You guys, it finally happened. I’ve reached the age where I really, really would love to incorporate an afternoon nap into my schedule. Unfortunately, a busy baby and a busy job and a busy life sort of trump my desire for a daily siesta, if you know what I mean. But seriously, for the past few months, I’ve been noticing that 3 pm hits and I find myself in the midst of a foggy, sleepy, uninspired midday slump.
When I first started noticing it I would try to just fight through it, ignoring the total energy dip and just attempting to power on. Dismal. Failure. That approach pretty much just resulted in me still getting nothing done and then being cranky on top of it. After that I tried caffeinating. But a diet soda just wasn’t cutting it.
Finally I realized that I actually needed to set aside a little time to recharge. Step away from the computer, set Henry up somewhere where he can play by himself for a bit, and just grab a quiet moment. I make sure I have a big glass of water to clear my brain and a snack to refuel until dinner. (I’ve also realized lately that I get a bad case of the hangries in the afternoon without a snack. Snacking = crucial, especially since Henry is still nursing.) My go-to snack these days is yogurt, and these Chobani Flip Greek Yogurts have been totally nailing it for me. I’ve been working dairy back into my diet and Henry seems good with it so far, so I’m crazy happy to be able to eat yogurt again! It’s a good little protein boost without a ton of sugar, and these flavors! Ah, they taste like summer. If I could insert a thumbs up emoji and a palm tree emoji right here I totally would. (For reals, though, try the Key Lime Crumble or the Almond Coco Loco.)
The rest of my recharge routine? Just 5 or 10 minutes of whatevertheheckiwant. Some days I flip through a few pages of a book or magazine, some days I sit and stare out the window. And let’s be real, sometimes I get on Instagram haaaaaay. But it’s amazing that all it takes is just a few minutes and I’m back in the game for the rest of the day. Such a good reminder that we are not machines! We have to take care of ourselves in order to be the best version of ourselves, you guys.
So! How do you recharge? Do you find that you have a slump in the middle of the day? I’d love to know your tricks for getting back into the swing of things. xoxo
This post was sponsored by Chobani through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Chobani Flip Greek Yogurt, all opinions are my own.