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        5 Tips To Stay Productive When Working From Home

        5 Tips To Stay Productive When Working From Home

        Working from home can be challenging at times, especially for a long period of time. Since Covid-19, a lot of people have had no choice but to work from home. Some people love working from home, but it can leave others feeling isolated and unmotivated as they have no sense of normality. Below we have listed 5 tips that we use when working from home. I did my entire 3-year uni degree from home and the following tips really helped! 

        Tip 1: Have A Clean Environment 

        Walking into a dirty desk/room can be demotivating. However, walking into a clean environment can be a good way to start the day on a positive note. A clean area to work from with minimal clutter can give you a clear head, good energy and can motivate you to perform all your daily tasks. Overall a clean environment can increase motivation and performance.

        Tip 2: Get Dressed 

        Staying in your PJ’s all day sounds like a dream come true BUT it can negatively affect you and your work performance. This sounds silly... However, getting dressed signals that you’re in work mode. If you live with people getting dressed for work can also signal that your day has started, in other words, it helps you separate work from home life. Lastly, putting on work attire at home can give you confidence leaving you to feel fresh and productive.

        Tip 3: Never Lay on Your Bed or Couch 

        We all know how tempting it is to go lay down on your bed and scroll on your phone, we also know that hours can pass and you have gotten nothing done for the day. It is so important not to let yourself lay down on your bed or couch. If you need a break, go outside and get some fresh air, even schedule a workout in, just don’t lay down. 

        Tip 4: Establish a Designated Workspace 

        Crating a workspace at home helps maintain normality along with creating a strict divide between your work life and home life. Choose a space with the least distractions as this will help you focus, it will also mentally get you into work mode. 

        Tip 5: Create a Schedule  

        This tip is extremely important and is a MUST. We have recently done a blog on how to have a better morning. Click Here for a FREE step by step guide. Routine can help with our mental health, it lets us take control of the day, it reduces stress levels and it lets us prioritise certain tasks or things that are most important.  

        Always remember that some days might be harder than others and it is important to take time for yourself and recognise when you need a break. 

        We encourage you to keep in contact with family and friends, The world has changed dramatically over the past couple of years and we want you to know that we are always here if you need someone to lean on. We will always reply 

        Love Sammi & Paris 

        Our 5 Top Tips How To Fall Asleep Faster

        Our 5 Top Tips How To Fall Asleep Faster

        You know the daily episode where you wake up so exhausted and tired then you promise yourself that the next night will be different and you’ll go to bed super early this time! But next minute midnight rolls around and you’re mindlessly scrolling or binge watching a tv show. We know it all too well! But here are our top 5 tips & tricks to implement into your night time routine. These 5 simple tips have made a huge difference for us and now we’re falling asleep faster and our quality of sleep has improved so much!!!

        1. Set Up A Relaxing Environment

        Creating a relaxing calm environment is key to helping unwind after a busy day. Setting up a diffuser with some essential oils is so soothing! Our personal favourite is Lavender. 

        2. No Blue Light

        Blue light signals to your brain to wake up and it’s not time for bed. Whereas when it’s dark our brain produces more melatonin, the hormone that makes us sleepy. Your phone is definitely one of the main culprits that can keep you up all night, most phones have a “night mode” that you can set to automatically turn on once night-time hits. This basically turns off the blue light and switches it to a warmer tone. This will then stop the blue light keeping you alert and awake. Also try turning the brightness on your phone right down, which will also reduce the strain on your eyes. This tip is a GAME CHANGER!

        How To Turn on Nightmode for iPhone:

        1. Go to settings

        2. Click Display & Brightness 

        3. Go to Night Shift 

        4. From there you can either turn it on/off or schedule it to turn on and off at certain times.

        3. Get Some Exercise During The Day & Limiting Your Caffeine intake

        Exercising regularly can result in deeper, more restorative sleep, it is also amazing for your body and mind, even just getting a light walk in will have a positive impact on your sleep quality. Another big thing we have noticed is limiting our caffeine intake as it is a stimulant, which can cause wakefulness and disrupt sleep patterns. Therefore, it is best to avoid caffeine for at least 4 hours before going to bed.

        Instead of reaching for an afternoon coffee we have been loving a particular herbal tea called ‘sweet dreams’ by higher living. You can buy it online here https://www.aussiehealthproducts.com.au/higher-living.php or any Coles or Woolies.  Another favourite is our citrus flavoured collagen powder, we get ours from (https://mysite.mynuskin.com/content/nuskin/en_AU/mysite/mysite-home.mysite.tinafk.html?storeId=ASW9127015#home)

        Both these alternatives have amazing health benefits & we have noticed a huge difference in our skin appearance which is a win win!! Glowing skin & better sleeps!

