5 simple ways to relieve stress

Stress and anxiety are common experiences for most people. In fact, 70% of adults say they feel stress or anxiety daily that can seriously impact their functionality and ability to carry out their daily tasks. Here are a few ways to relieve stress and anxiety that you can easily implement into your daily routine

  1. Exercise
    Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to beat stress. It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can help relieve mental stress, and the benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t exercise. Try to find an activity you enjoy, such as walking, dancing, rock climbing or yoga. Activities that use repetitive movements of large muscle groups, such as walking or jogging, can be particularly stress relieving.
  2. Reduce your caffeine intake
    Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses can increase anxiety. People have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate. If you notice that caffeine makes you jittery or anxious, consider cutting back.Although many studies show that coffee can be healthy in moderation, it’s not for everyone. In general, five or fewer cups per day is considered a moderate amount.
  3. Spend time with friends and family
    Social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times. Being part of a friend network gives you a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help you in tough times. One study found that for women, in particular, spending time with friends and children helps release oxytocin, a natural stress reliever. This effect is called “tend and befriend,” and is the opposite of the fight-or-flight response. Furthermore, both men and women benefit from friendship. Another study found that men and women with the fewest social connections were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
  4. Learn to say no
    Not all stressors are within your control, but some are. Take control over the parts of your life that you can change and are causing you stress. One way to do this may be to say “no” more often. This is especially true if you find yourself taking on more than you can handle, as juggling many responsibilities can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Being selective about what you take on — and saying no to what will unnecessarily add to your load — can be a good start to controlling your stress levels.
  • Listen to soothing music
    Listening to music can have a very relaxing effect on the body. Slow-paced instrumental music can induce the relaxation response by helping lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as stress hormones. Some types of classical, Celtic, Native American and Indian music can be particularly soothing, but simply listening to the music you enjoy is effective too. Nature sounds can also be very calming. This is why they’re often incorporated into relaxation and meditation music.

There are many things you can implement to attempt to reduce stress and anxiety if you find these few simple tips aren’t working for you, but they are a great start to put you on the right track for a less stressed mindset!

Why is it worth adding meditation to your beauty program?

Beauty it is not only what you see, but also what you radiate when you associate with others. It comes from inside you and that is what makes other people attracted to being around you and  radiate towards you and your energy. A simple key to reach the kind of beauty described is not hiding in anti- age or beauty creams. You have to connect with the real you. Your emotions and your thoughts can be clearly pictured on your face and if these are not positive, then your true beauty will not be able to shine through.

Stress and anxiety are part of all people’s lives and they are an obstacle to beauty in general. Stress and anxiety can be a destroyer of skin and a creator of lines and wrinkles on the skin. They can affect people by turning their skin dry and pale and also leading to bad dietary habits. So, don’t let it destroy you, eliminate it first!

What should you do?

You should be concentrated on your goal and your beauty program, which does not include stress, anxiety and wrinkles. All you have to do is to reduce negative thoughts and emotions which does sound hard, but can be managed. Meditation is the perfect way to achieve that and it can be easily added into your daily routine.

Meditation rules:

1. Wear comfortable clothes

2. Sit upright and comfortable

3. Relax, this is your moment
First of all, it would be preferable to meditate every morning when you wake up. Start by closing your eyes and breathe. Inhaling from nose, exhaling from mouth. Focus on your breath and make it deeper and slower. Think of your problems and all the things that have an influence on you and look at them from distance. You can solve them all when you are not in them. You are not a part of them anymore. Just focus on your breath. Do not pay attention to any thought coming. Acknowledge it and keep on breathing. Now you inhale positivity slowly and exhale your negativity sharply. Aim to do that for about 10 minutes every day and with practice it will become easier day by day. The results of meditation will make you wonder why you didn’t start it earlier! A happier and more energetic day with very low stress and anxiety levels will pay you back for those 10 minutes!

The clever way to consume calories

The worst trap in which people always caught in is the belief that calories are the only reason why they gain weight. Having that in mind, they think that the only way to lose weight is to reduce their daily calories. Of course this is true, but that is not the end of the story. The thing is that the calories from healthy fats aren’t equal in value with those from sugar.

So, generally, cleverness is not only people related, it is also food related! Specifically, there are calories that fill people’s bodies with energy without adding harmless fat in it and that fat is the one we need. These calories are the clever ones and you should start consuming whether you aim to lose weight or just want the best for your health and body!

