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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.

8 UNEXPECTED FOODS FOR INSTANT STRESS RELIEF

What should we eat for instant stress relief? Ever wonder why we tend to crave certain foods when we are stressed out? It’s because they actually help calm our nerves. We are living in extremely troubling times, needless to say 2020 has been the most stress inducing year globally. A lot of things are out of our control, but there are a few things that can be done to help mitigate the stress. Here is a list of 8 secret foods for instant stress relief:

Looking for some color inspo to help calm you down? Here’s a post to help you with that!

 

water for instant stress relief1. Water for instant stress relief

Water is not really food but it is the most important on this list. Dehydration has a link to a rise in cortisol levels, cortisol is a hormone that increases stress and anxiety in people. Drinking water keeps the body hydrated, and that is going to reduce symptoms of anxiety that come from dehydration. It is cold in most of the world right now, and it is easy to forget to drink water. I recommend always keeping a glass or bottle of water with you. It has helped me drink more water than I normally did.

2. Oranges for instant stress relief

Orange for Stress Relief

Oranges are rich in Vitamin C, this famous fruit has been a subject of several studies that suggest that vitamins can help reduce stress inducing hormones and result in a healthy immune system. Eating oranges and other citrus fruits, like lemons, grapefruits, limes, tangerines, clementine, help keep your blood pressure in control during stressful situations.

3. Spinach for instant stress relief

spinach for Stress Relief

Spinach? Yes, Popeye was not kidding with this leafy, green, not so delicious vegetable. Spinach may not give you instant biceps that will help you save Olive Oyl for the 100th time, but this fabulous leaf is filled with the goodness of magnesium. This secret food for instant stress relief will help you keep those pesky headaches at bay, energize you for the home life and reduce stress.

4. Milk for instant stress relief

milk for Stress Relief

Milk for stress relief? I always say, when in doubt, go back in time and learn from the age-old traditions. Our forefathers knew a thing or two about stress as well. Something tells me it might have been a lot lesser than the 2020 stress but nonetheless, it was something. A warm glass of milk instantly provides a warm, cozy feeling. Milk has a protein that is known to soothe the mind, body, and soul. I would recommend, adding a teaspoon of hot chocolate to this warm cup of delight for higher gratification.

5. Herbal Tea for instant stress relief

tea for Stress Relief

While we are talking about beverages, Tea that is low in caffein is a great way to destress that exhausted, overthinking mind of yours. Need instant stress relief? Try a cup of tea with honey, or a sweetener of your choice if you cannot have unsweetened tea. It is like a hug in a cup. I would highly recommend peppermint or chamomile tea.

6. Cashews for instant stress relief

cashews for Stress Relief

Cashews are rich in Vitamin B6 and magnesium, these nuts are known to regulate the nervous system and help lighten the mood. Not to mention, they are delicious. Warning: These nuts are extremely addictive and high in fat so do not eat more than 1/4th of a cup of this instant stress relief food.

7. Dark Chocolate for instant stress relief

dark chocolate for Stress Relief

It was discovered about a decade ago that eating chocolate is not such a bad thing after all, especially when it is dark chocolate. According to studies from Loma Linda University in California, dark chocolate helps with the mood swings, inflammation, immunity, and memory. Dark chocolate, with at least 70 per cent cacao, is another great addition to this list of 8 secret foods for instant stress relief. 

8. Turmeric for instant stress relief

turmeric for Stress Relief

Turmeric: Studies have suggested that consuming more turmeric resulted in reduced stress. This yellow spice is a staple in every kitchen in India and been the subject of several researches. It is super easy to add a pinch of turmeric to just about anything – Meals, rice, smoothies, tea, coffee, milk. It has little flavor and I personally enjoy the fresh orange color it leaves behind. A pinch of turmeric goes a long way. Increasing the consumption of turmeric can lead to lowering anxiety.

Wrapping Up

Our diet has an incredible impact on how we feel in our day to day lives. A balanced diet, with the right quantity of vitamins, minerals and rich in antioxidants can impact how we feel throughout the day, and if continued, even month and year. Of course, it is important to strike a balance between what we should eat and what we want to eat. Sometimes, giving in to those high sugar cravings is all the secret we need to feel instant stress relief.

For every other time, there’s Mastercard? Nah, there is this list that can help you calm those nerves. Also, do not forget to hit the snooze button. Nothing like a good night’s sleep to relax and rejuvinate. Click here for ways to sleep when stressed out.