We live in a what seems to be a non-stop, attention deficit society, where being busy and stressed out is usually the norm. We often get so caught up in all of the work and activities that we don't take into account the physical and mental strain that is caused. Surely, exhaustion, increased cortisol levels, quick meals and lack of free time aren’t leaving you satisfied. When you neglect your basic healthy needs and get overwhelmed, you start to forget about the goals and reasons for even running yourself ragged in the first place. It is key to take some time to recharge and connect with the source energy that connects us all with each other, and the planet. Start dedicating some personal time to recharge your batteries.
Here are 20 simple tips to help you recharge!
1. Plan a tech detox: Take a break from all that technology and just unplug. Reconnect with your loved ones and take a few hours to just relax away from the constant flashing lights and pictures of the tech world.
2. Get active outside. Nature is full of life and energy in all directions. Find some trails to hike and explore, or even just head to the beach of lake to enjoy the simplistic beauty of all that is around.
3. Reconnect with your inner child. What did you love doing as a child? Draw a picture, make a collage, build a fort, up to you! Our society is dominated by the organized and calculated left brain style of thinking. Unplug from this and let your right brain and creativity run wild! The balance between these two will do wonders for all aspects of your life.
4. Volunteer at a local animal shelter. This activity will bring a new perspective to the way animals are viewed in our world today, and it can really allow you to connect with feelings of compassion and empathy.
5. Try something new. Go rock climbing, try exotic foods, or simply opt for a book you wouldn’t normally choose. Keep your body and mind guessing.
6. Clean house. Clean out your closets and any clutter around the house and donate it to the less fortunate. You can help someone in need and your energy will positively feed off of a tidy environment!
7. Plan your next vacation. The idea of having something to look forward to will help bring you a more guided sense of motivation.
8. Light candles and take a bath with essential oils or Epsom salt. The salt will relax your muscles, while the essential oils like lavender or chamomile will relax your mind and body.
9. Do Yoga. Yoga allows the body to link up with the breath and energy of the body. As you work inward through the asana practice you realize the connection with the self and the way it relates to every other thing on the planet. This perspective can change your life completely and allow you to connect with source energy on a regular basis.
10. Plant a garden. This will recharge you more than once. You’ll feel accomplished from creating life, by saving money on food, and you’ll get time to yourself out in nature each time you tend to it. Sustainable living is one of the most important things to get involved with as the world gets crazier and more unstable each year.
11. Rearrange your furniture. A new point of view often leads to new ideas and perspectives.
12. Start a bucket list. Thinking and recording your goals in life will help you focus on the big picture and what will truly make you happy.
13. Create something. Work on one of those projects you pinned on Pinterest. Make it a Pinterest party by inviting friends to join.
14. Go to the local farmer's market. Farmer's markets are an amazing place to get perspective on the economical systems of the world that really matter: in your local community. It gives you a chance to talk with the farmers and people at the booths. You’ll make a connection with your community and learn where your food comes from.
15. Plan a date night. If you have kids or a busy job, you may not have been on a date in a long time. If you’re single, plan a friend date! Try to make it a weekly ritual and take turns planning the date.
16. Drink green juice. If you are feeling sluggish juice some fresh fruits and vegetables to boost your body's immune system when you start feeling the afternoon slump.
17. Get outside during lunch. Take a walk, eat outside, or go to a local cafe. The main objective is to get away from the office and your computer screen.
18. Meditate. Meditating while sitting, or even lying down for 15 minutes can help you relax before heading back to work. For a great introduction to meditation check out Molly Nourmand's video here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBXOHm3RpIc
19. Take a shower. If you’re stuck in a rut or frustrated after a long day, a shower is the perfect opportunity to relax and rethink the situation. For an extra energy boost or to improve circulation, switch to cold wated at the end to really wake you up!
20. Exercise! Aim for 30 minutes of medium intensity exercise each day. Regular exercise helps to regulate hormones, increase circulation and will help you to clear your mind and reduce stress.
David Schmenk is the Managing Editor for ExtremeFitness.com. David received his BA in Marketing at Tiffin University in Ohio, and studied international marketing at the British American College of London in London, England.
As a lifelong, multi-sport athlete, David has developed a broad range of experience and knowledge in a variety of training and performance techniques. During his time as a college athlete, David began to develop an interest in martial arts and studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muy Thai. After college he worked in the Technology field and also became a CPT, training individuals in sports-specific programs for strength and conditioning. He later found an interest in Yoga and began practicing and studying Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. He now holds a Yoga Alliance 200 RYT certification in Power Vinyasa yoga and teaches clients of all ages and skill levels.
David maintains an active lifestyle by practicing yoga daily, and he also integrates strength and cardiovascular training throughout the week. He competes in any, and all sports when has the opportunity, and he also coaches his son’s youth sports teams. In his free time he is an avid traveler, outdoors-man, and artist. For any questions or comments for him directly please email David@ExtremeFitness.com.