         4. Avoid Napping Throughout The Day

        Having naps during the daytime, particularly those that last longer than 2 hours, can also disrupt the circadian rhythm. If you nap during the day, it could throw off your whole sleep cycle. So, if you can it is best to avoid day napping, but if you do need to rest try just laying down and reading a book.

        5. Read A Book Or Listen To A Podcast

         This one is a personal preference whether you would prefer to read or listen. Incorporating this into your night time routine can help reduce any anxiousness and we also find it stops you from thinking about all the things that happened that day. If you find that your mind can’t stop thinking about what you need to do the next day, we suggest that you write everything down as this will ease your mind. Top tip, if you are reading a book make sure it’s not a genre that creates anxiousness or makes you alert. If you’re reading an e-book make sure your night mode is enabled too!

        Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel, mentally and physically, so it's SO important to get enough! Let us know if you try any of these tips in your night time routine! We love hearing from you!

        Love Paris & Sammi XX

        Mental Health - Women's Health Week With Paris & I

        Mental Health - Women's Health Week With Paris & I

        Women’s Health Week With

        Paris & I 

        Here at Paris & I, we are encouraging women to put their health first and book appointments with their GP.

        It’s women’s health week...

        So we are asking you to use this week to check in and consider your mental health.

        We know since the pandemic there are a lot of women out there feeling stressed and anxious. We also know that it's in our nature to put our loved ones before our own wellbeing.

        This week is about you, so stop putting your health last and put yourself FIRST.

        Important 

        How are you suppose to help and support your loved ones if you’re struggling yourself? Helping yourself is actually the best way to help others.

        We are not health experts here at Paris & I, we have both gone through our own personal battles and know a thing or two about getting back on track. However, what we do know is that we are devoted in helping our Paris & I family. So if you’re reading this and need to talk to someone (it can be anything) we are here for you. 

        How you can get help 

        1. See your GP

        2. Talk to a friend 

        3. Talk to us 

        4. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

        5. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/mental-health-helplines

        6. https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Pages/mental-health-line.aspx

        Our Mental Health Tips 

        • Exercise and move the body

        THIS WORKS- Did you know exercise is the best NATURAL way to help with depression 

        • Eat a balanced nutritious diet

        Picture From: http://garnishedwithgratitude.com/mood-food-the-depression-diet/

        • Get outdoors or in the sun 

        • Do things that you love and make them a priority 

        • Lower your alcohol consumption or drink sensibly

        • Do something you’re good at 

        • Talk about your feelings 

        • Keep in touch 

        • Accept who you are and love yourself 

        We have all been in dark places but there is always light on the other side. Ask for help and put yourself first as it is worth it and you are worth it.

        Always here if you need to chat.

        Email us hello@parisandi.com.au 

        Send us a DM on any of our socials (We run all our socials so you're only ever going to be talking to Sammi or Paris AKA us) 

        We will leave the links below 

        Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/parisandiofficial

        Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parisandiofficial/?hl=en

        Love From Sammi & Paris XX

         

        5 Easy Breakfast Recipe Hacks!

        5 Easy Breakfast Recipe Hacks!


        5 Easy Breakfast Recipe Hacks!

        A gourmet breakfast isn’t a realistic everyday goal. If you’re like us and always in a rush but need to eat, these 5 yummy on-the-go EASY breakfasts are for you! Most importantly these recipes are nutritious, keeping your body fuelled for longer! 

        1. Boiled Eggs

        There’s so much you can do with a boiled egg and they're an easy way to get your protein intake in and packed with healthy fats! You can keep these guys ready to go in the fridge and eat them on the go. Or to spice your boiled egg up, our favourite way is to sliced them on toast with avocado, salt and pepper. DELISH!

        2. Greek Yogurt & Berries

        Another great on the go breakfast! You can easily prepare this the night before. Not only is it super easy to throw the yoghurt and berries in a container to-go. You can also add a scoop of protein powder of your choice and mix it in. Adding the extra protein will keep you fuller for longer. Berries are an amazing source of fibre & full of antioxidants.

        3. Oats or Proats AKA (Protein Oats)

        Oats are a go-to, they are SO many ways to enjoy them! In Winter we love making warm protein porridge! All you need to do is add half a cup of oats into a bowl cover oats with water or milk and microwave for 1 min 30 sec. Keep an eye on them so they don’t overflow, then mix in a scoop of protein powder and add any topping’s you would like! YUM! 

        4. Smoothies

        Smoothies are amazing if you’re not a huge breakfast lover but need to get something in. You can jam pack them with so much GOODNESS! Our favourite smoothie go to recipe:

        • 1 banana

        • Cup of blueberries

        • Tea spoon of peanut butter

        • Sprinkle of cinnamon

        • Almond milk or water

        • Scoop of protein powder (optional)

        • Honey

         5. 2 Ingredient Banana Protein Pancakes.

        Protien pancakes can be prepared and stored for an easy on-the-go breakfast. All you need is 2 eggs, 1 whole banana and you can always add a optional scoop of protein powder.

        Method:

        1. Peel and mash banana in a bowl until it resembles a paste.

        2. Crack eggs into a separate bowl and whisk (whisk or fork is fine!)

        3. Add eggs to banana and combine.

        4. Use a lightly greased pan on low heat to gently fry pancakes 

        5. Serve by themselves, or add your favourite toppings such as berries, yogurt, maple syrup ect.

        ENJOY! We hope this helps to make your morning routine as smooth as possible. Easy, yummy and nutritious breakfast meals for the everyday women on the go.

        Love Paris & Sammi xx

        7 Tips & Tricks You Can Do in The Morning To Have a Better Day

        7 Tips & Tricks You Can Do in The Morning To Have a Better Day

        1. Don’t snooze your alarm & give yourself enough time to do the following steps 

        Why start the day off with a fight against your alarm clock, where you eventually concede defeat. By snoozing your alarm, you are adding stress by cutting your morning short. And what for, 5-10 extra minutes of laying there?

        Tip: Only set one alarm! If you set more, you won't get up on the first alarm. Multiple alarms is the same thing as hitting snooze, but you're setting yourself up for failure before the morning even hits.

        Tip: Put your phone on the other side of the room so you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.

        2. Drink some water, let the sun in, open a window & make your bed straight away (that’s already one task completed yay!)

        Why drink water? Well, aside from having a head start in activating your brain's functionality, drinking water will also help you eliminate waste products and toxins from your body built up during your sleep. AKA helps you poo 

        Why make the bed? It may be a small accomplishment, but this can set the tone for the day. 

        Naval Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations quotes,

        “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another," he said. "By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”

        3. Get dressed into something you can freely move your body in & have a coffee or tea 

        Coffee is a personal choice, but it can energise and motivate you before exercising.

        Wearing a cute exercise outfit also motivates you to train. If you’re looking for Australian made activewear by women for women head to www.parisandi.com.au

        4. Exercise! Gym, yoga or walking. Get the blood flow moving

        Exercise is so important as it is an all-natural treatment to fight depression. Exercise also improves your sleep, boosts your mood, reduces anxiety, stress and more. 

        Tip: you will never feel worse after exercising, so why not do it? 

        Tip: Make an exercise date with a friend. This reinforces you to show up as you don’t want to let them down.

        5. Learn something new! Listen to a podcast or read a book (listen while you’re exercising). 

        Learning something new is so rewarding, even if it’s something small like hacks when cleaning. Exercising the brain makes you feel happy and accomplished. Listen to something that motivates YOU, e.g. a success story, self-improvement or an educational podcast/ book. However, whatever you choose to read or listen to, make sure it positively impacts you.

        6. Have a cold shower for at least 30 seconds 

        There are hundreds of studies as to why cold showers benefit you. I will list a few benefits below;

        • Increases energy levels 

        • Increases metabolism

        • Improves sleep

        • Reduces swelling, inflammation and muscle soreness

        • Improves concentration

         Most importantly, it makes you face fear for the day. Which puts you in a mindset to attack the day and achieve your goals 

        7. Have breakfast & get dressed for the day 

        Breakfast is also a personal choice as some people prefer fasting. Getting dressed in the morning can make you feel fresh and enhance your mood. For example, think back to your mood when you were last dressed nicely. You would have felt confident and happy. Get out of your PJ’s & into some clean, fresh clothes that make you feel happy. 

        Conclusion 

        By trying these steps your day can only improve. Just remember that routine is key. You can make your own routine as everyone is different and certain things work for certain people. 

        If you're in a rut try the above tips & tricks as they're easy changes that might potentially change your life for the better.