THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND EXCUSES.

 

 

Making Excuses is the simplest and easiest thing to do. The human brain is designed in such a way that it do not want to explore the veiled immeasurable stores of energy. In other words, it limits the human being to an extent and disallows him to extend it further. That is the reason why people love to live in the comfort and afraid of the life struggles. The brain frames the mind, then mind further frames the human and it’s a trap but of comforts.

Specifically, one of the powerful excuse is the excuse of human nature. After ten or twenty attempts, you failed and give up in something. Then the mind exhausts and give an excuse that it’s a human nature. Everyone exhausts after such efforts. So I give up. You have to write a post after returning from work at home, but unfortunately you get just half an hour late. Then this half hour highlighted by the super fast mind thus tells you that your body is completely exhausted as you spent half an hour more at work today. But In reality, there’s nothing like that. It’s just an excuse. According to Psychology, when the brain tells you that your body is tired, your body actually starts to feel a little tiredness at that time. There’s still a lot of unused energy remained in your body. But as said earlier, the brain limits you to an extent. Not only in physical energy, the brain use this strategy in every single field of your life at every single situation. The strategy is enough powerful that it can give the excuses to end up your life. The Suicide rates are increasing because the people are losing control over their brain and mind. They have become more likely to give up on tiny issues like, break ups, being jobless, and criticism. The interesting thing is that the people never know that they are living in a hallucination created by their own brain. The rationalization actually lodges the person in a bad faith, a faith that is far away from reality. It puts a resistance on the real tough phase situations like emotional distress and cognitive dissonance. This leads to procrastination, slothfulness and eventually the cynical hallucination.

However, Psychologists believe that it can be easily overcome by a little meditation and ‘me time’. This strategy can also be used in a positive way by giving an excuse to your brain to use the yet unreached power of it.

“You need an excuse to stop making excuses.”

So how often do you make excuses ? And for what do you make excuses ?

Share it in the comments…😀

Thanks for reading

YOURS Lilian Frankie

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I refused to bow to Ovarian cancer–Alice.

 

Uganda Kampala- Alice Nankinga, 22, was one of the liveliest girls in her class since childhood. She was one personality that can never be forgotten.

“When I was in senior 2 I started getting pains in my stomach, I frequented the sick bay every now and then but I still did not know what was wrong with me”, Alice recalls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every 15 February, the world celebrates the international childhood cancer day to raise awareness and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families and the society as a whole.

Today at the Uganda cancer institute children celebrated the day with a party and different kinds of game like musical chairs, bouncing castles, dancing competitions. They were so lively and prepared to face the future.

Globally, cancer is taking infectious diseases as the leading cause of disease related mortality in children and adolescents. But this does not mean it cannot be prevented and controlled if detected at an early stage noted Dr. Balagadde Kambuga, the head of pediatric oncology at Uganda cancer institute.

“We receive a new child in the ward almost every after 2 days. But these children are strong and we always advise them to be happy and look forward to life. They sometimes give up and refuse to eat because the medicine weighs them down but they always get back on their feet”, says Joalina Katusiime one of the nurses in the children’s ward.

Miss Alice Nanking is one of the survivors of cancer who went through the four stages off cancer but still refused to succumb to it however much all hope was gone. She always smiled whenever she received visitors and she did her best to entertain them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when I was in my senior six, I thought my life was over and I didn’t know that it was the beginning of a big battle. I knew it was time for me to get ready to fight. Each day came with its own problems”, says Alice.

“A day came when I had to lose my uterus because of the cysts that kept on growing one after another, I thought it was the end for me, the thought of never going to have babies of my own, I promised myself to always keep the smile on but I could not keep it on for much longer anymore. This was more than I was ready for but I still decided not to give up ovarian cancer could take me”, Alice recalls.

Alice advises other people suffering with cancer to not allow to lose the battle always stay happy no matter how hard it gets because the attitude and hope matter a lot.

Dr. Balagadde Kambuga called upon parents and care takers of the cancer patients to not lose hope in the patients because the feed off of them. The happy the surrounding the more energy they get to fight back.

He further advised people to eat healthy and go for regular check-ups because the earlier the non-communicable disease is detected, the higher the chances of survival. The problem comes in when the cancer has spread and it’s already in the latest stage and there is nothing much the doctors can do about it.

 

 

mental illness in Uganda

Depression and stress rarely get attention as a serious cause of mental illness in Uganda but it has turned out to be a night mare for mental health hospitals as the number of mental patients hikes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butabika hospital being the main mental health referral hospital, it has come to a point where the space available is no longer enough for the number of patients that come in.

.“Though the actual number of mental health patients in the country is not known, it is estimated at a ratio of 1:10 ,” says DrMbuga.
Dr Mbuga says there are only 26 psychiatrics in the country, yet Butabika hospital alone receives an average of 20 patients a day. He says government needs to train non-psychiatric health workers to reduce congestion at referral hospitals and also tackle mental illnesses when the condition is still in the early stage.
How bipolar manifests itself
Dr Margaret Mungherera, a senior consultant psychiatrist, at Mulago National Referral Hospital, says bipolar disorder is a severe mental condition that changes a person’s thinking, emotions, behaviour and the way they perceive things. She says people with bipolar often exhibit a state of either extreme excitement or depression.
“During the maniac (extreme excitement) state, a person talks and laughs a lot. But they can also be dangerous because they easily destroy property or harm other people,” says DrMungherera. In a depression state, a person usually has mood swings, which last long hours.
DrMungherera says when a person suffers depression, medication such as antipsychotic can be taken to stabilise the chemical imbalance in the brain. She adds that family and community support is crucial in helping people with the condition live normal lives.
common signs of bipolar
The exact cause of bipolar disorder is not known. But it occurs more often in relatives of people with the condition. These signs and symptoms will help identify if a person has bipolar disorder.
•Daily low mood or sadness.

The norm dictates that suspected patients must seek first-line treatment in form of psychological help or see mental-health clinicians. But in Uganda that is a rarity. Some, especially in rural and slum areas, run to witchdoctors, who try to exorcise “evil spirits” in their patients, but end up furthering the progression of the mental illness.

The sick are often isolated from friends and family because of the stigmatization of mental illness. Experts believe that even talking about personal problems can lower the risk of mental disorders, but because of the isolation, some patients turn to drugs or alcohol to cope, and again this substance abuse furthers the progression of the mental illness.

According to a 2015 study, up to one third of Uganda’s 40 million people suffer from a kind of mental illness. With over 50 per cent of the country’s urban population living in slum areas, most problems are concentrated there. In Bwaise, MakerereKavule in Kawempedivision, one of the most densely populated slum areas, people seek help in large, open churches and from the goodwill of others.

Musa Kayiwa, a resident of the area, is more familiar with mental health problems in Kampala’s slum areas. He runs an IT repair shop in the area, which he started after finishing his studies in South Africa.

“When I came back, I started noticing. When you have been somewhere for a long time, you stop noticing things, but when I came back from South Africa, I noticed how many [people] showed signs of mental illnesses,” he said.

Most people with mental illness in the area are forced to work to support themselves and their family. Mental illnesses are caused by a number of factors, according to the ministry of Health. Some are triggered by stress, and poor nurturing environments, such as broken homes.

“One of the causes here is stress of everyday life. Before I went to South Africa, I didn’t even know what stress was, before people started saying ‘Oh, I have to relax, I’m so stressed’. We don’t have that in Uganda, it’s not something people know about,” Kayiwa said.

According to MQ, a mental health research center, chronic stress affects the body, and can ultimately cause mental illnesses such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Likewise, the Psychiatric Times has shown how poverty can lead to a variety of mental health issues, as well as developmental problems.

One person ravaged by mental health issues is Jennifer Nataka. On a good or bad day, she sits on a set of concrete stairs in front of one of the local stores in Bwaise with a blanket, eating kikomando. Usually she holds her fork in the palm of her hand. She whispers when she talks.

When she was 15 years old, she was raped in her village and became pregnant. After giving birth to her child, she left for Kampala, and has been living on the streets for the past 10 years, supporting herself through prostitution and well-wishers.

Organizations working in slum areas are trying to mostly help people climb out of poverty, and not necessarily heal from mental illness. RabiahBira and ShaluwaSanyu work with Plan International, which offers aid to people trying to get a profession or go back to school. They have a stack of papers with names and ages of young people in the area, who they try to locate.

“What we can do is, we can ask her [Nataka] if she wants to go back to school, and we can pay for the school materials,” Sanyu says.

But this may not be an option for a mentally ill person with no family to support him or her. Butabika hospital, Uganda’s only mental health hospital, could be the other viable option.

