All it takes is 5 minutes to make a world of difference to your day

If you're the type of person who is constantly wondering where the day went, you probably just about jumped for joy at the recent study that found that just one minute of intense exercise (during an easy 10-minute workout) could improve health.

While that doesn't mean you should give up your lengthier workouts in favor of mere minutes of activity, it does add some strength to the comforting belief that every little bit counts.

Five minutes. It's only a little bit of time. But it's long enough for you to do one thing that could make your whole day better. That's a great return on your time investment!

So take five minutes and try one of these 10 simple ways to lower stress, boost your mood, and improve your skin and overall wellbeing. This might give you that extra spark you need to meet the challenges of the day.

1. Wear sunblock 365 days of the year 
In rain or shine, winter or summer, whether you have ivory white skin or a dark complexion, your skin is always susceptible to sun damage. You’re consistently exposed to the sun’s rays during daylight hours, even when you don’t realize it. You should be wearing an SPF 50 every day, not only to protect against skin cancer but to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, and uneven skin tone. In addition, it’s essential that you reapply your sunscreen every couple of hours, especially if you’re out and about — one morning slathering of SPF 100 won’t last you until sundown!

2. Wear some eye cream 
You can get more bang from your eye cream simply by storing it in the icebox. The cold constricts the blood vessels, immediately reducing puffiness. It’s best to apply cold eye cream in the morning. Look for creams containing caffeine, which will further decrease any swelling. To combat fine lines and wrinkles, products that contain retinol will do the trick. 

Get on the ‘bright’ path with Sloane Inc Vitamin A eye cream, which illuminates and revitalizes dull pigment-laden lids

3. Add antioxidants to your skin care and your diet 
Here’s a two-point plan to rid your skin of environmental pollutants: Attack the problem from the inside and out. Use topical products containing vitamin A (in the form of retinol), vitamin E, vitamin C, and coffeeberry directly on your skin, and eat brightly colored fruits, vegetables, and other good-for-you foods like blueberries, pomegranates, and olive oil. Both will help to combat free radical damage, reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and inflammation. Dieticians also recommend eating a balanced breakfast that combines protein, fiber, and healthy fats to regulate blood sugar throughout the day. Studies have shown that when blood sugar rises too quickly, it can cause acne, wrinkles, and rashes.

4. Rest in child’s pose
It’s one of the most relaxing, restorative yoga poses, but it’s also a gentle, reinvigorating stretch that may help relieve back and neck pain. Sit back and hold for that entire glorious minute.

5. Exercise often 
Sure, you know you should be hitting the gym, not only for a toned physique but because it’s better for your overall health. Well, here’s another reason to work up a sweat: Exercise tightens the skin on your entire body. Strength training and cardio boost circulation and improve muscle tone, which results in younger-looking, toned skin. Not only that, but it also reduces wrinkle-causing,skin-damaging stress. Just make sure to wash your face post-workout. What good is a hot body if you’ve got clogged pores all over your T-zone? 

Anyway long gone are the days of not having enough time for exercise. HIIT workouts is can be done anywhere: at home, in a hotel room, in a park, at a gym, etc. And most are 30 minutes or less! Who can’t spare that?

6. Look away from the computer screen
If you work at a desk job -- or even if you’re just a tech fan outside of the office -- you probably spend a fair amount of time in front of screens. But all that computer time can do a number on your eyes. To combat strain, follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for just 20 seconds. Rest your eyes. 

7. Drink Tea
Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; encourage weight loss; lower cholesterol; and bring about mental alertness. Tea also appears to have antimicrobial qualities.

It’s hard to believe something as nice smelling and refreshing as a cup of tea is good for you, but it’s true. Drinking tea, especially green tea is one up since tea not only replaces fluids but also contains the highest levels of powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols. Polyphenols perform heavy skin-saving duties, being some of the best weapons around to help fight free radical damage, slow down aging and increase the body’s overall antioxidant activity. For youthful living, why not boost your complexion while staying trim throughout fall with Sloane Inc. Detox Tea? An invigorating mix of antioxidant-rich green tea, white tea, guarana and ginseng, plus two proprietary vitamin, herb and mineral blends, this sugar-free, low-cal, all-natural drink amps up metabolism for faster calorie- and fat-burning while helping to flush out toxins to maintain clearer complexions. An easy way to keep warm and beautify, let’s all drink up with a cuppa tea!

8. Relax and have fun
Spend more time doing things that you find fun. Watch a funny movie or read  book. Go to the spa, hang out with your girlfriends and just do something fun. Take your mind off work for awhile. 

9. Give yourself a quick  massage
Find the part of your body that feels tight and knead it a bit with one or both hands. Then top it off with a full body shake. It’s like waking up from a refreshing nap.

10. Smile
It’s no surprise that people who smile a lot are usually happy people, but 2010 research suggests that people who smile widest also live the longest. Even if you’re feeling stressed, faking a smile can eventually make you feel more at ease -- and it only takes a moment.



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