All foods have calories

Calories are everywhere and that is not a bad thing! Because of them we can have energy and face our daily routines with strength. They are necessary and our body needs them for necessary functions. However, some people are afraid of consuming calories or they are obsessed with counting and tracking them, believing that they have to avoid them in order to lose weight. Nevertheless, there is a half side of calories’ history that is as bright as their benefits

What are clever calories?

If someone is used to following a diet with refined, processed and high sugar foods, they have no chance for weight loss. Their body would store these fats and they wouldn’t have the possibility to burn all of them. But if the individual  prefers to consume healthy fats, lean protein and carbs, they can eat a lot more food and lose weight at the same time!

The secret is that all of us should prefer to eat foods with nutritional value rather than the ones which have nothing to offer us, but stored fat in our body. And these are the clever calories, which are included in foods with sometimes high amount of calories or high amount of fat. The point is that we need this kind of calories and fat!

What should you eat?

Did you know that there are hormones which control metabolism, losing or gaining weight, mood and hunger? These hormones are influenced by the food we eat. If you choose the right food, you will see your life changing! Here’s a list of foods with clever calories:
– Fruits and berries
-Seeds, nuts and peanuts
-Eggs
-Seafood
-Vegetables
-Olive oil, coconut oil, butter from grass-fed cows
-Beans
-Whole grains (brown rice, oats, quinoa)
– Meats (lean beef, chicken breasts, lamb)
– Dark chocolate

Looking after your skin and body with Miss Vitality – Part III

We complete our discussion on our fabulous new Miss Vitality range.

In Part II of these series of blogs on Miss Vitality we continued our discussion and talked about Elevate, CoEnzyme Q10 and Illumination Formula.

We finish our series with the final three products in the range, which focus on following concerns:

Rosacea
Ageing
Hormonal imbalances
Dermatitis
Eczema
Compromised skin needing healing and repairing
Acne Prone Skin

 

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is the anti-ageing queen and scientifically developed to slow down the ageing process by protecting DNA and Telomeres. Telomeres are the caps at the end of each DNA strand that protect chromosomes. Without telomeres, the DNA strands become damaged and can’t do their job, therefore, resulting in ageing and inflammation.

Resveratrol is neuroprotective, cardioprotective and can also slow down the progression of Alzheimers.

This product is a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory derived from the roots of Japanese Knotwood, one of the richest sources of Resveratrol. Many good quality skin care products contain Resveratrol, by taking this internally and externally you will be achieving optimum results in age prevention.

Curcumin Forte

Not just a cooking spice! Curcumin Forte is an anti-inflammatory buster! It contains the most potent part of the Turmeric plant which reduces inflammation in the body and skin.

It is suitable for everyone, especially people with arthritis or those who suffer from any inflammatory pain. Used together with Miss Vitality Good Oil, Curcumin Forte will inhibit pro-inflammatory markers.

Curcumin Forte can be a herbal alternative for anti-inflammatory painkillers.

Curcmeroids, which is the key ingredient, also balances sebum (oil) production in acne-prone skin and helps reduce inflammation for those who experience rosacea. It is excellent in detoxifying the body of lead, cadmium, and mercury.

Good Oil

This high potency Omega fish oil is sourced from small fish only such as sardines, anchovies, and whitebait which are less exposed to heavy metals.

Good Oil increases cellular elasticity and moisture to relieve symptoms of impaired and barrier-compromised skin. The essential fatty acids are beneficial in relieving dry, itchy skin conditions such as dandruff and dermatitis. It is also beneficial in eliminating folliculitis as this condition can indicate that the body lacks Omega 3.

The essential fatty acids in Good Oil help to protect and strengthen nerve cells and membranes, balance hormones and improve gut health.

Good Oil brings you all the benefits of a high quality fish oil without the fishy aftertaste.

In some cases when treating a health/skin condition or concern, it may be necessary to start with the highest recommended daily dosage until you see the required results. It could take 1 or two bottles for this to be achieved. Then continue on minimal dosage for maintenance.

Each product in the Miss Vitality range compliments each other. Therefore it is safe and effective to use them all together if you wish.

Please refer to our Shop By Concern categories under our Miss Vitality pages to see what products suit you best.

