How Lack of Sleep Can Trigger Food Addiction

Love food? Love sleep? Don’t we all! However, recent research has found that a lack of sleep can result in overeating and weight gain (as well as a number of other health issues!) – meaning that getting those 7-8 hours a night are even more crucial than we thought. 

How does it work? Well, naturally, a lack of sleep makes us feel lethargic – so what do we crave? Sugar! We’ll crave chocolate bars, crisps, practically anything with a high sugar and fat content, just so we can last the day.

A recent study published in the Sleep journal found that young, healthy adults who only had on average 4.5 hours of sleep per night had higher levels of ghrelin in their system (the hormone which tells you that you’re hungry and increases your appetite) compared to the levels of leptin (the hormone which tells you that you’re full and therefore reduces your appetite). Snack consumption was therefore greater in comparison to those getting the recommended 7-8 hours.

So, the next time you find yourself craving endless amounts of sugar, it’s not a lack of willpower that’s doing that – it’s most likely due to a chemical imbalance after a restless night.

Photo Credit: Paul W via Flickr

Photo Credit: Paul W 

What can you do for better sleep?

In a world where technology rules our lives, it’s hard to shut off and say “tonight, I really am going to get that early night,” but you owe it to yourself and your health to do it.

Here’s some tips to get you reaching for the pillow and not the chocolate:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Turn off all technology (TV!) at least an hour before bed
  • Don’t go to bed on a full stomach, make sure you eat around two hours before bed
  • Use a blackout blind to create a dark environment that tells your brain you’re ready for bed
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Vote Easy in the Gentle Parenting Awards 2016!

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Easyblinds are up for the Gentle Parenting Awards for a second year in a row! Having won the Gold Award last year for our newest portable blackout blind, easynight, we are now entered in four categories for our top two selling blinds:

  • Best Nursery Product – easyblackout
  • Best Sleep Aid – easyblackout and easynight
  • Best Travel Accessory for Under Ones – easynight
  • Best Travel Accessory for Over Ones – easynight

So, if you’ve been impressed by our products and how they’ve revolutionised your sleeping pattern for you and your family, we’d love to gain your support! Gentle Parenting are also giving away a batch of baby goodies, so get involved and have your say in one of the biggest parenting and baby product accolades of the year!

Since 2002 we’ve worked to bring you the best quality blackout blinds to give you and your children #easysleep. Our blinds are easy to use, effective and affordable.

Easyblinds has been made by Mums for Mums for more than 14 years, and it’s thanks to our loyal customers that we’ve made it this far!

Voting closes at 5pm on Sunday 14th February.

Please click here to access the Gentle Parenting survey site.

Thanks for voting! And don’t forget to share your thoughts with us on Twitter and Facebook!

The easyblinds team

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Posted in Miscellaneous, Sleep Experts

How to stick to your New Year resolutions!

It’s January 2016 – a brand new fresh start where we promise ourselves we’ll be healthier, happier and more productive. After a few too many mince pies and Yorkshire puds we say that we’re going to hit the gym and “this year it will be different, here’s to the new me!” only to hit the mid-January slump that echoes the end of Christmas and an end to the novelty that this year we’re genuinely going to stick to our New Year resolutions.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! More often than not, the reason we don’t keep up with our New Year resolutions is because they become less of a priority; i.e. we forget about it. At least until someone asks you about it or we eventually reach the next Christmas only to be reminded that somehow we’ve got the same resolution as the year before…

Here are a few steps to make sure you do reach those goals; whatever your resolution, with a little bit of effort, 2016 can most definitely be the year for you!

Stick it out – literally!

