I don't mean your cellphone, or your computer, or any of your electronic devices. I mean does YOUR battery need recharging?? Are you running on empty??
Staying balanced when life gets out of balance is really hard. I mean no matter how much you know you need to take time for yourself, sometimes you simply can't. So what do you do when you reach the breaking point and realize that you are at the end of your emotional rope and want to scream or just plop down somewhere and stare into space?
Here are 3 suggestions to help recharge your emotional batteries:
1. Don't should on yourself.You've heard this before I'm sure, but the truth is, when you are out of balance and drained, it is often easy to feel shamed by the fact that you are not able to take on the world every day and still have time to take care of yourself the way you should. If you are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, there is no shame in that. It's ok to fall apart sometimes. You don't always have to be the "strong" one. You don't have to pretend that everything is in perfect working order when inside you feel like you are falling apart. Be gentle with yourself. Don't feel like you have to pretend everything is ok when it isn't. Sometimes the only way out is through...
2. Put your own oxygen mask on first. There's a reason they tell us that when we are on an airplane. Taking care of yourself first does not mean that you are selfish or uncaring. It means that if you don't take care of yourself, you are not going to be able to care for others, for the ones that need you, for the ones you love. Give yourself at least 15 minutes a day for YOU time.
3. Breathe. When you are feeling depleted and exhausted, you need to replenish yourself and your body. Often when we are stressed, we are taking shallow breaths and not really breathing. Oxygen will make a big difference in how you feel and will help to replenish your cells and your body and help you to feel calmer and more at peace. I suggest a breathing exercise that I call "5&5." Start with one big slow deep breath in as you slowly count to five. As you breathe in, picture that you are breathing in your favorite color. Imagine it filling your body with it's beautiful color and healing energy. Then as you release that air slowly, count to five as you blow out a different color that represents the stress and imbalance. Make that color brown or grey. Do this exercise 5 times.
I hope you find at least one of these suggestions helpful. Feel free to share what has worked for you...
That's it for now. Until next time - Here's to the road that lies ahead. Here's to you!