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Recent articles by Helen:

Teen Vogue’s editor is a rarity in the fashion world. She keeps it real on Instagram.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner thinks being transparent is important for wellness. Staying in on weekends, cooking and enjoying her skincare regimen are also part of her self-care routine. → Read More

He’s touring in his dream role in ‘Hamilton.’ Here’s how this actor keeps himself going.

Taking Care: Jared Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, cooks when he can and works out to help keep himself well. → Read More

For this court reporter, breaks in testimony are used for self-care

If you've ever been in court, it might seem as if it moves slowly. But not for a court reporter such as Donna Linton, 55, who is responsible for compiling transcripts of every word and action in a legal proceeding. The Ashburn, Virginia, resident is a nationally and state-certified court reporter. She has been a court reporter since 1984 and works in Washington, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.… → Read More

For this court reporter, self-care includes doing squats during breaks in testimony

Taking Care: Healthy snacks and going on “pack walks” with her dog help her keep her body in shape and her mind focused. → Read More

How to make your rooms light and bright, even in wintertime

Design experts share their tips: layered lighting, warm paint colors, mirrors, lots of greenery. → Read More

For ‘To All the Boys’ author Jenny Han, self care means protecting her creativity — and baking

The popular and prolific YA writer tells us how she gets through her many projects. → Read More

Six common holiday gifts that experts say you should avoid (and what to buy instead)

Do you really want to give someone another mug? → Read More

This top pediatric allergist swears by meditation and thinks it can fight medical burnout

Hemant Sharma, who has three kids of his own, finds the practice helps him stay well. → Read More

Bobby Berk has more going on than ‘Queer Eye.’ We asked how he keeps up with it all.

The busy star is big on working out, eating right — and decluttering. → Read More

Visiting family for the holidays? This etiquette expert has tips.

Home is probably one of the places we feel most at ease. But as the holiday season approaches, you might spend time staying at someone else's place. How do you maintain your own sense of comfort without encroaching on your host's? Diane Gottsman is a national etiquette expert, author of "Modern Etiquette for a Better Life" and founder of the Protocol School of Texas who has helped young people… → Read More

We had an etiquette expert answer common questions about being a houseguest

Should you eat your host’s food? Should you expect to provide your own transportation to and from the airport? And what should you do if you clog the toilet? → Read More

They have our lives in their hands. So we asked an airline pilot how she takes care of herself.

Erin Jackson, a 737 pilot for American Airlines, uses YouTube yoga workouts and packing healthy meals to stay well. → Read More

Running out of phone storage again? Time to sort your photos.

Who among us hasn't done battle with dozens of blurry smartphone selfies, pictures of random landmarks from forgotten vacations or images of memes sent in old group chats? "People take more photos than ever before but are more detached from the photos," said Cathi Nelson, head of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers and author of "Photo Organizing Made Easy." "I think people still care… → Read More

How to get your photo library under control

Tips and tricks from professional photo organizers to get your collections in order before the busy holiday season. → Read More

Exercise keeps 'CBS Evening News' anchor Norah O'Donnell sane

Television correspondents and news anchors have stressful, demanding jobs, especially in today's never-ending news cycle. We asked Norah O'Donnell, anchor and managing editor of "CBS Evening News," how she takes care of herself. After many years as a TV correspondent and a recent stint as co-anchor of "CBS This Morning," O'Donnell, 45, became the third solo female anchor of a network evening… → Read More

Exercise keeps ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor Norah O’Donnell sane

The longtime journalist on how she works out, what she does first thing in the morning, and why she’s always prepared. → Read More

Expert tips to control an overwhelming to-do list

Most of us know the satisfaction of a crossed-off to-do list item (and the nagging weight of a task unchecked). Whether they're in a homework planner at school or on a sticky note on a desk at work, to-do lists are an easy way to lay out what has to be done. But how do you avoid the chaos of dozens of little pieces of paper or a digital document that requires endless scrolling? We spoke with… → Read More

Time-management tips from masters of the to-do list

How to turn goals into actions and chores into accomplishments. → Read More

Plastic, metal or glass: What’s the best material for a reusable water bottle?

If more institutions follow the lead of Facebook and of San Francisco International Airport, more consumers are going to have to give up single-use plastic bottles. → Read More

How to display your books when space is tight

We asked experts for advice on storage and creating a cozy reading nook. → Read More