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The Christmas season is just around the corner. You can already imagine the carollers singing in your head and smell the sweet scent of cinnamon drifting through the air. Now, picture yourself warming up by a crackling fire, surrounded by loved ones. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect past-time? You’d be lying if you thought anything but yes. However, it’s also easy to start getting stressed about what you should purchase for your loved ones during the Holidays. You want the gift to be perfect! You want to show just how much you love and appreciate them, and anything sub-par just won’t cut it. Given that it’s often hard to think about what you should buy for your family and friends, here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

Tech and gaming nerds

Your loved ones that are deeply ingrained in the tech and gaming world will want something within this realm. Often, this will be a higher price range gift, and it’s something that you should also start saving for if you want to purchase a tech gadget. It will depend on exactly what it is that they want, of course, but most of the time, even certain video games are pricier, especially if you are buying the game console to go with it.  Still, just imagine the person’s face when they unwrap their present! Chances are that they were not expecting you to get them the latest virtual reality headset, a brand-new camera or lens, or some other tech item that they’ve always wanted.

 

Young kids

If you have young kids, or even have a small niece or nephew, your gift buying will take a completely different turn. While there are plenty of technological gadgets that even children use nowadays, you can’t underestimate the importance of purchasing a toy that they will love to the moon and back. You could take a look at what some of the year’s toy trends were for some ideas. Of course, you can’t neglect what the personal preference of the child is, and especially tune in whether or not they dropped hints about something that they wanted for a while now.

 

For the car lovers

What about the people who love their car? There are plenty of people who treat their car as if it were a part of the family, due to how much they care for it. In a certain way, it is, given that it is your daily source of transportation in order to get to places. The question is, what could you purchase as a Christmas gift if one of your family members falls into this category? You can’t buy them another car, but you can purchase items that will personalise the vehicle and make it even more special. As one example, you can buy a private, personalised plate from Primo Registrations, and it’s the perfect purchase that will give the car a unique touch. The new plate could even be an inside joke that you share together, and it would make the gift much more heartfelt as a result of it.  

 

Getaway packages

Have you thought about opting for a gift that is an experience over a physical item? Start looking into different packages and planning a trip together with your loved one, instead. It could be a small weekend getaway to a spa, or even purchasing tickets to their all-time favourite band. It’s certainly a present that will allow everyone to spend some quality bonding time together, not to mention create some memories that you will always remember.  

 

Luxury items

If your loved one has wanted a certain piece of jewellery, or even certain clothes for a while, but they are more luxurious and out of your usual price-range, getting it as a Christmas present would be the perfect time to surprise them with the item. You will need to start saving for the gift, in this case, as you still don’t want to get into debt because you decided to purchase your significant other a gold necklace.

 

Food-related

They say that food warms the heart and soul. In fact, who doesn’t love good food? You can surprise your loved ones by baking an extravagant Christmas cake, another type of dessert or even to an evening at an incredibly fancy restaurant. A delicious meal, especially when it is had with the best possible company, is something that everyone loves.

 

DIY gift

No one said that the best gifts need to be store bought. In fact, one of the biggest smiles you will get is when the person realises just how unique and special the gift that you purchased for them is. This is also an option if you are on more of a budget, but regardless, DIY presents are always a good idea. Have fun when buying the craft supplies and remember to consider making something that the person will be able to hang up or use, in one form or another.

 

Something hilarious

If you are still out of ideas about what you should buy, you should consider the option of looking for a gag gift. This is something that will surely make the person laugh, and although they may not find the practical use out of the present, they will still be incredibly happy over what you did! If you have some type of inside joke with your family or friend, for instance, this is a good time to remind them of it with the purchase. For instance, consider buying the largest cookie that you can find, or even the strangest pair of slippers or top that you can find.

 

You don’t want to be in a situation where you are rushing through the mall before Christmas Eve to find the perfect present. This is a sure-fire way to get caught up with stress, and it’s not what the Holidays should be about. Start your gift-buying in advance, and that way you will also have the time in order to find the truly perfect one. If you decide to go down the route of DIY, this will be especially useful. Remember to consider the person you are buying the gift for very carefully. Everyone has different interests, and sometimes, people may even start dropping hints about what it is that they want quite early. Pay attention to those signs!

