Easy Ways to Give Yourself a Stress Time-Out
Our hearts have been breaking over the news of Demi Lovato's sudden departure from her tour with the JoBros. She's one of our original teen faves, primarily for the fact that she wears tutus and Converses in her music videos and is cute as a button. Though it's vague what the "emotional and physical issues" were that sent Lovato to a treatment facility, we personally think that being trapped on a tour bus for an extended period of time with any of our exes would lead us to crack (and eat a lot of chocolate) too.
With the holidays coming up and your family suddenly popping into town for lengths of time, we suspect everyone's stress levels are about to spike for the next few months, which is why we've gathered these tips to cool down before resorting to a "treatment facility" (known as crying on your couch watching Lifetime) yourself.
Stock up on oranges, sweet potatoes, turkey, and green veggies. These foods all contain loads of vitamins proven to release serotonin (the feel-good brain chemical) and other relaxing nutrients to calm our bodies down in times of stress. Luckily, the foods above will all be on a Thanksgiving table near you in the upcoming weeks.
Schedule your "me" time. Every day from now until the holidays are over, check out from your mental to-do list and do a mindless activity (i.e. painting your nails, etc.) to let yourself unwind. If you're skin is looking irritated around this time, switch to gentle moisturizing products to help cope.
Start a deep conditioning treatment for your hair. It's no secret that stress can lead to hair loss, so ward off fallen strands by incorporating a treatment once a week in your shower routine.
Listen to your face. Stress increases inflammation, so if you see your skin is red, blotchy, or even breaking out, it's time to give yourself a time-out.
How do you bust stress, especially during the holidays? Post your tips below!