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5 Surefire Strategies To Ditch Acne For Good

5 Surefire Strategies To Ditch Acne For Good

When we’re in high school, my best friend had super low self esteem. It was brought about by a terrible acne problem. He would look at the mirror and he’d see disaster! What was alarming about this was that it happened every single day. Lifehack knows you don’t want this problem in your life, so here are 5 strategies you can unleash to ditch acne forever.

#1. Healthy Eating

Change your diet. It’s one of the best things you can do to ditch acne. Throw away grains, processed food, processed oils, and sugars. All of these have an alarmingly high rate of being extremely inflammatory to the gut. Removing them from your diet will give you an idea which foods are causing your acne to breakout.

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After this step, you can start incorporating these foods back into the picture. Do it slowly so you can thoroughly observe what will happen. As you go through this, be patient. This step will reveal which one of them is the culprit. But ultimately, taking out processed junk all together is the the best move. Try it out and you’ll be gladly surprised.

#2. Lemon Juice

Dip cotton in lemon juice and gently rub it on your face. This will dry up your pores and will soothe the redness on the areas with acne. You can also use lemon juice by mixing it with warm water and drink it upon waking up. Lemon is an effective anti-inflammatory agent and will flush toxins out from your body, particularly from the kidneys and liver.

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#3. Raw Honey

Purchase genuine honey. Check the label; it should say unpasteurized or raw. Better yet, use Manuka honey which has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Mix 2 tablespoon of honey with a little water to make it pliable. Apply it on the affected area, using it like massage cream. Honey is a good skin moisturizer–especially ideal for people with sensitive skin. Leave the mixture on the face around 12 minutes.

#4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is one of nature’s great anti-fungal. We’re referring particularly to the clear and sticky gel flesh of an Aloe plant. Get an aloe leaf, cut it in half to scoop out the gel and apply it directly onto the skin that’s affected.

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#5 Tea Tree Oil

You think it’s only for full body massages? Nope. It’s also been proven many times, Tea Tree oil is more potent than most oils available so it’s highly recommended for curing acne. Apply it on the skin affected using a cotton bud soaked in Tea Tree oil.

Original Source: 5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Acne Once and For All by Merwin Davies via Eat Live Life

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Featured photo credit: Home Remedies On How To Get Rid Of Acne Fast/Skrasant via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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