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MHAIRI BLACK WARNS THAT UNIVERSAL CREDIT IS PLUNGING PEOPLE INTO ABSOLUTE POVERTY

A UN expert has said that UK ministers are living in a “state of denial” over the extreme poverty existing around the country, and has welcomed the Scottish Government’s attempts to counteract Westminster welfare cuts.
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The UN Rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, said today that he was extremely surprised that UK Ministers were “happy” with the way in which their welfare policies were playing out. Mr Alston was speaking at the end of his ten day investigation into poverty in the UK.

The human rights expert visited areas across the UK, including Edinburgh and Glasgow, during his investigation, and has reported on the effects of the UK Government’s failing efforts to tackle poverty in the UK, the impact of austerity measures, welfare cuts, Universal Credit, and Brexit.

Mr Alston also highlighted that many of the flaws in the social security system were a result of political choices, saying that “if a new minister was interested, if a new government was interested, the worst aspect of these policies could be changed overnight and for very little money”.

Esther McVey – who has steered the shambolic roll-out of Universal Credit since January – resigned yesterday in protest at the Prime Minister’s handling of a Brexit deal, after facing months of criticism for her refusal to scrap the botched policy.

MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South Mhairi Black said:

“the UN Rapporteur has confirmed what many have been saying all along, the UK Governments austerity programme targets societies most vulnerable people and has shifted thousands of people into absolute poverty.

“In Renfrewshire we have seen a drastic rise in food bank use since the rollout of universal credit. Food banks are not part of the welfare state. They are a symbol that the welfare state is failing.

“It is time for the Scottish Parliament to have the full powers to prevent even more people being dragged into hardship. We can have a fair welfare system that puts people’s dignity at the forefront.”

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In the run up to Christmas, SNP MSP Derek Mackay is once again opening his constituency office doors to receive foodbank donations.

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As he has done in previous years the MSP will be accepting food donations at his office on Hairst Street in Renfrew.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation of food in the run up to Christmas can drop them into Mr Mackay’s office at 37 Hairst Street, Renfrew, Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm up until Thursday 20th December.

Mr Mackay will then pass these onto local groups.

Speaking, Mr Mackay said:

“With Christmas approaching the number of people requiring assistance from foodbanks will very sadly increase.

“By opening my office doors to accepting donations, I hope I can in some small way help local foodbanks and make iteasier for those who wish to donate to do so.

“Christmas is a fun and enjoyable time, however, for many living on a financial knife-edge, one small change in circumstances can force them into a crisis resulting in them being unable to afford the basics at this time of year.

“I would therefore encourage anyone who wishes to make a food donation this Christmas to do so. My office will be available to accept donations, which I will pass onto local groups.”

Often referred to as Scotland’s largest town, Paisley is a place of massive historical and cultural significance. We all know about the importance of the Paisley Abbey and the historical importance of the town since all the way back in the 12th century. However, all of these things are not really enough for those living in Paisley, as everyone needs to have some fun now and then as well. This is why we have compiled a list of the top 5 places in Paisley where you can go to have some fun and unwind after a long day’s work.

 

  • Paisley Golf Club

 

Venue Type: Sports Club

Venue Review: Located just south of Paisley and near the Glasgow Airport in the Glennifer Braes Country Park, the Paisley Golf Club offers a magnificent view, top level golf courses and a friendly atmosphere for everyone. Fans of golf from all over the country and from abroad consider Paisley Golf Club as one of the top golf venues in Scotland.

The Club houses the best professional golf team in the area and welcomes any golf player, from novice to professional. The Club staff are always available for tips and tricks that can help you improve your game, while the Club’s store also offers some great bargains on the equipment. If you are a fan of golf, the Paisley Golf Club is a place you should probably join.

Venue Location: Paisley Golf Club is located at Braehead Road to the south of the town, near the Glasgow Airport.

