Tips for Thriving as You Adapt to Life During and After COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people around the world. Even with restrictions lifting, many individuals continue to struggle. The United Nations has even warned of a global mental health crisis as a result. Whether you are getting back out into the world or prefer to seek comfort in your own home, it’s important to take care of yourself during this time.

Making your mental and physical health a priority is paramount. That said, you aren’t in this alone. There are many tools and resources available to help you, even if you aren’t ready to leave the house yet. Read on for tips on how you can ensure you are looking and feeling your best as you adapt to life during and after COVID-19.

Revamp your home.

Your home should be a place that brings you comfort and makes you feel safe. Clearing bad energy from your home will create a more positive space. If you notice you’re feeling anxious or your family is arguing more than usual, it’s time for a deep cleanse. Open the windows to let in light and air, use a sage stick throughout the house, and get rid of clutter.

Pay special attention to the bedroom. Creating a relaxing environment here ensures you get the rest you need at night. According to The Age, as many as 40% of Australians don’t get sufficient sleep. Aim for at least seven hours per night. To make sure this is the case, eliminate extra light and noise from the room. You can buy blackout curtains and a white noise machine, for example.

Set new fitness goals.

If you’re still having trouble sleeping, ramp up your exercise habits. Physical activity will help ensure you are tired when the time comes to catch your zzzs. Exercise also promotes mental and physical health and is known to combat depression and anxiety. Setting goals can motivate you to work out harder. If you currently run one mile every day, for example, aim to increase it to two.

Look good for yourself.

If you’ve been spending more time in sweatpants and less time wearing makeup, you may be feeling the blahs. When you aren’t socializing as much or dealing with work-from-home stress, it can be hard to motivate yourself to put on a nice outfit or do your makeup. However, finding something stylish to wear, fixing your hair and trying a new eyeliner technique can make a big difference in your mood. To make sure you follow through, splurge on the mascara or eyeshadow collection you’ve been eyeing, or sign up for a new beauty subscription box. That little bit of pampering will go a long way

Tackle your anxiety head-on.

Anxiety isn’t just unpleasant mentally. It also impacts the body negatively. Anxiety can lead to headaches, a racing heart, difficulty breathing, upset stomach, and loss of libido. Be proactive about keeping anxiety at bay. Exercise is one way to help. You should also avoid triggers like alcohol and caffeine, which tend to worsen anxiety symptoms.

If you are still struggling, don’t be afraid to seek professional help. Mindfulness health and wellness coaching is one option. Mindfulness combats anxiety by forcing you to focus on the present moment. You can learn practical approaches to avoiding anxiety, like breathing exercises and meditation.

Find ways to socialize.

Another important step to combatting anxiety is to socialize. Seeing friends and family reminds you that you are supported and loved. Socializing is also proven to have concrete health benefits. It can lower your risk of dementia, for example, and even contribute to a longer life. Even if you are still socially distancing, find ways to connect—for example, via video calls.

With these tips, you can start paving the path to a healthier and happier life. The COVID-19 experience has been difficult but if you prioritize self-care, you will find yourself thriving. This guide is a good starting point. And for more resources and inspiration to help you with the struggle, visit Exquisite Emmalisa today.

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Sweet Sunday Smoothie


I have started to create more of a healthy ritual with a particular smoothie which was created by “The Beauty Chef”. I came across their Instagram and Facebook page and immediately felt like I needed and had to have the products!!!

Here I want to share with you my recipe of a delicious Sunday smoothie which was originally was from the Get up and Glow Smoothie but I took out a quarter of a small-medium ripe avocado, 2 Brazil nuts and freshly squeezed juice of 1/4 of a lime.

Combining healthy gut nourishing fibre and clean plant based proteins this smoothie is equal parts delicious and nutritious. With the goodness of antioxidant-rich fruits and the Glow Inner Beauty Essential – which contains bio-fermented Probiotic whole foods to support healthy skin, hair and nails.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup (100g) mixed frozen berries

1 teaspoon GLOW Inner Beauty Essential

1/2 scoop BODY Inner Beauty Support (vanilla)

3/4 cup (180ml) unsweetened almond milk, or your preferred nut milk

1/4 cup (60g) coconut yoghurt

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth

And voila!

