A fully charged battery will always eventually lose its power. The same thing happens to our motivation. We operate and carry on doing our responsibilities until one day, there isn't any energy in us at all. This happened to me last week. Was it all the running around from doing errands and appointments? Sure. Was the weight of always being strong and dependable and positive all the time getting too heavy? Yes, more likely than not. Whatever the reason, it's time to stop and recharge.
Sometimes I feel like shutting out the world and curling up to be alone. I acknowledge those feelings, yet I make an effort to try not to act on it. For me, the better way is to try to distract myself by spending time with me. Here are 5 ways that I do to rest, retreat, and recharge:
1. Stay off the computer. With all the email alerts, I have to read and clear so much from my incoming box everyday. And now that I blog (which I love by the way), it can be more time consuming because of reading and creating and participating. And with Twitter or Facebook, here's another area I have to check to see what's going on there. Honestly, I think I spend as much time on the computer doing cleanup/followup, no wonder I'm overwhelmed. I stay away from the computer.
2. Get out and savor being YOU. Get away and enjoy the scenery. Go to the mall, or to the park or wherever its pleasant. This moment is for You! One thing I appreciate is going out to breakfast. I find it refreshing and energizing to start the day with a good breakfast in a relaxed and laid-back environment. Sit outside, if possible, and feel the cool morning air. But do it for You!
3. Talk with a friend. We know that sharing your feelings with a good friend is therapeutic. Meet up at Starbucks or any favorite coffee place, where you can just chat. You can distract yourself by listening to your friend's stories. Have a good time with the company you have.
4. Meditate. I try to meditate daily. Some people don't like to meditate because it's perceived that you have to sit for hours with your legs crossed and chant all day. This is not the way I meditate. I like to lie down in a comfortable position, close my eyes and listen to soft music. I focus only on my breathing. It helps lower my blood pressure and calms the noise in my head. Your meditation could be as simple as working on a craft project, or tending the garden. Whatever is best, do it for you.
5. Surrender your thoughts to Heaven. We're not alone in the Universe, and our Creator is with us all the time. You don't need to wait for Sunday to pray. Just ask for help anytime and let go of the heaviness. God does the rest. He does hear our prayers.
These are just a few of my ways to recharge, but everyone has their own. Whenever you feel overwhelmed, please take a time out and help yourself get back on track. It's the right thing to do.
I would love to hear your comments on what you do to recharge or escape. Please feel free to share your thoughts below.