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10 Personal Hygiene Hacks You Should Know

10 Personal Hygiene Hacks You Should Know

The Bible says “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Now, you may or may not believe in the Bible, but you can’t deny the importance of proper sanitation.

Your hygiene matters a lot. It not just keeps you presentable, but also keeps you healthy and makes you feel good about yourself.

Marinating proper personal hygiene does not have to be expensive and difficult. Here are 10 hacks that will help you maintain your cleanliness.

1. Wash your hair thrice a week

Washing your hair with good shampoo and conditioner is absolutely necessary. It helps you get rid of dandruff and dirt in your hair. But be careful not to wash your hair daily!

Your body produces some of the best oils and nutrients that are necessary for having strong, long hair, and taking regular breaks between washing your head helps to restore them. Treat your hair to some oil. It is necessary to keep your hair hydrated.

2. Use coconut oil for your hair

If you have serious dandruff problems, you may be well off using coconut oil. Coconut oil helps to control secretion of oil from your scalp and thereby reduces dandruff. Simply massage your hair with coconut oil for an hour or two before you wash your hair.

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There may be plenty of anti-dandruff shampoos in the market, but the chemical irritants in those can make your problem worse. Add to that the irritation and itching they cause to your scalp and they are no longer such a good idea.

Thanks to the moisturizing properties of coconut oil, it also reduces itching and flaking of scalp as well as gives your hair a shiny, smooth look. Men could also try hair pomade, which helps them style their hair as they desire with ease.

3. Clean your teeth

You definitely want to be able to give a confident radiant smile to people you meet, and that is not possible without having clean, white, healthy teeth. While brushing your teeth twice daily is a must for having healthy teeth and gums, it is not enough. Flossing should be a part of your daily dental hygiene routine. It freshens your breath, cleans your gums and can prevent tooth decay.

You do not need to spend a lot of money to get your teeth whitened professionally. Brushing your teeth with a paste made up of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can work magic. In addition, rinse your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide every week to get rid of germs.

4. Get rid of ear wax

Your body produces as a protective measure against bacteria, bugs and dirt. But avoid cleaning them regularly–you will produce so much of it that it becomes a real pain. Apart from affecting you hearing due to clogging of your ear, too much ear wax can actually cause ear infection.

Cotton swabs  are one of the most widely used ear cleaning options–but be careful NOT to put them directly in your ear canal. Hydrogen Peroxide helps to soften and loosen ear wax, so that it can be easily removed from the folds of your ear.

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5. Get rid of bad breath

I am sure I do not need to stress the demerits of having a bad breath. Few things are a greater turn off than the stink that your mouth exhales. So it is no wonder getting rid of it must be high in your priority list.

Scrubbing your tongue can be an effective way to reduce smelly breath. After brushing your teeth, make a habit of cleaning your tongue as well. You can get a tongue scraper or use the back-face of your brush to get rid of the waste and germs in your tongue.

Another way of ensuring fresh breath is to gargle with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide. Mouthwash made of these compounds can also help you whiten your teeth.

6. Keep your body cool

Hot summer days bring, with them, all sorts of problems for your body- from excessive sweating to rashes, itchy red skin, smelly body and what not. It is therefore essential to keep your body cool.

You can start by eating proper food. Fruits rich in water such as water melons, grapes, cucumbers, coconuts, strawberries among others keep your body cool and hydrated during hot summer days. In addition drink a lot of water preferably with fresh fruits and herbs. These provide you with necessary vitamins and minerals to fight the heat.

You should definitely get an air conditioner if you can afford it. They help maintain the right temperature inside your house even when temperature goes soaring outside.

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7. Use natural deodorants

A daily shower is necessary but is usually not enough to prevent you from reeking for a whole day. In order to fight the sour odor, your body decimates especially from your armpits, deodorants are a must.

Choose those deodorants that are free of aluminum (which are usually associated with breast cancer). Better make your own deodorants. There are many DIY guides on making homemade deodorants using coconut oils and arrowroots.

You can even replace deodorants with coconut oil. The natural antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil kill fungi, yeast and bacteria. You can simply rub a little coconut oil in the armpits and feel better.

8. Shower the Bond way

There is no better way to get rid of all accumulated dirt and stink in your body than taking a good old shower. But you can make the whole experience more fulfilling by employing the much famed James Bond shower.

For a James Bond shower, start showering with warm water, but before you get out, turn the water cold for a few minutes. The benefits of a cold shower are many. It makes your hair smoother and your skin looks healthy and hydrated. In addition, it makes you feel invigorated and energized immediately.

9. Take care of your skin

Smooth, clean and healthy skin is an essential element of a hygienic body. Proper skin care is necessary to keep it healthy and glowing for years to come.

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Protecting your skin from sun is one of the most important steps in your skin care routine. Excessive sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and sun burns that take the charm out of your skin. Apply sun screen whenever you walk out in the sun, especially when you are out in a beach.

You need to keep your skin hydrated. Use moisturizing creams and lotions after showers to prevent it from dryness. In addition, replace strong soaps that strip your skin of oil with mild cleansers.

10. Clean your feet

There are many reasons to clean your feet. That they smell -really, really bad- is unarguably on top of the list. The sweat produced by your feet when trapped in your socks and shoes cannot evaporate resulting in a disgusting stink.

The solution to your smelly feet is quite simple and inexpensive: wash your feet properly. Get a wash cloth and scrub your toes and base properly. Further, soak your feet in a baking soda and lemon mixture.

Alternatively you can use Epsom salts or vinegar to prepare a mixture to soak your feet in. Using clean socks and shoes is also equally important to prevent foul odor reeking from your feet.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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