I am not talking about the natty little rechargeable ones which mean you aren’t littering landfill with lots of horrible things (though they are pretty cool). No, I am talking about the personal batteries. The ones which keep you going and which mean that you are able to keep on doing everything you need to do and want to do.
Before I really start this post, I need to confess something. I am rubbish at this. I rarely (if ever) give myself time to do things purely for the benefit of myself. I basically work myself to the bone for everyone else and then feel baffled when I basically hit a wall and don’t want to carry on a further single step. Hello there, classic burn out. This weekend, I realised I was getting perilously close to this point again. The clues included yelling at the husband for no reason whatever, feeling perilously close to tears at several points, having no energy whatever (real classic that one), and feeling utterly overwhelmed at everything I see I have to get done.
Reading lots of websites, it appears that I am not the only one who suffers this. I am ridiculously happy about this, because let’s face it, misery loves company. There are lots of different pieces of advice about how to sort it out, but the basic tenet of all of them is about carving out some time for yourself in the day. There are almost as many ways of doing that as there are websites out there. There is the exercising camp (yoga, Insanity DVD, the Shred, walking, jogging, swimming, etc), the praying camp (be that meditation, prayer, a combination of the the two), the ignore it and do what you want to camp… and many, many more.
But I wanted this post to be about things you could actually DO to recharge the batteries. I am assuming that we all have the skills to prioritise and carve out time in the day to recharge our batteries. The bit we don’t have is the list of things which will actually do the recharging. Certainly, that is one thing I am ridiculously rubbish at. All I see when I look around is all the jobs that need to be done, and not the nice bits I could do that would put a smile on my face. So, here is a quick run down as an aide memoire for me, and perhaps some ideas for you.
1. Moisturise. Not just your face, but your feet, elbows, dishpan hands. It takes less than 30 seconds but can help make you feel much better about yourself and life in general.
2. Drink water. It will flush your system out, give you added oomph and more than likely, more time in the smallest room in the house. Admittedly if you have children or pets, this is unlikely to be alone time… but you have to take your rest times when you can! Ahem!!
3. Do absolutely nothing for 15 minutes. No hobby work, no jobs, no reading, no watching television, NOTHING. It is hard in this busy world to actually do this, because we are used to being full on for 24/7 but it is worth trying. If you can be outside in nature when you do it, then you can crank up the effect even more. (This is really tricky because when I sit in the garden I end up with a loong list of jobs to do… but hey… I am still a novice at this relaxing thing).
4. Read something light and fluffy. I haven’t done that for AGES, but when I got back from my University terms, I used to head for the library and the soppy romance books and pick something very easy on the brain, the mental equivalent of lying down. I think I need to do the same again!!
5. Smile. There is a phrase about faking it till you make it, but that is not what I mean here. I mean, even if you really, really don’t feel like it… put a smile on your face. Smiling releases endorphins which make you feel better. Smiling also makes other people smile back at you. Spread the joy slightly.
So, on the basis that these 5 things are pretty simple to do, I am going to attempt to do them today and see what happens. I shall report back as to the success of them and whether the batteries are indeed recharged at the end of it!