By Wally Velishek


Your mind is constantly on - from when your feet hit the floor until your head hits the pillow. All the scurrying around with daily duties can drain you physically and mentally. Reaching for your device to watch some brain-draining videos is not always the answer. Here are nine different ways to recharge your mind that are simple and effective.

1. Get the Right Amount of Sleep

A rested brain is a recharged brain. The goal should be to get the right amount of good sleep. Experts suggest seven to nine hours is optimal for most. If you get less than six, you will find your mind fuzzy and decision-making skills taxed.

2. Exercise

Physical exercise strengthens more than your body. The endorphins released during walking, running, or other activities leave you feeling great. Your mind is sharper and more positive, too.

3. Eat Healthily

Food feeds your body and your mind. Think about the sugar crash you have after eating ice cream. Not only does your body pay, but your mind can, too. Give your body the right foods, and you will find your mind thanking you.

4. Make a Moment for Meditation

Meditating will calm your mind since it causes you to slow down and focus. You find your purpose and enjoy a release of stress with each deep breath. When done, enjoy a rejuvenated mind.

5. Get Out Your Journal

Writing down your thoughts helps you put a busy day into perspective. It allows you to slow down, get that jumbled mess out of your brain, and decompress.

6. Learn a New Skill

Another way to recharge your mind is to learn something new. Brains get bored with the same daily routines. Give yours something challenging like memorizing a poem or tackling a crossword puzzle. Building your memory muscles will make both your mind and you happy.

7. Go on a Technology Fast

Technology encourages us always to be connected. The effects are overstimulated brains in desperate need of rest. Social media can also affect your emotional health as you see ‘perfect’ lives broadcast before you. Give your mind the gift of a technology fast.

8. Take It Back to Childhood Sometimes it is the simple pleasures that help you unwind. Remember laying on the floor coloring a giant bird or race car? With each crayon stroke, you released your creativity (and stress) even as a child. Maybe it is time to reengage with your inner child.

9. Call a Loved One or Friend

Sometimes recharging comes in the form of a chat with your best friend. Talking about what is happening in your life helps you decompress and get a new perspective on things. You might even get some inspiration for a problem or challenge you are trying to solve.


1. Start with your physical health. If you are not getting enough sleep, challenge yourself to build the habit of getting at least seven hours of sleep. You may need to set alarms to remind you to go to bed on time.

2. Grab a blank notebook and start writing. You don’t have to worry about following grammar rules. Instead, concentrate on emptying your mind of all those tasks and thoughts cluttering it.

3. Call a loved one. They’d love to hear from you. Chat about your favorite memories. Laugh and enjoy the bond you are forging.


1. 50 Things to Know to Recharge Your Mind https://amzn.to/38GcdXI

2. Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health by Dr. Caroline Leaf  https://amzn.to/3kwNEyX

3. Recharge: A Year of Self-Care to Focus on You by Julie Montagu  https://amzn.to/38JnRAY

4Rest, Refocus, Recharge: A Guide for Optimizing Your Life   by Dr. Greg Wells https://amzn.to/39qVZC57

5. The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body's Own Restorative Systems by Sara C. Mednick, PhD https://amzn.to/3F7nOex

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