So you got a “grown up” job working the 9 to 5: congrats! Your summer will now be spent in The Great Indoors, otherwise known as The Office. Although having a steady income and feeling like an accomplished person are obvious perks of a full-time job, working inside for 40 plus hours a week often leaves a girl feeling tired, pale, and stressed. Even if you have considerably less free time, take advantage of all the season has to offer with these easy tips:
It can be hard adjusting to a new schedule, especially when getting up at 11 a.m. for “History of Film” was the earliest morning you had in college. You’ve heard this countless times before, but they don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing! Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to looking and feeling your best, and your added energy will help immensely when you go straight from work to a party or event. If you must fake sleep, invest in a good eye cream to beat dark circles, and use shimmery eye shadow to hide exhaustion.
Don’t let boredom get the best of you – snacking on junk food at your desk leads to weight gain and fills you up before your regular meals. Besides, you’ll regret that fifth bag of Doritos when it’s Saturday, and it’s time to put on your swimsuit. Eat as many fruits and veggies during the day as you can, and skip the greasy takeout food at lunch. Instead, pack a sandwich or get a salad and soup to stay lean. Lastly, try to limit your sugar and caffeine intake (this is directly related to the part about getting enough sleep).
It can be hard to pass up pool invites and road trips, especially if your friends aren’t stuck in an office five days a week, like you. The weekends are awesome, of course, but there is plenty of fun to be had during the week! Even if your days are now filled with copy machines and sticky notes, you don’t need to be a bore at night. Go out and have fun as many nights a week as you can (but get home early or you’ll be sorry!) You’re young, it’s summer, and there’s no reason your new job should stop you from enjoying life!