APRIL is Stress Awareness Month, highlighting what is a major contributor to cancer, heart disease, accidental injuries, respiratory disease, liver cirrhosis and suicide.
Today I look at ways to keep stress at bay while our beauty editor puts hair primer to the test.
HEALTH: with Jane Atkinson
COACHING: One of the best things I’ve done over the last few weeks was sign up for help from holistic nutrition and lifestyle coach James Ellis.
After a few video consultations, he helped me a lot by giving me breathing exercises and tips on how to organize my life so I don’t feel overwhelmed by the little things.
My package included a free initial consultation and 60 minute consultation, then it’s £140 per month for 2 week sessions with a 30 minute consultation.
money well spent.
BUSINESS: This is a great stress buster that clears the mind, increases energy levels and stimulates the release of ‘happy hormones’.
Signing up to help a charity will make you feel even better.
Until April 18 Cancer Research UK is offering a 30 per cent discount on entry fees for new entries at all of its Race For Life events – these include the 3K, 5K and 10K races and its Pretty Muddy events.
More than 450 are held nationwide from May to September. (See raceforlife.org and use code EASTER30)
MUSHROOMS: Reishi mushrooms have been used for centuries for their amazing balancing properties for the mind and body.
Dirtea has developed a new infusion formulated to restore a sense of calm, relieve tension and relieve stress.
The Mushroom Cacao Super Blend also contains the herb ashwagandha, or winter cherry, and cacao – both of which are also said to help with stress.
Drop a scoop into boiling water and you have a drink that tastes like a rich, healthy hot chocolate, but is only 16kcl per serving.
Great before bed to help you fall asleep. (£39.99 for 30 servings, dirtyeaworld.com)
BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden
BUDGET: Tresemme Biotin+ Repair 7 Protection Spray (currently £2.49 for 125ml, less than £4.99, boots.com):
When you want to cut down on styling time and still protect your hair, a primer is key.
Like the makeup equivalent, it creates a base and targets a variety of issues without adding minutes to your routine.
Tresemme’s budget option left my hair bouncier, softer and silkier.
Unfortunately, it also caused my roots to get greasy faster than normal.
So this is more suitable for dry scalps and those who already wash their hair daily.
MEDIUM: Arkive The Prologue Primer, (currently £8.67 for 200ml, less than £13, boots.com):
Possibly the best smelling hair product I have ever used.
A fragrance fanatic, genius stylist Adam Reed has outdone himself with the tangy but warm scent of tomato, rhubarb and vetiver.
It works? You bet.
The fine mist makes detangling easier, provides heat protection and gives my hair a salon-worthy shine without weighing it down.
I was even asked if I had my highlights done.
Cheaper than a salon visit and lasts forever. My favourite.
LUXURY: Gisou Propolis-Infused Polishing Primer (£27 for 75ml, cultbeauty.co.uk):
Bees produce the resin propolis to strengthen their hives. It boosts volume and definition in this nourishing foundation.
More like a traditional blow dry cream than a modern heat protectant, it takes longer to work into strands.
All you need is a pea-sized amount to speed up your styling process and firm up weak strands.
Use more and you can feel the slightly sticky residue.
Too heavy for my fine, straight hair, but perfect for damaged, curly, or thicker strands.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8632651/stress-awareness-month-products/ Keep stress at bay and improve your health with these great products