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Life-Changing Lifestyle Recommendations – Dr. Dray

Change Your Life With These Lifestyle Recommendations – Dr. Dray Recommendations

 

Dr. Dray is a dermatologist and usually makes videos about skin and hair, but in this blog post, I am going to talk about some of the best lifestyle purchases that dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends. I have been wanting to talk about these for a while now but for some reason kept writing about other things, but better late than never, right? The time is right to talk about some of the best lifestyle purchases that you could incorporate in your life to see some positive results.

If you are wondering how this affects your skin and peace of mind, I have two words for you – IT DOES.

The quality of your life has everything to do with the health of your skin, the health of your mind, your overall health.

I wrote a post about the areas to focus on for peace of mind, click here for that. 

Note: The product links in this post are for your benefit and mine. If you use them to make a purchase, I will get a small commission from Amazon, as part of their affiliate program. Thank you!

Click here for some skincare essentials recommended holy grail products of dermatologist Dr. Dray. 

Improve the Quality of your life with these Lifestyle Purchases

 

1. A laptop Elevator

Scrunching down your neck to work on a laptop or looking at your device can lead to tech neck. What is tech neck? – Stressing muscles while using phones, tablets, computers result in neck pain, shoulder pain and causes horizontal lines across your neck. Hence the name Technology + Neck, Tech Neck.

Especially today when even kids are going to school via a computer, and we spend almost all our day looking down at a devise, it is a must have to use a laptop elevator. It is going to help you improve your posture. I must mention, you will get a more flattering angle for your Zoom meetings with a laptop elevator too. It is a win-win situation.

I bought one a few months back and I use it every day. This item is a game changer. If you do not have one yet, get one. Your neck will thank you!

lifestyle recommendations - dr. dray

 

2. Vornado Fan

Dermatologist Dr. Dray says it is good to have a fan without the white noise, in the bedroom. It is the most relaxing feeling in the world, plus it takes the circulation of the air to the whole other level and improves your sleep. As mentioned before, good quality sleep is crucial for healthy looking skin and mental health.

 

3. Treadmill

Exercise is important for several reasons, the two I will mention here, keeping in mind the main theme of cleverandclassy.com, is healthy, glowing, skin and peace of mind. Running is one of the best forms of exercises, it is advised to go out of frequent runs but if that is not possible or convenient, having a treadmill at home will do wonders for your overall lifestyle. The best tread mill is the one that you will use regularly. Remember that before making this purchase.

I will link the treadmill that Dr. Dray bought; however, there are a ton of different treadmills to choose from on Amazon. Pick one that works for you and do not forget to run.

 

4. Rebounder – A Mini Trampoline

Sticking to the theme of exercise, another great investment that Dr. Dray made is a rebounder, which is a mini trampoline for fitness. Rebounder workouts do not feel like a workout, it is a low impact workout but by the time you are done, you are exhausted, says Dr. Dray. That is when you realize you just worked out. There are several videos on YouTube that will help you figure out how to start with a Rebounder, if you need help understanding how a rebounder workout would go.

 

5. AeroGarden

An AeroGarden is a container that lets you grow plants in a controlled setting. It is a device that uses aeroponic technology to grow herbs and other plants, hence the name – AeroGarden. It comes with plant food that you must add every two weeks; it takes care of the rest by switching on and off automatically. This is good for you if you love plants but do not have time to take care of them; or if you want organic home-grown herbs for food. This is the gift that will keep giving. This is also a good gift idea for somebody who loves plants and does not have a garden.

6. The Brothers K

This book by David James Duncan is another lifestyle purchase that Dr. Dray loves and recommends. If you are somebody who had a difficult time dealing with differences between family members, especially during lockdown, you will appreciate this book.

7. A Life Planner

If you are someone who has a lot to do, and likes to plan and schedule, this book will help you keep on track in an efficient manner. I have recently started scheduling and it has helped me a lot. I am not much of a daily planner, but I keep track of my things-to-do monthly. Writing it down is a good idea and has helped me stick to my goals better than ever before. You can get any planner that appeals to you and works for you. While we are at it, journaling your emotions, thoughts, dreams, achievements, goals is a fatastic way to express yourself, vent out any pent up emotions, and overall better mental health.

 

 

Wrapping Up

A calmer mind and skin are fabulous, and it is also important to consider some of the other lifestyle factors that affect our mind’s health, our skin’s health, and our overall lifestyle. Skincare is not limited to skincare products and skincare routines, while those are important, stress is a major cause for unhealthy skin. A few lifestyle changes will help improve our mental state, as well as our skin. A good book, relaxed sleep, exercise is all required to live a balanced stress-free life. Also, do not underestimate the power of a calming Spa Day.

Top 10 VANICREAM SKIN CARE PRODUCTS - Dr Dray

Dr. Dray – Top 10 Vanicream Skin Care Products

Dr. Dray – Top 10 Vanicream Skin Care Products

 

Looking for simple yet effective skincare? Look no further! Dr. Dray has you covered with some of the best products offered by Vanicream. We all love cute packaging, I am no exception, those cute, colorful bottles with attractive patterns and sparkles, oh yes! Gimme it! However, it is more important to compromise on the bottles and focus on the product that is inside the bottle. All that glitters is not gold, and that is the lesson that we learn again and again by watching dermatologist Dr. Dray’s videos. Prefer to see Dr. Dray’s original video? Click Here for the link.

Some of the best skin care products seem to be found in the simple packaging that we often overlook because they are not shiny enough. Vanicream with its plain but neat blue and white packaging is one such skin care brand that is but should not be overlooked. Dr. Dray recommends some of the best skincare products offered by Vanicream.

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Top 10 Gems by Vanicream as Recommended by Dermatologist Dr. Dray

 

1. Vanicream Z Bar

This is a cleansing bar that helps with dermatitis, rosacea etc. It is gentle, anti-inflammatory. This nondrying cleanser can be used daily for any skin type.

8 Best Oil Cleansers and Cleansing Balms – Recommended by Dr. Dray, Click Here! 

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2. Vanicream Antiperspirant

Most antiperspirants can be drying and irritating. Most of them have fragrance which is something that leads to a lot of allergic reactions. This antiperspirant by Vanicream is safe to use. Use it to your arm pits at nighttime before going to bed, not in the morning. This reduces sweat from the arm pits by trickling down to your skin. The rate of sweat outpour is minimum at night, which is what makes this product work.

3. Vanicream Aluminum Free Deodorant

This is a good option for people who are easily irritated by aluminum. This deodorant is an aluminum free, gel formula. This is moisturizing and helps remove sweat off the surface of the skin. It will not reduce sweat outflow like the Vanicream Antiperspirant.

4. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream

This is a thick moisturizing cream for regions with dry weather. People with extremely dry skin, rosacea, or eczema will benefit the most from this moisturizing cream. This cream will probably not work for you if you live in humid regions, because it is pretty heavy. Like any other body moisturizer, this one can also be used on the face, but keep in mind that it is a very thick formula, so the effectiveness of this as a face cream, will depend on how dry or oily your skin is.

Top 10 Moisturizers recommended by Dermatologist Dr. Dray – Click Here! 

5. Vanicream Lotion

This product is a water-based lotion, more fast absorbing. It is more light weight than the moisturizing cream. This makes it more suitable for skin maintenance. It will not help as much for specific skin conditions that can be addressed by the thick cream. However, this is a good lotion to maintain hydration levels in your skin, and for daily use.

6. Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer

This has hyaluronic acid, a humectant that helps hold on to water in the skin. Ceramides can also help reduce some of the burden of UV damage from the sun. This product adds a healthy glow to the skin. Great to use in the morning underneath your sunscreen.

7. Vanicream Facial Cleanser

This a low risk, gentle cleanser. Reduces the dirt, pollutants from the skin. This cleanser is good for people with sensitive skin or eczema.

8. Vanicream Gentle Body Wash

Dr. Dray warns against using too much body wash, however it is still important to wash your body on areas with skin folds, and to remove sweat, dirt and for people with specific skin conditions. This is a no nonsense body wash that is a good one to try out.

I have a post about Top 10 Dr. Dray recommended Body Washes and Body Bars. Click here for that! 

9. Vanicream Lip Protectant Sunscreen

This mineral sunscreen for the lips, will leave a white cast but it is a good one. Lips are skin, and like all other skin, lips need sun protection too. The white cast fades quickly and will give a pinky glow to your lips. It can also be used on your eyelids to protect those delicate babies from the sun too!

10. Vanicream Mineral Sunscreen

This water-resistant mineral sunscreen also leaves a cast like any other water-resistant mineral sunscreen. You can always use a tinted moisturizer or foundation on top if the white cast bothers you. This leaves your face feeling shiny, so if you like that, this is a good one to try out. Safe to use around your eyes, this sunscreen is very moisturizing, and you will not have a problem with sunscreens drying your skin out. If you notice that sunscreens sting or burn you, do try this one out.

Top 16 Sunscreen recommendations by Dr. Dray – Click here! 

Wrapping Up

Vanicream has several other wonderful products but this is Dermatologist Dr. Dray’s top 10 list, so not every product makes the cut. The ten products mentioned here are her favorites and worth trying out.

DERMATOLOGIST DR. DRAY’S AM & PM SKINCARE ROUTINES – STEP BY STEP (with Product Recommendations)

DERMATOLOGIST DR. DRAY’S AM & PM SKINCARE ROUTINES – STEP BY STEP (with Product Recommendations)

DERMATOLOGIST DR. DRAY’S AM & PM SKINCARE ROUTINES – STEP BY STEP

 

Dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends keeping skincare routines minimalistic, less is more when it comes to skincare, however, it is crucial to never be stingy with sunscreen. The essential skincare products are necessary to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Let’s be honest, when it comes to skincare, most of us just wing it, which is why it is useful to see what a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Dray not only recommends to her clients, but also follows herself every day.

If you prefer the video format, here is Dr. Dray’s original skincare routine video. 

Dr. Dray’s PM Skincare Routine

In general, we are tempted to ignore skincare at night and focus more on our morning skincare routine. It is important to remember that our skin rests, rejuvenates and heals itself at night, when our whole body, mind and soul are at ease. Hence, it is a better practice to concentrate more on your nighttime skincare routine than the daytime skincare routine. Likewise, dermatologist Dr. Dray has a more elaborate PM skincare routine.

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Now let’s get into it!

1. The Double Cleanse Method – Step 1 – Cleansing Oil, Cleansing Balm

People seem to think that cleansing the face is not necessary at night if you do not wear makeup. However, hopefully you are wearing a sunscreen, and reapplying it throughout the day. Sunscreen needs to be cleansed too. It is invisible, but it is still makeup, it is still cosmetic, and it needs to be washed off before you get into bed at night.

Dermatologist Dr. Dray prefers nighttime showers, and before getting in the shower she uses an oil cleanser to break up the film of water-resistant sunscreen from her face. This will also help makeup wearers disrupt the film of makeup, dirt, or sweat from the skin as well.

A lot of people gravitate to using makeup wipes, makeup removers, micellar water, and the likes but Dr. Dray prefers using a cleansing oil, because using the other methods will require you to rub the skin a lot more than using a cleansing oil. Being gentle on your skin is the best thing you can do for it to make it look healthy and happy forever.

The Cleansing Oil Dr. Dray uses and recommends is the Neutrogena Body Oil. Yes, body oils are safe to be used on your face as well. It is oil, and that is the main thing to remember here.

If you are interested in other Cleansing Oil and Cleansing balm recommendations by Dr. Dray, click here. I have an entire blog post dedicated to her top favorite Cleansing oils and Cleansing balms. Pick your favorite and move on to Step 2.

Click here for some Neutrogena Favorites by Dr. Dray

 

2. The Double Cleanse Method – Step 2 – Cleanser

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Dr. Dray gently rubs the cleansing oil on her face and neck, getting the mascara off, sunscreen off, and then runs her face under the shower. This process will remove most of the stuff from your skin. This is followed by step 2, which is to wash your face, and the remaining cleansing oil on your face with a gentle cleanser. The one dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends is the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. Just spread it on your face neck, in gentle circles and that is all the exfoliating your skin requires. No need for the extra scrubbing or exfoliants.

Here are top CeraVe products recommended by Dr. Dray.

 

3. Body Wash


Now that we have the face covered, the next step is the rest of your body. Dr. Dray recommends cleansing your body specifically in areas you have skin folds, or areas that are soiled or sweaty, or body washes that are targeted towards skin conditions like acne, rosacea, etc. Typically, body washes have too much soap, which is not ideal for the skin, as it strips the skin of its natural moisturizers and causes dryness, irritation, and in some cases, even allergies.

The body wash Dr. Dray recommends is another gem by CeraVe. The CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser. Yes, it is okay to use face washes as a body wash. Peroxyl’s Benzoyl Peroxide Wash is another recommendation. Benzoyl Peroxide is anti-inflammatory, anti-acne. Just apply this to your skin folds, leave it on for a few minutes and rinse it off. The anti-bacterial properties will also help with body odor.

The CeraVe body wash is also a great one!

Wondering which other body cleansers and bar soaps Dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends? Do not worry! Here is a list of her top picks!

 

4. Body Moisturizer

Next, Dr. Dray does not use towels to dry herself. She uses a cotton tee shirt to wrap her hair up while still in the shower, this makes sure that most of the water from the shower has dripped off. On the damp skin, she uses a moisturizer or a lotion. Moisturizers work best when applied to the skin while it is still damp. Always, always follow a body wash with a body moisturizer.

Here are some other amazing moisturizer recommendations by Dr. Dray.

5. Facial Moisturizer

After moisturizing the body, Dr. Dray gets out and stands on a bamboo bath mat, which makes quite a difference. A bamboo bathmat makes a huge difference, as they do not harbor mold, they last a lot longer and are easy to clean. This is where she follows up with a facial moisturizer. The one she recommends is Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer.

Here are some of Dr. Dray’s top Cetaphil Products for skincare.

 

6. Lip Ointment

After moisturizing the face and the body, Dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends a lip ointment. Yes, Lips are skin and need some love too. CeraVe Healing Ointment is a good one for anybody with lips. You can use it on any part of your body that is dry, like elbows and knees.

 

7. Retinols and Tretinoin

This step is not for everybody, but if you are someone who uses retinols, or Vitamin A, this is when you should apply it. It is best to put these on at night, as many forms of Vitamin A degrade with exposure to sunlight. Tretinoin is prescription only, but there are over the counter products as well. Differin Gel is the most popular one of those. Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream is another great product.

If you are looking for a list of Dr. Dray recommended retinols, click here!

 

8. SLEEP – Non-Negotiable

Last but not the least is going to sleep. Sleep is the most important step that helps your skin. Adequate sleep is a must for good healthy skin. 8 hours of high-quality sleep is highly recommended.

 

Dr. Dray’s AM Skincare Routine

 

AM SKINCARE ROUTINE STEP 1  – SUNSCREEN

As mentioned before, Dr. Dray’s morning skincare routine is not as elaborate as her PM skincare routine. This is simply because, our favorite dermatologist is quite busy in the morning and does the bare minimum. She does not wash her face in the morning, and just starts the day with the most important part of skincare. SUNSCREEN!

Washing your face in the morning is not necessary but it depends on personal preference. If you like washing your face in the morning, go ahead.

Dr. Dray encourages everybody to film themselves while wearing sunscreen, just so you know which parts you usually forget to put sunscreen on – around the eyes, nose, neck, sides of the face are areas that are usually skipped.

A Few Great Sunscreens to Try

1. Image Prevention Daily Ultimate Protection SPF 50

Combination sunscreen, meaning it has a mineral active ingredient and some chemical active ingredients for maximum protection.

2. Coppertone Defend & Care Oil Free SPF 50

This one is water resistant, so it is perfect for hot and humid days.

 

3. Eucerin Daily Hydration Cream SPF 30

This is a great choice for the body, areas that are exposed to the sun should also have sunscreen, so do not forget that. It is a good idea to wear sun protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, etc. for maximum protection from the sun.

 

4. Eucerin Daily Hydration Hand Cream SPF 30

Sunscreen needs to be reapplied throughout the day, so here is another option to protect your hands. This hand cream is moisturizing and has SPF in it, especially after washing your hands.

5. Vanicream Lip Protectant

Lips are often overlooked, but lips are skin and need sun protection. This one is a great one that Dr. Dray highly recommends.

Looking for a list of sunscreens suggested by Dr. Dray, click here for the post!

 

AM SKINCARE ROUTINE STEP 2 – MASCARA

This one is not skincare related, but since we are talking about Dermatologist Dr. Dray’s morning routine, I felt the need to mention it. She uses a mascara, as the only beauty product, and recommends Maybelline’s Colossal in the shade Glam Black.

Wrapping Up

Different skin, different requirements, but seeing what a board-certified dermatologist does to ensure her skin is taken care of is useful. You can add or subtract the steps according to your preference but if you take one thing away from this post, it should be that sunscreens and moisturizers are crucial, and must not be ignored. The rest can follow.

Stay safe and keep your mind and skin calm!

Remember your Past for Peace of Mind

Remember your Past for Peace of Mind

Remember your Past for Peace of Mind

“The past is never where you think you left it.” 

― Katherine Anne Porter

 

I know the title may sound confusing because it is the opposite of what is recommended. While it is said one must live in the present and not worry about the future, and forget the past, I beg to differ. Your past is what brings you to your present and present leads to the future.

Sometimes it is necessarily to live in the now and enjoy the moment; however, I would never recommend making irrational decisions that might have drastic consequences. Our past can haunt us in ways that we may not even deem possible.

We might sit in peace thinking ‘Oh! The past is over…time for me to focus on the present’ and BAM…little Ghosts from the past return to haunt you when least expected…when the repercussions can be horrifying, when your life depends on it, that’s when we realize how important the past is because it can’t be separated from our present. Yes, be impulsive, go nuts but be wise and be ready. 

 

So, then what is the point? Should we just never move on?

 That is not the point at all, in fact, if you want to truly move on, you need to face your past. Face your demons, do not just bury them and pretend it never happened.

 Forgetting your past is not going to help you move on.

Our life is a series of events. These events can be categorized into three categories:

 1. Past Events

2. Present Events

3. Future Events

 Today’s present is going to be tomorrow’s past. I am not trying to sound mega deep here but it is what it is. Every decision we make today is going to impact our lives tomorrow and the years to come.

 

How to Deal with a Horrifying Past and Achieve Peace of Mind with it? 

1. Face your past for true peace of mind:

It is a known fact that when someone tries to forget a memory, it can have traumatic effects on his or her mental health. It is not good for peace of mind. It can scar a person for life, which is ironic because that is exactly what one tries to escape by forgetting a past memory. Therapists never suggest that it is okay that you cannot remember what happened in 1997.