If your resolution is a physical one – like most of us, losing weight and eating cleaner – then you’ve got to find ways of reminding yourself of why you wanted to make that change in the first place. What do most of us do when we’re getting ready? Look in the mirror, of course! Stick some sticky notes on or around your mirror (or anywhere else it’s likely to catch your eye!) with some motivational phrases and reminders so those determined feelings that had you ready for change on January 1st will stay with you.

sticky notes

Put it in the diary

If you have a diary, use it, if you don’t, get one. With busy lives it’s hard to make time for even the things we know we must do to help ourselves. However, it’s how you prioritise that makes the difference; if you want it, you’ve got to make time for it. Whatever the resolution, whether it’s the gym or starting/maintaining a new hobby, allocate some time each week in your diary for it in advance so you know you’ve got no excuse.

2016 diary

Do it together

You’re more likely to stick something out if you’ve got a friend/family member involved so ask around and see if you can find a New Year resolution buddy. You’ll help each other so when one of you is slacking or feeling like giving up, the other will motivate you to get back on track.

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Make it fun

If your resolution isn’t fun, chances are you’re not going to continue with it, so either make it fun or reward yourself for every month you’ve stuck with it.

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Get more rest

The more rest you have, the happier and more motivated you’ll feel the next day, increasing your productivity, drive and enthusiasm. If you’re feeling lethargic and groggy, you won’t achieve your goals. Be good to yourself; have those early nights, get your 7-8 hours of sleep and wake up early, ready to face the day. Trouble sleeping? Try one of our recommended blackout blinds – the easyblackout Velcro® kit – it’ll have you drifting off in no time!

woman in bed

Got any tips of your own? What are your New Year resolutions? Share them with us on Twitter or our Facebook page!

Good luck! Here’s to a fantastic 2016!

happy 2016 new year

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Create a cosy home this winter!

It’s that time of year again – Christmas shopping, whipping out the winter coat and making sure a pack of tissues follow you wherever you go. There’s lots of reasons to love the winter season, including wrapping up under cosy blankets with your favourite festive DVD and an abundance of yummy treats. But winter’s also the time of year we see our heating bills skyrocket, leaving us either shivering to save turning on the thermostat or shuddering when we realise what we’ve got left to spend on shopping for presents!

There are a few ways to ease the hassle, so take a look at these few tips to prepare your home for a cosy winter…

Draught excluder

draught excluder

Unfortunately we don’t all have warm fires to toast ourselves in front of, but these do certainly come in handy for keeping the heat in. Perfect for your kids’ bedroom when they grumble about feeling cold during the night. Plus they look adorable!

Electric blanket

Electric blanket

Now, you may think these are more like practical gifts for the grandparents but unless you’ve tried it you just won’t get it. So many people swear by this for keeping snug during the chilly nights (including us!). You don’t need to have this on all night, in fact it burns a lot of electricity if you do; all you need is to pop it on a little while before you head to bed and then switch it off once you’ve crept in – you’ll feel as snug as a bug in a rug and drift off swiftly without having the havoc of tossing and turning until you’ve made yourself warm.

Blackout blinds

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Blackout blinds’ main purpose is to block out the light to help create a sound environment in which to sleep – whatever your age. Whether it’s the night job that makes these a necessity, helping your kids to maintain a health sleep routine or preventing street lights from interrupting your beauty sleep, they will absolutely do the trick. However, during these dark days it’s more the lack of light that’s the problem than too much of it. But they’re still super effective – just in other ways. Easyblinds’ blackout blinds and blackout materials are great insulators; with heat reflection technology they keep rooms cool in summer and warm in the winter!

Left-over oven heat

oven

Many of us do this naturally whatever the season, but if you don’t it’s definitely time you stop wasting your left-over oven heat! Once your meal is finished cooking and out of the oven, keep the door open and let the warm air out. Some people even turn their oven on and do this without cooking instead of turning on the heating!

Microwavable toys/hot water bottle

hot water bottle

Like the electric blanket, this is a fantastic way to get cosy and microwavable toys are a great choice for kids to get them comfy (and off to sleep!).

