It used to be all about lying down on a couch in an analyst's office, but no more. With these fresh approaches to mental health gaining traction, your weekly session may be headed for an overhaul. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.
Sitting face-to-face in a room with an analyst can be intimidating, which is why Shannon Romig, a counselor in Castle Pines, CO, became a walking therapist. When you're strolling outside, you don't have to make eye contact, and you can engage all five senses. "You can stop to touch the trees, smell the flowers, and listen to the babbling creek," says Romig. "I take many clients on sunrise walks to help them forget the past and focus on the promise of a new day. Moving forward physically helps you move forward emotionally." Many studies have found that exercise helps ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. "Plus, the rhythm-left foot, right foot-helps people think. Clients say, 'It's as if my feelings were on the surface. I didn't have to dig,'" adds
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It used to be all about lying down on a couch in an analyst's office, but no more. With these fresh approaches to mental health gaining traction, your weekly session may be headed for an overhaul. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from These New Therapies Could Be Just What You Need
"Blush makes you look young and refreshed," says Mally Roncal. And her cinnamon-bun trick is so smart. REDBOOK.Read More »from The Blush Trick that Takes Years Off Your Face
Pink, peach, and berry blushes can look great on all skin tones. All you have to do is tweak the intensity: If you're fair, choose a lighter shade; dark skin can handle more pigment. Smile to find the apples of your cheeks, which is where you'll start.
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Swirl the blush onto the apple of your cheek, working outward in a circle until you hit the top of the cheekbone. I call this the cinnamon-bun method (I'm not proud of how many of those I've eaten).
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Sweep the blush up and outward. This will lift your face and prevent the toy-soldier look you'd get if you only did the apples. Blending is important-you don't want any harsh lines. Follow the line of your cheekbone with the brush.
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She looks like she got eight
Just because the days are getting shorter doesn't mean you have to give up your summer glow, thanks to these tricks from celeb makeup artists. By Julianne Adams, REDBOOK.
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We've all been there: Despite your best intentions, your libido gets doused by anything from juice box spills, to unrealistic work deadlines. While there's no magic cure all, this sound and simple advice on reclaiming your bedroom magic might just be the jumpstart you need--no popping out of a cake or bunny ears required. By Cathy Garrard, REDBOOK.Read More »from 8 Ways to Amp Up the Romance Tonight
Get the wheels spinning
Make a decision in the a.m. that you want to get busy later, and steal a few moments throughout the day to psych yourself up. "If he has a cologne you love, spritz it on your shirt before you run errands," says Esther Boykin, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Haymarket, VA. And send flirty text messages here and there to keep you both anticipating the evening's events. "Those 30 seconds can help shift your mood and body chemistry so you're primed and ready for a night of passion," says Boykin.
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Find a comfy spot
"My husband and I have been married
- Redbook | Work + Money – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
There's nothing more satisfying than watching your cash reproduce. We found six easy ways to grow your savings, starting with as little as $70. By Sandy M. Fernández, REDBOOK.Read More »from 6 Surefire Ways to Turn You Extra Money into a Whole Lot More Dough
Where to start
It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while life drops a little windfall on my family. In the last few months, for example, my husband stumbled into an unexpected work gig and I signed up for AirBnB and snared a rental. (Enjoy our home, Inga!) Back when our finances were shakier, what to do with any newfound wealth was obvious: We needed an emergency fund, plus there was credit card debt to slay. But these days we're pretty much on track-even with our retirement and college savings funds-so we allow ourselves the luxury of asking: How do we get the most out of this moola? You could always put money in your IRA or a CD, but are there ways to get creative and reap an even bigger benefit? Indeed, there are, and along the way you'll actually have some fun.