On the contrary, they will try to use different techniques to get you to remember what it is you have blocked out. Hypnosis is a popular technique that is used to make a person remember a forgotten memory. This is not done to make you feel worse about your life, it is a step to find out what is leading to the chaos in your mind. You can never treat an ailment without a diagnosis.

Hence proven, if you want to move on from your past, come to terms with it, face it. Only then can you ever achieve mental peace. 

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2. Learn from Your Past:

Nobody said you are not allowed to make mistakes. True life lessons, or at least the ones worth having, are from the mistakes you make. You will not learn much if you never make any mistake. You know why? It means you are not doing much; it means you are not taking any risk.

 The mistakes you make are like a treasure map, it paves the path to enlightenment. It would be silly to forget them. That is how you will learn and grow and become the wise, beautiful, classy person you are meant to be! 

3. Never, ever be embarrassed of your Past:

Embrace it, it is not embarrassing that you have lived. It is beautiful, life is beautiful, your past, as scary as it was, it is yours to remember. It is going to make you who you are going to be. It is going to be a part of your life. Once you have embraced it, it will bring you mental peace like no other.

Wrapping Up

 Yes, past can be a strange place to visit, but there is no stronger emotion than nostalgia. It can make you smile, cry, it can make you angry and feeling emotions is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength, it is a sign of life, a sign of humanity, and nothing is more beautiful than humanity.

 Remember your past, face it, accept it, embrace it and you will come out a strong, more powerful person. More enlightened, and insightful. It will bring you peace of mind, facing the stressors is not going to cause you more stress and anxiety, on the contrary, it shall make you mentally strong, and what comes with mental strength? Say it with me – Peace of Mind. 

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FOCUS AREAS FOR PEACE OF MIND

7 Focus Areas for Peace of Mind 

7 FOCUS AREAS FOR PEACE OF MIND 

What is peace of mind? It is that calmness, the lack of chaos within us. It is just what is, PEACE. Just like our bodies require rest, our minds need rest as well. Rest is not just about a full night sleep. It is not just about getting 8 to 9 hours of continuous sleep that will provide you with peace of mind. Yes, sleep is essential to proper functioning of a human being, but what about mental health? What about other areas of our lives that also require rest? Focusing on these areas is also crucial to peace of mind and it helps us fight those sudden jolts of stress and anxiety.

I got inspired to write about this through a post by TheShineApp on Instagram.

What are these 7 Areas that we need to focus on to achieve peace of mind? Let’s find out

1. Physical Rest for Peace of Mind

Sleep is a form of physical rest, but here I am referring to rest from aggressive physical activity. Exercise and staying active, going for a walk, these are all important, and should not be ignored but there needs to be a balanced approach to life. Too much of anything is not good, yes even ice-cream. Again, that Danny Tanner taught me a lot as a Full House obsessed child.sensory peace of mind

The point is, if you spend an hour or two everyday working out, spend some time giving your body a rest. What is the exercise to rest ratio? There is no hard and fast rule here that needs to be followed. The best advice I can give is, listen to your body. If your body feels pain, do not push it. If your body is sore from too much cardio, lie down. If you had a rigorous training session today, take it slow tomorrow. Take a walk instead of running on that treadmill.

Maybe skip that heavy weightlifting, go for a calming swim instead, or just float, nothing is more calming than that. You get the picture, keep that unnecessary stress and anxiety away by listening to your body, and you will know what it needs. Spend a few hours at the spa, get a pedicure, a relaxing massage, lay down on a recliner and read a book, or sip on some chicken soup. Taking care of yourself and giving your body some rest is necessary for peace of mind.

2. Sensory Rest for Peace of Mind

What are the five sense organs? Yes, I am not including the 6 sense in this list, but we all know it exists!

Five Sense Organs and the Five Sensesrest for peace of mind

  • Eyes – The Sense of Vision
  • Ears – The Sense of Hearing
  • Nose – The Sense of Smell
  • Tongue – The Sense of Taste
  • Skin – The Sense of Touch

Along with physical rest, our senses need rest too. Our sense organs are overworked. We are constantly using our eyes, our tongue, our ears, our noses, and our skin. These are things that we take for granted, we do not even realize it because it is just so normal.

Right now, me typing this blog post, I am using all my sense organs without even thinking about it. My fingers are touching the keyboard, my eyes are looking at the screen, my ears can hear a cooking video on YouTube, my mom is watching, and my ears have no choice but to hear it.

Also, my ears hear my typing, which is louder now that I am aware of my senses more than ever. The things you can achieve if you start focusing! My nose is on an overdrive as well, I can smell dinner, which is making me hungry, so the only sense organ that is currently not being used by me – My tongue is also about to get to work.

The whole point of that tangent is that our senses need a rest, just as much as our bodies do. Close your eyes every now and then, lay down alone in peace, and just do nothing. It is not as easy as it sounds, because the society has taught us that hustle is the only correct way of life.

Therefore, it is so important to talk about the importance of rest. It is crucial for peace of mind. It is crucial to keep the stress and anxiety away. Shut down your gadgets, step into a comfortable, dark room, away from noise and just be.

3. Spiritual Rest for Peace of Mind

Rest your mind and focus on your spirit every now and then, meditation helps, reading scriptures helps, connect with your spirit by mindful breathing exercises. Spending some time in nature also allows you to connect with yourself and explore your true spirit.

Praying helps a lot of people feel calmer and more connected with the universe. Regardless of your faith and whether you are a believer or not, praying has been proven to have a wonderful effect on the mental health. Just knowing that there is a presence looking out for you is assuring and helps people put their minds at ease, in other words it leaves room for spiritual rest.

I have a post about some calming verses in the Bible, click here to read that.

4. Creative Rest for Peace of MindCreative rest for peace of mind, relieve stress and anxiety

Just like everything else, there is a limit to creativity, the right side of your brain is what is utilized when you are being creative. It is incredible and fun to be creative and just create art, music, ideas but just like your body, your brain needs to rest as well. Do not always feel the need to create or be productive.

It is perfectly okay; in fact it is imperative that you give yourself some time-out from creating and instead spend some time enjoying somebody else’ creation. Enjoy creativity by giving your creativity a rest and read a book created by someone else, enjoy music composed by someone else, or simply watch a show and enjoy somebody else’ vision come to life on screen. 

A little Netflix will not hurt anybody. Creative rest is also required for true peace of mind. The pressure to create can also cause stress and anxiety. Rest up.

5. Mental Rest for Peace of Mind

What this basically means is, stop over thinking, stop over analyzing, stop over planning, stop overwhelming yourself with every single little or meaningful thought that may try to make a home in your mind. It is easier said than done, but the key to peace of mind is awareness that you need some.

Awareness that you can create peace of mind, awareness that there are simple ways in which you can teach yourself to feel less stressed out and face stress and anxiety like a champ.

I have quite a few articles about this, I will link one right HERE, and another one right HERE.

6. Emotional Rest for Peace of Mind

It is sad that we live in a world where it has become normal to not show emotions, it has become “cool” to not feel emotions. Some might even brag about not feeling anything, so NEWS FLASH – It is not good for your mental peace. It is NOT normal, it is not cool, and it is certainly not healthy.

Keeping your emotions all bottled up tightly inside you is not going to bring you any peace of mind. Make a habit of expressing your emotions, without worrying about what others might think. First, nobody will judge you for it, secondly, do it for your inner peace.

Crying is therapeutic, crying is natural, people cry when they are overjoyed, we cry when we are sad, it is a natural response to deep emotions. Let it out! Bawl out like a baby, cry into your pillow if you must, then get right back up and move on with your life. Pent up emotions are going to cause a lot of stress and anxiety, if not instantly then eventually. That song from Frozen comes to mind –

Let it go, let it go, don’t hold back anymore, let it go, let it go, turn away and slam the door

Yes, I improvised the lyrics a little, and maybe do not slam doors, or if you must, be gentle. Yes, anger is a real emotion, and it is okay to express it, just try not to break any walls or doors. More assertive, less aggressive. Journaling is a fantastic way to express your emotions without causing a “scene”, if that is something you are worried about. 

7. Social Rest for Peace of Mind

Last but not the least, social rest is essential to mental peace. I cannot stress more on the importance of spending some time alone, every day. Not saying you should turn into a hermit and give up socializing, however, at least an hour by yourself every day is good for your mental health.

It is also necessary to strike a healthy balance, if you are on the other end of the spectrum and barely ever meet anybody, perhaps it is time to do that. Find a happy place and find a healthy balance. Hang out with people, and then hang out in your own company as well.

Wrapping Up

The key to mental peace is to strike a balance. Too much of anything is not good. Too much of creativity, too much sensory stimulation, too much socializing, too much exercise, or even too much spirituality. If you crave peace of mind, you need rest, your body, mind, soul need rest. It is only through rest that you can rejuvenate and energize enough to start afresh and reach out for your dreams. Want to create your perfect life? Rest Up first! After all, you can’t dream unless you sleep.       

 

 

 

Stress Relief Activities that Work

7 Stress Relief Activities – Americans Coping with Stress and Anxiety

7 Stress Relief Activities – Americans Coping with Stress and Anxiety

 

Seven among ten adults state that they feel stressed out in day to day life, and this stress and anxiety has affected their relationships, work, physical and/or mental health. According to the American Psychological Organization, stress and anxiety are a major concern in the United States.

The stressors might shift a little each year, but they also remain the same. America is one of the most stressed out nations in the world, I am not just saying that there is data to prove this. Yes, the American dream is real, but the fulfillment of that dream does not come easily. What is more concerning is that each year the surveys conducted reveal that the levels of stress and anxiety keep growing.

