As an experienced health editor, I know firsthand the beauty benefits of healthy living. My speed dial reads like a who's who of the health world; dermatologists, dietitians and fitness experts are my closest collaborators. I'm known to wear workout clothes to the office and tap away at my laptop while pedaling on a stationary bike. (Ask my coworkers.)
Though 'mental illness' is a widely used term that encompasses a large variety of disorders, from depression and bipolar disorder to panic attacks and post-traumatic stress syndrome, millions of Americans struggle with their mental health each and every year. In fact, the National Alliance of Mental Illness estimates that one in five adults (that's 4.8 million people or 18.5 percent of the population) battles a mental illness each year.
Sex is a funny and sometimes complicated thing. It's arguably one of life's greatest thrills, which perhaps explains why sex -- the mind-blowing kind, anyway -- can also be so damn elusive. Sometimes, everything's there but the chemistry. Other times, the flame fizzles and sex becomes a chore. At some point in our lives, we've all asked ourselves where the hell our hot, steamy sex life went -- or, why has it never been there in the first place?
See the glass half full, find the silver lining, look on the bright side...there are endless platitudes and clichés that are so regularly recited, they don't seem to carry much meaning. This seems especially true on the days when metaphorical rain pours down on your metaphorical parade, or when a storm cloud seems to be hovering over your head for days on end. But taking a closer look at optimism reveals these everyday turn of phrases actually have the right idea in mind. When put into routine practice, positive thinking can change your whole life for the better...and in more ways than one.
Thankfully, the one size fits all concept of what's beautiful is changing. But if you follow the trends, you know that new fad diets are constantly popping up to "revolutionize" the weight-loss game. From Oprah selling Weight Watchers to Kim Kardashian's post-pregnancy Atkins regimen to everyone at SoulCycle talking about Whole 30, it can be hard to understand the difference between every fad diet -- let alone know where to turn yourself. According to data from U.S. News & World Report, some of these diets are more likely to change your lifestyle, and others may just leave you with a house full of expensive groceries. Ahead, we break down all you need to know about the most popular diets out there. No matter how tempting it can be to overhaul your life to keep up with the hottest diet trend, remember the real best diet is whatever works for you -- and that makes you feel like your best self in the long term.
When we hear the word meditation, it's hard not to picture some hippie dippie type in a cross-legged posture, spending two hours a day trying not to scratch her nose. Maybe that's our cynicism talking; maybe it's the fact that we read "Eat, Pray, Love" one too many times. Whatever the reason, meditation often seems totally out of reach for us normal, busy people.
The Beatles made it popular in the '60s and celebs like Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow do it on the regular, but practicing meditation has some serious physical, emotional and spiritual benefits in addition to upping your hipster cred. Luckily, you don't have to travel to India or have your own television network to practice meditation.
Sure, cutting out McDonald's will help clear up your complexion, eating omega-3-packed fish will strengthen your hair and exercising an hour a week will help with cellulite -- but seriously, who has the time or energy for all that?