Symbolism: Don’t Just Recharge Your Batteries, Recharge Yourself

Sometimes we think we have all the energy in the world and that we can do anything and everything. Well that ain’t exactly our reality. As we get older, yes we don’t have as much energy as we did when we were younger, but is there another reason behind that?

Humans Have a Battery Life Too

Just like our phones, computers, laptops, iPads, for example, we too have a battery life. Let that sink in for a bit. When you wake up in the morning, do you feel fully recharged, somewhat, or not at all? Do one of these battery pics symbolise you throughout the day or your life in general? If they do, trust me your not alone. There are people out there who feel full of energy, some who have just enough to get through the day, and there are others who are burned out all the time. Your one of these people along with so many others.

I have mentioned in previous posts about being burned out and energy consumption. With everything we do we are using energy thus our battery life goes down. What one should know is where or what is most of their energy being consumed or going? Knowing the answer to that can help one to better manage their battery life.

This question really got me thinking. Is this our reality in our society today? Are we giving ourselves the chance to recharge like we do with all of our other electronic devices? Are we giving ourselves the same amount of love and care as we give to our electronic devices? Are our electronic devices a higher priority than ourselves? Are you coming home from work, school, somewhere, or got done doing something where you used up a lot of energy and are falling asleep and crashing on your bed or couch? I want you to really think about these questions.

Are you saying yes to some of them, no to some of them? Are you saying yes to all of them? Are you say no to them because you have found a good balance in your life? I want you to be honest with yourselves and not sugar coat anything. Are you arriving at some answers that are make you feel uncomfortable; well once again your not alone. There are dozens of people who have answered yes and no to the questions you said yes and no too.

What do I Do Now?

I recently gave this advice to a friend of mine. It’s not a crime to take time for yourself. We all need a break every now and then. Someone once told me that putting yourself first is always important and you should never feel bad about that. Now this may sound selfish, but ask yourself this. If we are too busy doing one thing after another, whether that’s work, school, volunteering, helping others, chores, for example, where is the time to recharge ourselves? Sometimes the answer to that question is there is no time. If we are unable to recharge yourselves, then it can lead to burnout.

Going to back to the symbolism post on refilling your cup, the advice I mentioned in that is what you can do to recharge your battery life. Engaging in your hobbies, meditating, resting, eating a healthy meal or eating in general, or just doing the things you love and are passionate about. There are things you do in your life that yes may use energy, but you don’t feel depleted; at the end, you feel fine. These things will help get your battery life back to full power.

Wrap Up

Recharging your battery life can take a little bit of time, a few hours, a day, a couple days, maybe a week. Only you know the answer to that question. Recharging your battery life may take some trial and error, but that’s ok. If you haven’t learned how to manage your energy, try the things I mentioned until you figure it out. Try not to be hard on yourself and be patient with yourself. This is also one of the things I worked a lot on during my hiatus from social media last year. If I can figure out a good balance, then you can too.

Take care, stay safe, and remember your not alone and you have worth in this world.

Good Health Goes a Long Way

Calm mind brings inner strength and confidence, so that’s very important for good health

Dalai Lama

With everything that is going on in the world concerning the coronavirus, you or someone you know is highly concerned about getting the virus and doing whatever it takes to make sure they don’t get it. Practicing good hygiene is something everyone should. If your like me, then you can’t stand being ill and under the weather. Maintaining good health is what will help your body fight off illnesses. Good health and good hygiene helps you not just physically but mentally as well.

Practicing Good Health

If you are someone who doesn’t practice good hygiene all the time, well your not alone. If your already practicing good hygiene, then you know there are many people who are in the same spot as you are older and younger. In fact, you probably practice good hygiene better than some other people. You want to take care of both your mind and body. For example, showering and cleaning yourself up before hanging out with friends can boost your confidence especially if you are someone who is shy. You don’t need me to tell you that if you get dirty from working outside or got done doing something where are you sweated a lot, it would be best to shower afterwards.

