This 21st Century malarkey can be a bitch. Someone somewhere has firmly pushed their foot on the accelerator peddle and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. No matter the industry you work in, whether you are self employed or part of a company, everyone is being worked to the core. Time is against us and there officially isn’t enough hours in the day. So, when time becomes so precious and sleep pushes to the back of the priority list, how do you survive? They say your body is your temple but how do you keep up? I’ve found over the years that sticking to these key points helps me to feel human and fresh when my eye bags may be telling a completely different story.
Pamper Your Bed – when the hours dedicated to the act of sleep get cut in half, ensuring that time you are wrapped up under the duvet is as peaceful as possible becomes essential. I’m talking nice sheets, puffed up pillows and a sleep spray. Initially I thought these were just a pricey placebo effect however they really help to calm overactive minds so your drift off to the land of nod.
Makeup Comes Last sob – it’s true. As much as I adore my relaxed morning routine of applying my makeup at my desk, it doesn’t happen when you are tired. Get a new muji box or makeup bag where you can store everyday essentials. Limiting down the choice makes the process quicker and easier in the morning. Yes you won’t win any awards for most adventurous makeup look but you will still feel human whilst being able to get out of the door in 5 minutes
Treat Yo Self – you’ve got to. Whether it’s a night in, some sneaky caramel dark chocolate or a binge session on Netflix, you need to be able to unwind at least once a week even if it’s just for a couple of blissful hours. No you won’t be up to date with Kim KW’s latest pregnancy outfit but it’s okay as you will have finally washed your hair so that greasy mess can be put behind you.
Be Selfish – whenever I get busy at work I put a lot of pressure on myself to keep up to date with my social calendar, exercise, blog etc. You just can’t and it has taken me a long time to accept that I’m human and can’t do it all. During stressful periods those good friends will give you the space you need and you can rely on them to be ready and waiting with a bottle of prosecco and a straw for you as soon as the delivery is over
Keep an Eye on Diet – during a time crunch it’s easy for a healthy diet to fly out the window, quick foods become the norm and although it may look tempting, when your body and mind is tired you need the nutrients from fresh food to keep you going. No one is a Nigella especially when half asleep but keeping up the fresh foods will help your body look after you whilst you battle with your eyelids to stay awake
Do you have any tips or tricks to survive a stressful period? How do you deal with a lack of sleep?