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Why ambient lighting is an essential for wellness enthusiasts

*Collaborative post.

Let there be light! Well, just the right amount of light, anyway. You might be surprised to learn that utterly bathing yourself in light isn’t always the best measure for safeguarding your wellbeing. There’s much to be said for ambient lighting – a softer, gentler form of lighting.

Nonetheless, striking just the right balance with your ambient lighting for optimum wellness can be tricky, as the following revelations about this especially peculiar type of lighting attest.

 

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What’s the big deal about ambient lighting?

Considering that, as The Science Times reports, 80% of our lives are spent indoors, you could be tempted to think that it’s a simple case of “the more, the better” when it comes to indoor lighting. Indeed, interior designers are often eager to maximise the natural light that enters an indoor space.

However, it doesn’t strictly follow that you should simply switch on some fluorescent lighting to full blast. Daily Harmony points out that fluorescent lighting is prone to flickering – which, though typically imperceptible, can lead to eyestrain.

Where you find that artificial lighting is practically necessary, the trick is to set it up to emulate natural lighting. In this way, you can keep eye strain at bay while potentially improving your mood and productivity.

 

Light and dark: two sides of the same coin

People are usually warned against working in darkness, but research suggests that darkness itself isn’t really the problem – at least not when combined with a fair share of light. It bears emphasis that both humans and animals are deeply connected to light, which generally dictates when we are awake instead of asleep.

All the same, though, excessive electrical lighting – as resulting from the likes of street lighting, vehicle headlights and neon signs, giving rise to “light pollution” – can adversely affect our circadian rhythm. Therefore, we need to be careful to get the balance between light and dark just right.

The precise type of ambient lighting can be important. Research indicates that some types can increase alertness and affect energy levels. By way of example, if you want to illuminate a workspace in a way that makes your employees more energetic and alert, then blue lighting could be a good choice.

 

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How can you set up ambient lighting?

Here’s some great news: there are various options for ambient lighting. These include table lamps, which the Better Homes & Gardens website recommends you place so that the bottom of the shade meets roughly your eye level. An overly high shade here could result in eyestrain-causing glare, while a shade left too low could deflect too much of the light onto the table.

Ambient lighting, by its very nature, isn’t overbearing and, consequently, could struggle to cover a whole room. For this reason, you might need to place multiple lighting fixtures around the room to ensure a consistent concentration of this lighting – and that’s where floor lamps can help. You could be pleasantly surprised by the variety of lighting fixtures on sale online.

 

 

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Blogging essentials for new bloggers

This blog post is all about blogging essentials for new bloggers. When it comes to blogging successfully, it is important to have certain items in place to make the whole process fun. When I started blogging in 2012, I had most of these blogging essentials in place already because I was kind of into technology and gadgets, and I spent many hours online. So it was easy to get cracking on making these items do the work to grow Fashion and Style Police.

 

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Here are some of the blogging essentials you will need if you are thinking of setting up a blog –

 

A Reliable Laptop

Now this goes without saying, but I will say it anyway. You need a laptop to blog. Desktop won’t work long term as the whole idea of blogging is to be able to blog from anywhere. Tablets and phones are great blogging essentials as well, but to write comfortably, you will need an actual laptop eventually. I use MacBook Pro and it is the best laptop I have ever used. It changed my blogging life completely and I am glad I finally got rid of my old and tired HP laptop. That laptop was so old and unreliable. For you to blog conveniently you need a good laptop.

 

A Good Camera

If you are going to blogging about personal topics like fashion and style, products reviews and travel, you will need a good camera. A point and shoot camera is ok to start with. I started with those and they did the work for many years. As long as the quality is ok and you know how to use it, there’s no need to invest in an expensive camera when you are just starting out.

 

Beautiful Journals/Notebooks

I have various journals for many blogging relating jobs. I like to write a to do list for each day and I also love jotting blog ideas before I forget them. Sometimes I do these jobs on my iPhone but my good old journals always come in handy. Good to have a few ready for when you plan to start blogging regularly. They come in very handy. Plus I find beautiful journals/notebooks very inspiring. They put me in the writing mood.

 

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Plagiarism and SEO Tools

Beginner bloggers should set up an account on Copyscape to check articles are unique. This is very important especially when you start accepting guest posts. The last thing you want is to be penalised for having duplicate content on your blog. There are other plagiarism checking tools like Duplichecker, but Copyscape is the one I recommend because I use it quite regularly. It is not a free service but it is worth every penny in my eyes.

For SEO tools, I use the free Yoast plugin and it helps me optimised my posts as much as I can. When it comes to growing your new blog, SEO is the most important bit. The faster your blog posts rank, the faster your blog grows.

 

Social Media Accounts

It amazes me how many bloggers refuse to have a presence on certain social media platforms. This could be for various reasons but it is not the smart way to go. You should have an account on all social media platforms. Every platform is a social media essential even though you don’t use it. You never know what would happen a few years down the line, so it makes sense to set up an account with your blog name on all social media platforms.

 

 

Do you blog? What are your blogging essentials? Please sound off in the comments section below. You can also get in touch to find out about my blog coaching service.

 

 

 

 

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