This weekend was amazing. My college roommate, her best friend and I celebrated her 30th birthday by acting like we were all still 21. We looked great. We met cute guys and skipped lines and never paid a cover. (Does anyone still pay covers to get in places?) We had lots of wine, kir royales, prosecco and mimosas, and the weather was perfect. We chatted with men at bodegas in the middle of the night and leaned up against pretty churches while waiting for cabs and looking for lost credit cards. We all heard the Flawless Remix while gunning down Eastern Parkway towards an art show at a hipster bar in Bed-Stuy.
Like I said, the weekend was amazing.
But today is not amazing. My hair looks a mess, and I needed a full french press and a cup of coffee with an extra espresso shot to feel a semblance of myself. I gave up on writing after my initial post got lost to shoddy internet, and threw up my hands entirely when my bottled water soaked a copy of my dissertation and my laptop.
Today sucks. Here is how I am attempting to fix it.
1. Get out of the office.
I am blessed to write, so I have a flexible schedule and can move around during the day. When a spot isn’t working, I go home to regroup. If I can’t do that, I take a mini-break (a walk outside, a quick chat with a friend, a clandestine visit to a ‘fun’ website, even). I always feel ten times better.
2. Coffee. Or Beer. Or Wine.
champagne is not just for celebrations. it’s also for emergencies.
My life is so much better with one of the three in the middle of the afternoon. When I was an instructor, I kept a french press, a bottle of wine and an opener in my office at all times.
3. Eat something good.
Inevitably, when I am in a bad mood, it is because I am tired, cold, and hungry. If my basic physical needs are met, I’m happier, and thus, ten times more productive. (i’m so in the mood for arugula and fried chicken.)
Ten squats at your desk sounds ridiculous, and so do jumping jacks, but every time I work out in the middle of the day, I feel as though I’ve accomplished something. Plus it gives me time to think differently about what I’m capable of.
5. Take off your pants and go to sleep.
LOL. of course you can’t do this at the office. But it would be nice, wouldn’t it?
6. Call bae.