Holiday glam and coping with stress

Holiday glam and coping with stress at any age.

If there’s a time for glitter, it’s Christmas. What might feel too much the rest of the year is, if anything, not enough when it comes to the festive period. Luckily our favourite beauty brands feel the same, and haven’t held back when it comes to the golden, sparkly stuff.

In my mind I want this!

Dramatic eye

Holiday eye makeup for all ages

In reality….

Makeup for aging eyes

I have been playing around and found that you need to be careful with sparkly eyeshadow on older eyes…it can make them look worse. Especially if you have the dreaded hooded eyelids…play around, have some fun.  Do Not Growup…..lol

But on the nails? Go for it!!

Glitter nails is for all ages

 

Have some fun,,only time age doesn’t matter is Christmas time,  I still want to wear the glitter tops and have some fun!

 

Put it over a dark color or wear it on a nude nail. Have some fun with it, put it on the tips only...play...

Put it over a dark color or wear it on a nude nail. Have some fun with it, put it on the tips only…play…

HOLIDAY STRESS

The holiday season should be a fun time, but for many, it can also be chaotic and stressful. One common response to stress is overeating. We often don’t even realize that we are doing it. If you find the demands of shopping, holiday parties and family obligations to be a little overwhelming, consider these stress-reducing tips:

1) Make a list and prioritize the important activities, it’s okay to ask for help or take shortcuts.

2) Be realistic about what you can and cannot do

3) Make time for yourself to do things you truly enjoy! Take half and hour and read or put your feet up and just relax. You deserve it. Get some essential oils to help you calm down. Try using it in the shower or just take a good whiff. You can use a diffuser or put the oil in an oil burner..

Here are 13 of my favorite essential oils you can try:

1. Rose: the queen of oils to help with all stress issues

2. Frankincense: relaxing and aromatic

3. Lavender: soothing; builds solidarity and strength

4. Bergamot: calming; relieves mild anxiety

5. Marjoram: provides relief from emotional pain and grief

6. Vetiver: restores a sense of absolute grounding and cools those hot emotions

7. Chamomile: calming, soothing, medicinal

8. Lemon: gentle and refreshing

9. Geranium: cheery; helps to improve downward spiraling moods

10. Cinnamon: its sweetness invites you to love what you do for work

11. Fennel: helps you be kind to yourself

12. Rosewood: allows love flow to the heart center

13. Ylang Ylang: releases anger and frustation

4)Take a walk first thing in the day, will set your body and mind straight.

5)Go out and make someone smile.  The grocery store, the corner market, just get out and smile, say hello, compliment someone on what they are wearing…bring joy to others and it will come back to you.

6)Be sure to get your sleep, very important and ya know what? All those worries will be waiting for you in the morning but you brain will be ready to handle them much better.

Here are some of my top tips and favorite healthy recipes for the season:

1. Be selective.
Whether you’re at a party or a family feast, don’t feel the need to sample everything on the table — fill your plate with healthy, filling options like roast turkey and veggies (skip the gravy) and then a little bit of only your favorite treats. If you’re only lukewarm on sweet potato pie, don’t waste the calories by sampling it! Opt instead for a small slice of the pumpkin pie you’ve been dreaming about, and then savor it!

2. Alcohol: Empty calories aren’t the problem.
There’s nothing wrong with having a glass of wine or a cocktail during your holiday parties, but just be careful. While, yes, alcohol is empty calories, it’s not the major reason why it’s a holiday diet-killer. Alcohol lowers our inhibitions, even when we don’t realize it, so we end up eating more than we normally would. If you do decide to imbibe, keep it to one drink, and opt for a glass of wine or a clear liquor (like vodka) with a sugar- and calorie-free mixer like club soda. And don’t be fooled by tonic water — it actually has just as much sugar and calories as soda.

3. Don’t let yourself get too hungry.
Many people fast the day of Christmas or a big party, knowing they’ll be having a hearty mid-afternoon or early evening meal. Not a good idea! Instead, have a protein-rich breakfast and then a snack an hour or two beforehand so you don’t find yourself so ravenous that you scarf down every appetizer before you even sit down to dinner. I always recommend eating a palmful of almonds an hour before a big event. Their combo of protein, fiber and healthy fat will keep you from starving.

4. Keep that vacation mentality in check.
When we’re on a vacation from work or school, we tend to take vacations from our otherwise healthy lifestyles as well, but we’re doing ourselves a great disservice by doing so. Letting it all go to pot just allows us to spiral further into over-indulgence and makes the post-holidays hump all the more difficult to get over. Keep getting your 10,000 steps in every day, and keep making healthful decisions, and you won’t be confronted with the holiday ‘hangover’ that has plagued you in years past.

Ingredients:
One 5-oz. package of frozen chopped spinach
1 cup Siggi’s nonfat plain yogurt (or plain Greek yogurt if skyr isn’t available at your grocery store)
¼ cup basil pesto
Salt & pepper, to taste

1. Thaw the frozen chopped spinach and squeeze dry.
2. Place in a food processor with Siggi’s yogurt, basil pesto, and salt and pepper to taste. Pulse until well blended. Adjust seasonings, as needed.
3. Serve with sliced carrots and broccoli and cauliflower florets, or your other favorite raw veggies.

It’s the most challenging time of the year—a time when all willpower tends to go out straight out the window. Between cocktail parties, holiday cookie baking, and a decreased amount of free time to hit the gym due to all those aforementioned fêtes, many of us find it difficult to battle the bulge come fall.

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2 Responses to “Holiday glam and coping with stress

  • What a fabulous blog, Jayne! I never knew you were such a good writer. I have some catch-up reading to do! Love you!

    • Well, that is a compliment coming from you. I really enjoy it and have so much to say…lol Enjoy!

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