In the 2019 survey, the increase in mass shootings was the biggest stressor that American adults faced, there is no surprise as to what the biggest stressor is in 2020. You guessed it, it is this year’s Pandemic and the amount of stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and fear that comes with it.

However, the good news is that while there is stress and anxiety, and there is lots of it. There are also several coping mechanisms. There are ways to deal with anxiety, and there are things you can do when you feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Simple things that you can do.

Are you losing sleep because of stress and anxiety? Here are a few simple yet effective ways that can help you with stress relief and get your 8-9 hours of beauty sleep.

How are Americans Coping with Stress and Anxiety?

Stress and anxiety are on a rise, but so is education about stress and anxiety. People are more aware, and the awareness amongst people keeps growing each year as well. There is peace in knowing that you are not the only one going through this. There is peace in knowing that there are ways to fight feeling stressed out. There is peace in knowing that there are simply coping mechanisms to deal with stress and anxiety.

According to the American Psychological Association, aka APA, the survey about stress reveals these seven as the most common coping mechanisms practiced by Americans for stress and anxiety.

1. Music for Stress Relief

music for stress relief activities

Surprise! Music to the rescue! It should come as no surprise that the most common out of all stress relief activities, as revealed by the survey is music. Stressed out Americans take to music to fight stress and anxiety. Music is the most fun and simple way you can fight stress and anxiety. You can get lost in the music, it might even be hypnotizing for some, depending on what kind of music for stress relief you pick. Playing music is just as effective as listening to it.

While some people would recommend peaceful, calming, soothing music for stress relief, something soft, melodious, and just sweet to take your mind of things. Some people benefit from hard core rock and roll music for stress relief. I would say listen to whatever works for you. Everybody is different, and it is reasonable to believe that our tastes in music, and what kind of music makes us feel better, also varies from person to person.

Metal music is not exactly the most calming, I would not say it brings you peace of mind, but it might be just what the doctor ordered for your current state of mind. Sometimes, nostalgia works as a great stress relief activity. Just thinking about the good old days, and music takes you back to a different, simpler time like nothing else.

2. Exercise for Stress Relief

The second most common activity for stress relief sighted by Americans is stress relief exercise. Exercise does not mean specifically rigorous weightlifting and cardio. Simply get moving. I would recommend combine 1 and 2 for the best results. Listen to music for stress relief, and combine that with dancing, get up and start moving, no you do not need to be Michael Jackson or Britney Spears for that. Just jump if nothing else. It works, I promise.

Take a walk, step out into nature, as opposed to the treadmill. If it helps thousands of Americans coping with stress and anxiety. They are onto something and it will help you and your loved ones as well.

Swimming is an instant stress relief activity. Something about the work out, combined with the water, the blue of the water, the open sky, indoor pools work just as well too. The bottom line is, standing is always better than sitting, and walking is always better than standing, particularly when it comes to stress relief activities.

3. Praying for Stress Relief

This one might come as a shock to some but praying as one of the stress relief activities was the third most used coping mechanism for stress and anxiety. Sometimes, the situation is out of your control. You cannot fix it, or perhaps you have tried everything you could and now it is out of your control. In this case, praying is the best thing you can do.

You have studied hard and smart for that test, got to the classroom in time, finished your test in time, and now it has been submitted to the examiner to be corrected. You cannot change the answers, you cannot fix that grammatical error, it is out of your control; just pray for the best.

It is pointless to worry about it, I know it is easier said than done, but no harm in trying right. Once you pray, you let it out in the universe, it also acts like a journal, instead of penning down your stress and anxiety in your diary, you are talking to God, it is like therapy, AND it is free. What else can we ask for, right?

The other day I was talking to my friend who is an Agnostic, and he mentioned he prays when he wants something. Does that mean he is a believer? Probably not, but the fact is praying is an effective way to relieve stress. However, it might not be a popular opinion, but it is always nice to believe in things.

4. Yoga for Stress Relief

Yoga for Stress Relief

The fourth most common stress relief activity stated by Americans who participated in the APA survey, was yoga for stress relief. There are hundreds if not thousands of videos that you can find on the internet about stress relief yoga. Just google it or enter yoga for stress relief on YouTube. You are sure to find a ton of different options to choose from.

5. Meditation for Stress Relief

Meditation for stress relief might sound intimidating to many, I have also tried stress relief meditation, I saw an expert who guided me, and I did what he said and tried meditation for stress relief for a couple of months. It did not work because I was not doing it right. I was overthinking it, my thoughts in my head kept getting louder and louder, I was thinking more about when my alarm will go off, and I can carry on with my other activities. That is not how you meditate, and it definitely not how you cope with stress.

However, with a little more time, and effort I realized how simple it really is. All I needed to do was to concentrate on my breathing. Focus on slowing down your breath as you take the air in and let it out. That is all there is to it. Do it for five minutes. Feel your body release stress. It is one of the best stress relief activities in my opinion. Just do not rush it and keep it simple. After all, something that is all about keeping the chaos out, should not have to be complicated.

6. Talking to Someone for Stress Relief

Many Americans understand that emotional support can be crucial to dealing with the stress and anxiety in their lives. Reasons to feel stressed out are many, but so are people in your life. Talk to a friend you rely on, a family member you trust. Your neighbor who has your back, talk to your hair stylist, they are fabulous listeners. The point is Americans seek emotional support as one of the stress relief activities because it truly helps.

If you do not feel comfortable talking to someone you know personally, seek out a counselor. Psychologists, therapists can help you manage stress, it is what they studied for, it is their job, and they are good at it. More and more Americans rely on psychologists for stress relief support, as the percentage increases each year.

Seeing a therapist, or a profession to help relief stress, is becoming more and more acceptable with time. Not just in the United States but worldwide, with increase in awareness about depression, people are now more open to seeking professional help.

7. Smoking for Stress Relief?

There are many stress relief activities that are unhealthy. According to the same survey by APA, many Americans, 14% to be precise, stated smoking as one of their chosen stress relief activities. While this might give some temporary relief, it is not recommended. There are healthy, cheaper, non-cancer-causing alternatives that can and should be used for stress management. Smoking and drinking will do more damage than good in the long run.

 

Wrapping Up

The theme here is to focus on something else, get busy, get distracted, get up and dance, go for a walk, put on some music for stress relief and just enjoy the moment. Practicing yoga or mediation are great stress relief activities, talk it out and at the end of the day, just pray. Pray for peace of mind, pray for a better tomorrow, pray for a calm you.

Wishing you a healthy, mind, body, and soul!

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide – 7 Unique Gifts

Holiday Gift Guide – 7 Unique Gifts that Promote Peace of Mind

Holiday Gift Guide – 7 Unique Gifts that Promote Peace of Mind

 

It is that magical time of the year again. The leaves are turning brown, the hot summer breeze is turning a bit cooler, a bit calmer like a balm for the tired soul. We are also getting closer to the holidays. It is going to be Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas and before we know if. We can finally bid adieu to this very strange year that is thankfully almost out the door.

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It feels great to receive gifts, but it feels even better to give gifts. It is the entire process of selecting the best gift for someone amazing and watching their eyes sparkle with joy when they open it up in front of you. Sometimes the process can be a bit confusing, when you want to step away from the traditional candy and flowers, when you want to do something that is a bit more thought provoking than­ a gift card. While I have nothing against those gifts, sometimes you just want to put in a little extra effort into the art of gift giving.

Some people deserve just a little extra effort, and sometimes it is just fun for you to find these unique gifts for special people in your life. I wanted to also stick with the theme of cleverandclassy.com; so, this Holiday Gift Guide is not only going to consist of unique gift ideas, but also promote peace of mind.

Almost every single person is struggling with some amount of stress in his or her life, which is unfortunate, and calls for a little pick-me-up, a little relief from stress, a little me-time, so let’s get into some unique gift ideas for peace of mind and self-love; or we can say show them how they deserve some self-love and lots of peace of mind.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Unique Gift Ideas

 

Holiday Gift Guide – Idea 1 (Baths for Peace of Mind)

Think calming, think baths. Nothing relieves stress and anxiety, and brings peace of mind faster than a nice, warm, long, soothing bath. I am thinking bubbles, I am thinking bath salts, I am thinking bath bombs. Depending on your budget, you can make a little bath bundle of joy and it would make a lovely, thoughtful, unique gift for the wonderfully classy ladies in your life. Not trying to say that men cannot enjoy a soothing bath, I would definitely recommend the amazing men in your life to try it out; Chandler Bing loved it, they will too!

 

Holiday Gift Guide – Idea 2 (Candles for Peace of Mind)

Candles! I did a post on candles and scented candles for peace of mind. Click here if you want to read it. Candles are soothing, they are known to relieve stress, they look magical, feel magical and are loved by elegant ladies and gentlemen throughout the world. Candles make a lovely gift for any occasion, be it the holiday season, birthday, Mother’s Day, or graduation.

holiday gift guide - unique gift ideas

 

Holiday Gift Guide – Idea 3 (Music for Peace of Mind)

Give your loved ones the gift of music, one of the most common and the most effective ways to relieve stress and anxiety is by listening to music. I am not just saying that this has been proved by several surveys conducted over the past several years about stress, anxiety, and peace of mind.

I am not talking about buying some CDs, though that does not sound like such a bad idea, a mixed tape with some of their favorite songs is always a thoughtful gift that shows you bothered enough to put some thought and effort into the gift. Let’s take it a notch up, how about a Vintage Portable Record Player.

