6 Morning Habits to be Happy


Happiness is a very subjective word. We all search for happiness in big things and large achievements, but the real truth is that the small achievements in your life gives you the real inner happiness. Now, there are various ways to stay happy in your life. But, the morning plays an important role in making you happy from inside. Therefore, today I am going to share six different morning habits that you should follow and know how to stay happy. 

Wake Up Early- Now, waking up early not only boost your mood but it also regulates your blood circulation in a proper way. to be happy, you do not need to wake up too early like 4.00 AM, but at least try to wake up 1 hour before your usual time. it helps you spend some quality time with yourself.



Stay Away from Smartphone- We all have a tendency to check our social media as soon as we wake up. its a kind of addiction that we all are suffering. And, checking others life on social media makes us depressing. So, while waking up do not look into your phone and just stay away from it. Trust me, it will give inner happiness. though it will tough in the beginning, but nothing is impossible Right?



Look into the Nature- Wake up, leave your bed and head straight to your balcony. Stand there for at least 2 mins and look the nature around you, look into the blue sky, white clouds, listen to birds chirping. this is the ultimate happiness. these days, in our fast life we hardly get time to spend with nature. So, this is your time go and enjoy nature.



Stay Hydrated- After freshen up yourself, you must drink warm water empty stomach. It keeps your stomach clean and remove all the toxins from the body. I prefer my warm water with fresh lemon and honey. you can make your drink. While drinking, I also love reading some pages of my book. this helps to relax and enjoy.



Meditation- Now, I know many of you love to do exercise during morning because that makes you energetic. But, don't forget to include meditation in your fitness routine. Meditation helps your get clear mind and thought. you become a much calm person. you can take great decisions in life without any doubts. In the beginning, it will be tough to meditate at least for 2 mins. But, don't give up and practice it will help you in the near future.

Plan your Day as per Priorities- Let's be very practical and ask you that do you really think a To-Do List actually works? If not, then you should always what are your priorities for the day. then, plan your day accordingly. It will bring a big change in your life and will be out of all kinds of frustrations.

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Stay Happy!



4 ways to style a woman Polo T-shirt

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Back then, I had no idea that a so called "collared T-shirt" is also named as "Polo T-shirt", which is basically introduced by the polo players in the 19th century. My memories are still strong with these "collared T-shirts". During my school life, I still remember when my Papa used to shop for me, there will be at least one collared T-shirt in my wardrobe. Now, this is how I grew up.

But with time, collared T-shirt took a back seat and I indulge more in different style experiments. After marriage, life has taken total 360 degree change, and there was no room for any Polo-T-shirt by then. Suddenly after ages I came in contact with Style by SM, a Nagpur based online store who design custom made T-shirts, pouches and dresses. It instantly catches my eyes and its my pleasure to collaborate with this amazing brand.

Girl Boss is ruling the world, and so do I. That's why, I want #girlboss custom print on my Grey Polo-T-shirt. When I received the parcel, I became nostalgic and instantly thought ofcreating some amazing looks with this Polo T-shirt. So, here are my 4 different looks with one Polo T-shirt.

1. Back to School Look



2. Office Look




3. Brunch Party Look




4. Ethnic Twist Look




Also, you watch the entire video of the looks here:




Do, let me know which look you love the most. Will wait for your lovely comments.

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Himalaya Anti Dandruff Hair Cream Vs Aaranyaa Hair Pack with Argan Oil



During summers, our hair becomes dull, dry, rough and frizzy because of that pollution, dirt and strong UV rays. Therefore, it is very important to follow good summer hair care routine. A proper routine includes the following:

  • Hot oiling
  • Shampooing
  • Hair Cream
  • Conditioning


All the steps are very important for a silky and smooth hair. But, do you know that hair mask or hair cream plays a significant role in hair care routine? Well, today I will be comparing two hair masks and help you decide which one to choose.