What Good Health Does to Your Mind

When you practice good health, your body doesn’t just look at or feel better, your mind is also benefiting greatly from it. Your mind is fueled by good health and good hygiene. Your mind knows when you are dirty and need a shower. Your mind knows when you smell good and have fuel in your body, you’re going to feel great. Everyone’s body is different. What I mean by that is everyones body is going to react differently to various foods. You may get energy from eating blueberries, raspberries, watermelon, carrots, salmon, spinach, chicken. Maybe you don’t get that energy boost from eating grapes, bananas, strawberries, radish’s, or eggplant. That’s ok like I said, everyone’s body is different. Listen to your body, it knows what foods do your body well and what foods make you feel lousy and sluggish.

Here are some ways good hygiene and good health does you good:

  • You feel good and ready to take charge of your life
  • Improved positive outlook on life
  • Gain more energy
  • Overall better physical health
  • Eat more home cooked meals
  • Eat when you’re hungry not when your bored or upset
  • Balance, variety, and moderation

Discussion

By practicing good hygiene and staying in good health you are taking charge of your life. Many of us art just living life and maybe not necessarily taking charge of it. We are just getting by or surviving. Taking charge of something gives you that feeling of empowerment. When used correctly and not abused, it can greatly benefit your life and how you view yourself.

We all strive for a positive outlook on life. We look for it in different areas like our education, our career title, hobbies, family, and friends. It can also be found in practicing good habits that lead to overall good health. When you are healthy, you feel great. When you’ve got your blood pumping, you feel like you can do things that you may have thought was impossible to do before. Maybe you wouldn’t think that washing your hands or taking a shower would give you energy, but they can ease your mind. When your mind is at ease and has a chance to rest, you can think more clearly. When your anxiety is low, things that may have seemed overwhelming and big are really manageable and small. Your mind is always registering good and bad hygiene.

When you have a good amount of healthy energy, you can do more. If you’ve got a list of things that you have to get done before the day is over, that can be a lot to take on. When your body has a full tank of energy from practicing good hygiene, you can surprise yourself at what you can do, I know I have. When you have good physical health, you can prevent yourself from getting sick.

With good physical health, your body can even fight off things that you are allergic to. Good physical health creates a strong immune system. There are people out there who have good physical health, but don’t exercise and that’s ok. When you have good hygiene and good physical health, you have the energy to work out. You don’t have to exercise 7 days or 5 times a week. If you work out two or three times a week that’s still all right. Those who don’t have the opportunity to set some time aside to work out can exercise in their daily routines. If you are someone who works outside maybe do a brisk walk or jog from one area to another. If you’re sitting in an office at your desk, you can do leg raises, chair dips, shadow boxing, or rapidly tap your feet in place while sitting down. Look up these different types of exercises and see what options you have.

It’s best that you always eat when you’re hungry not when you’re bored or going through strong emotions. I understand that if you have been heartbroken that it’s really easy to turn to comfort food like cake, ice cream, maybe fast food. I’ve been there myself. I just remind myself that I can cheat for a little bit and then get back to eating better. Home cooked meals can give you the right kind of energy to make you feel better and give you the right vitamins and minerals for energy. If you don’t know how to cook, there are all kinds of recipes online that you can make with a few items. Look up videos on the internet on how to prepare a dish. From experience I can tell you home cooked meals make me feel great and give me fuel.

I said that everyone’s body is different. I’m sure you heard the saying ‘everything in moderation’ at some point. Everyone needs a different amount of food to give them energy and to stay healthy. Your age, height, and weight are only a few of the factors that go into what your body needs for good health. You just have to find the right balance and the right variety of foods to keep your health up. This will require some trial and error, but you’ll eventually find what works for you.

Final Thoughts and Sum Up

When when it comes to practicing good hygiene, most of it is common sense. You don’t have to go over the top to stay healthy. There are probably some things you do in a normal day that you may not think contribute to good health and good hygiene, but they do. With what’s going on in the world, just remain calm, wash your hands, remember to shower, and follow what the CDC, the government, and the World Health Organization recommends you do. We’ll get through this pandemic together and we’ll be stronger because we went through it.

Live and Learn Right

Life doesn’t come with instructions. You may make mistakes, but you live and learn.

