In yesterday’s post, I wrote about feeling like my batteries were drained. I’ve spent the past few months not really doing anything to help my state, so it was time to make a change.
After taking some time to reflect, I’ve opted to use the month of February as a recharging month. What do I mean by a recharging month? Let me share with you my plan for this month.
I’ve decided to take a holistic approach, so I’m looking at things from a Body, Mind and Soul perspective.
At the top of my list is rest. I’m going to take time for myself. Now I’m not saying that I usually have a booming social calendar to begin with, but I’m going to be low-key for the month. Sleep when I’m tired, crash and stay quiet most of the rest of the time.
Feeding my body will be a big part of my recharging as well. Over the past year (if I’m honest), I have been less than diligent with my food habits. Far too much indulging, snacking, and over-eating. It’s time to get back on track and return to more nutrient-friendly foods. This doesn’t mean that I’m cutting out everything that isn’t “good”, it just means that I need to be more mindful of what I am ingesting.
What list of body-related items would be complete without some kind of physical activity? I need to get back into movement. Whether it’s going walking more regularly, restarting my yoga practice, or other physical activities, I need to start moving. The excuses have run out. I’m just being lazy. Time to call myself out on it. But I’ll do it with love. 🙂
I need to laugh. Time to watch my favourite comedies, indulge in binge-watching some of my favourite sitcoms, watch clips of my favourite comedians. Laughter truly is the best medicine, so let’s put it to work to boost those energy levels.
I want to take the time to read. I haven’t read much in the past couple of months. And much of the reading that I’ve done has been in the non-fiction realm. I want to grab a few novels and just spend a few hours reading. As luck would have it, a new book by my favourite authors (Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child) was just released yesterday. My how synchonicity lines things up nicely.
As much as I said I would be low-key for February, this does not mean that I want to be a hermit. To that effect, my wife and I have tickets to a couple of shows this month. There’s nothing quite like seeing a live music performance to boost your spirit. The same is true for going to see plays. We’ll be starting the month with a concert featuring Acadian music icons 1755 performing with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO). And to finish off the month, we’ll be attending a stage performance of The Wizard of Oz.
Meditation will be key for re-energizing my soul. I used to be much more regular with my meditation practice, but it’s been very sporadic over the past months. It’s time to return to a more regimented practice. Meditation allows me to reconnect with my higher-self, and find the flow of the Universe. Vital practice for me!
There is almost nothing that I enjoy more than being with the people that I love the most in life. I love taking time to be at home with my wife and kitty cat, doing things that I enjoy doing, things that bring me joy, things that put stars in my eyes. All of the activities I’ve mentioned just get more powerful when combined with Isabelle and Roxie.
I enjoy going for drives with my wife. Just hitting the open road, often with no true destination, listening to music, enjoying the conversation (and often the silence), and not having a care in the world. I want to do more of this.
The last item that I will mention is travel. I’ve realized that I truly enjoy traveling. Whether a day trip, a weekend getaway or a destination vacation, I relish getting out and experiencing new places and new things. While we have yet to settle on what or where we’ll be going, I know that we will have a trip of some kind planned for this month.
So there you have it. It’s not rocket science or anything revolutionary. I’m simply consciously putting myself first and doing things that I enjoy. I will have a lot of down time. I will take time to be still. I will laugh. I will have fun. I will surround myself with the people I love. I will accept and love myself for who I am. I will be ready to let this old version of me die so that the new Chris can rise up, fully charged and ready to spread Light to the world.
Here’s hoping that you’ll take some time to step back and recharge your batteries too.