For When You Need ‘Mi’ Time


Ever since I read this HBR piece, “Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are,” I’m really aware of how I respond when people ask me how I’m doing or what I’ve been up to. When I characterize my days as busy, it’s not at all a humble brag. If anything, it’s a cry for help! Though I know that is the last thing people want to hear. Myself included. The truth is while I may be stuck in the “busy” trap, there’s some really good stuff happening along the way. I’m trying to appreciate it rather than mask complaints. And I know how to keep myself from being completely overwhlemed –usually some form of me time. A bath before bed, binge-watching Orange is the New Black (finally!) and squeezing in moments during the day to just breathe and not let my inbox or calendar own me. I’ve even discovered a delightful new “mi” time — that is, MIYU Beauty. The brand, which just launched in August, pairs skincare with beauty teas for an “inside out” complexion treatment. It’s all so smart and every detail in MIYU’s products is a treat. Even the tea sachets themselves are little luxuries.


There’s the ‘de-stress mi’ beauty essence and tea to calm down a stressed mind or the ‘hydrate mi’ duo for a literal fresh drink of water. The icy cool peppermint in ‘de-stress mi’ really does help bring a sense of calm. My afternoon Rx? Spritz the mist, which is formulated with peppermint, dandelion, licorice and honeysuckle, in between meetings and sip the tea later in the afternoon while checking off at least two items off the to-do list.  The tea also has peppermint to release tension but is balanced with chamomile blossom to soothe from within. And to make a good thing great, MIYU offers minis, including the Prettea Little Quartet which gives you a sampling of all four products. It’s too good to pass up!

6 thoughts on “For When You Need ‘Mi’ Time

  1. Lindsay

    I’ve read a few other things about the trend of complaining about not enough time and busy schedules. It is kind of toxic to the people who you are around. When I hear people complain about busy lives, I just think they could be doing something rather than complaining.

    I think “me” time is undervalued. Trying to get some walks into my daily routine, maybe even just a cup of tea and some light reading. Would love to try the MIYU spritz.

    1. Laurie, 312 Beauty Post author

      Lindsay, it is so toxic to others and yourself. The energy it takes to complain and wallow is way more taxing than just prioritizing and getting things done. Me time is like therapy – if I go, go, go, I’m not as productive. Good to see you last night!

  2. Laura

    Hey lady! Great post. I read that article too and it has made me so much more cognizant of how often I reply “busy” when someone asks, “how are you?” I totally have to check myself – “busy” is not any indication of how I FEEL, just what my darn calendar looks like 🙂

    This line looks so pretty, the mini pack looks perfect! So nice meeting you last night!

  3. Lauren

    Love this! Great post! A little me time goes such a long way whenever I start to get overwhelmed with my calendar or just plain old stressed out with life. I think I might need to pick up that mist for a pick-me-up in the middle of the work day. Sounds great!

  4. Joyce

    i totally want to try this brand. Also, i hate saying busy lol. Actually, i have this terrible habit of saying “good” all the time when people ask how things are. lol. it is sort of the same, bc i wonder if people think, uhhh does joyce ever have any thoughts or feelings?? LOL
    Joyce recently posted…LA Beauty DiscoveriesMy Profile


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge