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