Sponsored by Caudalie
Remember growing up, we were told to chase the dream; to go after that illusive idea of having it all? We were told that to be happy, we needed a great flat, an amazing boyfriend and a brilliant job. If you have at any point, had all three of these things, then you were definitely #winningatlife. But the pressure to have it all is intense to say the least, and something else much more important is never given quite as much emphasis. The idea that- no matter how busy your life is, no matter how ambitious you are, you should always take time out to revitalise yourself.
Ladies, the importance of a little R&R is seriously undervalued. After all, the pace at which we were going in 2016 was just too much. So we’re aiming for our twenty-seventeen to be calmer, but still productive. Less stress, more hygge.
We at Team Grazia have collaborated with Caudalie to come up with 5 ways to help you combat the stress of your bustling life and avoid burnout this year. It’s time to bring back the balance. Is it possible to succeed and achieve a work/life balance? We think so.
1. Know When To Give Yourself A Time-out
Do you know how to be more productive at work? Leave work for a little while. We know it sounds counter-productive, but sometimes you just need to walk around the corner or sit in a café for 20 minutes to get your head back together during a stressful day. Studies have shown that people who go outside for their lunch breaks are much more productive in the afternoons, than the people who eat at their desks. So, whatever it takes, get out of your work space whenever you need to regroup. Your mind will thank you for it, and surprisingly, so will your boss, as you’ll become waaaay more productive!
2. Reclaim Your Evenings
It is feasible to move up the career ladder and still call your evenings you own. I mean, what’s the point of working for a living, if you don’t get to do the living part until the weekend? Take up R&B dancing or start a design course on a week night. It will force you to leave the office when everyone else already has. Also, make it a 2017 rule: no work emails past 6pm or on the weekends!
3. Adopt A SOCIAL Digital Blackout
Hanging out with your friends can be a pain if you’re always all scrolling through your phones with vacant expressions. The point of physically being with your friends is so that you can spend quality time with them in your downtime, with minimal distractions. Encourage your mates to adopt a Digital Blackout rule when you’re all out for brunch, shopping, anything! It will make that quality time even more special.
4. Start A Dream Journal
Some of the best psychologists recommend keeping a dream journal in order to benefit your emotional health, which in turn, improves your physical health. Some experts say dream-journaling can even increase your creativity. You may just learn a little more about yourself, which will come in handy when you need to avoid things that could cause a burnout!
5. The 10 Minute Self-Spa
Set yourself 10 minutes each night for a beauty routine specifically designed to help you relax and rejuvenate. If commuter stress and pollutants are getting to you, (as well as your skin,) then a short ritual of lighting a candle, deep conditioning your hair and slathering your skin with quality anti-cell burn-out products is one of the most useful ways to spend your downtime. Thankfully, Caudalie has released a skincare line for women with fast-paced lives who need products that will save them time and work hard to repair and recover skin during sleep.
First off there’s the Vine[Activ] Anti-wrinkle Serum which combats everyday aggressors like pollution and stress and restores an incredibly healthy glow to the skin. Then, the Vine[Activ] Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream helps to stave off the initial signs of ageing with anti-wrinkle and anti-dark circles components. For a moisturiser that does everything else, there’s the Vine[Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturizer which limits the pollutant particles deposited on the skin throughout the day. Finally, the finishing act- the amazing Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Oil, which is essential for detoxifying and regenerating overtired skin while you sleep.
Checkout the skincare line in the gallery below, and click here to learn more.