The Stress Myth

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  • The Gen Z hit list – THE STRESS MYTH by Scarlet Curtis

    I’m just so stressed,” I sigh, flinging myself onto the sofa at my best friend’s house and putting my feet up on her table. It was a Saturday, and I had woken 30 minutes earlier from a luxurious afternoon nap. In the sliding scale of stress — from Deliciously Ella’s yoga teacher to Rob Kardashian’s publicist — I was hovering around the medic who supplied antibiotics for urinary-tract infections to the citizens of Love Island. Busy? Yes. Mind-bogglingly tired and unable to function? Most definitely not. And yet in a world where the “Still at work at 9pm” Insta Story selfie has become de rigueur, “I’m so tired and stressed” seems to be my (probably undeserved) catchphrase.

    A popular belief about members of the younger generation is that we’re not used to —and don’t expect — hard work. From my limited experience, most of the millennials I know are hard working, driven and thoroughly deserving of the pay cheque they use to cash in on avocado toast. The problem is not an unwillingness to work hard, but the glamorisation of being over worked, overtired and overemployed. Having five jobs, three side hustles and 236 unread emails is the new cool in 2017, and there is a badge of honour about being the busiest, most frantic and most sleep-deprived in your peer group. When did it become cool to work through the weekend? To catch up on emails until 1am? To have no time to shower because you’re so busy?
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Spacemasks

Spaceship

If you have spent a day at the screen, the new self-heating eye mask from Spacemasks will be an extraordinary relief. Pop one on at night and feel a delicious warmth spreading over and around your eyes. Lie down first, though, as the heat is activated when you open the pouch. The heat exchange is generated by oxygen in the air ‘cuddling up’ (the brand’s own phrase) to iron particles in the fabric. It apparently lasts about 15 minutes, although I fell deeply asleep well before. A good night’s sleep is lovely in itself, but there was a bonus the next morning when I saw my sparkling, rested-looking eyes – indeed, my whole eye area was refreshed. Spacemasks are designed for a single use, but my eyes still looked and felt unusually bright after I used it a second night – although the heat didn’t repeat. At £15 for a pack of five, Spacemasks are not cheap but worth investing in if you suffer from eye strain or are feeling stressed – and for special occasions, too. Read More…