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With the holiday season in full force, most of us have been focusing on putting together the best Christmas decorations that we can manage, the most delicious menu we could imagine, and the most exciting gifts that we can purchase.

We do all of this just to see a smile on the faces of our loved ones, and seeing them being so happy makes us forget about all the turmoil and the grueling tasks that we go through to achieve that picture perfect holiday.

However, while having a holiday plans discussion with a friend the other day, both of us realized that no matter how much focus we put on our family during the holiday season, we forget about a key member as well as their wellbeing and health in the process.

We were, of course, talking about ourselves: the mothers and the showrunners of the family who put their needs on the backburner even without realizing it.

And that is where I started thinking about all those times I advised another mom about what she should be doing for self-care and why it is important, while very subconsciously yet clearly refraining myself from taking my own advice.

That discussion led me to talk to other mommy-friends in my circle, and we all came to a stark realization: we look at ourselves through a lens that often tends to ignore us.

In order to not let that perspective take the better of you and make sure that you receive the best self-care just so you could be at your best for your family, here are a few tips that I gathered from those discussions.

Do Not Overwork Yourself

Whether it is the holidays or just any other part of the year, you like any other human being or any other member of your family need to have a balance between work and relaxation. Make sure that you are making a conscious effort to maintain a healthy balance between these aspects and not pushing yourself to exhaustion. Take some time out to rest, just like how you would advise your kid to do in their everyday life.

Do Not Ignore Your Health

Another thing I noticed in those personal discussions is how often we ignore our health and the precautionary measures associated with them. While we get our partners and our kids to regular health screenings, doing so ourselves is often pushed back with to the old “I’ll do it later” ideology. This behavior isn’t just restricted to mommies with a big family either, but also to single moms who push back crucial appointments such as those with a testing clinic. Whatever you do, make sure not to overlook this aspect.

Do Not Prioritize Yourself Too Low

While it is the sign of a good parent to put their children’s needs first before they do anything for themselves, there has to come a point where the line is drawn.

For instance, if you have been working with a problematic car for years in the hopes that you will change it one day while having your partner and kids get newer models year after year, then it is a sign that you are prioritizing yourself too low on the family chain.

Be kind to yourself and make sure that you get equal treatment within the other members of your family.

Do Not Feel Guilty About Working

The thought of being judged about not giving my best to my work while doing so for my family, and not being a good mom to my kids while I exceled at work always nagged me.

It was only recently that I discovered that it wasn’t just me who had gone through a few personal situations on these fronts, but almost all of us do so on a frequent basis – while dads are never held to that standard.

Keep a clear head on your shoulders in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and if you have to work hard to achieve a certain place in your career without neglecting your kids even if you cannot be there with them every moment of the day, then do not feel guilty in doing so.

Don’t Be Afraid of Asking for Help

For a surprising number of moms, the thought of being independent in raising their children is so overwhelming that they often tend to refrain themselves from reaching out for help from friends and family. This feeling can often cause us to feel alone, even when we are not alone in doing so. Make sure that you trust your ability to parent your child but also be confident in yourself enough to know exactly when to ask for help.

These easy yet profound approaches could very well go a long way into helping you take care of the one person who needs to take care of others: you. If you are not at your best, then your family gets disrupted. Make sure to exercise some much needed self-love from time to time.

As the Starks of Winterfell say “Winter is Coming”, and with winter comes the mass of people who want to avoid the cold by moving south. Every year thousands of people living in the northern states of the United States flock to the south for various reasons. Unfortunately, some of these northerners heading south are completely unaware what they’re getting themselves into. There are many differences between life in the northern portion of the U.S and life in the South. You might not realize it, but moving down south could result in a complete change in your lifestyle. These people who don’t know how exactly their life will change from the move tend to struggle with adapting to change. So, here are five things you should know about the South so you’re absolutely prepared for the big move.

The Climate

The South is a wide area, but the general rule is the further south you go towards the equator, the warmer the climate is going to be. You can say goodbye to cold snowy winters and say hello to mild winters. For most people this is the primary reason for moving to the South. Sometimes people simply can’t handle the cold anymore, so they pack up their bags and head for a warmer climate. It’s no secret that one of the biggest differences between the two regions is the difference in climate.

The Culture

One of the most interesting parts of the southern United States is its deep rooted culture. Culture varies from region to region in the South, but regardless of where you go you are sure to find some amazing pieces of culture. For example, in New Orleans you can enjoy the sweet sounds of smooth jazz and swing music. In the heart of the South you can catch football fever along with your new fellow Alabama and Georgia fans. Along the Miami coast you can enjoy the strong Latin culture that generations of Cuban immigrants have brought with them. Regardless of where you are in the South, you are sure to find some amazing pieces of culture that you probably have not been exposed to before.

