I have found that it is extremely important to unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and at the same time recharge your batteries so that you have the energy to keep going.
Here’s a list of a few simple things you can do when you need a quick reboot and don’t have the time and/or resources for a vacation. These are also ways you can put yourself first and take great care of yourself. Remember, self-care is vital not only to your own well-being but also to your ability to care for others. So here are some suggestions for quick pick-me-ups:
Best done first thing in the morning or at the end of your day before bed. Whether you do it for five minutes or an hour you can use meditation to center yourself and connect to Spirit as you begin your day and to clear your mind as you end your day. Meditation is a foundational method for unplugging and recharging.
Watch the sunrise or the sunset
This simple act of presence if another awesome way to start and end your day. The sun is truly a symbol of renewal and Source energy that you can tap into as you begin and wind down your day.
Give yourself a Mini Retreat
This can be done anytime you have a few hours or a day to just spend some intentional time alone and focused on yourself. Mini retreats give you the space and time to disconnect from the outside world and to connect with your authentic self so that you can get back on track and redirect your energy to what matters most.
Go to the Spa
This is one of my favorite ways to unplug for an hour or so and just focus on me. After a great massage or facial I feel renewed and ready to face what’s ahead.
Take a nap
There’s nothing like a middle of the day nap to recharge your batteries. If you really want to take a proper nap make sure you have comfortable clothes on, grab a blanket in case you get cold, close the blinds, and nap for at least a solid hour. You’ll be refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day.
Take a walk
Breathe in the fresh air, connect with nature, with the trees, flowers and the natural beauty all around you. Taking a walk in nature in truly transformative as it allows you to escape from the chaos and connect to that which is in perfect order.
Have a cup of tea
The English were really on to something with this one. Think about it, there’s something about taking a break in the late afternoon to sip a cup of tea and nibble on cookies or tea sandwiches that is truly refreshing. You get to unplug for a bit and it sets you up with the energy to move through the next phase of the day. Yes! I think I will have a spot of tea this afternoon.
Play a game
Many nights I have played solitaire, sudoku, words with friends or some other game before I went to bed as a way to just come down from the day and disconnect. As long as you don’t lose perspective and can use games as a brief escape then it will serve its purpose.
Go to the movies
The movies allow you to escape into another world for a couple of hours. Movies let you unplug from your life and get absorbed in someone else’s or in some fantasy world. But do make sure you pick a movie that isn’t going to be emotionally draining. See something funny or inspiring and uplifting.
Take a bath
How soothing is a warm, candlelit bubble bath at the end of the day. Try putting on some relaxing, spa music, use aromatherapy oils or bath salts and enjoy a glass of wine or bubbly and let the craziness of the day wash away. And check out these bath time essentials to make this classic self-care ritual extra special.
Just remember that none of us mamas can keep going at full throttle without some downtime. We all need time and space away from it all so that we can show up fully when it counts. So whether you take the suggestions above or find your own ways to unplug and escape, however briefly, please do something for yourself everyday to disconnect from the outer world and to connect to the inner world where you can recharge and return with renewed energy.
So tell us, how do you unplug and recharge? Please share below how you take time for yourself to disconnect and renew your energy.