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If you’re starting to look and feel a bit run down, you’re not alone. As the holidays slowly make their way front and center, hair-pulling and teeth clenching tends to become a regular consideration for many of us. And, it’s hard to hide. Don’t let stress and anxiety ruin your holidays or the coming year. Here are a few self-care ideas that can put the pep back into your step and the sparkle back into your eyes.

Relax

Relaxing isn’t always easy, particularly for those of us perpetually on the go. Even if you only have 10 minutes in the shower, take a moment to stop, breathe, and enjoy a moment to caress your skin and gently care for your own body. Make ScrubzBody Sugar Scrub a part of your daily routine, and you’ll look great, too. Plan to also add exercise into your daily schedule as working out primes your brain for more restful downtime. When your body is ready for relaxation, you’ll have an easier time falling asleep at night, which, in itself, has a host of health benefits including more energy and better mental clarity. Sleep, glorious, sleep!

Eat Right

It will come as no surprise that what you eat affects how you look and feel. Remember the old adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well, it’s true! Apples are high in Vitamin B and C, high in fiber, and chock full of Quercetin, a flavonoid found in apple skin, which aids in regulating the immune system and lessens inflammation. Or have you ever tried juicing? It fills your body with so many nutrients that you are energized and feeling fine.

You already know that eating too many of the wrong foods can cause weight gain, but there are so many other issues associated with having an unhealthy diet. Even if you’re eating overall healthy foods at home and at work, there might still be issues that arise that turn your favorite feast into a less-than pleasurable experience. Food intolerance is one example. Pay attention to how you feel in the hours and days after eating certain foods. Then, look for ones you can eliminate and replace with body-friendly alternatives. Your belly will be so thankful and you’ll feel better overall!

Think about changing jobs for the New Year

Does your nine-to-five job cause you stress around the clock? That’s pretty common. According to the CDC, around 25% of Americans believe their jobs are the most stressful aspect of their life. While you might not be able to walk out the door and into a new position immediately, you can take steps now to look forward to a new career in the future. You will want to do your research to ensure you choose a school or a program that works best with your schedule.

Reevaluate or Improve Your Relationship

Many people find that the relationship they have with their significant other during the holidays is a source of stress when it should be a source of joy. Romantic couplings shouldn’t cause anxiety but should help you relax and feel at ease. They should make you giggle your face off. If you have more days where you’d rather stay at work than come home, it’s time to consider changing the people you spend your free time with or figuring out ways to make the relationship you have better. Find a shared activity together. Something fun like Making Your Own Scrubz would be perfect because then you can take the scrub you made into the shower for a mutual “scrubby-fest”. This loving shower will give new meaning to the term, “you wash my back, I’ll wash yours”. 🙂

Change your makeup

The makeup you wear can give your face an instant update and boost your confidence. Don’t be shy about showing up at your local makeup counter for suggestions from the experts for the newest in colors or trends. You can also invest in monthly subscription boxes that give you samples of new products and colors to try. When you’re not big on makeup, at least keep your face soft and supple with Bye Bye Bagz and your lips soft, supple, and ready for kissing with Lipz Shea Butter Lip Balm.

Looking and feeling your best isn’t always easy when you’re stressed out. Especially during the holidays. Fortunately, lifestyle changes, like eating well, sleeping more, and getting rid of negative relationships, can help banish the burden of anxiety so that you can live your very best each day.

Guest post by Justin Bennett

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