Hello Readers, where did 2018 go? Oh my! It went faster than I thought it would. So many of us had set 2018 goals at the beginning of that year. When the year got to an end, we took stock of those goals. I am very sure that true happiness was derived when our goals were achieved.
Great Kudos to those that achieved their goals, to others who achieved some, well done. I fall in this set too… Lol. There are some that didn’t achieve their goals. Well, the truth is 2019 is a new year and you can work towards those goals. Now, to those who didn’t even set a goal, urrghhh! The fact that you… yes YOU… are reading this article is a BIG SIGN that you want to evaluate yourself and set those goals. So, thumbs up to you.
Come with me, as I discuss several important factors to consider in effective goal setting. Honestly, these factors are pertinent to me but I think we could benefit from them. Read them, study them and let me know in the comment section if you feel it is helpful.
1. Set Realistic Goals: Ensure that unrealistic goals are weeded out. The adage “cut your coat according to your size” is the summary of this point. This is not procrastination or lack of a “can do” attitude. Your goals should be within the availability of what is attainable for you. Goals are easily achieved when they are realistic. This will make you not see yourself as a failure. When you set unrealistic goals, you struggle to achieve them because they are way beyond you or your resources. I have learned through experience to set goals that are realistic. Has it helped me? Of course!

2. Set Specific Goals: Most people set goals that are imprecise, which is not right. Being specific with goals enables you to easily determine when they have been achieved. Ambiguous goals lead to confusion because you won’t be able to determine the right steps to take in other to achieve them. For example; I plan to save more this year. This is not specific. The question here is; How much do you plan to save each month? The right way of setting this goal is; I plan to put in #5000 of my savings in my savings account each month. This will give you a measurable target of what you should be saving, and any month you fail to stick with this, you already know there is a drift in your goal. Specific goals are means of checks and balances in goal setting and should be adhered to.

3. Prioritize Your Goals: After properly identifying your goals, ensuring they are realistic and specific, it is important to “build up a scale of preference” in other to know which one comes first and next. This is called PRIORITIZING. The truth is, you cannot achieve all the goals at once. A Chinese adage says “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Break your goals into smaller steps and go for the one that comes first. This makes the goal setting task not to be difficult. When you take the first goal in accordance with the priority, it helps reduce anxiety. Also, you are able to evaluate how far you have gone, which will guide you on the next step(s) to take. This does not mean being slow, but there is wisdom in focus and avoiding divided attention.

4. Identify Obstacles: This entails thinking out of the box. You have to properly scrutinize your goals and consider other factors that are capable of hindering the achievement. So many years ago, my mum had a goal of getting a diploma in Catering and Hotel Management. She knew that school run and babysitting would affect this goal, so she got a baby sitter who would stay with us while she goes to school. Towards the end, her goal was achieved and she made good grades.

5. Take Action: After setting your goals properly, it is important to “DO IT”. Now let’s do a little reverse. Remember those words that say you have to be motivated before you start something. This is my take on those words. I feel in Goal Setting; you need to Take Action first. When you do this, you will start feeling motivated to do more. It is similar to building a house; when you start laying the foundation and putting the first brick, you will have the motivation to complete it. So, no matter what your goal is, just do it! Start from somewhere, don’t hesitate.

6. Flexibility: When you are too rigid, you might not be able to achieve some goals. It is important to be flexible. Flexibility does not mean not sticking to your goals, it means being open-minded to come up with an alternative plan when the already set plans have been distorted. For Example; Monday evenings have already been set aside for running, unfortunately, it rained, obviously, you cannot go for a run under the rain, but an indoor exercise can be used as an alternative. Sometimes things can get in a way of accomplishing your goals, so always be open-minded to an alternative plan for the expected result.
By setting goals, developing plans, working to fulfil them and evaluating the process, you will be more likely to succeed in achieving those goals. Goal setting aids in creating the life you want. I hope that this article will bring us to a good start this year, enable us to set and achieve our goals.
Feel free to leave your comments below.

Healthy living refers to the steps and actions put into place to ensure and achieve optimum health. It involves taking responsibility for your health in order to ensure that you stay healthy for the future.

Healthy they say, is wealth. In this article, we would give you some tips on how to diet in order to ensure that you stay healthy.

Food is a basic necessity for living things. We need food to grow and maintain a healthy body. Healthy living through dieting can be achieved by eating the proper food and ensuring a healthy body regimen.

Here are some tips on dieting that can promote healthy living.

