Just as it’s important to recharge your electronics, it’s even more important to recharge yourself. During this time of year, more and more people realize that they’re running on empty. We try to get through the holidays, make it through the busy season at work, provide for our loved ones, maintain friendships—and that can end up taking a lot out of us.
Running on empty can mean mood swings, constant exhaustion, skyrocketing agitation, and all of that can add up to a not-so-happy holiday or winter season. To help you get back on the track of balance and a healthy mind and body, we’ve listed a few simple ways to refuel your soul.
Volunteer Your Time
Now, as important as it is to volunteer and support your community, make sure you’re in a good state before you decide to volunteer. If your tank is on empty, then you might want to skip this step for today. However, if you think you’re up for it, spend some free time volunteering for organizations and charities you support. If you love dogs, volunteer at a dog shelter! Sometimes, the best way to refill your own soul is by filling someone else’s.
Declutter Your Home
Another great way to find calm and peace is by organizing and cleaning up what you can. Decluttering your home is an excellent way to do just that. Clutter has a way of not only filling your home but filling up your mental space with chaos. When you find you’re extra frazzled, spend some time gathering items to donate. Organizations such as the Military Order of the Purple Heart accept various items and go to a wonderful cause. You’ll clean your home, clear your mind, and help people in need.
Travel Far and Wide
The German word Sehnsucht means “a wistful longing and yearning in the heart for travels past and future.” That’s the power that travel holds over us. Sure, jetting off can sometimes impact our responsibilities, but the positive benefits are much greater. Travelling brings joy, passion, and spirit to life that is hard to find elsewhere. If you haven’t travelled in a while or are craving a new space, plan a trip—long or short.
Try Out Yoga and Meditation
Movement is so important if you’re feeling low. Whether it’s a quick walk around the block or a trip to the gym, moving is fantastic for filling your soul. One of our favourite ways to move and refuel is with some solid, meaningful meditation and yoga. Perfectly enough, meditation does not require a specific location—anywhere you need to, meditation can help center and calm you. Yoga gets your body aligned with your mind and spirit, which makes it a perfect candidate for those days when you need to fill up.
Find the Positive in Every Day
If you’re struggling to fill your soul up with light, life, and laughter, it can be hard to find the good. Many people end up only seeing the negative when their soul is empty. Do your best to drag yourself out of negativity’s grasp and lean toward the light. Try to find the positivity in each and every day. Seeing the good in different moments, staying grateful for even the small things, and seeing each day through a positive lens on can make life seem that much happier. It’s bound to fuel you!