How To Trick Yourself Into Being Less Pessimistic
May17

How To Trick Yourself Into Being Less Pessimistic

Us pessimists like to say we are actually realists and that we try to avoid deluding ourselves with silly things like “optimism” and “a positive attitude”. But the truth is that keeping a constantly negative attitude about life is not only an obstacle for happiness, it is also a great way to rack up the stress, anxiety and all their unhealthy consequences. And don’t even think about saying “but that’s just who I am” because you can absolutely train yourself to have a better outlook in life until it’s as natural as smiling. 1. Avoid thinking about worst case scenarios Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, right? There is some true to that, but if you are having trouble with the “hope for the best” part, then you might be actually setting yourself up for failure. Expecting the worst in any situation will make you act like the worst already happened… and it will probably lead you to an unfavorable outcome. That’s what we call a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, try to think about “Okay case scenarios”. You know, you are probably not going to get the best possible outcome, but maybe you will get the bare minimum to avoid complete failure? Baby steps. 2. Get a mantra that works for yourself We all know that repeating “I’m a rockstar” or “everything is awesome” is not really effective because we don’t actually believe it. So trade your mantra for something you actually believe, like “things could be worse” and “I can totally solve this eventually”. At the same time, focusing on the parts of your life that actually bring you happiness can help you get through the day “this sucks but my kitty is waiting for me at home” can be the thing you need to endure that final presentation at work. 3. When you complain, be funny about it Humor helps us cope with even the worst things in life. Instead of whining to your BFF, find the funny side of your problems and laugh about it with her. You will make things easier for you, and it won’t be as annoying to your friends. Bonus points, laughing and smiling actually trigger actual feelings of happiness and positivity, even if you are faking it, brains are funny that way. 4. Be kind to yourself When you are thinking to yourself or talking about yourself, stop and ask this simple question: “Would I say this to my best friend or my partner?”. If the answer is no, it is time to find kind and loving words for you. You would never say to someone you love: “You are...

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Five Easy Tricks To Look Instantly Fashionable
May13

Five Easy Tricks To Look Instantly Fashionable

You want to look like you came out of a fashion editorial spread, but don’t have the time or the resources to keep a team of stylists making you look flawless every second of the day. Don’t worry, most of us are in the same boat. Luckily, all those people working in fashion magazines came up with a bunch of tricks to make models look fantastic that require virtually no effort at all. And you are about to find out what they are. 1. Roll up your shirt sleeves Go to your closet and throw away all your short sleeved shirts. Just do it. If it has a collar, it needs to have long sleeves. Of course, this doesn’t mean your poor arms have to endure the summer heat all covered up. Simply roll your sleeves up. But don’t just do it willy-nilly, there’s a proper way. Fold the sleeve in half and then roll the fold up the arm until it’s just below the cuff, that should be sticking out. You will look more polished and chic than by sloppingly rolling up the whole sleeve. 2. Push up your blazer or jacket sleeves It is extremely flattering to push up the sleeves of your blazer. It is extremely un-flattering to be fiddling with them all day because they keep coming down. The solution? A couple of humble hair ties. Place a hair tie (or rubber band) around your elbow over the sleeve. Push up and gather the sleeve so it falls over the tie, hiding it in a natural way. 3. Roll up your jean cuffs Fashion is all about tucking and rolling. Next time you pair up your favorite pumps or stilettos with a pair of jeans, roll up the cuffs. It will make the jeans look more tailored (especially if you are wearing “boyfriend jeans” or looser cuts) and draw attention to your pretty shoes. Fold the cuff up a couple of inches and then fold again to leave only a little bit of the hemline visible to get that “flawlessly flawed” look. 4. Only tuck the front of your shirt If you want to show off your belt or jeans without looking to “stuck up” or prim, do a “mullet-tuck”. Simply tuck in the front half of your shirt, leaving the back half out. This look works best with jeans and collared, long-sleeve shirts. You will get an informal look that will flatter your figure and won’t make you look sloppy. 5. Tuck half of your shirt Another improvement to the regular tuck. Simply tuck in the side of your shirt that is under the...

