And what to bring in your bag.
- Choose your products wisely
After pilates or yoga I usually have to get straight back to work or head to a meeting, so I don’t have time re-style my hair. I have long, thick hair so a ‘quick’ wash never works for me as it takes time to completely dry my hair.
Instead, I rely on dry shampoos to quickly freshen up my hair – and Shampure Dry Shampoo – Aveda’s latest brand of naturally derived dry shampoo, takes the cake.
I usually just tip the bottle and lightly squeeze to puff the powder at the roots and massage the powder into scalp. The non-aerosol packaging also means that not only it is environmentally friendly, but it can be taken on the plane when travelling – a huge plus for me.
- Eat well
Proteins and fats will keep you satiated, and carbohydrates will give you the quickest energy boost. Pair a complex carb, such as brown rice, quinoa or sweet potato with a good fat like avocado, tahini (pureed sesame seeds) in your lunchtime salad and you’ll feel full for longer. I also like to keep some nuts and cut up veggies in my bag on my busy days to stop myself from reaching for that quick and easy, sugar-laden muesli bar.
- Take time off
Stress causes hormonal imbalance, as the feeling we call ‘stressed’ is actually a combination of symptoms caused by an increase in stress hormones cortisol or adrenalin running through our bodies. When we constantly feel anxious or depressed, the body will allocate precious nutrients and energy into building these symptoms instead of focusing on our overall health, like growing shiny hair, beautiful skin or healthy nails.
This is why it’s so important for me to properly switch off during weekends – I enjoy going to yoga classes in the morning, then walking to my local café and relax with a fresh cup of coffee.
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Photography by Dave Wheeler.
Shot at Richie’s Cafe, Darling Point.