 

  • Land Based Casinos in Paisley

 

Venue Type: Casino

Venue Review: With the rise of online casinos, many enthusiasts prefer to stay at home and gamble remotely. The internet created even more opportunities to win: now you can hone your strategy on demo slots without spending a penny but you can find the best bonus on bestonlineblackjack.com. But that seems to be merely a child’s play for seasoned gamblers who tempered their skill in brick-and-mortar establishments. Admiral Slots, a leading gambling entertainment provider in the UK, welcomes those ready to dive into a fire without any preparation.

Admiral in Paisley offers a good level of gaming atmosphere for a local gaming club, daily rewards for its members, free machine-side refreshments, and dozens of video slot titles powered by Novomatic such as Lucky Lady’s Charm and Dolphin’s Pearl. While this casino cannot match the flash and glamour of large casinos of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, it does an OK job for local players looking for some action.

Venue Location: Admiral Slots in Paisley is located at 14 Moss Street. You can get there by numerous city buses or by your own car, as the nearest car park is located just 200 meters away from the Admiral Slots venue.

 

  • Showcase Cinema

 

Venue Type: Cinema

Venue Review: Showcase Cinema is a perfect place to spend an evening for young and elderly alike. The cinema shows blockbuster movies all year round, including the modern 3D versions of the most popular titles. The venue offers multiple screenings every day, with ticket discounts for students, children, elderly citizens, military personnel and families.

If you are looking for some good old fashioned entertainment and you enjoy seeing a good movie with your friends and family, the Showcase Cinema is definitely the place for you. On top of the movies, the venue also offers various snacks and beverages including those by Ben & Jerry’s and Costa Coffee.

Venue Location: Showcase Cinema is located on Griffin Avenue in the Phoenix Business Park. Citizens of Glasgow and Greenrock can get there via the M8 road.

 

  • The Bungalow

 

Venue Type: Bar/Club

Venue Review: For those who prefer nightlife over daytime entertainment, Paisley offers some great live music and a friendly atmosphere at The Bungalow. With a variety of bands making regular appearances and playing modern and alternative music, The Bungalow will appeal to anyone who appreciates variety and quality.

The Bungalow is also one of the cheapest places to go for a night out as it offers extremely reasonable prices and often free entry as well. The occasional entry fee is always quite small and only applied when special guests are in town, which means a memorable night is in the cards as well.

Venue Location: Found at 15 Shuttle Street, The Bungalow is located to the north of Saucehill Park and to the southeast of the Paisley University Campus.  

 

  • Glasgow Airport

 

Venue Type: Airport

Venue Review: Paisley is a wonderful place to live, but let’s face it, in terms of entertainment it can get a bit dry at times. Fortunately for us, when things get a bit dull in the hometown, the Glasgow Airport is just a short ride away and it offers a quick route to any of Britain’s and Europe’s entertainment centres.

Whether you are looking for a quick trip to London or prefer to visit other places around Europe and experience all they have to offer, a quick flight from the GLA will get you there for a reasonable price. The Airport makes many low-cost flights available on a regular basis, giving those who live in Paisley a very quick and affordable way to experience entertaining spots in Europe. The best thing about it is that while the airport officially belongs to Glasgow, it is actually located in Paisley which makes getting there a piece of cake.

Venue Location: The Glasgow Airport is located 1 mile from the city centre of Paisley. Bus #767 drives passengers from the town centre to the Terminal on a regular basis, while a taxi ride takes about 10 minutes.

Experience the Full of Fun in Paisley and Beyond

We have listed our top entertainment locations in Paisley, but there are plenty of others we did not mention in this article that you may enjoy. New entertainment venues are emerging in the town on a regular basis but when all is said and done Paisley is certainly not the world’s centre of fun.

Let us know about your favourite entertainment venues in Paisley and reasons why you love them so much. Remember that the nearby Glasgow Airport offers you a chance to experience everything the world has to offer as well, so if you ever find Paisley to be too small for you, hop on board one of the many planes taking off and live out your adventure.

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What a freelancing is? It is a remote kind of work. The point is that a representative of some company or an intermediary between an employee and a customer hires a virtual performer for a fee. Such a worker is called a freelancer.

