Inspired by Chris @ 61 Musings http://61musings.com/2014/02/08/introvert-burn-out/
I find that some people don’t “get” that everyone needs to recharge in their own way. Just ‘cuz going out to a party helps your relax doesn’t mean it helps me.
Also, you never know where you’ll find inspiration for a new way to unwind. So I thought I’d share a little of how I relax.
I was reading a recent post on 61 Musings. I found that the reply I wanted to share was long…post long so here it is. I hope someone finds some inspiration here. [Warning my non-photo post tend to swirl like my mind.]
One of my first “grown up” jobs was being a teacher in preschool. I love the little darlings but as an introvert being “needed” so much drained my batteries. When I’ve had too much ‘extrovert’ time it’s like a heavy blanket wrapped around me..squeezing me.
I found a book: Avoiding burnout : strategies for managing time, space, and people in early childhood education by Paula J Bloom ~ What I remember most from this book is to take time for me. It’s ok.
I find with my mind always whirling that I have to step back from that in order to relax. A couple things that help me calm my mind, thus allowing me to recharge are:
- Writing down what is tugging at my mind. Writing down what I plan to do about it. Then mentally putting that in a box to set it aside.
- Sit comfortably. Deep breath in and out. Then focus on each body part ..forcing (or allowing) it to relax. Fingers > hands > arms > shoulders … I found that as I got more practiced at this that I could do it even when I’m in the middle of a “busy” place to help me refocus.
- Along with the allowing your body to relax think /visualize the good being breathed in and the stress being pushed out when you exhale.
And here’s one to completely throw you.
- Drive alone.. with LOUD music not your classical station blaring but something heavy with a lot of drums.
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