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April is Stress Awareness Month: How Well are You Managing?

Life is made up of stressful situations, and for many, this is no unfamiliar concept. From daily stressors like money, work, or social pressures, to the heavier hitters like the loss of a job, relocating to a new home, or coping with a heavy hardship. Stress is both natural and completely normal. Navigating this physical reaction and finding ways to manage and combat these anxious nerves can greatly impact your peace of mind and overall wellbeing.

Stress and the Positive Impact on your Wellbeing

According to experts, in small bursts, stress can have several advantages.

  • Help you meet daily challenges.
  • Motivates you to reach your goals.
  • Help you accomplish tasks more efficiently.
  • Boost memory.
  • Aid as a vital warning system (engaging fight-or-flight response).
  • Increased focus with the ability to avoid distracting situations.
  • Moderate stress can fortify the immune system.
  • Improve how your heart works.
  • Protect your body from infection.

 

Stress and the Negative Impact on your Wellbeing

Too much stress, if persistant can be detrimental. Emotional stress that lingers can have a negative impact on your health, happiness and overall wellbeing.

  • Prolonged stress will weaken the immune system.
  • Can result in high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even heart disease.
  • Alter blood flow, the arteries and how cells regenerate.

 

Signals of too much Stress

Differentiating good stress from bad stress, is not always something we can cognitively do. Look out for the ways your body could be letting you know that you've exceeded your stress limits:

  • Inability to concentrate or complete tasks.
  • Prone to sickness (especially colds).
  • Sore or aching body.
  • Autoimmune diseases flare up.
  • Increased or prolonged headaches.
  • Social irritability and lack of patience.
  • Increased sleeping discomforts.
  • Drastic changes in appetite or irritated bowels.
  • More temperamental or anxious than usual.

 

Simple ways to Lessen the Stressin’

Stress is an inevitable part of life, but you can improve the way you react to stress by avoiding certain situations/triggers and making these simple lifestyle changes:

Diet:

Believe it or not, what you eat and drink can have an impact on your mood and certainly your levels of stress. Four of the most common culprits include caffeine, alcohol, high-sodium foods, and refined sugars. Whether the pressures is on or not, consider the best and worst foods for stress.

Planning:

Preparedness is a fantastic mental tool and that feeling of being ready can truly help you overcome the most challenging situations. Whether you are planning a big move, or just trying to stay ahead of the unexpected, don’t feel as you have to go at it alone. Employ the help you need, to lessen the stress and make the most of your energy. Beyond Storage is always here to help when the boundaries of your comfort zone feel lost.

Sleep:

For the human body, rest is recovery and without this valuable tool the smallest of stresses can feel more daunting than ever. If you find yourself increasingly more irritated and with a thinning patience, simply treat yourself to better rest! It can sometimes be as simple as a new and supportive pillow; the missing piece to a better nights rest and a stress free week.

Exercise:

Exercise in just about any form can act as a stress reducer. Increased active can boost those feel-good endorphins and serve as a distract you from daily worries. Don’t stress if you can't find the time for a quick short workout, there's an app for that.


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5 Smart Ways to Brighten Up your Garden for Summer

With the rain (hopefully) clearing away and the days get warmer and sunnier, it might be time to give your garden some TLC. Your garden is an outdoor extension of your home. As the sun starts to peek out and the flowers begin to blossom, many of us are already planning our Summer BBQs! We’ve come up with 5 simple, low-cost ways to brighten up your garden without breaking the bank. Why not get the kids involved with crafting DIY features to keep in the garden, too?

Colourful plants & flowers

It’s the time of the year when you have colourful flowers coming to bloom, scattered around your garden. Splashes of rainbow around the garden will look beautiful and give you that summery feeling. Filling flower beds with perennials is a reasonably priced way to make your garden look vibrant and polished. clever ways brighten garden

Recycled pots/tin/jars can planter - DIY with Kids

If you don’t have flowers but you want to keep your garden looking bright and vibrant amongst the sea of green, you can always decorate your plant pots. Painting those pots will add colour - and you can even personalise them! Why not get the kids involved too? It’ll be a fun activity for them - and you can also make them as gifts for extended family. This idea is also great if you have a tiny garden - or no garden at all - but you still want some gorgeous greenery around your home. clever ways brighten garden

Colourful furniture cushions

If you’re lucky enough to have the space for furniture in your garden, then you can always liven up plain furniture with colourful cushions. Tropical-style prints with flowers and leaves are very popular at the moment and will add an exotic touch to your home. clever ways brighten garden

Light it up!

