There are some simple quick-fixes everyone should know for correcting every day issues related to a busy schedule and the toll it inevitably takes on our physical appearance.  Let’s take a closer look.                            

Under-eye Circles.  The best fix for dark circles is r-e-s-t.  Under-eye bags are a clear indicator of a schedule without enough down time.  Seasonal allergies can also leave eyes looking puffier than normal.  If you can’t get enough z’s, place teabags or cooled cucumber slices on top of the trouble spots and allow their healing properties to reduce the damage.  The experts at Livestrong insist many swear by their ability to repair.  You can also try an anti-inflammatory cream that will relieve swelling and, if you suffer from allergies, make sure you add an antihistamine to your daily supplement routine.

 ‘Tired’ Skin.  If you’re skin starts to look pale and flat, add illumination!  Try massaging your moisturizer into your cheeks in a circular motion and use one with added ingredients designed to leave your skin glowing.  Finish with a cream foundation, if desired, and highlight cheeks with a translucent bronzer.

 Frazzled Hair.  When your hair starts to look at frazzled as you feel, there are a few ways to bring it back to life.  Split-ends can easily be corrected with a trim, and a deep conditioner will help to reintroduce moisture, which when depleted, will leave locks looking lack-luster.

 Sore muscles and joints.  Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be an avid exerciser to experience chronic aches and pains.  In fact, lack of adequate rest and lack of exercise is more likely to lead to these undesirable effects.  Stress is a huge contributor to body aches, and when you’re under a lot of pressure, your mental health isn’t the only part of you that is adversely affected.  Try taking a yoga session or doing some simple stretches at home.  Make sure to monitor your breathing, inhaling deeply, holding for a minute and releasing slowly with each stretch.  This will help to relax your mind and body.  Try doing fifteen minutes in the morning, during a break mid-day, and again in the evening, before crawling into bed.

A busy schedule can certainly take a toll on our health.  Self-care needs to be a priority and we need to make it a habit to regularly check in with ourselves and make adjustments to address areas in which we’re being taxed beyond our limits.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, consider not only trying these simple strategies for improving your outward appearance, but investing your time in longer term solutions for improving your overall well-being.