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Health November 2017

Enjoy living the healthy life with solutions and advice from the experts at HEALTH magazine! Each issue is packed with smart and fun new ways to stay in terrific shape, look amazing and discover tasty (and healthy!) things to eat. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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1 min.
attention, office workers!

5 minutes to less stress Life is full of little hassles, from tight deadlines to traffic jams. To find your calm in the moment, learn a simple, short meditation you can do anywhere, anytime at health.com/stress-less. Never miss out on great food, fitness, beauty, and wellness strategies! Go to health.com/subscriptions to receive our monthly print and tablet editions for only $9 a year. Kick off the holidays right The most wonderful time of year is here. To stay in shape without skipping any of the merriment, follow us on Twitter (@goodhealth). All season long, we’ll post supereffective workouts with the hashtag #FitAndFestiveWithHealthMag. Find our superfood dessert recipes (page 98) in Cozi, a free Time Inc. app that lets you save meal ideas, then design menus and build grocery lists. Bonus: Your whole family can access…

1 min.

Get out there! “Studies show that talking to strangers actually makes you more positive,” notes Headlee. How not to be a wallflower Holiday party season has arrived, which means it’s small talk time—ugh! We got radio host Celeste Headlee, author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter, to share survival tips. Play reporter Most people love talking about themselves—“It activates the same pleasure centers in the brain as sex and cocaine,” says Headlee—so ask your conversational partner about, say, her jewelry or cool haircut. “That can be your whole side of the conversation,” says Headlee. Skip the power poses Ignore all the advice about how to arrange your body language so you look like you’re paying attention, says Headlee. Instead, “actually pay attention and let your body do whatever it does naturally.” Don’t…

2 min.
fresher than ever: vitamin c for your skin

Karuna Vitamin C+ Pearls ($48 for 7 pearls and 1 activator serum; sephora.com) The freeze-dried C pellet is triggered by a drop of serum. Once it melts, apply the combo to your face. Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual-Phase Vitamin C Peel ($100; ernolaszlo.com) Massage the peel over your face, then smooth on a few drops of the vitamin C activator for a brightening boost. Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%($77 for 4; clinique.com) Press the button to release the vitamin C before each use. Mix it in with your moisturizer twice daily. Mary Kay TimeWise Vitamin C Activating Squares ($24 for 12; marykay.com) Dissolve a square in water and mix with any serum for a supercharged dose of pure C. KITCHEN 411 Nutritional yeast is having a moment It’s not just for…

2 min.
happiness hacks that really work

Set an intention Don’t let your packed calendar dictate your day. When you wake up, take a moment to focus on how you want to feel that day (relaxed? accomplished? challenged?), then approach your to-do list from that mind-set. Carve out tech-free time One morning a week, find three solid hours in which you can focus on big-picture idea generation or problem-solving. Stuck? Don’t turn to your feed It’s normal to grab your phone the second you feel bored or blocked. But relying on our phones actually makes us less creative and connected to the rest of the world, says Leanse. Instead, take a walk, daydream, or wander over to chat with your coworker. HOT MOVE Pick protein and healthy carbs in the a.m. (Sorry, syrup-soaked pancakes don’t count.) EARLY BIRD SPECIAL WHY YOU…

2 min.
the easy way to get cool-girl waves

1. ROUGH IT UP Before you pick up the flatiron, blast strands with a texturizing spray for better hold, advises celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan. Frizz prone? Prep with a styling cream. 2. BEND AND TWIST Grab a small section of hair and clamp down an inch away from roots; twirl your wrist to tilt the iron up or down. As you descend, continue rotating in half circles. 3. UNPOLISH IT OFF When you have 1½ inches of hair left, pull the iron straight down— blunt ends make it look fresh, explains Marjan. Define and separate waves with a pomade. SNOOZE MOVES Go to bed with Alexa The right technology can help you get more z’s. Got an Amazon Echo? Try these tricks to make Alexa your personal sleepytime assistant. Listen to bedtime stories Blue light from…

2 min.
let’s talk about birth control

During a chat with Ellen DeGeneres, Jessica Simpson revealed she “got an IUD.…Nothing is gonna get in that uterus.” She already has two beautiful children, she explained to the daytime host, “and I’m not having a third.” Kelly Clarkson shared that she had her tubes tied and her husband had a vasectomy. She joked to her ob-gyn, “If I get pregnant again, I will find you!” Shay Mitchell has praised her parents for making it easy to talk about sex: “I always had birth control and condoms at a young age. My parents’ friends were like, ‘What?!’ But I always felt protected.” “I’ve been on the birth control pill on and off for almost 15 years,” Lena Dunham wrote in a Lenny Letter.”It’s the only thing that can control my endometriosis pain, and…