Moving to the next chapter in our life, whether it’s a new relationship, new job, new home, or new body, can be an exciting time. The problem is that most of us still have a lot of “stuff” we’re thinking about from the past that can hold us back from the future we deserve. Before we can move on, it’s good to have a “reset” so that we’re ready for what lies ahead.
Here are ten ways to recharge your body, mind and spirit so you can go into your next chapter relaxed, renewed and ready to make it your best one yet.
How To Refresh Your Body, Mind and Spirit
1. Be Honest
You don’t owe anyone a lie. Clear your mind by being honest. Allow honest thoughts and communications to naturally flow in and out. Carrying the burden of keeping up with lies is not a healthy way to live nor does it attract healthy people.
2. Know Your Limits
Don’t take on more than you can handle only to complain about it later. Knowing your limitations will help you with time management by keeping you from over committing. Leave time for love and laughter.
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We often hear, “Exercise is good for you.” Well, it is. It’s critical to a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Work off loads of negativity by following a healthy routine recommended by your doctor or physical trainer. When you feel healthy it shows in your appearance and in the way you communicate to others. It’s not about dressing up your exterior and forgetting about your overall health.
4. Eat Right
Healthy foods help recharge your body and give you much needed energy. Look into a dietary plan that will guide you to eating healthier so that you feel energized. Cut down or out the fast foods and invest in cooking at home more. Know what you’re putting into your body but make it fun instead of a chore.
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5. Make Time for Yourself
Alone time is good. It provides an opportunity for you to reflect, plan, and relax without interruptions. We are quick to say we don’t have time for ourselves but a big part of it is managing your time properly. Saying “No,” so that you can recharge is necessary.
Try an hour or two a day to walk, exercise, read, or do something that doesn’t involve others. If you’re single, don’t search for ways to fill your time and space, value the time you have alone and make use of it. Use the time to heal.
6. Develop Your Spiritual Relationship
Invest in yourself by taking time to meditate, pray, or do something that connects you to an emerging healthy spiritual relationship. When you understand who you are and what your purpose is, you’ll begin to live with peace and passion. It will become difficult for things to disrupt your spirit.
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Letting go is a tremendous way to recharge your life by removing the heavy burden of pain, anger, and hatred. If you have someone in your life that hurt you and you haven’t forgiven him or her, now is the time to do so. It’s not as much about them as it is about you.
They may not be aware that they’ve hurt you, perhaps they don’t care or they’ve already asked for forgiveness. To forgive means to let go of toxins that are destroying you. Accept the opportunity to progress in a healthy manner.
8. Give Back
Give of yourself as a reminder of how much you really have. Volunteer at a shelter, food bank, senior home, or anywhere that allows you to see your blessings. We are quick to point out what we don’t have but seeing it from someone else’s perspective can be humbling and bring appreciation.
9. Mix Things Up
Explore life by venturing outside of your comfort zone. Go to an art gallery, hiking, skydiving, or do anything that allows you to take in more enjoyable, educational, or peaceful activities. Infuse a little laughter and excitement into your mundane life and spread the enthusiasm.
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10. Invest in Healthy Relationships, and End the Unhealthy Ones
Don’t continue on with a relationship that isn’t healthy. Seek counseling if you want to make it work or face reality and know when to let go. If the relationship is an unhealthy disaster, make changes the right way and with passion so that you can begin to enjoy life. Don’t be afraid to rebuild.
Marala Scott is a multi-award winning author, inspirational speaker, leadership advocate, humanitarian and Oprah Ambassador of Hope who has taken her prolific life story and written about it in the groundbreaking book In Our House: Perception v Reality (Premier Digital).
Originally published 12/31/12 and updated 8/12/13.
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