Sometimes we’re so passionate about giving, encouraging, and helping others we forget to recharge ourselves. I’m guilty of that and pay dearly when I do. I know I’ve overdone it when I feel the slow but heavy pressure in my head. Not a migraine, yet, but close. It’s on the way. It means I’ve worked 10-12 hour days with 5 hours sleep for 3 days or more. Now I’m feeling the pressure.
I get a little cranky, feel a little moody. I enter a room, my family leaves. It’s time to wind down.
When you and I are really passionate about something, anything, we can work, work, work. If you’ve been pushing yourself to do just one more thing, here are a few ways to re-energize you:
1. Sit Intentionally- Raise your right hand and say, “I will sit in my favorite spot for 10 minutes.” No more no less. Amazing things happen when you sit. You sigh. You can’t help it. You’ll sigh and feel a sense of relief. It’s awesome to think that just getting off your feet for a few minutes can create such a feeling of “Aaaaaah.”
2. Nap Intentionally- Nope. It’s not a misprint. Napping is my secret sauce. I work late into the night, but live for my 2pm nap on Sundays. Every week, for three years, I’ve been napping at 2 or close to it. How did it start? I set a specific time to nap and scheduled everything else around it. When my husband, James and I would go grocery shopping on Sundays, I would remind him, “Back by two.”
The best thirty minutes of my weekend. I can’t begin to tell you how alive I feel when I’m done! Nap intentionally. Set a day and time to recharge. Better yet, “I will recharge my mind and body on (day)______ at (time)_____ for (minutes)____.” See, it’s not so bad when we write it down. : ) I can’t wait to hear how it made you feel.
3. Unplug Intentionally- Yes. Your cell phone. Easy? Not at all but so worth it. In order for me to nap for 30 minutes (#2), I have to unplug my phone. My sister loves to call during nap time. Sorry sis. I either turn it off or place it in another room so I don’t hear it hum. I’m a light sleeper and even when my phone is on vibrate I jump up!
When we’re out here trying to save the world, we may feel uneasy about being unaccessible. I definitely understand that. I’ve made it a practice to tell family and friends when I’m unaccessible. That way they know what to expect. Create a specific time to step back and recharge, and watch your energy levels go way up!
Wishing you a day filled with more energy, passion, and you! To your well-being!
When do you need the most re-energizing? (Please share your comment below)