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How To clean Everything In Your Makeup Bag
May09

How To clean Everything In Your Makeup Bag

You probably never thought about all the germs and bacteria that can accumulate in your makeup products but the truth is that you are definitely not cleaning them as much as you should. And cleaning and sanitizing everything in your makeup bag is not only, better for your health, it is also super satisfying. Eyelash curler – After many, many uses, your eyelash curler probably has a good buildup of old mascara, even if you rinse it a bit after every use. But you can wipe all that gunk right off with the help of a lighter. Hold the flame near the curler to heat it up for a few seconds. Then, wipe it off with a tissue. The heat of the flame will melt the old mascara so you can wipe it off, but it will also kill all the bacteria living in it. Of course, this method will not work with plastic curlers, as they can melt. Metal only! Lipstick – You don’t need to “clean” lipstick so much as “sanitize” it. Lipstick is a great place for virus and bacteria to hang out, multiply and get you sick. This is why you should freeze it. Once a week or so, stick your lipstick tube in the freezer overnight to kill all the bacteria and germs. The next morning, take it out and leave it until it reaches room temperature before applying it. Pressed powders – For obvious reasons, you won’t be able to wipe your pressed powders clean, but this doesn’t mean you can’t disinfect them. Find a small spray bottle and fill it with regular rubbing alcohol. Spritz it (lightly!) on your powder cosmetics and leave them to dry to disinfect them. Now you can put them on your face without worrying about germs. Makeup brushes – Good quality makeup brushes can last a lifetime, but this doesn’t mean you should deny yourself that “brand new” feel. Mix two parts of baby shampoo with one part olive oil. Pour into a small plate with a little bit of water and pick up the mixture with your brush. Swish it around a bit to get a nice lather going and then rinse thoroughly with water. Gently squeeze the excess water out and then let air dry, propping the handle of the brush so it’s higher than the bristles. As good as new. Metal tools – Scissors, tweezers, pencil sharpeners, clippers and even nail files. All your metal tools should be disinfected. You only need rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs and patience. Use the swab all of your tools with alcohol, making sure to get all the nooks...

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Stop Social Media From Ruining Your Self Esteem
Apr28

Stop Social Media From Ruining Your Self Esteem

Social media is part of our lives, there’s no denying it. It has become one of the pillars of our culture and it’s the easiest way to share your life with people. However, researchers are finding that excessive use of social media may lead to low self esteem and depression, especially in young people. And it’s not difficult to see why. When we spend a large amount of time staring at other people’s seemingly perfect lives, some insecurities are bound to arise. Why not me? What am I doing wrong? How can I compete with that? The good news is that you can still enjoy social media without taking a hit for your self esteem. It just requires a little shift in perspective, and you will end up more confident as a result. Have you ever heard the phrase “The reason we are insecure is because we compare other people’s stage performance with our behind-the-scenes”? This is doubly true for social media, because people curate the best moments of their life to post about on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other site. Nobody Instgrams a picture of that bunion they are taking care of or posts a Facebook status on their grocery shopping. (And if they do, they are annoying contacts and you probably block them). So keep this in mind: Nobody’s life is as good as their Facebook timeline. Another thing you have to keep in mind is that happiness is not a limited resource. And neither is success. Other people’s achievements do not diminish your own, and just because somebody has a happy life, that doesn’t mean you can’t be happy as well. Now, being aware of those simple truths, you can start shifting your attitude towards social media. Turn comparison into inspiration. Instead of beating yourself up because your makeup is not as great as that one girl’s, pinpoint what is it that you like about it, and think of a way to incorporate it in your life. Instead of criticizing yourself for not volunteering at a pet shelter like that old friend of yours, ask him how you can get involved. But the most important thing you can do is focus on your life and be proactive. Realize you have things to be happy about too and be grateful for them. Researchers show that gratefulness is one of the things that set happy people apart. Make a list of all the things in your life you are grateful for. Make it a habit to remind yourself of them when you are feeling down. And maybe post about them on social media! And if you still...

