The Struggle is Real

Hey I’m back blogging after the fun of the six weeks holidays.

So the struggle is real, what am I talking about? I’m talking about getting healthy and I prefer to say that than losing weight as I think getting healthy can incorporate not just a healthy BMI but also a healthy attitude to exercise, to eating better and to basically fuel your body for a longer life.

So why is the struggle real? Quite simply it shouldn’t be as whatever reason comes out of your mouth is an excuse and it has taken me a long time to realise this. Excuses are like bumholes as my husband says, everyone has one. I know because I have used them all;
The kids drive me to it
It’s been a rough day
It’s sunny
It’s the weekend
I’m on holiday
I can’t be arsed
I’m too tired

Which is your favourite?

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Most people live a life that is socialable and where you will often be tempted with treats and alcohol but incorporating small changes over time will lead you eventually to success and yes it might take a little longer but doing the yo-yo affect only leads to disappointment. Trust me I’m an expert on this. Jumping in with two feet and cutting everything out can get boring and can leave you feeling tired with  zero energy and then generally results in a chocolate bar or two slipping into your mouth.

So here are my top 5 top tips on how to incorporate small changes into your everyday life to help you on a healthier journey

1. Move more; get up and about every hour – a quick run up and down the stairs

2. Drink more water; a minimum 2 litres, simply carry a water bottle around and make sure it’s finished before going to bed

3. Eat more fruit and vegetable; ensure the 3 meals you have includes some fruit or veg including breakfast

4. Cook more; try new recipes that include different herbs and experiment as that keeps things interesting and exciting

5. Sleep more; there has been much research about the effects of lack of sleep and tiredness with the association with more snacking and eating junk food.

There you go, I hope this has been of some use would love to know if you too are trying to be healthier this year, connect with me (linktr.ee/shaz_crowley) and if this will help any of your friends feel free to share

See you next week,

Sharon x

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How to deal with Stress?

Stress, typically these days is part of most people’s life, especially mine. Being a busy mum, kids can send you roaring from 0-60 in seconds and with busier lifestyles than ever before, it is difficult to not feel that tension in your neck begin.

How do you deal with stress, do you have any tips or do you simply lose it or in my case reach for the wine. Whilst I understand as I get older both of these are not long term solutions and therefore I decided to do a little research to deal with stress a little healthier for all the family.

Thus let’s look at the top 7 best ways to deal with it and I would love to hear how you deal with stress, or which one of the 7 is your favourite.

  1. Chew gum; chewing gum is recommended to help lower the level of cortisol a known stress hormone.
  2. Colouring; the chance of doing something that doesn’t require a lot of attention or focus like doodling or colouring can bring a sense of calm.
  3. Change of scenery; if you find yourself in a stressful situation, try and go into another room or step outside as if you are closing the door on the situation and therefore reducing the stress.
  4. Focus on action; sometimes stress is caused by a factor that you can no longer do anything about; an illness, an accident. In this instance take action and on something you can do like considering tidy a drawer.
  5. Sing; belt out a tune, stick some music on and sing
  6. Concentrate on your breathing; the old saying of ‘count to ten’ certainly rings true here. Deep breaths will always reduce the stress and then consider adding in some meditation for extra relaxation.
  7. Pamper Time; spend 10 minutes a day minimum on yourself. Time to yourself is paramount, a book or a bath to help enjoy your time alone and ideal for assistance in thinking clearer.

 

I hope this has provided some value and do feel free to share. My go to as previously mentioned was alcohol and it certainly doesn’t help in the long run so I too will be putting some of these top tips into practice. Reach out if you use a better trick as I always enjoy connecting with my readers or connect with me here linktr.ee/shaz_crowley
Have a great week and I’ll see you next Monday.

Sharon

Why I love Network Marketing

Most people these days have heard of Network Marketing, Direct Sales or MLM, many have tried it with companies and it hasn’t worked out for them so why do I love it?

First of all, my situation. My teaching job that I gave up when my daughter started school, she has Down’s Syndrome and my hours included night classes, travelling and not always the same school holidays due to different boroughs. I wanted to be there each day to speak to her Teaching Assistant and I knew before and after school clubs wouldn’t be for her. So from a family perspective, I became a stay at home mum. However after always being a career minded person this didn’t sit too well and that is how I stumbled across working from home.

