Stressed. Tired. Fatigued. Drained. Exhausted. These are words you may have responded with when asked, “How are you feeling today?”
You can only push your body and mind so far to perform before they start begging for relief. In order to be productive over the long term, it’s important to regularly provide your brain with rest.
Without rest, you won’t be able to learn as quickly, come up with creative ideas, or have the energy to tackle your daily commitments.
The following are easy suggestions you can use to unplug and recharge yourself in order to prepare for the success and challenges that life has in store.
1. A Mini Retreat
Take a few hours or a day to just spend some intentional time alone and focus on yourself. Mini retreats provide the opportunity to disconnect from the outside world and connect with your true self without being influenced by what’s happening around you.
Whether you choose to go to a day spa for a treatment, meditate, or stay at home when no one is around and enjoy the sounds of silence, carving out time for yourself is healthy and necessary.
2. Get Some Sleep
One of the things we need the most and reportedly don’t get enough of is sleep. Try to set a regular bedtime and morning rise schedule so that you are giving your body enough rest during the night.
Another way to give your body a chance to recover is to take a power nap of 15 minutes to no longer than 1 hour during the day, whenever possible.
3. Take a Walk
One of the best ways to clear your head from the chaos of life’s demands is to go for a walk. Instead of listening to music, tune in to nature, smell the fresh air, and absorb the beauty of your surroundings.
Walking provides good exercise for the body and a respite for the mind. Taking in the incredible view of a sunrise or sunset immediately helps to put your day and life in perspective.
4. Sit With Your Favorite Brew
One of my go-to ways to unwind is to sit quietly with a hot cup of my favorite tea. Whether you prefer tea, espresso, or a glass of wine, allow yourself to close your eyes and savor the smell of each sip.
This experience is an effortless way of letting go of the millions of thoughts that cross your brain. It enables you to focus on the simple pleasures in life.
5. Social Diversions
Watching a movie – whether at home, or in the movie theatre – allows your mind to unplug from your life and escape into another world. Choose a film that is inspirational, funny, or enlightening, and either go alone or take your spouse or good friend as company.
Another way to disconnect from your day is to play a board game, card game, or video game. You can also do crossword puzzles, word find games, or Sudoku if that’s more your preference.
We all need to take moments for ourselves in order to be consistently productive when it comes to fulfilling our commitments. Use the above ideas to come up with something that you can implement every day to unplug from the demands of life, and feel renewed in the process.
What do you do to unplug and recharge when you are feeling overwhelmed, tired or stressed?