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The Three Types of Acne And What To Do About Them
Apr21

The Three Types of Acne And What To Do About Them

Not all acne is created the same, even if all different kinds share their awful inconvenience. When you see a couple (or more) spots on your face, you are probably only thinking about how to get rid of them. And the hell with letting anyone see you with them just hanging out all over your face! But knowing the different types of acne can help you find the appropriate treatment. 1. Teen acne Teen acne. The great equalizer. No matter who you are, no matter where you are. You will get it. It’s pretty much unavoidable. Your body is changing, producing all these weird hormones, adjusting to a new metabolism… Acne is a byproduct of that. Accept it as a fact of life and focus on treating it. There are things you can do to reduce its impact (like taking good care of your skin), but you will wake up to red spots on your face often enough. You can treat it with over the counter gels and creams. Look for products with Benzoyl peroxide, that will help kill the bacteria that produces acne. Other than that, exfoliate and cleanse your skin regularly, but remember to keep it hydrated and protected from the sun. And wait. Puberty doesn’t last forever. 2. Adult acne This isn’t fair. You paid your dues. You went through puberty already, you are a respectable member of society, with a job. Probably a blazer or a two-piece suit as well. You are not supposed to get acne anymore! If you want to enjoy the years between spots and wrinkles, you have to pay attention to your skin. Figure out what is triggering your spots. Make sure your make up is non-comedogenic, so it doesn’t clog up your pores. Change your pillow case every night (it really works). Cleanse your skin regularly and hydrate it. And stop touching your face. Your hands are filthy and bring nasty bacteria to your pores. When you do get the occasional spot, because you will, treat it topically. Find an over-the counter treatment that works for you, but avoid Benzoyl peroxide, as it has irritant effects on adults. 3. Chronic acne Even if suffering from acne is perfectly normal at any age, there comes a point where it becomes a medical problem. The occasional spot is expected, but when you are getting consistent, serious breakouts, it might be time to consult a doctor. Your dermatologist will work with you to determine the causes of your acne and the best course of action to treat it. For this, they might prescribe you strong drugs like Accutane, but make sure to discuss...

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Baking For Health Nuts: How To Substitute Ingredients
Apr14

Baking For Health Nuts: How To Substitute Ingredients

You like to eat healthy because keeping your body working as it should feels good. You also like baked goods because duh! Who doesn’t? Is there anything better in life than eating? But this doesn’t have to be a dilemma for you, thanks to the magic of substitution. Here is a helpful guide so you can slightly tweak your favorite baked recipes, to enjoy that sweet taste in a healthier way. Flour The backbone of almost every baking recipe, flour is hard to replace. But not impossible. If you are making brownies, for example, you can substitute one cup of pureed black beans for one cup of flour, for a gluten-free, protein-packed brownie experience. For your cookies, cakes and pancakes, replace one third of a cup of coconut flour for every cup of flour in the recipe. The only thing you need to keep in mind is to add an extra dash of water and an extra egg per ounce of coconut flour to keep the consistency of the dish. This will result in sweet goods with lower calories, more fiber and gluten free. Finally, if you don’t want to replace flour with any extreme alternative, simply sub your regular kind with whole-wheat flour. The flavor will not suffer and we can all use the extra fiber. Eggs Want all the fun of baking in vegan, egg-free form? It can be done, I swear! The obvious choice is to substitute one egg for one tablespoon of flax meal (mixed with three tablespoons of water and left to sit for ten minutes). This will result in a fiber-rich, omega-filled experience with pretty much any recipe. If you want to try something outside of the box, replace one egg for one tablespoon of chia seeds left to sit in one cup of water for fifteen minutes. You will get a vegan muffin, cake or cookie recipe with as much protein as you can wish for. Sugar Baked goods are nothing if not sweet, but that flavor doesn’t have to come from your regular white sugar. For example, in any recipe that will work with some added apple flavor, substitute one cup of unsweetened apple sauce for one cup of sugar. You will enjoy delicious apple cookies, muffins and cakes with seven times less calories than you normally would. Remember that now you will need to reduce the amount of liquid in your recipe by one quarter cup. For non-apple lovers, you can replace two tablespoons of sugar for half a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract in almost any sweet recipe. This will cut out 400 calories per cup of sugar, and...

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