“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray
We all hit that wall at some point. Long hours at work, shuttling our children back and forth to their activities, and dealing with life’s surprises–it leaves us feeling drained, uninspired and just plain tired.
Once you hit the wall of exhaustion, you start going through the motions, or worse, making mistakes and suffering emotionally. Plug back in and refresh with these 10 ways to recharge your batteries.
1. Read a book that you love– A peaceful way to wind down, reading a good book is a “low-impact” way to stimulate the mind without overloading it.
2. Take a quick power nap – Studies show that 30 minutes is the best amount of time for a nap, but as little as 15 minutes can refresh you, too.
3. Explore the wilderness – Pick the woods close to your house or the furthest reaches of a big park. Getting lost in nature, with the fresh air, plant life, and wonderful sunshine, is a fantastic way to recharge.
4. Drink a good cup of herbal tea – Drinking a fine herbal tea isn’t just a beverage, it’s an experience. Try one from your local tea shop and make it a special occasion in your home.
5. Belt out your favorite tune – Warm up your vocal chords and let it rip like you’re a famous singer. Do it in the shower or the car, wherever you feel more comfortable.
6. Walk barefoot in the grass – Become one with the earth again. Feel the grass and dirt on your feet and just take it all in.
7. Play with your pet – Playing with your animal companion can help lower your blood pressure, make you feel loved, and create a special connection with you.
8. Listen to classical music – Non-distracting, unintrusive, calming classical music. You’ll feel recharged and inspired by the complex, interesting compositions.
9. Go sailing – The sound of crashing waves, the beautiful water, sunlight reflecting brightly–there’s something about getting out on a lake or ocean that can invigorate you.
10. Have a weekend getaway – Pack up, rent a hotel, and spend the weekend in a nice, little town to refresh and recharge yourself. It doesn’t have to be far, and it doesn’t have to be extravagant, it just has to be away.
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