ELLE x Rado: Make time your best friend
At your busiest times, Rado is there for you in more ways than you know
Make time your best friend
Time is a luxury. Women know this only too well, as they change hats several times a day. Mother, partner, friend or boss, the modern woman is champion of all these roles once she makes time her ally. Here are some ways to get time on your side.
Make business trips feel more like holidays
Travelling can be stressful, but it's possible to enjoy the nomadic life. Even if you're travelling for work, you can still engage in small practices to make your trip feel more like a vacation. Step one: plug in your headphones. Classical music can help slow down a racing heart and stimulate neuro-hormones linked to wellbeing. With your passport handily placed in your pocket, take a seat by the gate and dive into a book or magazine while you wait to board. Once on board, spend a few moments making yourself as comfortable as possible. Remove your shoes and put on a pair of cashmere socks. If you're on a long-haul flight, use the time to give yourself a facial, binge watch a TV series you've been meaning to catch up on, or simply sleep (make sure you have an eye mask and ear plugs, and put your 'do not disturb' light on first). Make the most of being out of wi-fi range to really unwind, and try not to spend the time doing work.
Get out the door faster in the morning
If you're short on time in the morning, you can cut your makeup time by opting for a BB cream instead of a full face of concealer, foundation and powder. Use a blush stick for both cheeks and lips, and finish with a quick swipe of mascara to frame the eyes and make you look more awake.
Be more productive at work
At work, it can feel like you need to be everywhere at once, yet spreading yourself too thin will only work against you. Notice the moments in your day when you're the most productive, and ask the people around you to leave you undisturbed at those times. Schedule 15 minutes every hour to deal with email, and try to avoid checking it at other times.
Before and after your busiest times, give yourself a few moments to take a breath, ideally by going outside. A walk in a nearby park can get you closer to the recommended 10,000 steps a day, and release those treasured endorphins.
Instead of coffee, drink herbal teas that stimulate your mind without causing stress-inducing cortisol to flood your system. Teas containing spices such as ginger, cloves and cinnamon will guarantee an energy lift. To balance the nervous system, try cardamom, hawthorn, lavender and orange-based teas.
When done correctly, massaging yourself with your own hands can provide as much benefit as when done by an expert masseur. Gently apply pressure to the temples or the back of your neck to ease gathering tension.
Staying centred during a busy day
One hour of yoga can relax as well as stimulate. Before leaving the house, put a yoga mat and some lightweight workout clothes in your bag. Relaxing poses can be practised anywhere you find a calm space throughout the day. Even a few minutes at a time can have powerful effects.
Start by sitting with your legs crossed and your eyes closed. Observe your breath and concentrate on the air meeting your skin. Breathe deeply, inhaling and exhaling in repetitions of five seconds. Time will stand still.
Keep a facial mist in your desk drawer: a spritz of thermal water will cool you off and bring natural colour back your face.
Cultivate the art of disconnecting
Find the energy to go out after "one of those days" and you'll feel better than you would if you'd stayed home staring at your phone.
Take the time to dress up, and don't underestimate the power of an accessory to ease the way from day to night.
Opt for an antioxidant cocktail with super-food ingredients like açai, pomegranate or guarana. Packed with vitamins, they'll keep you on your toes naturally until the end of the night.
Remember to take the time to pause, reflect and breathe before time slips through your fingers.
Rado boutiques are located at Level 2, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, (0321480011) and on Level 2, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (032382 2828).