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Move over hygge – there's a new lifestyle trend in town and it speaks to us on a whole new level. 

While we're all about self-care, cosy socks and cups of herbal tea, all the planning and preparation that goes into these little moments of 'me time' can actually defeat the purpose of them all together. 

And it's for that reason that we reckon Fjaka is going to be huge for 2019. 

According to Metro, the Croatian term 'Fjaka' (pronounced fyaka), simply means to embrace the feeling of doing absolutely nothing. 

Now, I don't know about you, but that's one lifestyle trend I can definitely get on board with. 

In order to achieve Fjaka you need to rid your mind of any and all distractions and stop thinking about all the things you need to do. 

Aspire for nothing. Need nothing. Want nothing. Simply enjoy a few moments with your mind completely at rest. 

It's all about giving yourself permission to forget about life's little hiccups and reminding yourself that it's okay to do nothing

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The secret is out, and it is exactly what we want to hear!

Oprah Winfrey has revealed the key to her happiness and, surprisingly, it is not how much money she has.

The TV host is worth $2.8 billion and regularly donates to charities all around the world, according to Forbes.

However, Oprah revealed that reason she is so fulfilled is because she sets time out of her schedule to do nothing.

Yes, you read that right. She makes sure to sit around and give her mind a break from all those hectic thoughts about work, family, and life.

In an interview with Vogue, Oprah explained her habitual process of relaxation. This is my time to myself, she said: ‘I can just take it all in. I can just be.’

This zen master has seemed to figure out the key to being satisfied with one’s self, and she is slaying it!

This is not just a few minutes out of her day either. Oprah takes as much time as necessary to transform her thoughts into a channel of positivity.

‘I can go weeks and never turn on a television. I’ve gone a summer not having it on,’ she said in her interview.

We can all relate to the fabulous female icon in this context!

During the long work day, all we can think about is that moment when we get home, put our feet up, and watch the next episode of our current Netflix addiction. But Oprah asks us to change it up, hop in the bath, and empty our minds.

Doing nothing is the perfect way to unwind after a long day, and now we have an excuse to cancel plans we made yesterday (back when we were full of hope and energy). 

Just ask yourself, what would Oprah do?

We need our alone time and according to this self-content billionaire, it is the secret to lasting happiness.

Looks like we have a new hobby to add to the CV!

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We're all about a spot of treat yo'self pampering here at SHEmazing! You, your mates – lounging around in fluffy white robes being soothed by dolphin-enfused holistic music. 

After all, every so often wonderful ladies deserve wonderful spa-day treats.

It's just a pity that actually getting a date in the diary that suits everyone is a major pickle AND these things tend to be pretty pricy. 

Step forward our new favourite compromise: the Yon-Ka skincare range. Already in more than 5,000 spas globally, the French-made products are created with plants, fruits, and marine extracts and are designed to balance, soothe, revive and rejuvenate. 

The fruit acids moisturise and enhance the complexion, vitamins combat free radicals, seaweed re-mineralises and plant oils nourish and soften.

To which we say: “YEEEESSSSSS!”

Some standouts? The award-winning Yon-Ka lotion and the Yon-Ka Nutri protect hand cream.

The brand also boosts some well known Irish names and faces among its fan-base: think Chloe Townsend, Holly White, Ruth Monahan, and Pamela Flood.

At-home, luxurious spa-spiration? Hurrah!

Yon-ka skincare is available from approved salons nationwide. For local stockist information visit www.yonka.ie

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In today's world, it's all go, all of the time and honestly it can be hard to keep up with our hectic schedules.

But a new technique has been formed that could make you sleep better, work better and be more productive.

According to author Craig Ballantyne, the 10-3-2-1-0 formula will give you the "perfect day," leaving you well rested and energetic.

He believes that switching off at the right time before bed and sleeping well is essential and will give you loads of health benefits.

Want to know how it works? It's pretty easy:

  • 10 hours before bed: No more caffeine
  • 3 hours before bed: No more food or alcohol
  • 2 hours before bed: No more work
  • 1 hour before bed: No more screen time
  • 0: The number of times you hit the snooze button in the morning

“The single most important factor in winning your mornings and owning your days is to get up 15 minutes earlier and work on your No. 1 priority before anyone else is awake. It's that simple,” Craig told the Telegraph.

