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.