Midday Recharge

This post has been sponsored by MARS, Inc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I know I’m not the only one who hits a wall around 2 or 3 pm. You know what I’m talking about. It’s like you haven’t been drinking coffee all day and your brain just needs a break. As a self-employed entrepreneur who works from home, this midday hurdle can be especially tough. There’s no one watching me to make sure I don’t just straight up take a nap—and sometimes I do—but realistically, that’s not the best option. Instead, I’ve created this little self-indulgent routine that I’ve come to love.

When I feel like I need that break, I step away from my computer and take it. I allow myself to do this once a day and it’s been so helpful in my productivity. First, I use my Headspace app to do a quick 10-minute meditation. My head is clear and I feel refreshed after this. Then I’ll do what I call cozy yoga. It’s not strict, I make sure I’m comfortable, and I do only my favorite poses. If I feel like all I want to do is a quick warrior flow, then that’s all I do. Other days I’ll plank the whole time; it greatly varies.

The last step is my favorite. I reward myself by reading, my all time favorite pastime, while I sip on my last cup of coffee for the day (I cut myself off at 5 every day so I don’t stay up all night!) and treat myself with something absolutely divine, like Dove® Promises®. I can’t even tell you how giddy I get when it comes time for my little reward; I’m not sure what I love most: the delicious treat or the special message on the inside of the wrapper. It somehow always speaks to me. And if the first one doesn’t feel right, I make the sacrifice of having another chocolate to make sure I’m inspired by the message. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

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After my little break, which usually only lasts about 30 minutes, I feel recharged to finish my day. Taking a little me time to relax can go such a long way, and I always feel more motivated to produce quality work instead of tiredly dragging along like I would if I didn’t take that break.

What do you do to recharge throughout the workday?

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Photos by Johnny Cheng.