Scented candles

candles

Much less for keeping warm and more for creating a relaxed environment – plus this time of year you’ll have all sorts of festive smells to have permeating your cosy home!

How do you stay cosy during winter? Tell us on Twitter @easyblinds or on our Facebook page.

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Get motivated with meditation

woman-meditating-on-the-beach

 

Admit it – you don’t relax enough. Don’t worry, we’re all guilty of it. In fact, if it wasn’t for our body’s necessity to sleep, we’d probably never give ourselves the chance to recuperate and rest. And in this day and age with all of the distractions and responsibilities, it’s more important than ever to take a few moments each day even to just sit back, relax and breathe.

Meditation, unlike what we all tend to think, doesn’t have to mean sitting in an awkward position with some vanilla incense burning away in the background whilst we try our best to quiet our mind to the sound of the ocean. For those who aren’t used to silence or trying to relax your thoughts, it can be difficult, but I can promise you – once you’ve embraced it you will reap the rewards.

meditation on beach

Photo by Michael Sweet

Whether you’re facing a tough patch in your life or you’re just looking for a way to feel more at ease, meditation is for you. No matter how busy you think your schedule is, you can take a few moments each day to try some easy steps to cleanse your mind and organise your thoughts and priorities, simply by stepping back and allowing yourself to be calm. Ever found how when you walk away from a situation and you come back to it later (sometimes from a long sleep) and suddenly it doesn’t seem as bad any more? It’s the same idea. Have you ever considered that maybe the severity of the situation hadn’t changed but it was, in fact, the perception you had of yourself being able to handle the situation that changed?

Motivation, or a lack of it, is something we all experience. But, as the old cliché dictates, we are in complete control of what happens to us in our lives. And meditation is great because it helps you to relax and be confident and motivated about your decisions. I can guarantee that a decision made in haste won’t always work out, but a decision made after some alone time is something you won’t regret doing, e.g. think of Yoda – meditation definitely had to be one of his secret weapons!

On top of this, meditation has also been found to have the following benefits:

  • lower blood pressure
  • improved blood circulation
  • less anxiety
  • increased feelings of well-being
  • decreased stress

So here are a few tips to get you started…

1. Find a place that’s quiet and comfortable

You could be lying on your bed or sitting on the floor, out in the garden – whatever works for you. Don’t worry about having a completely silent environment as that’s sometimes near impossible, and the ability to drown out your environment and not allow external sounds to dominate your thoughts is actually a sign of successful meditation.

2. Be patient and start with just a few minutes at a time

Usually, the more anxious you are as an individual, the longer it will take you to get used to meditation. This could be because of stress and your impatience to see results. Start with just a few minutes at a time and just focus on slowing your breathing. Check out some meditation podcasts you can listen to.

3. Start with a mantra or focusing on a visual object

You may at first find it hard to clear your mind, but it’s important to focus on only one thought at a time. If you’re struggling, try breathing deeper and slower and close your eyes. If something is worrying you, try some mental exercises, for example visualising your problem as an object that you can put in a box and watch it float away. Allow your mind to open and go wherever your imagination takes you – almost like dreaming, except you’re in control and you’re awake. The more you do it, the more you’ll get used to it and feel comfortable with your thoughts and your ability to deal with them.

4. Try to meditate at the same time every day

Typically, we only really stick to something when it becomes a part of our routine. Doing it every day means that you’ll give yourself this time without allowing the day to get ahead of you. Even if you are feeling motivated, still do it, don’t only turn to it as a moment of “me time” during a rough patch – if things are going on and you’re having a good day, reflect on it, think about your goals and what you’re grateful for.

