Ever had one of those weeks (or months) where it seems like you’re constantly in motion?
Whether for work, business, family, or another passion – people with driven, goal-oriented personalities can easily become so focused on ONE thing that they burnout and can even lose that fire to succeed. I know this because I speak from experience. Once you encounter burnout once or twice, you begin to search for ways to find more balance in life to avoid those feelings of frustration and/or unrest. Here are 11 ways I’ve been able to pause and recalibrate my day so I can re-focus and achieve my goals:
#1 – Quiet time of reflection, journaling, etc.
Just writing a few sentences each day is ideal. The 5 Minute Journal is GREAT if you’ve never journaled before.
#2 – Do something for someone else.
Volunteer at your local soup kitchen or food pantry. Help a friend organize their closet. Weed your elderly neighbor’s garden. While it may sound counterproductive to take on one more small responsibility, helping others reminds us of the importance of fellowship and makes us keep other people’s needs in mind too.
#3 – Spend time with Mother Nature.
Go for a walk through your neighborhood or your nearest park. Fresh air is exhilarating!
#4 – Visit somewhere new.
Take a quick drive outside of your area or travel down a road you’ve never been down…you never know what new experiences you may discover!
#5 – Workout or dance to music.
My goal is to work out 3-4 times per week and I’ve found it’s the BEST way to start my day. I don’t always feel like doing it, but afterwards I feel like I can take on the world.
#6 – Enjoy hot tea.
Sipping on a hot mug of Earl Gray or Chai tea helps me focus and keeps me alert.
#7 – Focus on gratitude.
One of my favorite new habits is writing a few sentences of gratitude in my journal. When you’re having a difficult day, it’s helpful to look back and reread thankful thoughts of accomplishment and the many things I have to be grateful for. If you practice gratitude journaling, I promise it will become a treasure that will give back for years to come.
#8 – Get a massage/mani/pedi.
Letting a professional pamper you is good for the soul! My quarterly massage works out all the knots and helps me enjoy pure bliss for 90 minutes. While I’m all about DIY manis and pedis, sometimes life is too full to stop long enough for a DIY nail session…so ask around for the best local nail spa and let someone else paint those digits. I recently discovered Poppy & Monroe in Nashville and can’t wait to book another pedicure!
#9 – Take a warm bath with a good book.
One of my favorite ways to unwind is with a good book, a cup of tea (or glass of wine), with my favorite candle, and a warm bubble bath. Soak for an hour…your body and soul will thank you.
#10 – Catch up with an old friend or family member you haven’t seen in awhile.
Reminiscing of times past or reengaging with someone who doesn’t easily cross your path is a helpful way to stay grounded and gain other perspectives on life.
#11 – Create art.
Deep inside we’re all creative…though certain days we may not feel like it. Taking an art class or doodling in a journal can be a wonderful way to unplug, relax, and unleash some creativity. One of my favorite ways to accomplish that is by doing one of those wine and art classes. I’m sure you’ve heard of them. You pay anywhere from $30-$50, bring your own wine and munchies, and the company provides the paint, brushes, canvas, and instruction. If you can paint by numbers, you can do one of these fun classes. Additionally, the adult coloring book craze has taken off. I’ll admit I’ve printed a few of these coloring sheets, pulled out some dusty colored pencils from my high school art class, and colored away a few weeks ago…and it was VERY refreshing.