It’s easy to become frazzled and feel less than your best around the holidays. Join author Elisabeth Daniels as she shares “5 Ways to Feel Sexier Before the Holidays”.
Written by Guest Author Elisabeth Daniels
Ah, the holidays! Thanksgiving… Christmas… Hanukkah… New Year’s Eve. It’s that fun, festive time of year when pumpkin and peppermint scents fill the air, and everything sparkles like new fallen snow.
Not everything that glitters, though, is gold when the pressures of the season overwhelm you. With all the shopping, cooking and decorating — not to mention family and friends coming and going, it’s easy to become frazzled and feel less than your best. And certainly less than sexy.
Don’t let the holiday hustle and bustle diminish your razzle dazzle. Here are five ways to feel sexier before the holidays.
Rub Out the Stress
Tight muscles make you hunch over, exaggerating tummy pouch and making you look shorter. With perfect posture, you’re more poised and confident. But those kinks can keep you from standing up straight, so schedule a massage. Pressed for time? Even a ten-minute chair massage will help ease things up. Bonus? Massage stimulates blood and lymph flow, releasing toxins and giving your skin a gorgeous glow.
Paint the Toes Red
Nicely groomed, polished toes are always lovely. Cute nails peeking out from opened-toe heels or sandals make you feel sexy and sleek. Getting your legs and feet massaged during a pedicure is a great way to release tension and de-stress, especially at this time of year when you’re on your feet a lot. Go for a bold and colorful polish – with a hint of glitz – to maximize the feel-good factor.
Get Happy Hour
Happy hour doesn’t have to be just about drinks with the girls. When the world gets crazy, carve out an hour to do something that makes you happy. Maybe it’s chilling out over a glass of wine. Maybe it’s a quick workout. Maybe it’s sitting down with a good book. As long as it brings a smile to your face — which is always sexy, spend sixty minutes doing it before getting back to the tasks at hand.
Play with Your Playlist
Set a sensual mood with music. Go for laid-back reggae, soul tunes, or spicy Latin sounds. All of them are provocative and ooze sexiness. String some white Christmas lights around the room, and bring on the dirty dancing!
Splurge on Something Special
Don’t forget to treat yourself during the holidays. The focus is always on others at this time of year; it’s easy to leave ourselves off the gift list. Whether it’s a shimmering satin chemise, a just-right pair of jeans, or a t-shirt with a plunging neckline, if it makes you feel great when you put it on, buy it. And then wear it! Your seductiveness will shine through.
Firing things up with these sultry suggestions means that this holiday season will be your steamiest yet!
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women and helping them get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and of course you to get all A’s.
What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?
Losing 100 pounds and keeping it off for over a decade wasn’t an instantaneous thing. It took time and patience, both physically and mentally. Keeping it off and keeping myself active is something I work at, bit by bit, every day. I do it by focusing on the wonderful things I can experience now that I’m healthy.
What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?
Because I have such a strong emotional foundation, as a result of how I was raised, my amazing friends, and the support of my husband, I see life as a series of amazing opportunities. That perspective makes it easier to deal with the hard times when they come.
What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?
One of the most rewarding achievements in my life is being a triathlete. I still have a ton of items on my bucket list like ice climbing, attending a writing conference in Mexico, and teaching a painting class in Paris.
What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?
I’m impatient and sometimes impulsive, but being that way helps me experience life more fully because I’m a doer who’s not usually held back by inhibitions.
How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my adventurous spirit!
After nearly six years in state government service, first as a public information officer and then as a deputy administrator, I am a freelance creative, traveling with my husband by RV, pursuing my passion for writing, adventuring, crafting, doing voice-over, and blogging.
I’m an award-winning fiction writer, taking 3rd place at the 2011 Flash! The Short, Short Fiction Contest for my story “The Boots”. I’m also a freelance writer for Desert Companion magazine. My first book, “The 5-Minute Guide to Diplomacy”, is available from Amazon.com.
In 2002, I began a lifestyle change, losing over 100 pounds and keeping it off. My transformation isn’t just about dropping pounds; it’s about picking up new experiences everywhere I go — from kooky culinary quests to funky physical feats. I am embracing adventures of all kinds and sharing the stories with you! I did my first triathlon and a Tough Mudder in 2011. In 2012, I completed 21 running and obstacle races. In 2013, I am doing races all over the country and chronicling our motorhoming escapades on my Adventures in Hallway blog.