We’re only a few days into the week and I am already SPENT. The weekend flew by quicker than Usain Bolt or Shea Moisture products during a BOGO sale. The one good thing about this weekend was that it was the first (at least where I am) weekend this year where both days were absolutely beautiful. Beautiful enough for me to ignore the fact that I’m in the New York metro area as opposed to on an island in the middle of nowhere – which is where I want to be 93% of the time. Since I can’t actually do that, and all the work I have to do isn’t letting up, here are a few simple ways to de-stress in the middle of the day.
Temple & Scalp Massages
Next time you’re feeling a bit stressed, close your eyes and take your pointer and middle fingers to massage right above the corner of your eyes for 15 seconds, then take all your fingers and massage your scalp for 45 seconds. No for real, do it now. You’re welcome.
Get Up and Move
I’ve been preparing a presentation of my research for a large conference audience and it’s been a struggle to focus without getting writer’s block. When I get tense because I’m stuck, sometimes I’ll get up and go for a quick walk outside, or even just up and down the stairs to get things moving again. Sneakers and full workout gear aren’t required to get moving, just do something to get your blood circulation moving around!
Change Your Environment
Sometimes you just need a change of scenery, especially if your current environment is too messy, noisy, or distracting to get stuff done. Rather than get stressed about your environment, just change it! If you live in a metro area, Breather allows you to rent office space for an hour or more, where you can go and take a nap, work on a project, or just get away from all the noise. I recently visited a Breather space in NYC (shout out to Christina of LoveBrownSugar for the recommendation!) for a few hours and it completely changed my attitude and productivity. You can get a free hour with my code: 77VCP6.
Have a (Light) Drink
The faux bougie black girl in me wants to say that I only drink wine, but the truth is, I love a good cocktail. What I don’t love is the high calorie count and the unnecessary required turn up, so I was surprised when I randomly came up with this simple cocktail recipe that’s perfect for daytime because it’s not too strong. Honestly, you’re going to laugh at how simple it is, but when you taste it you’re gonna be like yasssss!
- Start with ice cubes in a mason jar. Because we’re hip and bougie.
- Add a few splashes of grenadine for some color.
- Add a good amount of Alizé Peach.
- Stir and enjoy!
That’s it! Seriously!! The tartness of the grenadine perfectly balances out the sweetness of the Alizé Peach, which is a succulent infusion of ripe, luscious peaches delicate blended with premium French vodka. The liqueur is the newest flavor in the Alizé brand, and can be served alone, in a cocktail, or blended with other liquors to amp up the punch. Here’s a cuter photo if you want to pin and save for later: