Life in the 21st century is hectic. Most of us have busy jobs, madcap families, not to mention active social lives to keep up with. This keeps things interesting, but can leave even the most energetic person feeling burnt-out. If your lifestyle is leaving you feeling frazzled, here are a few tips to get your va-va-voom back on track again. Disclaimer: This is a partnered post.
How to Get Your Va-Va-Voom Back
An alarming study recently found that adults spend around seven and a half years feeling tired. That’s a lot of time spent not enjoying life to the max! There are many steps you can take to combat this feeling:
Take a trip
Firstly, if you can afford it, get away. Go somewhere you’ve never been before, like the black forests of Germany or the Dolomites in Italy. If money is tight, take a day off work and visit somewhere local – a place you’ve always fancied going to, but never got around to it. Changing up your daily routine is a great way to get out of a rut.
Book a spa day (or a DIY version).
There’s nothing like a bit of indulgence to reinvigorate yourself. A spa break is the ultimate in self-care; but even an express facial in your lunch-hour can help. Alternatively, gather your beauty products, allocate an hour of ‘you time’ at home, and recreate a spa in your own bathroom. A spa day definitely helps to get your va-va-voom back, in my case.
Tiredness can make you feel sluggish, which in turn, makes exercise seem like an unappealing prospect. Force yourself to get out there and get active, as it can really lift the spirits. Find an activity that works for you. For example, if you love team sports, join a local hockey or football team. If you love running, set aside some time each week to go for a jog.
Check your sleep habits.
Insomnia is a common condition, and it can totally derail your life, leaving you exhausted and unable to cope. Developing a good ‘sleep regime’ is a wonderful idea. For example, don’t watch anything too stimulating on TV before bedtime (definitely not a horror film), and ban all electronic devices too. It really makes a difference.
Keep it casual.
Not every social event has to be a high-energy night on the town. Sometimes it’s just as satisfying to invite a few friends over to share a bottle of wine and watch a film. Try to get a good balance between going out and staying in; and don’t forget to enjoy some quality time with the people that really matter in life, like your partner or parents, for example.
Remind yourself of your ‘happy place’.
Finally, there are various ways you can transport yourself right back to your happy place, which immediately lifts your mood. For example, cooking your favourite childhood meal will take you right back to being a kid again, and all the fun associations that come with it. Fragrance can also have the same effect – for example, Neroli Portofino would transport you right back to the Italian Riviera.