Finding a new interest is a great way to re-boot your life. With hot months creeping up on us, it is important to find an activity to keep yourself busy so you are not locked up in your air-conditioned home. It is crucial to have a proper work-life balance. Balancing your work and life means making time for work, making time for family and friends, and making time for yourself. You may not think you have a lot of free time on your hands, but that is probably because you are spending too much of your free time gossiping with friends instead of exploring your hidden talents.
There a number of hobbies you can choose from that will suit your creative abilities. Whether you enjoy them alone or with your friends and family - it’s a fabulous way to express your personal interests and to change your mood and mindset. Finding a new interest helps enhance your creativity and sharpen your focus. Let’s face it, when was the last time you learnt something new? When you are really doing something you love, you lose sense of time and enter what is called a ‘flow state,’ which restores your mind and energy. Signing up for something fun doesn’t have to cost you your shoe money! Work out your budget and tweak your interests accordingly. If you’re a foodie, experiment with cooking and find your inner Nigella Lawson. Invite friends over for dinner parties and show-off your culinary prowess. Fitness fan? Take a walk down to one of Dubai’s glorious beaches before it gets too hot. It’s great for your mind and keeping yourself active. If you have some extra cash floating around, why not take up photography - there are plenty of beginner courses and what better way to capture the vistas here in the Middle East. Check out: www.gulfphotoplus.com
Re-assess your mess
You are probably tempted to buy everything on your summer wish list, but take a look at your wardrobe to find some hidden gems. It’s best to do a spring clean first and clear the clutter. Go through all your clothes and make piles of what you want to toss, recycle, donate and then, of course, keep. It is easy to feel the need to hold onto things, especially when it comes to your clothes, just in case you want to wear it again. In some cases, yes, you may regret that leather biker jacket that you had for years that you gave away, but in most cases, it is good to get rid of the old to make room for the new. A good way to reassess your wardrobe is to come up with a strategy, define the season’s wardrobe as minimally as possible and cut it down to only a few pieces. It is important to always think about the essentials and prioritise items in your wardrobe. Some essential pieces include jeans, black pants, collared shirts, a blazer, white tee and, of course, that little black dress. Make sure you save a hanger for those few items that you wear all year round. Always follow the one year rule, too: if it hasn’t been worn in 12 months, then, let’s face it, it’s unlikely you will wear it now. Start the summer season afresh. Out with the old and in with the new! The new might be from your latest shopping spree, or a piece you forgot you loved buried in your closet.
Re-boot your bank account
Re-booting your bank account and learning how to make the most of the money you have is a necessity when it comes to kicking your life into shape and it is a lot easier than you think. Our spending, especially during the summer months, can often spiral out of control. With summer nearly upon us, it is vital you learn how to manage your money properly before you dig yourself into debt. It is very easy to get caught up in wanting to live beyond your means or go on that exotic holiday - who doesn’t want more than what they have? A great way to organise your bank account is to try this exercise - take out a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. Mark the first side of this as column A and the other column B. Look over your bank account for the past 30 days and write down your non-essential items in the first column. This can include weekly pedicures, buying clothes, coffees and impulse purchases. The next column is for things that you would like to have money for like starting a new hobby, fitness class or saving for a holiday. It’s important to put it down in writing and not just budget in your head. Once you have started this, it’s easy to see where your cash goes on senseless items. Once you have this list start cutting down on column A to make room for column B. Make your savings come first. Everyone can be guilty of talking about saving while never actually doing it. When your monthly paycheck comes in, the last thing you want to do is put half of it away. You want to buy a new outfit, go out for a nice meal or treat yourself to a spa day. However, it should be the other way around for longevity!
As it is bikini season all year round in the Middle East, it is important to always keep in shape, for both your mind and your body. Getting into shape is a great way to boost your self esteem!
In the Middle East, there are plenty of fitness programs that you can get into that are perfect for the mind, body and soul. As well as doing wonders for your body and mind, fitness also improves your sleep. People who exercise regularly fall asleep faster and wake up less often during the night.
Sleep is very important if you want to live a healthy lifestyle and lack of sleep can leave you exhausted, dazed and confused. With a little bit of exercise not only will you look great, but feel great also with all that extra sleep.
There are many different fitness activities available in Middle East, from yoga and barre classes, to bootcamp and body pump. Choose an activity you enjoy, be it a high intensity cardio workout like spinning, or one that stretches and tones muscles, like Pilates.
Pilates has quickly grown in popularity around the world and is a common favourite of fitness lovers in the Middle East, too. Pilates builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body. It results in more energy, less tension in your muscles, better stability and flexibility, and a flatter abdomen. Pilates is widely available across the Middle East with one of the favourites being Zen Yoga located at Media City, Emirates Hills and Jumeirah Town Centre in Dubai. Check out: www.yoga.ae.
Go on a master cleanse - health
What better way to re-boot your life than with a master cleanse and healthy detox. Everyone slips into bad habits now and again and although you may always have the full intention to eat well and stay healthy, sometimes unhealthy snacks and certain lifestyle choices are difficult to avoid! It is time, however, to spring cleanse your body in time for summer. If you have been letting your bad eating habits slip, then it is time to jump start your body for a healthier summer!
It is easy to fall victim to the Dubai lifestyle from time to time. Late night parties, even during the week, can mean not having the time to eat right or cook, eating the wrong things at the wrong time, and having a few too many cocktails. And although there is nothing wrong with socializing, it is about getting the right balance. Sometimes, having a master cleanse will do wonders for your body and mind. It is a great way to kick start your summer.
The wonder diet of the moment that has been touted by celebrities like Rosie Huntington – Whiteley is the juice diet. Touted for its skin cleansing properties, digestive healing and effective weight loss, it’s a fast and effective way to cleanse your body. Dubai based company Detox Delight offers the UAE’s first line of nourishing juice cleanses and supplements, offering different levels of intensity. All juices are 100% raw, organic and energizing and the best thing is they deliver straight to your door step. To find out details, check out www.detox-delight.ae.
If the juice diet is not for you, there are plenty of other ways to cleanse your body. Of course, there is the obvious like drinking more water, which is extra important during the hotter months, and cutting down on your cocktail and caffeine intake. You can also eat more superfoods, which can have extraordinary health benefits that include speeding up the cleansing process. Four of the most popular superfoods are garlic, beetroot, lemon and blueberries. So get to it!