• Skyler Neal

It's finally November and yet, a couple weeks ago it was almost 80 degrees outside in Philadelphia, YIKES. Fortunately, it has cooled off in the last few weeks and I can FINALLY embrace all things pumpkin spice, spooky ooky, and a whole new season of self-care. Jonathan Van Ness would surely approve, I can hear his YAS QUEEN all the way from here. To start off the holiday season, I'm going to tell you guys about some of my favorite products straight from the shelves of CVS! Let us begin.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15

I’ve been using this moisturizer for the past three years and let me tell you it’s a game-changer. It’s not like that’s breaking news, Aveeno daily moisturizers with SPF have grown quite the reputation for being a skincare staple especially for those of us with sensitive skin. I wear this stuff year-round, no matter what the season. The sun still shines in the Winter which means you should still be using sunscreen. The great thing about this product, however, is that it combines two-steps into one. Amen for #lifehacks.

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

This is another product I’ve been using forever, probably since freshman year of high school when I still had a babyface. I’ve tried other makeup wipes but for some reason, they usually end up making my face irritated and red which for a pale person such as I, is not a good look. Makeup wipes shouldn’t sting, they should only remove dirt and impurities, leave my skin alone, I’ve got products for that.

Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt: Hydrate + Repair Multi-Action Leave-In

I started using Shea Moisture products last year when my mom let me try her leave-in conditioner. Needless to say, I loved it! My dry sometimes brittle hair was saved. I recently found this specific product on the shelves of CVS which essentially does the same thing as leave-in a conditioner but it comes with a spray top which makes the process of post-shower hair care much smoother, no more wiping my hands on my face towel.

Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials Deodorant

In regards to keeping fresh and clean, I love a good deodorant that doesn’t smell like heavy perfume which are many on the shelves of any drugstore, however, I still like to keep things fresh and what’s fresher than a cucumber? I also have to mention that I can be a sweaty gal, especially after spin class which is why I love that this deodorant has 48-hour sweat and odor protection!

Every single one of these products can be found on the shelves of a CVS near you so go take care of business girl! Make sure to join the CVS Beauty Club to get rewards back on your purchases. When you spend $30 on beauty products, you receive $3 back. We love some free money.

#beautyunaltered #CVSBeauty #affiliatepartner #InfluenceHerCollective #ad

  • Skyler Neal

College is a stressful time, we’ve got exams to worry about, being broke, annoying guys, staying in shape and on top of all that it feels like we’re supposed to have everything together. College is the experience of a lifetime, but it’s also a huge source of anxiety for many of us. We are privileged to be here and to learn but it comes at a cost, as with anything. What we see in the movies isn’t real, Anna Kendrick did us a dirty one because there’s no way her character in Pitch Perfect wasn’t super duper stressed out all of the time because she was juggling so much at the time. Physically, stress has repercussions. For one, headaches, hyperventilation, and sweats. Yeah, there’s no way they’re going to put that in a Hollywood film because it ain’t pretty.

So where do we go from here? Mental health must not be ignored any further because it’s a prevalent issue in our society of perfection. Luckily, I’ve found something that works for me and I want to share it with you all. It’s called TouchPoints and I’ve been using them for the last month to de-stress, re-focus, and get better sleep. You may be asking, what exactly are TouchPoints? Well, girl, I’ll tell you. TouchPoints are essentially two bands you can wear or put anywhere on your body that vibrate to a certain rhythm depending on what you need. For example calming down after getting angry, focusing during tasks, and falling asleep easier. This is all backed by science. There’s something called “the stress switch” which turns on in response to anything that is anxiety-inducing. TouchPoints uses a patent-pending method called BLAST (bilateral alternating stimulation-tactile). Essentially, Touchpoints eliminates those excess beta waves that cause any sort of stimulation overload via rhythmic vibrations scientifically researched and calculated.

Another benefit of using these devices is that TouchPoints is a company founded by women. Specifically, Neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin and CEO and Child Advocate Vicki Mayo. These women wanted to know how they could help themselves and other people reduce everyday stress so they found an alternative way to do just that after researching, creating neuro-studies, and partnering with influential people in the field of neuroscience like Judith Owens who boasts an MD and MPH. She’s also a professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. I believe in the science behind TouchPoints as well as the women behind the scenes who run the company and do the scientific-based research. I’m excited to share this with you all because it’s a real game-changer for anyone who suffers from stress in their everyday lives. Why not give it a try? I did, and I find myself focusing better on those pesky homework assignments, sleeping better, and decreasing general stress when I use TouchPoints.

Get 12% off with my code WILDERSKIES

#breathe #stresshack #lifehack #anxiety #college

  • Skyler Neal

Photo by Christine Chang

As students, it’s no surprise we all lead very busy lives. Often it seems like time itself speeds up before we have a chance to catch our breath. We are now young adults with responsibilities believe it or not and stopping to re-assess our lives and productive habits can seem like an unnecessary and tedious task. However, while we're on this bullet train to graduation and hopefully fulfilling careers it’s important to reflect and consider changes you can bring into your daily life to boost your productivity and motivation. In this article, I will lay out some steps you can take to feel less overwhelmed while at the same time boosting your work habits to lead more of a successful academic life.

1. Take a breath.

Often we feel overwhelmed with classes, money, and our social lives. Personally, it makes me want to shut down completely and wake up the day after I graduate. This is why it’s important to pause, breath, and relax. Yes, that’s right, the first step to being productive is to do nothing. Give in to your urges, take a nap, eat something yummy because you deserve it. It’s so important to give yourself a break even if you have a lot to do. If you rush into an assignment or project the work that will be done won’t be your best work.

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2. Reflect.

Ask yourself why are you feeling this way? Did you burn yourself out? Is there something going on in your personal life that you need to address? If not, consider going over your goals and re-affirming your commitment to them. For me, that means making a dream-board on my Pinterest account. Make sure you understand where your drive to succeed comes from. Is it money? Is it freedom? If you identify your values and how they tie into your goals, you will have an easier time staying motivated.

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3. Re-Prioritize

If you find that despite re-centering on your goals you still cannot find the motivation to work, consider re-prioritizing what your goals are. I learned from one of my favorite books The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k by Mark Manson that instead of positioning your goals towards a certain outcome, plan them around a process that you are willing to go through to get to a certain goal. The goal itself is not worth it if you cannot see the value of the struggle to achieve it. With that said, if you are struggling to stay motivated through the “process” you’re currently in, you should take a hard look at your priorities. Ask yourself what am I willing to put myself through in order to achieve something? If you can narrow that down, you’re focus and motivation will stay on track.

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4. Don’t Cram Just Plan

Personally, I have a tendency to try to get everything on my to do list done as soon as possible, even if the deadlines for those tasks are not immediate. That mindset is a good way to burn yourself out. Cramming not only decreases the quality of our work but it also stresses us out. Creating a productivity plan is essential to the avoidance of this. Use google calendar, a planner, or Trello to help you plan your day to day work schedule. As students, our lives are crammed full of deadlines and inward pressure to succeed. Trello is a program that can help you to designate tasks for certain days and the same thing goes for written planners. Google calendar will keep you on track and on time to meet deadlines and not miss important events. I prefer to use Trello and Google calendar because I tend to change up my to-do list quite often and consistently writing and crossing things out can be tedious.

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5. Dress Up

We all have those days when we feel awkward, unlike ourselves, and unmotivated. Usually, when I have those days I’ve decided to stay in a giant sweatshirt and wear sweatpants. Not a great look, and while it’s totally okay to embrace your inner couch potato (sometimes),  it’s incredibly annoying and unproductive as a busy student. So, before attempting any kind of productive work, do yourself up first. You can interpret that any way you want to. For me, it means putting on a little makeup, some of my favorite lipstick, and a comfy but cute outfit. Believe it or not, this can do wonders to your mindset. Your outward appearance should reflect how you want your day to go, even if that means just putting on a little moisturizer on your face.

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6. Re-Locate

The beginning of my fall quarter here at Drexel University I was able to be pretty productive in my dorm room from the comfort of my own bed or desk. Now I simply cannot focus in that space. In fact, I decided to come to Starbucks to type out this article because I knew I would get it done faster here than in my dorm. Often times when we get stuck in a productivity rut it’s because we continuously drone through the same boring routines. Switch up your routine and move! Go to the library, a Starbucks, a Saxbys, absolutely anything other than your dorm room. Not only will it do wonders for your productivity but it will also refresh your daily routines.

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I hope that these steps for leading a more productive life will help you just as much as they’ve helped me. Make sure to comment below any other tips you can think of that might help out other readers. Happy studying and remember that you are capable of achieving anything that you put your mind to.

Article also published on https://www.hercampus.com/school/drexel

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