The Entertainment

Entertainment in the South is very similar to the entertainment in the northern portion of the U.S. however there still are some slight differences. For example, if you’re planning on on looking for homes in Houston, Tx, then you’ll probably become accustomed to entertainment options such as rodeos. In contrast, other portions of the South such as Florida and South Carolina offer amazing beaches for relaxation and entertainment. Regardless of where you choose to go in the South, you can be sure that amazing entertainment options will be available to you.

The Natural Disasters

Although the climate of the south is perfect for most people, other aspects of the region’s weather can be dangerous and even potentially life threatening. By the coast, the threat of a hurricane during hurricane season looms large. As you move inland toward flatter land, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires are major threats. Regardless of what region of the south you choose to live in, make sure you are well prepared with emergency disaster plans.

The History

Although recently embroiled in messy controversy, the history of the South is strong and proud. Southerners revel in their history, and look to famous Southerners as local heroes and role models. While sometimes others may not always understand why they do it, Southerners take great pride in their heros and thus have built countless statues and memorials to them. Learning about the history of the southern portion of the U.S can be very interesting, as the region’s history is strongly embedded into the local culture.

Physical appearance is essential for most women. And one of the best ways to warm up a cold day is by introducing some sparkle to your style. Whether you are going to a wedding, office party, a vacation or simply having a comfy night in, how you dress can really define your mood. This is probably the main reason we invest so much on how we dress. There is a direct correlation between how we look and how we feel. And as shallow as this may sound, if something makes you feel better when you’re having a tough time then we say go for it! Every day there is a new outfit style and design out. If you want to look (and feel) fashionable then you can use these hints and tips on how to heal your mind by choosing the right accessories! You’d be amazed at how much comfort you can find in wellness jewelry, watches or a new pair of slippers!

What Jewelry Works for You?

One of the most outstanding accessories is jewelry made from  jewels, diamonds and all things sparkly. They include earrings, necklaces and rings. The right piece of jewelry depends on how you want to dress and feel. If you want to wear a white floral dress, it would be perfect to accessorize it with silver jewels. And if you are feeling a bit mentally down then there really is no better way to lift your spirits than with a fancy bit of sparkle. Remind yourself that you can make it through the tough times by adding some colourful pendants and bold golden styles into your jewelry. Even just picking out a piece of jewelry that you already have that means something special to you will help to heal your mind.

How to Heal: One of the best ways to help the healing process is by wearing wellness jewelry. This is jewelry that is made with specific materials such as quartz, rock, and stone that help to heal specific conditions or moods. Healing stones are a wonderful way to keep your symptoms in check and help sooth your mental state. Plus you can get promo codes for Daisy London – an online wellness jewelry retailer – which means that you don’t even have to spend a lot of money to start your accessory healing process. We’ve even put together a short list of which stones can help you heal…

Which Stones Will Help?

    • Rose Quartz: This light pink stone helps with compassion, tenderness and optimism. If you feel like these are a few qualities that you could do with then definitely look into buying some Rose Quartz.
    • Labradorite: This dark green and transparent stone is said to increase creativity and positivity. If you are in need of more imagination than check out this little beauty.
    • Amazonite: This beautiful turquoise pebble helps to bring relaxation and calmness into the individual that wears it. If you are feeling stressed or anxious then this is definitely the stone for you.
    • Amethyst: As one of the more well known healing stones, the amethyst brings protection to its wearer. If you need a little more security then the purple amethyst is a great place to start.

Watches

Nowadays, watches are more of an accessory rather than a product their intended purpose. Today, watches are made of different styles to meet accessory demands. You can buy a gold or silver watch to complement your outfit and boost your mood. They are perfect to show off when you’re wearing short sleeved or sleeveless dresses and tops. A good watch can be a great mood boosting accessory to have. Not only do they make you feel organised and in control, but they can also help you be time efficient. If you struggle to stick to times and it’s getting you down, a good watch is a great place to start healing your timelessness.

Top Tip: If you are in search of the perfect watch but don’t have a lot of money to splash out then you can make use of online promo codes to get your new bits for less. There are a range of online discounts available on plenty of different accessories so it’s definitely worth checking out. Not only will you be feeling better, but your wallet will too!