According to a study from 2015, the hospital gets 85 per cent of the money allocated for mental health, which is one per cent of the overall health budget. Still, the hospital is often filled with over 900 in-patients, with a bed capacity of 550.

Another problem in seeking help for the mentally ill is that mental illnesses are almost always associated with evil spirits or witchcraft. In Bwaise, people seeking to get rid of evil spirits go to the Christian Life Church, a massive church built within a warehouse.

RehemaBalinde went to the church because she lost her job and hasn’t been able to find another.

“I have spent the past six months not working and I can say that mental illness is not about witchcraft. Sometimes, I speak to myself,” she said.

Sitting on the bench next to her is Jane Nalubowa who disagrees with her assertion.

“She is more likely possessed by an evil spirit that came from the grave,” she said of Balinde.

Nalubowa believes she is possessed by an evil spirit that ruins her ability to build relationships with men. She is at the church to pray.

“I am here for prayer, to chase away the evil spirit,” Jane said.

Others turn to herbal medicine. In the center of town, a group of people are huddled in a circle listening to a man selling ordinary vegetables. The vegetables lie on pictures of people, with different illnesses, such as blindness or deformity, among others. The man claims he can cure all kinds of illnesses using his vegetables.

In the same area, there are some organizations that work on lowering depression. One of them is StrongMinds Uganda. StrongMinds uses group-therapy, called Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-G), which targets groups of women of 10 to 12.

“We use IPT-G in groups, meaning people are in a group of people, that will support each other,” Gloria Birungi, staff member of StrongMinds, said.

The therapy is done at the community and aims to give the women the ability to notice their own triggers for depression, through the group sessions that last 12 weeks.

“We go to the community ourselves, and do the mobilization and a pre-assessment, in order to determine if the women have depression. Then we enroll the women with depression in a group, for 12 weeks,” she explained.

Through the group sessions, StrongMinds has reduced symptoms of depression in women by around 98 per cent.

 

Is Postinor-2 being Abused?

 

Over the past decade, awareness and use of emergency contraceptives pills (ECPs) among young women especially those in Universities has rapidly increased in Uganda; however the rate of unintended pregnancy among this group also remains high.

According to a survey I conducted in the pharmacies surrounding Makerere University, it was revealed that postinor-2 is the most emergency pill sold out to young women in these pharmacies.

Postinor-2 is an emergency contraceptive method commonly known as the morning after pill. It is usually taken after unprotected sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy.

“Postinor-2 is always on demand though the number of buyers differs. Sometimes we receive many ladies asking for them while sometimes there is none”, said a pharmacist who prefers anonymity at vine pharmacy in wandegeya.

We always know when we are going to get many customers. For instance on weekends, Friday evenings and when students are not studying like when there is a strike the pharmacist continued.

Students just go for this pill even without first acquiring a doctor’s prescription and this is a danger to their health.

“Werarely receive anyone with a prescription, infact we have only received one lady who came in with a doctor’s prescription and we were surprised”, said Jamila Nagujja, a pharmacist at smart pharmacy in kikoni.

In fact when one of the pharmacist was asked if a customer should come in with a prescription she was shocked and replied “a prescription for what? This is just an emergency pill, you take it and move on. If you want to first get checked. Then just go for family planning”.

Doctor Sarah Lucy Kabatebe, a branch manager of Reproductive health Uganda, katego clinic advices that women and campus students to first go to a clinic to get checked before going for over the counter services.

“Postinor-2 is not a regular family planning method it should be taken only in times of emergencies like incase of rape, defilement, condom slips off or breaks, missed an appointment of a family planning injection”, Sarah emphasizes.

Timeliness and how soon one takes the pill is crucial and should be taken seriously. Postinor-2 can be taken within 5 days (120 hours) after having unprotected sex though the effectiveness reduces as the days go by therefore the earlier the better.

There are several side effects of postinor-2 just as all other medications. And the postinor-2 should not be overly used just anytime because it muddles the hormones.

“Postinor-2 does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases, so it should not be relied on, they should learn how to use condoms effectively because it is the only method that prevents unwanted pregnancies and the sexually transmitted diseases including HIV”, Dr.sarah advices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anorexia, eating disorders emanate in Uganda,teenage girls’ health at stake

 

KAMPALA, UGANDA- Lucy, 21, (not real name)a once healthy and outgoing child had everything change for her a she grew into a teenager. She started shunning away from food, she would not spend 30 minutes without weighing herself in, and mirrors became her best friend.

