7 things that will affect your energy
I hope you enjoyed the past five days of guest bloggers talking about how exercise (Anthony Punshon), food (Katie Hedges), spiritual (Susan Ellis-Saller), art (Justine Van De Weg) and uncertainty (Dawn Breslin) affect your happiness.
But you will find it hard to be happy without energy. We are energy beings. There are some key things that will drain your energy like poor diet, lack of exercise or emotional turmoil but what about the less obvious ones?
1 – Thinking about the past
If you live to 80 years old you will have 29,200 days of life. How many will you spend thinking about things that happened in the past? Of course it’s not always possible to just stop thinking about the past by yourself so you may need to get professional help. I’m a Hypnotherapist and NLP Master practitioner which means I change the way the past feels for people by making changes in the subconscious. This is a big topic and I have a blog on it here
2 – Thinking of the things you can’t do rather than the things you can
You might wish you were good at something or had certain opportunities but when you look at the things you can’t do you drain your energy from the things you can. So if you don’t have the money to go on a certain trip, create a different trip that you can afford. If you can’t run a 5k, walk one or build up to one. Focusing on the can, rather than the can’t feeds your energy (and confidence).
3 – Disliking your body
How often do you look down at your belly and think you are fat or it is gross? That belly is working hard for you on the inside! The digestive system is amazing! Often referred to as the second brain. Try nourishing it with probiotics and see how great you feel. Some things are functional and don’t look pretty! So your legs are wobbly but aren’t they the same legs that carry you up the stairs to be the tooth fairy and down the stairs to be Santa?
4 – Not discovering new things
Can you imagine a dog that was kept in a dog cage and never went to the park, sniffed trees, met other dogs, ran for a stick, jumped in a lake, followed a scent, ran free in the grass, made doggy friends, chased a cat, ate something he shouldn’t, dug a hole, got made a fuss of by people other than his owner….. life is an exciting adventure. There are 7 billion people on the planet, 195 countries and over a billion websites! Discovering new things enriches and excites us.
5 – Overspending your energy
Energy is not unlimited. You only have a certain amount. Sportspeople understand this and footballers are advised not to have sex before a big match! So do you know how you are spending your energy? Is work draining you? Or a relationship? Or are you spending your energy on worry? Awareness is the first step and then looking at balancing the ‘energy books’ can make huge differences to your life.
6 – Not nourishing your soul
Do you know what makes you happy? Or are the things that used to make you happy not working anymore? We are fluid creatures and whilst you may have a passion that lasts a lifetime, you might evolve and need new hobbies and interests to match your current state. By trying new things and having an open mind you might just find that belly dancing makes your soul feel alive!
7 – Your mindset
Some people find the phrase ‘positive thinking’ cheesy. And it can be; not everything is awesome! I really liked this blog that Michael Neill wrote recently where he talked about choosing our attitude to tasks we don’t enjoy. The purpose of the post was boosting productivity but what I took from it was by choosing our attitude, everything can be better.
If you are in a job you don’t enjoy, people may advise you to leave. But this just isn’t practical in all cases. By changing your mindset, it could feel like a new job!
So you see you may be leaking precious energy without even realising it. But if you aren’t enjoying your life as much as you want to or find it hard to get motivated, start by plugging energy leaks.
Here’s the plan:
- Think about your energy levels. Can you identify any leaks?
- Use a page in your notebook/journal and split it into seven squares. Label each one with a day of the week and make a note each day of your energy level out of ten and why you think that might be.
See you tomorrow
Happy hug 🙂