With most of us spending more time indoors than ever before, it’s so important to make sure you’re switching off from work and family life to take time for you.
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Here are five ways to make time for yourself...
1. Give your hair a colour refresh
Colouring your hair at home is a great place to start, whether you want to touch up your roots or refresh your shade. Replicate the salon experience with a high quality colour, applied in the comfort of your own bathroom.
Schwarzkopf Color Expert (opens in new tab) is a professional home hair colour. Formulated with OMEGAPLEX Anti-Breakage Technology, as well as hero hydrator hyaluronic acid, it cares for your hair during and after colouring.
Choose from 16 shades, including natural black, rich brunettes, deep reds and luminous blondes. Always read the instructions carefully and perform an allergy alert test 48 hours in advance.
All colours deliver up to 100% grey coverage. Music to our ears as many of us are discovering a fresh smattering of salt and pepper strands appearing.
Now is the best time to try this salon-inspired home hair colour. Are you ready for a stunning new hair colour?
2. Take time out for meditation
Focusing on your breathing and positive mantras can go a long way towards stemming any anxiety that might be seeping in to your day-to-day life. During the day, treat yourself to a moment of pause or a brief meditation to regain your balance and shake off the worries you’re currently facing. Short on time? Meditating before bed will increase your chances of drifting off into a peaceful nights sleep. If you’re new to meditation and unsure about where to start, both the Calm and Headspace apps offer easy-to-follow, guided sessions.
3. Plug into a podcast
It might be a cliché but in times of crisis, laughter really is the best medicine. If you’re looking for something to lift your spirits and shrug off the heaviness of the news, try Table Manners with Jessie Ware. Cooking for a different celebrity each episode with the help of her hilarious mum Lennie, Jessie’s podcast focuses on cosy interviews and oodles of food inspiration. Deep dive into the archives for plenty of good stuff, there have been more than nine series so far.
Happy Place by Fearne Cotton is brilliant too. Listen in as presenter Fearne chats to a wide range of guests about what happiness means to them. Expect heart-warming stories that’ll leave you feeling optimistic.
4. Join in an online exercise class
Although we might not think of exercise as pampering in a traditional sense, it’s a guaranteed mood-booster, pumping feel-good endorphins through our bodies. See if your local gym is offering online sessions via video calls, or tune in to live or recorded workouts from your favourite influencers. Personal trainer Alice Liveing is offering a jam-packed schedule of live classes on Instagram, as well as posting guidance on her grid. For an exercise class the whole family will enjoy, give Joe Wicks’ morning P.E. workout a whirl. Just don’t forget to reward yourself with a stretching session and a long soak in the tub to soothe those tired muscles afterwards.
5. Treat yourself to a face mask
A combination of a lack of fresh air, stress and a rise in sugary snacks (we blame the banana bread) is wrecking havoc on our skin, with many of us reporting increases in breakouts or dryness. Take the time to address your concerns with a targeted facemask. It’s the perfect excuse for 15 minutes of quiet me-time too. If you’re worried about dehydration, look to ingredients like hyaluronic acid to replenish much-needed moisture. AHA’s like glycolic acid will reward you with a bright, glowing complexion, while charcoal will draw dirt and impurities out of congested pores.
6. Enjoy a soak in the bath
The ultimate treat, nothing says relaxation quite like a hot bath and a locked bathroom door - especially if you've got little ones! Why not kick back in the tub and apply some Schwarzkopf Color Expert Colour Sealer Treatment (opens in new tab) to your newly coloured hair? It's full of OmegaPLEX Professional Anti-Breakage Technology to strengthen your hair and lock in the intensity of your new shade. Apply to wet hair, then leave in for one minute before washing off.
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