What if we re-charged ourselves as often as we re-charge our phones?
We all have days when we feel depleted. Sometimes we know we’re pushing ourselves too hard, or not giving ourselves the fuel we need to function at our best.
We may feel tired, grumpy, anxious, or give those around us a harder time than they may deserve.
Perhaps we put others’ needs before our own too often, or don’t listen to the warning signs until it is too late.
Recent reports show that 1 in 3 ‘sick notes’ from GPs are now due to mental health, with a 14% rise in those relating to anxiety and stress in the last couple of years.
Stress is a major cause of health problems, both mental and physical.
Looking after yourself can be a preventative measure. We often have the resources inside us to re-charge, given the chance.
So how do you re-charge yourself?
There are many different ways we can re-charge our batteries. You may prefer some of these to others, or have others to add to the list, but here are a few to get you started:
- Taking time out for you
- Going for a walk
- Spending time in amongst nature
- Spending time with animals can be very therapeutic
- Exercise – find something you enjoy
- Spending time with friends and family
- Talking things through
- Allowing yourself the opportunity for a good night’s sleep
- Pampering yourself
- Eating a healthy balanced meal
- Making sure you drink enough water
- Listening to music that you enjoy
- Having some fun!
We at Float in the Forest enjoy going for a good dog-walk in the Forest of Dean. It combines walking, nature, time with animals, and often good conversation too! This article on ‘Forest Bathing’ shows that we’re not the only ones.
Floating is also a great way to re-charge your batteries, as it:
- Is time out for you
- Gives your muscles a chance to relax
- Provides peace and quiet, with no distractions
- Lets your mind switch off
- Can be like a shortcut to meditation
- Can give you a new appreciation for your surroundings with sensory enhancement
- Allows you to come back to your life with a new burst of energy!
Floating allows you to have a closer relationship with your body so that you can hear it before it has to shout. Floating can be part of your preventative re-charging ‘toolkit’, and can help with overcoming stress.
A key to all this is getting to know your body, listening to the warning signs, and acting before you reach a crisis point.
Remember – you don’t need to reach the point of feeling unwell, before you re-charge.
Don’t leave your battery to get to 1%, before you do something about it!