Looking after your skin and body with Miss Vitality – Part II

Continuing our discussion on our fabulous new Miss Vitality range.

In Part I of these series of blogs on Miss Vitality we gave you an insight into how the Miss Vitality range was formed and introduced you to the benefits of Clean Tea.

Now we would like to present to you, three other products in this range.

Treating the skin from within is the focus.  The skin nutrient products below help the following skin conditions:

  • Rosacea
  • Acne prone skin
  • Pigmentation,
  • Dull and devitalised skin
  • Compromised skin needing healing and repairing.

 

Elevate

This organic super food provides energy and immune support and contains ingredients that will help delay certain aspects of ageing. It also cleanses and heals the intestinal tract, supports immunity and reduces inflammation. Half the recommended daily dose is ideal for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Miss Vitality Elevate

Elevate alkalises the body and therefore reduces inflammation. It is suitable for everyone, including all skin types. Rosacea and acne prone skin will especially benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a great protein kick for exercising and gym workouts.

It contains ingredients including Slippery Elm which strengthens, heals and soothes mucous membranes in the intestinal tract. This product is ideal for those who are intolerant to grains. Elevate will also lessen your urge to snack in between meals.

Taken daily in a smoothie, coconut, fresh juice or plain water, Elevate will assist in the absorption of vitamins and minerals while healing from the inside out.

 

CoEnzyme CoQ10

This energy boosting antioxidant builds Vitamin E production to assist the skin in repair and reduce ageing at a cellular level.

Miss Vitality Coenzyme Q10

It is ideal for all skin types, especially those with pigmentation or inflamed skin conditions. It is great for dull and devitalised skin and is effective in positive recovery from in-clinic treatments and surgery.

To be taken only in the morning, CoEnzyme Q10 is a great post-party pick me up.

Caution: CoEnzyme is not suitable for those taking blood thinning medication such as Warfarin.

Illumination Formula (multi vitamin)

This all round skin specific, multi-nutrient formula is a high dose antioxidant. It helps prevent ageing by ensuring that cells are protected from oxidative damage and stress and provides skin support for healing, repairing, and skin recovery.

It is beneficial in regulating the production of sebum (oil) in the skin and also supports healthy thyroid function. This multi-vitamin also supports the nervous and hormone systems and is beneficial in times of stress.

Caution: Illumination Formula is not to be used in pregnancy.

Looking after your skin and body with Miss Vitality – Part I

See our recent feature in Time Out Beauty

This month we are focusing on our bodies.

At Time Out Beauty, our main focus is the skin, however, we have to bear in mind that some skin conditions are caused by gut issues, poor diet, lack of sleep, medication etc. It can be frustrating that in some cases even though the client’s skin care regime is good, certain skin conditions fail to be resolved. So if we acknowledge the body holistically it could be due to other issues deeper than the skin.

After meeting with Chiza Westcarr, the educator for the Miss Vitality Nutrition range, we were blown away to discover that this therapeutic range is designed to correct skin health from the inside. We were confidently told that these scientifically developed products guarantee results due to their therapeutic dose when taken as directed. These TGA approved complementary medicines are in fact active enough to bring about change in the skin and body. We were also impressed that this range is not only Australian owned, but also uses certified organic ingredients.

“This range stands out as it is more potent due to its therapeutic dose.”

Chiza is also a strong believer that most conditions begin in the gut, and these products promote gut health.

Miss Vitality Co-Founders, Naturopath Pamella Zakostelsky, and Paramedical Aesthetician Natasha McCrystal have over 35 years combined experience in the health and skincare industry.

They have combined their extensive knowledge and skills to formulate this effective range.

With their findings Miss Vitality was born; a wellness movement that represents nourishment on a cellular level protecting our cells from the damages we face within our environment, the food we eat and stress levels from everyday demands.

“Age Prevention is now here on a nutritional and cellular level… what we do today is the future of our health, the prevention of disease and protection of the cells”.
Inflammation is a major contributor to ageing. The Miss Vitality range uses anti-inflammatories throughout their range. Certain products in the range also assist in reducing the toxic load.

As a skin therapist, I am now inspired to obtain even better results for my clients who suffer from conditions such as rosacea, acne, pigmentation, dull and devitalised skin, itchiness, sensitivity, and ageing.

There are 7 products in the range which are suitable for all skin conditions:

Clean Tea

We should all take time out for a cup of tea, not only to unwind but to detoxify and protect our body and skin.

Clean Tea is a therapeutic herbal infusion that is suitable for everybody* (*not recommended during pregnancy). It contains certified organic ingredients and is caffeine and sugar-free. This blend of detoxifying plants will purify the body and enliven the skin. It is rich in antioxidants which not only strengthens immunity but cleanses the gut and aids digestion.

Delicious to enjoy all year round as a hot soothing tea in winter and a cold refreshing iced tea in summer.

While preparing your tea, you can easily identify the following ingredients:
Barberry: promotes liver detoxification, is anti-fungal and anti-Candida
Peppermint: aids digestion
Lemongrass: stimulates cleansing through liver detoxification
Rosehip: is high in Vitamin C which protects the skin and capillaries from free radicals
Chamomile: soothes the nervous system
Vanilla Bean: aids digestion

Make Miss Vitality Clean Tea your special time out ritual to promote healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

How to be a positive sparkle in a world full of negative people

Negativity can be unpleasant for all in social situations, even for those who deal with it well. It is such a simple way to have a dampening effect on another person’s mood and impact the behaviours and actions of others and even yourself, whether you like it or not. The way you let these negative energies impact your day will set you apart from those who choose to focus on the negative over the positive. Wearing a big smile versing being cynical shows you have to power to decide what “mood team” you will belong in and portray your resilience and sparkle to others. You may even be someone else’s reason to smile that day.

There are a few simple tips for you to implement a positive mindset and avoid negativity.

 

1. Create a positive social environment

It is widely recognized that friends are your second family and you may even interact with them more frequently than your own family! This shows how essential it is to choose the best ones and the ones who bring out the best in you, the ones who will respect and love you, who want the best for you and people who will lift your spirit just by being around them.

 

2. Embrace optimism

Being willing to embrace change and being optimistic about situations will bring returns and expose you to new opportunities that may benefit your life and mindset. There is no reason to believe that you cannot do things before you try them or thinking that if something will not go well that there is no point even trying. You will learn lessons about yourself and others and create a new journey through new adventures through being optimistic and trying new things that will allow your sparkle and positive attitude to naturally shine through.

 

3. Accept the fact that you are not perfect

People make mistakes, people have flaws and under no circumstances are people eligible of doing all things right. You are one of them and accepting that making mistakes is a part of life that helps you learn will bring about positive change to your mindset.

 

4. Be the change that you want

Negativity is not only related to others, you may have a negative mindset because something happened or even you woke up that way. The above are absolutely normal, but you can change your mindset in those situations. Wake up every morning, smile and say “thanks for all that I have”, listen to your favorite songs, enjoy your coffee or tea and eat your breakfast. Take this cheerful mood to your work, too. You will be the change that everyone around you can benefit from.

 

5. Do not be afraid of letting go

Plans are cancelled, relationships are falling apart, attitudes are being proved to be wrong. Three steps: accept it, let it go, go on. This does not mean that you do not care about these situations or the people involved, but that you care for your wellbeing. Eliminate negative situations from your life to reach happiness and focus on making yourself the healthiest and happiest version of you that you can. As they say, you can’t love those and the world around you until you love yourself!

How to Be Mindful With Your In-Laws

How we relate with our in-laws deeply affects the overall harmony and well-being in our
families and in our life. For many, this becomes most obvious during the holidays.

This year, let mindfulness help you navigate potential conflict and nourish these key relationships.

Set the intention to be accepting, patient and appreciative with your in-laws.

Know that some situations might make you emotionally reactive. When these moments arise, breathe mindfully and send a caring reminder to yourself to help regain your balance.

Whenever you remember, ground yourself in mindful presence by relaxing your body,
bringing a slight smile to your mouth, and taking a few full breaths. In these moments, recall your intention.

Purposefully notice what you appreciate about your in-laws and when appropriate, let them
know directly.

Be mindful of where they might be feeling uncomfortable, vulnerable or anxious, and with care, see how you can be helpful.

Forgive yourself, and them, for ways your time together may be difficult.

Pause and fully savor the moments when there’s affection, humor or kindness.

Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle is an important factor to improve the welfare of your life.

Living in a healthy way can prevent health problems such as high blood pressure and obesity.

There are many habits and routines that can be trained to live a healthy lifestyle.

A balanced lifestyle filled with good nutrition is ideal.

