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I Cooked Every Meal During Quarantine, and It Helped Change My Relationship With Food

Even when the food sucked, my new post-work ritual of chopping vegetables and marinating meats added the sort of structure into my day that had been ripped away when “commuting” and “going out” stopped being a thing. my new post-work ritual of chopping vegetables and marinating meats added the sort of structure into my day that had been ripped away when “commuting” and “going out” stopped being a thing. Spending hours in front of a hot stove each night gave me purpose and made me feel productive at a time when I really needed it, and enjoying my creations with the people I love taught me the true emotional value of cooking. Spending hours in front of a hot stove each night gave me purpose and made me feel productive at a time when I really needed it, and enjoying my creations with the people I love taught me the true emotional value of cooking.

Sisu, the Finnish concept of resilience, will help you better cope with these stressful times

The definition of sisu has changed over time,” explains Justyn Barnes, whose book, Sisu: Find Your Resilience the Finnish Way, came out last month. Having a plan, Barnes says, can help lower anxiety because it lays the blueprint of how you’ll make it through, and it’s grounded in realism, not wishful thinking. One trait associated with sisu is stoicism, and often I think you need a dose of stoicism to be resilient and push through,” Barnes says. The idea is that taking a breath (or 10) before getting worked up about something will lead to clearer thinking about help put a plan in place that will help you push through a hard time.

This $0 shower hack will reduce facial puffiness in 20 seconds flat

While we’ve all got a whole lot more to worry about than how puffy our faces are (like, ya know, the current state of the world), it can admittedly be annoying to walk around with your eyes swollen shut… especially when you’re forced to stare at yourself on video conferences all day long. But as far as crying-induced facial puffiness goes, there’s an easy way to fix it that requires zero dollars, zero trips to the drugstore, and zero Amazon Prime shipments. Gently massage the swollen area with an ice cube, which will dilate the blood vessels and distribute any lymphatic buildup going on underneath the skin. If you do want to invest in a puffiness-reducing product, pros (and I) swear by Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($18), which are made with ginkgo biloba, which improves blood flow, and offers a cooling effect to help calm the area.

I'm an esthetician with oily-ish skin, and this is exactly what I do to my skin every day

To keep things even, Darden relies on a luxurious but ingredient-forward routine for oily skin that’s filled with formulas that help balance oil production, reduce fine lines, and protect against environmental aggressors. This is an amazing vitamin C serum that helps to offset the effects of environmental stressors like pollution and UV exposure, and can also help reverse the signs of sun damage by brightening skin and boosting collagen,” says Darden. “Microcurrent is another treatment I love to tone, tighten, and lift the skin,” says Darden, who uses this device a few times a week to help keep her skin lifted. Shani Darden isn’t the only esthetician who’s given us a peak into her skin-care collection: Here’s how Silver Mirror’s Cindy Kim treats her sensitive combination skin.

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