8 Simple But Effective Ways To Recover Your Mind Every Day
You are laying down on bed, staring at the ceiling.
You know you should close your eyes and go to bed as soon as you can, but the thing is, you cannot close your eyes.
You already have eye-strain, but you are overwhelmed and confused with all the works you have to do. You feel hurry and busy, but you cannot do anything to relax your mind.
You wonder if you should just go back to your computer, which you just turned off couple minutes ago.
“I’ll never get everything done on time like I expected”, you think to yourself.
The more you think about it, the more work you have to do and you start to feel lost, you have no idea where to start.
You feel exhausted and stressed. You get up, light a candle, and get back to bed, in the hope that the scent will help to ease your headache, and put you to sleep.
What happened? Why are you feeling this way?
The thing is, nothing happened. That is just a normal day for you. Because of your insane work stress and pressure, you always feel like tiptoeing at the edge of the cliff.
You desperately need a vacation. So does your mind.
Here’s the good news.
You don’t need a vacation to unplug from everything, to relax your body and to recover your mind. You can recover your mind every day with these surprisingly simple tips.
1. Do nothing to recover your mind
You don’t want to waste your precious time when you certainly need more time to work. You might hesitate to get off your working desk and do nothing. You might even feel lazy and guilty because of it.
However, as much as you need to finish your work, your body and mind need to get off your work. Allowing yourself to have some time for yourself to do nothing, to unplug from your work temporarily.
Make a commitment to yourself to walk away from your working desk and do nothing or do whatever you want.
Meditation is a great way to recharge yourself, to calm down your nerves and reduce stress. It helps to clear your mind and get your head off the sanity you’ve been having.
You don’t have to meditate 30 minutes or an hour a day to enjoy the benefits. Just 5 minutes will do.
Take a comfortable seat, take a few deep breath and start counting your breath. If you still struggle, read my posts for some tips of meditation for beginners to get you started.
The best thing in exercise is not that it helps you to lose weight, but it is because of the pumped and refreshed feeling it gives you. When you exercise, even a mild exercise, your body releases serotonin, helps to reduce stress and release pain.
So pick some kind of exercise or activity that you like and make sure you do it frequently. You can integrate a couple minutes walking into your working day, between your breaks.
4. Get to the nature
We all have our love for the nature, more or less, that is in our instinct. Sometimes all you need is a breath-taking view of the nature and all the stress, suffers and sorrow will be swept away.
However, we do not have access to that all the time. But it doesn’t prevent us from bringing a little nature into our workspace and our homes.
Plant something on your desk, or have a tiny fish task at your house. When you are tired and stressed, take a break from your work and take care of your natural corner.
It might sound silly for you, but smiling lifts up your mood, changes your brain status from boring and depressed to exciting and happy.
Once you start to feel good, things will happen to you like a chain. Your brain will release endorphins and serotonin into your blood, make your whole body relax and lower your heart rate.
So even if you are tired, go to your mirror and smile as much as you can. The more you smile, the better you will feel.
This might sound weird for you. But dancing can instantly lift your mood and release your stress. Once your body starts moving in the rhythm of the music, the heavy stone in your chest will be lifted.
If you never dance before, you will not even think of trying this. Because you don’t dance, and you don’t know how to dance. But the thing is, you don’t need to.
A dance is just a combination of great music and light activity. Don’t be such a hard audience for yourself. You don’t need to move like a professional dancer, you just need to listen to the music and move along.
7. Keep a journal
One of the good way to recover your mind is to pour it out. Write down everything that bothers you and makes you stress. Remember to write the reason why they affect you. Once you write them down, you can change your perspective toward your problems, from a keeper to a viewer.
This does not only improve your mood but also clears your mind, because you don’t need to keep it in your head. Then when you are calm and ready, look at those stressors and find solutions.
8. Unplug from technology
One of the thing that you cannot get enough of is your phone. Maybe you are addicted, maybe you are not. But you know that you are spending more time in your phone than you should.
When you are tired, you switch from your laptop to your phone, reading some trash news to relax your mind.
You often end up more tired and sloppy than you were before.
The thing is, when you use your phones, your brain is not resting. What’s more, the blue light from your phone hurts your eyes no less than the computer light.
Put it in the simpler way, your phone is basically a tiny computer. You are not resting if you switch from one computer to the next.
Make a commitment to yourself. Block a technology-free time on your calendar.
Never underestimate the power of recovery and rest
You cannot be the rat running in the training wheel forever. To be able to run for a long time, you need to take enough time to rest and recover.
It helps to reset your mind, restore your energy and boost your energy level. Don’t think of sleeping and resting as time wasting. Give it proper time and allow it to heal and detox yourself every day.
Success has to come with sustainability. Make sure you prepare your body and mind for it.
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