Features of freelancing

The main distinguishing feature of this type of work is that the employer and the employee can be at any distance, at any geographical points, even in different countries. The customer and the performer may not know each other by name, but this does not prevent them from cooperating.

Remote work is characterized by a free attitude to managing personal time. A freelancer often has the right to decide how much and when to work, which is especially convenient for the students who should be at the lectures during the standard working hours. They can perform assignments in the evenings and on weekends when ordinary offices are closed.

Those who prefer heavy workloads look for an appropriate employer, with whom they agree in advance on the timing of the tasks. The responsibility on the part of the customer who undertakes to provide uninterrupted work is equally important.

There is an unspoken ethic of relations, in which the subjects establish their own rules. The employer does not press on the hired worker but expects timely execution of the tasks set. If, for some reason, a freelancer cannot present a ready result within the agreed time, it is necessary to warn about it in advance and ask to postpone a deadline.

Such relationships are capable of self-regulation. If an employer is interested in a competent employee, he will try to create comfortable conditions for him. In turn, a responsible freelancer tries to maintain good relations with a decent boss.

Advantages and difficulties of remote work

Perhaps, the abovementioned features can be attributed to the advantages. In addition, remote work is a state of freedom, the absence of a number of immediate supervisors, the ability to quickly leave an unwanted employer. An essential advantage is the lack of investment. Here, you can get income without spending your own funds.

Along with the pluses, freelancing also has its dark sides. To understand how to make money remotely, you need to know the basic principles. This work is based on trust and responsibility. But these traits are not inherent in all people. Based on this, there is a risk of cooperation with an unscrupulous employer who can leave a freelancer without payment.

A similar situation can also appear due to a fault of an employee who forces a customer to wait in vain for an assignment, when failing a deadline can result in large losses. Verbal agreement is not reliable enough, and this is the main disadvantage of remote work.

Instability also can be attributed to the drawbacks of freelancing. If an employer will not like something, he can terminate the labor relationship immediately. Although there is a comforting moment: you can easily find another job.

Career growth can be only virtual, for example, when an employee earns points on the freelancing website and grows from a beginner to a pro or a master. It is possible to increase a salary, depending on professionalism, if you will meet an adequate employer who appreciates good specialists.

Virtual opportunities for freelancers

There are different options of search for remote work for those students who want to become freelancers. You can publish a free announcement about your intention to work in a particular direction. It is advisable to create a personal website or blog, where you can demonstrate your abilities and skills. They may attract a potential employer. You can also take part in forums on discussion of the relevant projects.

Perhaps, the most effective option is the cooperation with freelance websites, where it is possible to find a suitable job and to be sure of the security. Honest working and payment conditions are guaranteed by an administration of a site which is interested in attracting a large number of customers.

Popular areas of freelancing

New websites (blogs, online stores, etc.) that need to be filled with content constantly appear on the Internet. If you always suspected that a great writer lives in you, try your hand in writing articles and descriptions of the goods.

Do you have excellent grades at the university and always submit abstracts on time? Did your last essay cause the teacher’s enthusiastic approval? Then you can write quality custom papers. Today, there are many specialized sites (such as https://pro-papers.com) that look for smart and ambitious employees.

In addition to a fairly common remote work on writing texts, freelancing for translators is equally popular. The need for translations is high, but having an in-house office and permanent staff is an expensive pleasure for a company. Therefore, translation agencies often work in a virtual format.

Of course, presence of a real address of the organization speaks about its solid level. But the number of staff units for freelance translations can be minimal: a manager (he is a translator too), an accountant (preferably with knowledge of a foreign language to combine duties). All other translators can be hired on the basis of remote work. This option saves the money of the company, because it pays not for a stay in a workplace but for a specific amount of text.

A similar situation exists in other areas. Freelancing is also appropriate for lawyers. Senior students can use legal knowledge to consult virtual clients. At the beginning of a career, young specialists work part-time. Then some of them create their own legal companies and turn freelancing into a real business, involving experienced, highly professional employees.

Also, freelancing is a find for programmers. They perceive the virtual mode of labor relations as very convenient and understandable. The same applies to web designers, layout and advertising specialists.

