I was out for a walk the other day and noticed how tired I am. Exhausted, really. It's a combination of factors. Overuse of technology, not enough time outdoors, horrible holiday eating habits, and just a very busy December schedule. My brain is in a fog and I just want to curl up and take a long nap. Not exactly the way I envisioned welcoming 2017.
In addition to setting intentions for the year, I intend to use January to recharge. Here are ten ways to do just that!
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Of course gratitude always recharges me. A great practice for any time of the year, keep a journal by your bedside and each night before you go to sleep write down five things you are thankful for that day. It can be anything from the health scare that didn’t turn out to be a big deal all the way down to your morning cup of your favorite coffee.
Take a Walk in Nature
Often the holiday bustle can make us feel disconnected, which is what I am feeling now. Walking in nature, preferably away from large groups of people, will reunite you. If you don’t have the time, you can always brave the elements and take your shoes off in your yard for a minute. To ground yourself, imagine you have tree roots growing out the bottoms of your feet and down into the Earth.
Disconnect from Electronics
Take a day to leave all computers, phones, and tv’s behind. Don’t just put them aside, turn them off and unplug them. EMF radiation from these devices are disruptive to your senses. Practice being in the moment. Read, listen to music that brings you joy or comfort, cook something delicious, or play a rowdy game of cards with loved ones.
Find a Sit Spot
This is another grounding exercise. Find a spot preferably outdoors, or in a well lit area indoors where you can see outside. For ten minutes observe what you see, smell, hear or can touch. Distract yourself with your senses instead of your thoughts.
Tap Mid-Sternum for One Minute
Negative thoughts and emotions interfere with the body’s natural energy system and throws it out of balance. Taping releases that interference and brings harmony to the energetic system. Using your right or left hand, use your fingers to tap your mid-sternum for one minute.
Create a Walking Meditation
If finding a sit spot doesn't work for you, try a walking meditation. Use the same method, but with walking instead of sitting. Go for a walk and use your senses to notice the world around you.
Expose Yourself to Laughter
Laughter truly is the best medicine. Intentionally seek out things that bring you so much joy they make you laugh. For me that is dancing or playing games with my family and friends.
Take a Bath
Water is a very powerful resource. Run a bath and observe your thoughts. Then as the tub drains, imagine all those thoughts, worries, fears, and stresses are going down the drain with the water.
Let Yourself Be Nourished
Don’t forget all that you have. Take a moment to take care of yourself and remember all you have accomplished in the past year. You are enough.
Light a Candle for Peace
Take a moment to light a candle and set an intention or prayer for what you want this day/month/year. It may be peace, contentment for everything exactly as it is, or simply gratitude for being in the moment. As you walk by the candle, remember the words you spoke and allow them to fill your heart.