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Quick Tips Stress Less While a healthy amount of stress can keep us motivated, too much of it can lead to health problems and general unhappiness. So in honor of April being National Stress Awareness Month, here are some tips for keeping stress in check. 1 INDULGE YOURSELF Treat yourself to something you desire or crave, as a reward for all of the hard work you’ve been putting in. Whether it’s a massage, a hot bath or your favorite chocolate bar, a purely pleasure-driven foray can do your mind and body good. And, psst: According to the journal Proteome Research, eating 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate a day for two weeks can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol! A squee guarantee! 116 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | APRIL 2013 GET PHYSICAL Exercising your body can actually exorcise your stress! Hitting the gym, going out for a jog, lifting weights, doing yoga, shaking your hips to Zumba—whatever works! Regular exercise wards off tension and helps release endorphins, leading to a happier, healthier you. Why not combine a good read AND a bath? MAKE TIME TO GIGGLE According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter releases endorphins and relaxes muscles—both important ingredients in stress relief.Thanks to sites like YouTube and Facebook, it’s easier than ever to take a break from the daily grind and amuse yourself. In fact, we post weekly laughinducing memes that you can easily share with your online friends and fans. Simply visit shareable-memes and help your staff and clients laugh their stress away. 4 2 READ UP, TUNE IN, STROLL OUT A study sponsored by Galaxy Chocolate and published in London's Telegraph suggested that just six minutes of reading can be a significant step in defeating stress. Reading can help lower the heart rate and relax muscles—as can listening to music or taking a low-key walk. So a combination of these just might give worries a one-two punch! 5 CHANNEL YOUR NURTURING NATURE reported a Netherlands study that suggested a link between gardening and lower cortisol levels—meaning the act of tending to plants actually helps boost moods. And for those whose thumbs are anything but green, taking care of pets can have a similar effect. Try bringing your critter to work or spending extra snuggle time with your pooch at home. BATH: STEVE COLE/GETTY IMAGES; THINKSTOCK 3 St o p stehse! stres

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty LaunchPad - April 2013

Beauty LaunchPad - April 2013
Log On
Editor’s Notebook
On The Cover
Runway Report
Salon of the Month
Head of the Class
Giving Back
Mood Board
Au Naturel
Free Launch
Quick Tips
Social Network
Advertiser Index
World View

Beauty LaunchPad - April 2013