4 keys to regaining energy despite the current climate

4 keys to regaining energy despite the current climate

Many of us today feel tired, weary, demotivated. And for good reason: uncertainty still reigns about this pandemic which has changed the way we live, be together and work. How to recharge your batteries and regain energy in the current climate? Thanks to the four pillars of recovery psychology, explains Adrien Chignard, occupational psychologist.

Hold on to the long term and in uncertainty. This is our stake today. “For a year, we have been over-adapting,” explains Adrien Chignard, work psychologist, founder of Sens et Cohérence. It lasts, we are still in doubt. Adapting how we operate in all aspects of our lives has consumed our time and energy. Our systems are physically and physiologically tired, we have to go to the pump. The goal is to achieve a transition from survival to life, from endurance to regeneration and serenity. To help us, Adrien, Chignard suggests applying the four pillars of recovery psychology, discovered by researchers Sabine Sonnentag and Charlotte Fritz in 2007 (The Recovery Experience Questionnaire: Development and Validation of a Measure for Assessing Recuperation and Unwinding From Work. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology).

Really cut away from your work

It is sometimes difficult to completely disconnect from your work, especially since it has been living at home for a year, with partial or total teleworking for many of us. "The first step is to demonstrate psychological detachment," explains Adrien Chignard. First, it involves moving away physically, geographically, from your workplace. If you're telecommuting, it's leaving home. Added to this is a psychological disengagement: to stop thinking about your job all the time, you have to really cut yourself off, live moments of your life in airplane mode. ".

Easier said than done ? What if you tried to turn off your phone at night, during your lunch break, on weekends? "During your time off, apply 0 mail, 0 telephone", advises Adrien Chignard. No need, however, to repeat to you "I have to disconnect". “Human beings are averse to loss. The brain doesn't want to hear 'no'. That’s why there’s no point in telling someone - or telling yourself - that you need to work less. On the other hand, we can say that the goal is to live more, that makes all the difference. "

In practice: how to disconnect?

When we are tired, we are all tempted to lie down on the sofa, to rest and above all, to do nothing. But we can all see it as well: barely seated, there is a great temptation to pick up our phone, turn on the television, start thinking about such and such a file in progress, anticipating such and such an upcoming meeting, checking an email ... "He It has been proven that those who consult their e-mail on weekends cancel out the beneficial effects, ”suggests Adrien Chignard. He adds: "Getting on the couch releases emptiness and the brain loathes it, so it will try to fill it. But scrolling through your phone is not refreshing, on the contrary, it quickly becomes stupefying. Rather than 'nothing' time, it is better to opt for a fun time, for example go for a walk, if possible in nature. Resting and recharging your batteries is not the same. You rest through inactivity, and you resource yourself by occupying your mind and attention to something else. When you have a day off, get out of your house, even if it's to go to the town next door. And above all, the best way to stop thinking about your work is to reconnect more intensely with other spheres of your personal life ".

What we have to gain

It is scientifically proven that showing psychological detachment leads to less rumination and less anxious anticipation: "we think less negatively about the past and worry less about the future". Gone are the days of the little bike spinning around in your head the night before you go to bed thinking about the next file, about this project that fell apart, the meeting the next day, the email you have not yet sent ... "The psychological detachment allows also to improve our cognitive presence in our personal life, this ability to be in the here and now, to enjoy, to be in an experience of flow and by extension, to be truly present with the people around us ”. So we have everything to gain from trying!


Who says resourcing says relaxation. Goal ? Reduce the physiological activation of our body, the way it mobilizes our resources. "It was long believed that only negative emotions put our body on alert, for example, an increased level of vigilance, stress … but in reality, the intensity

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