Practicing Energy Boosts
As we approach the summer months, we also approach the midway mark of the year 2019. This is often a time for people to reflect on their goals and how far they have made it, and whether they have made a step towards a major milestone.
However, in a seemingly work-driven society, we often hear that grind is the hustler’s motto, the ultimate goal and the point of perfection we should all be striving for.
The appeal is high; we are able to fill up all our time, jumping from activity to the next, many times without rest – for the sake of being busy.
As a result, the rest component of the hustle is overlooked. From physical to emotional and mental health wellness, all are equally important to ensure you are safe as they are to supporting your goals all year round – regardless of the time in the year.
Unclench and Ground
Often we can get swept up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life; in pursuing our goals and careers we can forget the level of stress we individually are under; even when we are pursuing a field that we love.
The stress itself can be felt physically if you find yourself thinking intensely about one subject matter. When you do, try the following simple relaxation technique:
- Relax the muscles in your brow area
- Unclench your jaw
- Lower your tongue from the roof of your mouth
- Relax your shoulder muscles
If you feel untethered, the following technique can be helpful in bringing your senses back to your physical space (these can be adapted to best suit individual needs):
- 5 things you can see
- 4 things you can touch
- 3 things you can hear
- 2 things you can smell
- 1 thing you can taste
Disconnect to Reconnect
Staying up late in bed to watch one more episode of your favourite series, or work on your latest project always sounds like a good idea – until, it is not. Try to cut down screen time in the later evening to prepare your mind for sleep.
Cut out distractions by moving your laptop, tablets and/or phone into a more out of reach place from your bed if you don’t require it by your bedside. Falling into this habit teaches your mind that your bed is for rest and not for play or work; this way, your mind can become calmer and prepared to sleep.