The emergence of new ways of earning, new forms of offices, a variety of activities – all this confirms the continuous development of human society. The most notable aspect of this process is the positive trend in the fight against unemployment. If you are a novice professional, there is a convenient opportunity to apply your knowledge and abilities. A large number of freelancers are a good confirmation to it.

Often referred to as Scotland’s largest town, Paisley is a place of massive historical and cultural significance. We all know about the importance of the Paisley Abbey and the historical importance of the town since all the way back in the 12th century. However, all of these things are not really enough for those living in Paisley, as everyone needs to have some fun now and then as well. This is why we have compiled a list of the top 5 places in Paisley where you can go to have some fun and unwind after a long day’s work.

 

  • Paisley Golf Club

 

Venue Type: Sports Club

Venue Review: Located just south of Paisley and near the Glasgow Airport in the Glennifer Braes Country Park, the Paisley Golf Club offers a magnificent view, top level golf courses and a friendly atmosphere for everyone. Fans of golf from all over the country and from abroad consider Paisley Golf Club as one of the top golf venues in Scotland.

The Club houses the best professional golf team in the area and welcomes any golf player, from novice to professional. The Club staff are always available for tips and tricks that can help you improve your game, while the Club’s store also offers some great bargains on the equipment. If you are a fan of golf, the Paisley Golf Club is a place you should probably join.

Venue Location: Paisley Golf Club is located at Braehead Road to the south of the town, near the Glasgow Airport.

 

  • Admiral Slots

 

Venue Type: Casino

Venue Review: With the rise of online casinos, many enthusiasts prefer to stay at home and gamble remotely. The internet created even more opportunities to win: now you can hone your strategy on demo slots without spending a penny. But that seems to be merely a child’s play for seasoned gamblers who tempered their skill in brick-and-mortar establishments. Admiral Slots, a leading gambling entertainment provider in the UK, welcomes those ready to dive into a fire without any preparation.

Admiral in Paisley offers a good level of gaming atmosphere for a local gaming club, daily rewards for its members, free machine-side refreshments, and dozens of video slot titles powered by Novomatic such as Lucky Lady’s Charm and Dolphin’s Pearl. While this casino cannot match the flash and glamour of large casinos of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, it does an OK job for local players looking for some action.

Venue Location: Admiral Slots in Paisley is located at 14 Moss Street. You can get there by numerous city buses or by your own car, as the nearest car park is located just 200 meters away from the Admiral Slots venue.

 

  • Showcase Cinema

 

Venue Type: Cinema

Venue Review: Showcase Cinema is a perfect place to spend an evening for young and elderly alike. The cinema shows blockbuster movies all year round, including the modern 3D versions of the most popular titles. The venue offers multiple screenings every day, with ticket discounts for students, children, elderly citizens, military personnel and families.

If you are looking for some good old fashioned entertainment and you enjoy seeing a good movie with your friends and family, the Showcase Cinema is definitely the place for you. On top of the movies, the venue also offers various snacks and beverages including those by Ben & Jerry’s and Costa Coffee.

Venue Location: Showcase Cinema is located on Griffin Avenue in the Phoenix Business Park. Citizens of Glasgow and Greenrock can get there via the M8 road.

 

  • The Bungalow

 

Venue Type: Bar/Club

Venue Review: For those who prefer nightlife over daytime entertainment, Paisley offers some great live music and a friendly atmosphere at The Bungalow. With a variety of bands making regular appearances and playing modern and alternative music, The Bungalow will appeal to anyone who appreciates variety and quality.

The Bungalow is also one of the cheapest places to go for a night out as it offers extremely reasonable prices and often free entry as well. The occasional entry fee is always quite small and only applied when special guests are in town, which means a memorable night is in the cards as well.

Venue Location: Found at 15 Shuttle Street, The Bungalow is located to the north of Saucehill Park and to the southeast of the Paisley University Campus.  

 

  • Glasgow Airport

 

Venue Type: Airport

Venue Review: Paisley is a wonderful place to live, but let’s face it, in terms of entertainment it can get a bit dry at times. Fortunately for us, when things get a bit dull in the hometown, the Glasgow Airport is just a short ride away and it offers a quick route to any of Britain’s and Europe’s entertainment centres.

