5 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

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Christmas is in two days, and we’ll be entering the new year in less than two weeks! Time has flown by so quickly.

So let’s be honest. Sometimes the holiday season in reality doesn’t feel as glamorous as it is portrayed in movies, TV shows, commercials and social media.

Maybe you’re finalizing travel plans, or you’re in charge of wrapping gifts. Maybe you still haven’t picked up all of your gifts yet, or you still have to make final preparations for a holiday dinner or party.

If any of the above describes how you’re feeling right now or if you’re experiencing any form of holiday stress large or small, just take the time to breathe. Right now.

Being surrounded by portrayals of situations opposite to yours may make you feel like you’re the only person in the world going through this, but let me be the first to tell you that you’re not!

I’ve had my fair share of holiday stress this year, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that the true meaning of the holidays and how I should be spending this precious time outweighs all of the stress that I have been experiencing.

I want to offer some tips to combat holiday stress because at the end of the day, everything will get done even though you have no idea how.

Disconnect

The holidays are the perfect time to break away from social media, TV, or anything that is distracting you from getting what you need to get done. Sometimes seeing what is portrayed online or on the screen can worsen your stress and make like you feel like you don’t have it all together!

Don’t give your attention to that. Instead, use your time of disconnect to spend more time with family and loved ones or give yourself some time to just unwind and relax after a long day of crossing off tasks from your to-do list.

Ask For Help

Never be ashamed to reach out for help if you need it! This goes for decorating, planning or picking up something that you may have forgotten to grab at the grocery store.

I know you may want to get everything done by yourself, but simply asking a friend, family member or significant other for help can lessen your stress significantly. Maybe for your dinner party you can ask guests to bring a meal to lessen the load of cooking everything. Or, you can ask a friend or someone who is free to help you clean and prepare for guests that are coming over.

Make Time for Self-Care

Whatever your favorite form of self-care may be, make time in your schedule for it. Self-care is something that is necessary to implement into our daily routines. It allows us to listen more closely to our body and mind.

It doesn’t matter how long of a day you’ve had or how much left you still have to do. A few minutes dedicated to your favorite form of self-care won’t hurt. In fact, it’ll make you feel better and give you energy to tackle your next task.

Be Kind To Your Body

Of course during the holidays we are surrounded by so many delicious sweet treats all around us and it is absolutely fine to treat yourself!

But, it is also important not to lose sight of continuing to nourish your body with the proper nutrition that it needs. Doing so will keep you moving and full of vitality.

Along with a treat here and there, make sure you are staying hydrated, and continuing to eat fruits and vegetables. It is so easy to lose track of what you are consuming this time of the year, but if you remain mindful of it all, you can notice a positive difference in your mood throughout the rest of the season!

“Gratitude is the BEST Attitude”

When in doubt, practice gratitude. Think of everything you are grateful for! Appreciate all the good and bad that you are going through because at the end of the day, you will become so much stronger because of the challenges you may be facing at the moment.

Continue to spread generosity and kindness to everyone because everyone is going through some kind of battle whether it is apparent or not.

While the holiday season may be stressful at times, remember to be easy and kind to yourself. No one is perfect and not everything goes according to plan which is fine because that is a part of life. Taking care of yourself is the most important and remember that all of this will pass!

Camille Rose

Skin Care is My Makeup.

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Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m not one to wear makeup often. Yes, it’s incredibly fun to apply makeup for a nice outing with friends or a fancy dinner with my family, but more often than not, you’ll see me bare-faced.

While many girls that I knew in middle school were starting to experiment with makeup, I was messing around with skin care. I don’t recall too much about how I got into it, but I do remember that I would constantly pass time by watching YouTube videos of skin care routines, constantly research new cleansers, moisturizers and masks to try out (I still do!), and pick up a new skin care product every time I went to the drugstore.

It is often said that you should do the things that your future self will thank you for and when I look back, I’m incredibly proud of myself to have gotten into skin care at such an early age because today, it is such a vital part of my daily self-care routine.

Today, I want to share with you some of my current favorite skin care products that I use religiously. It has definitely taken a lot of trial and error over the years to find products that work well for my skin, but I can genuinely say that I am very satisfied with the products that I am using at the moment!

Shea Moisture African Black Soap with Shea Butter for Troubled Skin

I started using this product over the summer and I haven’t used any other cleanser since! It is incredibly effective and always leaves my skin looking fresh and radiant. I bring this soap with me wherever I go.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

Before discovering the Shea Moisture African Black Soap, this cleanser was my go-to. I still love it so much! This cleanser removes all of your makeup while giving your skin a deep cleanse a the same time. It is super gentle and has a subtle, calming scent.

Aztec Secret- Indian Healing Clay Mask

After so much hype over this product on YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, I had to give this mask a try. It certainly has delivered! I love using this mask after a long, stressful week of school or work. This mask has cleared up my skin so well and I feel like my skin is genuinely spotless after every application.

Bubble Sheet Mask

My current obsession at the moment, this bubble sheet mask is AMAZING and so much fun. I never truly understood what brighter skin looked like until using this. My bestie and I used these masks to prep for a formal last month and after using it then, I was hooked. Also, the way this mask works with its reaction to oxygen makes this a unique product to have for sure.

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

This has been a favorite skin care product of mine for years; I think I’ve been using it for around 7 or 8 years! Every time I use this, I’m reminded of why I continue to go back to this scrub year after year. It smells great and leaves my skin feeling super soft and smooth. It has also helped immensely with fading my dark spots and scarring.

Pond’s Dry Skin Cream

Cold weather calls for annoying, rough and dry skin. Cold weather or not, this moisturizer has been a favorite for about 3 years. Not going to lie, the first time I tried this product I was not a fan. I thought it was too thick so as a result, I resorted to thinner moisturizers. By doing that, my skin’s dryness became worse so I resorted back to this product and haven’t turned to any other moisturizer since.

Provence Beauty Repair Oil

I just picked up this oil a few days ago and I love it! This oil is made of coconut oil and hazelnut oil in order to repair your skin from dryness, scarring, acne and more. I love how light and absorbent this oil is making it something perfect to apply not only at nights but during the day as well. With this oil, you really do wake up with glowy skin!

Sisal Cotton Body Sponge

Aside from our face, our body needs just as much love too! I’ve just been getting into using body brushes and scrubs more often lately especially as my skin has been getting drier due to the cold weather. My sisal cotton body sponge gives my body a great exfoliation without being too harsh on the skin.

If you couldn’t tell already, I love skin care and am always on the hunt for new products to try. What are some of your favorites at the moment? Let me know!

Camille Rose