There’s no doubt about it, life likes to test us sometimes.
Maintaining a balance between life/work/friends/family/chores/life admin/fun is exhausting, let’s be honest, and sometimes it just all gets a bit much. If you’ve ever fallen victim to a mini-meltdown, whatever your circumstances, know that you’re not alone!
From improving your time management, to helping you better manage stress, to some easy self-care hacks, here are our top 6 tips to help you feel like you’ve got life all sorted, even if you really don’t (just yet):
1. DOWNLOAD A TIME OR TASK MANAGEMENT APP
If time management isn’t your strong suit and procrastinating is more your jam, then these apps are right up your alley. A MoxieHQ fave is Remember the Milk, which literally helps you to remember even the most menial of tasks, as the name suggests. You can even assign tasks to other people! Other goodies to check out are 2Do, Finish and todoist. For task management on desktop we really like Trello. You’re only a to-do list app away from living your best (and most organised) life, Moxette!
2. WEAR MATCHING BRA AND UNDIES
Whilst sometimes we’ll suffer for fashion, deep down we’re really just creatures of comfort – which probably most often results in the classic full-brief, comfort-first undies (Moxie ones, of course!). We're not saying there's anything wrong with this - in fact, there ISN'T. We're all for comfort; but sometimes, donning your slickest, sexiest or cutest matching set of intimates can do wonders for your confidence.
Bras (or undies, for that matter), not your thing? Reach for your go-to, instead: jeans and a tee, pj's, a power suit, your slickest pair of specs... wear whatever makes you feel like you could run the universe.
3. STASH *SOMETHING* AWAY IN YOUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT EACH PAY DAY
You know those times when pay day comes around and for a moment you forget you're not rich and you splurge everything you’ve just earned on that new jacket you’ve been eyeing, and endless smashed avo? This is when you remember hack #3.
Having a just-in-case fund is a very adult and responsible thing to do, and will make you feel less guilty about those treat yo’ self moments. Try and put away 10% - 20% of your total salary (or, whatever you can manage realistically, depending on your income and necessary living expenses) every month into a high interest earning account and DON’T TOUCH IT unless it’s an emergency (fancy sneakers on sale is not an emergency! Though we can be easily swayed…).
Set up a separate bank account for other and more specific savings goals, like that upcoming holiday or splurge-purchase you've been wanting to make, but never quite had the dollars for.
4. SUBSCRIBE TO STUFF SO YOU DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT
The ultimate set-and-forget hack – some argue that subscriptions make you lazy because you stop remembering stuff; but really, having to remember absolutely everything is anxiety waiting to happen. Why remember things when someone else can do it for you?!
Outsourcing stuff that other people can do on your behalf is excellent time management and you can find a subscription solution for pretty much anything these days; from the obvious necessities like pre-prepared healthy meals, to online workout memberships, to super cute purse-worthy period products, to wine and even more specialised things like a club dedicated to bacon.
There's pretty much a subscription for anything, these days, so let your fingers do the walking and find ones that can help streamline your life.
4. CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET
Have you tried it? It’s incredibly cathartic. Take everything out, try everything on and only put back in what you have worn more than once in the last 12 months, or what looks good on you. Sell, give away or donate the rest.
Meditating can’t pick up your dry cleaning or do your meal prep for the week, but it is an incredible tool to help you de-stress. We often create so much anxiety even just worrying about all the stuff we have and want to do, that even the ‘doing’ sometimes isn’t enough.
Meditation is a great stress management tool that can help your mind to 'be still' - even if only for a few moments. We’ve worked up to doing it 20 minutes a day and the impact on life in general has been amazing – you’ll find that you’re happier, will sleep better, and more mentally and emotionally prepped to tackle life head on, regardless of what it throws at you. A MoxieHQ fave is the 'One Giant Mind' app (bonus: it’s free!).
6. SEEK HELP
Mental health is SO.IMPORTANT. We look after our bodies, but do we pay enough attention to our minds? Sometimes it helps to talk to someone trusted, whether that be a Doctor, a therapist or a helpline like Lifeline (phone 13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (phone 1300 22 4636).
Feelings of anxiety or depression are not to be taken lightly. If you're feeling overwhelmed, PLEASE reach out to somewhere - to a trusted professional or even a friend or loved one. You're not alone; there are people out there who have got your back and will help guide you through whatever it is that's keeping you up at night.
Feeling a li'l more together yet, Moxette? Even if you implement just one of these hacks into your daily life, you're already more organised than you were before you started!