5. If it’s not for you, try some other relaxation techniques such as walking

If you find that it’s not quite for you, why not try taking a long walk to relax and have some alone time? It’s great to get out there and breathe the fresh air, as well as get some exercise. Experiment and see what works for you. Maybe it’s yoga or taking a run – as long as it motivates you and makes you feel more positive, energetic and in control as a result then it’s worth it!

meditation on rock

Let us know how you get on or share your tips with us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

 

 

Posted in How To Get A Good Nights Sleep, Miscellaneous

How to live a longer and healthier life the easy way

1. Sleep more!

Sad man holding pillow and the clock

 

It’s a fact, sleep helps you feel better and healthier. Ever see that person at work slumped over their desk looking like there’s a storm cloud above their head? Chances are that person isn’t getting the recommended 7-8 hours a night that they need. Not everyone will need 8 hours a night, but what’s important is that the sleep you do give yourself is consistent and you wake up feeling refreshed rather than groggy and lethargic. This bedtime calculator is fantastic; it tells you what time you should plan on waking up at to feel the best you possibly can by calculating the number of hours you’ll be getting and therefore where in your sleep cycle you will be when you wake. Those who wake up during deep sleep are more likely to feel like they need another night’s kip even though they may have even had the recommended amount of rest! Sleep more and reap the health benefits in the long term. Our blackout blinds do wonders for people’s sleep, especially those who struggle with outside light!

 

2. Eat less. Drink more water.

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The amount we eat can sometimes cause as much emotional damage as physical. How? When you’re unhappy or stressed out you’ll crave sugary and fatty foods to give you the energy you desperately need, and most likely because it’s a comfort. This then turns into a vicious circle of gaining unnecessary weight and continuing to feel dissatisfied and so we go on to eat more. Overeating can cause an unbelievable number of health risks, including diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure – the list goes on – but on top of this the emotional dissatisfaction can lead to depression – all of which hinder you from living the healthier and better life you deserve. Brits are one of the growing populations that overeats; most of us were brought up with the thought that we’ve got to finish what’s in front of us. By all means still stand by that, just make sure you’re watching how much you’re putting on your plate in the first place. Feeling cravings? Fill yourself up on water. Gasping for a fizzy drink in the heat? Pour yourself a tall glass of iced water. You’ll feel healthier, hydrated and more energetic – the perfect ingredients for a longer and healthier life. 

 

3. Watch less TV.

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People who spend more time sitting down, inactive and in front of their television or computer, are more likely to develop obesity and depression. Unfortunately, whilst living in the Internet age has its benefits, it’s also resulting in many people choosing to sit at home rather than getting up and exploring what’s around you. We don’t all love exercise, but there are activities we can all find fun in that mask the fact that we’re even exercising. Think back to when you were at school or when you were more active – what did you do that you enjoyed? Maybe it’s cycling or playing badminton down at your local health club? Whatever it is, make the time and you’ll find yourself wondering why on earth you waited so long to pursue your hidden passion. You can always watch the latest series of Law and Order after you’ve got back home!

 

4. Know when to relax.

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In today’s world, everything is so fast-paced, we rarely give ourselves the time we need to relax and recuperate. We’re always giving ourselves these goals we have to reach, but never actually tell ourselves ‘you’ve worked hard today, give yourself a break’. In order to live a longer and healthier life, you’ve got to know when to relax and when a situation is out of your control. Ever find that if you’ve been writing something for a long time, eventually you reach a mental block and just have to walk away? And then on returning you pick out a bunch of mistakes and somehow all these bright ideas spring to mind? Don’t just apply that to writing or your work; apply it to life. Just taking a moment to gather your thoughts and clear your mind will do wonders for your mental health as well as physical; when you’re stressed out your heart beats faster and you’re more likely to develop high blood pressure, headaches and a host of aches and pains. Relaxing slows your breathing and heart rate, and releases endorphins to help you feel happy, more positive, and at ease. It doesn’t have to be something like meditation or yoga; even if you take 10 minutes a day to shut yourself away and listen to some of your favourite music, you’re doing yourself a world of good.

