‘Sometimes I just want a little time and space to unwind and unplug’ I often hear people say. Another common one is ‘I need some quiet time and a place to destress’.
Do you find yourself looking for some time in your schedule when you can relax and rejuvenate? Are you finding that time harder and harder to carve out for yourself? Do you feel that down time is often in front of the TV or resting in a way that makes you more tired and far from recharged?
If you find that your rest time is not as rejuvenating as you would like it to be, perhaps it is because it is draining your energy. Resting the body and the mind is not the same as rejuvenating the mind and body. Sometimes the mind needs to relax and unplug- doing exercise or chilling out can be brilliant for that. Other times, the body needs to recuperate- sleep, reading a book, watching TV or chatting with friends can be the tonic you want. Done right, these will all rejuvenate your energy because it is what your system needs right now. We all need time by the pool or on the beach, and chilling out in front of the TV can be a good thing. Too much of any of that can leave you feeling more tired and less motivated to do the things you need to live the fulfilling and meaningful life you want and deserve.
I believe it is about engagement. Are you truly connecting with the activity you are doing? Are you sinking into the moment of the experience and allowing that to energise and revitalise you? Just a moment when you connect with someone across a room can give you all the energy you need. There is a third dynamic as well as the mind and the body- the energetic quality of your being that also requires recharging and is important in energising the body and the mind. We need to spend time recharging that part of us as well which is often lacking in people’s lives.
I visited an uncle yesterday who has Parkinson’s disease. Often I see him and he is tired, with low energy and disengaged. Yesterday he was animated, sociable and healthy looking. It was a wonderful transformation. When I asked him the reason for the change he said that he had spent some time in the garden which is a place that always gives him joy. He pottered around and watched the flowers and the birds and it fed him spiritually- not in a religious sense, rather from the point of view of injecting him with vitality, calm and strength. It gave him energy to enjoy the things that matter in his life like family and friends.
For me, nature always has this effect and I often take trips to the coast and the local countryside to walk and feel the power of nature. It sets me up for the next important step in my life if I feel I need a little pick me up. Others write, some read, I know people who visit art galleries and museums for the same affect and inspiration- something that I have been known to do in the spirit of learning about new things that inspire, invigorate my spirit.
The annual holiday is one means to unwind and rejuvenate- and we all need these little sprinkles of joy and reenergising to keep us at the top of our game. And let’s face it- you deserve it! You work and play hard- which may be fulfilling and demands a lot of you. So make sure you make time and space to feed your self spiritually and keep those energy levels up for the next step in the adventure. And because that adventure keeps unfolding, you want to set aside time on a regular basis to keep your self recharged. You can say you do not have time- by making time, by making it important, you will feel the benefit it provides and continue to recharge your energy so that you have strength, motivation and inspiration for the entire journey ahead.
It becomes about prioritising. Life coaching is an excellent vehicle to set aside some time and focus on what is important, so that you can make informed decisions about your life on a daily basis, based on the bigger picture. So that you can live the meaningful and fulfilling life you want, you want to say “no” to drudgery, tiredness, stagnation, poor health, financial constraints and disharmony and say “yes” to inspiration, vitality, creativity, health, wealth and wellbeing. Recharging the batteries in a timely and effective way is an important part of that “yes” process. Try it and see and let me know how you get on.
Over to you
What do you do to rejuvenate and power up? Where do you find the time and space in your life to have those important few minutes when you can recharge? How does making the time for your self feel? I’d love to hear from you and share your ideas and experiences. Who knows…. it may be inspiration for some one else. The tonic they had never thought of to make a huge difference in their life.
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