Have you ever had your phone stop working on you?Maybe you can still hear others and others can hear you, but as far as alerts and ringtones were concerned? Nothing.You can use this as a sign it’s time to get a new phone, or you could try a good ‘ole hard reset. Lo and behold, the phone starts working again, just as it should!
We all need to hit the reset button in our own lives every once and awhile. Whether it’s taking a vacation, an unscheduled nap, or trying something new; we need to find a way to release the things that are holding us back from moving forward with ease and at a pace faster than molasses. Are you already protesting? “I would love to create a fresh start, but who has the time?” If there’s one thing that is true, it’s that we make/find time for the things that are important to us.
Unfortunately for many of us, the things that are important to us have to do more with the wants and needs of others than our own needs. We don’t want to be selfish, or inconsiderate, so what’s important to us takes a back seat to everything else that’s going on. We all know what the result of doing this for too long is though, don’t we? Emotional, mental, physical and spiritual exhaustion are what wait for us if we don’t make the time to tend to our own needs. If you’re having trouble finding the time for self-care, you definitely don’t have time for burnout!
The start of every day is a chance to hit the reset button. Whether it’s doing a morning yoga class, a 20-minute meditation or reading a book, it’s about giving yourself permission to take some “me-time”. Look at your daily schedule and see where you can make time to do a mini-recharge, whatever that may look like for you. If it means getting to bed or waking up earlier, do it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the difference even a few minutes of self-care can make in your day!
Like the phone example, hitting the reset button allows you to operate at your best, the way you were meant to. Delaying or ignoring the need to rest, recharge and start anew, just reduces your productivity and effectiveness. How many missed calls and messages would there have been if the phone wasn’t reset? Obviously, we are not built the same as electronics, but there are a few similarities. We don’t function well when our energy/power levels are low, and when we don’t let go of things that have already happened that don’t serve us, it slows down our progress.
So we have to enjoy ourselves have some fun, grab a night out, try a night out with friends. You will thoroughly enjoy it, truest me and it helps the reset process.
Whether it’s deleting those temporary files (past events and perceived wrongs), recharging our batteries (sleep, healthy food and exercise) or hitting the reset button (all of the above), we have to do what’s best for us so that we can operate at maximum efficiency and effectiveness for ourselves and those we care about.