Our friend Dr. Bill Howatt is a behavioral scientist with expert insights into energy and motivation. He’s the author and creator of a long list of indispensable resources, including Q-Life: Quality Student Life Companion.
He suggests there are five signs you might need to recharge:
Consider for a minute how you will know that you need a boost—maybe it’s one of the above, or perhaps it’s something else entirely. Your next step is to pay attention and honor those signals. Even better, don’t wait for warning signs—schedule time to recharge into your week. We’ve filled the WE Well-being Playbook with self-care tips and suggestions.
For bedside reading, we recommend Why We Sleep by Dr. Matt Walker.
Start small and see how it makes you feel.
Make a list of some of the stressors in your life—events and conditions that activate the stress response system. See if you can identify one or two that could be reduced or eliminated.
Studies confirm the link between movement and well-being. You don’t need to break a sweat to create and maintain healthy neurons.
Brain-imaging technology tells us that doing so releases “feel-good” transmitters. Bonus marks if it moves you to dance like no one is watching!
We’ve shared a few techniques in the WE Well-being Playbook. One simple practice is to get comfortable and take a short time out. Breathe in as you count to 4. Breathe out as you count to 6 or 8. Repeat for 90 seconds.
Find a reason to give yourself a high five.