The 10 Minute Change

Your Guide to Getting an Extra 20 Minutes in Bed

Brain Drain. We all suffer from it.

7:00 Just 2 more minutes in bed…
7:45 Argh! I didn’t mean to close my eyes again!
7:46 Quick, what’s in the fridge? A Nutribar. That will do. Do I have time to wash my hair? Not a chance. Where’s the dry shampoo gone? Found it. Right, OK which piece of clothing on the back of my chair-cum-wardrobe can I get away with wearing today?
7:58 Out the door before 8. Result!
7:59 Damn! Where did I just put the car keys?
8:01 Now stuck in traffic, obviously.
8:59 At work. Made it!*
*Albeit looking like a contestant that has just completed half of the Tough Mudder whilst wearing a shift-dress and mismatched earrings.

Admittedly not all mornings will start like this, but I’m sure we can all hold our hands up and say this has happened to us, probably more than once. And when it does don’t you feel exhausted, like you’re already on the back foot? We know we do, but do you know why?
The average person makes approximately 35,000 decisions every day. Most of the time without even realising it. We think you would also agree that you make your best and most crucial choices when you’re fresh, and those little panicked choices in the morning, like what is there for breakfast? What shall I wear? Which route shall I take? They all add up and count towards our decision-making quota, meaning you’ve used all your super morning brain power on the simplest of tasks. It’s no wonder that by the time you get to lunchtime you feel like you’ve spent the morning negotiating a peace-treaty between Trump and North Korea, all whilst trying to ignore the 126 emails that have magically appeared in your inbox as the morning has gone on. Scenarios like the above may seem small but in reality, they can knock your day out.

Where does this leave you for the afternoon? Does the 3 pm slump sound familiar? A survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation found that in 2018, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year, they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope, with 77% of Americans claiming that they regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.

Emma our Co-Founder lives in Italy, during the week she organises events jetting off to exciting destinations every couple of months and spends her weekends skiing in the winter and sunbathing by the lake in the summer, but this wasn’t always the case. At one point in her career, she was starting work at 8 am only to finish at 3 am the following day. We know that this isn’t the case for everyone, and she kept up with this unrealistic lifestyle for around 6 months, before the stress on her mind and body told her enough was enough, and she decided she had to do something. In her case it was drastic, she quit her job, moved back to the UK and set-up on her own. It was by doing this and learning more about slow-living that she started to rebuild her life one step at a time.

Therefore, as part of Fleek Friday we want to help you free up your mind a bit, so you can try and avoid or at least minimise some of the brain drain which is all so common in the fast-paced world of today. Once a month we are going to let you in on some little life hacks, that are so simple and quick (10 minutes) you’ll have wondered why you didn’t think of them before. So together we can all learn to slow down a little, allow our minds a chance to breathe and really embrace the art of slow-living 10 minutes at a time.

This week it's over to Emma who gained an extra 20 minutes in bed by doing these three simple things. She started heading into work feeling refreshed rather than stressed just by making these changes to her routine:

1. Plan your outfit the night before.

Did you know that the average person wears 20% of the clothes in their wardrobe 80% of the time? Crazy right! You have so many gorgeous things to wear that make you feel fabulous, but at 7 am all you care about, is finding something, that doesn’t smell like it’s been festering in a teenagers gym bag for the last month. Lay out your clothes the night before. It sounds easy but by planning your working wardrobe you will start your day ready to kick ass when you walk into the office.

2. Pack your bag before bed.

Can you guess which most the most common thing my colleagues and peers would forget to take to work? Their laptop charger. It’s so easy to do. A quick episode of Game of Thrones before bed and the next thing you know, you’ve got an important presentation to give and your laptop is as dead as a White Walker. Whether you have a memory like Dory from Finding Nemo or just have to take a Mary Poppins sized holdall into the office, then a really good tip is to write a list of the essentials you need to remember to take, which you can then refer to, to make sure you’re all set for the next day.

3. Start your day right!

Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. Don't skip it, instead plan ahead. A really simple thing, everyone can do, is get organised the night before. This means you won't be scrambling around in the kitchen come morning, trying to find something other than leftover pizza to stifle your hunger. My absolute go to is porridge, it's just so easy to mix the milk with the oats the night before, cover and leave it overnight to soak. Minimum effort and it means my breakfast will be ready in minutes the next day.

See you next week for more tips on how to Find Your Fleek!


Written by Emma Bolus

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