We all have had those moments where we feel like we could run a marathon. We are so full of energy and life that nothing seems impossible. Unfortunately, these moments are often fleeting, and we can find ourselves struggling to summon the same level of energy day after day. This is where self-renewal comes in.
Self-renewal is the process of recharging your physical, mental, and emotional batteries so that you can approach each day with enthusiasm and vitality.
When you take the time to renew yourself on a regular basis, you will find that you have the energy and drive to live your best life and be your best self. Here are some ways you can continue incorporating self-renewal into your daily life.
1. Get Enough Sleep
Most people need around eight hours of sleep per night in order to function at their best during the day. If you find yourself frequently tired or reliant on caffeine to get through the day, chances are you are not getting enough restful sleep. Experiment with different bedtimes and wake-up times until you find a sleep schedule that works for you and stick to it as much as possible. You will be amazed at how much better you feel when you are well-rested!
Experiment with power naps as well. If you are feeling tired, taking a quick 20-30 minute nap can help refresh your mind and body. Just be careful not to nap for too long, as this can make it harder to fall asleep at night. You can even try taking a power nap at work.
Taking power naps at work can be a great way to refresh your mind and increase your energy levels during the day. However, when taking a power nap at work make sure you follow company policy on this matter. Many employers are recognizing the importance of sleep as a productivity and safety measure and are building sleep pods and quiet rooms for over-tired employees.
Even if employers are open to power naps at work, this does not excuse you from getting a good night’s sleep on your own. As mentioned above sleep is an important ingredient for your health and well-being. On the other hand, employers should not use their power nap policy as an abusive productivity measure.
If power naps are acceptable at your places of work here are some tips for making them effective.
By following these tips, you can take effective power naps at work and increase your productivity and energy levels throughout the day.
2. Eat healthily
What we put into our bodies has a direct impact on how we feel both physically and mentally. When we fuel our bodies with nutritious food, we give ourselves the energy we need to power through our days. Remember though, processed foods and sugary snacks may give us a quick burst of energy, but it is quickly followed by an inevitable crash. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein in your diet for sustained energy throughout the day.
Remember as well, that dehydration can cause tiredness and feelings of sluggishness. Drinking plenty of water throughout your day can help you feel energized and alert.
Water is essential to the proper functioning of our bodies and dehydration can cause a number of negative effects, including fatigue, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. Therefore, drinking enough water throughout the day can help keep you feeling energized and alert.
The recommended amount of water intake varies depending on factors such as age, sex, weight, and physical activity level. As a general guideline, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommend that men aim to consume about 3.7 liters (125 ounces) of fluids per day and women aim to consume about 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of fluids per day.
In addition to water, you can also consume other hydrating fluids such as herbal tea, coconut water, or fresh juice. However, it's important to limit your intake of beverages that are high in sugar or caffeine, as these can have negative effects on your energy levels.
If you find it difficult to drink enough water throughout the day, here are a few tips:
By staying hydrated, you can help keep your body functioning at its best and maintain high levels of energy throughout the day.
3. Get Moving
Physical activity is one of the best ways to increase your energy levels. Exercise is not only good for our physical health, but it also benefits our mental health as well. When we get our heart rates up and break a sweat, we release endorphins—the “feel-good” hormones—which can help reduce stress and improve our moods.
The type of physical activity you choose doesn’t have to be strenuous to be effective. Even moderate-intensity exercise, such as a brisk walk or gentle yoga, can help boost your energy levels. It’s best to choose an activity you enjoy, as this will make it more likely that you will stick with it. For example, you may enjoy going for a walk outdoors, taking a dance class, or practicing the myriad of different sports out there.
Even if you do not have time for a vigorous workout, taking a brisk walk or going for a light jog can do wonders for your energy levels. Just make sure to listen to your body and not overdo it!
4. Take Breaks
It is important to take breaks throughout the day in order to rejuvenate ourselves both mentally and physically. When we push ourselves too hard without taking any time to relax, we can quickly become overwhelmed, stressed out, and burnt out. Make sure to schedule some “me” time every day—even if it is just 20 minutes! Use this time to do something calming, such as reading a book, taking a bath, or meditating. You will be amazed at how refreshed you feel after taking some time for yourself.
Taking breaks at work is important for maintaining productivity and energy levels throughout the day. Here are some ways to effectively take breaks at work:
By taking regular breaks throughout the day, you can help maintain high levels of productivity and energy and reduce stress and burnout.
By incorporating daily self-renewal routines into your life, you will give yourself the opportunity to approach each day with enthusiasm and vitality. When you make your well-being a priority, you will find that you have the energy and drive to live your best life and be your best self! Try implementing some of the tips above into your daily life and see how much better you feel!
Thank you for reading and stay safe, keep healthy, and remember to continue becoming the best version of yourself.
Some of us often experience someone who doesn’t respect the boundaries we have set and thus leaving us feeling unsettled. We can consider these people as toxic for us. So how do we deal with them?
The first thing to remember is that we can’t change other people’s behaviour. We can only change our own. This means there is no quick fix to making people respect your boundaries. What you can do is sort out the choices you have on how you will respond to your boundary intrusions.
Is there room for compromise?
