How to recharge your life – according to the experts

-Feb 28, Hannah Hargrave , Living -

Sometimes life can just feel like it needs a kickstart, but the frustrating thing is you have no idea how to make that happen. Whether it’s stress, lack of energy or a lull in general motivation which has got you down, you don’t have to just accept it. Instead take some guidance from the experts who successfully recharged their own lives or helped others to do it for themselves. 

Emma Kenny – TV psychologist

“Learn to be grateful,” Emma tells Lumity. “Each and every day I think about what I have to be grateful for. There are so many great things in life which are easy to ignore. Every single night, since my children were little we have practiced gratitude by talking about what they’ve been grateful for, something they’ve had a hard time with and discussing what they have found useful that day. WE need to appreciate what we have, not what we don’t.”

Will Williams – Meditation teacher and author

Will Williams was plagued with insomnia and stress from his fast paced career until he discovered Beeja meditation. “You can expect better sleep, reduced anxiety and stress, more focus and creativity and increased positivity all round,” he told Lumity. “Everyone can benefit hugely from this practice, no matter your walk of life.”

Sarah Sparks – Executive coach and award winning public speaker

“Remember that without the courage to change you face a lifetime doing something you don’t want to be doing,” says Sarah who ditched her high powered job, forged a new career and became a first time mum, all in her mid 40s. “It’s also ok to be selfish. Put your own oxygen on mask on first so you can help others.”

Beate Howitt – 80-year-old model

Beate Howitt has never let age stop her from doing anything. She got a degree in her 60s, an MA in her 70s and launched her modelling career in her 80s. 

“Never believe anyone who tells you, you can’t and never stop learning,” she says. “We only have one innings on this planet so engage with the world.” 

Dr. Rangan Chatterjee – Television presenter, physician and author

“Friendship is not a luxury,” says Dr. Chatterjee. “It’s a necessity for good health.” Life can get so busy that relationships go to the wayside but they’re so important for your wellbeing. 

“Being lonely is incredibly damaging to your body. In fact the changes that happen are as harmful to you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”

He suggests keeping dates in the diary to meet up with friends, talk to them over the phone rather than communicating on social media, broadening your social circle and seeking help if loneliness is something you’re suffering from. 

Related: 5 ways to deal with stress by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

Lucy Blenkinsopp – Health and wellness coach

“Stop wasting your life comparing yourself to others,” Lucy insists. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” She also suggests getting involved with volunteering or a cause where you see first hand people who are less fortunate than yourselves.

Maude Hirst – Actress and founder of EnergyRise

‘Vikings’ actress Maude Hirst admitted to Lumity that she was “scared” of meditation and yoga until one retreat altered her way of thinking and it turned her life around.  She says the practices give her clarity, focus, reflection and even more time!

“You don’t have to do it every day, but if you’re just getting started try a 10-day yoga and meditation challenge to kickstart your regime.”

Related: Lumity’s 30-day yoga plan with Maude Hirst

Susie Wolff – Team Principle of Venturi Formula E Team

Dream big, but be realistic! That’s the viewpoint of Susie Wolff who so nearly made history by getting to the start line for the F1 Williams team but eventually had to restructure her plan. 

“It’s just wishful thinking if you have dreams with no plans. If you’re struggling to make something happen then come up with a new plan.”

She also says it’s important to work on your resilience. “There will be moments of defeat, so you need to learn to pick yourself up and dust yourself off.”

If you’re looking to lift your mood too then here are some tips to quickly boost your happiness levels and discover how you can maximise your brain power and focus too.

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