Much of our time can be spent swimming in a haze of responsibilities, worries, plans, agendas, demands. All of the joys, passions, dreams and wishes that we create and live every day, the things we welcome into our mind with open arms are also the things that consume us within this haze. When life is filled with pressure and passion, where is the balance? The trick is not to stop dreaming, or wishing, or even worrying. Sometimes what
we need is to take a break, clear our minds and help ourselves reboot.
Too much focus on external factors and responsibilities can cause our poor hearts to weaken, our head to throb and resentments to grow around our dreams. So learning to clear the unnecessary clutter is a skill that can help you stay in touch with what truly matters and carry your head high with a smile on your face, rather than carry a self-inflicted load of demands around on your shoulders.
The solutions are often simple, they are easily attainable and if practiced regularly perhaps they may help you stay in touch with the important things in life. Let yourself be happy, let worries roll off your back with ease, and take care of yourself. It is important, the most important thing you can do. After all, no person or thing on this earth is as important as you are. That may sound selfish to say, but it is 100% true. You are born alone and die alone, this is not meant to startle but to shake the reality into your mind. How can you be a good friend, mother, father, employee, citizen without knowing how to take care of yourself?
Recharge your mind and soul, take some time to take care of yourself. It should be as important to you as it is to me. Here are three things that always does the trick for little old introverted me. Allowing me to recharge internally on my own.
Take a walk in Nature… Alone
Did you know that walking is a form of meditation? Well, it’s true, similar processes
take place inside your brain when walking as when you are meditating. Your breathing becomes clear and normal, your mind sharp, your senses more alert. Not only does walking provide a somewhat spiritual experience but it also relieves stress, by burning off energy and releasing steam.
But why walk in nature? Well being in nature provides fresh air, natural scenery and a connection to the simpler world. The world outside of bills, work, and the material life we are all guilty of living. Nature connects us to ourselves because after all isn’t that where we truly belong? Check out my previous blog on 5 Reasons I Love Hiking if you need more convincing.
As an introvert recharging and being alone often goes hand in hand. And this activity provides you with all the right ingredients to do just that. So take pleasure in your thoughts, refocus your mind and enjoy the fresh air. Get outside and take a stroll. I promise you will come back rejuvenated.
Take a Bath & Have a Nap
In that order! I don’t have children so I clearly have the time to do this type of activity when need be, but regardless of my lifestyle, I am a busy bee. I often come home from work so drained, so exhausted from the days demands on me, with a to-do list as long as my arm of things I still need to do in my own personal life. After weeks or months of this, I feel completely sapped of energy. I can get the right amount of sleep but it doesn’t matter… I am pooped.
So when I feel like I really need it, I will come home from work, draw a hot bath, bubbles, candles, Epsom salts… the whole production. And I just lay there, when I get out I will mosey on over to my bedroom and lay down. Usually, the nap is accidental and I wake up wrapped in a wet cold towel with terrible hair. But it does the trick every time. The feeling of refreshment gained from this simple act is enough to recharge me. And what about the list of things that I needed to complete when I got off work? Well, they will be there tomorrow for me to stress about tomorrow. Sometimes you just have to let it go.
So pencil yourself in a few hours to relax in a hot bubble bath, and take an authentic nap. You deserve it and the to-do list can wait… Seriously it’s a guarantee.
Drink a Cup of Tea & Read a Book
You know how I mentioned that walking is a form of meditation? Well, it turns out that
reading is also. Reading provides the focus and relaxation that meditating provides, it is just on a different level. If you like to read then take some time to distract your mind, exercise your imagination and engulf your thoughts in a great book.
Adding tea to the mix is to, of course, up the relaxation factor. So boil the kettle, grab a fuzzy blanket and a good book and get reading. Even if only for a half hour, you will not regret taking this time for yourself.
Clearing your mind and enjoying “you time” can mean different things for different people. For me, the three items above are a favorite way for me to place things back into a healthy perspective and recharge. Perhaps it’s because my batteries run on the introverted scale. Regardless of being introverted or extroverted, if you are in a funk take some time and spend it doing something simple for yourself. You deserve it.
Want more tips? Check out this blog on 10 Pick me up Tricks to Improve a Bad Day.
What are some of your favorite ways to relax?