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With everything going on during the holidays, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the excitement. And between work, decorating, gift buying, and a booked-solid social schedule, the stress can take over and even bum you out right in the middle of all the festivities. So here are some tips for making the most of the holidays and avoiding the holiday blues.

  • Close your eyes and say “thank you” – Being mindful is key to enjoying this time of year, and gratitude goes a long way to help you stay in the present moment. So when you’re having a blissful moment during the holidays, stop for a second to close your eyes and say “thank you” to yourself. Sounds corny, but it works.
  • Take a mental photo – Everyone’s always snapping photos to share on social media, but pausing for a mental photo is important, too. Stopping to mentally take in the sights, the sounds, and soak up all the details of your experience can help you recall that memory later.
  • Reflect – Spending a few minutes recording your memories, things that make you happy, and things that are important to you in a gratitude journal can help you look back on those joyful times when you’re feeling down or sad. At the end of the day, write down five things that made you smile that day and include as many details as you can to help you savor those memories and appreciate them more in the future.

Source: The Thirty


Worrying is a normal part of our everyday routines. Bills, relationships, safety, holidays, there are so many things keeping our brains moving we can get caught up in the anxiety of it. But worrying can be totally normal. There’s a fine line between worrying because it’s how you deal with stress and being so worried that it affects your daily life.

So, how can you stop worrying so much? For some folks it’s as simple as scheduling a block of time each day to worry. If you worry outside that block of time, you can just remind yourself it’s not worry time, yet! It may seem ridiculous, but it’s a helpful technique to prevent you from worrying all day, according to Amy Morin, LCSW, a psychotherapist and author of, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do”

Morin also says it can be helpful to just accept you have anxiety, because many people worry about worrying. “It’s meant to keep you safe,” Morin adds. “If you didn’t have any anxiety at all, you wouldn’t look both ways before you crossed the road.”

Source: Refinery 29


You do just about everything with your friends so why not set some group resolutions to keep each other motivated throughout the New Year?

What kind of resolutions can you make as a group? Here are seven great ideas just to get you started:

  1. Make Healthier Life Choices – This means more than just going to the gym the date after New Years. Try eliminating toxic relationships from your life or meditating.
  2. Chip Away At Those Student Loan Debts – You can all help each other to chip away at the debt. Maybe one less drink at happy hour!
  3. Forgive A Shared Enemy – Forgiveness doesn’t mean you have to become buddy-buddy, but forgiveness helps you move forward with a cleansed conscience.
  4. Travel To More Places – It doesn’t mean heading off to foreign lands, maybe just a day trip to a new city. Get out there and explore with your friends!
  5. Face Your Fears – You don’t have to conquer them all, but face one as a team. The more people you have with you the less frightening those fears seem.
  6. Stop Hooking Up With An Ex Or An Undeserving Person – It’s time to cut the cord. Make sure your friends are there to help you stay strong!
  7. Invest In Yourself – Take a class, learn a new skill, and take your besties with you.

Source: Elite Daily


Last night the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was on and we’re once again in awe of those Victoria’s Secret models. Sure, some of it is genetics and some of it is professional makeup, hair, and expert lighting - but these ladies also work hard in the gym to look the way they do. And because we know you’re as curious as we are, here are some of the favorite fitness routines of the models who walked in the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

  • Adriana Lima and Bella Hadid: Boxing. Models love this workout because you use your whole body while punching and ducking, plus you're getting your heart rate up for a cardio boost. Lima says she likes boxing because “it’s very empowering” and shows you how powerful and strong you can be.
  • Jasmine Tookes and Josephine Skriver: Weight Training These two models love their workouts so much, they have a joint Instagram account dedicated to them. “I swear by weight training,” Skriver says. “Ever since I started doing it this year, I’ve seen more results in my body than any other workout.”
  • Maria Borges: Zumba - This model switches her workouts up, but she has a soft spot for the latin-infused dance cardio classes. “I love to dance, so I do like Zumba,” Borges says.
  • Karlie Kloss: Running She’s proven she’s a real runner now because she just competed in the 2017 New York City Marathon!
  • Alessandra Ambrosio: Tracy Anderson Method - These dance-inspired classes with resistance training built in are a fave of this model, who says she loves the classes because they “don’t feel like exercise.”
  • Lily Aldridge and Martha Hunt: Ballet Beautiful The ballet-inspired workout is a fave of theirs because it tones, sculpts, and strengthens, and Hunt says it’s great for her mental state, too.
  • Candice Swanepoel and Sara Sampaio: Pilates - They like Pilates because it works your core, increases flexibility, and even improves posture.

Source: Self


If you sleep with your dog in your bed, you’ve probably wondered if it’s healthy to allow it. As much as we love our four-legged babies, they do play in dirt, chew their nails, eat unspeakable things, step in poop on the regular, and that’s just the stuff we know about. So sharing a bed with them could be bad for our health, right? Well, that’s debatable.

When you consult Dr. Google about how good it is for you to let your dog sleep in your bed, you get a lot of conflicting information. But according to Dr. Jack Gilbert, director of the Microbiome Center at the University of Chicago, and expert on germ-related things, it’s only unhealthy in some cases. He says you shouldn’t do it if you’re even a little bit allergic because sleeping with those allergens all night is a drag on your system.

But even if you don’t have allergies, dogs also toss and turn all night and that can disrupt your precious sleep. We all know how important it is to get enough solid sleep, so if your pooch wakes you up, he might need a bed of his own. But some folks say sleeping with their pet actually helps them sleep better, and that makes sense because pets have positive effects on their owners.

Research has shown that interacting with your pet causes your brain to release oxytocin, the “feel-good” hormone. So your pets keep you chill and that’s a good thing. Gilbert says they also expose us to different types of bacteria that can boost our immune systems, making us healthier and happier. And if sleeping with your pets makes you happy, keep on snoozing together.

Source: Women's Health


For some people, it’s just not the holidays unless they’re sipping their Peppermint Mocha from a red Starbucks cup. Since the coffee chain had already released a holiday-themed cup this year, folks thought they were going to have to suffer without their preferred color cup, but the new version of the red holiday cup is here.

The new design features two hands surrounding a white heart and it was created with a purpose in mind. Customers can write someone’s name in the white heart “to spread the love” during the holidays by sharing a photo of the customized cup on social media with the hashtag #GiveGood, to promote Starbucks’ #GiveGood campaign.

"The red cup is a clean design, with the heart as a space where people can highlight someone in their life who makes the season special," explains illustrator Jordan Kay, who designed the new red cup. "The design symbolizes the love and warmth felt during the holiday season, when we connect with friends and family."

Source: Delish

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