New Year – charge yourself up for the year ahead – top tips for getting re-energised!
So, Christmas is over and the New Year celebrations have been and gone, what are your plans and goals for 2015? Most people decide that they are going to get fit, lose weight, have a family, make more money and generally get on better than they did last year.
Everyone has really good intentions and there is a genuine want to succeed, it’s so easy to say, I’ll make a New Year’s resolution, to do this or that, but it’s hard to do and you find after about two weeks it all goes down the pan and you still feel as tired and ill as you did over Christmas and now you are back at work again with no let up until Easter!
So, there’s a lot to think about! How are you going to manage making it all happen because at the moment you feel lethargic and bloated because you’ve stopped for Christmas and the lurgy has caught up with you and of course feeling stuffed from too much rich food and drink!
The Daily Mail did a survey a few years ago and it reported that on average it takes us Britons 2 days, 9 hours and 5 minutes to start relaxing once we have started our holidays, so keep that in mind when you want a sneaky weekend away, you’ll only be relaxed when you actually get back to work again! This leads us to the conclusion that we need to put relaxing and re-charging elements into our lives on a daily basis in order that we can keep going throughout the year.
The best way to keep good intentions up is to make a plan, put time in your diary like you would a meeting, make tasks easier for yourself to achieve, like have the bathroom ready in the morning with everything that you need to hand and the radiator on so that in the cold months of the new year your bathroom is warm and inviting when you get up in the morning. Also, try not to do everything at once, start small so you don’t go into overwhelm, which is when you give everything up! Lastly, get your family behind you, they can do more to help, they need to be told that you do need help though!
So, how do we do it?
One of the best ways to refresh or re-energise yourself for the year ahead is to have some ‘me time’. For some people, especially busy parents, we don’t get much time for this as we are trying to deal with the kids and work and the house, and even parents. So, what can we do in the precious little time that we have to recharge our batteries?
I thought I would come up with a few quick ideas for you, here’s some quick ways to recharge and refresh yourself:
Simply have a shower! Especially if you feel really tired in the morning, just fall into the shower and the feeling of the water on your shoulders can help you wake up, and you will feel much more like hitting the ground running when you get out.
Wear something bright and colourful. Colour picks you up and wearing something bright can brighten your mood up considerably. Also wearing something that you would consider your best can get you into a higher gear and make you feel like networking / working or running a meeting.
One way to get mentally refreshed is to tidy an area of your house. If you work at home, give your desk a spring clean. You will find things that have been hidden for ages and you will feel so much more organised when you finally sit down to start your work.
Put on something red. Red is the most energetic colour and heals the deepest parts of your soul. Even if you don’t have red clothes, how about some earrings, a scarf or tie, you don’t have to cover yourself in red, just a little bit can do it, after all, you can send yourself mad if you immerse yourself in red.
Think about any hobbies that you might have and have not done for years due to lack of time or that life gets in the way. Well don’t you think it would be great to indulge in your hobby even for a few minutes a day? Once you have spent some time on your hobby, doesn’t it make you feel more chilled out and relaxed – of course it does!
Do what I do and paint! Best therapy ever. Easy to get lost in. Beauty with painting there is no right or wrong, just give it a go. Who know you may get addictied the same as I have and discover a who new career too!
Go for a walk. Either by yourself or ask a friend to come with you. The winter sun is just as good as the summer sun and all you need is 10 minutes a day to get your vitamin D. Look to the sky for inspiration and listen to the birds. This can rest and re-fresh the brain and it’s worth adding this into your routine, daily or at least 3 times per week. Invest in good waterproofs, which means you have no excuse!
Have a sleep. Sleep I not just for babies you know! Research has shown that a bad night’s sleep can stress the body as well as the mind. It is the cause of some car accidents and factory accidents. It raises the subject and the testing of power naps which suggest that a short nap in the day can enhance alertness and improve performance. A study by NASA on military pilots found that a 40 minute nap improved performance by 34%.
Relaxation and Meditation are two great ways of keeping your body and mind recharged. just lie down, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing for about 15 or 20 minutes. The act of concentrating on something like that clears the mind of things that you might be thinking of and concentrating on breathing allows you to do it fully and properly, which in turn improves your circulation, respiratory system and ultimately the brain.
Have a treatment such as reflexology or reiki, or even simply a hand massage. The actual action of someone spending time and energy on you is relaxing in itself. If you have any aches or pains, they can be soothed away. If you are pregnant, reflexology can help those tired, aching feet which are supporting the two of you!
Treatments are a brilliant way to recharge those batteries and re-engerise yourself and if you plan time in your diary and put a little money away each month specifically for treatments, you could benefit yourself over the year far more than you realise.
One treatment in particular is Reiki, literally translated, it means universal life force ‘rei’ and energy ‘ki’. It is a Japanese therapy, where a practitioner, acting as a conduit, channels positive energy, creating relaxation for the body to naturally heal itself. They do this by placing their hands on specific areas of the client’s fully clothed body.
So why am I mentioning Reiki in particular? The Reiki Centre did a survey in March 2010 and discovered that Reike was successful with increasing positive mental states. 80% experienced less stress and more happiness after a session. If you would like to know more about this treatment, please contact me.
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remember to look after yourself and have a brilliant 2015!