Whether it’s the holiday season, or a big event is coming up in your life such as an anniversary, family or school reunion or a birthday, or you’re getting ready for or enjoying a much-needed vacation, these tips are guaranteed to help you stay in the pink. Even if your preparation requires running around, preparing festive meals, buying presents, and orchestrating endless errands, it doesn’t mean you have to LOOK like you haven’t had any time for yourself. Here are 10 tips from contemporary holistic health and lifestyle author and speaker Susan Smith Jones, PhD, to help you look and feel your very best.
1. Look soft and dewy with honey. Honey has been used for centuries, especially by the ancient Egyptians to keep their skin looking youthful. Apply some raw, unfiltered honey on your face like a mask for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water afterwards. This moisturizes the skin and helps it to look taut and supple. Try my Oatmeal-Spirulina Facial Treatment
2. Have a berry white smile. Strawberries can help you have a dazzling smile. Just juice some strawberries and paint the juice on your teeth. Leave it for five minutes then rinse your mouth with warm water with a pinch of baking soda added to it.
3. Bring healthy snacks while out shopping. If you come prepared to roam around with some crunchy, healthy snacks such as nuts and apples or cut up raw veggies, you’ll be less likely to succumb to the call of the food court and fast food restaurants – and you’ll also be doing your figure a favor.
4. Give yourself a mini massage. Here’s the Mediterranean secret for restoring vitality. You know extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil is a delicious, nutritious salad dressing, but when you combine one tablespoon of it with three to four drops of essential peppermint oil, and massage it into your feet, you’ll soon be saying, “Ahhhhhhh!”
5. Sleep like a baby. Avoid nighttime calls and turn off your cell phone before you go to bed. A study at the University of Zurich found that exposing people to electromagnetic fields from cell phones altered their brain waves during sleep . . . resulting in sleep disturbances!
6. Keep hydrated. Our bodies are 70% water. Our cells are 70% water and our planet is 70% water. That’s no coincidence. Each day we need to drink 8 glasses of water and even more when it’s hot, during exercise, or in a dry climate or dry atmosphere — such as the cabin of a jet — because your skin constantly loses moisture to the environment.
7. Bathe in lavender. The beautiful flowers of lavender are an age-old remedy for stress. British researchers at the University of Wolverhampton had women add lavender oil to their bath water. Bathing by itself is calming, but in this study, a bath infused with lavender oil significantly reduced anger, frustration and negativity. Use a handful of lavender flowers, or buy lavender oil, and add several drops to your bath.
8. Treat yourself to chocolate. Chocolate is a wonderful mood booster. In fact, lots of delicious foods that I write about in RECIPES FOR HEALTH BLISS, THE HEALING POWER OF NATUREFOODS and HEALTH BLISS, including chocolate, confer this fabulous benefit — they give your brain the nutrients it needs to feel happy. When selecting the best chocolate to enhance your mood, always choose dark, antioxidant-rich chocolate.
9. Soothe with a little aloe vera. Keep a potted aloe vera on your kitchen windowsill. It requires no care beyond weekly watering. For itchy, inflamed skin, bug bites, a minor cut or wound, sunburn or any other irritated skin conditions, snip off a thick leaf and slit it open; scoop out the gel from the inner leaf and apply it to the infected area.
10. Choose to slow down. When you constantly direct your attention and energies outward, it’s easy to lose your sense of inner wonder, calmness, balance, and happiness. By slowing down and redirecting your energies inward, not only will you train your brain to relax, you will less likely feel bogged down by the obligations and duties you have towards everyone in your daily life.
The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read in this article or the internet.