7 Practical Tips for First Time Parents

7 Practical Tips for First Time Parents

Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding, exciting and, let’s face it, challenging life experience. It brings a plethora of emotions from joy to exhaustion and can even at times be overwhelming. There is this new life in front of you, that you love more than anything else in the world and you want nothing but the best for this new child. Then there is the great responsibility that can make you feel woefully inadequate and fearful that you might not survive this new challenge. The important thing to realize is that you are not alone.  All parents go through the same feelings of helplessness and inadequacy.  Your life is entirely different now and like all new beginnings, it can be difficult. The key is to be prepared and lean into a new perspective that will ensure you success in this new role. The following are some helpful tips on the care and feeding of your newborn and your new life. 1. Be Realistic You don’t have to be perfect. No one is.  All parents make mistakes.  Reach out for support from relatives, friends and get recommendations from experts that will keep you informed and educated.  The most important thing is not to let anxiety steal the joy. Listen to those around you, consider their tips and suggestions and most of all, trust your own instincts.  Respond to your baby’s needs when required and enjoy every small milestone of your baby’s day-to-day life.  Being a new parent is a challenging time but keep in mind how precious and fleeting this time is. Savor each moment and do what you can to not sweat the small stuff. 2. Record...
Physical, Mental & Spiritual Benefits Of Yoga

Physical, Mental & Spiritual Benefits Of Yoga

The benefits of yoga go beyond the immediate physical gratification of a workout; it can also provide a long lasting personal transformation. In our fast-paced world, both are vital. Spending hours on an activity that delivers few results can be incredibly discouraging and leads to eventual burn out. Yoga strengthens the body physically, re-charges the spirit and expands the mind producing long-term health benefits. Most people who practice yoga will tell you it’s not merely another form of exercise, it’s a lifestyle. The practice of yoga can help us to be still while also helping us to realign our posture and strengthen our core. Yoga’s deep breathing and meditation practices help shift our mind-set away from to-do lists, financial concerns and relationship struggles. Yoga helps relieve stress and unclutter the mind and get more focused. Overall Benefits One of the greatest benefits of yoga is that you can choose a style that is tailored to your lifestyle such as hot yoga, power yoga and relaxation yoga – just to name a few. Whether you prefer to practice at home, in a private session or at a studio or gym, there are several varieties of yoga to suit your goals and preferences. Yoga’s focus on strength training and flexibility are both greatly beneficial. The postures are meant to strengthen your body from the inside out, so you not only look good on the outside but you feel good inside too. Each yoga pose reinforces the muscles around the spine, the core of your body, in which every other movement is centered. When the core is working properly, posture is improved,...
8 Must-Have Tech Tools to Bring on Your Next Trip

8 Must-Have Tech Tools to Bring on Your Next Trip

With airlines adding more affordable flights to their schedules, traveling has become more accessible to a wider audience these days. The great part about visiting other destinations is that it allows us to taste exotic foods, acquire a global perspective and better understand cultures different from ours. Thanks to the latest technology gadgets, traveling is now much more convenient, safer, and enjoyable than ever. Whether you are a frequent flyer or a first-time traveler, learning to travel light will save you time and energy. Packing the appropriate tech gadgets is key in making sure you not only have a great trip but that you don’t over-pack with unnecessary items. We’ve come up with a list of top 3 tech gadgets that you will need the most while traveling. Navigation Maps and GPS (global positioning system) are of essential when traveling. This has revolutionized how today’s generation travels. With GPS you can easily find museums, parks, restaurants or other landmarks, whether you are traveling on foot, by train, car or bicycle. Apart from showing directions GPS also calculate distance, give traffic alerts as well as the best options for various modes of transportation. Translator Dictionary One of the cool features on your smartphone is the ability to translate basic words and sentences into different languages. There are several apps online that can be downloaded depending on the language or simply use Google translate. A translator or dictionary comes in handy when asking for directions, negotiating discounts, ordering meals or finding a restroom. Movies & Music There is no better way to kill time when waiting at the airport, bus or train...
7 Great Tips to Stay Fit When You Travel

7 Great Tips to Stay Fit When You Travel

Summer is here which means warmer weather, longer days, weekend get-aways or maybe that long anticipated vacation has finally arrived. You’ve worked hard all year to save money, get in shape and now here comes the reward. There is just one tiny wrinkle: our fitness achievements are now in jeopardy of going sideways the moment we see of an-all-you-can-eat buffet. The following are a few easy to follow tips that will still allow you to indulge a bit when traveling without going overboard (pun intended) and completely crushing your healthy diet and fit lifestyle. 1. Choose Foods High in Protein We tend to eat out more when we travel. For some of us this is the best part: partaking in new foods we wouldn’t normally eat at home. When eyeing those mouth-watering buffets and all you can eat menus, try and choose protein over carbs. This will help stabilize your blood sugar and curb cravings for unhealthy sugary foods or carb-heavy options. Plus protein will stay with you longer and give you the energy for that fun excursion or next item on your agenda. 2. Eat Small Amounts S-L-O-W-L-Y Research has shown we are more likely to binge eat when we travel. By limiting your calorie intake in a single sitting will give you the energy without feeling like you just lapsed into a food coma. Eat slowly, enjoy the ambience, savor the texture and unique tastes in your mouth. You may find you eat a lot less when you just take your time and truly enjoy the moment. 3. Pack Snacks When we travel, we don’t generally have the same access...
7 Simple & Easy Ways to Make Exercise a Priority

7 Simple & Easy Ways to Make Exercise a Priority

“Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent, yet underutilized antidepressant” according to Bill Phillips, an American entrepreneur and author. Not a surprising statement, considering recent statistics presented by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the WHO, the United States is now the 9th fattest country in the world. A staggering 74.1% are either overweight or obese.  The President’s Counsel on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) states that 28% of Americans, a total of 80 million people, age six and older are physically inactive. The compelling benefits of active lifestyle and the cost of inactivity is nothing new yet less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. That means only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. So why is it then are we so inactive? It may because we tend to think exercise as if it were work. In fact, some of us cringe when we just hear the word. We think of it as a dreaded chore rather than a fun activity that is beneficial to our emotional and physical well-being. We all want to live a longer healthier life but often we end up making one of these common mistakes: We over do it and don’t fuel up properly: complete a rigorous workout then indulge on junk food after  — and adding 1000 empty calories Run on a treadmill for hours (or any other mundane machine) and feel miserable after instead of choosing an activity that you enjoy Miss your morning exercise routine then put...