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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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