What makes you come alive?

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I think it’s only fitting that if I devote a post to energy drainers that I do one on energy gainers.

Balance is important for living a fulfilling life but often, when we are chasing a dream (i.e like starting our own business), we become so focused on it to the detriment of other areas of our life. Maybe it has something to do with our puritan work ethic, that we should be putting in 60-70 hours a week but the truth is working longer hours doesn’t mean you’re being more productive. And it’s a recipe for burnout as we all need to recharge our batteries. As I said before, change requires energy so swap those annoying activities you’ve been tolerating for ones that energize you.

It’s time to make a list. What do you want more of in your life? What do you like to do? How do you like to be pampered? Put everything down that you can think of – small pleasures like a good cup of coffee to big indulgences like a spa vacation.

Now look at your list – what are some of the things that you can start doing right away? One of my favorite things to do is to sit in the sun and just soak up the warmth. It costs nothing but just taking five minutes rejuvenates me for the next task at hand.

What about some of those bigger items on your list – the ones you don’t think you have the time or money for? Is there a way to get the essence of what you want on a smaller scale? For instance, if you can’t afford a week at a spa, what about an hour massage, a facial or a pedicure?

Don’t tell me you don’t have the time. If you can find the time to watch TV or surf the internet, you have time to take care of yourself. Our brain can only take about 45 minutes of focused attention before it needs a break. Walking away from our desk for five minutes will enhance our productivity, not hinder it, so start incorporating those energy gainers into your routine and recharge yourself.

 

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