Outdoor fairy lights are a lovely, cost-effective feature that can be used all-year round. They’re especially beautiful to hang around in the garden on those warm spring and summer nights. Outdoor lights are a quick and simple decoration for fences and furniture and add a pretty glow to your patio and back garden. If you want to make a bigger statement, why not choose pretty lanterns to put around the garden? They will complement your furniture and illuminate your garden with a lovely radiance. clever ways brighten garden

Get Creative

You can always get creative with your garden decorations, too. Think outside the box. Paint little figurines to give the gnomes a run for their money - or why not give your old garden tools a makeover and put them on display? clever ways brighten garden


The Big Declutter: How Decluttering Helps You Lose Weight

Are you a busy mum who is juggling Monday meal preps, with a full time job, with school runs, with Date Night, the Sunday Football mornings, with Thursday night swimming, with Friday night Zumba classes when you can, with your full time job, with catching up with Sarah and Joe, with catching up with your mum, with getting that upper lip waxed, with keeping the house in check, with making sure that the kids don’t go to school in their PJs….? The list goes on! And if that all sounds all too familiar, then we are sure that all this juggling has got you feeling tired, run down and in much need of an exotic break, alone, on a desert island.

With all that stress going on, it’s not surprising that you might be looking for shortcuts wherever you can to break up your working week. But this may be effecting you more than you think, leaving you with a life-filled with clutter, unhealthy foods, unhappy relationships and more hopes and dreams that are on the back-burner, whilst you are nothing more than burnt out with no back-up.

For many of us, the clutter and ‘stuff’ around us can feel like a ’fortress’ that stays consistent and habitual, whilst the rest of out lives are up in the air and out of our control. The same is true with food. Are you comforting yourself and covering your daily stresses with one too many packets of crisp? It’s easily done.

Over the past few years, researchers have shown that there is a definite link between losing clutter and losing weight. This is because, at times of stress, everyone has different ways of dealing with life, “some people start smoking, some people exercise, some people move in and out of relationships, some people hoard, and some people turn to food”, but even the healthiest of coping mechanisms can become unhealthy when used in the wrong way.

So, if you are reading this and you feel like the above makes sense to you in one way or another, have no fear. Your solution may be one Spring Clean away.

Nutritionist Keri Glassman, R.D., says that ”A behavioural and physiological chain reaction is put into motion by having a streamlined space," she says. Picture the domino effect of a messy closet: The chaos makes it harder to choose clothes. You're late. No time for breakfast, which can slow your metabolism and release the fattening stress hormone cortisol.” Yes, that’s right, being stressed can make you hold on to fat! So imagine, how unstressed you would feel if your morning routine was streamlined, clean and unstressful. You may actually make it to 11am without having 3 coffees and another snack from the vending machine…

Now that you’ve got that visualisation, let’s look at how you get rid of all of that stuff, that emotional baggage and that unfinished business that’s standing in your way.

  1. De-Document: Get rid of the documents from past careers, love letters from long ago lovers, diary doodles, shopping lists.
  2. Finish or Forget the Unfinished business: if you don’t want to run a marathon one day, then don’t, otherwise guilt will run your world. You run your world. Doing a list every morning, of everything going on in your head can truly help you to clear the mind before the day begins. That way you can create a specific to-do list for the day. One little trick, is to always choose something on the list which is really not that important, and eliminate it!
  3. Unroll that inbox, don’t let you digital life swamp your real-world life
  4. Gifts for future self: GET RID! Too often we think ‘oh this toy will be great for my child’, and ‘this dress will look nice when I lose weight’, and ‘this toaster that my mum gave me will be perfect when I save up and my own house’, but actually these are all coping mechanisms, that are thought of through fear that you may not be able to get your own things. Most commonly women keep clothes for years and years, thinking they need them, but actually you don’t and you are just holding on to these things based on hope and fear. We hang onto far more objects than we need, and, instead of motivating us, they become talismans of guilt and shame. What if you don’t lose weight? Well that dress you kept will just be a reminder of your failure, but how many items do you need to hold on to before they start controlling you.
  5. Unloved items: When you are clearing out, ask yourself these questions, do you honestly need this item? Do you love it? Does it have some sort of significance in your life? Does it serve a purpose? If the answer to all of these questions is “no,” it’s time to get rid of that thing and move onto the next one.
  6. Let your goals shape your organising: If you want to become more consistent with your gym raining, then organise your training gear into a space near your front door where they are easily grab-able on your way out in the morning.

