Tips to fight Anxiety & Stress

We live in a day and age where we are over-flooded with information. There is so much unnecessary, meaningless and simply dumb content out there. It becomes increasingly difficult to filter through all this clutter. Then, add the fact that we are addicted to our phones. I can literally do everything with the touch of a button on my phone. After talking to some of my friends and other entrepreneurs I became aware that I am not the only one suffering from anxiety. It’s actually very common. Anxiety is different for everyone but for me, my mind was constantly racing or went off the deep end by creating worst-case scenarios that are highly unlikely to happen. It is literally a downward spiral of worry followed by insomnia. Luckily I’ve never faced depression but anxiety could lead to that. I have learned my triggers and I found ways to prevent anxiety before it even arises:

  1. Turn off Alerts on your phone and desktop: Having your thought process constantly interrupted, checking your email and social media after every alert adds to the unnecessary clutter. Studies showed that people spend on average two hours per day on social media, which is beating the time we spend on eating food, some teens spend up to 9 hours daily (Social Media Daily)! Crazy right? One of the reasons behind it is that a social media like creates dopamine in your brain, a chemical associated with pleasure (Business Insider). To prevent wasting precious time on emails and social media, it is way more efficient to set two times throughout the day to check your emails and answer them in bulk instead or going into your inbox everytime you get an alert. Same goes for social media. If it is part of your marketing strategy, schedule your posts through automation (e.g. Hootsuite) and spend 30-45 mins/day interacting with your audience during your peak time which can be determined by paying attention to your analytics.Screen Shot 2018-05-04 at 2.23.07 PM
  2. Don’t answer your phone after certain hours: As a publicist, I try to be available as much as possible for my clients. I used to answer questions at all times and they got used to it. Those late night phone calls and texts never were real emergencies and could have waited until the next day. Since then I made it a rule that after 9pm I won’t respond to anything business related unless we have an event, travel, or major interview lined up for the following day. I often don’t answer my friends after hours either. This really helped me gain more peace, increase my rest, give my brain time to wind down as well as enjoy the time with loved ones and friends much more.phone
  3. Meditation: This element was crucial to my new lifestyle and added so much peace to my life. It doesn’t only help me calm down and escape from my hectic life, but also helps me think clearer and focus on the important things in life. I use the Inscape App which offers guided meditations for different life moments such as more vitality, reducing stress, better sleep at night, increased focus etc. They also have a physical location in NYC so everytime I’m in NYC I try to attend at least one class. Totally worth it especially after a hectic event such as New York Fashion Week. I often meditate and take deep breaths throughout the day when things are starting to pile up. 625011e4eba42b9e2ed95632a5d01a2b--hair-addiction-natural-hairstyles
  4. Switch your phone to airplane mode at night: Not only does this reduce radiation your phone exudes it also brings more tranquility to your life when you don’t see all the popups on your phone when you wake up. Another rule I implemented is to not check my phone the first 30-45 mins after I wake up. This helped me to fully enjoy my breakfast, morning cuddles with my boo and be more present overall. Because I know once I turn on my phone it’s over and it will be hard to get some time to myself.
  5. Be grateful: I wake up every day finding at least 3 new things I am grateful for in my life. Waking up with a grateful mindset sounds simple but it has improved my overall happiness so much and it also significantly reduced the times I compare my life with others, which had often lead to stress and unnecessary pressure I placed myself.grateful

I hope this helped you out a bit. Take time to be present, smell the roses when you take a walk and don’t look at your phone when you’re out for dinner. Who knows maybe you’ll take my tips to heart. If so, please email me about it sschirru@dynamicallybpr.com.

I would love to hear if any of you suffer from anxiety and what you do to overcome it.

