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This Is How To Have A Stress Free Work Week



Stress! we have all dealt with it one time or the other, some better than others.

But when it comes to Mondays, it seems like this “emotion” is more visible than on other days.

So instead of avoiding it or letting it build up, let’s take a look at five ways to deal with the terrible tension.

The better we are at addressing our stressors and learning how we can reduce their effects, the healthier we become.


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While sitting at your desk, attending meetings, or commuting home, practice taking deep breaths throughout your day. Most of us take short, shallow inhales due to stress or an overall lack of body awareness. So try it out. Right now, take a 3-5 second inhale, hold at the top and slowly exhale for 3-5 seconds.

Avoid the snooze button

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Establishing a proper sleep schedule can help you become less tired throughout the day/week. With less grogginess comes more productivity and, in turn, a reduction of stress.

And while heading to bed early seems simple enough, there are definitely tips and tricks that can help you settle your mind after a long day. Learn to unplug from technology up to 30 minutes prior to sleeping. When it comes to rising, while it may be challenging, aim to get out of bed when your alarm goes off. Avoiding multiple taps of the snooze button will give your body more time to adjust to being awake instead of simply getting a few more minutes of shut eye that may just make you more tired.


Sweat it out

Starting this week, right now, aim to get in at least 3 workouts. Exercise releases endorphins and helps initiate an all-natural stress relief within the body.

When you stop thinking of fitness as something you ‘must do’ and instead find an activity that you enjoy doing, you’ll be more likely to continue. So go try a free fitness class and start working out your stress.

Eat balanced meals

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When it comes to reducing stress and feeling your best, you must fuel your body with nutrient-dense foods. Aim to include a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. The cleaner and less processed you eat, the more energy you’ll have to get to the gym and release stress in a healthy way.


This may be the most difficult tip to adhere to, but if you’re feeling stressed daily, it’s necessary. Between our smart phones and constantly evolving technology, it can be hard to remove yourself. It is important for you to know when to turn it off and focus on your health.

Unplugging can be as minimal as silencing your phone 30 minutes and maybe not opening your laptop all weekend. You’ll begin to notice your shoulders relax and an essence of calm as you power down elements of your life.



Burna Boy Sells Out Mercedes Benz Arena



Burna Boy Sells Out Mercedes Benz Arena |

Burna Boy, who achieved international success in 2019, has now made a significant achievement. He recently became the first African artist to sell out the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany, on December 9, 2023, during his I Told Them” world tour.

This marks another historic venue added to the list of venues Burna Boy has sold out, solidifying his status as the first African artist to achieve such milestones.

Earlier this year, Burna Boy made history as the first African to headline a stadium concert in the United Kingdom, selling out the London stadium. He also accomplished the same feat in the United States, selling out the Citi Field stadium in New York.

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In 2023, Burna Boy continued to impress his fans and the music audience at large, making history with his 7th album, “I Told Them”, which became his fourth consecutive album to be nominated for the Grammys.

For the 2024 Grammys, Burna Boy earned four nominations, with his hit single “City Boy” nominated for Best African Music Performance, “Alone” nominated for Best Global Music Performance, and his single “Sittin’ On Top Of The World” featuring 21 Savage nominated for Best Melodic Rap Performance.

All these achievements make him the first Nigerian to be nominated as a lead artist outside of the global categories.

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7 Things Men Want In A Relationship



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Expressing their needs within an intimate relationship is often a challenge for men.

Whether influenced by societal norms or struggling to articulate their needs, men, typically the less vocal participants in such relationships, often endure silently when their emotional needs are unmet by their partners.

Regardless of your gender, reading this article will provide deeper insights into yourself or your partner, illuminating the needs within your intimate relationship.

Let’s put an end to unnecessary conflicts arising from miscommunication, nights lacking intimacy, and emotional shutdowns.

By delving into the following tips, we guarantee that your perspective on your relationship will undergo a transformative shift.

Here are 7 things that men seek in a relationship:

1. Praise And Approval

Men are often known for having delicate egos. Regular reassurance about various aspects, such as ourselves, our career paths, our effectiveness as partners, our sexual abilities, and our appeal, is something we appreciate.

While it’s true that men may require less frequent verbal praise compared to their female counterparts, expressing admiration doesn’t have to be a calculated exchange. Why not just embrace more positivity?

So, ladies, let your admiration flow freely. Communicate to your man what you find appealing about him. Share your favourite physical features of his.

Tell him when you find it attractive how he expresses himself, achieves something, or takes you on a date. Your praise won’t inflate his ego; instead, it will foster a sense of being loved.

And here’s a bonus: the more you acknowledge his positives, the more you’ll notice and appreciate them.

 2. Respect

Respect is akin to love for men. If a man senses disapproval, whether it’s directed at him, his career, or the values he holds dear, it becomes challenging for him to trust and feel loved.

The underlying thought is, “If she doesn’t respect my core identity, how can she genuinely desire what’s best for me?”

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Respecting your man goes beyond conventional gestures. Actions like reheating dinner or handling dry cleaning might be considerate but don’t necessarily translate to respect – they’re nice, but respect is more like oxygen to men.

Why aren’t such actions seen as signs of respect and appreciation? If, while doing something nice, you conveyed doubt or contradicted him, you were essentially questioning his competence.

To truly show your man respect, demonstrate your confidence in his abilities.

If a man’s partner fails to respect his life path or mission, he’ll likely feel compelled to distance himself, fostering an anxious disconnect.

3. A Sense Of Sexual Connection

Men and women connect through both sex and communication, but generally, women connect better through talking, while men connect better through sex.

This doesn’t mean men need sex every day to feel connected. Often, men connect through signs of sexuality as much as through the act itself.

For men, initiating sex is a way to ensure their partner is still sexually available. So, if your man reaches out for you, simply showing willingness to embrace, kiss, and engage can make him feel loved.

The challenge arises when there’s a lack of awareness. The woman may not feel like opening up sexually until she feels connected emotionally, but the man might find it hard to communicate because they haven’t been physical.

Avoid these unintentional standoffs by talking with your partner about what specifically makes them feel most loved.

4. Emotional Intimacy

From a young age, men are ingrained with the idea of avoiding any display of weakness. This includes refraining from complaints, sharing fears or concerns, and expressing self-doubt or worry.

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A man’s partner should ideally serve as a haven. It’s the space where he can reveal vulnerabilities and allow his partner to contribute to his healing. Just as women may take time to open up sexually in a relationship, men gradually unfold emotionally.

The first time a man sheds tears in front of his partner, it’s crucial that the response is nurturing and supportive. If he perceives a negative reaction or a lack of understanding, he might withdraw and no longer trust his partner with his emotions, creating a distance in the relationship.

In this scenario, both partners suffer — he internalizes his struggles, feeling flawed and imperfect, while she is kept emotionally at a distance.

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5. Space

In many relationships, the feminine-associated female partner desires more time together, while the masculine-associated male partner seeks more time apart. Achieving a perfect balance is challenging; it requires managing the dynamics of closeness and separateness.

It’s crucial not to suffocate a man by denying him free time or displaying overly jealous behaviour – this can quickly lead to the demise of a relationship. Men require breathing room; they value time for hobbies, with friends, and to work on personal projects for fulfilment.

Traditionally, when women faced problems, they sought support within the tribe – connecting with friends and family. In contrast, when men encounter challenges, they often prefer solitude to contemplate solutions.

So, give him space. Allow him time to breathe. Let him pursue his interests. A man returns happier when he feels trusted and knows you respect the strength of your bond enough to grant him the freedom he needs.

6. Physical Touch

Men require regular non-sexual touch along with a sense of sexual connection.

For example, if a man is engrossed in a task and his partner lovingly touches his neck and hair from behind, he can feel just as loved as if they had engaged in sexual intimacy, perhaps even more, depending on his mood.

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This type of touch is seen as a form of physical love, conveying the message, “I love you, and I want you to feel happy always. Know that I’m here for you, and I care for you deeply”.

7. Security

Both men and women are drawn to certainty in a relationship. When a man senses that his partner is committed for the long term, he becomes more willing to open up, provided he shares the same level of commitment.

However, the sense of security extends beyond just staying together. It involves feeling assured that his partner approves of him and supports his career choices. Non-sexual touches throughout the day contribute to his feelings of security and love.

Allowing him to have his time with his friends without constant check-ins also fosters a sense of security. Ultimately, a partner who takes intentional steps to love him in the way he needs reinforces his overall sense of security in the relationship.

How To Give Him What He Needs

Where do you stand in your relationship?

If you’re a man reading this, do you feel that all your needs are being met? Is there something you could communicate to your partner for a potential improvement? (Consider sharing this article with her.) For those in a relationship with a man, how can you enhance your expressions of love? Which aspects mentioned here can you incorporate more into your relationship?

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7 Fun Things To Do On Christmas Day



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The gift wrapping has been torn apart, and the routine special meals are gradually vanishing. Indeed, there’s something about this particular Christmas holiday that can give the sensation of having lived an entire day by noon. Consequently, it’s no wonder you might find yourself in search of fresh ideas for activities on Christmas Day in 2023.

Fear not, as we’ve got you covered with a collection of festive and entertaining suggestions to fill the hours. From organizing a movie night featuring your beloved Christmas films to engaging in Christmas-themed arts and crafts, we’ve compiled a range of activities.

Whether you’re celebrating with your extended family or enjoying a cosy day with your significant other, these activities are sure to keep you in high spirits throughout the day.

1. Tour the Christmas Lights

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Extend the enjoyment of the Christmas holiday magic by ensuring you take a stroll through your brightly lit neighbourhood (or a nearby one) on Christmas Day.

If the weather proves too chilly for a walking tour, you can always opt for a festive drive-thru Christmas lights experience with the family.

2. Watch a Christmas Movie

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…or maybe even a few. Whether it’s black-and-white classics that leave you misty-eyed under the mistletoe or slapstick holiday favourites that bring joy to the whole family, there’s an abundance of fantastic Christmas movies to suit every audience.

Round up your friends or enjoy a cosy solo session for a Christmas Day movie marathon that promises a store of holiday vibes, perfectly complemented by a sizzling cocktail.

3. Cook a Christmas Day Feast

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The holiday season revolves around cherished moments with loved ones, and what better method to unite people than with a substantial array of delectable dishes?

With a solid month to recuperate from Thanksgiving, it’s time to don your oven mitts once more and assemble your culinary team for a delightful few hours in the kitchen.

The result will be a spread worthy of Instagram and a scrumptious, indulgent feast befitting the occasion, made even more enjoyable by the company you share it with.

4. Clean Up and Donate

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What better way to embrace the holiday spirit on Christmas Day than by giving back? However, if the sudden urge to volunteer strikes, it’s worth noting that most nonprofits experience a surge in support during the holidays and often require assistance at other times of the year.

Instead, channel your inner quest, create space for your new acquisitions, and then consider donating gently used items to organizations in need. Not only will decluttering feel satisfying, but scientific research indicates that acts of kindness contribute to increased happiness.

5. Make It a Themed Family Game Night

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Not in the mood for an extensive outing on Christmas Day? We understand, especially when the allure of the fire pit is so irresistible.

The holiday season is an ideal time to snuggle up and unwind, and if you feel the need for some additional entertainment, why not turn it into a game night?

To maintain the festive atmosphere, we recommend focusing on holiday-themed games. The good news is that this can be accomplished even if your game collection lacks holiday options.

6. Go for a Nature Walk

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After consuming your body weight in stuffing, step outside for some exercise and fresh air. Bundle up in your beautiful clothes and take a leisurely walk in the great outdoors.

If a state park isn’t conveniently nearby, any other natural setting will suffice. And for the adults in the group, why not consider using one of these hot cocktails as a delicious hand warmer?

7. Get Crafty with “Thank You” Cards

Expressing gratitude through thank-you cards is a Christmas tradition that often slips through the cracks if not approached with vigilance.

Prevent this oversight by turning it into a Christmas Day activity, adding an extra layer of enjoyment by getting creative with it.

Grab your scrapbooking supplies, embark on an art project, and seize the opportunity to convey your appreciation—helping you avoid the cardinal sin of forgetting whether it was your grandma or your great-aunt who gifted you those cosy slippers.

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