Re-Energize When Work (and Life) Gets you Down


I was in a funk recently that I finally managed to get out of. During that unfortunate period which lasted about a month, the “down” moments seemed to outnumber the “up” moments both at work and with life outside of work.

Coincidentally, while showing a PowerPoint presentation in class this week, the contents of one particular slide stuck with me. The slide focused on being aware of the concept of a healthy work-life balance and how consistently engaging in energizing activities is a good thing. I realized that getting out of my recent funk wasn’t just random. Instead, there were simple actions that I took that re-energized me. Each action was quite different than the other, but taken all together, they played a major role in lifting my spirits up.

  • Confided in colleagues – With my work challenges, I pretty much aired out all the details to a couple, trusted co-workers and got the support that I needed.
  • Went back to exercising regularly – I had taken some time off from exercising due to some personal issues but realized that exercise, be it at the gym or at home doing “old-school” exercises, is one of those things that I must do consistently to feel right.
  • Listened to music – Music has always been a wonderful, energizing activity for me, but I’ve neglected it for too long. Instead, I’ve been listening to talk radio when driving. So I went out and bought a couple of CDs (both volumes from Glee if you must know <haha!>) and have had a blast learning, listening to, and singing along with some great songs during my daily work commute.

By the way, here are the responses that I got from my class when, after showing the students the PowerPoint slide mentioned previously, I asked them: What do you do that energizes you?

  • Read
  • Play with my pets
  • Get good grades
  • Listen to music
  • Exercise
  • Play basketball
  • Work out
  • Participate in any kind of a competition
  • Eat
  • Cook
  • Hang out with friends
  • Sleep
  • Shop


2 comments for “Re-Energize When Work (and Life) Gets you Down

  1. dingxin chen
    June 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    When I am in the down time of my life, i do not make any decisions. And i hang out with my friends, go to gym, and taste some new food.

    • Andy
      June 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      Dingxin, those are some good things to do when you think about making important decisions. I especially like the eating new food suggestion.

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