We all need to do it sometimes, even those of us who most resemble an Energizer Bunny.
Given the state of the world today, it’s quite likely you’ve been working harder than usual, for longer than usual, and making less money from it to boot.
This means a recharging trip to someplace where every drink is served with an umbrella, fruit, or both, is out of the question.
It doesn’t matter if a daily massage is not in your budget, you not only can re-boot yourself after a big project – you really should. Even the Energizer Bunny falls over sometimes, and the trick is to give yourself some juice before that happens.
I’ve decided that there are 3 R’s and 2 E’s to this process:
Realistic – How long did it take you to get in this state? If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends for a couple of months, sleeping in one weekend won’t make you all bushy-tailed again. You’ll need at least a few days and nights of taking it easy to recoup, or better yet, a renewed and ongoing commitment to take better care of yourself.
Rest – There’s no way to overstate it. People need sleep in order to live, think and function when they’re awake. Society loves the idea of the hard-driver who scrapes by with a nap or two, now and again, but just remember that Einstein reportedly needed 10 hours of sleep a night. I know I push the limits on this myself (I think naps can help compensate some), and that’s kind of why I know it’s really important to get enough rest.
Reconnect – If you’ve been consumed with a big task, you’ve probably been forced to let a lot of things go; your email inbox, those growing piles of junk mail, house-cleaning, your laundry, friends, family, you name it… To recharge, make a point of hooking up with all those things. You’ll feel more in control and your pets will be glad to see you.
Exercise – Even an exercise junkie like me has to miss workouts, or cut them short, when deadlines and key meetings interfere. I always enjoy getting back into my routine. I’m sure my body does, too, and one of these days it will thank me for it.
Eat – I once saw a cartoon that read, “Calories consumed while doing a tedious task don’t count.” Unfortunately, like I said, that was a cartoon and not a scientific paper. But that hasn’t stopped me, and many others, from indulging. If a heavy workload has inspired a lot of supersizing for you, try backing off and eating more healthily. You’d be surprised at how much better that helps you feel.
And one last point – it’s not only your body that needs nourishment, your spirit needs to be fed, too. Hard work can take a lot out of you, so make a point of nurturing your inner self, as well.
by Danielle Dresden