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It’s natural to be stressed around the holidays—or any time of year, really—but how do you know when you’ve reached a breaking point? PureWow is here with some major hints that you’ve run out of steam.
We know you work hard. But if you’re constantly running on empty, it’s going to start showing on your body and in your daily routine. (You know it’s bad when your kid points out the bags under your eyes.) Here, six telltale signs that you could use a little R&R.
1. Your left eye won’t stop twitching.
According to the American Academy of Opthalmology, stress is the number one reason for irritating eye spasms that can cause you to feel and look a little strange. To keep old lefty from going twitchy, try 20 minutes of mindful meditation a day or, when you feel a spasm coming on, close your eyes and breathe deeply.
2. Your period comes early…or late.
Crap, are you pregnant? Nope, you’re just a giant tweak. Turns out, stress affects the part of the brain where the hormones for your period are regulated. So, when you stay up late worrying about that work email, you’re actually telling your reproductive system to halt its natural cycle.
If your goal is to have strong arms that will allow you to carry all of your grocery bags in one trip, these moves are for you. That’s because the exercises use resistance bands, which are an incredibly effective (and portable) tool for strengthening your upper body. Check out the six moves below, and rejoice because there’s not a single push-up involved.
1. Power Punch
Anchor center of band at hip height. Stand with back to anchor, holding handles at hips, elbows bent, palms up. Lunge left leg forward as you punch with right hand (as shown); repeat on opposite side for one rep. Do three sets of 12 reps.
Works shoulders, triceps, biceps, butt, thighs
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“It’s like you’re an athlete,” says SELF cover star Rita Ora of her nonstop life. “You have to take care of your body so you can survive.” Ora sees her personal trainer, Nora Alihajdaraj, at least three times a week when she’s in London. “Rita is extremely motivated,” Alihajdaraj says—and given Ora’s incredibly busy schedule, they’ve developed this simple but ultra-effective routine.
Do: 3 sets of 10 reps
“This exercise works a huge chunk of the body, but mostly the quads and the glutes,” Alihajdaraj says. “I always joke with Rita and say, ‘Ass to the grass, please!’—I want her getting her thighs parallel to the ground, then going even lower.” Here’s how to master the bodyweight squat (and nine other essential exercises).