After writing Friday’s article and understanding what truly lies behind our quick, trendy, and popular fashion brands, I was stressed and in desperate need to recharge this weekend. It didn’t happen exactly how I wanted since Saturday I cleaned the apartment, did laundry, and ran a bunch of errands. I knew Sunday needed to be different.
On Sunday I went to the beach, watched the waves crash, and let the ocean wash away my worries. I could have spent the entire day in front of the computer researching sweatshop free brands, doing other work online, or working on Azuha. Sometimes you simply need a break.
I’m discovering my own tell tale signs of when I start pushing myself past what is truly necessary. Either I tell myself to do just a little bit more, then a little bit more, then a little bit more (I think you get the point) still feeling absolutely unsatisfied and drained. Or I notice that I get extremely antsy literally like observing a five-year-old try to sit still for 30 minutes without anything constructive to do.
Serenely walking away from responsibilities, stresses, other concerns to simply recharge is a gift that we can choose to give to ourselves.
I have never seen work actually get up and leave. It seems to be a constant once you grow up. We are the ones who need to step away from it. Doing something fun or peaceful really helps fuel the creative juices and usually brings a new outlook to whatever you are coming back to. Finding small ways to recharge throughout the day or even throughout the week can change your perspective and how you feel. It will be easier to face your responsibilities after you have given yourself time for the inner you.
We all enjoy different things, yet going to the beach to sit quietly in my own thoughts this weekend made me feel important, special, and rejuvinated. I took time out just for me with no real agenda or expectation. It could be exercising, playing a sport, yoga, meditation, a cup of tea, listening to your favorite music with your eyes closed, or watching the sunset that reignites your spark.
No matter what brings back your inner zest, whether its 15 minutes or two hours, allow yourself this precious moment. I promise you that you will feel amazing!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)