I came across this on Amazon and was amazed to see the price. It is under $45, looks amazing and it is available in so many classy, cool colors to choose from.

 

Holiday Gift Guide – Idea 4 (Massages for Peace of Mind)

If you are interested in gifting gift cards or cash, then I would suggest gift an experience, a visit to the Spa, a gift card to a masseuse sounds amazing. Just the sound of a massage soothes you. There are a bunch of different massagers to choose from, and you do not have to break your bank balance to get one.

There are some amazing options ranging from $10 to $100. You can get a massager for the face, or a foot massager, a back massager, or a neck massager. The list is endless, looks like I might have to do a post dedicated to different massagers available. However, for now, I am linking some of my favorites below.

 

Holiday Gift Guide – Idea 5 (Tea for Peace of Mind)

In my post about 7 Secret Foods for Instant Stress Relief, I mention Teas for peace of mind. Chamomile, peppermint, Orange tea is amazing to promote peace of mind. The chamomile or peppermint, the smell is enough to soothe your soul, and provide some instant stress relief.

These ingredients along with the calming aroma, the warmth from the tea combined with the sound of pouring this hot concoction into your favorite cup is enough to make you feel rejuvenated and a great gift for any tea lover in your life.

Holiday Gift Guide Tip: You can bundle up two or more of these gift ideas, or some of your own, into one gift basket, cutely wrapped with ribbons for some extra points. Yes, no one should be scoring you on what gifts you bring but you know what I mean.

Some assorted teas, a candle and a bath set would make for a perfect little goodie bag for any occasion. Ooohh, add in some dark chocolate to the mix and you are golden.

 

Holiday Gift Guide – Idea 6 (Journaling for Peace of Mind)

Journaling is a fantastic way to relieve stress and anxiety. It is recommended by all therapists, and who am I to argue. Journaling is a healthy, simple, and effective way to heal yourself, and it promotes sharing your problems, venting out by writing them down. It does not require anybody else, just you, your thoughts, and your journal. There are some great options to choose from, and again this would be a great item to add to your gift basket if that is what you are opting for.

 

Holiday Gift Guide – Idea 7 (Weighted Blanket for Peace of Mind)

Personally, I am a big fan of cozy, fluffy, soft bed sheets, pillow covers, duvet covers, like many other girly girls all around the world. Weighted blankets are a fairly new concept, and they have become popular because of the comfy, cozy, feel. Weighted blankets feel like a big giant hug. What calms you down more than a long, meaningful hug? The answer to that is nothing. So, hugs for peace of mind. You do not always have someone to give you a hug when you need one, so a weighted blanket is the second-best option. Here is a great article about weighted blankets and every thing you need to know about them, on Forbes. 

 

Wrapping Up

Gifts should not be about how much money you are spending, I know that is what it has become about, someone’s love for you cannot be measured by how much money they spent on you. Gift giving is an art, it is about the thought put into the gift. I would rather get a ten-dollar bath set, or an assorted tea set, than hundred dollars in cash. The former shows a little more effort, and that is the art of gift giving. I hope this Holiday Gift Guide was helpful, again, these gift ideas can be used for gifting, or for yourself, for any occasion. Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Dr. Dray Skin Care

Top 10 Cetaphil Skin Care Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray

Top 10 Cetaphil Skin Care Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray

 

Cetaphil is one of the most popular skin care brands in the world today, especially in the US. Nestle worked closely with medical experts to formulate the Cetaphil range of products, that are gentle, and suit people with different skin needs.

Cetaphil products boast of using very few ingredients, which is what you should look for when looking to buy skin care products. I have learned the hard way, that like many other things, when it comes to skin, little goes a long way. The more the merrier approach does not always work, and watching Dr. Dray videos reinforces that belief.

Every time I have been over enthusiastic about skin care, I end up using a ton of different products with a ton of different ingredients in them and all they did was ruin my skin, just before that party I wanted to look good for.

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Is Cetaphil Good?

The main reason why people love Cetaphil and the reason why the brand has managed to make such a name for itself is:

  1. Gentle, mild skin care
  2. Most of the Cetaphil products are fragrance free, fragrance in products can cause more harm than good. A lot of people are allergic to fragrance without even knowing it.
  3. Affordable
  4. Effective

I recently got into skin care and my favorite youtuber for all things skin is Dr. Dray, her channel has really helped me, and I wish I had started watching Dr. Dray videos sooner.  I started wearing sunscreen and moisturizer only after watching her videos, and boy! I would have never known how imperative these two products are for your skin. I am pretty skeptical when it comes to a lot of things you see online but when Dr. Dray, who is a Dermatologist recommends a product, I know it is good! 

Dr. Dray has never steered me the wrong way, when it comes to skin care. If you have not, I would recommend you watch her videos on youtube. She did a video about her top 10 Cetaphil skin care products, and I wanted to share, because I know it is going to help a lot of people searching for some good quality skin care. Here is the link to Dr. Dray’s video if you would rather see this in a video format. Not going to make it too technical with all the scientific derma terms, but here is all the necessary information you might want, in simple, layman’s terms. 

 

Top 10 Cetaphil Skin Care Products

1. Cetaphil Dermacontrol Purifying Clay Mask: This product is useful if you have oily skin. 

Dr. Dray - Top 10 Cetaphil Products

  • Removes grease and excess oil from pores
  • Helps rejuvenate your oily skin by waking it up
  • Helps you avoid excessive cleansing that will rip the moisture off your face
  • Improves appearance of blackheads and pores
  • It is a moisturizing product so it will not dry out your skin completely
  • Helps improve application of makeup
  • Use it a few times a week, rinse it after 10 minutes for the benefits

 

2. Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion: This simple, no gimmick, no hassle moisturizer can be used if you have oily, dry or combination skin.

Dr. Dray - Top 10 Cetaphil Products

  • Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate the skin
  • Lightweight formula
  • Gel like consistency
  • Improves the look of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Absorbs into the skin super-fast
  • Non greasy, serum like formula
  • Use it after cleansing your face

 

3. Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30: Useful for people who are dealing with acne and using topical products to help get rid of acne.Dr. Dray - Top 10 Cetaphil Products

  • Chemical sunscreen that will not leave a cast
  • Moisturizer helps keep the skin nice and dewy
  • Sunscreen helps protect the skin from the sun, Duh!
  • Light weight formula
  • Improves the look of shininess
  • Use of moisturizer should not be reduced if you have acne, this product helps in that and in doing so helps with acne as well

 

4. Cetaphil Redness Relieving Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 20: This tinted moisturizer can be used for people with dry skin, oily skin, Rosacea, acne prone, sensitive skin.Dr. Dray - Top 10 Cetaphil Products

 

  • The tint helps people with post acne hyper pigmentation
  • Calms down redness
  • The caffein in it is an antioxidant
  • Can be used by people with pale to medium skin tones because of the tint
  • Will leave a cast on deeper skin tones

 

5. Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer: Same as no. 4, but without the SPF so it is to be used at night.Dr. Dray - Top 10 Cetaphil Products

 

  • Helps with redness and irritation
  • The niacinamide helps repair skin
  • Helps with hyper pigmentation and rosacea

 

6. Cetaphil Pro Eczema Soothing Moisturizer: Useful for people with eczema.Dr. Dray - Top 10 Cetaphil Products

  • Helps people with eczema
  • This product does not sting, many moisturizers cause stinging sensation to people with eczema
  • Can be used on the face as well as the body
  • Can be used on children with eczema as well

 

7. Cetaphil Intensive Healing Lotion with Ceramides: Helps improve dry skin.Dr. Dray - Top 10 Cetaphil Products

  • Restores skin
  • Helps hydrate skin without causing excessive oiliness
  • Very Light weight formula

 

8. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream: Such a simple name for a simple yet amazingly effective product for very dry skin.

Dr. Dray - Top 10 Cetaphil Products

  • It is very moisturizing, quite heavy
  • Ideal for the body, might be too much for the face
  • Helps Restore skin

 

9. Cetaphil Ultra Gentle Body Wash: Dr. Dray recommends minimizing the use of body washes, however cleansing your body is a must. For that purpose, this gentle body wash by Cetaphil is ideal.Dr. Dray - Top 10 Cetaphil Products

  • It cleanses the body without stripping it off the essential oils
  • Gentle for people with eczema and sensitive skin
  • It is gentle, fragrance free and works as a simple body cleanser

 

10. Cetaphil Soothing Gel Cream with Aloe: This is a new release by Cetaphil. Aloe vera is soothing for most skin, however some people might be allergic to it, so look into that before applying products with aloe vera.Dr. Dray - Top 10 Cetaphil Products

  • Helps with sun burns
  • Brightens the skin
  • Helps restore the skin
  • Absorbs into the skin fast
  • Has a cooling effect on the skin that soothes itchy skin
  • Gentle enough to be used on the face as well as the body
  • Very few ingredients

 

Wrapping Up

Cetaphil is ideal for people who just need results and are looking for simple products for specific skin issues. There is something for everybody. I have started looking for dermatologists for advice related to skin, and it is useful to listen to an expert, who knows more than a thing or two about skin and skin requirements.

Like I mentioned before, keeping things minimalistic helps improve quality of life, as well as quality of skin. Makeup is great, I love makeup, but nothing will look good if the base is not healthy. That is where skin care comes in. You want makeup, but you NEED skin care, especially the two basic products – Sunscreen and Moisturizer.

Cetaphil is respected and loved throughout the world, so I am sure there is something for you in this list of top 10 Cetaphil products.