1.       Himalaya Anti Dandruff Hair Cream

No doubt, Himalaya Herbals is a popular brand and all the products under the brand are trustworthy. This hair cream comes in 100 ml and retails for Rs. 80, which is very affordable.  It is infused with Tea Tree Oil and Tulsi. Well, tea tree oil is very good agent to reduce your dandruff. You can use it after or before washing your hair. The product is not runny and not too thick. The texture is slippery. After applying, you need to wait for 20 mins and then wash your hair thoroughly. To my experience, this product and the tea tree oil actually works on my dandruff and I am really satisfied using this product. I also used this product in my Summer Hair Care Routine. Please check the video here:



2.       Aaranyaa Hair Pack with Argan Oil

This is an Indian brand and I receive this product in collaboration with Aaranyaa. This product comes in 250 ml which retails for Rs. 445. The smell of the product is just awesome. The product is bit runny and while applying it on my scalp it did mess up the area. The texture is slippery like the Himalaya Hair Cream. It is better to wash your hair and then apply the hair pack. You need to keep the hair pack for 15-20 mins and this will make your hair smooth and silky. But, to my experience the argan oil did not work on my dandruff, but it did make my hair smooth and silky. I have a mixed feeling with the ingredients. Also, I think that the product is bit pricey.

To know the review and comparison of the products, please watch my video here:





Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: 7 ways to lower your Stress


Apart from the daily stresses of life, we place additional stresses on our bodies in the way we eat, exercise and our inner voice or self talk. If you constantly put yourself down with negative messages and place stress on the body and this disrupts the hormonal/endocrine system – resulting in the possibility for PCOS.



Stress is a huge topic for women with symptoms of PCOS. That’s because studies have shown that women with PCOS produce higher than normal amounts of stress hormones, and they don’t metabolize them well.
So we make more stress hormones, namely cortisol, and they stick around longer.
In normal circumstances, we would become alarmed at something, our stress hormones, like cortisol, would increase, and then when the threat subsided our cortisol would lower, and our blood levels of stress hormones would lower too.
Studies show that women with PCOS tend to have higher than normal cortisol levels. But it’s complicated for many reasons. Here are a few of them:
 1. High sugar diet: raises insulin (the key that gets sugar into our cells for fuel) which raises cortisol
 2. Lower progesterone: high cortisol = low progesterone, and progesterone is nature’s Valium. It’s very calming and good for the brain.
3. Depression & Anxiety: women with PCOS have higher rates of depression and anxiety. Part of this is due to higher cortisol levels affecting our brain chemicals serotonin and GABA creating lower moods.
4. Symptoms of PCOS: symptoms like extra weight, facial hair growth, being told that you’ll never have a child, acne, PMS symptoms and hormone imbalance in general is very stressful.
5. Insulin resistance: one of the causes of insulin resistance is high cortisol levels. High insulin can delay ovulation, cause excess male hormones (androgens) to be produced.
6. Extra fat storage: insulin resistance caused by high stress hormones causes us to store fat making symptoms of PCOS so much worse.
7. Suppresses thyroid function and utilization of other hormones; high stress hormones actually make it harder for your body to make the active form of thyroid hormone, and makes the cells in your body less able to use estrogen, progesterone and thyroid hormones (which you already have less of).

To summarize, stress levels in women with PCOS are higher for so many reasons. But just having an awareness can help you to make some changes that will have a profound affect on your health.
To alleviate stress, the part of our nervous system called “flight or fight”, it’s important to do things that support the other part of our nervous system called “rest and digest.” And that’s where pleasure of every kind becomes very important.
Here are 7 ways to lower stress right now:
1. Implement the 5% Solution: Each week make one small change that moves you in the direction of lowering stress and healing. Think baby steps, and keep it going. Each baby step will lower the stress on your body.
2. Add in the good instead of taking away the bad: instead of saying, “I can’t have this”; say, “I can have this”, and that will encourage you to stay on track and be motivated. One really simple thing you can do is add in more vegetables. For instance, cut up some of your favorite crunchy vegetables each day like carrots and celery, and have a bag of them as your go-to when you need something to munch on. Your stress will gradually begin to lower.
3. Go Paleo (with beans): Managing your blood sugar and insulin spikes will lower stress dramatically. And protein is very grounding, so it helps with anxiety and depression because it feeds your brain the necessary amino acids for building happy brain chemistry. Focus your diet on healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the form of vegetables. You can add in small amounts of low sugar fruits like berries and grapefruit, and beans if they seem to work for you.
 4. Eat more fat: this is where counting calories is completely wrong. Fat will feed your brain so you feel better. And it does not raise insulin, so we keep your stress hormones down. Focus on ground flax seed, coconut oil, coconut milk, olive oil, butter (from pastured cows), ghee, nuts and seeds.
5. Sleep: sleep allows your body to heal, metabolize the stress hormones and rebuild for the next day. It is essential for managing stress. In fact, sleep could easily be the #1 thing to lower stress. Get at least 8 hours every night – to be no later than 10pm.
6. Give yourself the gift of time: women need time. Period. If we feel we don’t have enough time, we get stressed. Especially in the morning. Give yourself time for self-care to feel beautiful. Just taking a bath with 2 cups of Epsom salts in the morning can make all the difference in your day.
7. Meditation- Early morning meditation helps you lower your stress level. It is very effective and keeps all your tensions away from your life. 
Check the video here:



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Review and First Impression of Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Range

Lakme introduces their brand new 9 to 5 Naturale Range. All the products in this range are infused with the goodness of Aloe Vera Gel. 

They have introduced the following products:

1. Lakmé 9to5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel





It nourishes the skin, especially if you are stressed. This gel is light weight, non-sticky and provides a perfect base for makeup. It also gives soothing effect and keep your skin away from daily harsh exposure of sun and pollution. It is ideal for all skin types and a perfect solution for that glowing and fresh look especially during those No-Makeup days.

Application:

Step 1: Use your fingertip to apply a layer of aloe vera gel on your face
Step 2: Evenly spread and create a base of smooth texture
Step 3: Gently massage till it gets completely absorbed


2. Lakmé 9to5 Naturale Finishing Powder





This finishing powder in fused with aloe vera and extracts of green tea. This is a light weight in nature and makes your skin appear oil-free and smooth. It also contains SPF 50 and antioxidants, which acts as a shield for your skin and protect from pollution and dirt. It has one universal shade and effortlessly blends to all Indian skin tones and gives complete matte finish.

Application:

Step 1: Use the applicator to pick some powder. Shake the puff applicator to remove the excess powder. Then, gently dab it on your face.
Step 2: For a matte look, evenly apply the powder on your face.
Step 3: Make sure that you apply even on your neck.

3. LAKMÉ 9to5 Naturale Matte Sticks Lipstick



The matte sticks are available in 15 different shades, which are suitable for all Indian skin tones. This matte stick is infused with aloe vera and honey. There is a hint of shimmer with powdery matte finish.

Application:

Step 1: Apply it from the centre of the upper lip
Step 2: Follow the contours of the lips.
Step 3: then, glide the product through the lower lip.

You can buy all the products here:


Also, you can watch the video here for a detailed review:










8 Natural Ways to Cure PCOS

PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome is one of the most common hormonal disorders that women are facing today. Surprisingly there are a huge percentage of women who are going through this disorder and are also fighting it back. But there are alternatives to popping a pill, which are home remedies for PCOS. Many may not know but the solution to your PCOS may be right there in your kitchen!



1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most easily available ingredients at home and it’s a great home remedy for PCOS.

How much should you consume?

You can consume up to one tablespoon of virgin coconut oil every day. You can have it straight up or add to your daily smoothies or even salads.

How does it help?

As it contains medium chain fatty acids, it helps to regulate blood sugar levels and insulin secretion.

How often can you take it?

You can safely consume virgin coconut oil every day



2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is used in everyday cooking and is one of the most versatile home remedies for PCOS.

How much should you consume?

You can have up to one tablespoon of grounded cinnamon or one stick of cinnamon per day. It has a slightly sweet pungent taste so you can add it to your daily smoothies, juices or even add it to your cup of green tea!

How does it help?

It gives your metabolism a boost by calorie burning and helps in insulin sensitivity & stabilizing blood sugar.

How often can you take it?

You can have cinnamon powder once to twice a day, every day.



3. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek, more commonly known as methi is one of the most helpful home remedies for PCOS.

How much should you consume?

Soak 3 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds overnight in water and have it thrice a day — on an empty stomach in the morning. You can also have it before lunch or dinner.

How does it help?

In PCOS, there is a production of excessive testosterone as the insulin secreted by pancreas is not utilized by the tissues in the body. Fenugreek helps in stabilizing the insulin level and glucose tolerance. It also regulates hormones and in turn helps to keep testosterone in check.

How often can you take it?

You can have it thrice a day, every day.



4. Basil Leaves

Basil leaves, more commonly known as Tulsi leaves are easily available in every Indian household and are one of the oldest home remedies for PCOS.

How much should you consume?

If you have a plant, you can eat at least 10-12 freshly washed basil leaves every morning on an empty stomach. If you can’t consume it on an empty stomach, you can have water boiled with basil leaves throughout the day.

How does it help?

Basil leaves help to control the androgens that are not utilized due to the lack of ovulation and also stabilize insulin levels. It’s also an excellent antioxidant which means that you can have great skin too!

How often can you take it?

You can have 10-12 leaves a day, every day.




5. Indian Gooseberry

The Indian gooseberry, more commonly known as Amla is one of the most nutritive and best forms of home remedies for PCOS.

How much should you consume?

Squeeze the juice of one-two amlas till you get ½ cup of juice. Dilute it with one cup of water and drink this anytime in the day, preferably in the morning.

How does it help?

It’s a great detox agent which helps in restoring hormonal balance in your body. It also helps to stabilize your cholesterol.

How often can you take it?

You can have it once a day, every day.



6. Cumin Water

Cumin, or jeera, is an Indian spice that is used in every day cooking and is one of the most easily available home remedies for PCOS.

How much should you consume?

Take one teaspoon of grounded cumin with a cup of water and have this mixture twice a day.

How does it help?

Cumin helps to regulate sugar levels that in turn help to stabilize insulin. It is also an anti-oxidant that helps to detoxify the radicals from the body and stabilize hormonal processes.

How often can you take it?

You can consume grounded cumin or this mixture twice a day, every day.



7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is considered to be the first choice for a number of women to conquer PCOS and is one of the leading home remedies for PCOS.

How much should you consume?

Mix two tablespoons with one full glass of warm water and have this on the empty stomach. Never have this undiluted and always have it in 1:2 ratio (ACV: Water/Juice). If the taste is too strong, mix it with orange juice which will help curb the taste. Try and increase the frequency to 2-3 times a day gradually.

How does it help?

Apple cider vinegar is an ultimate hormone balancer and pH booster. It helps to regulate the insulin levels in the body and can help to curb PCOS.

How often can you take it?

Have it one to two times a day, every day. Try and increase the frequency gradually to see the effects.



8. Green Tea

You can call it the super food of the last decade. Green tea is known for its anti-oxidant properties for years through the Chinese tradition and now is one of the leading home remedies for PCOS.

How much should you consume?

Brew fresh green tea leaves in boiling water or a bag of green tea in a cup of hot water for 3- 4 minutes before consuming. Make sure that you add the green tea only after the water is off the heat. Check for different brewing temperatures for different types of green teas. If the taste is too strong for you, you can add in a teaspoon of organic honey as well.

How does it help?

Green tea is an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates metabolism making it one of the most effective home remedies for PCOS. Green tea contains high levels of polyphenols that help prevent cellular damage which in turn affects woman’s androgen level.

How often can you take it?

You can consume green tea three to four times a day, every day.

Other Lifestyle Changes To Keep PCOS Under Check:

1. No Processed Foods: Say no to anything out of a packet even if it says ‘baked’ or ‘no sugar’ on it. If it’s in a packet, it means it has preservatives and chemicals which will harm your body.
2. Include Iron-Rich Food: Spinach, lentils, kale, garden cress seeds (halim seeds) are all very rich sources of iron.
3. Work it Out: Start exercising if you aren’t! Keeping your body active is extremely essential in PCOS. Even 20-30 minutes of exercise 5-6 days a week will help you in the long run. Pilates, yoga, walking or even bike riding are great exercises for PCOS.

You can also watch the video here:


Summer Skincare Routine 2018




Summer is the time when you need to take utmost care of your skin. This year, I updated my summer skincare routine with W2 range. All the products are 100% paraben free. So, do check the video and do let me know which one you like the most.

To shop the products, visit http://www.lifeessentials.co.in/


Happy Summer!