A woman's guide to supercharging your life


We all know that woman who jumps out of bed and instantly looks glamorous yet subtly casual; that woman who doesn't have crumbs on her new suit or bags under her eyes. The high-powered, super-smart, well-off woman we all want to be is only seven steps away.


Follow these tips and become your very own, real-life wonder-woman (cape not included)

GET A WONDER-WOMAN GLOW


If you look great, you feel great and there's nothing that makes you look better than a clear complexion and glowing, fresh skin. Some skin products can cost a fortune, though. To cut costs, ditch the branded products and make your own. Simple items from your fridge and cupboard will work wonders on dull or spotty skin.

Take a good dollop of natural yoghurt and apply it to your face. Leave the yoghurt mask on for 20 minutes, then wash off. Another effective face mask is the honey and aspirin treatment. Add two crushed aspirins to one tablespoon of organic or manuka honey. Apply to your face, leave it for 20 minutes then wash off. The aspirin contains beta-hydroxy, an ingredient that will refresh your skin.

GET A WONDER-WOMAN JOB


If Mondays make you feel sick with dread then get yourself a job you love. It is estimated that we will spend about 1800 hours at work each year. A lot of women stay in jobs they dislike because they don't really know what they want to do.

To figure out what career you're best suited for make a top-10 list of things you really enjoy. It doesn't matter if the things you like don't seem work-related. If you like meeting friends and talking through their problems, you could think about going on a counselling course.

If you love to go for walks in the countryside, consider becoming a tour guide. Even if you need to work hard to get new qualifications, be brave and do it because the rewards are worth it.

GET A WONDER-WOMAN ROMANCE


If your boyfriend constantly lets you down and makes you unhappy think seriously about whether he's worth it. If your friend was dating him, what would you advise her to do? Although everyone deserves a Prince Charming, your relationships are in your control and if yours is not working, move on. Life is too short.

If you're single and looking for The One be open-minded. Date people you may not think you're attracted to or typically get on with. But before you look for a man make sure you are in a good place. Are you happy, healthy and feeling confident? Don't rely on a man to get these things for you because they can't. If you're in a positive place, you'll also attract more positive guys.

GET WONDER-WOMAN FRIENDS


As sad as it is, the eternal promise of BFF doesn't often work out. Friends move on, physically or emotionally, and it can be hard to find decent replacements. To get a gal group you need to get out there. Go to any parties you're invited to and when you're there don't stand like a lemon in the corner. Talk to people and mingle. Go to classes that you have a real interest in and organise socials.

Volunteering is also a great way to meet new people. If you're not ready to break your BFF pact yet, and would prefer to work on your relationships, then the No1 thing to do is to be honest. Women often find it difficult to be totally truthful to friends. Address issues head on; if they're worth it, they'll hang on and work at it.

GET A WONDER-WOMAN SCHEDULE


The clock is our enemy and the only way to battle it is to get organised. Begin by cutting down on time-consuming chores like cooking. Make big batches of dinners when you have a free afternoon - curries, chillies, soups and lasagnes - then freeze them. These can become healthy, quick meals.

Your next job is to make time for things you enjoy. If you want to read more or would love to learn a language, buy an audio CD or download a podcast that you can listen to on your commute.

Cut out anything that doesn't give you pleasure - bad friends, useless TV shows, hobbies you now hate. Time is far too precious to waste, so be a little selfish and use your free time doing things you love.

GET A WONDER-WOMAN BANK ACCOUNT


Whether we love it or loathe it, money is important and figuring out how to bulk up our bank accounts is something we'd all like to do.

First, make a money diary. Make a list of everything you spend in one month. You may be surprised by how the little things, like an al-fresco lunch or a cute lipstick, add up.

Then look at your larger bills - gym membership, car, rent. What could you reduce? Could you cancel your gym membership and work out at home or in your lunch break? Could you carpool or ride your bike? If cutting expenses isn't your style think about how to make extra money. Consider the skills you have and how you could use them to do this - such as tutoring or freelancing.

GET A WONDER-WOMAN DIET


Dieting is difficult. We all try to change our eating habits for a better figure, clearer skin and more energy but tend to return to our normal eating habits.

One of the biggest hurdles to trip us is cutting out the more filling foods, such as potatoes and meat. Instead of cutting them completely, eat smaller portions of carbohydrate and protein for lunch and dinner. This will ensure you are fuller for longer and will help you resist fatty treats. As well as cutting down on certain foods, make sure you munch on some of these female-friendly foods like salmon (enhances your mood), flax seeds (help prevent IBS and arthritis), tomatoes (help prevent breast cancer), cranberries (helps prevent urinary infections) and spinach (reduces swelling and bloating).

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- Hamilton News

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