This was nearly three years ago and I haven’t looked back, why?
Here are my 5 top reasons

1. Simple, I earn money; it really is that simple in that for every order I place I earn commission. For each level both myself and my team achieve we earn a monthly income and if I work towards certain company incentives then that is more money again. This money means I have my own independence and I can use it on any treats I want so therefore not impacting on the family money.

2. I make new friends; being at home most days it can become hard to connect with new people, however with social media as it is I now connect with new people daily and often find that they turn out to be long lasting friends who I can chat too.

3. I love learning; Network Marketing really is a profession rather than just a hobby so recently I have started treating it like a business which means learning skills. Skills that are needed most are confidence and people skills. In this profession people share regularly their tips, advice, techniques and it is great to be part of this culture.

4. I am my own boss; I seriously work my own hours and take time off as and when I like. In addition to the school runs I can attend Sports Day, Assemblies, have lunch with friends and a pamper any time I choose without asking permission.

5. I see the future; so many jobs are no longer secure, so many shops are shutting down, so many companies are relying more and more on technology, in that our future of employment is changing. This profession has only just started and the future looks great.

I hope this has been of value, if you are in Network Marketing, do you agree with my five tips? Have I missed any points. If you are not happy with your current situation could this help you? If so, please get in touch and we can chat, what I do may or may not be a fit for you but we could still chat. Feel free to share if you agree.

See you next week
Sharon 

Energy All Day, Everyday?

Who wouldn’t like all day, every day energy eh, it may seem impossible but it isn’t?

Simple small changes to your lifestyle and your diet can start the process off and be supplemented by specific vitamins until you no longer need them. Some people know and understand this but still don’t make those changes. Let’s start together today.

Recently I have been of the mindset, you only live once, let’s have some fun and that’s great but as you get older, it gets harder to lose weight, harder to look fresh, harder to have energy throughout the day and I would rather feel healthy and energetic for many years to come than have a fun filled life for only a few years. What are your thoughts?

Here are my top 5 tips on making those small changes today,
1. Eat better, stop with the processed food and start to cook from scratch. Cook in bulk if you are busy in the week.

2. Plan in some exercise;  by planning it in your diary you are committing to it. It doesn’t have to be strenuous;  a walk, a cycle ride,  swimming all easy to access in the summer months.

3. Mindset; energy is positive so to make the most of it you need to be in the right mindset and have the right positive attitude and I can assure you it will make a huge difference.

4. Sleep; lack of sleep is a huge factor when it comes to energy and mood so stick to the same sleep patterns throughout your week and weekend.

5. Vitamins; vitamins these days no longer need to be a multivitamin as companies are producing them for specific people for specific issues. Make sure you are taking ones that will help you.

I hope you have found some value in this and over the next few weeks I will be going into each tip in more detail as this is simply an overview. I am on this journey with you, so please click follow and connect with me via linktr.ee/shaz_crowley
If I can help in anyway especially about the specific vitamins then reach out and I will see you again soon.

Sharon

The Power of Vitamins

Who doesn’t lead a fast paced life these days, even more so when you have a young family? It still surprises me as we have so much technology and things at our fingertips than in days gone by, but when speaking to my husband this weekend about it, he believes it is because we do more in one day than we did probably 50 years ago.

Therefore leading a fast paced life on a regular basis can lead to stress, tiredness and unhealthy habits such as junk food and certainly no time for regular exercise or ‘me time’. This is where the power of vitamins come in and I understand that they are not for everyone especially if you eat a well balanced diet. However for some of us, convenience and time seems to take priority.

Vitamins are simply compounds that our bodies cannot produce and we need to get from food but when you are not eating a balanced diet that is when you can start to feel sluggish, tired and irritable, to name a few symptoms. Unfortunately it is only when we feel this way we understand that we are lacking in certain vitamins, therefore I truly believe people should take vitamins before reaching that point.

Today I have been researching magnesium and have found that low levels have a huge  impact on both anxiety and depression which appears to be on the increase as certain statistics are showing one in five adults now suffer from depression. Other connections to low levels include headaches, insomnia and poor concentration to name a few.

