Stress less with our March issue… From tips and tricks on how to wake up gorgeous (minimum effort required!) to why (and how) you should schedule your stress, this issue aims to show you how to breeze through all life’s tough situations.
1. Tone up and chill out with this rest-ercise routine
This calming 30-minute yoga routine will help firm up your whole body – targeting your arms, shoulders, legs and core – and it should also increase your heart rate. Plus, the movements will help to reduce stress, so it’s a win-win all round!
2. Get to know our March cover star, the lovely Cara-Lisa
Creator of the Caralicious blog, Cara-Lisa Sham, sat down with us for a Q&A during her cover shoot. Cara-Lisa shares the craziest place she’s done yoga, what mistakes women make with diets as well as her guilty food pleasure and favourite ice-cream flavour. Before you watch the video, can you guess how many pairs of leggings she owns?
3. Top tips and tricks to sell your home
Are you looking to put your house up for sale? These days, most buyers view houses online before heading out to look at the place, so appearance is key. And that’s where our list of quick and easy tweaks comes in! These smart solutions will help boost your home’s perceived value, and hopefully, help you secure a buyer.
4. Want to get promoted? We called in the experts to help you
We put together 5 smart ideas that will work to your advantage in almost any office. Find out what behaviours hurt your chances for being promoted and what actions will add to your success… And don’t forget to thank the Essentials team on your rise to the top!
5. Zero-effort beauty tricks every woman needs to know
Do you love the idea of waking up gorgeous? Then, this bedtime routine is for you! Our beauty editor shares her favourite tips and products to help you get better hair and skin while you sleep. Soon, you’ll view sleep as your greatest beauty weapon.
6. 30-minute recipes that will make weekday meals a breeze
This collection is full of family-friendly, healthy recipes that are quick and easy to make… These spicy steak fajitas can be prepared in just 10 minutes!
7. Win a local weekend getaway for your family
Stand a chance to win a weekend safari for the whole family at Mabula Game Lodge, which is a half hours’ drive from Joburg. The trip includes two classic game drives and is worth R25 000. Or, if you’re in Cape Town, enter our competition for a family getaway at Tsogo Sun’s The Caledon Hotel & Spa, also worth R25 000!
8. Discover why you should start scheduling stress
It may sound weird, but scheduling stress might be a key factor in building a calmer life. The idea is to set aside an allocated time each day to sort through all your stresses. So, if you’re feeling the pressure, why not give it a go? And if that doesn’t’ work, we found six other ways to help you de-stress a little bit more.
9. Pamper yourself with our DIY round-up
Looking for a gift idea? Well, we have 6 great DIY ideas so you can spoil your favourite friend (or yourself) on a budget, plus they are all really easy to make. From a lush lip balm to a skin clarifying mask, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And the best part? You’ll already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen.
10. 1 item, 4 ways: A-line skirt
Who has time to worry about what they’re wearing in the morning? That’s why it’s worth investing in one hard-working item, like an A-line skirt, and styling around it. Our fashion editor shows you how to do this effortlessly in our March pages.
11. Plus, learn how to borrow from the boys with style
From tailored pieces to masterful layering, find out how to wear the menswear-inspired trend this season…
12. Slim down for your body shape and no-one else’s…
The Body Shape Diet can help you lose up to 3kg in a week and maintain a healthy weight. Whether your body is a pear or apple shape, or if it’s a soft or bloated body type, you’ll find a 7-day diet plan that should work for you!