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A STOPWATCH

It’s tricky to carve out a bit of me-time from a busy schedule. We’ve rounded up four simple ways to do something nice for yourself – even if you’ve only got 30 seconds

30 seconds: You’ll be surprised by the power a few deep breaths can have to make your mind and body feel calmer when you’re stressed. To supercharge the benefits, roll This Works’ Stress Check Breathe In aromatherapy oil on your pulse points then take five slow, deep breaths – simple as that. Struggling to keep your mind still? Repeat ‘I am breathing in, I am breathing out’ to keep you on track.

One minute: Stress and anxiety might stretch your emotions, but it can have the opposite effect on your body. In those moments, try with this tension-busting super stretch: sit down then raise your hands towards the ceiling. Lace your fingers together and press your palms upwards to elongate your spine. Think about creating space between your ribs and your hips.

Five minutes: Eating healthily is often the first thing to suffer when worrying takes over – but a smoothie is a great quick way to top up your five a day. Aim for produce that’s bright and fresh. Ingredients like spinach and sunflower seeds can be paired with freshly squeezed fruit juice to provide all-important, mood-boosting B vitamins. Need inspiration? We love these zingy recipes.

15 minutes: We’ve all found ourselves vacantly scrolling on our phones. It can feel mindless, but the reality is the opposite – hundreds of tiny decisions and a constant stream of information leaves our brains exhausted. Put your phone down (we know it’s hard!) and keep your hands busy with a spot of manicure maintenance instead. We love this kit by Leighton Denny.

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SELF-CARE HELPERS

Breathe easy with this pocket-size gem
£16
Make your own fruit-infused water
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This manicure kit keeps nails ship shape
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We love this mood-boosting hand cream
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Editor: Alexandra Murphy / Illustrator: Josie Jo

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