 

Here are habits that can help you lead a healthy lifestyle:

1. Keep your diet

The body will always be affected by food intake. A healthy diet should contain sufficient amounts of nutrients. In addition, be mindful of the type of food in your diet.

Always remember to check the label the food you buy, as well as how these foods should be cooked.

Prioritizing for steaming or grilling food instead of frying.

 

2. Drink enough water

Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water each day. Drink more water after you perform strenuous physical activities such as sports.

Drinking enough water will help replace the lost and also cleans toxins from the body.

Drinking plenty of water is highly recommended and reduce the consumption of soda and caffeinated drinks.

 

3. Exercise

Regular exercise ensures the physical conditions are maintained.

Exercise also helps you free from mental tension.

Other benefits of exercise include: blood circulation; toning and strengthening muscles; and increases the body’s oxygen levels.

 

4. Get rid of bad habits

Developing good habits is not enough. You also have to get rid of bad habits such as smoking or consuming copious amounts of alcohol.

Enlist a friend or family member to help get rid of bad habits.

 

5. Maintain a positive and optimistic attitude towards life

Perspective will affect how you live your daily life.

Grow an optimistic attitude and avoid associating with people who are pessimistic.

Instead of thinking about what’s wrong with life, think about what is right in your life.

 

6. Get a hobby

Hobbies not only increase the power of the mind, but also relieve you from stress.

Foods that help control acne

Nobody likes it when that unwanted pimple shows up on your face. Did you know there are foods that you can be eating to help control acne breakouts? We’ve put together a list to incorporate into your diets that help.

 

Fruits and vegetables

People who have eating habits that are rich in fruits and vegetables like yams and greens and low in refined foods like white sugar and white flour, which can cause hormones to spike, find that acne breakouts are less likely to occur.

 

Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a powerful antioxidant that appears to help improve acne by protecting cells from inflammatory damage and preserving skin’s elasticity. Selenium works particularly well when it’s accompanied by vitamins E and A, so eat your Brazil nuts with some almonds and perhaps some red bell peppers.

One Brazil nut delivers a full day’s supply. Other foods rich in selenium are meats, fish, poultry, onions, garlic and whole grains.

 

Oysters, beans, poultry, fish (and other foods rich in zinc)

No one knows exactly why, but getting enough zinc appears to help put the brakes on breakouts. It may be that zinc helps to control the release of male hormones that kick-start acne. Zinc also helps the body absorb vitamin A, another important nutrient for healthy skin.

 

Salmon, flaxseed (and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids)

Omega-3 fatty acids help keep inflammation at bay and may help keep acne under control. Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel all boast omega-3 fatty acids, as do flaxseed and walnuts.

 

Sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, bell peppers (and other foods rich in beta-carotene)

Beta-carotene (found in many orange-, yellow-, and red-hued fruits and vegetables) converts in the body to vitamin A, another of the nutrients that helps to enhance selenium’s benefits to skin.

 

Oranges, tomatoes, melons (and other foods rich in vitamin C)

These juicy vitamin C bombs won’t cure you of breakouts, but because the vitamin strengthens cell walls, it can help protect your skin from scarring that blemishes can cause. Bioflavonoids, which often come from a C source (such as the white rind inside citrus fruits), also act as natural anti-inflammatories that can enhance the healing action of vitamin C.

 

Almonds, eggs, leafy green vegetables (and other foods rich in vitamin E)

The antioxidant vitamin E helps skin heal from damage and scarring caused by acne. It’s not easy to get a lot of E from a low-fat diet, but unrefined (minimally processed) vegetable oils, nuts, and whole grains are good sources.

 

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Sugars:

You may have already suspected that sugar is related to breakouts.

 

High-glycemic foods:

These are food that break down quickly in the body, triggering an insulin spike and raising blood sugar levels. They trigger hormonal fluctuations and inflammation – both which encourage acne. These are foods like white bread, processed breakfast cereals, white rice, pretzles, crisps, cookies, cakes etc.

 

Junk Food:

For the same reason above – they cause hormonal fluctuations and blood sugar levels to spike. These are on the ‘to be avoided’ list of foods if you are wanting to keep your skin clear.

 

Fast Food:

Greasy fast food creates inflammation in the body, which can lead to pimples, so if you’re going to a fast-food restaurant, choose the salads or yogurt.