This week my family is wandering around the map experiencing God’s goodness in creation. My husband, in particular, is in dire need of some dirt and trees and anything that is not electronic. I am also sensing the gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit to release the pressure that comes from maintaining all the balls that life asks me to juggle.
Have you ever felt that way?
Maybe you, too, are desperate to recharge but can’t afford the time off to do it. Maybe a vacation just isn’t in the works this summer. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t escape for some R &R for your soul.
Here are some ways to recharge for free:
- Take a day off if you can. Block off your calendar and turn off your phone.
- If you can’t take a day off, block off an open Saturday or Sunday and do not make any plans. If someone asks if you’re free, tell them you have an appointment (which is true–it’s with yourself!)
- Drive to a nearby park or beach with your favorite snack and a journal. Sit and listen to the birds. Observe the many variations of green that the leaves display in the sunlight.
- Sit on your deck or in your driveway with a great book. Allow yourself to enjoy the moment and not view it as a waste of time simply because you’re not producing something or accomplishing an item on your list.
- Disappear in the bookstore or library for an afternoon.
- If time with friends is energizing and encouraging, meet a special friend at your local nature center. Take a walk together. Share your heart; share a laugh.
- If time with friends is NOT energizing, seclude yourself so that your quiet space is not disturbed. Protect your solace.
- Take a long walk alone through your neighborhood. Pray for the homes you pass.
- Bake something to share with a new mom at church.
- Turn your face to the sun and soak up the warmth.
- Take a nap! A long nap!
- FAST from electronics: no cell phone, no iPad, no computer, no TV.
- FAST from social media: forget about your blog and Twitter. Ignore Facebook. They’ll still be there tomorrow!
- Soak your feet in a tub of warm water at home.
- Organize your old photos and spend time with each memory.
- Write a note to someone and thank them for the way they bless your life.
- Visit your parents.
- Open up your atlas and plan your next road trip!
- Make a list of things you’d like to teach your kids this summer. Detail how you’ll do it!
- Schedule your next recharge day! God rested after six days of work and so should we!
What are your ideas for recharging for FREE?