What is a positive body image and how important is it for our children today?

Positive body image used in Notting Hill
Notting Hill

What does body image mean?

I think I have quite a healthy body image. I’m not saying I would do a ‘Rhys Ifans’ (ie. posture in my pants for the cameras as he did in Notting Hill) but I do find myself saying ‘Not bad, not bad’ when catching a glimpse of my reflection.

Body image has nothing to do with how you look, but how you feel about the way you look and how you embrace and accept your own body.

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Just change one thing this January.

We always start January the same way. There is the list of New Year’s resolutions, going back to school and work, focusing on our diet and exercise regime (or lack of) and the need to change our lives.

Change one thing
Change one thing

So why do we always want to change things in January?

January is the most popular month for employees to think about changing their jobs. (HR Magazine) In a survey conducted by Indeed (the biggest job site in the world) 50% are considering another job. The reasons they give are salary, challenge and commute. January is also a time when a lot of us consider changing our diets and our lifestyle to become healthier. More gym memberships are started in January than any other month. We also start the year by promising ourselves that this year will be different. We will be different. More patient with our kids, more understanding with our partners and parents, more caring in the community, a better listener for our friends. We will spend more quality time at home with our families. But then February happens and before you know it you are half way through the year and nothing has changed. Not really.

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Why does my cordless Dyson only work for 3 minutes?

Dyson DC 59 vacuum
Dyson DC 59

I love my cordless Dyson DC 59 which I bought 3 years ago. It’s lightweight, convenient and has great attachments. But recently I have not loved it.

Every time I used it, it would work for three minutes and then cut out, the flashing orange button telling me it needed charging.

This couldn’t be right. It is charged all day so what was going on.

Very simple ( and I feel very stupid that I had not realised). On the head of the vacuum is a large circular button that says MAX. This was lit up in blue every time I held the trigger down. It shouldn’t be. This is the boost button for when you need extra power. Keeping this button operational all the time depletes the battery (obvious) and makes the motor very hot!

Power boosted when blue light on max on cordless Dyson.
Power boosted when blue light on max.

All I had to do was push this button in for a second, when holding down the trigger, and the blue light went out. Normal power was resumed and vacuuming now lasts at least 15 minutes.

Normal power with no blue light showing on cordless Dyson.
Normal power with no blue light showing.

Thank you Beth at livingwithbeth.com. Her site alerted me to the problem and she has some other top tips relating to the Dyson.

Happy vacuuming!