Whether you are looking for a quick trip to London or prefer to visit other places around Europe and experience all they have to offer, a quick flight from the GLA will get you there for a reasonable price. The Airport makes many low-cost flights available on a regular basis, giving those who live in Paisley a very quick and affordable way to experience entertaining spots in Europe. The best thing about it is that while the airport officially belongs to Glasgow, it is actually located in Paisley which makes getting there a piece of cake.

Venue Location: The Glasgow Airport is located 1 mile from the city centre of Paisley. Bus #767 drives passengers from the town centre to the Terminal on a regular basis, while a taxi ride takes about 10 minutes.

Experience the Full of Fun in Paisley and Beyond

We have listed our top entertainment locations in Paisley, but there are plenty of others we did not mention in this article that you may enjoy. New entertainment venues are emerging in the town on a regular basis but when all is said and done Paisley is certainly not the world’s centre of fun.

Let us know about your favourite entertainment venues in Paisley and reasons why you love them so much. Remember that the nearby Glasgow Airport offers you a chance to experience everything the world has to offer as well, so if you ever find Paisley to be too small for you, hop on board one of the many planes taking off and live out your adventure.

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With Hogmanay hurling towards us faster than a speeding bullet, many of us are catching an early dose of the January job blues and taking stock of our careers.

If you’re just starting out in the wonderful world of gainful employment, you might not think twice about ditching a dull job when something more exciting pops into your inbox.

But when you’ve spent years in the same career and it feels flatter than an antique bottle of Irn-Bru, family commitments mean that moving on makes you nervous.

Help’s at hand — if a career change is on the cards for 2019, take a gander at these three great hacks.

 

  • Basic advice

 

When you’re desperate for a fresh vocational direction but don’t know where to start, you can find yourself in a kind of limbo that delays your departure indefinitely.

But popping in for advice at Skills Development Scotland Paisley Careers Centre is a surefooted first step to gathering the type of straightforward careers advice that can benefit jobseekers of any age.

With the latest information on career entry paths and bespoke training, their well-connected advisors will help demystify the job migration process.

You’ll leave your advice session with a spring in your step, armed with the insights you need to progress your career plan.

 

  • Volunteering

 

If you already volunteer for a third sector organisation and feel like you enjoy this work more than your current paid position, staff members might be able to advise on the best way to transform into a permanent employee.

But if you’re new to volunteering, apart from contributing to worthwhile causes, it helps you boost your CV and test the water by working in a new sector.

Searching for appropriate volunteering opportunities with Engage Renfrewshire will help you find something that’s a good fit.

And even if volunteering doesn’t lead directly to a related job, the commitment to work for free in your downtime will impress any progressive employer looking for recruits.

 

  • Online learning

 

Upskilling with a formal qualification can fast-track you to a new industry, but full-time campus learning isn’t always viable for adults with family financial commitments.

However, earning an online qualification with a provider like Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning means you can qualify for a career as everything from a football coach top a digital marketer — all from the comfort of your own home.

And your current job might not seem quite as miserable when you know you’re formulating an escape plan powered by academic pursuits.

In a couple of years, you’ll graduate and start the job you’ve been daydreaming about for so long — the time will pass in the blink of an eye.

This hattrick of career change hacks will prepare you for a time when you no longer get ‘the fear’ on Sunday nights and practically bound out of bed on Monday mornings.

Have you changed careers recently? Share your advice in the comments section.

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Good health is something that you should have in and out of season. Although you can’t predict what direction your health will go in. There are ways to increase the chances of it going the right way. There are so many aspects of health that you need to look out for, so sometimes it can seem like an overwhelming task. However, by using the resources and information around you, there are ways that you can make it a lot easier as well as a part of your everyday life. On that note, you’re going to find a few ways that you can improve your health this winter in this article.

