The brilliantly simple method Olivia Culpo uses to recharge *while* still working


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Anyone who’s constantly on the go knows that though prioritizing recharging can require some scheduling gymnastics, taking the time is so worth it. But the simple, brilliant method Olivia Culpo uses to make this an everyday reality allows for a ton of mini breaks without compromising her ability to check off everything from her to-do list. Talk about a mental-health win, right?

The model, actress, and former Miss Universe recently revealed to Byrdie there’s one easy way she recharges in the midst of getting through her jam-packed schedule: by using the Pomodoro Technique. “I definitely think taking breaks is important. There’s this new method I heard about called the Pomodoro method.” she says. “It’s basically a way to calm our minds since we’re all so overstimulated. If your attention span is short like mine, taking those breaks will help.”

“[The Pomodoro Technique] is basically a way to calm our minds since we’re all so overstimulated. If your attention span is short like mine, taking those breaks will help.” —Olivia Culpo

As Culpo explains it, creator Francesco Cirillo’s Pomodoro Technique is a cinch to follow: “You focus on 25 minutes of activity or work, then you take a five-minute break. Then you do another task, followed up with a five-minute break,” she says. Abiding by plan, which is essentially Tabata for your to-do list, helps her get things done while also ensuring she allows herself time to recharge. And the scheduled productivity plan can benefit your mental health, too: No matter what your day is like, taking those opportunities to reset can prevent you from getting overwhelmed and stressed.

Here are three easy lifestyle changes to make if you feel exhausted all the time. Or, check out five accessible self-care activities that you’re definitely not too busy to enjoy.

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