We asked about twenty people what they took away form a circus experience.  Responses were diverse: sticky, smelly, animal-abuse!, lights, colorful tents, childhood memories, and overall wonder. Our culture diversity gives way to our social perspectives on things. Mardi Gras or masquerades…even family reunions, no?

Sometimes putting on a show lasts for weeks when schedules are hectic and agendas are jam-packed.  Often our internal cues are not addressed, let alone recognized.  This can build up and lead to stress related concerns, crashing, fatigue and eventually burnout.  Unfortunately, this has become all too familiar and accepted in our society.

This past summer, I have had the luxury of taking naps.

Girlfriends who are pregnant, friends that are moving, and all my employed friends either don’t understand, sigh in jealousy or regard themselves as “caffeinated” and without time for such things.

Listening to our bodies internal and external needs is key to function.  Within the next week, I will return to a busy schedule and be employed through a vibrant clinic on the east coast. It’s a face paced area outside of NYC and has an energetic crowd.   Although daily siestas will no longer be part of my routine – I hope to find my own ways to relaxation on a daily basis.  Even if it’s just 15 minutes (of reading, writing, sewing, quietness, cooking, or whatever brings me sanity that day).

For every chaotic event that calls for putting on a show – every circus in life – there is always a need to recuperate and decompress afterwards.  Some places facilitate relaxation more than others. Imagine an oceans side seat on the beach to view the sunset…

What techniques do you use to recharge after being on overload?