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.

Burnout, Yeah It’s a Real Thing

Are you someone who does one thing and then goes to another thing over and over until you go to sleep or do you skip sleep? Are you that person who works 40+ hours a week? Do you have a homework assignment after another that keeps you busy until the due date? Are you working on a project and then when it’s done your right away working on another? If you said yes to any of these questions, then there may be a chance that your heading to a burnout or may be burned out.

The Body Needs Energy

We wake up, eat breakfast, do something (school, work, etc), eat lunch, do something else, eat dinner, do something another thing, then go to bed and repeat the process the next day. Energy is what gets us to do anything, but you knew that. The reality is, there is only so much energy we have to do things until we can’t do no more. We push ourselves to keep going. We drink things with caffeine and sugar in them like energy drinks and coffee for example to get through the day. We then crash at any point in the day and sometimes we don’t expect it because your body has had enough.

The Reality of Burnout

Burnout is real. I have experienced it numerous times in my life. So your not the only one who experiences this phenomenon. I guarantee you that every person has experienced this. We push ourselves and push ourselves because our mind says we can. We get to the point where we run out of energy and we dip into our reserves. When we run out of our reserves, I believe that we just run off of fumes until we crash. For the time being our body and our mind are in sync with each other, but when we push ourselves too far, our body takes the steering wheel and taps out. It doesn’t matter what our mind says what we can do at this point, our body has the final word and always will.

Here are some ways to detect burnout and how to prevent that:

1. Eat Something

When we wake up in the morning, we have a tendency to skip breakfast and just have a cup of coffee. There are times we get a pastry and something to drink at Starbucks. We also just don’t eat or drink anything in the morning and go to school, work, or run errands, etc. Our body needs food for energy and we all know that; we just don’t have time or we ignore that fact. Eating something whether it’s waffles, a bowl of cereal, fruit, pancakes, eggs, toast, in the morning will help give your body the right kind of energy to help you get through your day. Recharge yourself with lunch and eat a good dinner. Skipping meals will can lead to burnout since your body has nothing to give it fuel.

2. Get a Good Night Sleep

Besides eating, sleep is also important to avoid burnout. Your body needs to recharge and repair itself. Sleep is good for building muscles, hormone growth, protein synthesis, and to process information you have learned. Sleep can also help your brain to have the energy it needs to stave off stress and better handle anxiety. Lack of sleep can lead to unwanted emotional outbursts, mood swings, feeling weak and fatigue to do anything. I’m sure you know or have experienced that a lack of sleep can lead to falling asleep at the steering wheel and dozing off in class.

3. Listen to Your Body, it Knows Best

As I mentioned, our minds may tell us to keep going, but our body has the last word. Our mind can help make us or break us. Our body will tell our mind that it’s had enough and needs to rest. Our mind needs to respond and act responsible toward that. We can’t ignore what our body is telling us. If we push our bodies too far, too much, we can possibly end up doing permanent damage to ourselves which will stick with us for life. I know you don’t want this to happen to you, so listen to your body, it knows best.

4. Recognize the Signals

If your doing something and you start to feel tired all of a sudden, then maybe you need to stop and rest. If your studying for something and you find yourself having trouble concentrating and focusing, take a break. If your out of breath from exercising or doing something extraneous, then you should stop what you doing and rest. Drink something, get something to eat. These are the signals that our body tells us that it’s heading toward a burnout and it doesn’t want that to happen. There are other signals that you know and have experienced that I didn’t mention here. Only you know what they are; best listen to them.

5. Manage Stress

One of the things we forget to do when we are so caught up in things is to manage our stress. Stress can be good, but it can be bad. Stress can take over because our minds are focused and putting energy toward completing whatever task were working on. With our minds preoccupied, stress can sneak in and cause us to not pay attention to the signals our body is telling us. If you are feeling stressed, first make yourself aware of it. As time goes on, try to pace yourself. You know stress is present and you know it can drain you. Try giving yourself a longer break or give yourself an extra break. Maybe you need a quick power nap. Get something to eat and drink. Whatever it is, take care of yourself. Don’t let stress take the steering wheel.

Final Thoughts and Sum Up

Burnout can hinder us from experiencing the joy we get in life. If we’re burned out, everything we do can get sloppy. We may say the wrong thing to someone because we’re tired which has made us moody. You have to listen to your body. It knows you better than anyone in your life. Exercise is good for you, just don’t overdo it. Don’t fall victim to burnout. Take care of yourself; you can’t help anyone if you’re out of energy.