 

5. Stay connected to friends and family.

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More often than not as we get more tied up with our busy lives, we forget the people that matter most. Don’t lose those close connections, and even if you feel as though you have, never feel like it’s too late to reach out and reconnect. Friends and family are those that we share and build memories, they’re the ones that put the smiles on our faces. Why not pay it forward with a little charity or voluntary work? You’ll meet some amazing people, have priceless experiences and get to put a smile on other people’s faces as well as your own. Most people find that they feel happier when they’ve helped another person, so theoretically the more people you help and interact with, the happier you feel!

 

6. Keep the alcohol to a limit.

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This needs no introduction as to why it’s a hindrance on living a long and healthy life, but unfortunately we don’t always take notice of the advice! It’s usually after a long day that we say we’ll ‘reward’ ourselves with a nice glass of wine, which can sometimes add up to a little more than that…Of course, you don’t need to completely cut it out – a little once in a while does no harm. But alcohol units easily build and eventually translates to multiple hangovers and unnecessary weight gain, as well as numerous illnesses. Over time our liver does recover, but if you keep replenishing it with heavy drinking over long periods of time, you’ll find you’re doing your body long-term damage. Women, in particular, are advised to drink less alcohol than men because generally they have less body mass than men, therefore they have less tissue to absorb the alcohol. Men are advised to have between 3 and 4 units a day (basically 1.5 pints) and women are advised to have 2-3 units (175ml, or in other words, a small glass of wine). Cutting down on alcohol will help you feel healthier and more energetic as you won’t be taking in as many toxins, so give it a go and feel the benefits!

 

And there you go! 6 top tips to help you live a longer and healthier life. Have we missed any that have made a significant impact on your life? Message us on Twitter @easyblinds or on Facebook! We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New mum? Here’s what you should be eating!

Becoming a mum is one of the best things in life we can look forward to, but it can also be one of the most strenuous challenges we face. It’s important to remember that in order to be keep our energy up, we’ve got to look after our bodies and our well-being. On top of that, breastfeeding mums need to make sure their baby is getting enough of those important nutrients!

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So what foods should you be eating? See below for the top 5 foods every new mum should have in their diet!

1. Wholemeal rice, pasta & bread

In general it’s great to go wholemeal as it’s full of fibre and essential nutrients which keep your energy levels up and your digestive system in a healthy condition. According to Top 10 Home Remedies, it increases breast milk supply and quality so it’s great for new mums to have in their diet!

wholegrain

2. Lean beef

As a new mum your energy levels from lack of sleep, breastfeeding and being constantly on-the-go are going to be depleted, so you’ll need to keep your iron intake up. Lean beef is full of iron, vitamin B12 and protein to keep you feeling strong and healthy.

beef

3. Salmon

Most of us don’t eat nearly as much as we should when it comes to fish. Salmon is one of the healthiest types of fish to include in your diet, especially as a new mum since it’s packed with nutrients. According to  Top 10 Home Remedies it contains a fat called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which helps to develop your baby’s nervous system. It’s also been found to prevent and alleviate postpartum depression.

salmon

4. Eggs

Another great source of protein, eggs (especially the yolk) are full of vitamin D, which helps with the absorption of iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Eating this on a regular basis will help to keep your bones healthy and will aid in developing your baby’s as well.

eggs

5. Porridge – Wholemeal Cereals

Porridge is brilliant because it’s full of fibre to keep your digestion healthy and regular, and it releases energy slowly throughout the day so you’ll feel energetic for longer. It also fills you up so you’ll feel fuller and won’t overeat. It’s also great for bones as it contains calcium from the milk and vitamin A helps with immune boosting – exactly what your new baby needs.

porridge

 

What foods would you recommend as a new mum? Share them with us and the rest of the parenting community online – find us on Facebook or @easyblinds on Twitter.

 

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5 foods to transform your health and well-being

With the stress of everyday life, it’s hard to snap out of the autopilot of buying the same foods over and over again at the supermarket. And being stressed, we’re always going to crave sugary foods to keep us feeling satisfied.