“When you follow this formula, you'll get more done and stop letting the big opportunities in your life slip away.”

We're all on for more sleep and being more energetic so we might just give this one a go. 

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While most of us try to stick to a diet or exercise regime, we can wander off it from time to time. And that's totally OK, we all need some time off, but it doesn't mean your figure has to suffer.

So, here are five great ways to make your tummy appear flat, without any nagging diets or gruelling workouts:

Perfect your posture

Standing straight and having the correct posture will instantly make you appear slimmer. 

"When your posture is good, you're automatically engaging and toning your stomach muscles," trainer Kim Lyons tells Cosmopolitan. So just dot a few Post-It notes around your room so you remember to stand tall. 

 

Down it

Keep the water flowing! "Being dehydrated causes the body to hoard water," says Kim, which can lead you to carry up to FOUR excess pounds around your stomach area.

Now that's something to remember the next time you pass on a glass of H2O. 

 

Give up gum

Chewing gum forces you to swallow more puff-producing air, which can keep you from squeezing into your skinny jeans. If you need to freshen your breath, you're better off buying some mints. 

 

Keep chewing

Rather than devouring our meals (like most of us do), make a point of chewing your food at least ten time before swallowing. 

"The body has to work overtime to break down food in the stomach and intestines, which can lead to major gas and indigestion."

 

Relax

Take 20 minutes a day to relax and de-stress, because worrying too much can actually lead to weight gain. 

"Stress amps up the production of cortisol, a 'fight or flight' hormone that sends excess fat directly to your midsection in its attempt to protect your vital organs." … And nobody wants that!

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Feeling stressed or anxious? Grab a colouring book!

It seems colouring books are no longer a pastime just for kids as the world of adult colouring books has gained serious popularity. 

Colouring isn't just a fun activity, it also trains the brain to focus and has some serious health benefits.

Psychiatrist Carl Jung first used this form of therapy in the early 1900s by prescribing colouring books to his patients to calm and centre their mind and his methods are still being used today to combat anxiety. As colouring is a structured activity, is activates the logical part of the brain and gets the creativity of the mind flowing. 

New York based psychologist Dr. Ben Michaelis advocates doodling and colouring as a form of brain training and therapy. "Because it’s a centering activity, the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that is involved with our fear response, actually gets a bit, a little bit of a rest, and it ultimately has a really calming effect over time.”

Many book retailers have began selling colouring books exclusively for adults, including Easons, and you can also download pictures to colour in online. 

The Mindfulness Colouring Book is €12.65 and available at Easons. 

This art therapy book aims at helping people de-stress and is €20.55 from Easons.  

For some late night colouring, The Can't Sleep Colouring Book is available for €14.99 also from Easons.  

 

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We all know stress is bad for us, but a new study has revealed that stress is potentially linked to short-term memory loss in old age.

When we’re stressed, our body produces cortisol – which is fine in small amounts as it’s vital for survival as it makes us more alert – but according to this study prolonged spikes in cortisol can weather the brain.

Jason Radley, an assistant psychology professor at the University of Iowa explained: “Like a rock on the shoreline, after years and years it will eventually break down and disappear.”

The study could lead to the possibility of finding treatments that reduce cortisol levels in susceptible individuals; for example people who suffer from depression or have suffered a traumatic event.

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Having a bath can be the most relaxing part of many people’s day. What could be nicer in this cold, wet and windy weather than a long, warm soak?

Create your perfect bath-time experience with the following tips and feel yourself unwind.

  • Decide what type of bath you want; bubbles, detox or fragrant?
  • A detox bath is easily created with Epsom salts, apple cider vinegar, baking soda and some fresh grated ginger.
  • Use essential oils to create the perfect aroma for your bath. Choose oils with calming effects such as sandalwood, patchouli, lavender, bergamot or mandarin.
  • Lighting is an important aspect of your bath time because bright lights will make it hard to relax so make sure the lighting is dim and use lots of candles.
  • Put on a face mask to rejuvenate your skin.
  • Put on some slow-paced music on low volume.
  • Grab your favourite book (just don’t drop it) and maybe leave the Kindle in the bedroom.
  • Use your spare time in the bath, when not reading and unwinding, to exfoliate your skin with a glove or scrub.

 

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