Enter to win one of this year's most popular gifts: The Comfy, a giant sweatshirt/wearable blanket that will make you feel cozy all day long.
Style the way you want to
You made it through a year thinking less about your wardrobe and your makeup. Did you stop blow-drying your hair, streamline your makeup routine or spend less time picking the perfect accessories? Bring back all of the stylizing that truly makes you feel good. But stop doing everything you do because you think you "should."
If being cozy is your jam, you're not alone. Wearing sweatpants all day, or even PJs, has become the uniform for so many. Try The Comfy, a giant sweatshirt/wearable blanket. It not only keeps you warm, it also makes you feel like you are being hugged all day. Wear it while you are working from home, walking the dog, or just curled up on the couch after a long day. Automatic de-stress. Enter below to win your choice of Comfy!
Self-Care, the Modern Way
Even when you don't have the time - or the energy - to do everything you need to lower your stress level, there are still small things you can do to take care of yourself.
Think of one thing each day that makes you feel good and incorporate it into your daily life. For some, that's a walk around the block with a friend, watching a favorite show while folding the laundry, or listening to a podcast while making dinner. (We highly recommend our favorite podcast, SheSpeaks: How She Does It). For others, it's trying out a face mask or giving yourself a manicure. (Find out easy how-to tips here!) No matter what it is that you like to do, put it on your calendar, even if it's just for a few minutes each day.
Also, make sure to have a bedtime ritual that you look forward to. End each day listening to your favorite playlist, drinking a warm de-caffinated drink, or trying aromatherapy. If you have extra time, check out these simple tips to make a bath soak or body scrub using ingredients you likely already have. Ending each day calmly will help you sleep and feel more energized the next morning.
At Home Basics
Take the stress out of cooking. If you have an Air Fryer or an Instant Pot, you know what time-savers they can be. And the Always Pan was one of the most-talked about new items last year since it combines multiple types of cookwear into one handy piece.
But if you don't have those items - or even if you do - there are still plenty of ways to worry less about meal prep - without resorting to takeout. One idea: Make sure to have leftovers. On the nights when you do have the time to cook, double your recipe. Make two meatloafs, or cook extra chicken. You can freeze the leftovers or save them in the fridge for a night when you know you'll be busy.
Also: try themed nights. Half the challenge of cooking is deciding what to make. When you know that Monday is pasta, Tuesday is tacos, Wednesday is fish and Thursday is stir-fry, there is much less thought involved. Plus, it's much quicker to shop when you have standard ingredients each week.
To make cooking feel like more of an activity and less of a chore, try cooking with family or friends, virutally. When SheSpeaks staffer, Susan, missed celebrating the holidays with the special foods her mom always makes, she decided to cook together. Both she and her mom got the ingredients in advance and then her mom walked her through how to make the dishes. "It was so much fun to chat while we cooked, and then to show each other our final products - which looked very different from each other!"
What are you doing to feel less stress this year? Tell us to win your choice of Comfy!#SheSpeaksSimple Giveaway
*One person will be chosen at random to receive a Comfy, in their choice of color and style.Giveaway is open through January 31, 2021 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.
Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to SheSpeaks winner jesspalombo!