A berry Sunday Smoothie!

Emmalisa

How to Stay Fit on the Road


Developing a workout routine is easy when you’re not constantly travelling. Going to the gym a few times a week becomes a regular part of your schedule, but only until you hit the road. Whether you start travelling for work, or just you just feel the need to explore new destinations, you can easily neglect your fitness routine. In order to prevent that from happening, you should do your best to always fit a workout session into your travelling itinerary.

Pick the right hotel

If your budget allows it, book a hotel that offers a fitness centre. That way, you can work out as efficiently as you would back home. With appropriate facilities, you could do cardio, bodyweight exercises, stretch and dedicate an equal amount of time to every body part, for the best workout. Aside from hitting the treadmill, lifting weights and spending time pumping the iron, make sure you also use the opportunity to go for a swim. It’ll help you stretch and relieve neck pain or backache caused by uncomfortable travelling.

Make the most of the outdoors

Sometimes a little bit of fresh air can go a long way. This is especially true when it comes to working out, because some people feel much better after they’ve spent half an hour running in the park than after breaking a sweat at the stifling gym. Therefore, think about getting up early in the morning, picking up your workout clothes and running a mile to start the day on the right foot. Not only is it a cost-effective solution, but it’ll also offer you a chance to take a look at the city you are visiting, which you might not be able to do otherwise. What’s more, use the opportunity to combine exercising with sightseeing, and do a race walking session while you’re getting to know a new place.

Bring the equipment with you

When you’re packing for a trip, make sure you don’t forget your workout equipment. It’s essential that you pack your comfortable bodybuilding clothes, so you can get the best of your workout. Also, don’t forget a jump rope and a resistance band. A small Pilates ball can be a great companion on your trip, just make sure you deflate it so that it can fit in your luggage. Leave your weights at home because they are too heavy to carry them with you, but don’t worry – water bottles are a great alternative.

Work out in your room

If you didn’t get lucky enough to find the hotel with a gym, you can easily transform your hotel room into a workout room. Use chairs for side planks, and feel the burn just as strong as you’d feel at the gym. Use the sofa in your room for doing push-ups, and unpack the jump rope and resistance bands from the suitcase and start your workout right in your hotel room. If you prefer an outdoor session, you can also use the terrace in your room. Whether you opt for stretching, resistance exercise or Pilates, the terrace can be a great place to feel the burn.

Don’t slack off too much

If you’re travelling only for the weekend, skipping your workout session won’t be too bad. As long as you don’t go more than two days in a row without exercising, you’ll be fine. However, if your trip will last longer than two days, it’s vital that you don’t neglect your workout routine because it will be more difficult to get back in shape once you’re back home.

Physical activity is essential for our well-being, so it’s paramount that we work out at least three times a week. Therefore, even if you’re constantly travelling, or you’ve decided you need a longer vacation, make sure you stick to your workout plan even when you’re on the road.

Contributing Writer, Diana Smith

7 Habits of Women with Great Skin


You have probably heard people say that someone “just has good skin”, but the truth is that behind that seemingly perfect, smooth skin is a stable, well-balanced skin routine and self-care, without which, no matter how good your genetics, you wouldn’t be able to have good skin. So, let’s see what are the seven most important steps to having a flawless skin routine.

1. Cleanse

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The most important part of any skin routine is to first get rid of any impurities that have collected in your pores and on the surface of your skin during the day or while you were sleeping. Use a gentle cleanser like the Clarins cleansing milk to remove impurities without being too hard on your gentle skin.

2. Choose your cosmetics carefully

We live in the day and age when most of the things we use every day are filled with all sorts of chemicals. But for certain things, like the food we eat or the products we apply to our skin, we want to make extra sure that they’re as natural as possible, to give us the best results. Organic, all natural brands like Tammy Fender are great options and they will give you the best results, while also not hurting our planet.

3. Get enough sleep

Many of us lead active, non-stop lifestyles, and are often left having to compensate for that fact, like taking supplements because we don’t have time to eat or putting concealer on the bags under our eyes because we didn’t get enough sleep. But the truth is, there is no product in the world that can do for us all the things that a full night’s sleep can do. It will not only replenish our energy, but give our skin time to recover and rest.

