How to Recharge Your Mind and Body
In order to properly recharge your mind and body, we first have to recognize the signs that our batteries need some extra charge. It’s important to push yourself to achieve the best productivity throughout your days, but it’s even more important to know when to stop.
It’s relatively easy to notice when your body starts to wind down. It’s hard to keep your eyes open. Your joints ache. Your head hearts. But when your mind needs a recharge, the signs are a bit harder to recognize.
Your mind can easily get run down from stress or overstimulation. Look for signs such as increased anxiety, irritability, irrationality, impatience, restlessness, confusion, frustration, anger, and helplessness. These are just some mental signs of long-term stress, and huge red flags that you need a recharge, pronto!
Light a Candle
Aromatherapy is too often overlooked. Certain scents are perfect for alleviating the brain and body. This goes for candles, essential oils, or even perfumes. Our favorite scents to recharge your mind and body are lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, and even lemon. These scents are all known for stress relief as well as mood enhancement. The view of a flickering candle flame can also relax the mind and body subconsciously. Candles are our go-to, but a diffuser could also work for this tip.
Taking a break from work to get other tasks done such as cleaning can easily recharge your mind and body. Sometimes our brains are not prepared to completely stop and relax to recharge. When you’re feeling restless, it’s great to retarget your energy. Tidying up your space can also lead to increased productivity. Feeling accomplished will motivate you to continue with your work with newfound energy.
Listen to Music
Music is an incredible outlet to recharge your mind and body. It allows you to take your mind elsewhere. Make things simple by creating a playlist that specifically encourages an energy boost.
Sing along, distract yourself from what’s bringing you down, and take some time to yourself. It has been proven that singing along to songs can release endorphins and oxytocin which will immediately help you feel more energized and motivated.
Call a Friend
If you find yourself completely overwhelmed, it often helps to call up a friend and just talk. You could take two different routes, use this phone call to vent about your stresses, or to completely ignore your own responsibilities by discussing other topics. Talking to a loved one can help to recharge your mind and body. Having a great conversation and catching up with a friend or family member will allow you to return to your work with a fresh mind and positive outlook.
Pick up a Pencil
Sometimes we just need an old-fashioned creative outlet. There is something therapeutic about getting back to the basics. When you were a child and you felt bored or stressed, what did you do? You drew a picture, wrote in a diary, or created something. Finding creativity in your recharge can be extremely beneficial. Our favorite outlet is writing! Pick up your journal and make a goal to write a page a day when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Try a Nap
Sometimes your body and mind are simply telling you that you need a nap. You need to properly recharge your mind and body by turning it off for a little. The key here is to nap for only about 15 to 20 minutes maximum.
This way your cat nap will charge you back up without your mind entering deep sleep. This will avoid feeling groggy and less energized than you did before falling asleep. Even if this means taking a quick nap in your car during that 3 PM struggle, we’re not judging.
Plan Something to Look Forward To
If you feel like you’re constantly stuck in a rut, it could be helpful to plan something you can look forward to. Sometimes planning a trip can be more exciting than the actual trip! In order to recharge your mind, start by making lists of dream vacations and then work your way up to planning a proper itinerary. The trick here is that you can always add or change things to your plans. And during the process, you have something new to daydream about and focus on.
Play with your Pet
It’s always important to stay active. Recharging your mind and body with a bit of physical activity kills two birds with one stone. To make things even better, we suggest getting some exercise in with your pets! It has been studied that . Spending time with a companion can easily bring you back to reality.
Your pets rely on you and love you unconditionally. They can help us to feel less alone, make us laugh, and can even increase our self-esteem. Plus, they give us endless things to do to distract ourselves from any unwanted thoughts or moods.