How to Change Your Routine
With hectic back-to-school schedules in high gear, now’s a great opportunity to get organized and breathe new life into your regular routine. Try these nine simple strategies for an instant boost for your body, mind and spirit.
- Pamper your skin. It's no secret that looking a little younger can give you a lift. Try a new skincare regimen to address fine lines, blotchiness and dark circles. (And if you have a nagging mole on your body you've been wondering about, put your mind at ease with a quick self-exam to help determine whether it’s normal or something you should have a dermatologist check.)
- Get mindful. Research shows meditation may fight anxiety and depression just as well as medication can. For a few minutes each day, try to focus on the present, relax your body and mind, and let your thoughts pass by without dwelling on them.
- Try a new 'do. Master the art of an at-home blowout and learn how to style a messy-chic bun. If you dry and straighten your hair daily, change up your routine to help prevent breakage with no-heat sexy natural waves. If your hair is thin and a challenge to style, consider a daily routine for fuller, thicker-looking hair.
- Find a balance. Improving your balancing ability helps prevent injuries and helps you stay active. Each morning, stand on one foot at a time as you primp at the bathroom mirror. Once you’ve mastered that, consider a tai chi class or video to improve balance during active movement, and to boost coordination and body awareness.
- Make over your diet. Add more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Not only do they help give you great looking skin, but foods rich in fiber are great for digestion and can help you feel full longer. Learn how to read food labels to make better choices at the grocery store.
- Get a new signature dish. Tired of spaghetti and casseroles? Coming up with new ideas for dinner every night can be a challenge. Surprise your family’s taste buds with fresh new flavors from celebrity chefs like this amazing Thai dish or creamy green enchiladas
- Plan active weekends. Get the whole family moving and enjoy the great outdoors with a fall hike at your nearest trail, or cheer on your favorite football team together.
- Air out the house. Indoor pollutants tend to build up over time. Open the windows, or run a filtered air conditioning system while the kids are at school. You’ll get toxins out and the whole family can breathe a little easier at night.
- Socialize and give back. Having a busy social life keeps your brain sharp. Volunteering is the perfect way to make new friends and give back to your community. In fact, helping people in need can trigger a brain response known as a “helper’s high.” Consider joining a volunteer group on your own or as a family.