 

6 Lessons that I Learned from 2020 and You Should Too

The Number 1 Reason for Stress and Anxiety

The Number 1 Reason for Stress and Anxiety 

 
In my previous post I researched and shared the nine most common reasons for stress and anxiety in the United States. Usually the list has the same issues that the world is grappling with – Stress and anxiety related to work, finances, unemployment, people are stressed out because of relationships, health issues, he economy, the future the past; but there is a new entrant into that list; and it has made such an impact with its first appearance that it has taken the spot of all other stressors and left them behind.
The topmost common and concerning reason for stress and anxiety in the United States today is the coronavirus.
Not just the illness but the consequences of the illness. Its impact on the society, its impact on the economy, its impact on employment, everything is related. Isolation is the new norm; people have lost their peace of mind. Peace of mind that we did not even know we had before this bizarreness started.
 
Face masks, hand sanitizers, lock downs, Govt imposed restrictions that sometimes feel like a curfew – this is the new normal now, globally. It is what the whole world is talking about, these are some very peculiar times, feels like a plot right out of a science fiction movie.
If somebody had told me in 2019 that there would be a virus that would force the world to stay home, and cause so much chaos, insanity, stress and anxiety, a virus that resulted in human beings being terrified of other human beings, I’d tell them to go find their lost marbles. Number one reason for stress and anxiety

6 Lessons that I Learned from 2020 and You Should Too

There is a lesson to be learned in everything, life teaches you more when it is not going the way you had planned. But to learn from these stressful situations, you need to open yourself up, open your mind to the lessons that you can take in from every little problem you are faced with.
There are ways to strengthen the body, we go to the gym to strengthen our muscles, we take vitamins to strengthen our system, what about our minds? Our emotional strength? Equally if not more important than anything else. Stress is vital for survival, in small doses it motivates us, in large doses, it can destroy us internally and even kill us. Let’s take the number 1 stressor today and turn it into something positive. Let’s turn this into life lessons:

1. Reduce Stress and Anxiety by Slowing Down

As a believer, I honestly believe nothing happens without reason. Every single event, regardless how little or catastrophic, has been brought to us for a reason. What could the reason be for this crazy quarantine causing virus? It means we need to slow down. We need to spend more time doing the little things in life that bring us peace of mind. We need to calm down!
We are running after success, money, fame, goals constantly, and while it is great to have goals and ambitions. As Danny Tanner very eloquently stated “Too much of anything is not good, yes even ice cream.” There needs to be a balance, we need to slow down physically and mentally. 
Feeling stressed out and uncertain about the past, present or future? Smell the flowers, sit out in the backyard and gaze aimlessly at the sky, the shapes of the clouds, listen to some music for peace of mind. Get drenched in the rain, it is a lot of fun, you might catch a cold so do not quote me on that one but yes, it is a fantastic way to destress. Stop running, slow down, take a walk instead.

2. Find Comfort in your Own Company

Finding comfort in your own company is crucial. I see people going crazy all over the world, as if staying at home is the worst thing that could happen to them. What happened to the appeal of “Netflix and Chill”? The whole world seemed to want it, all of us wanted just to have one month of doing nothing. Here it is! We have it! It has been forced on up.
And dare I say, this was the only way we would ever get it – A few weeks of staying home and doing nothing! Is it really that hard to live with yourself? If it is then we need to re-think our lives. There is strength in being OKAY living internally occasionally, without any external stimuli. Imagine not needing anybody to be happy! 
This year, almost every nation worldwide was forced to stay home, in fact failing to comply with those orders were an act of crime and punishable by law. Many people all around India were arrested for being seen outside during lockdowns. For many, it was a requirement to go out and work to be able to eat that day. However, for many, it was just an act of rebellion.
There is power in loving your own company. You build your own peace of mind. There is strength in isolation, of course this should not lead to loneliness and agoraphobia; that is a whole other story. But think of it this way, if you are happy in your own company, without needing any body else to entertain you, how amazing would your life be? You meet people, make friends, because you genuinely want to, not because you need to, to get away from yourself.

3. We really need an Internet Quarantine

alone time for stress and anxiety - stressed out

Technology has consumed us! Literally, need I say more? Could we get through this self-isolation without social media? Without YouTube? without Netflix? Without Tick Tock? Without Video Games? If all of these were also part of the “Stay away from” list, what would we do? I have been wanting to read more, but have I? NO! I do not know a lot of people who are spending this time reading books. I am wondering if we will ever have an internet quarantine.
What would that be like? Imagine a month of no internet, just going out and spending all your time outdoors? reading books? Playing board games? Do not know about you, but I am intrigued! Maybe a month without the internet is just what the doctor ordered. Maybe a month without the internet, will make us see what us is around directly through our eyes, and not through our screens.
Maybe a month without the internet will help us our addiction to it, or at least help many realize that they are addicted to it. Maybe a month without the internet, will reduce stress and anxiety. Think of the 1990s, no cell phones, no computers, no internet, no WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube. Just our friends, our families, our lives, home picnics, the outdoors. Just thinking about those times brings me peace of mind.
We live in a world where we cannot imagine our lives without the internet, after all, I wont even be able to post this blog post without access to the internet. I will not have a job without the internet, But how about this? How about minimizing the amount of time we mindless scroll down our Instagram? how about minimizing the amount of time we check our messages every day?
How about minimizing the amount of time we spend on watching prank videos on YouTube, how about we spend that time building a hobby? A career? A plan? Coloring? Painting? Learning a new skill? Meeting our neighbors? Catching a movie, a cup of coffee with an old friend? I am already trying to make this change into my life. Let’s do this together!

4. We Cannot Plan Everything – There is Peace in Knowing That

Destiny is real! Weddings have been postponed, graduations have been cancelled, family vacations have been delayed. When we plan events like this, we think about the weather, or we pray for everyone’s health. Never do we EVER prepare for “what if a crazy virus infects the world, and we are asked to cancel the wedding?”. Destiny is just that. It is unpredictable, it is pre-written. It is scary but also there is peace of mind in knowing.
It is calming to realize that we do not have to plan everything because what is meant to be…WILL BE! It helps reduce stress and anxiety to be aware that we cannot and should not try to think of every single event in our lives. Instead of fretting over trying to control every aspect of your life, learn to sit back sometimes, breathe, slowly, and smile knowing that destiny will unfold, regardless of your plans, or you stressing out about it.

5. The Most Basic Need is the Need to Survive

Maslow’s Need Hierarchy is real! Before the Covid19 shook the world at its core, we were obsessing over impeachments, political propaganda, religious warfare, Climate Control, Elections and then, suddenly, the whole world was preoccupied with the need for survival.
Stocking up on groceries and medication and toilet paper became the new norm. All united in this need for survival, fighting the same enemy, united by this strangeness, at least temporarily. Nothing can cause more stress and anxiety than the human and animal need to survive, to live and to live in peace.

6. Never Take Anything for Grantedrelease stress and anxiety - no to technology

This crazy year taught me never to take anything for granted. It was the things that we did not even think twice before doing that were taken away from us – Being able to spend time with friends, family, going out for a walk, taking your dogs out for a walk, sharing a cup of coffee or tea with your best friends, inviting your brother or sister over for dinner.
How about, going to sleep without stressing out about waking up with a strange illness? Hugging your parents without fearing for their life. Being able to leave your house without a mask, being able to go to a restaurant and working on your laptop in peace, not overusing the hand sanitizer and feeling your skin stretch and dry out in anguish. Not having to sanitize your groceries before storing everything in the refrigerator.
I do not know about you, but these are things I thought would never change. These are things we do not even feel grateful for, because these are so little, right? These things could never be taken from us? We were never going to not hug our loved ones. However, all these simple, everyday things were impacted this year, and if it can happen once, it can happen again. The thought of meeting strangers on the road caused stress and anxiety this year. Bottom line is, never take anything for granted. You wake up in the morning and breathe? Be grateful!

Wrapping Up

Let’s all learn from this. Let’s take the lessons we learn from this into the future, the future after quarantine needs to be different. Once this is all over and we continue living exactly the way we lived before, then what was it all for? What was the point of this year? What was the point of corona and quarantine? There is ALWAYS a point, there is always a lesson, there is always a change that needs to be made. Let’s move forward to 2021 with that change in mind.
 

Candles for Peace of Mind - Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Scented Candles for Peace of Mind – Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Scented Candles for Peace of Mind – Reduce Stress and Anxiety

The popularity of Candles

Candles have come a long way. In ancient times candles were used as a source of light. This was before electricity was even invented. Kerosene and gas lamps were used to light up a place after sunset. Soon candles became more of a trend than a practical necessity. Today, most of the credit for the popularity of candles can be given to YouTubers. If you follow any famous YouTuber, you are sure to find at least one favorite candle in their haul videos.

How do Candles Reduce Stress and Anxiety?

Yes, I do watch a lot of YouTube, but my interest in candles is mainly because of its healing properties. Can candles heal? The short answer is “Yes”, candles have been known to reduce the affects of stress and anxiety, thus bring about peace of mind. It is the oldest and the easiest way to calm the internal chaos.

Candles – There is something calming about that word, or is it just me? Just say the word out loud “Candle”, do you feel it? Originally the word was derived from the Latin word “Candere”, which means to shine, and shine it did.

The low light from the candle is not blinding like the sun, you can stare at it, and get lost in it. There is something meditative about it, something that fills the heart with positivity, something that brings peace of mind. Combining this visual therapy, with aromatherapy is a powerful combination. A combination that can help alleviate stress and anxiety.

