8 Ways to Restore Your Energy When You Have No Time

We are trapped in a belief system that states we must do more in order to be better. It’s a badge of honor to say, “I worked a 60-hour week.” Or, “I haven’t taken a proper vacation in three years.”

I have many clients that are very successful. Outwardly, they look like they have the best life. They drive luxury cars and live in fancy houses. But they’re on this incredible tread mill of exhaustion, and they are not taking care of themselves.

That is not healthy nor is it sustainable. We need to take care of ourselves. If we don’t, who will?

I’m trying to slow down and take one day off every week. People are aghast, but it is something I am proud of. Carving out time for meditation, exercise, a quiet walk, a bath or just being alone is important. It is the new badge of honor, in my opinion.

A few minutes of “me time” every day will restore your energy and mental acuity so you can be the leader your team needs. If you can’t take off a day or half-day or spend an hour doing nothing, what can you do to restore yourself?

Think about the things that restore you. Meanwhile, here are 8 ideas to get you started:

1.      Take a 15-minute run – in your work clothes. I actually have clients who do this. They get home from work, put on running shoes and go out the door.

2.      Meditate for 10 minutes. Just look up a 10-minute guided meditation online – there are lots of options.

3.      Niksen for 10-15 minutes.

4.      Take a 15-minute power nap.

5.      Laugh! Watch your favorite comedian on YouTube or read a funny story.

6.      Pick up the phone and call someone you love and who makes you feel good about yourself.

7.      Practice yoga at your desk. A yoga teacher in Alexandria teaches yoga stretches you can do in your office.

8.      Eat mindfully. Turn off the computer and your phone, and pay attention to the flavor and texture of your snack.

Send me a note and let me know what you do over the next few days that restored you.