Shoes

Shoes are also a great way to cheer yourself up. You can wear the same outfit with different shoes to have a different outlook. Most ladies have unlimited pairs of shoes, and one of the most empowering and confidence inducing pairs is the mighty heel. If you are feeling a little worn or downtrodden then there really is no better remedy then slipping into some black heels and a dress and heading out on the town. Or better yet you can get into your best running shoes and exercise away any low moods, stress or agitation.

Top Tip: a new pair of shoes is a great way to lift anyone’s spirit, but if you are looking for something really healing then get yourself a brand new pair of slippers. There really is no better way to find comfort than relaxing at home with some hot chocolate and a brand new pair of fluffy slippers.

Whatever it is that you are struggling with, we hope that these healing accessories tips will help to alleviate your pain. Whether you are stressed, sad, anxious or grieving, these tips can help to reduce your pain and help you heal, even if it’s only for a little while. So take time to recover, give yourself some slack, and treat yourself to some comforting new accessories.

Relaxation, peace and fun are some of the appropriate words that describe what a holiday is or ought to be for our family. It’s a really amazing time for your family to connect and bond. To make memories and to laugh together. A family holiday is an important part of growing up, so it’s important that we get all those little things right. Holiday planning can sometimes come with a lot of confusion and stress. And figuring out what works best for you and every other member of the family can be a tough hurdle to overcome. So we have compiled four of our favourite tips for having the best family holiday.

Flexible Schedules and Last Minute Fun

It does not matter if you have a whole month, a week or just a weekend to go on your holiday. You are going to want it to be the right one. If you are looking to book a last minute holiday then there are always options available. Having a flexible schedule doesn’t have to be stressful, embrace the freedom of being able to jet off whenever you’re next free. What an adventure! With the help of Easyjet and Thomson Holidays time is never a problem. City breaks can always take care of your short holidays and fun weekends away. And all-inclusive seaside resorts can work perfectly for those longer vacations.  

Top Holiday Hack: One of the best ways that you can land the best family holiday deal is by being flexible, thinking last minute and relaxing into a potentially spontaneous trip. Landing a great deal is just as much about having a relaxed state of mind as your ability to stay organised and on the ball!

Airport Parkin

The security of your car should be one of your top priorities when going on holiday. To begin with, put in mind the size and weight of your luggage, especially when the children are involved. In this case getting to the terminal efficiently should be your top priority. Airport parking can be an expensive ordeal, but if you are traveling from any of the UK’s major airports then you can find some savvy online deals to get a reduced rate. For example, you can find loads of offers on cheap Birmingham Airport Parking online. Having your parking sorted at a lower price will give you the piece of mind that you need to really enjoy your family holiday!

Top Holiday Hack: If you are looking for a truly stress free and enjoyable family holiday then you can choose one of the more luxury ways of parking at the airport. A meet and greet service for example is a great hassle free way to park your car. A chauffeur will even park for you!

Plan Some Fun Activities

Family holidays mean fun, adventure and activities. Make sure that each person in your family gets to do something that they want to do. One day you could be rock climbing, the next sitting by the pool and the next playing volleyball on the beach. Either way, keeping your holiday jam packed with fun activities and games will keep you all integrating, bonding and making memories. Save reading a long book for a couples retreat or the partying for a girls holiday. Really utilise the time to plan family activities that everyone will enjoy. You’ll remember it for years to come!

Top Holiday Hack: Get each member of your family to plan their perfect day. This way everyone will get to enjoy the perfect day for them while the holiday becomes a versatile and varied adventure!

Health and Safety

One of the best hacks that we can give you when going on a family holiday is to think health and safety! Always remember to take out the relevant travel insurance for each member of your family. If someone is injured on your holiday you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that it’s covered. Don’t do anything too dangerous and make sure you always have safety in mind. It can be easy for kids – especially small children – to hurt themselves in the excitement and unfamiliarity of a new environment. Keep your eyes out for any young children and make sure they know to be careful.

Top Holiday Hack: Bring a small medical kit with you. A small kit of bandages, plasters, and relevant medical equipment will not only come in handy in the case that someone does have a tumble, but will also settle your mind. You’ll enjoy your holiday so much more if you know that everyone is safe and covered in an emergency.

Use these tips the next time you want to go on holiday and ease the pressure that comes with planning and preparations. You deserve the best deals in addition to having a peaceful and fun family time. Make use of a flexible schedule and  cheap airport parking deals. Plan some fun activities and never forget health and safety! These tips will help ensure that you have a wonderful family holiday that you will all remember for years to come!