How To Manage Your Time

Time management is such an important skill to have. Being able to effectively manage your time has the ability to affect your life in many positive ways, regardless of whether you are working, studying, etc.

I found that I was good at managing my time in high school when other students had to stay up late to finish their homework, but I was done before dinner and maintained good grades. Honestly, I just wanted to be able to relax for the rest of the night. Then I started working online and had to take my time management skills even further since the only thing that mattered was my productivity.

Now that you have some back-story, let’s get into it. I hope that the following tips will help you manage your time more effectively.  Continue reading

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Integrating Yoga Into Your Fitness Routine

Now that we’ve touched on the beneficial whys of incorporating yoga into your workout regime, it’s time to talk about how. Please note that I am not a fitness expert and you should still do your own research (especially if something doesn’t feel right). This is simply a combination of what I find works, and what I’ve researched myself.

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Are You Guilty Of These Weight Loss Mistakes? (Part Two)

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  • Drinking too much alcohol

Alcohol metabolizes differently than other beverages and foods. Unlike the calories that we get from proteins, fats and carbs, alcohol is seen as a toxin and the body and therefore requires no digestion. The calories turn into body fat and are stored in the body. Alcohol contains empty calories, dehydrates your body and can lower your inhibitions – causing your hard (diet) work to go to waste.

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Are You Guilty Of These Weight Loss Mistakes? (Part One)

Losing weight isn’t as easy as it sounds. It is even more difficult when people have false ideas regarding the best ways to go about weight loss. Here are some of the most common mistakes that people make when trying to lose weight.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Drink Water In The Morning

We all know that drinking water is good for us and that we should strive to drink around 8 glasses of water on a daily basis. Many of us aren’t aware that drinking water first thing in the morning, upon waking up, is one of the best ways to start your day. There are numerous therapeutic benefits to chugging down a glass of water when your eyes first open.

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How To: Declutter Your Living Space

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Why do we hold onto things that we don’t need?

For many of us, it is a habit that is hard to get rid of. As I cleared my living space over the past few days, I realised I had been harbouring so many things that were no longer of any use to me (around four large garbage bags in total). Old clothes, shoes, sentimental items, floppy disks (!!), posters and other junk. I was inspired to clean up since the new year is starting (as per the Chinese calendar) but after this experience I will keep assessing my items and getting rid of things that are no longer of use. The following are some tips to decluttering: 

Don’t overwhelm yourself

Unless you have a completely free schedule and plan on surrounding yourself with a big mess for the time it takes to declutter, I would suggest approaching the process in increments. Start with the closet, a shelf, or any designated area, so you don’t look at the huge pile and go “oh no way, this is daunting. Dum dee dee, let’s just put everything back where it came from…”

Pile by pile

Start with a single pile with all the stuff from a certain area. Then sit down and go through the pile (it’s heaps better with music to accompany you, by the way), making two piles: those to keep and those to get rid of.

Ask the right questions

Is this of any use to me?

When was the last time I used it?

Will I REALLY ever use it?

According to your answers, donate, recycle or throw away the things you don’t want or need anymore. I made another pile before donating and throwing away by asking those close to me if they wanted any of the items – what might not be good for you anymore might be perfect for someone else. 

If you’re anything like me then you will want to do this fast and thoroughly. Over a few days, my living space was clean and decluttered, which has left me feeling fabulous! Some people will want to do a few minutes a day, some hours. Find a way that works for you. Even after I thought I was done, I realised I should give it one more go – and I ended up getting rid of one more garbage bag full of stuff!

Don’t worry about achieving perfection. 

Just do what you can to simplify your life and make space for the things you love, let them breathe and enjoy your new, clutter-free space! 

How To Cat/Cow Fluid Movement

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This is my favourite morning yoga pose. It’s great for stretching and really starting your body up, as well as allowing you to listen to what your body needs. You can feel your way into this movement and make your own variations (as to how deep to go, how far out to stretch, etc). Listen to your body.

Start by going on all fours. Wrists under the shoulders, knees underneath the hips. Press up and out into table top, whilst extending to the crown of the head.

Inhale cat/cow, bringing the heart forward, allowing the stomach skin to stretch. Travel the spine slowly, slooowly. This is a morning routine after all.

Exhale and move your way up from the tail by pressing up and out of the tops of your feet and your palms. Release crown of the head. Repeat.

Inhale into table top. Curl your toes and walk fingertips towards your thigh tops. Inhale. Open palms and shoulders to reach up above you. Exhale to release back. Rest the tops of your feet back down and sit on them whilst widening your knees. Go back onto all fours.

Reach fingertips forward. Come forward, scoooping. Inhale. Exhale and extend child’s pose, then continue inhaling and exhaling whilst rounding the spine and creating a fluid movement from left to right, or right to left. Allow the movement to be slow and fluid and feel how your body wants to move.