How to Relight Your Fire Every Day
By Sandy Schroeder
It happens to everyone at some time or other. They get up in the morning, look around, and wonder how they got there, and just what is it that should be done that day. I have done this at different junctions in my life. Sometimes I figured it out quickly. Other times, it took a while, but trust me, it's worth solving.
What Can Happen
Moms and dads run into this - As they struggle to meet the demands of their charges and the relentless pace of our society, it all becomes too much.
- Take the time to slow down and regroup.
- Just spend time in the evening or on the weekends hanging out
- Focus on more sit-down suppers minus phones
- Make weekends fun for everyone as you hike, bike or head to the park
- Single out the things that are most important to your kids and lend a hand and your time
- Enlist some help and take small breaks for yourself with an hour for a yoga class, or a forgotten hobby
Workers run into it on the job - As one project trips over another, motivation become muddled and burnout hovers. The New York Times looked at this issue and Liz Fosslien suggested ways to recreate job satisfaction and energy, telling us how to get a different perspective on the job.
- Move from big overall goals to mini-milestones, crossing off daily projects accomplished
- Look backwards at work you have done, and forwards to work you might want to do
- Focus on your impact on co-workers, how you interact, how you have helped them
- Take an afternoon or a day off to balance your life and return recharged
Seniors often face this - If you have an older person in your family, try to put yourself in their shoes and imagine how different the world can become when you ache a lot, move slower, or look backward more than you do forward.
- Help them enjoy their hobbies such as gardening or cooking
- Get them out to see old friends or make new ones
- Make sure they are up and moving and outside every day
- Spend time with them just talking
- Ask them for advice and really listen
If we are lucky, we realize what is actually happening when we start to question everything. To turn things around, take a closer look at life and concentrate on the things that really count to reignite the spark and create a fresh fire.
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