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Re: How do you recharge?
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2014, 07:26:51 am »
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My question is, if any of you have been through similar cycles of uber stress, what steps do you take to recover and recharge?

 
I feel you. Almost done with 12 workdays, of which I will have a total of 2 off, neither of them consecutive (which sounds mild compared to what you're dealing with). I was also struggling to complete 84 hours of...I guess most would call it pathwork...in three weeks, part of which overlapped with that time (half of the 84 was done in my sleep or I would never have gotten it done).

So, I plan to go sit in my Inner Temple and do nothing but absorb energy at a couple of healing sites every night for a while. I take lots of baths to recharge. As an introvert, being alone and reading books helps. Eventually I will get up the gumption to watch a movie, but that doesn't do anything for me one way or another on the recharge-o-meter. I may light some candles and say some words.

And the sudden 4 days off a week now that we're past the holidays will give me some serious time to de-stress.

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Re: How do you recharge?
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2014, 01:00:09 pm »
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I feel you. Almost done with 12 workdays, of which I will have a total of 2 off, neither of them consecutive (which sounds mild compared to what you're dealing with). I was also struggling to complete 84 hours of...I guess most would call it pathwork...in three weeks, part of which overlapped with that time (half of the 84 was done in my sleep or I would never have gotten it done).

So, I plan to go sit in my Inner Temple and do nothing but absorb energy at a couple of healing sites every night for a while. I take lots of baths to recharge. As an introvert, being alone and reading books helps. Eventually I will get up the gumption to watch a movie, but that doesn't do anything for me one way or another on the recharge-o-meter. I may light some candles and say some words.

And the sudden 4 days off a week now that we're past the holidays will give me some serious time to de-stress.


Thanks for all the suggestions!

So far I have planned a three day weekend (trying to make it four) that will involve a small gathering of work friends and some refreshments of various types (go go Washington lol).

A TV catch up marathon (I'm a season or more behind on GoT, Homeland, TWD etc.)

A new goal to read a single novel a week. (In the past I've been a voracious reader but between work and my stupid thyroid I've fallen behind on my massive reading list)

And getting caught up on or at least strategizing how to get caught up on the various crafty projects I've put aside which will also involve trying to fix a chronic roof leak in my usual work area and possibly some dry wall replacement. Wee!

Productivity = relaxation for me in a lot of ways mostly in the busy hands = less time/energy to worry and stress about things that I can't change way.

Thanks again everyone!

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Re: How do you recharge?
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2014, 01:06:35 am »
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My question is, if any of you have been through similar cycles of uber stress, what steps do you take to recover and recharge?

 
I usually turn on classical or spa music and read

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Re: How do you recharge?
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2014, 08:14:16 am »
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My question is, if any of you have been through similar cycles of uber stress, what steps do you take to recover and recharge?


I need times being alone or at least not having to be sociable with anyone, and as much silence as possible. An hour out in the world having to interact with others in a stressful situation can mean needing 4 or 5 hours of alone time at home. When it gets really bad I even turn off the computer and don't respond to emails or PMs.

I had to deal with a massive legal situation between 2012/13 and spent a lot of time either in court or defending myself against social workers and lawyers, and after a day of that I would come home and spend 2 or 3 days recovering.

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Re: How do you recharge?
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2014, 02:31:20 pm »
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My question is, if any of you have been through similar cycles of uber stress, what steps do you take to recover and recharge?


I give myself 2-3 days to sleep more, read more, and indulge any food cravings I may have (which do not always involve sugar). If the weather is warm enough, I flop down on the grass in the back garden and moonbathe. It works fast like nobody's business, but I'm more likely to keep it up for as long as I can get away with.
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Re: How do you recharg?
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2014, 07:56:20 am »
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I try to get outside every day.  Even if it's dark/cold.  I walk (preferably with my dog).  Even if it's only for 30 minutes.
 
Maybe you could borrow someone's dog?  ;)

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I was going to say the same thing, minus the dog 'cause I don't have one.

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Re: How do you recharge?
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2014, 02:48:16 pm »
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My question is, if any of you have been through similar cycles of uber stress, what steps do you take to recover and recharge?

 
Oh man, as a person prone to anxiety and depression, I try to avoid prolonged uber-stress. Alas, life doesn't always cooperate.

It actually takes me a very long time to recharge from such situations, sometimes a couple days, sometimes even weeks or months.

I have two types of methods for dealing with stress. One is avoidant, and one is grounding.

Honestly, the avoidant method is what I turn to first, in most cases. I will play video games for hours, watch marathons of TV shows,  or read whole series of novels. None of those things are bad, exactly, and in fact they are all excellent distractions. But however good they are good for short-term relief of stress, I wouldn't think of them as recharging. They are more like a delaying tactic to dealing with my emotional and mental landscape. When the game or book or show is over, my life is still there, waiting. And all I want to do is return to some fantasy land. Not good for long-term wellness! And we won't get into boozing as an avoidant tactic...

My actually "recharging" habits are what I think of as "grounding" meaning that they take me out of the hidey hole in my mind, and reconnect my personality with my body and my environment. Which gives me a chance to actually take care of it!

I will clean my home and make it smell nice (often by lighting incense or diffusing essential oils), open windows, enjoy what natural light I can. I will often buy myself flowers (or pick them if I am lucky enough to have access) because I find having them around very encouraging.

I love cooking, and getting the ingredients together and making something comforting, that takes a certain amount of preparation but not much concentration, is an extremely therapeutic experience for me. Working on a knitting project is similar. The beginner projects I enjoy require little thought, and I consciously relax my shoulders and body while I knit, to prevent tension headaches, which makes knitting very sedative.

Sitting outdoors and practicing a mindfulness meditation is also wonderful. I don't do it for more than ten minutes or so at a time, but WOW is that a recharging ten minutes! Bonus point if I take myself to the river, or another nature space that feels nurturing to me. Sometimes I will also practice visualizations, similar to some chakra opening exercises, moving energy throughout my body.

Visiting a favorite place, even just a local store or coffee shop, that makes me feel hopeful and positive, is another affirming and recharging activity. Taking a friend who feels the same way makes it even better.

There's a few more I'm remembering as I write- I have an arsenal of grounding practices, I just wish I remembered them as well when I needed them most!

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