Mental Health

Save Energy!

By April 21, 2014 No Comments

We’re all aware of the need for saving as much national grid power as we can, but what about our own energy?  Sometimes that feels like it’s running on low too and we just don’t have any to spare.

Taking good care of ourselves [link to Care for Yourself article] is one way to keep our personal battery running high.  We also need to be aware of what reduces our energy levels. Here are a few energy drains to avoid:

Don’t let other people’s negative energy pull you down
It’s possible to empathise i.e. be compassionate without becoming sucked in.  When you feel like a situation or person is sucking you dry, either walk away (as politely as possible) or imagine you are surrounded by an invisible force field that protects you from their negative energy.

Clear clutter
Clutter can be defined as anything around us that we don’t need or which we used to need but don’t anymore.  It can take many forms, including things, people, activities, emotions or unfinished tasks.  Notice what is no longer serving you and find a way to get rid of it.

Get organised
Not knowing where things are or where you’re supposed to be is hugely stressful and it requires even more energy to figure it out under pressure.  Keep a diary of your commitments so you can plan around them.  Put things away in delegated places so you can easily find them, both in your home and on your computer.  Make a To Do list of tasks that need attention.  Once you have a method for staying organised, you’ll feel a lot more in control of your life.

Stop being a people pleaser
We can spend a huge amount of energy trying to make other people happy or pretending to be what we believe they want us to be.  Figure out who you are and how much you’re prepared to compromise.  Then just be yourself.

If you’re already running on low, try these fast restorers:

  • Feel the sun on your face (with your eyes closed) and breathe in its energy.
  • Go for a walk in nature.
  • Sing or listen to music.
  • Imagine you’re growing roots and drawing energy up from the earth into your body.

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