Enjoy great health by managing your energy
If you are anything like me, your worst moods probably go hand in hand with your periods of low energy. Your energy levels ebb and flow during the day; even during the week. Ever notice how you tend to have really low energy after lunch or at the beginning of the work week? Yes, we tend not to be too overjoyed and energetic about the beginning of the work week. When your energy levels are down, it is difficult to summon up all of those positive emotions and behaviours like confidence, optimism, patience and tolerance. The slightest thing can set you off and stress you out. That is why managing your energy is critical if you want to enjoy good health.
Why managing your energy is important
When you’re not managing your energy properly, you’re likely to experience emotions such as anger, frustration, exhaustion and other emotions that can compromise your health. For example, frequent feelings and outbursts of anger will elevate your blood pressure. Negative emotions also contribute to stress which has a whole range of negative health consequences.
When you are not managing your energy effectively, there never seems to be enough time to get things done, so you rely on multi-tasking on the run. For example, you may be eating a sandwich, driving a car and talking on the telephone all at once at any given time of the day. With this approach, you may actually complete every item on your task list but I will bet that you don’t feel elated at the end of the day. In fact, it is most likely that you actually feel terrible. This is before you even consider the strain this hectic lifestyle places on your health. What is the point in getting all that work done if your health is going to suffer and you are going to feel terrible?
The health benefits of managing your energy
When you know how to manage your energy and enjoy an abundance of it; your emotions will be connected, passionate, peaceful and positive. All of these contribute to stress reduction and greater optimism. They enable you to be more active and take greater enjoyment from life which is essential for greater physical, mental and spiritual health.
Personal energy management techniques can help produce a more natural energy and one that’s healthier for you. When you focus on creating more energy and better managing your existing energy levels, it produces significantly better outcomes than trying to get things done using methods that leave you mentally, physically and spiritually depleted.
Managing your energy
Here are some simple ways to enjoy better health by managing your energy:
1. Eliminate energy drains
An energy drain might be in the form of:
- A person
- An activity
- A food/drink
- A place i.e. bad experience
- Anything with which you have a negative association e.g. a song
Assess the people around you and distance yourself from those who leave you exhausted when you leave their presence. Monitor your energy levels and any time you feel like you have been drained of energy; make a note of what occurred, who was present etc. Over time, you will begin so see a pattern and you will be able to identify the energy drains in your life. Once they have been identified, remove them from your life.
If it is not possible to remove them from your life, limit their presence in your life.
2. Embrace your inner child
When you were a child, you did not worry about what others thought of you. If you wanted to do something, you just did it. And when you were a child, you were almost always happy, healthy and energetic. It’s not a coincidence.
Rediscover that experience. If you want to do a silly dance, do it. If you want to doodle or colour in a colouring book; do it. If you want to have a laugh or any other childlike experience; unless it is actually going to hurt somebody else; do it!
3. Discover what makes you happy
You may not be able to do what makes you happy 24/7, but you can rejuvenate your body and mind by engaging in those activities on a regular basis. Sadly, I encounter many adults who have become so busy and preoccupied with life that they have forgotten all about living.
Life is for living and if you want to live life to the fullest, you have to make time for the things you love. Make time for your hobbies, for spending time with your friends and family; for spending time by yourself doing anything you want to do.
If you have forgotten about the things you love to do; think back to your childhood and remember the activities you enjoyed. Give them another try now and see if you still enjoy them. If you don’t still enjoy them; try as many new hobbies as you can until you find something you enjoy.
As well as bringing more joy into your life through the activities and, spending more time with the people you love; you will also meet new people who share your interests and you will learn more about what makes you tick. That’s guaranteed to leave you feeling happier, healthier and full of energy.
4. Nourish your spiritual side
I have mentioned spiritual health a few times and it really is important.
What I recommend is that you take some time out of every day to nourish your spirit in a number of ways. You can commune with nature by gardening or walking or even just sitting in a garden listening to the sounds of nature. Personally, I practice transcendental meditation twice each day and I go for a nice walk at least once per day.
Find what works for you and nourish your spiritual side each day.
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Your health really is your wealth. Without it, all the money in the world means nothing. It is far better to be proactive about managing your health than to sit there hoping everything will be ok. Managing your energy is a vital component of proactive health management. By ensuring that you have the highest energy levels and, managing your energy levels in the optimal manner, you will give yourself the best possible opportunity of maintaining your health and enjoying the best quality of life.