Spending some alone time is definitely something I know I should do more often but as of late I rarely make it happen. Yes, I know I have a newborn and a million other things to do but I am often offered by my mom or Trevor to sneak away and enjoy some alone time and I almost never take them up on it. Truth is, I love being a mom and hanging out with my new little family so when the opportunity arises, I choose to hang out with everyone. Until recently, I thought this was a smart decision for myself.
I had just come back from Kentucky where I had Zain by myself for a week and think I had just reached the point of exhaustion. I had a headache for 4 straight days, started getting stomach pain and couldn’t sleep. Luckily, Trevor had taken a few days off that week and although I couldn’t wait to take Zain to the zoo and enjoy lunches out with my sweet little family, I wanted some alone time too.
After Trevor urged me to get out on my own I finally decided to grab a book and head to the park on Wednesday afternoon. No computer, no work, no agenda except relaxing and being alone. I desperately wanted to leave my phone but can never do that now that I have Zain, so I packed it away and never looked at it. It was exactly what I needed. A few hours outside by myself and no to do list.
I think it’s easy for everyone to get caught up in their here and now and forget to take care of their own health. It’s especially hard for me to leave a to do list to relax, I’m not even sure I know how to relax and I’m 32. All I know is this was a great place to start. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed or run down I highly suggest penciling in some alone time even if you think you don’t need it and totally disconnecting.
After that first adventure away, I realized I needed to work in some me time into my daily routine. I didn’t want to continue to burn out to the point of exhaustion so I hoped taking 20 or 30 minutes to myself would help avoid that situation. After starting my day playing with Zain, I usually feed him, try to fit in some tummy time, reading and then getting him down for his first morning nap. This is usually the most predictable nap and the longest so I always immediately jump on my computer to get to work. I decided to start putting that on hold. I’m far less productive when I’m stressed to the max and worn too thin so I hoped this bit of self care would benefit all aspects of my life in the long run.
I decided to dedicate 30 minutes to being alone with myself. No computer, no phone, no TV. Just me, my breakfast and silence. I also decided I needed to be better about starting my day with a healthy meal and a tiny side of indulgence. I recently discovered Oui by Yoplait and have become obsessed. I’m sure you’ve seen them in Target since the adorable glass pots are hard to miss. The French style yogurt comes in eight flavors and is the perfect creaminess. It’s non-GMO and poured and set in each glass pot you purchase it in! I love how it has no artificial flavors and no colors from artificial sources so I can feel good about what I’m putting in my body plus it’s gluten free. I usually pair it with some fruit or nuts as well.
I promise you will love the subtle sweet flavors and the creaminess of the French style yogurt! Also, make sure you’re taking some me time for yourself no matter what your situation. Those little breaks from your crazy everyday life are way more crucial than we realize, your body and mind will thank you for it!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yoplait. The opinions and text are all mine.