But there’s something you should know. It is possible to enjoy food and stay healthy. OK, yes, you probably have heard that one before – but like so many, we just don’t do it.

Take a look at these 5 amazing foods and see what they can do for you.

1. Fresh herbs are, in fact, not just for adding great taste to your spag bol  Many of them actually have a calming effect on the body. Sage and basil are known for reducing tension and encouraging sleep. Cinnamon is also brilliant, especially for lowering blood sugar levels. Why not add a stick of it into your cup of tea, it’s great for you and tastes delicious!

cinnamon

2. Coconut oil is a miracle of nature This works wonders in all kinds of ways; cook with it, rub it in your skin or your hair, use it for weight loss – the list is endless. It’s high in something called lauric acid which is beneficial for heart health and is rich in antioxidants to fight off premature aging and degenerative diseases.

3. Stinging nettle tea. Yeah, that’s right – So this is a bit of a strange one, but it’s something everyone should know. This is definitely not something you want to put weed killer on. You can buy nettle tea or make your own and in doing so, you’ll find a whole host of benefits. It’s great for pregnant women as it strengthens the foetus and also promotes milk production for lactating. It’s also great for menstrual cramps, bloating, reducing hypertension, helping skin problems – down to effectively treating the common cold.

Via http://www.herbalteasonline.com/nettle-tea.php

Via http://www.herbalteasonline.com

4. Aubergines are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – Add some of this purple power into your diet for more vitamin B1, B6 and potassium – great for managing your cholesterol and your weight, and has also been found to benefit brain function. Plus they can be used in an array of different ways; enjoy them in salads, stews, tagines, curries and much more!

5. Go nutty for almonds – According to research from Medical News Today, almonds have been found to decrease appetite, promote heart health and healthy cholesterol levels. There has also been a study which found that eating a handful of nuts a day could help you live longer and reduce the likelihood of developing life-threatening diseases such as heart disease and cancer. So if you’re looking for a light snack, why not swap these every so often with your favourite chocolate bar?

almonds

So there you have it! What foods have really helped to improve your health and well-being? Share them with us on our Facebook page or @easyblinds.

Happy healthy living!

 

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6 Tips to get you motivated and back to the gym!

With spring finally approaching and summer not too far around the corner, it’s time to start putting our new year resolutions in action and actually get healthier!

Being a mum is sometimes like being on a permanent diet or a long-winded marathon, but too often than not we’re not treating our bodies the way we should.

So here are a few tips to get us motivated. Share your tips with us @easyblinds.

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1. There’s never a right time…

With busy lifestyles, it’s difficult to get into a fitness regime, but I’m sure most of us can agree that there’s pretty much never a right time. The first step to doing anything we feel we don’t have time for or don’t particularly feel motivated for is to just get started. Once you go, even for half an hour, you’ll feel better and that will set you up for wanting to continue on. Get yourself some sticky notes and keep reminders around the house so you’ll definitely remember! After the first couple of sessions are under-way, the rest will follow!

2. Establish why you’re doing it

It’s time to stop thinking of heading to the gym as a chore but more as a time for you to chill out and have some “me time”. When you haven’t been for a while, the gym can seem more time-consuming than worth-it but once you start going, you’ll feel healthier, fitter and happier. Remember, exercise releases endorphins (the hormone that makes you happy!) so if you’re having a rough day, swap a night in front of the telly for a gym session.

3. Drink more

If you start forming healthier habits, you’ll find yourself feeling more motivated to get to the gym. Drinking more water is great for feeling revitalised, making you feel less lethargic and more in the mood for a workout.

4. Get more rest

Exercise is great for doing two things a) helping you sleep better and b) making you feel more energised. Seem contradictory to you? It is, but it’s true. Use exercise to help kick-start your day or feel the benefits of a great night’s sleep after an evening workout. However, if you’re not getting enough sleep in the first place, you’re less likely to feel enthused to do it! Sleep experts recommend 7-8 hours a night. Struggling to get that? Try a blackout blind! See our customer reviews to find out how our blinds have helped them create a sleep sanctuary in their bedroom.