Chris kijjambu a father narrates, in just 4months his daughter had lost a significant amount of weight and every time she was confronted, she claimed to be okay and happy.

It is not a secret that Anorexia has for a longtime been a constant issue in the western culture than in the non-western onesbut with the growing technology, there has been a close in the information gap and the western culture‘s description of beauty has spread out to other regions like Uganda in particular.

For a long time, being curvy was the true definition of beauty in Uganda and other African countries but as years evolved this came to an end. Majority of the women believe that to be beautiful one has to have that small sized figure that the media depicts as beauty and this has led to an increment of eating disorders and Anorexic cases.

Anorexia is a psychological and potentially life-threatening eating disorder. Those suffering from this eating disorder are typically suffering from an extremely low body weight relative to their height and body type.

An eating disorder is a persistent disturbance of eating behaviors intended to control weight which impairs physical health or psychosocial functioning often turning out to be psychiatric condition. In most cases people suffering from Anorexia view themselves as fat and unappealing.

“Eating disorder cases have become an issue in Uganda, even yesterday I was at a conference and eating disorder was one of the main topics that was discussed”, Albert Kasozi a nutritionist says in a phone call.

Eating disorders have mainly been noticed in girls and women. The age ranges from 7 to 30 years. Parents should observe their children because eating disorders are traumatizing.He adds.

An out-patient source who prefers anonymity says, “I always weighed myself and every time I saw the numbers on the weighing scale go down, the more I was motivated to lose even more weight. I would not eat anything all day apart from hot water with black pepper. I lost so much weight but still considered myself fat. I used to be 55kilograms but in 2 month I was down to 40 kilograms. Whenever someone told me that I was bonny, I smiled inside.”

“I was determined to go as far as I could, no stopping but I realized what harm I was causing myself when I started missing my monthly periods”, she adds.

Parents need to give their children attention and try to find out what’s going on with them. I was all alone in my world, no one really bothered to find out what I was going through. Anorexia is not a joke, it is serious and a single person cannot fight it on their own. Anorexic patients need a strong support system becauseit keeps worsening, the source advised.

Peoplejust need to eat healthily and limit on the amount of unhealthy foods they consume. Starvation is not healthy and can lead to death, says Dr.Grace Kaisa a psychiatrist and family practitioner at SAS clinic.

John Kizito, the director of Tristar College Mukono says that they often have girls in the sickbay over issues of dizziness, dehydration, severe headaches, and nausea.

“The girls faint and are carried to the infirmary by the boys. When we followed up the issue, the friends to the victims revealed that their friends hardly eat anything all day in the bid of having flat bellies”, John adds.

We have resorted to monitoring the girls eating habits and threatening to suspend anyone who decides to starve themselves. We are not ready to be held over student’s deaths. Because in the absence of their parents we are the ones in charge of their children, John notes.

Dr. Albert advised teenagers and women to stop being susceptible to the media and the western culture because it is the root cause of all these peculiar cases.

 

 

 

 

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WORD TO SELF: DON’T BREAK IT !!

you are so much more than your productivity. don’t break yourself over it. friendly remember that “your best” doesn’t mean pushing yourself to your breaking point. “your best”b means the best you can do while being your best you. get enough sleep, give yourself breaks, listen to your limits. “your best” is better when you are happy and healthy.

i know how important it is to you, its your driving purpose, the fire in your belly, it’s how you find meaning in this sometimes arduous existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and you should work hard, push yourself, challenge yourself, get outside your comfort zone.

but you can be all of those and still be yourself and be the best you. you can be successful without ignoring when your soul and body tell you that they need to rest. God, i promise the world will not end if you switch your phone off for a day and don’t open any emails! i swear, the world can go on without you.

imagine your role in the world has a play and pause button. don’t be afraid to hit pause when you need to; you can hit play just as easily, even though you are afraid that if you stop you’ll lose momentum. but sustainable progress and growth and success don’t work that way. people who burn bright until the end are those who know when to dim the lights and when to turn them all the way up.

i promise the world will survive if you take the day-maybe even a week if that’s what you really need to breathe, to get to that laundry that’s been giving you anxiety and sweep all the dust out from under the bed and buy yourself flowers and connect with loved ones for no reasons other than that you should make all the time in the world for the things that matter in a life that is so fleeting.

you’ll hit play when you are ready. your fear of failure is just a shadow, it cant hurt you or your progress. acknowledge its presence, but say,”this feeling is uncomfortable, but it can’t harm me, its just a feeling, nothing more.”just because you feel afraid that taking a break to recharge your mind and soul will derail you doesn’t mean it actually will.

