The changing season is a perfect time to start a routine for recharging yourself.
It is important to remember that in order to take care of others, you need to take care of yourself to be at your best. You are not an “energizer bunny” that keeps going and going and going. All three bodies (mind, body and spirit) need to be nourished, rested and recharged. What happens when you do not take care of yourself?
I can tell you from experience that you can become irritable with others; move at a slower pace; have problems staying focused or thinking straight; become physically ill; shut down feeling like you are lost, stuck or alone; or feel like your life controls you. You have most likely heard the phrase “mind over matter”. Your mind can help you overcome a physical obstacle such as fatigue. This boost is received by tapping into your inner strength. The body does not provide that kind of boost to overcome mental or emotional fatigue though.
You rest and recharge from inactivity and you may be thinking it happens when you sleep. For the body, this is true but as discussed in the post “Do you sleep?”, we know that for the mind (mental and emotional bodies) it is not always the case and even a rare occurrence for some. I can tell when my mind has rested and recharged with my body from sleep because I wake up feeling totally energized, ready to start the new day. So how do you rest and recharge your mind? Ways to do this include meditation, alone time, taking a walk or doing something you enjoy. One of my favorites is taking a hot bath. Do you remember this? “Calgon take me away!”
The ability to quiet your mind takes practice and becoming frustrated with not achieving it only hinders the process so just relax by taking 3 deep breaths (inhale through the nose, hold and exhale through the mouth) then breathe normally. To quiet the mind, you need to acknowledge your thoughts of over-thinking or analysis, emotional brooding, worry, etc. that pop in your mind telling yourself which ones can be released and which ones you will deal with later. If you try to block your thoughts, you will not achieve quietness because all of your focus and energy is on creating a barricade. By acknowledging each thought, you are free to put your focus and energy into breathing which allows you the chance to let your mind rest and recharge.
Try it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!