4 Ways To Really Recover This Summer
Jul 10, 2018
The sun, the mountains, the beach are calling… can you hear them?
I was intending to write a post on transition jobs - what they are and why they matter. But to be honest I was not super inspired. All I could hear was the voice in my head that wants to be outside in the sun and swimming in the lake. And I kind of thought, you probably all feel the same. So instead here is a post on making the best of summer. And ensuring that it is a real time of reconnection and filling yourself up.
- Give yourself permission to play: Play reconnects you to yourself and to what is good for you. So follow the call to play. We know that positive emotions direct us back to what we need to flourish. That includes play. In summer and during the holidays we seem to give ourselves more permission to play. So follow that carefree side to where it wants to go.
- Consciously recover: Play is one of 4 ‘renewal states’. These so called states (think emotions and how you feel) help you truly recover from stress. The other 3 are compassion, mindfulness and hope. It is not just about being on holiday that counts, but how you feel whilst on it. And specifically nurturing those 3 states. So make the time for that meditation, yoga practice or that swim. Or if that is not your thing…then just stare at the beautiful view, daydream and feel the sun and gentle breeze on your skin. Notice how your feet feel in the sand, the colour of that flower or the softness of that hug.
- Journal every day: Journalling means just writing your thoughts down. One way of doing that is to set a timer for 15-20mins and write down whatever comes through your mind. It is not about analysing it or even rereading it. It is about connecting to where you are really at and what is really going on for you. It is also about cleaning things out. I like to see journalling as an emotional washing machine. By writing our emotions down, we bring them up to the surface, feel them and either understand them or let them go.
- Let yourself daydream: I think that daydreaming got a really bad press at school. The thing is that it is very much connected to hope. And hope is one of the renewal states. I have a quote above my desk that says ‘If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders’. That means actually letting your mind go. So make time that is not looking at your phone, reading, chatting or organising something. Listen to those silent whispers of the heart that we tend to keep shut up the rest of the year. You can also use journalling prompts to do this. That means asking a question and just writing down whatever comes to mind. Or asking the question and going for a walk or that swim. Letting your mind…and your heart... wander to wherever they want to go.
Until Next Time,
Louise Le Gat is an experienced facilitator, speaker, executive coach, and creator of the ‘Positive Energy Leaders’ movement. She helps leaders who are at a pivotal moment in their careers create inspiring and meaningful work that has a positive impact.
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