XOXO,

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The Gift Guide for Women’s Hottest Shoes

It is officially the most wonderful time of the year… And arguably the most expensive!!! Christmas time comes with warm, cozy scents, family, joy and gift guides! It can be tough to figure out what to get the fashionista in your life, so we’ve put together a small gift guide with some of the most popular shoes of the season. Seeing that the gift of giving can sometimes become financially stressful I tried out Kim K’s new shopping app, Screenshop, to find some budget-friendly versions to choose from as well.

  1. The infamous $10,000 Saint Laurent Niki Over-The-Knee Crystal Boots as seen on Rihanna, Cardi B, and Kendall Jenner or the Forever 21 Faux Crystal Knee High Boots for $88.00

 

 

  1. For the sporty girl in your life, you could hunt down these Balenciaga Triple S Trainers that are sold out online but run for $850.00. You could also go for the Fenty Trainer Mid Geo Sneakers that I think are just as fabulous and only go for $170.00. Get some sneaker inspiration from Draya, Kehlani, Kim K and of course, RiRi.
  1. Lala Anthony and Monica Brown were everyone’s #WCW when they were spotted in the Fendi Red Leather Cuissard Boots retailing at $1,350.  The always budget-friendly icon, Cardi B got the same look with the Steve Madden’s Dominique boots for just $99.98.

 

  1. Last, but not least, the every-day, fur loafers! You can go with Gucci and dish out $995.00 or you can go with the always reliable Target and only reach for $24.99! See these on the likes of both besties, Kendall and Gigi.

 

If you like this post by Emily please like, comment and share with others that might need Christmas Gifts Inspirations!!!

XOXO,

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Win Two VIP Tickets to #TheCosignExperience 2017

Since we love our followers and readers we wanted to do something special for you guys!

We will give away two VIP Tickets (for you and a guest) to Cosign Magazine’s Fashion Music & Art Show taking place at the IQ Haus (1107 Dragon Street, Dallas TX 75207) on Sunday, July 16th @7 PM.

Your VIP tickets will include:

  1. Front Row Seating
  2. Access to the VIP Suite
  3. Complimentary Hpnotiq drinks & food by Sweet T’s Kitchen,
  4. A copy of Cosign Magazine’s issue
  5. A gift bag

In order to win these tickets you have to:

  1. Subscribe to my email list
  2. Follow me on Instagram (mslally9)
  3. Like my Facebook Page (Dynamically Branded)
  4. Share this flyer with #TheCosignExperience17 and tag @cosignmag @mslally9
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The winner will be announced Friday, July 14th (you must have a public IG profile in order to win).

Good Luck!!!

XOXO,

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Essence Festival 2017

From June 29 till July 2, Essence Festival will take place for the 23rd time in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since its inception in 1994, this cultural celebration has offered more than just music. At Essence Fest you will be submerged into the arts, fashion, hair, makeup, entrepreneurship, food and culture, just to name a few categories represented.

Ticket options include, weekend passes, single nights and VIP all access. All tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster. With prices ranging from $40 and up.

This year’s lineup includes performances from all musical genres such as all time greats Diana Ross and Chaka Khan, to R& B sensations John Legend, Mary J Blige and Jill Scott. Two of my favorite performers India Arie and Jazmine Sullivan will also be in the building. With over 75 performers you are guaranteed to hear music from someone that you love. To find the full lineup and schedule click here.

Photo Credits: Mefeater.com

Even if you do not plan on a purchasing a ticket for the actual music portion, you can download the free app for Android and IOS. This app will give you access to free events taking place over the weekend! These free events will include health/beauty demonstrations, exciting freebies, food tastings and much more.

If you are looking for something a little more enlightening, you can check out the Speaker’s Series. This showcase will take place the entire weekend and will give you the opportunity to hear from filmmakers, such as one of my favorites Ava DuVernay, a writer/director for films such as Selma and TV series Queen Sugar. From influencers dedicated to social change, athletes and more, you are definitely in store for an intellectual delight!

Photo Credits: TheSource.com

Do not miss out! Head over to Essence for additional information and get ready for good cooking, music and fun!

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XOXO,

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