I promise it wont, so love and believe in yourself enough to trust your ability to get back into the race- after you’ve taken a moment to breath, hydrate, stretch and center yourself.

Your health, your well being, and you exist outside of how productive you are. don’t sacrifice those things for productivity. you are valuable and worthy of love and success and happiness and all the things great even on your lazy, unproductive days where you don’t do anything note worthy. you are amazing and valid even on the days you don’t do anything particularly amazing.

resting is amazing.

listen to your limits, and value yourself enough to do what you need to do when the alarms go off. hitting pause never killed anybody. you deserve rest, no matter how productive you think you haven’t been/ should be.

so go on and be the best you this day, week, month and year.

stay blessed

yours sincerely

Lilian Frankie.

How To Match A Watch With Your Outfit

Rules to match your watch with your outfit?

Sounds a little too much?

Imagine a man in a tuxedo at a black-tie event.

He has poise, style and a posture that grabs everyone’s attention.

He casually turns his wrist to check the time… a Casio calculator wristwatch with a rubber strap…

FAIL!!

This is the power of a wristwatch, gentlemen – it can either break or build an outfit!

Since men wear limited jewelry, a watch is an expression of their personality. The best wristwatches are simple, versatile, sophisticated and classic.

Most men prefer to own more than one watch so they can wear the appropriate timepiece to complement their outfit.

The style of watch you choose to wear needs to match the formality of your outfit.

What are the 5 watch-matching rules that are timeless and relevant in any situation?

#1 – Match The Formality Of Your Watch With The Formality Of Your Outfit

Digital or analog watches?

Dress or casual?

What’s the difference?

Analog watches have a face with hour and minute hands and either markers or numbers that display a 12-hour day. These watches are considered classic and more formal, making them suitable for business, formal events or a date.

Digital watches have a LCD display or LED face that shows time in numeric form. These watches are considered casual.

Watch Categories

The recent developments in wearable technology has allowed watchmakers to make nifty gadgets that are far advanced than simple timepieces. You can make calls, track your GPS co-ordinates and check your calendar through gadget watches.

Leaving exclusive gadget watches out of the equation, there are five categories of watches that most men own…

Dress Watches – A watch with a plain white face and no complications and a black leather band is as formal as it gets. The most formal dress watch are the ones that only show hours, minutes, seconds and maybe the date. Complications in dress watches are simpler and not related to sport.

  • Diver’s watches – Also referred to as a diving watch, these were originally worn as work/tool watches. Designed for underwater diving, these watches feature a minimum water resistance up to 100 meters.
    Don’t be inspired by James Bond movies and wear a divers watch with a suit. That’s the equivalent of wearing a suit with work boots.
  • Chrono / Sports Watches – Not a true dress watch, but can be quite dressy especially in the higher brands. Sports watches are durable, sleek and made from high-quality plastic composites. Expect compasses, odometers, altimeters, GPS technology, pulse monitors, and a range of other functions for the guy leading an active lifestyle.
  • Pilot or flyer watches – Featuring a simple dial design and a rather large (over 50mm) diameter, these watches were made to be accurate and easy to read. Originally worn over the pilot’s jacket – they were made with a large crown that could be operated while wearing gloves.
  • Field Watches – During World War I, the hacking character of a field watch allowed infantrymen to stop the seconds hand on their timepieces in order to synchronize their watches. Field watches are versatile timepieces that are tough enough for active duty. The simple design improves legibility of the numerals. Typically, these watches are moderately sized, with a white or green numerals against a black dial and work on a hand winding mechanism.

