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The A to Z of Emotions – R is for Rejuvenate

Do you feel in need of rejuvenation?  Are you at that point when things seem very mundane and even boring, you’re in a routine which doesn’t vary much, you plod away and get things done but it doesn’t feel satisfying or exciting any more?  If so, you’re definitely in need of rejuvenation, but here’s the thing, you’re the one who is going to have to put things into action to get this rejuvenation, you have to make the decisions to make change in your life.  I’ve been in this position before when I was just plodding on, but it was only when I actively made change in my life that I realised that I have the power to do this and it’s a game changer – think of how much power your decisions can give you!

For some, rejuvenation means going to a spa for the weekend and being pampered or going on a holiday, sitting on the beach with a book.  When I last went on a beach holiday and did just that, I felt great afterwards and did feel rejuvenated.  However, we can’t always go on holiday just when we need to be rejuvenated and it’s often at those times of year, when we’ve already had a holiday and it seems a long distant memory, that we need to take action ourselves to rejuvenate.  It all starts with our mindset – I find that when I look after and nurture my mind that I can get into the mindset whereby I can rejuvenate myself and have the inspiration and energy to do just that.  Sometimes I’ll grab an hour to read a book, this helps me to calm my ever thinking mind and get more perspective on things.  Some people find meditation gets them in the right frame of mind, whatever works for you, find an hour to calm your mind, even if it’s watching mindless TV which you’re not actually paying attention to, whatever you choose, it needs to get your mind to slow down.  After I’ve done this, I put my plan to rejuvenate into action!  Here are a few tips on how I rejuvenate myself.

As I write this, it’s the end of 2020 and even as a steadfast positive thinker, I’m finding it difficult to get myself geared up for the new year.  What I need is to be rejuvenated so that I can feel motivated and inspired and have that ‘let’s go’ feeling.  So here’s my plan, firstly I’m going to make a list of all the positive things that have happened over the past year.  I’m going to really take my time doing this and list everything I can think of.  Whenever I’ve done something similar, my motivation comes back.  Secondly, I’m going to list all my intentions for the new year, irrespective of whether we’re still in a pandemic, I’m going to write them down so that they’re real.  I’m not going to put any particular timeline on them, just that in 2021 I’d like to do these things.  Then comes the part that is hard for some and many fall by the wayside at this stage – it’s action taking.  I have to decide what I’m going to do first, what things I have to plan to get to my goal.  I’ll give you an example, I’d like to improve my upper body strength so I’ve signed up to doing another virtual challenge (some of you may know that I love doing these!) and this time it’s the English Channel.  It’s only 21 miles long and if I was walking or cycling this, I’d finish it in days, but I’ve decided to row it.  As I can only currently do about 1.2 miles at a time on a rowing machine, it’s going to take a lot longer and it’ll also take dedication.  I will log each mile I do and actually, these challenges make me feel rejuvenated as I achieve something and feel inspired.

The other thing I’m going to put into immediate action is to take time out for more meditation.  At the moment I only do this from time to time, but I know that it benefits me greatly and does really rejuvenate me, so i want to make it a regular practice.  So it’s going to be put into my diary as a regular thing and once it’s in my diary it gets done!

Working on being rejuvenated is a personal thing however, and for some, they may need that time when they shut off their laptop and phone and completely rest.  For me, it’s doing something I really enjoy and these days, a walk in the countryside rejuvenates me.  The key is that we have to be creative and take action!

Next month – S is for stressed – we all suffer from stress at times, but it’s when it gets to us that it becomes a problem.  I discuss how to combat stress in my next blog, out on 1st February 2021.




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