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If you’re a woman who farms, you know that the pressure can be intense. You’re working at all hours of the day, often starting early in the morning and finishing after the sun goes down, and meanwhile you’ve got to balance a home, love life, friends, family, and your own mental health. Add in hobbies, fitness, holidays, and finances, and you’ve got the recipe for a heaping bowl of stress. Obviously, we’d all like a six-week vacation in Bora Bora to wash the angst away, but that’s sadly not an option for most of us.

Luckily, you don’t need several hours and bundles of cash to relax. There are plenty of ways to de-stress in 15 minutes or less, so don’t let the pressure overwhelm you.

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Meditative breathing is a quick and easy way to ease your stresses. Take a deep breath in through your nose, extending it for as long as possible, and let it out from your mouth. Just 3 minutes of this calming practice can massively decrease your stress levels.

Make A Cup Of Tea

The simple act of making a cup of tea can be calming, as it focuses your mind on a simple and easily achievable task. Make your favorite brew and take 10 minutes to enjoy it – you’ll feel more calm after just a few sips.

Hit The Floor

Sitting on the floor is a classic return to childhood helplessness, but you can harness it for your own benefit. Try curling up in Child’s Pose (you’ll recognize it if you’ve ever taken a yoga class) to give you some physical and mental space from the things that are bothering you.

Journal It

Writing about what’s stressing you out can help to clarify your feelings and clear your mind. Try journaling to help you organize your thoughts and release them somewhere that’s safe, private, and personal.

Talk To Someone

Of course, talking to someone you trust is a great way to de-stress. It doesn’t have to be an hour-long therapy session (although those are great too!). Spend 15 minutes venting to your partner, calling your friend for a quick chat, or messaging your mom. Sometimes all you need is to feel heard.

These simple relaxation techniques will help you de-stress and clear your mind in no time at all. Even on the busiest day, you can hopefully make time for these soothing practices. You’ll be more level-headed and happy before you know it!

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Six Beauty Tips For Glasses Wearers

Log onto Youtube and you’ll find millions of beauty videos with hints, tips and tutorials for looking your best, but most of these beauty gurus won’t tell you how to work with glasses. They don’t appreciate that their amazing rainbow eyeshadow look completely disappears behind your frames, or that long, false eyelashes push your lenses away and leave streaks across your vision for the rest of the day. What should wearers of glasses do if they want to look their best?

Embrace your glasses as your statement eye look

Anything other than the most vibrant eyeshadow is going to be hidden or muted by your glasses. Accept it. People who don’t wear glasses need to use eyeshadow and liner to help their eyes stand out. Your eyes are perfectly framed as soon as you put your glasses on, without expending any time or effort. Embrace it!

Work with your frames

Color matching isn’t reserved just for your makeup look. As with any accessory, you will look most put together if your jewelry and clothing work with your frames too. If they have gold metal work, you’re going to look great with a gold necklace or earrings.

Change it up

Your glasses are a fashion accessory. You wouldn’t wear the same earrings every day, but you might have a favorite pair that you feel your best in. Take advantage of 2 for 1 offers to give yourself options. Black or tortoiseshell frames will give you a classic look that looks great with winged eyeliner and red lipstick, but why not introduce a pop of color with a colored frame and a more neutral lip?

Don’t forget to define your eyebrows

Darker frames are great for enhancing your eyes, but also risk making lighter brows disappear. Make sure that you use an eyebrow product to give your brows some depth and definition if you want to look your best.

Use waterproof and smudge-proof makeup

Everyone who wears makeup and glasses knows what it’s like to have mascara streaks on your lenses and red marks where your frames have rubbed the foundation off your nose. Waterproof and smudge-proof options are everywhere nowadays and are perfect for addressing these gripes.

Buy yourself a good magnifying mirror

This is particularly important for when you’re travelling and without your regular full-length mirror. There is nothing worse than having to lean painfully over a sink or cabinet, just so you can see what you’re doing when you’re applying makeup without your glasses on. A decent magnifying mirror with a stand will help ensure you look great wherever you are.

With these tips in mind, you might have to adapt that great makeup look you saw online, but you can feel confident that your glasses are working for you. And, at the end of the day, beauty is all about confidence.

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