Press RESET To Refresh

Have you ever wished for a rewind button when you miss an event? Just like rewinding your favorite show, you could simply replay what was missed. How about a pause button to enjoy a special moment longer? Or a delete button when things go awry? Though imagining buttons like these can be fun, there’s one that may not be so far-fetched—the reset button!

How would a reset work?

In technospeak, a reset restores the original settings. That may not be practical, but the dictionary offers a better option—”to set again.” A way of refreshing or beginning anew.

And what better time to talk about resetting than in spring? Take a deep breath and look outside. Enjoy the new life that’s emerging around you. There’s a nest of baby birds chirping outside your window, colorful flowers blooming in the garden, a bright blue sky overhead, and green grass starting to appear.

Nature itself seems to be resetting… refreshing and becoming new. So, why can’t we?

Why reset?

An article on “pyt” got me thinking about this idea.

Pyt is a Danish word that refers to a culture of cultivating healthy thoughts and dealing with stress. It roughly translates to “Don’t worry about it,” or “Oh well, stuff happens.” At its core, it’s about acceptance, with no assignment of blame. It’s equivalent to a reset button.

Considering the Danes may be the happiest people in the world, perhaps pyt is a necessary ingredient to living a more fulfilling life.

And when you think about it, who couldn’t use a word like pyt or a reset button now and then? After all, pushing reset is a way of making yourself a priority, so that you can get much-needed rest and refreshment.

So, spring may well be the perfect time to hit the reset button, especially after a difficult winter. And a reboot just might help restore your creativity, productivity, and happiness.

How can you reset?

First, think about what’s caused the need for pyt. Is it something major? Or an accumulation of little things? Or maybe an underlying restlessness? Consider the why and how for your reset.

Identifying the reason can help you plan the next steps. For example, understanding why you need a reset can help you determine whether a short break is enough or a longer one is essential.

If a major change is needed and you don’t know how to reset, start by asking these three questions:

  • What do you hope to achieve?
  • What is standing in your way?
  • What can you do to get it?

Once you’ve determined goals based on these answers, begin with an easy first step to make the transformation. You’ll feel better just getting started! If it’s not possible to change your circumstances, change your attitude instead.

A smaller reset might work well for you, too. For example, if you’re experiencing cabin fever, a simple change of scenery may do the trick. Take a day trip or a longer vacation to achieve pyt.

Or maybe spending more time in nature will rejuvenate you. That’s one way to hit reset even if free time is limited. Go for a walk, sit outside and listen to the birds, take several deep breaths while enjoying the outdoors. You might be surprised at how something so simple can help so much!

Try some of these other ways to reset:

  • Physical—assess your self-care (detox, diet, exercise, sleep); get support from a friend or group
  • Emotional—schedule fun and laughter, either alone or with friends
  • Mental—eliminate excess baggage through journaling or meditation
  • Spiritual—reconnect to what’s important
  • Financial—revise (or create) a budget and get advice where needed

Fortunately, there’s no limit to methods, timing, or frequency when you press reset. The only requirement? Finding what works best for you.

When can you use a reset?

When life gets tough, pressing reset can help navigate stress and maintain sanity. By taking a step back to assess the situation, you can choose how to handle difficult circumstances and better consider life’s lessons. This break can provide perspective and the opportunity to face what’s happened in a healthier light.

But hitting the reset button can be valuable whenever a break is needed. It can empower you to make a change to your life or outlook, so that you can start fresh or turn things around.

Are you feeling burned out? Tired? Lacking motivation or energy? Press the reset button. Even making small changes can make a difference.

What are the benefits?

A common reason for resetting is becoming depleted from focusing too much on others’ priorities. Resetting allows time to rest while focusing on YOU and what you need to refresh. It can give your body and mind a break. In fact, hitting your unique reset button can be critical on many levels.

Consider what energizes you and sparks joy (even if it’s not decluttering like Marie Kondo!). Whether it’s a short-term reset like unplugging a few hours or taking a nap, or a longer one like taking a vacation or starting a fitness program… pressing reset can help reduce stress and maintain well-being.

And don’t overlook the opportunity to reset every day… to wake up with a new outlook, begin anew, and try something different. So, go ahead… Ctrl, Alt, Delete—RESET!

What ways do you like to hit the reset button? Share your ideas below.

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