Our phones are ‘smart’ enough to tell us when they need to reboot: they respond slowly and they start acting wonky. So, we shut them off for 10 minutes and it’s like a brand new phone once it’s back on, right? Sadly, we aren’t as smart about recognizing the same signs in ourselves. Feeling sluggish, scattered, cranky, or overwhelmed? It’s probably time to recharge your own batteries.
No two week beach vacation on the agenda? That’s ok. Whether you have 10 minutes or 10 days, there’s time to reconnect with yourself to feel refreshed.
Don’t believe me? Check out these 6 recharging ideas.
1. Shut down. Sometimes you need to disconnect to reconnect. Silence all devices (yes, including tv) for at least 60 minutes every day. Instead of catching up on emails with your morning coffee, start your day on the patio tech-free. Don’t allow alerts to disrupt your dinner, 30 minutes on “do not disturb” will help bring awareness to what’s on your plate instead of what’s on your phone.
2. Find nature. Sure, going to the gym is great, but taking a walk outside can be even better. In addition to a boost in vitamin D, studies show that walking outside increases energy, decreases stress, and reduces depression. So, lace up those walking shoes and hit the trails or simply take a stroll around the block. Take your walk to a charitable level and check with your local rescue center to see if they have any pups that may want to join you for your walk.
3. Stop and smell the oil. Essential oils that is. Sometimes you just can’t get away even for 10 minutes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t recharge your mind. Peppermint and rosemary essential oils are great for improving mental clarity and focus. Lavender and chamomile are ideal for relaxation and improved quality of sleep. Need help choosing the right essential oils? Read more here.
4. Quiet time. Finding time to recharge yourself with little kids around is tough. Reconnect with your soul during their nap time: paint, read, dance, close the door and sing at the top of your lungs! Set a 10-20 minute timer with older kids for a household quiet break. Use that time to recharge your energy with whatever feeds your soul.
5. Day tripping. You don’t have to go far to get away. Day trips are a great way to decompress without major travel plans. Find hidden treasures within a couple hours of your home. Too hot for exploring? Find a cave! Visit top ice cream shops in different cities to see which is your favorite.
6. Use up those vacation days. Approximately 40% of American workers let their vacation days go to waste. Don’t be part of that 40%. Believe it or not, those days away actually benefit your quality of work. Time away from your job can help you regain focus, enthusiasm, and productivity. Try to avoid checking work related emails or phone calls to allow your mind and body to recover from daily stress.