8 Ways to Recharge Your Mind and Body Energy When You Feel Drained
Is everyday life leaving you drained? Between working all day, eating on the run, and having little time for fun and relaxation, it’s normal to feel exhausted at least some of the time. But always feeling worn-out isn’t healthy. It can also leave you less productive and less happy.
Taking good care of your body can make it easier to recharge your mind. Being stressed can take a toll on your body, even if you don’t have a very physical job. Here are some ideas that may help you energize your mind and body.
1. Take a warm bath
Heat will get your blood moving, which is not only great for circulation but can also help sore or tight muscles to relax. The addition of epsom salts in your warm bath has been proven to help reduce inflammation in your joints caused by arthritis or other muscular diseases.
2. Change your diet
Your diet is crucial to keeping your mental health in a good place, and leaving you feeling happy and energized throughout the day. Food directly impacts how you’re feeling on a daily basis.
Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way.
4. Get regular rest
Rest allows your muscles to rebuild and grow. And when you have more muscle, you'll burn more calories at rest. That's because muscle burns more energy than fat. Additionally, when you feel refreshed, you'll be more likely to stick to your exercise routine.
5. Spend time with your love one
We all know how a hug from a loved one at the end of a stressful day can instantly make us feel better, and now research tells us why. You see, stress can negatively affect your hormones, heart rate, and blood pressure, but in one study of 59 premenopausal women, frequent hugs were linked with balanced blood pressure and higher oxytocin levels, the “cuddle” hormone associated with snuggling and bonding.
In another study of married couples, holding hands with a spouse significantly reduced stress from anticipated electrical shocks when compared to holding hands with a stranger or with no one at all. And, spouses in the happiest, most loving marriages reported the most stress relief from hand holding.
6. Do something artsy
The health benefits of art include relieving stress for adults and kids alike. Art and mental health can have a positive connection— artistic activities such as sculpting, painting, or drawing are known to lower stress levels and promote mental calmness. It takes your mind off of your everyday life and provides a relaxing distraction. Your brain gets into a mental flow when creating art; worries are set aside as you focus on the detail of the art you are creating.
7. Take a break from technology
A digital detox can work wonders. Shutting off from technology for a given period of time can improve sleep and concentration, reduce stress, improve happiness, and even help with your mental health. At Time To Log Off, we’ve seen some amazing results at our digital detox retreats and the research behind the positive impacts of digital detox are piling up. Simply putting your smartphone away for a few hours a day could help with anxiety.
8. Do something fun
Life is busier than ever these days. A hobby offers the best way to unwind from your daily routine and step away from stressful situations. Rather than just passing the time, a hobby you love helps you feel happier, more relaxed and better equipped to handle life’s many stressors.
Recharging your mind and body doesn’t need to be an expensive process, and it shouldn’t require you to do something time consuming and out of the ordinary. Pick a simple activity that makes you feel good, and put away your cell phone and technology so you can really enjoy and savor the moment!