Maintaining vitality and enthusiasm for life is an important aspect to living well. But all the multi-tasking and constant rushing about we do on a daily basis can make it difficult to keep our energy up. When you think about it, with so many balls in the air and such high personal expectations, it is no wonder that people feel drained and exhausted at the end of each day.
I see this tendency time and time again with my clients and am very sympathetic to their plight. Many are rushed and harried on a daily basis, and complain of fatigue and a lack of energy. What I say to my clients who are struggling with this, and what I want to say to you, is that there is a way to keep your energy level up, so that you can feel happier and more in control of your life.
I like to think about energy like I think about money. If you continually withdraw money from your bank account without putting it back, eventually you will be overdrawn. In real life, the bank charges hefty fees for this practice. However, when it comes to your energy levels, the toll exacted on your body, mind and spirit is even heavier when your energy reserve is depleted. To continue with my money/energy analogy, if you haven’t been putting money aside, you won’t be able to pay your bills, and if you haven’t been replenishing your energy levels, you are likely to feel lifeless and listless.
So, how do you keep your energy up? First, think about what might be depleting you in the first place. It could be an emotional or physical drain. It could be a job, a specific person or an unpleasant task, too much technology, time constraints, negative people, etc. Whatever this drain may be, I suggest thinking of ways to eliminate it or cut way back on it.
Budgeting energy is one way to make things better, but you need to have regular energy coming in as well. To this end, I ask my clients to think about the things that make them happy and then I suggest doing some of these things regularly with the goal of building up their energy bank. I thoroughly enjoy this step, because people light up when they talk about the things they love. It is a great relief to realise that while it is important to take time for ourselves, it is essential due to the multi-tasking and added pressures most of us experience in today’s world.
I can honestly say that every client or friend who has made a concerted effort to reduce their negative energy drains, all the while building up positive energy doing things they love, has reported feeling better and more energetic, and enjoying life more fully. That’s a powerful testimony to this practice. So, if you feel your energy bank is running low, try building it back up by making time to do things that fill you with joy and peace. My guess is that you’ll be recharged in no time.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
Martin Luther King
Your action for today is to speak up about something that matters to you.
Have an extraordinary day!