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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!

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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.

How to Improve your Life

10 Simple Ways to Improve your Quality of Life

10 Simple Ways to Improve your Quality of Life

“This is how I am” – How many times have you heard that before? While, it is true that you are who we are and staying true to your unique personality is cool, but does that mean you can’t try to change for the better? Do you have to accept your flaws, because “this is me”.

Life is about growth, it is about development, it is about evolution, it is about becoming the best version of yourself. It is not only good sense, but a requirement to constantly try and improve your life.

Imagine a world where nothing ever changed, the birds never learned to fly, the caterpillar never blossomed into a beautiful butterfly, children never learned to walk, women never left their comfortable homes, men still lived like nomads.. close your eyes and think of it for a minute. Doesn’t look like a lot of fun, does it? Change is imperative, personal growth is beautiful and we must always strive to be better than we are today. Only then can you improve your quality of life. 

Here’s How to Improve your Life – Based on Advice…

  • Given to me by someone
  • Given by me to someone
  • Given by me to myself
  • Given by someone to someone else

1. Under promise and over deliver

Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, we say everything that comes to our mind and make promises that we are not able to follow through even though we intend to keep these promises. We end up losing the trust of the people we make these promises to. So, it is better to speak less and deliver more, and make sure that next time you make a promise, people believe it.

You will see how you can improve your life simply by following this simple rule.

2. It’s not what you say, but how you say it

Words mean something, and once you say something, you can’t take it back. A little tact can go a long way. It is good to be honest but sometimes people take it too far. If your “truth” hurts feelings, is it really worth it? Isn’t it better and classier to speak your mind but in a way that you don’t break hearts.

Changing the way you phrase your sentences makes the world of a difference. The tone and body language is even more important. It’s amazing how being a bit more tactful can improve your relationships and in doing so improve your life.

3. Treat yourself like you would treat a friend

Be your best friend - Pieces of Advice for a better life

Are you over critical of yourself? Do you put too many expectations on yourself? Are you too harsh with yourself? Every time you see yourself putting way too much pressure on yourself, stand in front of the mirror and pretend that you’re talking to a friend. What would you say to a friend in a similar situation? 

Skeptical about this? Try it! Talk to yourself like you would talk to your best friend and feel how your quality of life improves.

4. Stop trying to please everybody

It feels great to be adored by everyone, and it is nice- to do things for people as well. But there needs to be a balance between genuinely being there for people out of affection, and being a people pleaser to the point where you become a doormat.

If you do not get over your habit of wanting to please everyone, you’ll never learn or achieve anything of value. People will respect you more if you stand your ground and know your value, it’s also good for your peace of mind (Click here) 

5. Learn to say “no”

Is “sorry” really the hardest word? Some may argue. “No” is definitely a close second. It is hard sometimes; you want to be there for people. You want to make your loved ones happy. You wish to give them the world. However, it is important to make sure you don’t compromise your self-worth, beliefs and mental peace in order to appease others. Stand your ground and how you can improve your life.

It is okay to say no, and if you lose people for standing up for yourselves, do you really want them in your life? The answer is easy, NO. 

6. If it’s fragile, let it break

This one’s one of my favorite ways to improve your quality of life! You cannot keep walking on egg shells, if keeping a person in your life means that you have to be cautious around them, make sure you don’t anger them, watch every word that comes out of your mouth like a hawk because you are always afraid they will leave you if you say or do anything that upsets them; it is a toxic relationship, it is a fear-based relationship. Living in constant fear at the most is deadly and at the least is unhealthy. If a relationship can break so easily, let it break. 

Get out of your comfort zone - Great Piece of Advice7. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, aka, get out of your comfort zone

This is a great way to improve your life. I, like many others fall in my comfort zone pretty easily. It’s called the comfort zone for a reason – it’s comfortable, it’s familiar, it’s non-threatening. However, it is outside our comfort zones that we can truly discover ourselves.

It is when we put ourselves out there, that our true potential reveals itself. Getting out of my comfort zone has also made me a happier person, so I can vouch that this will truly help improve your quality of life.

Hard work Beats talent8. Hardwork beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard

Ever wonder how a few mega talented singers, actors slowly fade away and you find those who might not have the best voice or the best acting skills slowly becoming much more popular and successful? Luck is definitely important, and so is hard work.

Your classmates that were considered “average” by the teachers and other students might end up becoming more successful than those that were naturally smarter and got better grades in school. This is because of sheer hard work, perseverance and practice.

9. Always have a PLAN B

This again is one of the many simple things that improve your life. We all have dreams and it’s fabulous to go after those dreams. But if you think you’ve tried everything you could and that dream is still not coming true, allow yourself to dream another dream. Destiny is not a myth and you can’t fight it. If one door doesn’t open no matter how hard you kick it, it’s not your door.

But there might be another door just around the corner, that will open for you. And you know what? You might like the interiors of door number 2 a lot better. My students benefitted from this advice, and so will you. 

Always have a Plan B #piecesofadvice10. Accept yourself, but never completely

Nothing destroys potential more than complacency. In other words, accept yourself but never completely. If you accept yourself fully, you stop trying to change, to improve, to learn more. You start to think you already know everything there is to know. You think you’ve accomplished everything there is to accomplish. This destroy growth.

There is always stuff to learn, always things we can do better and several things that improve your quality of life. Growth never stops, growth within us – our habits, our personalities, our knowledge, our focus, our drive, our dreams. There’s always scope for improvement.

To Conclude

That’s it, these are just a few words of wisdom that will help improve your life. Self awareness and self improvement go hand in hand, you are not who you were five years ago and you won’t be who you are five years from today. That doesn’t mean you are a chameleon constantly changing colors, it simply means you are a human being – always evolving. 

What has been your favorite advice given to you by someone? How has it impacted your life? How have you improved your life? Feel free to share in the comment section.