You're probably thinking, "there's a holiday for everything," and you, my friend, would be right. But the reason Lazy Day is one that gets my vote of approval more so than Create a Vacuum Day (huh?), is evident in who we are: human beings, not human doers. If the ambitious, striving, workaholic, perfectionist part of ourselves need a holiday to embrace the joy of being lazy, who are we to argue? Let's just kick off our shoes and do nothing.
I'll never forget a speaker who came to give a lecture at my college on the value of leisure. What he said made such an impression on me, I scribbled it down in my notebook. Many of us are so focused on achieving and scratching off every item on our to do list that we've overlooked a simple truth: we reveal ourselves in leisure as much as our work. Our Puritan work ethic is mixed in with the American soil; people go halfway around the world just to learn how to do nothing. But our deepest held values and personal truths are evident in the way we
You're probably thinking, "there's a holiday for everything," and you, my friend, would be right. But the reason Lazy Day is one that gets my vote of approval more so than Create a Vacuum Day (huh?), is evident in who we are: human beings, not human doers. If the ambitious, striving, workaholic, perfectionist part of ourselves need a holiday to embrace the joy of being lazy, who are we to argue? Let's just kick off our shoes and do nothing.Read More »from The holiday we're so glad exists: Lazy Day
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Mon, Aug 9, 2010 5:44 PM EDT
Last week wasn't a good one for weight-related news. First, there was the news that obesity had reached "major public health threat" proportions, and now new research shows that as our weight rises, our quality of life declines. The study shows that Americans are losing healthy days off their lives due to obesity, and that number has doubled from 7.5 in 1993 to 17 in 2008.Read More »from Has your quality of life improved since you lost weight?
"The gains being made on the burden on our health-care system by decreases in smoking could be eroded by the progression of obesity if we don't have lots of interventions in place," said Dr. Erica I. Lubetkin, co-author of the study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Getting junk food out of the schools, having more recess and gym, discouraging television and computer use" would all be a good place to start, she said.
We're about nothing if not quality of life on Real-Life Makeover, so this news cut us to the quick. What use is it thinking about how to be happier and
Eat Pray Love / Sony PicturesLet's play a really exhilarating game of pretend, shall we? Imagine you have money enough and time to take off on a life-changing adventure. Where would you go? What would you do?Read More »from What would be your version of Eat, Pray, Love?
When it comes to a Real-Life Makeover, asking questions like this can help you see what you really, truly want from life. You don't have to actually set your plan in motion. Sometimes just the very act of imagining a dream life can bring to the foreground parts of yourself you've been neglecting.
Advertisements for the film feature women sharing their own version of Elizabeth Gilbert's adventure, and to imagine your own, let's for a moment put aside any feelings you might have about this book, its author, the movie, or its star (although if you have ill will towards Javier Bardem, you can just move right along).
Here's something important to remember before we begin: taking care of yourself is never selfish. You're never going to be as great as a mom, partner, employee, or friend as you could be if your
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Mon, Aug 2, 2010 5:39 AM EDT
Summer's almost in its wind down phase which means the time to eat a perfectly ripe peach or go to an outdoor movie is now or next year. If you're having trouble prioritizing a summer slow down, here are some easy-peasy ways to make sure you enjoy the best thing that summer offers: time.Read More »from How to make your free time feel utterly restorative
DO ONE THING AT A TIME
You know what the summer antidote to multitasking is? Mono-tasking. Whether you're at home or on vacation, tackle only one thing at time. Devote all your attention to packing a picnic, swinging in a hammock or collecting seashells. (The same principle applies at the office, too, but let's not talk about work right now...) When your attention's not pulled in twenty different directions, you'll be able to more fully be present in the moment and really enjoy it.
Summer has a tendency to get quickly packed with plans, but it's important to leave yourself time to indulge your whims. Make certain times sacred--Wednesday evening, say, or Saturday afternoon--when even an
Lose It!Read More »from 5 ways to track what you're eating on the go
This is one of those apps people are just crazy about, and not just because it's free. It's got a sleek, simple interface with a huge database of food and exercises to track, with the kind of charts and graphs that make you feel like you're really getting somewhere. If you're the type that likes to buddy up, Lose It! combines a food journal with the buddy system: you can share your exercise goals and weight-loss successes with your friends to help stay motivated and keep each other on track. It's only on iPhone for now, but the developers are working on an Android version.
