This post has been sponsored by Starbucks. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
My best friend and I were just having a discussion about how friendship changes over the years. While you may have less time to spend time together or even chat by phone, life's stresses leave you craving that special bond.
Often I find myself too tired to even think about trying to get together with my girlfriends at the end of the day. But when I make the time, I always come away feeling fulfilled and happy. To me, it is important to maintain those friendships. Here are several easy ways to maintain your sanity to get you through your busy day and out with your friends!
Whether you work in the home or away, moms juggle all kinds of tasks throughout the day. And what I've noticed is that even if I'm not physically exhausted, (because let's face it, I work at a computer and that's not really all that taxing), I am mentally wiped out. Getting to spend time with my girlfriends, eating a meal that I didn't have to cook, is the perfect way to recharge. But first, you've got to make it out of the house.
How to Make it Through Long Days
The older you get, the longer each day feels. The number one complaint I hear from ALL my girlfriends is how rundown they feel and how they look for quick fixes. These ideas are super easy and will help you find that balance you need between getting all that work done and getting out for some “me time.” My morning coffee is my favorite “me time.” I truly love the ritual of drinking my coffee and slowly starting my day. It's that little bit of control I need before the day gets busy.
Which is why I think these new Starbucks® Plus Coffee Dark Roast K-Cup® pods, found at Target, are something special. They have the rich, flavorful roast that you love, with 2X the caffeine compared to one pod of Starbucks® K-Cup® black coffee. They use my favorite, Caffè Verona®, along with coffee extracts – a source of caffeine naturally found in coffee beans – to give you the extra boost you need to get through your day and onto a night out with friends. It's just what I need to be at my best while I handle my business. And more caffeine in one cup is super efficient in my opinion.
More Ways to Power Through Your Day
Peppermint Oil | Smelling the smallest hint of peppermint is all I need to get me back on track for whatever task I am working on. It helps me to feel refreshed and allows me to refocus on what I was doing. I like to use a diffuser which makes it super easy to have this scent in my workspace. Some co-workers may not be in to it, but just offer them one of your new K-Cups® pods and see if you can persuade them that way. Wink.
Just Eat It | Skip the junk food that will make your blood sugar go haywire and make you feel sluggish. Stick to proteins and good carbs to keep you feeling your best. Not only are you trying to maintain your energy so you can get out with your friends, but you want to be able to have your brain work at its fullest capacity. Brain fog is the quickest way to make you want to order take out and eat it in your pajamas.
Get Out | Make time to get outside for some fresh air. This is my favorite way to get my blood flowing a little bit and instantly feel ready to take on the next task. It doesn't take much to get your heart pumping and that will increase your circulation and help with mental clearness. I don't get to see my friends often so I want to be able to hold a real conversation and not struggle to follow along.
Hydration | I try not to drink any sugary drinks during the day and stick to mostly water (aside from my coffee). Water is so essential to living our best lives. It's great for your skin (I see improvement in the texture of my skin when I am on top of my water drinking), great for your body function and also mental clarity. Not getting enough to drink can cause you to feel tired and cause headaches which will definitely not leave you wanting to meet up with your girlfriends.
Since my morning cup of coffee has extra caffeine, I can stay on track by being alert and focused from the very start. I'm ready to take on the day no matter what comes up. Just like you want to give your job or family your full focus, your friends deserve that too.
You can find these new Starbucks® Plus Coffee with 2X the caffeine compared to one pod of Starbucks® K-Cup® black coffee, at your favorite Target. I love that while I'm shopping for my other necessities, I can pick up my favorite coffee at the same time to make sure I never run out.
Starbucks® Plus Coffee Medium Roast K-Cup® pods and Starbucks® Plus Coffee Blonde Roast K-Cup® pods can also be found in the coffee aisle in the Target grocery section. Why not pick up a box for each of your friends to try so they'll be just as ready for the next girl's night out as you are?!