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You can't keep hiding the things you don’t use or need:

 

The truth is, physical or non-physical, whatever bits and bobs you are holding onto, you can’t hide them in the cupboard forever. All of those things will pile up and be carried with you and niggle at you. For example, just this weekend I felt this same stress come over me, because I realised that the 5 pairs of shoes that are gracing my living room floor, waiting for my partner to sell on eBay, have now been there for over a month.

 

These shoes have been subconsciously walking by my side since they were placed next to my TV, and although I hadn’t mentioned that to my partner sooner, in a moment of stress and frustration I realised that we just needed to get rid instead of waiting for a bid.

 

What do you want from your life?

It’s important that you pick one thing at at a time to declutter and don’t decide to say ‘I don’t want to deal with this today’, the more you can make organisation a way of living, the clearer your head will feel and the more mindful you will be. Some of you may hate the thought of putting cleaning up at the top of the list, before your full time job, catching up with Sarah and Joe, catching up with your mum, getting that upper lip waxed… but try it and see how cleaning up some actual space, can leave you with some breathing space to get through your busy life with easy, more lightly, physically and psychologically.

We hope this helps!

Guest Blog: Fitness_KaleoPaleo


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Storage Hacks for Your Living Room

The living room is the hub of a family house. It’s traditionally the most comfortable room in the home (after the bedroom, of course), and usually the most high-traffic area. Typically, this room holds most of your sentimental possessions and everyday items, so it’s important to make sure this part of the house has enough storage space to keep them safe or show them off - without making your most important room feel cluttered.

We’ve been inspired by the #TinyHomeBigLiving trend by our cousins from across the pond, and want to share some of our favourite handy storage solutions for your living room.

(Hanging) Off the Wall

storage hacks living roomJust because you don’t have acres of room doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise your green thumb. You don’t have to show off your plants on sideboards or in vases; you can hang those little green beauties off the wall. This keeps them out of the way, frees up space on your valuable surfaces, and allows you to create a mini indoor garden.

Shelving equals storage

Shelves can be a life-saver for storage solutions - as long as you stack them carefully. They can be a great way to cut out the clutter in your living room and keep your little belongings on display - but out of the way.

Corners often get left as dead space in living rooms, but why not try stepping-up your storage with ladder-style shelving? These are on-trend storage solutions for a modern family home which are decorative and useful without overwhelming your space. Just make sure you secure it to the wall to be safe.

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Fill up handy bins

If you have space underneath small tables or cabinets, you can make great use of this by adding some handy storage baskets. Endlessly useful baskets can be used to stow away blankets, magazines, games console accessories and crossword puzzles - and even those too-numerous-to-mention remote controls and batteries! 

Rethink your coffee table

Your coffee table is usually a key feature in a living room. It gives you somewhere to rest your feet while you’re enjoying your favourite show on TV. It shows off your art-house books. It… becomes a dumping ground for remote controls? No - a coffee table takes up too much space to be used as a clutter bench.
If this sounds like your home, why not ditch the space-grabbing coffee table in favour of low-level shelving just behind your sofa, so you can keep your cuppa close while enjoying TV time? Or, if you just need somewhere to prop those feet up, choose a tiered coffee table. The top has open functionality, but you can use the bottom to store your belongings.


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Making room for your new puppy!

Bringing home a new puppy is an incredibly exciting experience - whether it’s your first furry friend or not. That said - inviting a sharp-toothed little critter into your precious home is not without its risks! So we’ve put together our top tips for preparing your home for a new four-pawed arrival - and beyond.

1. Make Space

Puppies - yes, even the tiny ones - take up a LOT of room. Whether it’s a new crate or bed, food bowls or endless toys strewn about your house, creating spaces especially for your new pup is an essential first step in preparing your home.

