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Do you sometimes feel exhausted and overworked? Do you have to deal with stress and frustration, with negative feedback and criticism, or with failure and disappointment? Do you feel that, no matter how hard you try, you are still too slow, too tired, and way behind your schedule? Do you feel emotionally drained?
When we feel overwhelmed, we become less productive, irritable and disagreeable, and we make more mistakes. Nothing works.
Allow yourself to take a pause. You need the time and space to change your focus and energy. You need to take control, reconnect with your inner self and let the renovation begin.
Here are some tips on how to recharge your spirit, mind and body, and to allow yourself to move on relaxed and renewed, ready to make the best decisions for yourself:
Take a deep breath.
Listen to your favorite music.
Count your successes. Make a list with all the things you’ve done well and allow yourself to be proud of yourself, instead of focusing on what you haven’t done yet.
Cook something new. Recreate your favorite decadent restaurant meal; add your own touch to it and some love to make it tastier.
Journal for 15 minutes.
Eat some dark chocolate without feeling guilty. It’s a powerful source of antioxidants; it may lower blood pressure and improve brain function. I always have a few dark chocolate Kisses with me – you know, the purple ones. I share them with everybody and nobody ever says no.
Sniff your favorite scent.
Meditate or pray for five minutes – such a great way to relax. Start by being thankful for all the blessings in your life.
Buy yourself flowers.
Reorganize your workspace and make it prettier, maybe with just a flower or a nice photo.
Take a cat nap.
Call a friend and have a chat and a good laughter.
Be good to yourself; light a candle and pamper yourself with a hot, long bath that will relax your muscles. Adding some lavender oil will soothe your mind and spirit.
Give yourself a pedicure.
Take a walk. Spend some time outside and reconnect with nature; watch the clouds, breathe some fresh air, touch the trunk of a tree, feel the sun on your face, watch the birds flying, pick up few dried leaves and take them home; nothing is more refreshing than some time outdoors – hiking a new trail or basking in the sun at the beach.
Sip a coffee or a tea.
Exercise for 20 minutes. It will help you reduce stress.
Focus on all the good things in your life and all your lovely memories; write a list with 10 things you are grateful for. Identifying the things that brought you joy is a great way to create more. Think about your health, your closest relationships, your beautiful house.
What do you do to recharge your batteries? What would you add to this list?
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Definitely a great list that we should all aspire to – I can’t say I follow all of them, but do surely try 🙂
I don’t do all of them either, but this list is a nice reminder for when we need to feel better fast. Thanks for stopping by, Loretta!
Lynz Real Cooking says
A wonderful list!
Thank you! 🙂
Lynz Real Cooking says
I try to do this! It can be tough to follow through that is for sure.
You just need to do one or two of them Susie, and I’m sure you are going to feel better fast. Thanks for visiting. 🙂
Julie is Hostess At Heart says
Very good list Ana! They say if you’re not going to be good to yourself, that rubs off on others too. Cooking, chocolate and maybe a glass of wine is a mini vacation for me!
That’s true, Julie! Ah, how could I forget the wine…??? Cheers! 🙂
Get outside, too! That always helps me when I’m in any sort of funk.
Exactly, Kayse. Take a walk a reconnect with nature. It’s my favorite! 🙂
The Tricia Collective says
A nap is my favorite! Glad to see it made the list! Sometimes beginning a new day is the best way for me to recharge. Do you ever have those days when you feel like, “is today over yet?!?” Then I will wake up the next day ready to go! 🙂
Haha, that’s the best! A new day – a new beginning! 🙂
joey @ 80 breakfasts says
A great list! And one I think I need to read at this moment…have definitely been feeling tired and overwhelmed by all the occupants of my to-do list! Great, great tips! Thank you 🙂
Thank you for your kind words, Joey! I’m so glad my list helped you! Your blog is beautiful and I’m sure I’m going to visit more often. 🙂
Karen Grosz says
These are all great suggestions to recharge. I find that people will do some of these things and then feel guilty. Banish guilt, take care of yourself and you have energy to take care of others. Thanks for sharing on Let’s Get Real Link Party.
You are so right, Karen! I just fell in love with your blog and from now on I’m going to stop by regularly. Thanks for visiting! 🙂
Karen Grosz says
Thank you. I am following your blog via Feedly because I loved what I saw and read too.
Haha, thank you Karen! You are on my Feedly too! 🙂
Gaye @CalmHealthySexy says
Hi Ana – These are wonderful tips. I find that exercising and being outdoors (preferably in sunlight!) are two of the best ways for me to recharge. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party. This will be my featured post at this week’s party.
Thank you for organizing the party, Gaye! It’s such a great opportunity to meet other people! I’m so glad, humbled and honored that you enjoyed my post. I too love being outdoors and I thrive on sunshine – one of the best ways to recharge my batteries. 🙂
Holistic Wayfarer says
Have got to reorganize.
We have to find time for ourselves. We have to be healthy and happy so we can take care of everybody else. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Lovely list. I don’t find myself stressed too often. Thank goodness! But when I do, I try to take time out for some “me” time. Whether that’s a long shower or a walk, it helps recharge my spirit. But I appreciate your suggestions for a pedicure (<3), a nap and flowers to brighten up my space. Thanks for renewing my thoughts on renewal!
Aww, thank you for your kind words, Ceci. I’m so glad you liked my list. Yeah, a long shower always works for me too. You have a beautiful blog and I’m sure I’m going to visit again soon. 🙂
Love it!! Definitely important to recharge our mind , body and spirit! I will be featuring you for tonight’s party over at #healthyliving link party. Hope you stop by again and don’t forget to grab your button.
Thank you, Cristina! I’m glad you liked my post. 🙂