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There is simply no reason to accept fading looks and vitality as the inevitable byproducts of a modern, busy life.

Book Review: ‘Long Live You: Your Step-by-Step Plan to Look and Feel Better Than Before’ by Jane Wilkens Michael

long live you coverWe all know that beauty is more than skin-deep. But attaining the glow that only comes from true inner and outer health can be a mystifying challenge. What should we tackle first: our skin, a stressful job, endless money worries, or a difficult marriage? What about not having an extra minute of free time to tend to ourselves?

No matter what is throwing you off balance, you can get our life back on track, says Jane Wilkens Michael. Her new book, Long Live You: Your Step-by-Step Plan to Look and Feel Better Than Before, lives up to its title. It’s inspiring but realistic, covering all the bases on emotional and physical wellness. There are no easy shortcuts for taking health into our own hands, according to the author. But there are sure-fire ways to divide and conquer.

Michael knows of which she speaks: she began her career as a beauty expert. But her knack for combining real-life strategies with serious information and inspirational motivations propelled her to a far broader range of expertise, with an ever-growing audience. Her columns and (nationally syndicated) radio feature renowned sources: doctors, fitness experts, specialists in holistic treatments, nutrition innovators, and therapists.

Now she’s synthesized this three-dimensional approach to beauty into an easy-to-follow book with a positive message: There is simply no reason to accept fading looks and vitality as the inevitable byproducts of a modern, busy life. Scaffolded onto nine rungs we can attain one by one, she offers us a climbable ladder to wellness. There are tactics for countering stress and anxiety, creating a support system, making simple dietary changes to feel better fast, incorporating exercise (a necessity for alleviating stress, insists Michael) into your routine, finding the best beauty techniques, and even improving resiliency with spirituality.

What Michael especially gets right in this helpful book is that beauty is anything but a superficial goal: it is the mirror to a life well-lived. But there’s two, reciprocal sides to this story, and women need to acknowledge both of them, as she shows. Taking care of ourselves will make us feeling beautiful. But it’s that sense of our own beauty that will, in turn, bolster our sense of self-confidence — often, just when we need it the most.

For more information about Jane Wilkens Michael and Long Live You, visit the author’s website.

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