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The Art of Slowing Down: 4 Simple Tips and Tricks

This post has been sponsored by Cetaphil®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I think I speak for a lot of people when I say this — we glorify being busy. We secretly love running from place to place, while simultaneously juggling multiple projects, calling our moms and checking in with our significant others. Oh, and taking care of adult things like paying bills on time.

And even though I roll my eyes and claim to hate it, I live for the rush of tight deadlines. When I bump into a friend and she asks me how I’ve been, I find myself almost always responding with, “busy.” Seriously, why do I do this?

In our modern world that’s driven by social media and constant connectivity, busy has become a badge of honor. And I don’t know about you, but I think we should change this. Because sometimes, you just need a mental and physical break.

When Cetaphil reached out to me about a collaboration, I immediately starting thinking about self care and why it’s so important. And I know, I know. “Self care” seems to be the phrase of the moment. But it doesn’t require massages or trips to the spa (although, those are nice).

When I feel like my life is moving a million miles per minute, here are a few simple tips and tricks I turn to in order to slow things down:


When it comes to skincare, it’s easy to get caught up in the products that are trendy at the moment. And while it’s fun to browse and try new things, I always find myself reverting back to the tried and true. Because when I’m feeling stressed or like I’m constantly on-the-go, products that are simple, reliable and easily accessible are best. If I’m out of town and forget to pack my makeup and skincare bag (this happens more often than I’d like to admit), I love that I can just head to Walgreens and stock up on what I need.

Through September 27th, you can save $2 on ONE Cetaphil® product at Walgreens!

Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser was the cleanser my dermatologist recommended to me back in high school when nothing else helped soothe my sensitive, acne-prone skin. The soap-free formula is as gentle as it gets, so it’s not drying or irritating in any way. It’s also moisturizing, but it won’t leave a nasty film behind like other cleansers I’ve tried. No frills, fragrance or fancy packaging — it just works.

After cleansing my skin, I’ll follow up with moisturizer. I’m loving Cetaphil® Daily Hydrating Lotion at the moment. My skin has been so dry lately, and I like that this moisturizer is fragrance-free, non-greasy, and keeps my skin feeling hydrated for up to 24 hours. Trust me, that’s not an easy feat. No wonder Cetaphil is the #1 Dermatologist Recommended Facial Skincare Brand.

Walgreens has a great selection of Cetaphil products, so they’re always easy to find on shelf. I can’t wait to try the body wash and eye cream next!


I’m not a morning person, but I’ll do anything to fuel my caffeine addiction. Occasionally, I’ll wake up an hour or two earlier than usual and head to my favorite coffee shop before work. I love ordering a cappuccino and posting up near a window while the sun rises. It’s a nice way for me to collect my thoughts and prepare for the day ahead.


I recently traveled to Asheville with friends for a weekend getaway, and it was so nice to unwind and spend time outside. It’s amazing how a little time in nature helps me calm down and reconnect with myself.


Eating well makes me feel good mentally, physically and emotionally. It’s hard, though. I’m usually running out the door most mornings (literally), and it’s almost always more convenient to grab whatever’s around. But greasy, sugary or fatty foods leave me feeling lethargic and bloated.

My favorite go-to snacks and meals when I’m on-the-go are hard boiled eggs for breakfast (they keep me full for awhile!), a kale salad with grilled shrimp for lunch that I prep the night before, and lean protein + roasted veggies for dinner.

You really are what you eat. So, reach for the good stuff.

What are some of the ways you practice self care?

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