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Travelling To Sisiman Beach, Bataan

Travelling To Sisiman Beach, Bataan

If I could travel everyday, I would. I HAVE MENTIONED it on my previous post that I spent some time out of town visiting relatives and family friends I didn’t know about during this holiday break. It wasn’t exactly planned that was why we only stayed overnight but it […]

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

“Sometimes the best way to find out what you’re supposed to do is by doing the thing you’re not supposed to do.” Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets […]

How to Unplug From Stress

How to Unplug From Stress

I know it has been quite a while since I last posted but, to be honest, the last few weeks had been amazing for me. Christmas and New Year were celebrated solemnly with my family and I couldn’t be any happier. But I didn’t just indulge myself in foods ( I know) and shopping but I also spent the holiday break wisely. I actually took it as an opportunity to give myself a break.

It gave me some time to just be away from everything that worries me. And I was also able to reorganize my routine to fully help myself on how to de-stress. Because Pete knows how much stress I get just from adulting. And I know that all of you are in need of some pick-me-ups, too. Which is why I list down all the things that I know will help you recharge.

So without further ado, I give you these simple tips to Unplug From Stress.

Logout

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First, on the list is logging out. I noticed that most of the stress I was feeling was because of social media sites. Don’t get me wrong, I love Instagram and Facebook but you know, there are times when everything I read and see just gets me all hyped up especially with politics and current affairs. I don’t know about you guys but the whole #lifegoals also added to my stress because I pushed myself too hard to achieve these goals.

I honestly believe that we tend to forget that there are so much more than just updating status and uploading pictures. Being away from social media actually gave me a feeling of peace (cheesy but true) and I was able to maximize my time for important stuff.

Get a good book and read

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Reading is usually a big part of my me time and it’s equally relaxing, in my opinion, as (dare I say it) sleeping (gasp). For those people who knows me very well and have been an avid reader of my blog, you all know how much of a bookworm I am. And these past few months I experienced a major reader’s block but I am happy that I was able to continue doing what I love the most again.

Holiday break really gave me a moment to not only exercise my mind but also gave my eyes a good break from screens. I just savored having a day of just lounging around and reading a nice book, not an ebook, but a real paperback that I can smell. And whenever I read I play a soft jazz music in the background to really get myself into the mood and help my mind to wander freely in the world of fiction.

Catch up with Friends

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Ever since I started working, I haven’t seen much or heard much from my friends and it was just really sad. It’s not like I or we don’t try to hang out it’s just that personal life just always comes in the way. And believe it or not, we’ve grown quite apart from each other. Not to mention having little to no time to squeeze them into my schedule and vice versa.

So, it was really a big relief that before Christmas we were able to hang out and just talk. Plus, it felt as if it had not been years since we last saw each other. It felt so familiar and everything went smoothly and full of laughter. And I do believe that was what was missing this entire time,  you know, just being around people who have been with you since you were in pigtails.

Travel

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It is one of my favourite things I did during the holidays. I don’t normally go out and have road trips so when I had the opportunity to leave the city for a relaxing time in the province I was ecstatic.

I believe that everyone needs some time to just go out. Traveling feeds our mind and soul. It is a good way to meet new friends, learn different cultures and just be away. But traveling doesn’t need to be out of the country all the time, it can be out of the town or just outside. Being completely away from the environment that causes us stress is a good way to replenish our energy. The main point here is to be in a place where we can be at peace.

Sing and Dance

… your heart out. Whenever I have a bad day at work, I just close the room and listen to all sorts of music I have in my Spotify Playlist, and just sing and dance like a crazy person.

It doesn’t matter if I’m outta tune or have two left feet because I always see myself being carried by the rhythm of the music. My go-to playlists are from Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet for dancing, and Today’s Top Hits for real showstopper singing. It’s really fun and it eases the tension you have in your body. And after having that “concert”, I just lay in bed and feel so much better.

