Sunday I crashed. I was not only grumpy but I was mean. I had no energy and I didn’t want to be around anyone. Even cute babies and sweet old ladies were sending me off the edge of wanting to slap them. I was in a bad way and I couldn’t figure out why my normally sweet, kind, and giving personality was nowhere to be found.
The problem was that I had given all that I had in me and there wasn’t enough left for even myself. What I needed to do is get away from people and lay down somewhere. See, sometimes when we are giving so much of ourselves, we reach a point where we need to give to yourself to rejuvenate the love.
When I got home here is what I did.
- I made myself a healthy salad. My body needed to be fed food that was good for it, not processed or comfort foods. Too many times we spoil ourselves with comfort foods because of the rush of happiness it gives our brain. Sugary foods such as sweets and high carb content selections, though they make us initially happy, in an hour will cause us to crash hard. Most of the time when the crash happens the strong desire to eat more of the bad foods follows. This is a mistake that leads to poor health and excess body mass. It also leads to depression. I wanted to feel better for the long term.
- I took a nap. When I laid down to sleep, I did not set an alarm. A power nap is not what I needed, but one of rejuvenation. Therefore, I put on my sleep clothing, closed up my blackout curtains, and put my phone on do not disturb. I slept until my body woke me up when it was ready. Two and a half hours later I was well rested. I was feeling the energy to get some things done.
- I took a 2-mile power walk. I could have started doing things around the house that needed doing. There were dishes to wash and food to prep for the week. Since I had no strong desire to do them, I knew I needed to build confidence to push me forward so that I would want to get things done that were important but not ‘fun’. On my walk, I played a motivational podcast that played for the 40 minutes it took me to accomplish my 2-mile goal. You may think this walk would have worn me out and kept me from the tasks that awaited me when I returned home. But if you will remember, I just woke from a 2-hour nap, endorphins kicked in when the adrenaline of exercise was produced with that walk. I also needed to use energy so that when it was time to go to bed, I would sleep through the night. Too much sleep during the day can lead to insomnia.
I woke this Monday morning feeling revived, happy and ready to take on my day with love and kindness. The steps I took weren’t huge impossible things to do. They were actually fun and purposeful. I knew my goal. I knew what my body wanted, and I gave it that. We don’t always need a vacation to pull ourselves together. If we are self-aware and tuned into our body, sometimes we can spend a half of a day plugging into the energy we need to put ourselves right again.
What do you do to reinvigorate yourself?