Let me guess, you charge your phone every day, at least once a day, and you always check that you have enough battery on it to make it through… I would say that we are all probably quite good at keeping on top of this. However, how often are you paying attention to your own personal battery levels? What if we thought about ourselves and our own energy levels as much as we think about our phones?
Our own energy levels are so important to how we experience things, how we feel day-to-day, and how we cope with and manage our lives. I would suggest, however, that many of us are not giving ourselves the time to recharge our batteries or take stock when we are running low on energy.
We don’t have our own screens with a little battery icon to tell us when we are running low, so we need to learn to recognize it in ourselves when we are feeling drained. You might notice your eyes feeling heavy and having less motivation than normal. You might find yourself waking up but not feeling as refreshed, or perhaps getting agitated more quickly or feeling more emotional. All of these things can be signs that you are running low on your personal battery. Stop ignoring these signs and start taking little actions to help recharge yourself physically and mentally. If you start taking more action you will notice feeling less stressed and happier!
What actions can we take to recharge ourselves? We can’t just plug ourselves in to charge like we can our phones, and I would say that there is no set answer that will work for everyone in terms of recharging. I believe it is about exploring what activities or routines work for you. For some people, it will be making sure that you improve on your sleep. You might need to adjust your routine so that you go to bed at a better time. You might need to think about your nutrition, making sure you’re eating well, and paying attention to what your body really needs. This can really help you with your energy levels. Other helpful recharging activities can be getting out into nature, going for a walk, or spending time in the garden. You might just find that spending some time with family and friends and relaxing together, cooking for each other, or watching a movie together can help. Whatever makes you feel relaxed, less stressed and boosts your mood will be the ‘recharging activities’ that you need to pay attention to. Think about what helps you recharge mentally and physically, what makes you come away feeling happier and less stressed. Once you have identified these things, see if you can incorporate them more into your regular routines. Small adjustments can mean big boosts to your personal battery levels.
Share these ideas and thoughts with your friends and family to see what their ideas or activities are… or if they ever think about recharging their batteries on a regular basis.
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