We always put a lot of focus on our morning and nighttime routines – but mid-day routines are just as important. We usually start to lose more and more energy and be less productive throughout the day, but it doesn’t have to be that way! While morning routines help set the tone for the day, mid-day routines help you stay on track. Here are 4 ways you can give yourself a mid-day reset that isn’t an afternoon cup of matcha.
Get fresh air
Sitting in the same environment hour after hour can deplete your energy, motivation and inspirations. Our bodies need movement and sunlight to function at its best, so I like to take clarity breaks to refresh my mind. Stretch your body and give your eyes a break by going on a short walk around the block, sitting outside or just opening a window. Whatever works for you! While I do like to listen to podcasts or music on my walks, I try not to bring my work with me or look at my phone so I can give my mind an authentic break.
Eat a healthy snack
Brain food is a real thing. The foods you eat play a role in keeping your mind in shape – and it can improve mental tasks like memory and concentration. Our brains require constant energy, so it’s important to fuel up to avoid those headaches and grumpy and irritable moods. Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and glucose are the best brain fuel. I like to keep snacks like almonds, apple slices with nut butter, hard boiled eggs, berries and dark chocolate on hand!
Gather your thoughts
No matter how well you put together your morning to-do list, your day will always be interrupted by distractions and spontaneous tasks. Whenever this happens, I sometimes start to feel overwhelmed and have a harder time getting back on track. So I like to take a minute to gather my thoughts and reevaluate my priorities. Whether this looks like a quick meditation break, a few deep breaths or journaling, my mind always feels much more clear and I’m ready to get back to work.
Take a nap
Taking a nap might sound counter-intuitive when you’re trying to increase your productivity – but hear me out. If your body is telling you that you need a break, take the break. Napping can improve your mood, cognitive function and memory retention. Just don’t forget to set an alarm so you don’t oversleep and wake up groggy! I like to aim for 20-30 minutes.
How do you like to give yourself a mid-day reset? I’d love to hear your best energizing and rejuvenating tips.