We are very similar to batteries and every now and again, we need to recharge. It’s surprising how many of us see recharging, disengaging or recuperating as selfish. This fallacy is dangerous and unhealthy. How can we pour from an empty cup? How can we continue to drive a car without gas?
Running on empty
When we run on fumes we compromise our emotional, psychological and physical well being. Our concentration suffers, our temperament becomes reactive, and our sleep patterns can be compromised. Running on empty can ultimately lead to burnout.
Help Guide’s Article, “Burnout Prevention and Treatment” states:
Burnout is a gradual process. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it can creep up on you. The signs and symptoms are subtle at first, but become worse as time goes on. Think of the early symptoms as red flags that something is wrong that needs to be addressed. If you pay attention and actively reduce your stress, you can prevent a major breakdown. If you ignore them, you’ll eventually burn out.
Not all of us are fortunate enough to have the option to go to a day spa or retreat, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot recharge ourselves when we begin to feel drained. Recharging can be simple methods of disengaging and allowing yourself a moment to center yourself.
- Foot Soak/Pedicure
- Bubble Bath
- Going for a walk/Sitting outside in the park
Just unplugging for 15 – 30 minutes uninterrupted can give you a quick recharge from every day stressors. Try a 7 day trial run and see how you feel. Want a custom plan to handle stress? Contact me. Be well, friends.