Do you need recharging?

I was just trying to remember the last time I used a landline phone, and I was pretty sure it was months ago – then realised I’ve answered a few incoming calls at KZSU, the Stanford radio station where I volunteer.

On the whole, though, I’m pretty much a 100% cellphone guy now, and certainly don’t have a landline of my own.

Relying on a cellphone means, of course, remembering to charge its battery, which is now an ingrained habit immediately before bedtime. Lock the door, clean my teeth, get a glass of water, plug in my phone.

It’s funny that this can be such an obvious habit to get into, whereas when our emotional batteries are low, it’s easy to slip into thinking they’ll somehow be better tomorrow, even if we don’t do anything about them.

That’s a bit like imagining that the electron fairy will call round in the night to waft amps into our phones.

Amazingly, time can actually be something of a healer when it comes to low spirits. Give a low mood long enough, and it may — almost magically — sort itself out.

But that’s really leaving a lot to chance, isn’t it? Better by far to take the bull by the horns, and take some action that’s designed to lift your mood.

You know, things like connecting with a friend… getting out for a walk… eating a tasty, healthy meal… thinking through the things you have to be grateful for…

Surely, neglecting your low spirits is as ill-advised as forgetting to charge your phone?

So why not do a little self-reflection right now? If you’re quite alright, that’s great. But if you’re not, perhaps it’s time for some self-care.

Today. Now.

Give yourself a recharge.

3 thoughts on “Do you need recharging?

  1. This is so true. A recent mild illness took me of course and I let slip my habits for good mental health. Result not good mental health, but today I began again with the easiest recharge and amazingly now feel that bit better.

  2. Very interesting view. This bit of habit or routine definitely does help to keep life and connection on track.
    When watching TV shows that take place in the past such as Mad Men and Call the Midwife the memory of the extra effort of staying connected. Waiting for someone to call or calling and other person is not there or worst of all no availability of a phone.
    We have access of so many mediums today so we need to do our part to routinely take advantage of them. The connection is so valuable.

  3. Leaving your phone on charge all night is not advisable – 1. because when it gets to 100%, it’s on 100% until you wake up, which actually wears the battery out, which means you will have to charge it more – ad infinitum until you need a new battery. 2. It’s not very ecological nor is it very good for your electricity bill. Just saying.

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