Time to Recharge: Part Two

In my last post, I discussed how it feels when your mind and body shuts down after you’ve been on go for so long. In this post, I want to give you some tips on how to recharge while avoiding the feeling of being unproductive.  

Explore your city. As I mentioned in my last post, I recently had a short "summer" break from grad school. One thing that I enjoyed while being on break is visiting new places in my city; whether it's a new outdoor area or a new coffee shop. I wish I could have done more exploring during this time because it is a great way to try something new while also taking it easy. 

Pamper yourself. Do I even have to explain why this is great? Even if you don't go to an actual spa or salon, you can always take a few hours to pamper yourself. This relaxed my mind and body while also giving me something productive (and very beneficial) to do.  

Work out. Now to be real, I didn't do this as much as I could have, BUT when I did, I enjoyed it. We all know the health benefits of exercising, but I didn't realize how calming it was until recently. This is a great way to work some stress out and recharge your body. It also helps me to regain energy. 

Get artsy. I don't care how old I get, "arts and crafts time" is something that I will never get to old for! Buy a coloring book or some paint supplies, and create something. I am a huge fan of DIY projects, so I spend my free time researching and creating new projects that I can try out for my home (or for personal use). This is such a stress-reliever, and it'll also give you a chance to prevent boredom! 

Read. I was always told that reading was relaxing and I didn't understand that until now. Honestly, I didn't read during my break (because … school), BUT I do recommend it if you want an opportunity to refuel your mind without overcrowding it. Leisure reading is a an awesome way to stimulate AND unwind your mind (crazy combo, I know).  

The most important thing to remember while recharging is YOU. You need to focus on YOU. If life stops you in your tracks or if you just decide to stop yourself, use that time to breath and decompress. Using these techniques and others will give you a feeling of relief without leaving you feeling as if you haven't accomplished anything.  

What are some techniques that you use to recharge without feeling unproductive?