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No doubt, stress can negatively impact your health, but it doesn’t have to. According to studies, individuals with health conditions such as mental illness, heart disease or other life-threatening ailments are the most susceptible to the debilitating effects of stress. However, people who are considered healthy are not out of the woods either. This article will show you proven ways for staying healthy even when things get stressful.

Statistical Facts about the Impact of Stress on your Health

According to the report from David S. Krantz, PhD, on, “stress is also a catalyst for stroke or heart attack in individuals with undiagnosed heart disease.” But even healthy people can suffer the consequences of stress. In fact, stress has the capacity to expose healthy individuals to health issues by weakening their immune system, and as a result make them more vulnerable to contagious ailments.

According to another medical expert at WebMD, Suzanne Segerstrom, PhD, “attitude plays an important role in tempering the reaction that stress provokes to weaken an individual’s immune system.” In essence, individuals who are drawn more to negative information and pay less attention to the positive would experience more stress, and as a result become more exposed to grave consequences of stress both mentally and physically. Therefore, staying healthy in times of stress starts with your attitude. You should strive to stay optimistic regardless of what is happening around you and the news coming in from around the world.

Relieving Stress to Stay Healthy

In order to cut back stress and desist from the grave consequences of stress on your health, medical professionals have recommended a couple of tips as follows;

  • Try and keep up with a normal routine by creating a working schedule. When you stick to your schedule, you will experience a sense of control that helps you stay calm regardless of all odds.
  • Create time to have fun and do things that appeal to you such as reading, socializing with friends, exercising, or playing with the kids.
  • Take time to connect with those closest to you, those you love – family, friends, people in church, etc. Working on your heart condition is a great way to keep stress at bay.
  • Always take a break from work and stressful events. Restrict your contact and connections to only individuals and things that help you to stay ‘evened out’ in your life.
  • Take part in volunteer activities as this helps to keep you mentally and physically positive and happy.
  • Maintain a healthy diet, replenish through food.
  • Ensure you get plenty sleep every day.

Finally, take good care of yourself by getting a regular medical checkup. And always create time to relax. Staying healthy in times of stress is doable.

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8 Ways to Make Your Beauty Products Multifunctional

by Erin Weaver

Fifty years ago, most of the women who farm would splash their faces with water in the morning and stride out the door without a second thought. But these days, with the help of online shopping and affordable products, just about every farmgirl usually has some form of beauty routine. Whether you’re a simple moisturize-and-go kind of woman or a serious beauty addict, you can find ways to make your products multifunctional. Trying multiple uses for your products can be a fun experiment, minimize the bulk of your makeup bag, and save you money. These 8 multi-use tips will give brand new beauty functions to products you already own.

Homemade BB Cream

BB creams offer a light skin coverage that’s perfect for the summer months. Instead of buying a whole new product every summer, simply combine a couple of pumps of foundation with your daily moisturizer for a light, natural-looking BB cream.

Easy Deep Conditioner

To make a luxurious deep conditioning treatment for your hair, warm up some of your usual conditioner in the microwave until it has a runny consistency. Smooth it over your hair (making sure it’s not too hot first!) and leave it to soak in for 30 minutes for perfectly silky tresses.

Aftershave Balm Primer

Men’s aftershave balms often contain glycerin, the same ingredient as many expensive makeup primers, and they’re far cheaper. Try stealing some of your man’s balm next time you’re doing your makeup.

Loose Powder As Dry Shampoo

If you’re out of dry shampoo but you don’t have time to shower, a loose or translucent face powder can word as a stand-in. Sprinkle it onto your roots, rub it in, and let it absorb any excess grease.

Lipstick Blush

A simple swipe of lipstick across the cheeks can act as a gorgeous blush shade if you blend the product in well enough. A small amount goes a long way, so this easy trick saves you money and space in your makeup bag.

Lip Balm Highlighter

If you’re a fan of the recent highlighter trend, you’ve probably found yourself addicted to glowing up your face with those pretty (but often expensive!) iridescent powders. In a pinch, a swipe of lip balm can give you the same shimmery effect.

Brow Products As Eyeliner

Eyebrow pencils and gels usually work perfectly as eyeliner, giving a complementary depth of color to your eyes while looking more natural than liquid eyeliners. They also tend to be finely pointed enough to give you good control over your makeup application.

Hairspray For Setting Spray

Setting sprays which promise to keep your makeup in place for hours are great, but they aren’t really necessary unless you regularly wear heavy makeup all day. A quick spritz of hairspray can serve the same purpose at a much lower cost.

At worst, these tips will give you a quick stand-in for when you run out a product you need. At best, they’ll give you a cheap, multifunctional replacement for something you usually buy. And when a friend asks what you’re using? It’s your secret!

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