When we are born, we began to experience different things. We begin to experiment with our five senses. We hear sounds words, smell all kinds of things, we see different colors, shapes, sizes, objects, people, animals, etc. We touch various things, even tasting them. As we get older, we began to think and behave in various ways. We do things that are fun. We do things that we should and shouldn’t do. We wind up making mistakes and sometimes we get in trouble for them, but we continue living and we hopefully learn our lesson and not make those mistakes again. If your someone who has made mistakes, yet you continue to live your life, you’re just like everyone else in this world. Therefore, you’re not the only person in the world who has made all kinds of mistakes.

Your Always Learning Something

You’ve probably heard the phrase live and learn at some point in your life. Whether it was in a song, from a parent, a teacher, an actor in a movie or TV, those three words can be described as the concept of life itself. Everyday we learn something whether it’s about ourselves, about someone else, a new skill, acquire new knowledge about science, learn a new recipe, lyrics about a song, a new dance move, etc. While were learning all this stuff, we continue to live our lives. We learn something even if we don’t wanna learn something at the moment or if we’re not seeking new knowledge or experience. Our lives can get better from learning something new or we can go through a rough time.

Making Mistakes

Now let’s be honest with ourselves, we have all made all kinds of mistakes in our lives. I know I have made big and small mistakes in my life. Those mistakes probably made us feel bad about ourselves and probably affected other people in our lives as well. Our mistakes may have hurt someone’s feelings, started an argument, caused a fight, or messed something up. We are human, so therefore we are not perfect. Since we’re not perfect, we’re going to make mistakes one way or another; it’s just human nature. Even if we try our best to avoid mistakes, sometimes our best won’t be good enough. The overall moral is when we do make mistakes, we hopefully learn from them so that we don’t repeat them. What we do after we make our mistakes is what makes the difference. If you’re not making mistakes, chances are you’re not doing anything or not living a full life.

Learning From Our Mistakes

When we make a mistake is one thing, what happens after that is where the learning comes in and is the important part. A mistake tells us that something didn’t work out or was wrong. So we go ahead and correct it afterwards. We also learn from other peoples mistakes. We see or hear about their mistakes, and we hopefully don’t do what they did. We figure out what went wrong and come up with a solution so that it won’t happen again. We learn what we did wrong, fix it if we can, then move forward in our lives.

Learning is a Life Long Process

As I mentioned we learn something everyday, even if it’s something small. The learning process shouldn’t be rushed. We are going to be learning new things about ourselves, other people, our culture, and other things in life as we get older. Sometimes life’s greatest lessons come to us bits and pieces at a time. We don’t learn the full lesson at once. We just have to remember to be patient and not be hard on ourselves. If we want to grow as a person we have to continue to learn. Whatever our passion is, we have to follow it. Curiosity is the gateway to learning and exploring new things.

Embrace Life One Day at a Time

These days you may think how could we really embrace life when were busy with work, going to school, or raising in a family. Well you just have to stop and do some self-reflecting. Consider what matters the most to you on a personal level. Sometimes we get so busy with things we forget to prioritize what’s important to us. When we forget to prioritize the important things that our lives that help us thrive and bring us joy, we can get stuck in a rut and we run out of energy to do anything. Find what’s important to you whether that’s going on a hike, playing with your dog, building new things, reading, meditation, yoga, or painting. Any kind of personal reflection carries great meaning to a person. This is what adds value to their lives.

Finding the Right Balance

One of the big ideas of living and learning is finding balance in your life. You can spend years trying to find the right balance in your life. You try to balance your work life, school life, social life giving one or two of them more attention than the other and not letting one take full control and throw you off balance completely. Life can change so fast that one side can have more weight in seconds. It can be hard to keep up with things when life takes a sudden turn. I found it hard to do that many times myself. So once again you’re not alone in that department.

Final Thoughts and Sum Up

The lesson of living and learning is a lifelong process. We learn one thing and then another and another and another. We make mistakes, but the idea is to learn from them. We have to learn to find balance in our life so that we don’t get overloaded with one thing. It may take us longer to learn some things than others and that’s fine. Everyone learns at a different pace and that’s another thing we may need to learn about ourselves. Going back to my first post about not comparing ourselves to someone else, we have to figure out what we thrive at, what are passion is, and how we learn. How we learn is different than how someone else learns. Live and learn, it’s the best way to grow.