Is Burning Candles Bad for You?

Excess of anything is not good. Burning candles can have a lot of benefits, but before I go ahead and talk about some of the other advantages of burning candles, I also want to remind you that candles can be harmful. Some candles, when burned release a toxic gas which can be harmful to the environment, as well as to the people around these toxic compounds that are released in the air because of this burning candle.

Therefore, organic candles have become popular. Candles are fantastic but it is recommended not to burn them all the time. According to housebeautiful.com, the claims that burning candles is harmful are not backed by science or research. Yes, burning candles do emit poisonous, toxic, harmful compounds; however, the amount of these substances produced by burning candles is very minute and will not cause more damage than the damage caused by the air we already breathe. As for scented candles, that have essential oil in them – Essential oils are not harmful, unless you have allergies or you are asthmatic.

So, the bottom line is, as I mentioned before, too much of anything is not good. Burning candles will not cause any damage, but it depends on how long you are burning them. It is not advised to burn candles day and night. The good news is you do not have to feel guilty about burning these candles. Do not lose your peace of mind over this. Burn them when you are feeling stress and anxiety and feel yourself calming down with the glowing flame. 

Why do candles make you feel better? Uses of Candles in Daily Life

The slow, soothing burning of a candles, infused with some of the best, most calming essential oils is a great recipe for peace of mind. Both are known to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. I am including some of the best sellers of scented candles from Amazon, if you use any of the links to order, I will make a small commission. Here are some of the top benefits of burning candles.

Psychology of Candles 1 – Can Increase Productivity

Candles are a soothing, easy way to increase your level of productivity. There are certain scents that help with sharpening the mind. Some of these are rosemary, cinnamon, lemon.

Psychology of Candles 2 – Uplift your Mood

Feeling low? Burn a candle, cozy up by the fireplace, and a hot cup of chamomile tea and instantly feel better. Aromatherapy is real, notice how smelling freshly brewed coffee, or cinnamon rolls in the oven can instantly make you feel better? That is the power of aromatherapy. Lemon is known to have a fresh, uplifting aromatic qualities that can light up any dingy room.

Psychology of Candles 3 – Promote Better Sleep

Burning a candlelight instead of the usual lights in your house is a great way to get better sleep. The light from candles is not harmful to your eyes or skin. The light from candles is soothing to the soul. It helps bring peace of mind, reduces stress and anxiety, and helps you sleep better at night.

Psychology of Candles 4 – Reduce stress and Anxiety

That is correct, probably the cheapest way to reduce stress and anxiety in a person is to gift them some scented candles. There is a reason why every self-care routine consists of burning some candles by your bed at night, or taking a warm, soothing bath with some lit up aromatic candles.

Clary sage is a wonderful essential oil, that is known to reduce stress and anxiety in women, by control cortisol. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone that is found in women.

Clary sage, when combined in a candle can thus help with women who are prone to stress and anxiety, by promoting peace of mind. Frankincense is also great for this purpose.

Psychology of Candles 5 – Creates a Relaxing, Calming, Soothing Ambience

Ever wonder why spas everywhere light up all sorts of candles? It is because not only does it promote peace of mind, which is what people seek at a spa, but also it creates a calming, peaceful ambience. A candle can change the energy of a room. The fire from the candle, the light from the candle, the aroma from the candle, brings you closer to your spiritual side, it brings you closer to your positive side, it brings you closer to peace, to warmth, to God.

Peppermint and chamomile are relaxing, the scent can sooth the soul and create a peaceful ambience by doing so. Candles make great gifts as well.

Wrapping up

Fall is a favorite season for many, and it is known for many things to begin with. Fall is known for the cool weather, the autumn leaves, the beauty around us, it is the time to bring out the boots, and the cozy socks. It is also the time for candles.

That is the reason I chose this time to pen down this post. I love candles, there is something so feminine, classy, and soothing about candles. So, I set out on a quest to find some of the best Fall candles for the season and decided to share my research with you.

Which is your favorite candle scent? Feel free to share in the comment section below. Warm and Peaceful vibes your way.  

 

 

 

 

 

Calming Bible Verses

15 Calming Bible Verses – What does the Bible say about Stress and Anxiety

Calming Bible Verses – What does the Bible say about Stress and Anxiety

 

Regardless of your faith, it is a known fact that we all need gentle reminders, encouraging words and a listening ear. When you have a bad day, who do you go to? A loved one, a friend, a family member, they are not all psychologists, but do not you feel a little relaxed, a sense of relief just by ranting about the reason for your stress and anxiety.

They might not solve your problems, but just hearing them say, “I understand” acts like a soothing ice pack on our burns. I am not good with the metaphors, clearly but the point is, Believe in God or not, just reading the scriptures and all the positivity that the words can bring to us is worthy of our time, especially in times of stress and anxiety.

The world is beautiful, and even in dark, gloomy, uncertain times it is absolutely imperative that we stay calm and do not let go of hope, positivity, warmth, peace of mind, and try to remain calm. It is easy to remain calm when everything is going our way. It is easy to show your calm, cool and collected side when the seas are still. However, it is challenging to show the same quality when there are a dozen ripples in the water.

It is in difficult times when we really need to remain calm, not only for our own sanity but for the sake of those around us.

A Calming Aura

Ever notice how some people have a calming aura about them, one look from them and you feel calm, your mind starts calming down. It is because they are in this state of calmness that they exude this calming energy and everybody who comes into their presence can feel this too.Calming bible verse

Just like being around ambitious people can help make you feel inspired, our energy acts the same way. Your state of mind is like that – The calmer you feel from within, the calmer you make your environment. It is this internal peace of mind that extends externally and calms everybody else down, when in your presence.

The Importance of Calming Bible Verses

I do not consider myself to be a particularly religious person, but I believe in a lot of things – I believe in karma, I believe in spirits, I believe in Astrology, I believe in God and I believe in scriptures, Be it the Quran or the Bible.

I believe from scriptures we can get answers to all our problems, all our questions are answered, the answers to all our worries, problems, stress, concerns, can be found within the scriptures.

It is like, God has always us covered. I believe in the importance of believing in things, having faith, in magic, faith in destiny.

We as human beings do not have control all the time. Sometimes we lose control because of our internal makeup, and sometimes we lose control because of the external forces.

When staying calm does not come from within, it is best practice to look for inspiration and look towards ways of calming down from the scriptures. There are several calming verses in the Bible.

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Here are Just a Few of the Several Calming Bible Verses

Calming Bible Verse 1: Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;

and lean not unto thine own understanding

Destiny unfolds in mysterious ways, no matter how much we humans think we have figured everything out, we are still humans. You cannot predict destiny; you cannot understand many things. Maybe you are going through stress and anxiety, maybe it is a difficult time, maybe we are wondering “Why me, why did this happen”, and no matter how insightful you are, you cannot answer all questions.

This calming bible verse reminds us that we do not need to lean into ourselves to understand everything, even our best, most intelligent understanding might fall short. Because only He knows why things happen, only He knows what will happen, so lean onto Him for answers, and accept that everything truly does happen for a reason.

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Calming Bible Verse 2: Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,

by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,

present your requests to God.

This passage states the importance of and the power in prayer. This calming Bible verse tells the reader not to feel stressed out about worrisome situations and just sit back and pray to God. Show gratitude for everything that you have and ask for everything that you want and desire.

There is something very calming about leaving it all up to fate. If there is nothing that you can do in a certain situation, the best thing to do is to just pray, and let destiny unfold itself. It always does.

Calming Bible Verse 3: Philippians 4:13

I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me.

If we keep our faith alive, nothing can hold us back. We can achieve everything if we believe. Do not let stress and anxiety, fears and uncertainty bring you down, keep calm and just trust in His plan.

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Calming Bible Verse 4: 1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on Him, 

because He cares for you.

This calming bible verse clearly states that we can put all our stress and anxiety, our fears on God and he will take care of us because that is how much he loves us. Imagine a technology where you can just transfer all your fears and frustrations and be free of them. We are in 2020, who knows, in future inventors can come up with a gadget like that but for now, consider the Bible to be that technology. Just make believe if you are not quite there.

 

Calming Bible Verse 5: Matthew 6:25

       “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what 

you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, 

and the body more than clothing? 

Simply put, this calming bible verse means that one should not worry about material things. Perhaps food and clothing is a bit of a stretch, but this actually implies material things are not worth our peace of mind.

Calming Bible Verse 6: Matthew 6:26 

Look at the birds of the air: they neither 

sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly 

Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 

Again, this calming bible verse reminds us that every creature big or small is taken care of by God, they might not have the ability to think, work or worry but they are still taken care of. Just like that, we should rest assured that we will be looked after, regardless of what we do.

 

Calming Bible Verse 7: Matthew 6:27

And which of you by being anxious can 

add a single hour to his span of life?

Being anxious does not get us anything or anywhere. We are wasting precious moments worrying about the future, fearing things that might never even happen.

 

Calming Bible Verse 8: Matthew 6:30

 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is 

thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 

If God takes care of the grass, which is plucked and used up by human beings for food, will he not take care of us. Have some faith that you will be fine. Stress and anxiety will not benefit anybody.

 

Calming Bible Verse 9: Matthew 6:31-33

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’

or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 

For the Gentiles seek after all these things,

and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, 

and all these things will be added to you.

God knows that food, water, sleep are all essential to life. However, we need to first seek God and believe in his word and all our needs will be taken care of. There is a sense of calm in leaving it all to fate.

