Refresh: Give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate.

When I used to think of refreshing myself I would think of vacations.  Then I had kids.  Vacations are no longer vacations, they are trips and while fun, they do not often leave me refreshed.  At all. 

Raise your hand if you have kids AND you have managed to go on a relaxing and refreshing vacation with them.  Congratulations to you!

For the rest of us, we might need to find our refresh somewhere else. Also, as much as lovely vacations used to provide me with the reinvigoration, the fact is that waiting until one vacation a year to refresh ourselves is not the best way to take care of ourselves.  Hence, we need to figure out how to find the strength and energy throughout our day and throughout our lives.  To me that is meditation, walks, putting my feet in grass, a lovely citrus candle, a fresh fruit smoothie. All of these things help refresh me throughout the day.  It means I don’t have to rely on those vacation one time a year…which means that when I do get a relaxing vacation, it doesn’t have the extra stress that it has to solve all of my exhaustion.  

What do you to refresh yourself?  Do you save up for one big vacation or do you find times throughout your day and week?