Commute. Work. Commute. Cook. Clean. Sleep. These simple verbs sum of the majority of my existence. But I’m not alone, many of us live this day-in and day-out. After a while, it can eat away at your essence and leave you feeling tired and unsatisfied. Lately, I’ve made a point to find ways to reinvigorate my spirit in the middle of all this hum-drum, and I couldn’t wait to share them with all of you.
Sounds simple enough. I force myself to crack a smile as often as possible. During my commute while I’m listening to my favorite songs, or pondering a pleasant memory. I smile at my son when I see him after a long day. I smile at co-workers as we rehash funny stories. Smiling releases stress, and it’s key to reinvigorate your spirit.
I often don’t find time for exercise (mostly because I find it unpleasant), but stretching can do wonders. It’s great for relieving tension and soreness, and rejuvenating your system with energy. You don’t have to do an intense yoga routine. A simple, few-minute long stretch can do wonders for your spirit.
I’ve been working on the same book for two weeks now. It doesn’t matter how long you read for- 15 minutes or 2 hours at a time, just as long as you do. People who read generally feel happier with life. It doesn’t matter if it’s a magazine or novel, reading enhances your imagination which in turn, reinvigorates your spirit.
I suggest an early morning soaker (or late-night) because the kids are asleep. Light a candle or two and just relax. Warm water does wonders for aches and pains, stress, and even congestion (for allergy and cold sufferers). It’s hard to get out of a relaxing bath because it does tend to coax you to sleep, but once you force yourself out, you’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
A Spontaneous Event
You must do something spontaneous once every couple weeks. Spontaneity adds fun and excitement to your life. You don’t need to skydive (but if you feel the urge, please do!), you can do something as simple as getting your nails done during your lunch break, or meeting with one of your friends for drinks after work one evening. Spontaneous events break the hum-drum and give you something pleasant to talk about. Experiences, and communicating about those experiences, breed happy feelings which help to reinvigorate your spirit.