Recharge and Refresh

Wonan laughing on bed

Now let’s be honest life can be busy. If you ask me how my day was, sometimes I just give a one word response. Most of the time it’s “Busy”. Why? Because the thought of explaining how my day was is exhausting. I feel kind of bad because I know the person can be looking for a way to connect and have a conversation but Im too tired to talk.  

I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels this way.  There is always the next thing that you have to work on and the next thing that needs your attention. Sometimes you are laying there with absolutely no energy to get up and do the simplest thing like brushing your teeth. It’s not like you have to go run a mile to get to the sink. It’s literally 15 seconds away. You go over in your head the action of standing up walking to the bathroom, putting toothpaste on your toothbrush and brushing your teeth etc. For a second you think, man, I wish someone could brush my teeth for me. You are fine going over the actions in your head but when it comes to actually doing it you have no energy. 

You ask yourself why do I feel so tired. This was the longest week of my life. When I get to this point I realize that something is not right and I’m literally irritated and everyone about the slightest thing. When I actually stop and think about it, I realize that I am running on 5hrs of sleep and have been going non stop 95% of the time that I’ve been awake. From the time that I wake up to the time that you get ready and go to bed. From morning to night my brain has been on high alert focusing on what is in front of you and thinking about what you have to do next. 

When you get to this point it’s not healthy for anyone. It’s not good for the people around you and most importantly it’s not good for you. What good are you when you are burnt out trying to accomplish your goals and always on the go. You need to take time out to care for yourself. 

I try not to get to that point where I hate the world and want to crawl in a whole to sleep. But honestly sometimes things get in the way and I end up right there. 

As an introvert I recharge  when I’m by myself and have some time alone.  These are some of the things that I love doing to recharge  and refresh so I can go again. 

This is what works for me and you might find it helpful but it’s important to find what you love doing to recharge so you can be your best self.

I Take a shower

Although i take a shower every night, it is usually in and out then on to the next thing or go to sleep right away. But when I’m taking the night or day off my showers feel different. It’s almost like your mind and body know what is coming so you clear your mind and figuratively wash everything down to drain. When I get out I feel so light and fresh. I take the time to lotion my whole body, put on my robe and get ready for the rest of the evening or just stay in my robe. It’s my time so i can do what i want. As I get dressed or drink tea or light a candle I like to have to light Jazz music playing in the background. This might sound strange but it helps to keep my mind from wandering back to work.  

I light a candle or 2

Honestly I love candles. When I light a candle it’s like instantly the world is a better place. I don’t know why I just love candles especially if they have a mild scent like lavender or vanilla or something that is not too overpowering. Currently my favourite candle is from the Neob Niagra. Their Lavender candle is amazing. the subtle lavender smell is so relaxing.

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Square Glorious Lavender Candle from https://neobniagara.com/collection

Drink some tea 

Tea is another one of those thing that just calm me. I also love a cup of Match Latte. Caffeine does not affect me that much so having a cup at night does not keep me awake. I dont know what it is about tea, maybe its the heat, but i find it very soothing.

Watch something funny 

I generally stay away from TV shows because once i fins one that i like and there are a few seasons already out its hard to break away when i could be doing something productive. I like to watch movies. Sometimes I watch it by myself or the people I’m living with. I am calm and present by this point so if i am with people i am more fun to be around and not always thinking about going to do the next thing. 

Sleep, sleep sleep

Its quite obvious but i cant finish without saying this. Sleep. Sleep is needed for your body to repair itself and . its important for your overall well being. If possible sleep and wake up without an alarm. When I wake up without an alarm I can just lay there and enjoy the new day before it even begins. I enjoy the morning light that fills my room and wish i can stay there. 

Remember Self-care is important and everyone should take the time and space they need to take care of themselves. 

Get some rest and take care of yourself. It’s good for everyone but most importantly its good for you.

-Joelle@stillsofhue

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Hi! We are Allyson and Joelle. Welcome to our online publication featuring two millennial friends sharing their love of photos, life and overall wellbeing.

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