16 Quick Ways to Unplug, Wind Down and Recharge

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By LJ Innes

Recharging After a Burnout

Humans aren’t batteries. We can’t be replaced or recharged, simply by plugging us into an outlet. If you’ve fizzled out and if you’re feeling drained, you need to unplug in order to recharge. You could sleep for hours, read a book or take a hike on a mountain trail—just change your environment and do something that counteracts the effects of feeling drained. Here are 16 other options to try that will help you unplug, wind down and recharge whenever you need to.

1. Power Down. Your phone, computer and other tech devices keep you on high alert. There is always something to check or you’re anticipating the arrival of something to check. Power down for an hour, but a day or two is better. Turn off your toys and enjoy the quiet.
2. Eat Real Food. Even if it’s comfort food, focus on real ingredients. Make it yourself or ask a friend or loved one to make it. Real, homemade food feeds your body and your soul.
3. Get Plenty of Rest. Sleep to recharge. Put fresh sheets on your bed, fluff the pillows and close the blinds. And be sure to turn your alarm clock off and turn it around so you can’t see what time it is.
4. Drink Water. Water is essential to your life force. Stay hydrated all year to do what you need to do and feel better doing it. Water and energy go hand in hand.
5. Take a Hot Bath. Throw a little salt into the water to fizzle out any negativity. The steam will release toxins, making you feel whole from the inside out.
6. Play Music. There is relaxing music out there for every taste. Maybe you like soft, soothing tunes. Or, throw a dance party for one with upbeat music and fun lyrics. The hairbrush microphone is optional.
7. Go On a Nature Walk. Take some water and a protein bar and walk a local trail. Take the time to observe your surroundings, smell the air and listen to the birds sing.
8. Gravitate Towards People and Places. If someone brings you joy and laughter, seek them out. If you have a “happy place,” go there, even if it’s in your head.
9. Reconnect With a Friend. Have you let certain relationships fall to the wayside? Now’s the perfect time to reconnect. The world is a less stressful place if you have a supportive, close group of friends.
10. Take a Road Trip. Go someplace, get lost and have fun! Bring your camera. Just an hour or two on the road in any direction will lead you to some unusual-but-quaint local shops or a change of scenery you’ll find inspiring.Your GPS will bring you back home—later.
11. Get a Pet. Pets provide unconditional love and companionship. If you don’t have the time for a pet of your own, borrow one from someone. Just a few hours a week together can melt stress and help you recharge.
12. Rearrange Your Furniture. It will change the energy in your home and make you feel like you have a new space to recharge in.
13. Light Scented Candles. Scent can have relaxing properties, so choose vanilla, lavender or something woodsy. How about something seasonal?
14. Do Some Stretches. Put on some comfy, loose clothes and do some yoga. You don’t need to be an expert—just do the gentle poses that provide a good stretch. Or you could get a nice massage where someone else stretches your muscles for you.
15. Have a Spa Day. Go by yourself or take a friend. Get a facial, massage, manicure or all three!
16. Watch a Long Movie. Curl up on the couch in comfortable clothes and your favorite pillow and blanket. Just veg out.

Whether you’re a die-hard workaholic, a parent, a full-time student or someone who is juggling responsibilities on several fronts, there will be times when you’re left feeling like you’re running on empty. But at least one of these 16 tips will help you recharge after feeling burned out. You’ll feel better and ready to take on the world once again.

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