Small Ways to Recharge This Summer Without Going on Vacation

Contrary to popular belief, Summer isn't a totally stress-free season. And as superhero moms, busy college students, and hardworking young professionals all know, the constant grind replaces those nostalgic carefree days from your childhood. To help you channel your inner zen without disrupting your summertime flow, we're spotlighting five things that will inch you closer towards total relaxation. Read on to see how we're getting there, all without taking a vacation.

Use a Cooling Sheet Mask

Take a note from the beauty junkies of the world and try zoning out with a leave-on sheet mask. If you've got a specific skin concern, feel free to buy one that suits your needs, but we suggest scoping out one with cooling benefits or storing in the fridge before use. After 15 minutes pass, your skin will not only feel ultra-fresh and renewed, but you'll get an instant boost of energy — no caffeine needed.

Spike Your Heart Rate With a Power Workout

While we love a good power nap, they never fail to leave us feeling groggy and fatigued afterward. For a more refreshing alternative, do a spontaneous power workout to get your blood pumping, heart pounding, and endorphins flowing no matter where you are. Just rolling out of bed in the morning? Kick your morning off with a sun salutation and and a few minutes of flow yoga. Getting off of work after a long day? Run some laps in your nearest park before heading home for the day.

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Keep Your Favorite Beverage on Hand

True to how most people like to wind down from the day, crack open a cold one — but not the kind you're probably thinking. Instead, we're keeping hydrating Starbucks Refreshers® sparkling juice blends on hand all day, every day. A fruity beverage like this will not only grace your taste buds with the sweet and tangy flavors of Strawberry Lemonade, Black Cherry Limeade, and Peach Passion Fruit, but the lightly sparkling touch will deliver an interesting surprise that'll instantly wake you up or lift your mood.

Play Your Favorite Song

Sometimes, there's no better medicine than bumping your favorite tunes. Just hit that 3 p.m. slump or need to get pumped up for a night out with your girls? Put a mood-boosting song on repeat or hit the play button on your favorite playlist of new releases. As soon as you hear those feel-good beats, it's only a matter of minutes before you feel energized again.


Try Deep Breathing

If you're quick to knock this classic technique, that probably means you're not doing enough of it. The restoratives powers of deep breathing can be more effective (not to mention, therapeutic) than you'd ever think possible. Whether it's during your morning commute, just before you drift off at night, or at your desk when you need a fast mental escape, start by shutting your eyes and paying close attention as your lungs fill with fresh air. Count as many breaths as you think you need.

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Starbucks Refreshers® beverages

Looking for something lightly sparkling, with a touch of caffeine? At 90 calories, no artificial flavors, real fruit juices and coconut water, Starbucks Refreshers® beverages are a tasty, happy blend of goodness and the perfect option for an afternoon pick-me-up. Available in three flavors, try them all today!