Hitting the Reset Button: How to Refresh Ourselves


Have you been feeling drained lately? When you wake up, do you immediately wish that you didn’t? Does your life feel like you’re merely going through the motions? If you answered ‘yes’ to most of these questions, it’s safe to say that you’re not in a good place at the moment. Before you go into a full-blown existential crisis, take a deep breath and relax. You, along with a million other people on this earth, are going through the same thing.

Frequently, we find ourselves in a rut. We’re fully aware of the fact that we’re on autopilot, but we don’t bother doing anything. This can happen for several reasons, but it’s usually because we forget to treat ourselves as human beings. Luckily for us, we can often ease ourselves out of the burnout haze and feel like ourselves again. We can do this by pressing the reset button in our lives. Here are a few ways we can reset and recoup when we’re under too much stress or when we’ve reached our limits.

Reassess Your Thoughts and Actions

Some people will argue that it’s “all in your head,” and it might be. What goes on in your mind will most likely reflect your reality. That is why you must acknowledge both the good and bad to start moving on from a rough patch. Take a step back for a moment and examine how you’re currently living your life. Are you pleased with your outlook on things, or could they be better? Are you satisfied with the way you act, or are you in need of a major attitude makeover? Despite life being challenging at times, reflection is the key to recalibrating your disposition.

Clean Your Space

You might be asking what cleaning has to do with resetting your life when it has nothing to do with your mindset or actions. It may not seem obvious at first, but there’s a connection between your thoughts and the space around you. Whenever we’re going through something, our area often gets cluttered and disorganized. Our living space becomes as chaotic as our heads. If you have the time (or if you’re willing to make time), grab your cleaning microfiber towels and cleaning solution and get to it. The act of cleaning is therapeutic for most people, and you’ll feel much better after seeing how clean your space is.

Get Creative

making art

Let’s face it; most of us aren’t Picasso’s. Most of us probably haven’t done anything remotely creative, thanks to our day jobs, unless your job involves you to be creative. Either way, creating art is a suitable method of catharsis. Whether it’s painting, drawing, or even writing down what you feel without the pressure of pleasing someone but yourself, making art is a catharsis. However, it’s important to treat this activity as purely an expression of repressed emotions, not a performance or a task to get done. The goal is to have fun and let go of any unwanted frustrations or stress.

Do Something You Genuinely Enjoy

When trying to de-stress, the most effective way to let go and reset ourselves is by taking a breather and doing something we enjoy. If you’re the outdoorsy type and find sanctuary in going on hikes or traveling, treat yourself to a mini vacation out of town for the weekend. If you’re a couch potato, treat yourself to a night in snuggled up in your favorite blanket and your favorite Netflix series. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re at ease.

In the fast-paced world we lived in, it’s getting too easy to get wound up by the hustle and bustle of daily life. Never forget that we’re humans deserving of rest. It’s the least we can do for ourselves.

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