Reading List: 5 Things To Try This October, 4 Simple Steps to Minimize Stress, The Breakthrough Products of 2013, And More
We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss.
- 5 Things To Try This October: We’re well into October, but this list of must-try’s will have you looking and feeling your best this fall.
- 4 Simple Steps to Minimize Stress And Maximize Action: When you start to get overwhelmed or feel like you can’t get enough done, take some time to try these practical tips that will clear your mind and get you back on track.
- How To: Be An Industrious Napper: Sometimes on a busy day when you just can’t get it together, a nap is the answer. This guide will show you how to maximize your napping results in 20 minutes or less.
- The Breakthrough Products of 2013: Get acquainted with the crop of wowza new products that have completely changed our routines.
- Really Ree Reveals What She’s Buzzing About: UK beauty blogger Really Ree has an awesome lipstick find and hair product that will have you obsessing too.
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We all face those big careers choices or difficult professional situations that call for some outside advice. For us, Robin DeMarco of Coached by Robin is definitely on our speed-dial. A sales and marketing whiz turned life coach, Robin is a pro at coming up with constructive ways to get the most out of life.
When we’re stressed, it shows. We’ve all caught ourselves looking in the mirror after an overwhelming work week, wondering how to get rid of our tired, puffy eyes, tension lines in our forehead, and sagging skin. In fact, scientists have found that stress is one of the clear overriding factors in contributing to premature aging. So, besides the latest beauty trends, how can we combat stress from the inside out?
In addition to sleep and exercise, learning how to effectively manage your time and prioritize tasks can greatly reduce anxiety.
Below are four simple steps to regain control of your life and overcome stress in the process:
Stressed? You could relax with a bath, massage, or yoga session. Better yet: run a bath for your roommate, give your guy a massage, or drop a friend off at her yoga class. People who help others are less likely to die after stressful events, according to a study recently published in American Journal of Public Health.
The best part: you don’t need to save the world, spend a ton, or go too far out of your way to reap the benefits. Just do something that’s local (read: convenient), enjoyable, and complementary to your skill set, says Bill Coplin, Ph.D., author of How You Can Help: An Easy Guide to Doing Good Deeds in Your Everyday Life and director of the public affairs program at Syracuse University. Begin with these five ways to do unto others as you’d want done unto you:
Be the designated driver
Get behind the wheel on girls’ night out, and you’ll save everyone cash on cab fares. Even better: you’ll save yourself from high-calorie cocktails and the hangover sure to follow.
Los Angeles native and USC student Sophie Elkus is a self-described fashion addict. Her blog Angel Food Style is where her joy for putting together the perfect outfit comes to life. And you would think that her fabulous dress sense must come second to her studies, but Sophie proves that having a full schedule doesn’t mean sacrificing style. This week, she’s sharing her favorite beauty and fashion tips for women on-the-go with us on our blog.
Whether you’re taking college midterms or grinding through a work presentation, there’s nothing fun about a stressful week. I truly believe your skin is a physical reflection of how your body is feeling on the inside, and when you’re highly stressed, it shows! Take some extra time and give your skin some love during a stressful week.
This April, we’re teaming up with Women’s Health. All month long on our blog, the mag’s editors will be sharing tiny tweaks that produce big results—meaning tips on easy ways you can improve your overall wellbeing.
You know your mind is great at solving complex problems and daydreaming about Ryan Gosling, but it can do a lot more than that. Your brain can actually control everything from your PMS to your weight. But there’s a catch: If you’re not taking care of it, your brain can throw all these areas out of whack. Here’s how to maximize your mind to reap big benefits in all areas of your life:
Switch Off Stress and Anxiety
Here’s the good news: Women’s brains are significantly more active than men’s brains, especially in the prefrontal cortex—the area involved in judgment, impulse control, planning, empathy, and more—says Daniel Amen, M.D., author of the new book Unleash the Power of the Female Brain. But a super-active prefrontal cortex comes with its own set of challenges. “Because of that increased activity, women also worry more and have trouble letting go of things,” Amen says. His advice: Give your brain a break with regular stress-management techniques—like meditation, guided imagery, or even a massage. “Just ten minutes a day to take your brain somewhere else will decrease cortisol production,” says Amen. And cutting that stress hormone will make you happier, wiser, and more productive.
At Birchbox, we’re lucky to have access to the best minds in the beauty business. One of our most trusted gurus is June Jacobs, who created her eponymous skincare line over 30 years ago. It now consists of more than 100 professional and retail products, all designed to be efficacious and all-natural. Jacobs is so discerning about her formulas that she even opened her own independent laboratory, June Jacobs Labs, to whip up her special concoctions. Over the next week, the epidermis expert is giving us her best advice on everything from fall must-haves to getting the most out of her best-selling Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque.
"Aside from using effective skincare products, beautiful skin can be a result of being happy and feeling healthy. Taking care of yourself by drinking six glasses of water a day, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly all lead to good skin. It is also very important to eliminate — or at least minimize — stress, which tends to speed up the process of aging. I like to get a massage once a week, and I unwind from a stressful day by taking a warm bath and lighting candles to make my bathroom feel like a spa."
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