Hello from suburban Philadelphia, the most beautiful location in the country. Have a picture of my #plastered (#doubleentendre #exceptthisisonlymysecondglass) face in exchange for listening to me complain about my relative misery.
I have found that no matter what city I'm in, if it's been a crap day, there are always a few things that I've found will make me be less grumpy about it by the time I go to bed. As it so happens, that list can be unequivocally described as #basic. When I'm bumming and when I'm not, I try to accomplish the correct combination of a few things that are typically the Band-Aid to my bullet wound of a day. In no particular order:
- Exercise: As Elle Woods once said, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don't
quit their jobsshoot their husbands." This means something different to everyone. For me, it's usually sweating my life out with 30-45 minutes of cardio (running or elliptical), followed with weights for whatever body part I'm currently hating on. For you, this might be walking, swimming, rowing, pilates, barre, champion horse-jumping, whatever. When possible, I find a ClassPass workout that appeals to me and go to that. Whatever it is, move after sitting and being someone's bitch all day. It helps, I promise.
- Drink: I can't believe I'm saying this, but don't drink a lot. Have just enough to take the edge off. For me, this is usually 2 glasses of wine; one with dinner, and one that I nurse for the rest of the night. Something about it feels luxurious to me. It's probably an issue, but whatever. But! Don't get toasted. It will backfire and ruin the next day. Trust me... I heard it from a friend.
- Pamper: Whenever possible, I carry a Birchbox sample of a face mask with me in my travel toiletry bag. After a day that was particularly sucky, I wash my face, floss my teeth (just in case my dentist is reading this... spoiler: she's not), and put on some face mask that's supposed to do something good for me. I have yet to notice a physical difference after doing a regular mud mask. But mentally? I have just bathed in some sort of exotic cocktail of antioxidants and anti-agers and anti-free radicals and anti whatever-the-hell-else I destroy myself with every day. It's pretty cheap, and it always makes me feel a bit better. Just try it.
- Distract: Do something to take your mind off of the fact that you're in a hotel and probably overate today and your client hates you. Catch up on a favorite show (hello, Bachelorette and Game of Thrones), go find a new restaurant (Yelp it, ask a local, or drive until you're too hungry to carry on), hit the hotel bar / restaurant and chat with benevolent strangers (note: this is difficult in Philly, as most locals are NOT benevolent). Whatever it is, find something that will let you forget about your day.
- BONUS - Stretch: This is a new one for me. Lately during my aforementioned trash television viewing, I've started to move my laptop to the floor and do some good old fashioned stretching. And as silly as it sounds, it's super refreshing. When I'm on a plane, in the car, in crappy chairs and foreign beds on a regular basis, I tend to get a little creaky and stiff. A nice good stretch will help that, and the added distraction of something on TV will help with the fact that I have little to no patience.
Those are some of the things that work for me, but what are some ways you like to get out of a funk when you're not at home? Leave a message in the comments!