2. Puppy-proofing

If you’re planning to invite a young hairball into your home without puppy proofing it first, you’re asking for trouble. The first step is to take a look round, and move anything within nose, paw or tail reach up high to a safer spot. Always put things higher than you think as puppies are mischievous little creatures and will find a way into anything. The second step inside is to tidy away all cables or electrical equipment. We know that in a modern home this is hard to do - but trust us when we say that taping down your TV cables will save you endless hours of frustration when little teeth nibble through your power supply - and possibly save you a terrifying trip to the vet, too. Finally - don’t neglect your garden. Even if it’s not possible to completely fence in your yard, make sure you create a safe space in the garden that your pup can’t escape from. It’s also important to do some research and remove any plants which could be poisonous to dogs.

3. Crate training

Cage training your dog in your home

You might think the idea of shutting your pup in a metal box sounds cruel, but actually, dogs love small, dark, enclosed spaces where they can curl up and feel safe. Especially for young puppies, crate training is a great idea as it gives them a place of their own where they can escape from stressers - particularly over-enthusiastic children! It’s a fact, too, that dogs don’t like to mess their own bed, so if the crate is small enough, your new puppy will do its best not to make a mess but wait to be taken out instead.

4. Upstairs, downstairs

You might love the idea of having your puppy upstairs with you, but studies have shown that hurtling up and down stairs at a young age can do damage to your pup’s soft joints while they’re still forming. Using a baby gate or puppy gate is a great way to keep pup safe downstairs and out of mischief. Just make sure the gaps between the bars are narrow enough to avoid little heads getting stuck!

Ultimately, a new puppy is going to take up a very special place in your heart, and your home. But sharp puppy teeth are notorious for doing damage to your precious belongings! So if you’re preparing for a furry new arrival, why not let us store your favourite things for you in our safe, climate-controlled units - at least until the ‘chewing’ phase is over!


#BeyondYourAtmosphere Competition!

Have you pushed yourself in 2018? At Beyond Storage, It’s no secret that we love to give people the opportunity go beyond their comfort zone, try something new and make a positive change in their life. So you can only begin to imagine our excitement to announce that, thanks to a recent partnership that begins today, 1 April, we are going to be offering the trip of a lifetime to a member of our community and their plus one!

#BeyondYourAtmosphere

We’re giving away two tickets for a flight that will take you higher than 100,000 feet, to the very edge of our atmosphere. From this point, you’ll be able to see the curvature of the earth and the dark and beckoning expanse that is space… an experience that puts absolutely everything into perspective.

All you need to do to enter is tell us why you and your chosen friend, partner or family member want to complete the journey, and why you think you or they deserve it.

The foolishly incredible voyage will take place in the spring of 2020 and will last a total of four hours and, for at least half of that time, you'll be suspended at just over 100,000 feet on the edge of the atmosphere and way #BeyondYourComfortZone. To make this once-in-a-lifetime experience as accessible as possible, we've also decided to fund the travel costs to and from our partner's headquarters with all expenses paid.


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Happy St. Patricks Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

With green being the colour of choice today, we’re sure it can be seen as far as the eye can see - from clothes to food, and even hair! We’re looking at the green drinks that you can indulge in today to get in the spirit of the celebrations.

Happy St. Patrick's Day - green drink on wood desk

We might not have a Shamrock Shake, available at a little fast-food chain with golden arches across the of the pond, but there are plenty of other beverages we can enjoy on St Patrick’s Day. Perhaps you want to start your day with an Irish Coffee, just to make things interesting. Or instead, you might want to go out get a real taste for the occasion. Plenty of bars will be serving green-themed cocktails, and while not technically green, Guinness will be flowing from the taps of bars and pubs across the world! If you’re looking for something a little more healthy, there’s the iconic green smoothie, or maybe a green tea matcha latte to get you started in the morning- and possibly detox from the night before.

Show us your St.Patricks Day drink of choice and tag #YourWorldCup for a chance to be entered into our Beyond Your Comfort Zone competition, with the chance to win up to £1000! Could today be your lucky day?

We hope everyone has a fantastic evening!


Garage storage tips - your home storage site!

Your garage is the storage site of your home, filled with a variety of home valuables and a multitude of bits ‘n’ bobs. So when you lack effective organisation and efficiency it’s no shock when your garage becomes a cave filled with balls, tools, old toys and bikes that seem to find their way there.

So as we’re experts in storage, we’ve come up with some helpful garage storage solutions for you to organise and maximise the space in one of the most cluttered areas of your home.

Magnet strips to hold tools

Never lose your tools again. If you don’t own a toolbox or need your tools to hand when working on a little project in your garage, this is the solution for you! Magnet strips can be mounted to the wall will hold your tools. So you won’t have a screw loose looking for your tools.

Wall storage

Wall storage in cool garage with motorcycle

A popular garage storage solution, wall storage is a great way to store your accessories in your garage. Ideal for garages with limited space or for those who want to make space without the use of storage boxes. Wall storage may take a lot of planning to ensure everything has its place, but when it's done well it can make a great visual impact and make finding things incredibly easy. From bikes and balls to garden tools and games, it’s one of the coolest ways to organise your garage.

Basket case

basket storage on a garage wallMounted baskets can be the perfect solution for all your 'odds and ends', those miscellaneous belongings that you can't quite sort or label. Whether the baskets are on the wall or hanging from the ceiling you'll always be able to see the contents and easily locate that missing part of the puzzle. To be even more organised and save time in the future you should at least give a broad label to each basket, for example, 'Bike stuff' or 'Gardening bits'.

Overhead storage

You can move all your light and less-commonly used stuff into overhead storage in your garage. You can fit racks to hold your sports equipment or hooks or bars to hold ladders. Keeping these items overhead will maximise floor space and can be easily reached at any time for your convenience. Who knows, you might even have room to fit the car in once you're done.

A fold-out workbench

A perfect way to save your space is easily stowing away your workbench. When your workbench isn’t in use, it can easily convert into the downward position. It’s an ideal solution because you get the best of both worlds. Whenever you need your bench it can seamlessly fold up and be put to full use. Just make sure you put your various nuts and bolts away before folding it down!

However, if you still need to keep your valuables in storage and can’t store them in your garage, contact us for more information on our storage units that can save you.


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Spring Cleaning: The perfect time for change!

Spring Cleaning - cleaning the carpet and house

The days are starting to get warmer and lighter and brighter. The daffodils are coming into bloom, sending splashes of yellow around the garden. The smell of freshly cut grass is in the air. All of these can only mean that Spring is here. It also means that it’s time to give your home a refreshing spring clean, time to air out and invigorate your rooms after a long and stuffy Winter!

With the Ideal Home Show taking place this month, it’s the perfect time to be inspired by decorations and space saving design, there’s no better time to give your home a clear-out cleanse.

Of course, we all regularly clean our homes, but there's that something special about a spring clean. It's the chance to get to all the nooks and crannies that can often get neglected. With 76% of British homes still carrying on the tradition of a Spring clean every year, it’s almost an annual routine, and contrary to popular belief it can genuinely be rather fun... and a great excuse to buy new furniture!

Not only is this a chance to give your home that annual deep clean that it deserves, but it’s also a good time to have a thorough clear out. You'll be surprised at how much space you can create. It’s a good idea to do this first before cleaning thoroughly so you aren’t wasting time cleaning anything you're not going to keep. Out with the old, in with the new space.

If you're a homeowner then you'll know that over time, bits and bobs have a tendency to continuously build up. We rarely take the time to review how much use that back up coffee table actually gets... reviewing your space and the things that fill it every spring is a great way to stay on top of your clutter.
You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment after completing such a mammoth task, and your home will be fresh, clean and spacious!


What's in #YourWorldCup?

#YourWorldCup is coming...

It’s coming. The World Cup is happening in a matter of days now. For us at Beyond, we feel that the best cup is a nice cup of tea. It’s the ultimate symbol of home and comfort. We’d like you to join us as part of our campaign to celebrate home and the WorldCup! We want you to share with us #YourWorldCup. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a cup of tea.

Why not get creative with is? Send us a snap of you enjoying a drink with your pet! You can even show us what’s in your cup whilst on holiday or simply enjoying what you’re drinking at home.

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#YourWorldCup Campaign

To join the #YourWorldCup Campaign, feel free to share your mug/glass/wine/shot glass/bowl and use the hashtag to tag us - it’s that simple!

To enter, please submit #YourWorldCup photo:

Via email: Armani@boss-digital.co.uk

Via our Facebook page #YourWorldCup

Via Twitter: #YourWorldCup

Via Instagram: #YourWorldCup

Our #YourWorldCup campaign will run from 1st of January 2018 until 31st December 2018

The Grand Prize

All entrants will receive 30% off storage solutions plus entry into our Beyond Your Comfort Zone competition, which could have you winning up to £1000!