Calming Bible Verse 10: Matthew 6:34 

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

This calming bible verse says not to worry about the future, it will come sooner or later, and we can worry about it when it does. It is futile to worry about events that have not even taken place. Just pray and believe.

 

Calming Bible Verse 11: 2 Corinthians 12:10

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

We learn and grow more from unpleasant experiences. This calming bible verse encourages the reader to not feel despair when going through a tough time. Stress and anxiety are a part of life, just like we accept strength, we must embrace weakness because it is only when we experience weakness, that we learn from it. It is this learning that empowers us and makes us strong from within.

 

Calming Bible Verse 12: John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

This calming bible verse specifies that God shall give you peace, the world might provide you with calmness and peace, but this is temporary, it is only God who can provide you with eternal peace, peace that lasts and is like no feeling of calmness that the world can ever give. This calming bible phrase invokes a feeling of calm, a feeling of hope and a feeling of assurance that we are not alone.

Calming Bible Verse 13: Psalm 34:4

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.

The main reason for stress and anxiety is fear. It is fear of the unknown, fear of the uncertainty of what is to come, fear for our future, most of anxiety is based on events that have not even occurred and yet we lose our sleep over it. Abandoning this fear can free us of all this pent-up anxiety and stress.

Looking to God and his scriptures can help free us from this fear. Imagine a life where we feel no fear. It is a life of utter peace, joy, and calming energy. This calming verse lets its readers know that God can help us get rid of our fears, and thus our anxiety.

 

Calming Bible Verse 14: Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous.

In times of uncertainty, chaos, and stress, we humans are at our weakest, we are faced with this overwhelming feeling of despair, and hopelessness. Reading this calming bible verse can help uplift us when we need an extra boost of positive, calming energy.

 

Calming Bible Verse 15: Psalm 94:19

In the multitude of my thoughts within me your comforts delight my soul.

Multitude of thoughts is referencing to anxiety, the chaos within our minds, the constant worry about the past, the present and the future. This calming bible verse implies that it is only God and His scriptures that can calm an aching heart. It is through these calming bible verses that we can find peace of mind and comfort.

Wrapping Up

There are several verses in the Bible that are dedicated to calming the soul and peace of mind. Stress and anxiety are a given, and no matter how hard we try, we cannot completely escape it. However, reading these calming bible verses helps ease the mind. There is freedom in believing, there is calmness in having faith.

I have and do sometimes feel anxious, stress is no stranger to me, and reading these verses and interpreting them has brought a smile to my face. It is the smile of peace, of faith, a feeling of peace of mind. The belief that I do not need to have an answer for everything, future will eventually unfold, destiny will reveal itself, with or without me worrying about it.

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Fall Outfit Inspo (Fall Fashion Trends)

13 Fall Outfit Inspo (Fall Fashion Trends to Watch Out for in 2020)

Fall Outfit Inspo (Fall Fashion Trends to Watch Out for in 2020)

 

Ask anybody and most likely their favorite season of the year is Fall. Fall symbolizes warmth, Fall symbolizes beauty, Fall symbolizes nature, Fall symbolizes leaves, Fall symbolizes joy, Fall symbolizes fragrances, Fall symbolizes Love and most importantly, Fall symbolizes Fashion!

 

Fall is the most loved season, it brings out the lovely, happier, and more likable side of people. It strikes a healthy balance between the fiery summer and the cold winter seasons. It makes you feel lighter, calmer, and more positive in general. I am one of those Autumn lovers, and here are some of my favorite clever and classy Fall Fashion Trends.

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 1 – Beanies

This is a mega practical yet fashionable Fall Fashion Trend. There are so many amazing choices to choose from. Fun colors are totally trendy this year so do not hesitate to try out a bold, cool, color this Fall. Keep those ears nice and toasty while looking trendy and Fall Fashion ready.

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 2 – Scarves

Keeping with the theme of practical, this is another super popular and practical Fall fashion trend. Scarves are modest fashion approved, scarves are so classy, scarves help add some color and vibrancy to your boring outfits, scarves help keep you cozy, scarves are super feminine and fashionable. Not only that, scarves are an amazing hair accessory as well. Just add some more bling, brightness, and color to your grey or white outfits and watch how it just adds a fun spark to your look. This is definitely one fall fashion trend that anybody can and should pull off.

 

Money doesn’t buy elegance. You can take an inexpensive sheath, add a pretty scarf, gray shoes, and a wonderful bag, and it will always be elegant.

Carolina Herrera

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 3 – Headbands

Since we talk about rocking the classy scarves as a hair accessory, here is another one that can make you feel more feminine and elegant. Isn’t that the best combination ever? A fun, playful and flirty way to add just a bit more spice to your look this coming Fall.

Fall Outfit Inspo 4 – Cozy Lounge Wear

What 2020 taught us, among many other lessons, is that one can never have too many lounge outfits. It also taught us that comfort and style can go hand in hand. I recommend lounge wear throughout the year, regardless of what season it is. However, for Fall fashion trends, lounge wear is preferred a bit cozier, a bit more fun.

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 5 – Neon Colors

Speaking of fun Lounge wear, this year neons are a big trend, and they will continue to rock the ramp this Fall. A great Fall fashion trend to watch out for. Neons are trendy and neon lounge wear would be a great way to roam around your home in style. For those of you who are a bit more nervous about trying a bold neon outfit, testing it out for when you are chilling at home is a great way to get comfortable in these amazing colors, and soon you will feel more adventurous and ready to walk out in style in these super fun neon hues.

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 6 – Maxi Dresses

You can probably tell, I am all about the feminine, elegant fashion, and the fall fashion trends are right up my alley. Not only are these gorgeous dresses beautiful, they can be worn by any woman, regardless of your body type, height, or weight. Just get one that fits you will and you are good to go.

 

You might not want to dress up, wear makeup or feel too lazy to look for any accessory. Just throw on a maxi dress, a nice pair of booties or sandals and you are ready to turn some impressed heads at the grocery store.

Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.

Mae West

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 7 – Knitted Skirts

Another favorite fall fashion trend – The Knitted Skirt. It keeps you warm, covered, cozy and looking elegant, classy, feminine, and fashionable. There are so many amazing colors to choose from. Metallics have made a come back as well. I personally love maroon for Fall and winters. Rock this fall fashion trend with a pair of booties and feel totally put together.

 

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 8 – Wide-Legged Trousers / Denims

Say farewell to your skinny jeans, or at least until we meet again. They will not be back for a while. Not everybody is into dresses, and while that is not me, but I totally get it! Do not panic, denims are not going anywhere. This one is for you! This is the time for wide legged trousers, straight fitted denims, loose palazzo pants. A light washed wide legged jeans is a cute fall fashion trend this year. You need at least one pair in your closet, I just ordered mine.

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 9 – Cozy Sweaters / Cardigans

Nothing says Fall or winter like Cozy sweaters. Big, bulky, soft, cozy sweaters are back! Find one of cute, warm Fall hues for your personal touch and rock em at home, at work or at the mall. There are several options to choose from. Here are some of my personal favorites fall fashion trends in the cozy sweater trend.

 

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 10 – Trench Coats

I love trench coats! I wait for Fall or winters all year just so I get to rock the trench coat, or basically all other trends mentioned above and a few that will be mentioned below. Okay, I am excited! Trench coats are versatile, they are not just available in neutrals anymore. You can find them in burgundies, in pinks, in oranges, in baby blues. Trench coats are forgiving, and low maintenance but they make you look high maintenance, if you know what I mean. This fall fashion trend is made for everybody!

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 11 – Fluffy Socks

Now that we have covered your Fall fashion outfits, accessories and head gear, let us not forget the especially important feet. Need to make sure those little pinkies are taken care of as well. I know some girls who do not appreciate socks! I am not one of those girls, and fall is not one of those girls either. That is a strange metaphor, that I just created but anyway…

Fluffy socks are the cutest, most comfortable, and cozy things created that can be rocked at home, when you are just lounging around the house. This is a girly, cute, fun, cozy, and a super affordable fall fashion trend.

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 12 – Tan Boots / Booties

A pair of tan booties is a must have fall fashion trend. Black is a classic and you can’t ever say that a classic is out of style, however, tan boots go on everything. They are easy to style on jeans, skirts, dresses, they are easier to maintain. Black gets dirt more easily, tan boots are just super fall and super fun. This is why this is my twelfth pick for this year’s fall fashion trends.

 

Fall Outfit Inspo 13 – Fuzzy Slippers

Let’s face it, we can’t be walking in boots at home, and sometimes cozy socks aren’t enough. What do we wear at home? Fuzzy slippers to the rescue! I have these super cute pink ones that make me feel like a princess. Pink is not your color? That is fine, there are so many colors to choose from. I would recommend going for a cute, fun color though.

 

After all, most likely you will not be wearing these fuzzy slippers to work, so add some color to your at-home wardrobe. It is a fabulous way to feel better by adding a little color to your outfit. Makes your mind calmer and helps relieve stress. I have a blog post about various ways to help relieve stress – Click here for ways to de-stress your life.

 

Wrapping Up

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Fall is about fashion but it is also about feeling fabulous, take the necessary fall outfit inspo from this post but also remember to light up those scented candles, pull up your fluffy fall socks, rock your cozy neon lounge wear, sit by the fireplace, let it burn your worries, let it soak up your inhibitions, let it get you out of your comfort zone and prepare for a new and improved version of you. That is what the end of each year, and the beginning of every new year stands for – New beginnings, new goals, new positivity, a new life.