Levels Of Formality

Watches are made for a specific purpose. Avoid common fashion blunders by matching your watch style with the formality of the occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Black tie / White Tie – For formal events, simplicity is key. Historically – it would be considered rude if you were to refer to your watch at such an event. A simple dress watch in a classic style and black leather band will mute any objections from conservative observers.
  • Business dress – For business – go with a simple and classic styled gold or silver watch with a thin dial with limited or no complications. A dark conservative suit is best paired with a classic dress watch or a diver watch with a leather strap.
  • Business Casual – A light colored suit with no necktie is best complimented with a high-end chrono, a pilot or even a smart field watch.
  • Casual – If a watch has a metal band, it is considered less formal. A metal band is generally suitable for casual wear while a leather band is suitable for any purpose. Any of the watch categories can be worn with a jeans, chambray shirt and dress boots combination. Digital watches should only be worn with casual clothes or workout attire.
  • Sports – For activities that involve unpredictable physical movements, such as sports, a dress watch would be inappropriate. The strap, case and watch dial are protected with materials that allow you to focus on the activity – no need to worry about your watch snapping off your wrist or the glass shattering mid-game.

 

 

#2 Leather Complements Leather

The material and color of your shoes is a suitable reference for the choice of watchband. You should start by matching your belts and shoes.

A black watchband should be worn with black shoes and belt; a brown band with brown belt and shoes. A silver or gold band suits either color.

 

when choosing a watch mind the belt you are to wear that day.

Interchangeable bands are an excellent option for men who own shoes in different colors. The watchbands don’t have to be the exact same color as your shoes, but a similar tone (light vs medium vs dark).

  • Don’t wear a black band watch with a brown tone shoe. Or a brown band with black shoes.
  • A watch with a rubber band is strictly for casual or sporting occasions.
  • A chronometer is made for sport and styled for sport. It should generally be worn for sport.
  • Plastic bands are used for more casual digital watches.
  • In analog timepieces, the watchband is either made of leather or the same kind of metal used on the case.
  • Rough, worn-in leather straps work better with jeans. Such a watch would not be appropriate at a fine-dining event.
  • A good leather strap is the classic choice, but gold or silver bands are appropriate when they complement the rest of your outfit.

#3 Metal Complements Metal

The metal case of the watch (the frame around the face) should complement the metal accents of your other accessories. The case can be square, rectangular, round, and polygonal. The finish on the case can be matte, shiny, matte, patterned, or inlaid with crystals or other jewels.

The metals used to make the case include steel, gold, silver, platinum and titanium.

A rose gold watch can be worn with a gold belt buckle – it’s close enough.

What if the metal casing on the watch is blacked out? Then you can go with either gold or silver.

You want to coordinate the metal color with your watch and ring, so that all your accessories, for example, are gold.

The other accessories you will need to pay attention to include cuff links, shoe buckles, buckles on the side adjusters of trousers or on the back of your waistcoats and any other piece of jewelry on your outfit.

A gold-plated watch is best-suited to clothes and shoes in earthy tones, while silver goes with grey, blue and black.

always keep this in mind. mental compliments mental

 

#4 Heirloom Watches Bend The Rules

Heirloom pieces represent a legacy.

They are usually worn as a good-luck charm or as a memory of original owner. An heirloom watch is an item that cannot be subjected to the rules of matching watches with clothes.

For a simple reason – they are great conversation pieces and they make you memorable. Heirlooms allow you to bend and even violate the rules mentioned here.

An heirloom watch is not worn based on the latest trends or fashions, it is a reminder of family history and culture.

Men who fought in World War I passed on their wristwatches to their sons and grandsons as a memory of the sacrifices made by that generation. Though the function of these watches is not as a timekeeper these heirlooms are meant to be cherished and passed on through the generations.

 

#5 When In Doubt Match Your Watch To Your Shoes

Black is generally dressier, but that doesn’t make it the default right choice. Sometimes brown shoes are just a better choice. Interchangeable leather bands are useful here – one in brown and one in black for each watch. Or another color for more variety.

  • Black leather is more formal than brown. A black watchband is more suited for formal events.
  • Slip-on tassel loafers are considered business casual.
  • Not able to decide between a brown or black leather band? Equate the dressiness to the brown shoe versus black shoe category.
  • Silver watches match best with shoes in black, gray, silver, and blue shades. Gold watches go with browns, beiges, tans, and other earth tones.
  • Wearing Oxford balmoral black shoes with a dark suit? Go with a formal watch.

 

For the best effect, pick a watch according to your size as well. Watches should be proportionate to your body. Thin men can work slim watches, while bigger guys can carry watches that have boxier and robust watch faces.

Use these tips to ensure a harmony between your clothes and your watch.

Not in the habit of wearing a watch? Click here to read my article – 7 Reasons To Start Wearing A Watch.