Watch and Laugh

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There is no better way to de-stress than to laugh. I love laughing. I mean, who doesn’t? It is the cheapest way to relax. If I’m not watching romcoms or comedy movies, I always hit up youtube. I enjoy looking for funny videos either of babies, kids, and dogs or all three of them together. But my number one go-to when it comes to laughing is watching Friends. Laughing is just the major stress reliever.

So, I totally advise all of you to not deprive yourself of having a good ‘ol belly laugh.

Exercise

I know that this is quite shocking to see on the list but it really is effective. Whenever I feel too riled up, I do kickboxing. It doesn’t just relieve me from stress but it gives me the opportunity to be fit and healthy. It’s like turning bad into something good. Right now I’m enjoying Zumba and loving it.

I hope you guys try these all out for yourselves and would love to hear all your thoughts.

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anne wonders

Festive Glitter Favourite: Sleek Makeup Highlighting Palette

Festive Glitter Favourite: Sleek Makeup Highlighting Palette

Christmas may be over now but I’m not done with all the glitter and sparkles just yet. Recently, I shared with you guys an easy glam holiday makeup look and let me tell you, that look won’t be complete without this key ingredient – the […]

How Cushion Foundation Worked Out For Me

How Cushion Foundation Worked Out For Me

RECENTLY, I’VE NOTICED THAT CUSHION foundation is slowly making its way to the market. Maybelline is the first beauty brand that I saw introduced this new form of foundation. And it actually piqued my interest and curiosity on how it will compete with liquid foundation. […]

Drugstore Makeup Brand Worth Every Penny

Drugstore Makeup Brand Worth Every Penny

When it comes to recommendations, I consider two things. One, almost everyone should be going gaga over it. And two, I have actually seen people use them. But taking recommendations have some risks. I mean, let’s face it, recommendations can be paid ad or can really not be worth your penny.

Nonetheless, I took the bait. I let the recommendation take over my brain and recently, I bought this drugstore makeup brands called City Color and Detail Makeover. I’ve been hearing and seeing good things about them, and since it’s Christmas, I had a little haul. Lucky for me, these brands had a little Buy 1 Get 1 promo. Definitely didn’t break the bank.

Anyway, I got the essentials (for me at least); contour and eyebrow palettes. These two are the bestselling product they have and I am more than happy to test ’em out, and see if they live up to the expectations. I actually got them for the price of one. Hooray!

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(Left to Right) Detail Makeover 4 in 1 Contour and Blush Palette (P499) & City Color Contour Effects Contour on the GO (P525)

I have been using these contour kits ever since I bought them and I’m really liking it. The Detail Makeover Palette is actually my favourite and I use it on a daily basis. It is really pigmented and blendable. I actually prefer it more than my Elf Bronzer Kit, and that is saying something.

In terms of the highlighters, City Color’s are way more visible and it doesn’t look like grease on the face.

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Detail Make brow (P245)

Next products are the eyebrow palettes. I take eyebrow products very seriously ‘coz eyebrows are life. But you know, looking for an affordable eyebrow kit can be a pain. But I am just glad that I was able to find another drugstore brand that fits my standards

Since I have an oily skin, I always go for pomade or creams for my eyebrows but this time, I made a huge decision of trying a brow powder. What I really like about this is that it is highly pigmented and I just did a light swipe. I’ve always enjoyed going for natural brows but there are eyebrow powders that just can’t do the job.

The darker shade really suits me well because it blends in perfectly with my dark brows and a small amount really goes a long way. I haven’t used the highlighter that it came with because I really don’t highlight in that area but I would certainly try it out this time.

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City Color Brow Quad (P325)

This product should be my favourite because it has cream/pomade but it really doesn’t suit my taste. They don’t blend in perfectly as I want them to. The medium shade is just way too light for me. Although I really like the powders because they are pigmented too but not as much as the Detail’s.

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My thoughts? They are all worth the try. The prices are reasonable and these brands are just two of the few drugstore brands that have good quality.

I hope you guys enjoyed this.

anne wonders