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With so many different-and often super-pricey-products on the market, it's easy to feel overwhelmed when choosing one. We saved you precious time, and did the research to uncover the best one for your needs. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from 4 Eye Creams that Are Really Worth the Money
The how and why
Search for "eye cream" on Walgreens.com and you'll get 253 options, many of which cost big bucks. Why so pricey? "The skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than skin on the rest of the face, and it has very few oil glands," says Renee Rouleau, a Dallas-based celebrity esthetician. "Plus, you blink 10,000 times a day, as well as squint and smile, so this area is the first to show signs of aging." And among eye creams, one size doesn't fit all. "The biggest mistake I see people make is that they go to the drugstore and buy whatever their best friend uses," says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center. "But each person is different." Here's how
- Redbook | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 9:57 AM EDT
And if you make a whole pan of them, there's plenty for all. Our chicken drumstick recipes are spicy, juicy, and easy. By Khalil Hymore, REDBOOK.Read More »from On Tonight's Menu Are These Lip-Smackingly Good Drumsticks
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
1 cup plain yogurt (not Greek)
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp grated ginger
4 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp garam masala (an Indian spice blend available in most grocery stores) or curry powder
1½ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and ground black pepper
8 chicken drumsticks
Sliced scallions, for serving
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1. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray; set aside. In a large zip-top bag, combine yogurt, garlic, ginger, paprika, garam masala, turmeric, and cayenne; season with salt and pepper. With a fork, prick drumsticks all over and add them to bag. Seal and marinate 20 minutes, up to overnight.
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2. Heat oven to 425°F. Remove chicken from marinade and place on prepared baking sheet. Roast,
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from Eight-Months-Pregnant CrossFit Mom Sparks Outrage
Lea-Ann Ellison sparked outrage-and almost 2,000 comments when she posted the above photo on CrossFit's Facebook page. The reactions ranged from vitriolic horror ("This is actually sickening, I hope pregnant around the world do not do this kind of crap. I am a CrossFit enthusiast but I DO NOT recommend this at all.") to avid support ("I did CrossFit past my due date. Had a baby in under two hours, went home 24 hours later, and cooked dinner. Thank you, CrossFit, for strong my pelvis, legs, and heart."). We reached out to Dr. Daniel Roshan, a board certified maternal fetal medicine specialist and high-risk OB, to get to the bottom of the CrossFit mom scandal.
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Lifting weights heavy while pregnant, like Ellison is doing in the photo, can put pressure on the abdomen and lead to premature labor, Dr. Roshan tells us. In her case, however, "She has stronger arms that are used to that weight, though, so she can probably put more
Don't have a lot of time for romance? You don't need a whole weekend to infuse the spark back into your relationship. Have a quickie-a quickie date, we mean. By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Squeeze-'Em-In Dates
Take a LOLCat-nap
No time for a two-hour movie? No problem. Watch funny YouTube videos together instead. Find a meme that you both love-whether it's wry celeb humor on Funny or Die, gassy babies, or men accidentally getting hit in the, well, you know-taking a few minutes to laugh will release stress and increase those much-needed endorphins.
Start a book club of two
Reading the same lit will give you fresh topics to discuss during your cherished time together, instead of resorting to complaining about your job or venting about your mother. Can't agree on a novel? Sign up for the just-launched Oyster-basically a Netflix for reading. For $9.95 per month you get unlimited eBook access, so you won't feel bad if you're bored of your pick by chapter two. Best of all, you don't need to leave your bed to
- Redbook | Work + Money – Mon, Sep 23, 2013 10:05 AM EDT
See the one lone weekend that has magically stayed pencil-free on your family calendar? Seize it now and Sharpie in one of these cool, budget-friendly vacations. By Kristin Luna, REDBOOK.Read More »from 4 Ways (and Places!) to Do a Weekend Vacay--for Less
Kansas City, MO
Why: Kansas City has a distinctive art culture, from avant-garde museums to beautiful fountains and sculptures along the city streets.
Where to stay: The city's first green property, Q Hotel & Spa, offers complimentary amenities like Wi-Fi, gym passes, parking, and even on-site yoga. From $110 a night; theqhotel.com.
What to do: Explore the quirky masterpieces at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (admission is free), then hit up Hallmark's Kaleidescope, a free art space where kids can go wild with Hallmark's leftover paper products, markers, and melted crayons. Afterward, take in the National WWI Museum (admission is $14 for adults, $12 for kids 6 to 17, and free for kids under 5). Be sure to climb to the top of the museum's 217-foot Memorial Tower for one of the best views of the city.