There's no escaping the fact that it's winter, it's cold ,dark and the weather is often miserable. With final exams and deadlines looming it's easy to feel under the weather and quite frankly a little fed up some days. I've put together some quick ways to use 15 minutes *and come on who can't spare 15 minutes* to give yourself a pick me up that will have you feeling sparkly and ready for action. These are all easy and achievable things that will not only help you feel more productive but allow your brain to switch off for a little while.

1. Paint your nails - If you're anything like me you always put off doing your nails, telling yourself you just don't have time to wait for them to dry. I tell myself this all the time and then I'm constantly surprised when I do finally sit down to paint my nails A. it doesn't take nearly as long as I remember and B. how put together I feel after. A quick swipe of your favourite nail polish can change your mood instantly and I've found that even whilst they're wet I can go back to typing out assignments whilst they dry without smudging a finger. Plus this is a great way to switch off from your electronics and have some undivided time with yourself.

2. Call a friend - a personal favourite technique of mine, I can often be found gossiping with my mum on the phone, catching up with her day and what's going on at home. Not only is this a great way to stay in touch with your loved ones but it helps you step outside your zone for a minute. With the introduction of my new iPhone I'm loving facetiming my sister and my bestie. They're great with giving an outside perspective on any dilemmas I have and it's just nice to hear a friendly voice.

3. Read an article or blog post - Depending on what mood you're in reading a blog post or news article can re-stimulate your brain and help you get some inspiration. My favourite article sites are levo league  , Career Girl Daily . They post daily articles which are great for hearing from industry experts and they're always on topical and interesting themes.

Now normally having a bath would be right up there with my ideal 15 minutes but remember these breaks are supposed to invigorate you, not send you to sleep! Keep active.
As important as it is to focus and really get invested in whatever project you're working on, it's also completely necessary to escape it and have some time to yourself. I find without that time I run out of ideas and I don't enjoy my work anywhere near as much.

Xoxo LER

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