While some of us are getting pumped for the summer and festival season, for loads of people the only thing on their minds is exams – and that means a massive spike in anxiety and stress levels. To mark Mental Health Awareness week in the UK, all of us here at Superdrug want to make sure you, our customers, are taking time for yourselves. It’s a demanding time, but there are so many things you can do to keep your mental health in check. Say hello to your exam-season survival kit, jam packed with beauty, health and fitness products that are gonna help you through the stress. No matter what pressures you might have, there’s always time for you.
I can hear you already screaming that you don’t have time for exercise – but you do. Think about those 15 minutes you sat in the library having an existential crisis about all the work you had to do… that time could be spent helping your mind manage. When dealing with stress and anxiety, making time for helpful activities like yoga or meditation is essential. Put on a peaceful playlist, find your zen and follow a yoga tutorial or listen to guided meditation. All it takes is 15-20 minutes a day and you’ll feel miles better for it.
If you’re studying for the biggest exams of your life, it might seem trivial to take time out for a facial – but it’s not. Stress and anxiety can take their toll on your skin, causing you to feel insecure and leading to a downward spiral in your mental health. Take the time to show yourself some love.
Face: When you’re stressed and anxious, it’s tempting to switch water for caffeine and sugar, which can dehydrate your skin. Remedy this with a Superdrug Simply Pure Leave On Water Mask. Stress also causes higher levels of cortisol in your system, which may lead to breakouts, so use a spot-busting mask like L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Blemish Rescue Face Mask.
Hair: If you haven’t had the time to put any effort into your hair, treat it to an intense and nourishing mask. Bleach London Reincarnation Mask is a saviour and will have your hair looking tip-top in no time.
Eyes: Exam season means late-night revising and anxiety-induced sleeplessness, both resulting in less beauty sleep. Puffy peepers are the main tell-tale sign of restless nights, so start your morning routine with Simple Kind To Eyes Revitalising Eye Roll-On, to get rid of any swelling. Cover up any darkness with Revolution PRO Full Coverage Camouflage Concealer and you’re good to go. To help you sleep, try Tisserand Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy Roller Ball – it’s packed with soothing oils that’ll send you right off.
Keeping your fluids up is VITAL during stressful times. And we’re talking about good ol’ H2O, so put that sixth cup of coffee on hold. If you suffer from anxiety, too much caffeine can make symptoms like panic attacks and palpitations even worse. Get yourself a cute water bottle that you can refill, like the Some Body Sweat Smile Repeat Water Bottle, and stay topped up throughout the day. If you’re missing the sweet stuff, our Some Body Flavoured Still Waters will keep you hydrated and smash your sugar cravings.
Revision and essay writing make for hungry work, so six-hour stints in the library with no food are a massive no no. Your body and mind are more connected than you think. You’ve gotta nourish to flourish, so opt for healthy snacks like Some Body Cocoa Salted Fudge Natural Bar and Sweet and Salt Popcorn to keep up your energy levels.