good thing. It gets your name and logo seen by more people, right? While this is true to some extent, any kind of content without a set goal in mind can be a massive waste of time and money. Once you have a specific goal you want to achieve, you need to make sure the video content itself has a clear focus which coincides with the quotas you’re trying to meet. All too often, I see inexperienced or headstrong marketers trying to cram their video content with every little bit of information they can. When you have a single message driving the whole thing, you’ll always see better results.

Finally, releasing videos that are too long. For a large chunk of your target market, life in this digital age is going to be very full-on. The next time you have an opportunity, have a peek over a millennial’s shoulder at their phone. You’ll probably see countless tabs open, full of sites and social apps which you’ve never heard of before. The modern consumer has countless little things they want to get back to, and they’re not going to have the time to watch a one-hour documentary on how your company was founded. This ties in closely with my point about your videos having focus. You need to grab your audience’s attention with one small part of your enterprise before they’re going to be interested enough to find out any more. Get back on your editing program and make some cuts!


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Business | Run A Shop, Avoid Stress, Make Money!

How difficult is it to setup your own shop? Actually, it’s surprisingly easy, and it won’t take much thought or effort at all. The first thing you’ll need to consider is what you want to sell. This could be anything from food products to clothing. But remember, your shop will need to be setup to accommodate for whatever you are stocking. Some things are easier than others. For instance, if you are selling food, you will need some sort of cooler facility. I recommend selling clothing as this is one of the easiest shops to set up. You just need some hangers, rails and the store is ready to go. I know I promised you a stress-free business venture and I bet you’re wondering how that’s possible. Well, there’s one solution I recommend.

Run It From Home!

You can run any business from home these days, and that includes a shop on the high street. You don’t have to be in the store to make sure that your business is a hit. You just have to make sure that you hire the right employees who can guarantee the best sales for your new company. If you appoint the right people in management, you won’t need to worry. Instead, you can just watch the profits pour in, quite literally.

If you set up a cloud server for your business all the processes in store will be viewable online. This includes your sales and your stock management. You can manage everything from the comfort of your home, even liaising with different e-commerce companies for supplies. Everything and I do mean everything, can be operated through mobile means. You can even set up wireless security so that you can see exactly what’s happening in your store. Your shop will be in the real world, but you can still be in your sunny conservatory watching the profits come in on your laptop.

Kit You’ll Need

You will need to a few things to get started with this business idea. You’ll need to kit out your store with storage equipment and furniture. You can buy all of this from an e-commerce company online. Make sure you shop around for the best prices and deals on this type of equipment. You don’t want to waste a fortune setting up your shop when you could have been saving.

You will also need the tech for sales, and you don’t want to invest in old tech. Make sure that you are the latest tills, terminals, and devices. A credit card terminal should be completely mobile in 2016. This will make shopping at your store as easy as possible for customers. The easier it is for them, the more sales you will see.

Buying The Online or Offline Store

Purchasing the store physically or online is probably the most stressful part of the business venture. After that, it can be smooth sailing. You need to think about where you should buy and the type of store you want. Don’t save money by investing in a store that is in a poor location. Spend a little extra and get a place that everyone will see on Saturday morning. That way, you can guarantee fantastic sales for your new business.

Are you interested in this possibility? With just a few months setup, you could have the business you’ve always wanted.  

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