Foods that are high in magnesium include seeds, nuts and oats. Therefore if you think you have low levels of magnesium increase the foods that have high levels of it and take a supplement. If you suffer with anxiety or depression and no one has mentioned magnesium to you, then I would speak to your doctor and get some. If this has been of some value, please do share and please reach out if you would like to know about the magnesium supplements that I recommend. You can reach me through any channel at linktr.ee/shaz_crowley

See you next week,
Sharon

How to stay motivated in Network Marketing.

Most people these days have heard of Network Marketing, other names for it includes MLM and Direct Sales but quite simply it’s the same thing. Lots of people have tried it for one of two reasons, they love the products or they want to earn some extra money; maybe even both. However many have quit and that is such a shame.

I feel this profession is just starting out and with more and more companies closing, job security is at a low so why not give the one thing that you can personally control, your all. Many are making their success and creating the life they want simply by giving it their all until they eventually reach their goal. Quitting isn’t the answer, learning the skills and taking action is.

So how to stay motivated in Network Marketing as it isn’t easy once your friends and family have purchased your products and the buzz starts to wear off, this is simply the phase where the work actually starts. Learn the skills and remember there are people in the industry, in your company too, that have made it, so why can’t you!!

Here are my top 5 tips to staying motivated.
1. Invest in Personal Development every single day; this is my biggest tip by far as this is how you will learn the skills; learn what to say, learn simple techniques, and learn how to keep up to date with technology

2. Have regular 1:2:1’s with your upline and your team; this will help you with action points and keep you focused to stay on track

3. Love your products; it is hard to recommend products that you don’t love or even use and your passion for them or lack of it will come across to your friends.

4. Go to events; this time last year I was at my company global event in Poland and oh my, seeing real people walk away with certificates, cars and stand on that stage was amazing. At events, leaders are born as they can see what the future has in store for them and it all becomes real.

5. Finally, believe in yourself and that this will work; this is a serious one and can take years for some to actually believe that it works, I’ve been there. Remember if someone in your company has already done it, then you can too, just follow these 5 steps to staying motivated daily until you reach your goals.

I hope this has been of value to you and if it has feel free to share.
If you have been thinking of joining Network Marketing for some time, then today is the best day to do it. I would love to have a chat with you so please get in touch (linktr.ee/shaz_crowley).

See you next week,
Sharon

 

Half Term Over and only 6 weeks left

Hey sorry I’ve been AWOL for a while and to be honest with you it has been because I have been a little confused about the direction to take this blogging malarky. Do I share my life with you, would you be interested or do I speak about serious, information, tips? lol Maybe you could help me.

So today, for now, I am going to share how much I have loved having the kids at home for the May half-term and how much more I have loved them going back to school today. I am not a horrible mum but I do crave and enjoy my own time and I am trying to run my own online business which is involving so much learning yet I love it. The fact that I can earn some extra cash for my little luxuries is a bonus.

The half-term was most enjoyable, helped by the weather and some lazy mornings. Spending time in the garden whilst working from my phone as the kids played was a bonus. But as you can see this from the above title, this is the last academic half term now and only 6 weeks until the dreaded summer holidays. The despair of six  whole weeks to fill  whilst keeping both fingers and toes crossed that the weather is kind.

Generally I do book a few days out here and there and balance it with a holiday and some freebies, like the park. If you are local to me, Manchester UK, and feel the same say Hi and I’ll send you the ‘What’s on Guide’ for children’s activities when I get it. I would love to hear from you if you feel the same as me, looming holidays. However, I do feel lucky though that I do not have to worry about child care these days given that is the main reason I left work but on occasions I do wonder which is the easiest.

On that loving note, any critic of the blog is most welcome. I’m here to learn as well as have fun.

See you soon,

Sharon

Why motherhood is like the fairground. Do you agree?

I thought about this analogy one morning last week, just as I had dropped the kids off at school. I started to question why motherhood is beginning to feel like I am at the fairground, I also found I could relate it to my online business but that’s another story. Let me share my thoughts to see if you agree?

First of all there is the roller coaster; as well all know motherhood has it’s fair share of ups and downs, from the emotional to the physical to the mental challenges it brings daily. However the unconditional love, early morning cuddles and token gestures from school often make me forget about the times I throw them to bed after a tantrum and a long day, hey it’s all about the fun.

