Daniel Turissini relaxes in one of Recharj's napping cocoons in Washington, D.C. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Katherine Frey

Recover & “Recharj” From Travel, Work or Life With a Power Nap

In a day and age where we can work from anywhere at anytime, it’s easy to fall into the trap of doing so ALL the time. Combine the stress of work, daily life and frequent travel and you’ve got a recipe for burnout. Recharj, a power nap studio in Washington, DC is on a mission to help you reduce stress and improve your physical and mental health.

What’s a Power Nap & Why Do We Need Them?

We’re often GO GO GO here at Coworkaholic (as if the name didn’t give it away). I myself am the worst offender. Even when traveling, I’m usually counting down the minutes until the in-flight WiFi comes on, unless of course I’m flying on United. While I’ve since slowed down a bit, there were times where I’d be in 2-3 different cities a week for 6-8 weeks in a row.

It took a rude awakening in the form of a pretty severe health scare to realize that I couldn’t continue burning the candle at both ends. While I was able to quickly identify and correct the physical symptoms, I still struggled with some of the emotional downsides of being a “digital nomad”. That was until I discovered Recharj.

I quickly realized the benefits of participating in guided meditation and taking power naps. Even though I no longer live in DC, I’ve taken the practices and lessons I learned with me, wherever I may be.

Recharj – A Modern Meditiation & Power Nap Studio

Founded by Daniel Turissini, Recharj was inspired by the way meditation helped him as a burned-out corporate professional. Desperately seeking a non-pharma way to alleviate stress and anxiety, he attended a free meditation event as a last resort. The improvements he saw were impactful enough to lead him to see a lack of time or space in the workplace for people to step away and re-center themselves.

Here’s a video of the space and an interview with the Recharj team:

This video was first published on Coworkaholic’s Facebook Page.

Meditation Practices For Those On the Go

For those of you that aren’t in DC or find yourself looking to keep calm while on the go, here’s some ways to find some balance:

1. Stay Committed

Make a solid commitment to find a time or place every day to take a moment to be more mindful. For me, I have a habit of doing a 5-10 minute session while standing in line waiting to board a flight.

2. There’s an App for That

I’m a big fan of the Calm app (which also provides meditation tracks on the in-flight entertainment systems on American Airlines). Another app that can been really helpful for those just starting out with meditation is 10% Happier.

3. Set the Vibe

A frequent flyer friend of mine got me turned on to always traveling with a small candle (preferably in a tin with a lid) that I can light when trying to unwind at the end of a long day. I love any and all of the candles from Evil Queen

4. Make the Space

I’ll typically carve out a mid-day moment for a power nap or meditation in a coworking space’s phone booth. If I’m traveling, I try to spend at least 10-20 minutes in an airport lounge whether in their quiet room or nap pod area.

5. Skip the Movie & Get Some Sleep

It can be tempting to watch the latest movie or to catch up on email (if your flight has WiFi). If it’s a short flight, I’ll squeeze in a quick nap during final approach. On long haul flights, I’ll only watch a movie during meal service. Or will opt to forego a meal all together, eating beforehand so I can go right to sleep after takeoff.

What are your best tips and tricks for meditating, napping or self care while on the road? Share in the comments below!

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