We unplugged. Now, the end of summer is drawing near and it’s time REBOOT and get back into the swing of things, whether we want to or not. If you need a boost when you plug back in, we’ve got just the thing! (10 things, actually!)
Like an out-of-date computer, sometimes we can be a little sluggish when we go to power back up. Certainly, though, taking time for yourself and getting unplugged can help you feel more dedicated and driven when you’re ready to jump back in. So take advantage of that feeling when you go to hit restart. We rounded up 10 tips to enact right now as we gear up for the second half of 2016!
10 Tips to REBOOT Life:
- Sweat Daily. Such a cliché! But sweat, just a little, every day. And that doesn’t just mean walking to your car in the 100-degree heat that seems like it lasts ’til October. No, commit to something exercise-related. Even a 7-minute, heavy-breathing, break-a-tiny-sweat-in-your-pajamas workout counts. Here’s one I use regularly, and it’s free.
- Laugh More. Often, I run Pandora through the car radio, and I listen to the Amy Schumer station. Choose a comedian you like, and give it a try. A quick dose of mindless comedy goes a long way as a mood-booster. I end up smiling and laughing every time. (Beware though- this can be NSFKids!)
- Do One Nice Thing. The other day I got a friend request from a woman I am a ridiculous 20-year-plus fan of, and it completely spun my day into happy mode. And what goes around, comes around. I preach this all the time: try to make someone’s day just a teensy bit brighter. A small text will do the trick. Or a call, a facebook post, whatever. Easy. Takes a minute or less.
- Listen. Stop whirling about with all you have to do and take a second to look someone right in the eye, put down what you’re doing (it’ll still be there later), and switch your ears to the on position. Listening is a beautiful thing, and waking up to new thoughts and ideas is reboot-a-riffic. (Yeah, I just wrote that.)
- Read Before Bed. Remember the olden days when you used to always do this? Make time for it. And make it an actual book, not a screen. Looking for a few recommendations? Here are some of ours. And just look at all these benefits! And honestly? It’s easy to feel more accomplished when you actually read something.
- Cut Out the Weekday Drinking. I cannot tell you how many friends I talk to who have fallen into the pattern of drinking daily. Maybe a glass of wine a day has health benefits, but you’ll be more alert tomorrow (and sleep better tonight) without it. I know, it’s tough, especially to someone who *loves* it like me, but feeling better is better.
- Get Dressed (and Do Your Makeup). Going around in workout clothes is effortless and carefree, sure, but I’m waaaaay more productive when dressed and looking good. Even if my hair isn’t done, there’s a small mental toll it takes, in which I know I am not at my best. When you catch sight of yourself in the mirror, you’ll feel better, too, and stand a little straighter, providing a domino effect of benefits.
- Take Care of ‘Business’. The in-the-bedroom business, that is. It’s very easy to let this one fall to the wayside, especially for us women. But it only takes a few minutes, and the health benefits– with or without a partner!- are irrefutable. It should be a habit and a regular part of life, and if it’s not, make it one. It’s good for a successful reboot.
- Make a list. I am a crazy list maker. (I mean, look, I’m making one right now.) I could make lists of lists. Making a list frees up your mind to think about other things, and it can quell anxiety and even boost creativity, according to this article. You’ll feel fresher and know that you have a handle on things when it’s concrete in front of you.
- Make Practice a Priority. Whether it’s guitar, voice, writing, yoga, knitting, or anything else, devote a little time to it today and everyday. The more you practice, the better you get. That’s just how it works. I go through phases where I don’t want to practice at all! But remember your mom forcing you to practice? Why stop as an adult? Why not make ourselves do something? Choose something (for me, it’s voice and guitar), and make yourself spend at least five minutes doing it. You’ll feel more productive, you’ll get better…and you might just end up building a few healthy habits along the way. It’s win-win!