Look for Fitness in the Community

Often times, there are initiatives, events, and activities taking place in the community that are suitable for families. See whether you can find one in your local community that encourages fitness. You may find that it’s a yoga class, dance class or sport to raise funds for charity. Whatever the case, it’s a great chance for you to get together with your family and partake in a fun activity as well as keep fit too. Other free fitness ideas include contacting your local authority and looking if there are free gym classes.

Work on Your Self Image

Whether you know it or not, your self-image is an important part of your health worth working on. In this case, you should see how you can improve aspects of your appearance that may be triggering low self-confidence. If you don’t like your weight, work on shedding a few pounds by taking public transport less or finding a fitness partner. In the same respect, if you’re struggling with hair loss, you could consider doing hair transplants if that will boost your confidence. By searching ‘Hair Transplant Turkey’ you can find out more about hair transplants and how it works.

Get a Check-up

Another good idea to get winter off to a good start health-wise would be to get a check-up with your GP. This is a perfect time to get a physical examination, especially if you haven’t had one in a while. Some aspects of your health that could be checked are your blood pressure, and urine samples may be taken as well. If you’ve had any health challenges, don’t forget to let your GP know so that they can run any necessary tests or give you potential solutions.

Keep Your Immune System in Tact

To keep healthy during the winter, it’s important that you keep your immune system in good shape. You can keep healthy by consuming milk and dairy products like yoghurt, cheese, or fromage frais. This is because they have great sources of protein, vitamin A, and calcium which can all do wonders for your immune system. Additionally, you should find that eating winter vegetables like carrots, parsnips, or swede help too.

There is no guarantee that you will have good health no matter how much work you put in to keep healthy. However, you can increase the chances of you enjoying good health and being able to lead a good quality of life in the days ahead by following some of the above tips.

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In the current age of information, most people know that smoking seriously harms the health of individuals and those around them. Nevertheless, this does not make quitting any easier as breaking an addictive habit, often formed over a lifetime, remains one of the hardest things to do. Remember, no matter how long you have been a smoker for, quitting is worthwhile and will greatly improve your health. Below are a few suggestions to consider when you feel ready to give up cigarettes.

Your Health

Some smokers feel that quitting is futile because they have been doing for too long. The truth couldn’t be more different. The body has many regenerative processes that will kick in once you quit smoking, and some studies show that just twelve hours after quitting the carbon monoxide levels in your body will drop to normal, allowing your body to kick-start its healing process. Additionally, your risk of cancer will be lowered, and your breathing will improve so you can exercise or even just enjoy leisurely physical activities like weekend walks.

Consider Alternatives

Quitting ‘cold turkey’ works for a very small percentage of people whilst finding a transitional alternative that slowly breaks the habit seems to help many more. E-cigarettes can ease the transition by satisfying cravings whilst you get used to a life without cigarettes. The technology has really improved recently from the bulky and unsightly devices of yesterday to the sleek and discreet products currently on the market. Depending on which brand’s offerings you go for (there are many available) you won’t have to worry about hideous designs. A JUUL charger, for example, is a tiny magnetic device that charges through any USB port, so you can help fight the cravings any time.

Distract Yourself

Many smokers find that they need to at least temporarily replace the act of holding and smoking a cigarette with something else. This is a great time to take up or rediscover a new hobby; perhaps you used to enjoy cooking – well, chopping and mixing are great distractions, or maybe you’ve always wanted to take up knitting or try an adult colouring book. Providing your hands, and brain, with an external stimulus will ensure that you’re not constantly thinking about smoking and you may find that you actually enjoy doing new things in the process. Exercise is, of course, a fantastic activity to take up not just to help with quitting but with overall health. Why not try doing short ten-minute sets of full body exercises and see if you can make it an everyday habit.

Think of Savings

Smoking is really expensive but when it’s a lifelong habit the expense becomes easy to justify. A great way to shake up this belief is by using a smoking calculator that will help you work out exactly how much you can save by quitting. If there is something you always wanted to treat yourself to or a trip you thought was just too expensive to afford, then calculate how much you’ll save by not smoking for three, six, and twelve months – you will be astonished. You can even try transferring the cost of a cigarette packet to a separate/savings account every time you think about buying one and watch your savings grow, you’ll save up a very satisfying lump sum in no time at all.