Avoid A Hectic Holiday With These 10 Ways to Zap Stress
It takes a lot of hard work to make the holidays as exciting as they always are. So, to get you through the next month, we put together ten style schemes and shopping solutions to keep you stress-free. Because we not only want you to enjoy the festivities, but we want it to be smooth sailing every step of the way—from the second you hit the stores (we’ve got you covered whether you choose to shop brick-and-mortar style or take a brick-and-click approach) all the way down to getting ready for a holiday party.
Scroll through the gallery where you’ll find tips on how to steer clear of marathon shopping sessions, beauty tricks for when you’re in a hurry, the low-cal snack that will lift your spirits, and more!
1. Go On A Blue Streak
We’re not talking about endless, nonstop rambling but rather an enlivening swipe of liner along your upper or lower lashes. “Think of it as a double shot of espresso for your eyes,” says makeup pro Joanna Simkin. If your skin is fair or medium, try a sky blue, like Taylor Swift’s. If it’s olive or dark, a turquoise like the one worn by Kelly Rowland will perk up even the most tired peepers.
2. Enlist an Elf
3. Click Your Way to Gorgeous
4. Take a Whiff
Here’s a cool way to prevent party jitters: painting on lavender-scented nail polish. “Aromas such as lavender or green apple can actually help lower your heart rate and blood pressure, making you feel more relaxed,” says Alan Hirsch, director of Chicago’s Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. Peppermint, on the other hand, increases tension, so lay off the candy canes.
5. Keep an E- (as in Easy) File
6. Skip the Blowout
Want salon-worthy hair in the time it takes to brush your teeth? Check out Pureology’s new Fresh Approach dry shampoo and conditioner. Unlike a lot of talc-based products, which leave you with telltale white residue—not to mention drablooking strands—these mineral-based formulas are super-lightweight, so you can use them two, three, even four days in a row. (OK, that last one’s pushing it.)
7. Commit to a One-Stop Shop
8. Make It a Quickie
So long, lengthy treadmill slogs! A new study in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health amp Fitness Journal finds that three circuits of a seven-minute, high-intensity workout can provide the same (or better) fat-burning and cardiovascular benefits as a 45-minute, moderate-intensity workout. Check out the moves at 7-min.com, or for something more hardcore, work out to the T25 DVD (the routine takes—you got it—25 minutes).
9. Cuff It Up
If your favorite long-sleeve LBD feels too blah for fab festivities, Holmes amp Yang co-designer Jeanne Yang offers this simple trick: Layer two chunky, matching cuffs over each wrist (yes, on top of the fabric). “Even an inexpensive dress will look like an embellished designer gown,” says Yang.