How are your energy levels?

Laura Mears
Laura Mears

We hope you enjoyed our last video all about the 5 Gears in lockdown.  If you haven’t seen it yet, please find it here. 

In this week’s episode, we concentrate on Gear 1: the rest and recharge gear. 

How are your energy levels?   

Adapting to the social restrictions we are experiencing also means finding new ways to recharge, so we are not feeling cranky, drained or overwhelmed.  As always, this involves intentionality.   

Will you invest 20-30 minutes in considering how you can charge up your energy levels, so you can be more productive and a nicer person to be around? We think it’s a really good investment! 

So grab a pen, journal and quiet space and spend some time on you. 

Wishing you to flourish in this season

P.S. Please let us know how you get on! 

Gear 1: Re-charge Mode 

Every one of us recharges differently.  This gear is all about operating in the areas that refuel us, often when we are spending time on our own.  It could be reading, going for a run or walk, playing the piano or just spending time meditating or contemplating.  If you can understand how you recharge you will have more energy, be more productive, and a nicer person to be around! 

Click on the link to hear us talking about the what, why and how of Gear 1 in lockdown. 

First Gear in Lockdown (10-minute video) 

Personal Response 

  1. Make a list of all the ways that you can re-charge in this season.  Use the list below if you need some ideas, ticking or starring the ones that apply to you. 
Activity Activity 
Go for a run
Have a bath with candles 
Read a chapter of a book 
Drink a cup of coffee in the sunshine and listen to the birds 
Call a friend who refreshes you and be vulnerable with them about how you are feeling 
Listen to, or watch some comedy 
Organise a remote quiz, concert or game of bingo 
Help someone out (buy shopping, draw them a pavement chalk picture, cook a meal for the family) 
Listen to a favourite book on audible 
Do a pilates, yoga or hiit class on-line 
Learn to play chess or backgammon 
Listen to a podcast  
Waste 30 minutes sitting around, seeing what happens 
Play basketball on messenger with your younger cousin, nephew or niece (can you beat 503?)  
Bake a cake or some biscuits or ice some cupcakes 
Paint a picture, some rocks, or a rainbow on some wood and display it outside your front door 
Google an IT question and solve the problem to up-skill yourself 
Dust off an instrument you haven’t played for a while, and play a tune 
Go for a walk all by yourself  
Go for a walk with a member of your household 
Go on a bike-ride 
Do some gardening 
Play solitaire  
Teach yourself a magic trick 
Have a nap 
Schedule a lie-in 
Have a night off cooking so you can have a pre-dinner drink in the garden 
Meditate on an inspiring quotation – focus on one word at a time 
  1. Go through your diary and schedule at least 30 minutes (ideally two sessions of 30 minutes or more) per day of re-charge, every day, for the next five days. 
  1. At the end of each day, review the effectiveness of your re-charging activities, giving the session a tick if it was refreshing, and a cross if it wasn’t. 
  1. At the back of your journal or diary, make a running list of the activities that you find refreshing, and keep building on it throughout this month.   
  1. Ask the other members of your household what refreshes them, and what you can do to release them to be refreshed. 

If you do this for a month, you will have formed a new habit, and you should have a comprehensive and evolving list of refreshing activities to regularly call upon.  You should also have more energy, and greater ability to stay calm under pressure.  If everyone in your household is being intentional about Gear 1, you should have a more peaceful time at home. 

Congratulations!  You have completed a nice session of self-reflection. We hope you enjoyed it, and found out something about yourself.  Please do let us know your thoughts and insights via facebook or email and we will be in touch again soon! 

Recommended further study:  

The 5 Gears by Jeremie Kubicek & Steve Cockram 

Check out the 5 Gears videos on Giant TV 

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