  1. Always ensure that 3 meals are taken every day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). It is important to note to note that the last food for the day doesn’t necessarily have to be that with the largest quantity. Rather than eating more at night, eat more in the morning as breakfast Ensure that breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day is taken when due. If you must skip any meal, ensure that you do not skip your breakfast.
  2. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk products.
  3. Take less red meat. Eat more of eggs, fish, poultry, beans, and nuts.
  4. Avoid eating too much. Eat only the amount of food that can satisfy your hunger.
  5. Be moderate when consuming snacks and junks. Instead, take more of fruits and nuts to satisfy your hunger and prevent you from gaining excessive weight.
  6. Do not each too much before bedtime. Ensure that heavy foods are not taken after 6pm. This will help reduce weight gain and gastroesophageal reflux.
  7. Desist from the constant consumption of sugary snacks because calories in such snacks could make you hungrier and increase your food consumption which is not ideal for healthy living.
  8. Avoid taking fried or oily foods often.
  9. Ensure that foods are properly cooked. Do not consume undercooked meat or any kind of food. Proper cooking of food destroys harmful bacteria that may be contained therein.
  10. If you must eat fruits and vegetables, ensure that they are washed properly with clean water.

Finally, always consult a doctor/ medical practitioner if you are finding it difficult to control your food intake.

We always get questions every time we write about Natural Hair. We have received several private messages from those who are thinking about going natural or who want to do the big chop (cutting off all of their chemically straightened hair). We say, go for it! It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with your roots…literally, the roots of your hair and the amazing texture that it sprouts. But it’s easy to get discouraged from taking that leap when the natural hair community has such a strong fixation with long natural hair.
We have highlighted some styles you can rock depending on how low your hair is.

 

Just get a low cut and wear your hair ultra-short. This is a brave move but it can look absolutely stunning! You can even give it an attitude with a side part.

 

 

Accessorize with metal headbands and chains or just rubber Alice band for that calculated look.

Use a head wrap to add a lil somethin’ to your little curls. Sometimes, less is more

 

Go Bantu!!! Consider going to a professional stylist to get it done if you want to make sure that each knot is even. As you can see, this isn’t just a way to get a great twist out overnight; it’s a fun, edgy look that looks great when you wear it out, too!

 

 

Rock some flat twists on one side or both sides of your head and leave the rest of your hair loose or coiled.

 

Do you have very short natural hair? How do you like to style you hair? Are you thinking about going natural or getting the big chop? Tell us in the comments!

We cant wait to hear from you.

 

 

Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by a constant pulling of the hair. It is most commonly seen in women who wear weaves, tight braids and hair extensions, tight scarfs (Turban) but also occurs in those who consistently wear their hair pulled back tightly from their scalp. Traction alopecia can also be the result of excessive or harsh brushing and/or backcombing.

Traction alopecia is usually initially seen on the front hairline and also on the perimeters i.e edges, where most tension is exerted. However, over time the recession can move further as new hairs are put under strain. This can cause significant loss of hair around the hairline. Traction from tight hairstyles can also result in breakage along the temples which makes the management of hair much more difficult. If you tie your hair up with tight rubber bands, the bands may exert more tension on the hair and create cracks along the cuticle, eventually resulting to hair breakage.

At first, traction alopecia from hair extensions, braids, weaves and tight hairstyles is reversible; you can stop wearing hairstyles that exert tension on the hairline and your hair will grow back. However, over time irreversible damage can be done if the hair starts to grow back and is pulled out again and again. This happens because the constant pulling of the hair eventually distorts and atrophies the follicle. This eventually weakens the growth of the hair, and cause your hair to grow back finer and shorter. In severe instances, the follicle can become permanently scarred so that hair is not able to grow at all.

How can this be treated;

The Swedish Aromatherapy Treatment – This is a treatment used to invigorate your scalp, it opens up the pulse and stimulates the blood flow on your scalp, and it also helps to enhance hair growth. For Severe cases Ginger Anti- hair loss treatment is advised.

 

To know more about this treatment,

Visit Plot 305A, Jide Oki Street, off Ligali Ayorinde, Victoria Island Lagos.

Or call 07038321653 for further enquiries.

 

Ever heard the saying ‘Fashion can be bought, Style….one must possess? Well, that pretty much summarizes everything about style.

Style is a reflection of your person and what better way to express yourself than to be stylish.help you through this Journey. We will be here every day, bringing you great style tips, answering all your style questions and taking you through an incredible style journey.

If you have questions on grooming, beauty, fashion and many more, we are right here for you….always.

Because we are passionate about style and your happiness, we will go round the globe to bring you answers and solutions to all your style questions.

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Yours Truly,

Natures Gentle Touch Team.