100% Jodi: What You Require to Reenergize
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Have you had a chance yet this summer, to hit the reset button or recharge your energy?
If you have and you are raring to go, amazing! But if you haven’t, this episode may be timely for you.
It may be that you haven’t had a chance to take time away yet. Or, you have had time away but came back even more tired than you left.
In this episode, we’re covering how to identify the type of rest and activities that allow you to reenergize. Because, like shoes, rest is not one-size-fits-all.
You Vacation to Reenergize, But…
For one, because so much typically needs to get done before going away, the weeks leading up to time away tend to be anything but restful.
And in my case, I’m going to be spending 5 days at a lodge in northern Maine with my extended family and then transitioning immediately to spending a week with my partner’s family in southern Maine.
While it’s going to be amazing, the time in northern Maine, which is a large property on a lake that has a lodge and cabins adjacent to the lodge, is going to be with 39 people.
My thoughts on this can be summed up in a statement made by my brother-in-law.
“When I think about this as a vacation, I get stressed out. When I think of it as a family reunion it makes me feel better. I don’t expect it to be restful; that’s not the point of this time. It’s time with family.”
While the time in Southern Maine will be less active, it’s a beach vacation. While I love seeing and hearing the ocean, it’s so good for my soul, I will need to reapply sunscreen every hour on the hour that we are on the beach in daylight.
All that being said, I believe this vacation will check a lot of boxes for me when it comes to recharging my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy.
Why it’s Important to Reenergize
And that’s what time off and vacations are about at midlife. You work so hard and give your all as a leader to your work, you need that time to rest and renew your energy. Otherwise, you’ll lose your motivation, and momentum, or even worse, your health.
If you haven’t already, I want to also encourage you to listen to episodes of Women Taking the Lead that dropped recently. Those episodes are Do You Believe in Modeling Leadership? Take Time Off and Tending to Your Mental and Emotional Wellness is Not an Option.
These episodes are a springboard for what I’m going to cover in this episode.
From here I’m going to encourage you to grab pen and paper. I’m going to go through a worksheet I have my clients fill out. This worksheet helps them zero in on the things that renew their energy. I’ll probably add a few questions as they come to me as well.
This exercise helps me, as their coach, to know what to be asking about if ever they need rest. It’s personalized. What helps you rest and recharge may cause me stress and vice versa.
Knowing exactly what does it for you is half the battle. You can let go of all the things other people are recommending for you if you know it won’t work.
Rest and vacations are very personal so you need to know what works best for you.
What Helps You to Reenergize?
If you’re driving or out for a walk or run, you can listen to the questions to start pondering your own answers. But, rewind the episode so you can come back and document your answers when it works better.
Are you ready? Let’s do this.
How much sleep do you need to feel well rested? What prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep? How can you ensure you get a good night’s sleep?
What helps you calm you down? Is it an activity, a person, a food or beverage? A certain smell or texture? Is it a certain kind of music?
Write down all the things that calm you down.
What renews your energy? Do you react well to naps? Are there certain people who energize you – they always make you feel good and uplifted? Does some physical activity act as a pick-me-up? Does good conversation stimulate you?
Write all the things that renew your energy.
What do you do that you get totally engaged in and lose track of time?
List your favorite hobbies/activities/passions? What about them appeals to you?
Describe the situations/circumstances in which you have felt fully alive.
Reenergizing by Taking Care of Yourself Holistically
Name one thing you can do to take care of yourself in each of the following areas:
Fun and Enjoyment
Relationships – Intimate
Relationships – Social
Of all the things you identified that you can do to take care of yourself in each of these categories, pick 3. Write them down separately.
Make a plan to either complete them if they are a “one and done” or to begin putting a practice into your schedule.
Now, if you cannot reenergize by getting away for a week or two, that’s okay. You now know what will help to calm you down, and then get some good energy back.
I’m also going to recommend a fantastic episode of the Lazy Genius Podcast. It’s titled The Seven Kinds Of Rest And How To Know Which One You Need.
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As always, I hope this was of value to you, and here’s to your success!
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