Life is busy. I feel like I start every post with this sentence, because each week the phrase gets closer and closer to true. Sometimes, it’s more like a juggling act and I’m waiting for something to fall.
Since the beginning of the year, I have been trying to focus a lot more on my mental health, how I’m really feeling and doing the things that make me happy. I still work, pay bills and do all that mundane adult stuff, but it’s also important that I take the time to do things I enjoy, like photography and writing. Along with hobbies, I have tried to focus on taking time to recharge and refresh. It wasn’t an easy thing to do at first. The moment I tried to relax, something popped up that had to be done, or someone needed my attention. Life is so go, go, go; I actually struggled to stop.
Taking time to recharge is highly important and frankly essential. Burnout is way too common among humans today, and just five minutes away from the chaos can do a world of good. One way I’ve been trying to recharge is take quick walks whenever I can. I no longer go to the gym, so this is also a great workout for me. It’s difficult not to take my headphones with me (sometimes I just need them) but the time to myself is so refreshing – my mood changes completely.
When people are stressed, they get irritated and snap at others. I never want to be at a point in my life where I’m so stressed I can’t say a sentence without hurting the feelings of another person. That’s why I’m trying to get into the habit of zoning out, even if it’s just for a short period of time. I find that recharging is a great way to get inspired, and it puts things into perspective. Removing yourself from the madness of everyday life is like a giant factory reset on the body and everything starts anew.
I began using an app called Pacifica and I can’t recommend it enough. Like Headspace and Calm, it encourages you to take five or so minutes a day to note down or focus how you’re feeling and actions to go along with that emotion. My goal for the rest of the year is to start running and build up a great routine of working out in the great outdoors. Naturally, I feel more relaxed when I’m outside, but it’s also the first place I head when things get too much. Even in my days of dealing with depression in school, I would also escape out the school grounds and just sit, trying to gather my thoughts. The world’s there to look at, so why not take advantage of it?
Today’s photos were all taken in my local park, about five minutes from my home. It’s as easy as that. Taking twenty minutes to sit on a park bench and returning home is the best feeling. Going for an hour-long stroll and being present helps my mind to settle. And heading out for a quick run gives the greatest endorphin rush.
Recharging brings nothing but positivity, and that’s the aim.