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A Peaceful, Productive Holiday Season

Posted on: November 28th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Holiday PrepIt’s crunch time! Whether you’re wrapping up end-of-year business at the office or trying to squeeze in cookie baking between caroling and ice skating, it’s a season where you can truly have too much of a good thing. But with a planned approach, it’s possible to maintain peace and productivity throughout the holidays. Read on to learn how you can not only survive, but thrive right through the New Year.

Use your calendar. More importantly, stick to it! This applies to both work and play; decide what you want (or need) to accomplish and plan accordingly. On that note, don’t make commitments before consulting your schedule and determining if it’s reasonable. And it’s okay to politely say no; after all, we’re all overextended this time of year and (more…)

Fight Holiday Fatigue

Posted on: November 7th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Vladislav MuslakovNovember is here, and that means the ever-extending holiday season has officially begun. It’s a long stretch until New Year’s Eve, and festivities between now and then have the potential to exhaust even the most enthusiastic revelers. Our advice? Be proactive and instill habits now that will renew your energy and serve you well into 2019.

 Rule Out Medical Issues. Is it the hustle and bustle of the season that has you down, or could it be something more? Conditions like thyroid disease, arthritis, anemia, sleep apnea, and many more can cause exhaustion, so if there’s anyconcern, your first stop should be your physician’s office.


Meditation for a Blissful Holiday

Posted on: November 22nd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Hoping you have a blissful holidayIt’s a time of magic, wonder, and togetherness, but the holidays can also be incredibly stressful. Between entertaining loved ones and constant commitments, you may think your best hope is mere survival until January – but there’s a better way, and it doesn’t involve abandoning your responsibilities to immerse at a spa retreat. Meditation is a proven stress reliever that has been performed for thousands of years around the world. And if you believe you need a dedicated block of quiet time to take part in this time-honored practice, think again. Meditation can happen any place and for any duration of time, and the techniques are incredibly diverse. Take a look at just a few scenarios where a little meditation can pay off: (more…)

Making Time For You: 5 Ways

Posted on: November 16th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Take time for youCarving out a little “me time” can be a challenge no matter the season, and becomes even more difficult with the holidays upon us. Responsibilities and commitments to friends and family may pull us in all directions, but it is possible to take time for you in the midst of this hustle and bustle. While a day at the spa may sound like bliss, you don’t need to clear your schedule for the day if time won’t allow – you can take steps to feel refreshed and reinvigorated in as few as 10 minutes. Here are some of our favorite ways to take “me time” when life gets hectic:

Take the night off. If you tend to fill your weekday evenings with picking up around the house, folding laundry, or catching up on work emails, commit to taking off at least one night each week for yourself. (more…)

Beat Holiday Stress with Healthy Traditions

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Healthy Holiday TraditionsIt’s a fact that the holiday season is the most stressful time of year. All that shopping, cooking, partying, and general pressure to please can take its toll – on your health and on your skin.

When you’re stressed the brain releases cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, into your bloodstream. Cortisol triggers oil production in the skin that causes breakouts, and cortisol can also constrict blood vessels, resulting in redness. Skin can become dehydrated, sensitive, and prone to damage – and don’t even get us started on the lines caused by furrowing your brow due to stress.

Managing stress during the holidays is key to skin health and (more…)

Holiday Skin Stress: Regain Your Glow with 3 Skincare Tips

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by Elysiann Bishop

Holiday Skin StressThe stretch between Thanksgiving and the New Year is a flurry of activity. It’s a time to eat, drink, and be merry – but all that fat and sugar, excess alcohol, sleep deprivation, and stress from family gatherings does nothing to impart a beautiful holiday glow. The good news is that by using a few simple skincare tips, you can keep your skin looking great during this busy season.

Remove Makeup Every Night: After a late evening, you may be tempted to fall into bed without cleansing. But taking an extra minute to remove cosmetics can make all the difference in your skin’s appearance. Actifirm cleansers do a great job of removing makeup without the added step of a specialized remover. (more…)