Understanding the importance of goal setting is one of those things that you need to do if you want to be successful. Bill Copeland once said that “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score” and he couldn’t be more right. Knowing how to set goals for yourself is essential for making your dreams come true. Even though dreams can inspire you, goals can really change your life for the better. Goals are actually all about action and they help turn dreams into reality. Here are 7 tips on how to set realistic goals and still achieve your biggest dreams that you should consider.
Break It Down
Identify Possible Challenges
Celebrate Your Milestone
Goals Hold You Accountable For Failure
Share Your Goals
Goals Have A Cost
Do you know any other tips on how to set realistic goals and still achieve your biggest dreams? Share in the comments section below!
How many hours of sleep are you getting each night? Does it vary depending on your social schedule or what day of the week it is? Take note of what time you go to sleep each night and what time you need to be up by. You might be getting less or even more sleep each night than you think. Before you start putting these tips on becoming a morning person to work, make sure you keep track of your sleeping habits for a few days.
Waking up early sometimes requires some motivation. Are you trying to wake up earlier in order to work out or get more things done around your house before you leave? Whatever the reason is, reflect on the reasons why you want to become a morning person so you decrease the temptation to hit the snooze button on your alarm when it goes off. Getting up early and doing things early in the morning means you’ll have that much more time for other fun things once you’re done with the day.
In order to become a morning person, it’s essential to create a sleep-friendly environment for yourself. Make over your bedroom so it’s an environment conducive to a good night’s sleep. This means controlling the temperature in your room, 69 degrees Fahrenheit is said to be the ideal temp for sleeping, and make sure the room is dark at night. If you have to, change your curtains or move your bed so there aren’t any outside lights bothering you.
If you find it difficult to wind down and get ready for sleep, try creating a relaxing bedtime routine for yourself. Once you establish a routine, your body will start recognizing it as a sign to start destressing. Try taking a warm bath, lighting a candle, having tea, doing some deep breathing, meditating or writing down your concerns to help clear your mind. Everyone is different so maybe listening to music or stretching are better options to help you relax and get in the mood for bed.
Another way to make waking up early easier on yourself is to plan ahead. Plan and prepare your breakfast and lunch for the next day the night before, get your workout or work clothes ready and gather your work or school essentials so they’re ready to go in the morning. The same goes for the end of the day. Once you get home, unpack anything you no longer need and replace it with what you need for the next day to save time.
You might be tempted to want to wake up super early, but it’s best to take it slow. Try going to bed 10-15 minutes earlier than usual and wake up 10-15 minutes earlier and gradually increase the time. Starting small won’t seem like such a huge change it should be easier to do. Of course, if you’ve been waking up at a certain time for many years, even waking up 5 minutes early will seem like pulling teeth, but it’s totally doable!
Another one of the ways to motivate yourself to become a morning person is to eat a good protein-packed breakfast. Having something delicious to eat once you wake up can help make the task of waking up early a little easier and help keep you going during the day. Try starting off your day with healthy foods like oats, eggs or a green smoothie. You’ll be satisfied and ready to take on the day.
If you have no problems waking up early but need help staying up, try exercising early in the morning. Not only will you get your workout out of the way, working out will help wake you up mentally and physically. According to a study done by Appalachian State University, exercising in the morning can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety and help you sleep better at night.
Last but not least, as hard as it might be, try your best to be consistent in waking up early. This means waking up at the same time each day, even on the weekends and sticking to your new routine. Even if you slip up here or there, keep at it. Changing your sleeping and waking habits will take some time, but you can turn yourself into a morning person if you’re consistent!
One of the best ways to prep your skin for the change in seasons is with DIY scrubs. They’re inexpensive, easy to make and fun to use for soft, smooth skin. There is no reason to go out and buy pricey exfoliators when you can easily make your very own body scrub with the ingredients of your choosing and customize it to suit your personal skin care needs. So why not treat your skin to a good exfoliating treatment this weekend with one of these DIY scrubs!
2 parts white or brown sugar
1 part coconut or olive oil
½ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil or the gel from a Vitamin E capsule
1 soft, ripe banana
2-3 tablespoons of sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract or essential oil
½ cup of white sugar
1 part coconut oil
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
½ cup coarse sea salt
½ cup of coconut or olive oil
1-1 ½ teaspoon of lemon or orange zest (or a mix of both)
¼ cup sea salt
¼ cup of white sugar
1-2 tablespoons raw honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup of Epsom salt or sea salt
¼ cup of oil of your choice (olive, coconut, avocado)
Peppermint essential oil
1 tablespoon of peppermint leaves (optional). If you don’t have peppermint leaves on hand, you can use a tablespoon of peppermint tea leaves from peppermint tea.
Plastic Kerr jar
1 cup of white sugar
Avocado or olive oil
Essential oil of your choice
½ cup of finely ground oatmeal
½ cup of finely ground almond meal
Water or rosewater (You can also use witch hazel for oily skin or milk for dry skin. You’ll only add the liquid when you’re going to use the scrub)
You wouldn’t think that choosing a deodorant would be hard. The truth is that there are so very many choices, which can make it difficult to find the best one for you. After my second daughter was born, my go-to deodorant stopped working for me. It was not pleasant. With some trial and error, I found another one that is still going strong for me. You too can find the perfect deodorant for your needs by using the following tips to help you find what’s best for you.
Here’s what clued me in to the fact that my deodorant had stopped working. Suddenly, I was sweating all the time, which wasn’t normal for me. Once my new mom foggy brain cleared, it hit me that I needed a different product. If you sweat a lot, you probably need an antiperspirant rather than deodorant, which stops sweating rather than just masking the scent. If you only sweat when you’re really active, you can likely get by with standard deodorant.
The type of deodorant you choose is largely a personal preference. There are a few basic choices, including gel, stick, roll on and spray. I can’t stand the stick version, but am totally comfortable wearing gel deodorant. Try a few products of various types to find out which one you like the best.
3. Alcohol Content
Here’s why deodorant works. It often contains alcohol, which makes your armpits inhospitable to bacteria and germs that cause body odor. For the most part, that doesn’t pose a risk to you, but alcohol can be drying to your skin, so you might find yourself with itchy, flaky skin in your armpits if the product you choose has a high alcohol content.
I cannot stand baby powder scented deodorant! I don’t notice it on other people, but when I wear it, it’s all I can smell all day long. If you have scent preferences or aversions, it makes sense to give deodorant a sniff test before purchasing. You can usually get a sense of what it smells like by just taking the lid off, but not the hygienic cover on the actual product. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it!
The only real way to know if deodorant is going to work for you is to try it. Unfortunately, that means you might wind up spending money on a couple that just don’t do the job. If you’re looking for something new, pick up a couple of options. That way you won’t have to trek back to the store if the first one fails you. Fortunately, deodorant only costs a few dollars so you aren’t going to go broke.
It’s always a good idea to read through the ingredients list before buying any product you’ll apply to your body. That includes deodorant. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin or some type of contact allergy. If you worry about the items that make up deodorant, you can find natural versions or even make it yourself.
Remember when you heard that wearing deodorant would give you breast cancer? Research has since proven this wrong. However, some types do contain triclosan, a potentially harmful ingredient. For the most part, doctors say that wearing deodorant is perfectly safe and you don’t have to give it up to stay healthy.