November 1st 2016
The general election all-nighter: 10 ways to cope
June 8th 2017 / 0 comment
From stress-relievers to skincare to disguise your eye bags the next day, here are a few self-care strategies to help you stay cool and collected through the vote counting
You’ve waded through the policies, chosen your party and been to the polls (if not, drop everything and get thee to your local booth). Now there’s nothing for it but to wait. The first results are expected to come in at around 11pm. A nice civilised time no?
Come 3am, however, when a flood of results will make the final election results clearer, you may not be feeling quite so fresh, and nerves could well be frayed. Add the fact that you could have to wait until breakfast for the final result, and midday Friday for straggler seats to come in, and all-in-all it’s fair to say that if you’re feeling fatigued come Friday, you won’t be the only one. Whether you’re planning to stay up to watch the results unfold or are bedding down for a night of what’s likely to be broken sleep (those marginal constituencies really play on the mind), here’s a few ideas to both wile away the hours and keep you as chilled as possible throughout proceedings. After all, you can’t bite your nails if you’re painting them.
Get a brew on
Hands down the most British way to get on with things is to make tea, so while you’re at it give your mug a mug, so to speak. Fresh Black Tea Overnight Firming Mask, £77, harnesses the power of antioxidant black tea ferment and black tea extract to combat the ravages of the day, while hyaluronic acid binds moisture to the skin and creates an ‘8 hours kip’ kind of plumpness. Smooth it on as things get started and wash your face as normal once the victor is announced come dawn. Another pot of English Breakfast would probably also be a good move at this point.
This isn’t your average weekday evening, that’s for sure, although given the amount that we’ve been polled of late (Northern Irelanders have been to the polls four times over the past 13 months), some may argue otherwise. Get set for a night in front of a screen, be it a phone, laptop, tablet or TV, and with that in mind, a prolonged period of exposure to supposedly age-accelerating ‘blue light’. The same light that plays havoc with our sleep patterns, known as high energy visible light (HEV), is thought to be implicated in the damage of epidermal and dermal tissues, leading to pigmentation and premature ageing. Not all skincare experts are in agreement as to the apparent harmful impact of HEV light (although increased pigmentation looks to be the most likely side-effect) but if you’re worried you could try slathering your visage in a HEV light-shielding potion such as Dr Sebagh Supreme Day Cream, £145. Not a small price to pay for peace of mind I know, but an insurance policy of sorts for the tech addicted.
Eye of the storm
Constituencies are declaring their results thick and fast, but you can barely keep your eyes open. Come to with some refreshing under eye patches- Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks, £47.50 for a pack of six, will refresh your election weary eyes, with a jolt of moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid to combat crepiness. On the other hand, if you can’t bear to look, we have another kind of mask in mind…
If your eyes (or nerves) are feeling the strain, lie back and think of England/ Scotland/ Northern Ireland/ Wales/ actually none of the above and chill. Pop on a self-warming Spacemask, £15 for five, for 15 minutes to calm your racing mind and lull yourself into a tranquil slumber, even if only temporarily. On opening the sachet packaging your eye mask will heat up gently, melting tension when you apply it, while the jasmine aroma will help to transport you to exotic foreign climes, rather than anxiously watching which way Wirral West goes.
Give yourself strength
If everything’s looking a bit wobbly, wash that worry right out of your hair and mask the pain with a reinforcing hair treatment. L’Oréal Botanicals Coriander Strength Cure Masque, £9.99, is designed to revive fragile hair by way of nourishing soya, coriander and coconut oils, with no slippery silicones coating strands. Give it at least ten minutes to soak in, or go the whole hog and leave it on for the duration of vote counting and rinse your (hair related) troubles away come morning.
The modern equivalent of smelling salts, keep Therapie Roques O’Neil Inner Light Calm Balm, £38, beside you at all times for a pacifying perfume that cuts through the noise and soothes your senses. Blended to induce tranquility and balance energy, the moisturising balm is a clever fusion of uplifting bergamot, relaxing lavender and grounding vetiver, among other aromatherapeutic gems. Take it to the office with you on Friday if things haven’t gone your way, along with headphones and a strong coffee to get you through.
Spray the stress away
If your budget doesn’t stretch to Calm Balm, destress and save with Primark’s new lavender, geranium and ylang ylang based PS Calm Anti-Stress Spray, £1.50. Spritz liberally as things get heated.
Burn the candle at both ends
Or rather, light a candle to improve the mood. Given that you’ll be burning it for most of the night, you need something not too spendy and preferably fairly neutral to please all parties. Create a Mediterranean garden atmosphere (don’t mention Brexit) with & Other Stories La Belle Saison Scented Candle, £26. It has a burn time of around 70 hours to get you through the days following the result too, and if you feel like fleeing the country altogether, this will get you halfway to the Med in mere moments.
Giving yourself a manicure is akin to a mindfulness session in our book- it’s hard to fidget or let your thoughts whirr when you’re trying to avoid flooding your cuticles. Ciaté After-Party Gelology Polish, £12, can’t help but brighten up your night whether you’re in mood for an after-party or not- the iridescent two-tone polish is hard to pin down colour wise (a swirl of blue, pink and purple) but the effect is not unlike the sky a sunrise, a sight you’ll be familiar with if you’ve stuck out the vote count to the results stage.
Pack your bags
Okay, not really, but whether or not you’re backing the winner, chances are you’ll have some pretty hefty eye bags going on after last night’s drama. Depuff and regroup with Dermalogica’s aptly named Stress Positive Eye Lift, £53.50. With a frankly enormous tube, it’ll likely last you to our next election/referendum, and the smoothing, cooling and lightweight formula both absorbs in seconds and makes the eye area look instantly brighter and more awake, which let’s face it, is the aim of the game here. I’ve been using for the past few days during which I’ve averaged just over five hours sleep a night, and to be honest I’ve been tempted to cover my face in the algae and hyaluronic acid rich gel masque formula. For this price, you might want to go there, but otherwise it’s a superb foil for no sleep, although do get some rest when this is all over.