I just came back from holidays, as I couldn’t remember the last time I had some time off to recharge the batteries, it was a great reminder to make it a regular occurrence.
It also got me thinking, what can I do to ensure that I get a break? In today’s buy world we often find ourselves constantly on the go. Even if we take a day off work, it is normally to do some more running around.
To ensure that we keep ourselves mentally and physically it is important to ensure that we take a break, have some idle time and relax, let our bodies recharge. Holidays are meant for this, but some of us even jam pack those so they end up being more tired after their holidays than they were before!
There is only so much our mind, body and spirit can take. So my aim is now to ensure that I take at least one week off quarterly to relax, rewind and recharge. There is however at least 12 weeks in between those breaks, so it got me thinking? What are things I can do till then to ensure I am not totally exhausted by the time my holiday rolls around.
- Get some extra sleep. As I am up at 4:30 Monday to Friday, I look forward to some extra sleep on the weekends! Doesn’t mean oversleep, as that is not good for you either, in fact on times I have done it I felt like a bus hit me. If it means wake up a little later and turn the alarm off, or having a nanna nap in the afternoon.
- Skip Exercise for a day. If you are constantly doing strenuous exercise you are exhausting your body. Choose to have a rest day. It will do you a world of good. If you can’t resist the urge to exercise at least do something less strenuous, like yoga. It is great for body and mind!
- Get a massage. This is a winner for me every time! We tend to get very stiff from life’s stresses, a great massage can nearly feel as good as a holiday! There are massage places everywhere these days to choose from and some even come to you.
- Take some time to meditate. You should do this every day, even if just for five minutes. Meditation has great effects on relaxing your mind and help you get centered again.
- Go Tech free. Have you ever noticed that you are bombarded with information and messages constantly? Turn them off, give yourself a break. Have at least an hour a day without any sort of technology interference. Or try to make your weekends ‘tech free’. I enjoy them, for my kids it is a challenge!
- Head outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine can do you a world of good. It can be something as simple as a stroll on the beach or down the park. I find it even better when we pack the family and go on a picnic.
Whatever you choose to do to recharge yourself has to work for you. Most of all, you have to make sure that you commit to stick to the time set aside to relax, and enjoy every minute of it.