Tuesday, June 04, 2013

(Frankie Says) Relax!

Sorry for the awesome 80s music reference...and if it made you have an earworm for the rest of the day.
As I have gotten older, I've learned a weird rule: when you're rushing around and running late, the best thing you can do is slow down.  Similarly, when you want to panic, you really need to just chill. It seems to make no sense, but it's true.  When you're in a huge hurry, you tend to make stupid mistakes that end up costing you more time in the long run.

Here's a great example: you hit your snooze button a few times and, when you finally wake up, you're running late. You respond by rushing through your shower, skipping breakfast, blow-drying sopping wet hair, and doing your makeup in the car on the way to work (which you're already late for).  All bad ideas. 

When it comes to showering, you're best bet is to turn down the temperature of the water (I love hot showers, but the hot water zaps your skin of much needed hydration) and take you time.  Give your conditioner a minute or two to work.  Slow down when you're shaving (otherwise...ouch!).  Sure, you're running late, but take a minute under the water to relax and wake up.

Skipping breakfast is a horrible idea.  There are days when the last thing I want to do in the morning is eat breakfast.  When that happens, I have a cup of coffee and something small.  It's important to eat a decent breakfast when you can.  It sets you up for a more successful day, better concentration, and a lower overall body weight. 

When it comes to your hair, drying soaking wet hair is going to end up costing you more time in the long run.  Wet hair takes longer to style, and dripping hair is more elastic, therefore, more prone to breakage from the tug of the brush. Instead of hitting your hair with heat as soon as you step out of the shower, start by taking the nozzle off of your dryer, flipping your head over, and blowing your hair around just enough to get rid of excess water. Then, let hair air dry while you put on your makeup and get dressed. When hair is about 80 percent dry, you can start styling (if you’re hair is coarse, curly, or dry, air-dry by only 25-50 percent to avoid introducing any frizz).

It can be hard to get yourself up and out the door in a timely manner...especially on long, stress-filled work days, but the next time you're running late, slow down, take a deep breathe, and enjoy your morning rituals.

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