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.

Symbolism: Pouring Your Cup of Liquid Into Others

So the title of this post may have you scratching your head or maybe you said ‘huh’ after reading the title? This idea is something I learned from a friend of mine whose is the son of the pastor at my church. This analogy is something he learned from someone else, then he told me about it, and now, with his permission, I’m sharing it with you.

This pic is a measuring cup filled with liquid. Now here is where the symbolism comes in. The measuring cup represents you. The liquid inside represents your energy. As you do various things (work, exercise, homework, cooking, cleaning, cheering someone, etc) your using up energy and the analogy is your pouring your liquid into other things and other people’s cups.

A friend needs your help with something; so you pour your liquid (use energy) into their cup. Your mother needs helping fixing something in the house; you pour liquid into her cup. Your best friend just had a bad day, so you help them feel better and more of your liquid goes into their cup.

At this point your cup may look like this. You have a very little amount of energy to use or none at all. Now you feel burned out and may not want to do anything.

Refill

So how do you refill your cup?

  • Take a day or more to rest up
  • Eat some healthy meals
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Watch your favorite movie or TV show
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Spend time with friends and family who fill you with joy

There are many more things you can do to refill your cup. Only you truly know what will do that. Having a true passion for something can be refilling. You may be doing something and it can look like your using energy, but that passion, to you, is not any kind of work; it’s something that recharges you and makes you happy.

Repeated Cycle

Now this is where things can work against you. Once your cup is refilled, you start pouring into other people’s cups again. When that happens, your once again fatigued, burned out, and the cycle repeats itself.

Now some people live like this day in and day out. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as their recharging themselves often, but some people can get tired of living like that.

A Different Way

Helping and supporting others is something we all should try to do and you can do that in various forms. Going back to the cup analogy, what my friend told me is that you not only let your cup get full, but let the liquid flow out if yours and into other people’s cups. That way your cup stays full, you don’t get burned out, and you can still help other people.

For those of you who are spiritual or religious, my friend says that he let’s God constantly refill his cup (renergize and recharge him). Those of you who aren’t religious or spiritual, whatever it is that recharges your batteries and refills your cup, that is where you want to divulge your time and energy to. This is where having that true passion comes into play.

Wrap Up

Now this idea is something that can take time to get the hang of. It can be a marathon which shouldn’t be rushed. Also it can be easy to be hard on yourself for making mistakes along the way.

Now I understand with Covid being a thing and all the other things that have happened this year around the world, not everyone’s cup will be all the way full and may not get refilled often. We are operating these days not at 100%; we are at 70, 50, 35, maybe 15% but that’s ok. We all have had a tough and challenging year dealing with the virus and things that we never thought would happen or things we never had to do or dealt with before. We just do the best we can with what we got, that’s all we can do. We shouldn’t compare ourselves with other people; that can just bring our morale down.

If your cup can get full, that’s great. If you are doing what my friend is, that’s great too. If your struggling to fill your cup and keep it full, that’s ok. I guarantee you that in either scenario, your not alone. I’ve struggled to refill my cup numerous times and keeping it full takes time and work.

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