Some of our boundaries are more important than others. This suggests you set priorities on your boundaries and know which ones violate your values. With this in mind it is important to know the ones you are willing to compromise or negotiate. A willingness to compromise can be a good thing, for instance when you have a new hire or in a new relationship, where each of you are adjusting. This doesn’t mean, however, that you abandon your needs to please them.
Is it time to leave?
Here is a critical question you need to ask yourself, “Is it time to leave or disengage from someone who is violating my important boundaries?” Often we continue working or dealing with someone in the hopes that he or she will change. In hindsight this proves not to be the case. People don’t change because we want them to, they change because they want to. And if they do not want to change then our choice is to live with the person and put up with situation, or use disengagement strategies like:
The basic premise here is you don’t have to put up with people who don’t make you feel good about yourself. Toxic people are not good for your physical, mental and emotional health. They may also harm you spiritually without you even realizing it. Surround yourself with people who support you and what you stand for rather than those who leave you depressed, anxious, frustrated, angry or confused.
Remember, you are in charge of you!
Your approach to your personal boundaries is really up to you. You need to understand that more often than not difficult people just want you to believe that you are the problem – you are just overreacting or being too sensitive. Let them think that way but you don’t have to agree with them or allow them to impact your boundaries. You are in charge of You, no one else is.
When you are caught in a toxic relationship whether at work, at home or in social settings, ask yourself these questions:
In conclusion looking after your personal wellbeing should always be a priority for you and setting boundaries is important in caring for yourself. After all one can only give to another if one is willing to give to oneself. This is a takeoff on the message, “love others as you love yourself.” We need to care for ourselves, our own respect, in proportion to caring for others.
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Thanks for reading and as always,
Stay safe, keep healthy and continue becoming the best version of yourself.
Human uniqueness is truly the spice of life. All people are different from each other in millions of different ways. However, sometimes these differences may seem difficult for us to accept. For many people these differences are viewed as imperfections, leaving them feeling self-conscious and breaking down their confidence.
Learning to embrace our differences–including our imperfections–is a necessary part of living a fulfilling life.
Mastering the art of self-acceptance and embracing our imperfections takes time and practice, but with some effort, we can learn to be true to ourselves by accepting and embracing what makes us unique.
So how do we do this? Well here are three ways.
Allow ourselves the freedom of not being totally in control over everything that happens in our lives.
People set goals that focus on changing different aspects of themselves all the time. For example, a hefty majority of New Year’s resolutions usually trend around fitness, weight loss, or some other aspiration to make a “change for the better” in some area of life.
These are all wonderful goals to set, but it’s important to understand that you can’t always change every aspect of yourself. Some things, like facets of your personality, make you unique and are usually considered a “non-negotiable” part of your personality.
Rather than setting impossible goals or forcing a strict pathway toward attempting to make a change that won’t happen anyway, we need to learn to accept the fact that we can’t have total control over everything. That might be scary but it is a basic tenant of life.
Also, we need to learn to embrace the freedom of letting go and learning to accept ourselves by embracing imperfections–not fighting them. Not letting them control us.
I’m not advocating a laissez-faire attitude here. Goals help us move forward, but don’t be a perfectionist in the process. Remember we are not perfect and can’t control everything that comes our way.
Imperfections don’t define who we are, they are but one facet of who we are.
Remember that everyone is flawed and makes mistakes sometimes.
Despite what our friends’ and our social media feeds might lead us to believe, there is not one single soul on this planet who is perfect.
At some point, everyone makes a mistake. Everyone has flaws or aspects of themselves they don’t like. While it’s unpleasant to address feelings about imperfections, it’s a very natural and normal part of human existence.
If you’re ever feeling isolated because of an imperfection, remember that you’re probably not the only person out there with a similar gripe! Not only do folks have tons of differing imperfections, but many can relate because they claim the same imperfections as you. When you’re feeling down about an imperfection, remember that you are not experiencing it alone–many others can relate to your complaints.
And when you are learning to embrace your imperfection, remember that you’re not on a lonely island, but rather part of a community who understands why that imperfection is tough to accept and overcome.
All this means is that we need to learn how to share our imperfections with others without feeling incompetent or thinking less of ourselves.
Accepting of self, including our imperfections, actually strengthens our confidence rather than weakens it.
We need to choose to stop comparing ourselves with others.
When we see someone succeeding or seemingly living a perfect life, it’s tough for us to resist comparing our life to theirs. However, it’s important to remember that comparison is the thief of joy. Rather than coming to grips with what we have, let’s not don’t get too enthralled by someone else’s life.
When we spend all our time comparing our life to someone else’s, there’s a good chance we’re not seeing the “whole picture” of the other person.
For example, you may see a friend’s best moments plastered all over their social media, but it’s vital to remember that these kinds of views into another person’s life are like a special highlight reel. You don’t see them posting about their sadness, mistakes, and the drama they may be experiencing. Often they don’t post these for everyone to see.
In conclusion: Let go of the perfectionist attitude that states that we are perfect even though we are not. We can’t control everything so let’s not try. There are others that experience the imperfections we experience so we are not alone. We can help each other in accepting who we are and overcome any set back we may experience.
And finally let’s not compare our life’s journey to others When we’re too focused on someone else’s story, we forget all about our own. When we choose to stop comparing ourselves to others, we are giving ourselves the freedom to focus on our own true self including our imperfections.
As always folks be well, stay safe and continue becoming the best version of yourself.
Thanks for reading,