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Issue 17 Out Now

11 Mindfulness Tips For An Efficient Recharge


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Have you been running on E?


We have all been there.


You feel that a recharge is imminent and you are looking forward to having some time to relax and recharge.


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However, you also do not want to break from your responsibilities only to return with the same battery level you left with.


You want to come back replenished and refreshed, ready to take on the world until your next break comes around.


Of course, you do. And we have got you covered because, in this article, I will be sharing a few simple ways to make the most of your breaks.


Here are a few mindfulness tips for an efficient recharge.


Understand And Lean Into Your Needs Unapologetically

Have you been going 100 miles a minute? Has your attention been divided to where you have neglected other parts of your life? Which parts? If you are not sure, a great start to figuring out is a Wellness Wheel.


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A Wellness Wheel is a tool and visual guide that helps one assess 7 key aspects of their wellness: Intellectual, Social, Physical, Environmental, Spiritual, Emotional, Professional. It is a great tool to use when you want to quickly zero in on which parts of your life need attention.


For example, I have a tendency to devote the majority of my attention to my professional and intellectual life and neglect every other aspect. Therefore, when I get a break I prioritize my spiritual, environmental, emotional, social, and emotional wellness while easing up on my contributions to my intellectual and professional life.


Rather you use the Wellness Wheel or something else, the most important part is that you understand where you are and what needs attention so you can lean into your needs purposely and unapologetically.



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Be Intentional About Taking Breaks


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Sometimes when we take breaks, there is no recharging happening. Breaking with intention means not letting your free time float by but doing things that contribute to your overall wellness. It is necessary to be intentional about recharging because your work momentum will keep you in work mode. You can not expect the recharging to happen on its own. You have to know what you need, what might be a source of fulfillment, and be intentional about doing those things to fulfill yourself.


Go To The Source of Things That Fulfill You


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Treat yourself to those things, actions, and people that fill you up. For me, I lean into my spirituality. I seek knowledge and advice to sustain myself until my next break, weekend, etc. And I also have fun with the people in my life that I love. Surrounding yourself with things that fulfill you is a great way to recharge.


Social Media Detox


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Social media can be a place of great inspiration. You can look at the lives of others and see things that might spark wonder and imagination within you. However, mental health and social media can also be inversely related when you are running on E and are not in a healthy space. Taking a break from social media does a world of good as it disconnects from the world and allows full presence where you are.


Be Present


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A lot of times when we are wounded, we can attribute our stress to the problems of tomorrow. Deadlines, work to be done, chores, etc. During your break, try not to concern yourself with tomorrow. Allow yourself the chance to be fully aware and appreciative of the beautiful things happening around you now. The rain falling is a gift. The music playing is a gift. The fire burning, food cooking is all a gift. The present is a gift that can be a great source of wonder and recharge if we allow ourselves the luxury of being present where we are.


Connect With Others


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Some people give you weight. Others give you wings. Prioritize connecting with the people that give you wings. These are people like friends and family that make you laugh, inspire you, and lift you up. These people can be a source of great recharge.


Meditate/ Find Your Flow


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I used to think meditation looked like this. It does. But meditating also looks like cooking, painting, writing, designing, etc. Whatever allows you to lose yourself in something else. Meditating and finding a flow through these activities can be a great source of replenishment.


Get Fresh Air


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Opening windows, stepping outside, or just taking some time to be close to nature has been a great source of comfort for me and a big way I center myself when I need recharging.


Light Candles, Run a Bath, Wear Things That Make You Feel Good


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We do not always have the time to light candles, take long hot baths, spray smell-good, and wear something that makes us feel like a million bucks personified. But when you do, do be extra. Take it all the way home. Whatever makes you feel confident, radiant, and like you are on top of the world, do it. You deserve to treat yourself and step into confidence.


Exercise


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If you said months ago that exercising would be a source of rejuvenation for me, I would have laughed in your face. I am not, by any stretch, an athletic person, but today, I got it. Exercising gives you a sense of accomplishment and is a huge confidence boost. Anything that allows you to build your confidence helps.


Find Your Peace


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These are a few ways that I rebalance myself, and I find peace. However, peace can look different to you than it does to me. Whatever it looks like, find it, and let it fill you until you get a chance to relax again.


Those are a few mindfulness tips to recharge efficiently. Everyone has different ways of dealing with feeling drained and I recommend doing what works best for you.


Did you find any of these helpful? Do you have any go-to tips for recharging your mental state? Let us know in the comment section below or via social media with the hashtag #BlackLotus. We love to hear from you.

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