Although it’s hibernating season, too much sluggishness can lead to the winter blues. Shake off lethargy, stress, and stagnant emotions and re-energize with this simple exercise: Stand with your knees bent slightly. Begin shaking your hands. Gradually add your forearms, upper arms, shoulders, and head. Allow your movements to grow into little jumps. Keep all your joints soft as you jump in a circle first to the right, then to the left. Feel better?
Chocolate is great, but the gift that most honors the spirit of Valentine’s Day is compassion. Strengthen your compassion muscles with this meditation: Sit quietly with eyes closed. Think of a loved one and silently repeat to yourself, "May this person be happy. May this person be healthy. May this person live a life of ease." Repeat with other people if you'd like, but don't forget to offer the same treatment to yourself.
Starlets are busy beautifying for the Oscars this week — join the fun with this beauty treatment developed by L.A. spa Body Bistro. Make a paste of 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon plain yogurt. Apply, then let dry 10 minutes. Rinse with a warm, damp washcloth and remove any residual turmeric with a gentle toner. The turmeric reduces inflammation, while the yogurt kills blemish-causing bacteria. For best results, do it the night before you want to look radiant.
This week your mission is to breathe more mindfully. Try taking a full breath now — inhale deeply into your belly, then allow every last drop of air to release on the exhale. This simple action blocks the stress response and cues your body to relax, making you less likely to get riled and more able to think clearly. Breathe deeply before you respond to anything life throws your way this week, and notice how it changes your reactions.