3 Tricks to Help You Look Rested

I hate to admit it, but for years, I would literally be asked these things on a daily basis:

“Are you tired?”

“Did you know you have mascara under your eyes?”

“Do you want to borrow my concealer?”

I may have laughed and rolled my eyes at their comments, but would inwardly cringe when friends and co-workers brought up how absolutely and completely exhausted I appeared. Part of me wanted to respond with some sort of justification like, “If you only knew how much I do and what my daily schedule looks like”…but I don’t really want to wear my busyness like a badge of honor. Because it isn’t one.

Instead, I’ve found a few tricks that help me look more rested (though let’s be honest, actually GETTING rest should be at the top of the list):

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I’ve realized a routine to not look so tired (zombie, anyone??) was absolutely essential. Yes, I needed to give myself grace for a busy schedule or a forgetful morning when I’m running late, but I had to take action and make this a new habit. The necessity wasn’t simply because I wanted to look better and stop having people comment on my physical appearance, but I realized this presented myself in a way that seemed like I was running myself ragged and unable to keep my life together. Though that’s obviously false, the appearance of it isn’t good for running a business.


  1. Drink TONS of water

Yes, I’m seriously starting with something so simple! This has not only assisted in the health of my skin, but in my overall health. It was a struggle at first, but I currently drink up to 6 bottles a day and instead of a coffee cup, a bottle of water takes up residence upon my desk. In fact, if you sneak a peek inside my bag, you’ll find a big container inside there, too.

Coffee (which is actually dehydrating) and other beverages are very tempting at times, but I’ve realized that if I actually carry a water bottle around with me, I’ll be less tempted to drink anything else. Add a squeeze of lemon if you like, and you’re good to go!

My current favorites:

Corkcicle | Rifle Paper Co.


2. Waterproof Mascara

It had never occurred to me to use waterproof mascara outside of the pool (actually…believe it or not, I have never used it there either). I doubt I will never go back to the regular stuff though because I no longer have mid-day raccoon eyes. What an easy and immediate fix! My under eyes have never been so clear!

My current favorite:

Too Faced: Better than Sex (Waterproof) Mascara

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3. Science

Best of all, I tapped into science and have been obsessed with microneedling. Curious what that is? (Don’t freak out…it’s incredible for your skin!) In a nutshell, it’s all about maximum productivity for your skincare!! By rolling the regeneration tool onto your face and décolletage, your favorite skincare is able to get down into the depth that helps regenerate the collagen of your skin (confused? Watch this video from Beauty Bio’s IG Stories). Seriously…it’s a game-changer!

My current favorites:

Glo Pro | Or this less-expensive one via Amazon

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With these three simple steps towards change, I no longer cringe over comments about how tired I appear (yay!). And by looking rested and healthy, I put a better foot forward with clients… as well as with my confidence.


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How a Digital Sunset Will Help you Sleep (+ 4 Other Sleep-Better Tips)

We wear busyness like a badge of honor…but we often (crazily enough) do the same thing with the amount of sleep we get! Somehow we’ll convince ourselves that four, five, or six hours is enough and that we may be a little tired, but that’s just what motherhood is about: being exhausted.

What if I told you that shouldn’t be true? Sure, there are seasons when we have an infant and they’re waking up every few hours. Or one of our children is sick. Or perhaps we have a really big project due at work so we’re staying up well after the rest of the family, to work on it. There are times when lack of sleep is just reality.

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But here’s the thing: lack of sleep should NOT be a constant. Our very health depends on it.

As you know, moms simply don’t have time to get sick.

We all know we should be getting eight hours of sleep. Recent studies though, have told us that ten hours is actually what is optimal. I know what you’re thinking: Not. Possible. But hang on for a minute and see if you can do some of these things to help you get closer to that amount:

DIGITAL SUNSET

Before the invention of Thomas Edison’s lightbulb, people would go to bed when the sun went down. Let’s do the same thing and pose a “digital sunset.” When the sun goes down, you may not be able to completely turn off all lights in your house, but dim them down, or even turn some off so you can start telling your mind it’s time to start winding down.

Similarly, turn off your devices. I know, I know…this is where you say, “But I want to relax in front of the TV” or “I need my laptop after the kids go down.” I get it. I’ve been there and have said all the same things. But listen, we’re talking about getting the best and most sleep, right? And this is unfortunately a big part of it.

I know watching late-night Office or Gilmore Girl reruns is appealing but even with blue-blocking glasses and the Night Shift setting on our phones, we’re still messing up our melatonin and sleep will be sub-par.

INSTEAD

Go to bed early. Again, I know you’re going to want to stop reading right here. “This article isn’t for me”, you’re thinking. Just listen. I am not a morning person. At ALL. But my husband asked me to do a little experiment a few years ago.

He asked me to go to bed between nine and ten (I know, so early!) and read an actual book instead of a show on my laptop or scrolling Instagram on my phone. He asked me to work on my work-projects in the morning when my mind was fresh, rather than at night when I was exhausted and sometimes (ok often) irritable.

Begrudgingly I tried it.

And as much as I don’t want to admit it, my sweet husband was right. I’m sleeping better, deeper, and I wake up more rested in the morning…which means I’m not only more effective at work but kinder and more patient with my family.

Want more tips?

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Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance By Dr. James B. Maas is a phenomenal book that shares about sleep studies, sleep strategy, and so much more (think a book about sleep will actually put you to sleep? Not this one)!

For example:

ONE:

“Identify the amount of sleep you need to be fully alert all day long and get that amount every night.”

“At minimum most people absolutely need to obtain at least sixty to ninety minutes more sleep than they presently get.”

TWO:

“Go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up without an alarm clock at the same time every morning, including weekends. That’s 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Regularity is important for setting and stabilizing your internal sleep-wake clock.”

THREE:

“For sleep to be rejuvenating you should get your required amount of sleep in one continuous block.”

FOUR:

“Pay back your sleep debt in a timely fashion. Make up for any lost sleep as soon as possible.”

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