How is your energy today on a scale of 1 to 10?
1 = can barely keep your eyes open. 10 = can barely sit still you're so full of beans?
I ask my clients this question each time I see them. I ask myself the same question too.
Last weekend, I was totally wiped out in a “I need to do absolutely nothing” kind of way. I went to see my acupuncturist (the fabulous Alison Arden) who, as she took my pulse said “hmmm, running on nearly empty” as I then proceeded to fall asleep on her very comfy couch whilst she stuck needles in me.
I’m not always great at taking my own ‘Invest in Rest’ advice. Nor are my clients who often resist my recommendation to do less. They’re busy women, with full-on jobs, families, houses, pets and a million other things to manage. Sound familiar? It’s not always feasible to take time-out. I get it. I live in the real world too.
But here’s the rub.
All the nutrition advice, pilates/barre/yoga classes and green smoothies in the world won’t help you to feel gloriously well unless you recharge your batteries regularly.
It doesn’t have to be a week at a spa (nice as that sounds). Little and often is best to avoid a crash and burn scenario.
Here are 5 ways to help restore your energy levels
1. Switch your phone to flight mode (feels less scary than switching it off completely), make a big pot of herbal tea and read the paper, a book or a magazine. There’s something altogether more restorative about reading printed vs. on-screen text.
2. Warm bath. Epsom salts (to detox) or a few drops of lavender oil (to unwind). Lights off. Candle lit. Bliss.
3. Sofa time with a film you’ve seen loads of times before so that you don’t have to use much brain power following the storyline and it matters not a jot if you fall asleep halfway through. If I’m really tired, I hide under a big blanket and hang out with Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side. Love that film. Cry every time.
4. Don’t pre-arrange anything for a whole day at the weekend. Seriously. Just go with the flow. It’s feels very weird not to have brunch / play dates / dinner / cinema plans. But it’s so good to just potter about. In your PJs if that helps.
5. Get outside. Get up close with some greenery. Feel the fresh air on your face. It’s one of the best ways to Rest + Restore.
Rest. You need it more than you might think.