When was the last time you checked-in on your energy levels? Are you running on empty? This article will show you how to identify what is draining your energy and how to recharge it.
With busy schedules and a seemingly never-ending list of commitments, many of us forget to recharge our most important source of stamina and wellbeing: our energy.
Energy is a renewable, expandable source that propels every action we take. If we don’t prioritize managing our energy, we become depleted and burned out. If you want to get the most out of 2021, switch managing your time to managing your energy… you’ll be amazed by the results.
Before we discuss ways to renew your energy, it is essential to address our energy leaks- the things that cause us to unnecessarily expend energy or use the energy we don’t have. Some examples of energy leaks include:
- Toxic relationships.
- Technology addiction.
- Unaddressed physical disease.
- Unclear boundaries.
Do any of these energy leaks resonate with you? Or is there something else in your life you identify as an energy leak? When we recognise and accept energy leaks as a problem, we can take steps to address them.
For example, if you are consumed by technology and spend more than 3 hours a day on your phone, this energy leak could be affecting your productivity and wellbeing. To break the cycle, try these simple steps:
- Recognize that you are spending too much time on technology and acknowledge it’s a problem.
- Set an achievable goal to reduce your screen time. For example, “I will reduce my screen time to one hour per day.”
- Decide on an affirmation to use for when you break your goal. For example, “Spending unproductive time on my phone is an energy leak, and it does not serve me. I will find something else rewarding to do that benefits me. “
- Hold yourself accountable by telling a loved one. If you break your promise, be gentle with yourself and try again.
Renewing your energy
- Nutrition. Are you fuelling your body with the right foods? A healthy, wholesome diet is essential to wellness. Conversely, a poor diet with too much fast food, sugar or alcohol can make us unwell and low in energy.
- Exercise. Regular exercise is excellent for cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility and mental health. Exercising in nature without technology is an excellent way to recharge your energy. The NHS recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week.
- Sleep. Are you getting at least 6 to 9 hours of sleep per night? Sleep is essential for physical and mental recovery.
- Meditation. The purpose of meditation is to recognise the mind’s aimless, constant thoughts and find mental clarity. Meditation has never been more accessible- if you’re new to meditation, try searching for a guided session on YouTube or trying a popular meditation.
- Focus on your thoughts. Our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviours. Recognising your thoughts, assessing their helpfulness and reframing negative thoughts can dramatically improve your life.
- Reduce screen time. Excessive screen time is a common energy leak. Each time you turn on the TV or unlock your phone, ask yourself: is this the best use of my time?
- Journaling. Journaling can help you to understand and process your emotions to determine what you need in your life. Gratitude journaling can also help shift your mind to look for the positives.
- Nature. Being in nature is a healing and recharging experience. The benefits are numerous, read this blog article about them.
How are you investing your energy?
Are you treating your energy like the valuable, renewable resource it is? To master and manage your energy, it is vital that you make conscious decisions about how to invest your energy.
How do you recharge your energy? Share your thoughts with me by sending an email to [email protected] – I look forward to hearing from you!