5. Get your friends involved!

Studies show you’re more likely to stick to an exercise regime when you’re with friends. Make getting fit fun and plan regimes with your friends and you can help each other stay motivated.

6. Do what makes you happy

If the gym isn’t for you, don’t do it. Do what works for you and makes you feel the most comfortable. Take up a sport or head to your local fitness centre for a swim – find what you like and you won’t need to build up the motivation, you’ll want to do it anyway.

Enjoying the sun

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Top 5 habits of a healthy lifestyle

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We all make promises to ourselves at the start of a new year to take new opportunities, start a new hobby, learn a language, maybe – but above all, we all promise to start being healthier. So why doesn’t it work? Simple. We’re just too busy. But did you ever wonder how some people manage to stay healthy and fit even though they have a busy lifestyle? The trick is to make a lot of little changes and make it a part of your life and not just a diet. With these five tips you won’t just be healthier, you’ll be happier too. So let’s look at some easy steps you can take to reach a healthier you…

1. Leave a little on your plate

Healthy people are motivated and know when enough is enough. Unfortunately, one of the main reasons for an ever-growing waistline is just eating even when you know you’ve had enough. Try leaving a bite or two on your plate or resist the urge to take a second helping. If you think you’re hungry, wait half an hour and see if you still do.

2. Don’t eat late

We’re more likely to gain weight if we eat late at night because during this time we’re less active. Snacking will only fill you up with calories that you don’t need. If you are hungry, try drinking some water or snack on some fruit, dried fruit such as apricots or some nuts. We usually tend to want to eat more when we’re in front of a television, so if the cravings are coming on strong, try turning it off and distracting yourself with another activity or, as the next point talks about, get an early night.

Via http://www.bettaliving.co.uk/

 Via http://www.bettaliving.co.uk/

3. Get your 7-8 hours shut-eye a night

The average adult gives themselves approximately 6 hours of sleep a night, losing around a whole night of sleep every week and 364 hours in a year! That’s a lot of lost kip. For new parents, the hours lost are almost double that. Whilst it sometimes might seem like it, sleep is not a privilege or a gift – it’s a necessity. Studies have shown that memory, basic cognitive function and overall health and well-being are all affected by sleep. If getting sleep is hard for you at the moment, find ways to improve this. Follow our tips to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary, try napping during the day and get yourself a blackout blind kit. Our blinds block out 100% of the light to give you an environment fit for a well-deserved snooze.

4. Find ways that suit you to de-stress a little more

Mental health is just as important as your physical health, and your inability to relax as often as you should could be a big part of your unhealthy lifestyle. If you’re feeling happy, you’re more likely to make healthier decisions. Opt for some yoga or try running – exercise doesn’t just keep you fit, it releases endorphins, making you feel more positive. Perhaps start a new hobby or keep a journal – whatever it is, find your ‘thing’ to de-stress and try to avoid making that just doughnuts and DVDs!

smiling-yoga

5. Do something that makes you happy at least once every day

This is similar to number 4, except you should do this whether you’re feeling stressed or not. Happy and healthy people understand balance and reward themselves. If your aim is to lose weight and you’ve done extremely well so far, give yourself a break and don’t push yourself to the point that you’re hating the process. You’re more likely to stick with something if you’re enjoying it, and you’re more likely to stay happy and healthy if you do things you love. Try and give yourself at least 20 mins of time every day to do something you want that will make you happy. Even if that’s just lying down and listening to silence. And smile more – just like exercise, that releases endorphins, too, but it involves less effort!

There you have it! Try these five simple changes and let us know how you get on. Have any healthy tips of your own? Share them with us on our Facebook page or @easyblinds.

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