Get rid of fear – start here

A video clip of actor Will Smith has gone viral after the father shared an epiphany he had three years ago after going sky diving for the first time with friends on a talk show.

Will goes on to explain how facing his fear of skydiving has taught him that the only way to get rid of fear is to face it- each and every day.

If there was one concept that I would suggest to people to take a daily confrontation with its fear. The problem of fear is that it lies,” said Will.

Will goes on to explain how fear only exists before you face the perceived danger and that staring the actual danger in the face is “the most blissful experience of your life- there is zero fear. The point of maximum danger is the point of minimal fear. Its bliss.”

Many of us spend so much time fearing the things that have yet to happen or that might never happen that we avoid living life fully.

“There’s no reason to be scared. Its only gonna ruin your day…God placed the best things in life on the other side of terror.”

What are you scared of? Falling in love? Asking for a promotion? Moving into your own home? Looking foolish in front of your colleagues?

Facing your fears daily will allow you to live the way you truly want to rather than shrinking back.

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5 life lessons people learn too late

Hearing from those close to death offers us a chance to gain perspective. Here are the five most common pearls of wisdom that the older generation wants to pass on to the younger generation right now. 

1. Own your life

The sooner you realise that life is a series of choices that you make for yourself, the quicker you will feel a sense of control over your work life, friendships and the relationship you have with yourself. Success is not a destination but rather a journey or culmination of many good decisions that add up to a life well lived.

2. Live in the moment

Living in the past will bring you regret. Living in the future will make you feel worried. Choosing to live in the moment will allow you to collect new memories and learn new lessons. Staying current and relevant and interesting happens when you live each day in the present.

3. Do what you love, love what you do

If you are like most of the world’s population, you will have to spend a great deal of your life working. If you believe that your work aligns with your purpose then you will feel happier about getting your work done each day. If you feel that your work is a distraction from your purpose then you will be frustrated and resentful of your work life. Keep aligning your work and your purpose and yes the hours will still be long, but your heart will be at peace.

4. Embrace change

Everything is temporary and the sooner you accept that fact the easier it will be for you to ride the highs of life and keep trucking through the lows. There are many different seasons you will walk through- nobody lives a life of endless Summer. So if you are feeling ecstatic- enjoy it now for this shall pass. And if you are feeling down, then be patient and ride out the winter – this too shall pass.

5. Accept failure

This does not mean that you should give up, but rather that you would do well to see that there is more to your story than the page you are on right now. Mistakes and dead-ends are what builds character – what prepares you to take the wins when they come your way. Try to avoid comparing where you are in your story to where others are in their stories. Your first chapter may be somebody else’s final page.

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Puffy versus pretty- life hacks that help you wake up looking your best

Nobody wants to wake up with puffy eyes. Whether you have or haven’t managed to get a good night sleep, most people can’t afford to live their life looking tired. Having puffy eyes is more than skin deep. It is a reflection of an imbalance in your body and lifestyle.

Puffy eyes can be linked to iron deficiency, thyroid problems and kidney dysfunction. A visit to your doctor should be done to rule these out if your puffy eyes are an everyday phenomenon.

However, for relief of the occasional untimely puffiness that could be due to pollution, allergies or eyestrain, here are some easy life hacks that take puffy to pretty in a few minutes.

Hacks to help you wake up looking your best

Place cucumber slices on your eyes

Why does this work? Cucumber is cool and full of vitamin C. Both help to reduce redness and inflammation.

Give chilled strawberry slices a try

No cucumber in the fridge? Strawberries contain alpha hydroxy acids that soften skin and relieve swelling and can be a nice alternative to the classic cucumber trick.

Save your tea bags

Apply cold, moist tea bags to both your eyelids. Green tea packs an extra punch as it houses anti-oxidants. This is why green tea features so strongly in many beauty and anti-ageing products on the shelves today.

Go dark

Wearing sunglasses during the day and an eye mask at night will literally shield your eyes from bright light, dust and wind. If your partner reports that your lids don’t fully close when you sleep then an eye mask is a must to prevent dry, irritated and puffy eyes in the morning.

Drink water

Staying hydrated can prevent water retention. Puffy eyes can be a sign that your body is holding onto water as it is in short supply. So drink up through the day and you should notice less puffiness and more bounce in your skin.

Sleep on a new Sealy today, wake up more refreshed and more beautiful tomorrow.