In the last post we considered a few ways to rejuvenate yourself for a new school year. Since I am a teacher, I dearly love the summer break! But since the ideas I share will work for anyone in any season of life, let’s continue my “re-” list of ways to recharge your battery.
Picking up where we left off…
- Reset creativity – Walk the dog, go for a run, take a shower, do chores, play a game, or, my favorite: take a nap! Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, played the violin to restore clarity and inspiration. Need to get unstuck? Reset your creativity.
- Retire your phone for the night – I once heard wise advice: charge your cell phone in the car.
- Relinquish your grasp – What can you let go of? Are there jobs or chores that you can delegate? Do not do what someone else can do for you or with you. (Moms are notoriously guilty for trying to do it all.)
- Renew your library card – Read something for the fun of it! Although my children are grown now, we still read together (when the planets align). Our summer read-aloud is one of our all-time favorite most-quoted movies: The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman. We have laughed our way through the movie version countless times. It’ll be fun to see how the book compares!
- Review your priorities – Some things on our cluttered “to-do” list just aren’t that important after all.
- Reach for peace – Sally Clarkson offers wisdom for the busyness of life in her post, The Illusive Balanced Life: Seeking Peace Instead! We are not alone in our desire to slow down the clock:
“Seems I have never reached that magical point where my life is quiet, peaceful, slow, with all the details in my life organized. There are more balls in the air now than when our family was much younger!”
By now you’ve probably noticed that all of these words begin with same letters. Really, I did not plan that. What can I say? Alliteration is one of my favorite toys!
This list could keep going, but I’ll stop with one last thought…
- Resuscitate your soul – The subtle stresses of life have a way of wearing us out. So, be proactive. Be good to yourself. Avoid the need for CPR!
The summer months are the perfect time to recover from the ragged fringes of burn out. Let’s face it. The pace of a school year wears us out! So, on the eve of another school year, what can you do to refill your tank?
Is there one thing from this list that you promise to try? Please leave your thoughts below.
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