Some days it feels like I’m on the waltzers and that I’ll never get off. Hanging on by a thread as there is no way I can get off, feeling green as I simply spin round and round and round and round, feeling like I’m getting nothing done except the feeling of nausea.

Then how about the ghost train? Scary times happen often as a parent, from the first fall to even a stint in the hospital it happens, expect it in motherhood and it won’t seem as scary.

But as they say it really is all about the fun of the fair, from the laughter, the giggles, the treats and the tears, us mum’s wouldn’t have it any other way and some even go back for more.

If you often feel like this, or it has struck a chord, then please get in touch as I would love to chat, I’m always connecting with other like minded mum’s to share insights and strategies for surviving the next few years.

Chat soon

Sharon

Is your man wearing the right aftershave to suit his personality?

Did you know that a fragrance on a man says a lot about his personality so the question I ask ‘Is your man or friend, or male family member wearing the right aftershave for his personality?’ A signature scent is an extension of a man’s soul according to Roja Dove.

If the man you know likes his scent citrusy  then he is probably quite sporty as these fragrances are clean, sharp and energetic. A Gourmand fragrance takes their cues from food as the notes are based around vanilla, chocolate & coffee notes. These fragrances have become quite popular recently and are for the sensual males.

Woody fragrances are usually sought by the solid and easy going and generally worn by married men. Oriental fragrances are for the hedonist male who love staying until the end of the party. Whilst Oud scents are for the self assured men as real Oud is an expensive ingredient.

Other male fragrance families are the marine ones which were huge in the 90’s and still going strong for the minimalist men and finally if your man like his sporty scents, these are very uplifting with spicy notes and worn by those that enjoy sports.

I hope you have found this useful, is it accurate? Please share with me your findings and if you know of someone that still hasn’t found their signature scent, share this with them it just might help.

Resource from fashionbeans.com

Sharon

 

Are you over 40 and enjoy a tipple, then you need to read this.

When you reach 40 and if like me, you enjoy a drink, experts are urging us to spare a thought on the damage our drinking habits are doing to our bodies. A recent survey found that 28%  of women over 45 admitted they drank as much or more than their grown-up children, also those 65 and over stated that they are most likely to drink on five consecutive nights each week.

Why does it feel like the effects of drinking are so much worse after hitting 40? Quite simply “The organs that metabolise alcohol such as the liver and the stomach shrink as you get older, so alcohol stays in your system longer,” says Dr Tony Rao, consultant old age psychiatrist at the South london and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

This could explain why you feel you now suffer from a two-day hangover  “Plus, the total fluid in the body is a lot less – we get more dehydrated as we get older – so because alcohol is distributed in blood which will be more concentrated, it won’t be broken down as quickly as it would in the bloodstream of a 20 year old.” It has also been evidenced that the brain is affected a lot quicker than the liver therefore drinking regularly can result in depression and moodiness, however the good news is that this can be reversed with 6 months of not drinking.

Alcohol also causes a flushing of the skin, causing flare ups of Rosacea and you may find you get spots after a night out, heavy drinkers tend to look a little worse for wear as the skin becomes dehydrated, this can then lead to puffiness around the eyes. In addition the excess sugars you’re consuming damage the DNA and collagen in the skin which can lead to more rapid ageing.

Alcohol can definitely have an effect on you if you are trying to lose weight given that it contains seven calories per gram, nearly the same as fat (9 calories per gram) and when you drink the body recognises its by-products as toxins and chooses to break these down first over the nutrients in food, explains nutritionist Robert Hobson, co-author of The Detox Kitchen Bible (Bloomsbury £14.99).  ‘ When the body gets round to metabolising the food, it may no longer require the calories, so they get stored as fat.’

So try to understand why you’re drinking and see if you can consider an alternative to help you relax, de stress and always aim to have a few consecutive nights rest.
If you have found this interesting, please feel free to share. I would love to hear your thoughts on alcohol as I personally do reach out to everyone that comments, do you notice it is having more of an effect on you as you get older? Finally if you would like my FREE guide “20 ways to de-stress and relax” then jot down your email and I’ll send it over.
Resource: The Telegraph
Sharon