As you dash through life’s challenges and cross things off your ToDo list, one thing is bound to happen. Your mental batteries are going to run down. Just like your cell phone, every so often you have to give it a chance to charge up. Here are a few great ways to get your brain back to full power.
MUSIC – For me, music is a great stress buster. If you plan an instrument, sit down and just run through a few songs. If listening is more your thing, sit down with your iPod and headphones for an hour of un-interrupted music time. This is one of my favorite activities during plane flights and helps to ensure I am going strong when I arrive at my destination.
Television – I know, everyone is down on television, but when it comes to unwinding, it can really do the trick. Sit down, kick your feet up and watch a few of your favorite shows. Heck, you can even mix in a few episodes of “Toddlers & Tiaras” or some other show you would never admit to watching. Most importantly, don’t feel guilty about it – just relax and give your brain a breather.
Write - This can be a great way to do a brain dump. If you have tons of things you need to get done, sit down and write them all out. Once you have them all on paper, it is much easier to make a game plan and you won’t feel so overwhelmed. If you are the creative type, spend an hour putting together a short poem.
Go Outdoors - Find a nice quiet place – maybe your backyard or a nearby park – and just sit there and relax. You can bring a book, your headphones or just yourself. People watching can be a very fun and relaxing activity. Nothing recharges your batteries quite like some time outside on a nice day.
Staycation - Treat yourself to a “staycation” – kind of like a vacation, but you stay at home. Turn the ringer off on the phone, log off the computer and just relax around the house for a weekend. Rent a movie, order pizza, read a book – do all the things you might normally do on a vacation. Just do it from the comfort of your home. With no packing and hotel bill, you will have plenty of extra money and time to spend!
Next time your brain’s energy meter gets down to one bar, take a few minutes to put it on the charger.