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Hello! With us fast ap­proach­ing the mid­dle of the year, it’s nor­mal to feel a lit­tle fran­tic or over­whelmed. But did you know that your to-do list might ac­tu­ally be the thing that’s slow­ing you down and rais­ing your stress lev­els? Ex­perts say that’s be­cause of some­thing called the Zeigar­nik ef­fect, which causes us to fix­ate on the items that we didn’t get to, rather than fo­cus­ing on the jobs we ticked off. The so­lu­tion? Mak­ing an ‘it’s done’ list. Not only will it give you a sense of ac­com­plish­ment, it will lessen that nag­ging guilt feel­ing. Win-win!

And that’s just one small way that you can cut stress and carve out some ex­tra time for your­self. With all the time you’ll save by not ag­o­nis­ing over your ever-grow­ing to-do list, you’ll be able to tackle one of our art-project crafts (p91) or throw to­gether the per­fect winter week­end menu for your next din­ner party (p78). Or, if you’re look­ing for some­thing to do that’s just for you, turn over to p47 where face-yoga ex­pert Danielle Collins shows you how you can ex­er­cise your face in just two min­utes a day, and she prom­ises it’ll leave your skin younger look­ing (you’ll thank us later!). Kate editor Es­sen­tials.co.za

Meet our cover star Pre­sen­ter Elle Franco chats about how she’s used her pas­sions for TV and DIY to carve her own niche (p6).

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