Calorie Tracker by LIVESTRONG
With an Android, Blackberry, or iPhone, you can use this app to determine a daily calorie target based on your personal goals, and then search the giant LIVESTRONG database to keep track of your meals throughout the day. Want to keep track of that whole calories-in, calories out equation? You can also track workouts and be presented with a dazzling chart of your progress.
- ExerciseTV | Makeover – Thu, Jul 29, 2010 3:16 AM EDT
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By Laurel House
Pressure to be "perfect" and images of hyper-skinny chicks swathing the covers of magazines can be instant self-esteem depleters.
But, Reality Check please, what's the point of "perfect" if you're hating every second of the process as you punish your body during uber-intense daily workouts then order the salad at dinner as you drool over the steak, fries, and a chocolate chip cookie the next table over?
The good news is: you can make your workouts do double-duty, serving as modes to achieve above said "perfect" while simultaneously naturally boosting your confidence and making you feel gorgeous and strong- "flaws" and all! Yes, studies have shown that regardless of size or shape, people who workout feel better about their bodies than those who don't. But it's not just any old exercise that has the ego-boosting impact. Low to medium intensity cardio exercise, extended durations of high intensity exercise, and low intensity yoga have been proven to be the most
Rachel is a mother of seven (yep, seven), who wants her precious time with her husband to look a little better. "I want to look good for my husband, and I want to feel sexy again." Hollywood makeup artist Julie Murray has some quick beauty tips to transform Rachel from mom to hot mama.Read More »from Makeup tips for mom's date night
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Mon, Jul 26, 2010 5:16 PM EDT
We're not only talking week-with-our-toes-in-the-sand type vacations (though who among us would look a cabana boy in the mouth?), but just the act of stepping out of the workaday routine, even for a staycation. Vacations are vital. According to a study by travel site Expedia, a third of employed Americans don't take their full vacation time. If you're one of the lucky who get paid time off from work, this is as bad as walking away from free money. Summer's ticking by, and if you're still looking for the reasons to justify turning off your Blackberry and packing up a road trip cooler, look no further.Read More »from Why vacations matter (and why you should schedule yours)
Vacations give your life more meaning. Americans have a Puritan work ethic we're proud of, but we often overlook the power leisure has to inform our sense of self. Having time to just be can often lead to big conclusions about what we want from life and who we are. A study from the University of Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center found that those who enjoyed leisure time, including vacations,
You might not be given to astrological meanings as much as I am, but one thing I know: Aries are not particularly patient, and I'm living proof. Whether you can't stand waiting in line or get hot-headed in an argument (my particular bugaboo), patience is the kind of virtue we'd all do well to cultivate. Here, ten ways to keep from flipping a lid at your next staff meeting.Read More »from 10 practical tips for cultivating patience
1. Identify your triggers. What sends you over the edge? Is it bad traffic, your annoying co-workers, or how slowly your kids move in the morning when you're trying to get out the door? Note what the main irritants are to your daily sense of zen and focus on cultivating your patience in those areas in particular.
2. Take a deep breath. You're in the heat of the moment with your identified irritant and you feel your blood starting to boil. Acknowledge your reaction and slow it down by taking a deep breath and a slow exhale.
3. Count to 10. Now, we're going to slow down your reaction even more. Count to ten in your
Whether you're driving across country, staying home, or working out, you're going to need some kickin' tunes this summer. Studies show that listening to any kind of music--whether you like country or punk--can boost your mood, and our own very unscientific research shows that there's nothing like an awesome song to make scrubbing the bathroom or pushing through that last mile almost enjoyable. We've taken the liberty of putting together a super upbeat summer soundtrack to get you smiling. But there's always room for improvement. Tell us what you're listening to at all your summer parties and sunny day workouts.
- "Roam," The B-52's
- "Mustang Sally," The Commitments
- "Wouldn't It Be Nice," The Beach Boys
- "Vacation," The Go-Go's
- "Honey in the Sun," Camera Obscura
- "Hot Child in the City," Joan Jett
- "Deceptacon," Le Tigre
- "Pleasant Valley Sunday," The Monkees
- "I Think I Need a New Heart," The Magnetic Fields
- "I Hear a Symphony," The Supremes
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