4. Apply sun protection

Everyone likes to put on a tan, but if you’re not careful, you can seriously damage your skin just by being in the sun. Let’s break it down: the vitamin that you get from the sun is great – not just for your skin, but for your whole body. However, the sun is not what it used to be, and the rays are now more harmful than ever. This is why it’s extremely important to use a product with the high SPF, every single day. Use a primer like Nars multi-protect, or apply sunscreen during your makeup routine.

5. Hydrate

For glowing skin, it is crucial to be well hydrated, inside and out. Hydrated skin has more elasticity, fewer wrinkles and its own special glow. There are two main things you should do: First, drink a lot of water. The 8 cups per day are just a minimum, so make sure you carry a water bottle around with you and drink whenever you feel thirsty. Secondly, you should always be using a good hydration cream. Products like The Body Shop’s Nourishing night cream are great to put on before you go to bed, while lighter options like Estee Lauder’s Daywear is the perfect thing to apply in the morning before putting on makeup.

6. Regular treatments

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Having a daily routine is important, but sometimes our skin requires extra care. Consider making it a part of your monthly or quarterly routine to go to a professional cosmetician for a treatment of your choice that will improve your skin and give it a boost. But for a more regular schedule, getting a good scrub like the Cosmedix Purity Detox scrub will allow you to exfoliate your skin more frequently. Make sure you don’t do it more than every third day, because you risk taking off too much of the top layer, and always follow the instructions on the product.

7. Healthy habits

It’s no secret that beauty comes from within, and the same goes for health. If you practice healthy habits, eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and exercise regularly, your skin will show the glow and radiance of health. Avoid eating oily and greasy food, since it can clog your pores; and avoid dehydration to keep your skin glowing.

Of course, some skin types are prone to acne and other blemishes, but as long as you are doing everything in your power to have healthy, happy skin, you can show it off to the world and be proud of it.

Amy Mia Goldsmith

Lifestyle Blogger

Amy is a regular contributor to Highstylife.com and elegantluxelife.com

And has also contributed to a number of publications including Stuartsays.com, Sifascorner.com polishedpolyglot.com and glitzandglamourmakeup.co.uk

How to be a healthy woman


“The first wealth is health”:

Living a healthy lifestyle should be a top priority for all women. And sustainable health can be achieved through simple steps. The infographic below helps illustrate the issues women should be most aware of when trying to get and stay healthy. These include understanding the differences between men and women, staying active, keeping a clean diet, and practicing mindfulness.

Create fantastic healthy days with the info below.

Enjoy!”

Continue reading “How to be a healthy woman”

Watermelon “Wonder” Juice


For an excellent kickstart to the year, I have decided to drink more juices this summer! I like to create my own using the NutriBullet. I am a fan of this wonderful new innovation. It leaves you feeling clean, new and refreshed.

The following is a small recipe of what I did today for lunch! It mainly consists of watermelon because it is my favourite fruit!! 🍉🍉🍉 🍇🍇🍇

Watermelon
Ginger (a very small piece)
Grapes (small bunch)
3 prunes
Almond Milk
Water
Ice

It tastes amazing and is brilliant for summer time!!!! It would be great to google a couple of juice recipes to keep you going.

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I would say that the NutriBullet is a great investment as it mixes the fruit better than a normal blender would. I would totally recommend buying it as it is worth it!!!

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There are so many recipes online that you can find!! And when you buy the NutriBullet it has a booklet of different juices to choose from. It’s even got protein dinners and “vibrant” vegetarian dinners and salads for lunch, which I want to try the Cucumber Salad!! There are soups and you can even make your own snacks!!! Veggie snacks and nutty snacks!!!

There’s NutriBlast recipe ideas which I will try some time this week!!!! I like how the program uses 50% vegetables and 50% fruit. So you get a balanced diet out of it. So to get the most out of life, you need to get the most out of your food and that’s what this 6 week transformation plan does for you.

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So, I hope you find a plan that works for you and that you learn to keep healthy this year!!!!

Exquisite Emmalisa

Have you got any health goals this year?