Each morning I mix up a protein drink using a battery operated whisk. Recently, I noticed that the batteries were weak and it took 3 to 4 times longer to mix my protein drink. It always amazes me how fast the whisk is after I change the batteries. The mixing gets done in seconds.

How often do we push through a difficult part of the day with low energy (internal batteries)? Especially this time of year around the holidays, we expend a lot of energy and often don’t notice that we are slowing down until we “hit the wall”. My wife, recently, was busy working on Christmas plans and gifts and I could tell that she had reached that low energy zone. I encouraged her to go lay down for a bit and recharge. Her response was “I can’t, I have too much to do!” I said, “I understand, but it is taking you over twice as long to do these things. Go put your feet up for 10 to 15 minutes and you’ll feel much better and get more done. Listen to your body; it needs recharging.” She did go and take a 20 minute nap. I could see that the nap worked wonders for her. She was refreshed and energized.

We can’t always take a nap during those times. But, we usually can find a place to relax and recharge. Dale Carnegie, in his journals, talks about having a black piece of velvet that he used to help himself recharge. He would find a comfortable chair, put the velvet cloth over his eyes and disconnect. He could recharge in 5 to 15 minutes and then on he would go.

How do you recharge? Are you one who pushes through to exhaustion? Do you excuse yourself to recharge or do you go until you crash? Your quality of life will be much better if you choose to recharge during those times. Don’t let poorly handled stress hurt you or those around you. Life is too short as it is.



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Comment by Mike Cournia on January 9, 2017 at 9:46am

Thanks for your comments Heather.  Sleep well!

Comment by Heather Bonham on January 8, 2017 at 7:45am

Mike, this is a vital topic.  I am a teacher, wife, mom of 3 teenagers who are involved in activities, and my days can be very long.  I realized over the Christmas break when we were all home for 10 days that I was sleeping a lot - 9-10 hours a night.  In fact, I was probably over-sleeping, but I had let myself become so run-down that I had to recharge.  

We went back to school on Tuesday, and I have been much more intentional about my schedule this week.  It won't be perfect, but I will continue to focus on getting enough sleep most nights.  I really need close to 8 hours, and getting 5-6 is just not good enough long-term.  I know there are some people who are fine with that, but I had to admit that I'm not one of them!

There will ALWAYS (!) be more to do, more laundry, more paperwork, more articles and books I want to read, etc., but I can't cheat myself out of sleep just because I "can" get by with it for a time.  I just have to remember this when I feel like there aren't enough hours in the day.

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