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5 Natural Ways to Instantly Look Better in the Morning

5 Natural Ways to Instantly Look Better in the Morning

The internet is filled with endless listicles detailing how you can start looking and feeling better every day, but most of those lists only offer long-term solutions to the problem. These lists also tend to rely heavily on makeup, making them less than ideal for men, and tend to suggest using caffeine, different vitamins or this week’s miracle food, which all might contain things you maybe don’t want to put in your body. So, what else can you do when it is 7:00AM, you look like you’ve been run over by a tank, and you have a big meeting coming up at ten? Here are five quick-fix tricks to help you look more alive instantly!

1. Stand Up Straight

Years of slumping in unhealthy plastic chairs as a child at school, desperately trying to get comfortable, have probably done a number on your posture. Most people these days suffer from poor posture, which is not only unhealthy, but is also a certified way to make you look heavier, older and more tired than you actually are. So stand up straight, show off those abs and don’t just look better, but actually feel better!

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2. Hold Cold Spoons Under Your Eyes

This may sound like an old trick, but I’ve been using it for years and it really does work. If you wake up and see that you’ve got the grocery bags for a family of four under your eyes, quickly pop into the kitchen before you get into the shower and put two metal tablespoons into the refrigerator. Then, when you’re done showering, gently press the cold spoons onto your under-eyes for at least thirty seconds (or longer, if necessary) and voilà! Instant puff-reduction! Though you might still have some dark circles… that’s where makeup might be necessary… sorry.

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3. Use Moisturizer.

While this is probably already standard procedure for most of the ladies reading this, gents: please, please, throw some moisturizer on your face after you shower or wash. Dry skin will always look dull and sallow, making you look old, unhealthy, tired and just poorly groomed. Not only does using moisturizer on your face make you look better in the short-term, it will also help keep your skin looking young and healthy as you age. For best results, use a combined moisturizer and SPF, and if you already have oily or acne prone skin, or if you have just shaved your face, try an oil-free moisturizer type to prevent excessive shine, pimples and ingrown hairs. Also, those dark circles not taken care of by the spoons? Moisturizer will help with that, so go heavy under the eyes!

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4. Make Sure You’re Wearing the Right Colors for You

Have you ever noticed that even on days when you feel great and your skin looks amazing, you put on your outfit for the day and all of a sudden… meh? That’s probably because you’re wearing the wrong colors for your personal color-type. Your color-type is determined by the undertones of your skin, hair and eyes, and knowing your color-type is essential to knowing which colors will look good on you and bring out your best attributes, and which colors will wash you out. Not sure what your color-type is? Try out this quick little color-type diagnostic quiz to find out, and also find tips about which colors will suit you.

5. Dance it Out

If you look like crap when you wake up in the morning, chances are you also feel like crap. To give yourself a jump start that doesn’t involve any potentially hazardous chemicals, just turn on some groove-tunes and dance while you’re getting ready. The happy, poppy tunes will put you in a better mood, and dancing will get your heartbeat up, effectively waking you up and also getting your blood flowing faster through your veins and into your skin. If your blood is circulating better, you’ll have better coloration in your skin, instantly making you look (and feel) more alive.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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