What are your energy levels like?
When you wake up in the morning, are you jumping out of bed ready to jump into the day or are you dragging yourself out and struggling with exhaustion?
Our energy levels have a direct relation to the things we do to ourselves. Let’s use this extreme example: If we are deprived of food for too long, our bodies won’t have enough energy left to perform physical tasks. If we don’t sleep for two days straight, we won’t have enough energy to even take part in a meaningful conversation. Not eating, or not sleeping will drain us of our energy reserves. We all understand this because it’s common sense.
But there are also many other negative habits, which we simply aren’t aware of that slowly robs us of any extra energy we might have. These habits include: overeating, long hours in front of the TV, compulsive complaining, etc.
If you want to get something great done in your life, you must first be able to adopt habits that preserve your energy, and free yourself of habits that waste it.
The good news is that, there are simple practices that allow us to preserve this vital life energy inside of us.
If you want to be at your best mentally and physically, try these simple suggestions:
Get a full night of sleep. Nothing seems to recharge our brains, intellect, and emotions better than a good night’s sleep. A regular bedtime and wake up time can help to ensure you’re getting enough sleep. Everyone has an optimum amount of sleep. Try to get yours each night.
Build routines. Routines eliminate a lot of decision-making. Pay your bills every Saturday afternoon. Have a morning routine from the moment your feet hit the floor until you’re out the front door. The more decisions you can eliminate, the more mental energy you’ll have for the things that really matter.
Mono-task: Study after study is showing that multi-tasking is simply inefficient. It takes time and energy to switch from one task to another.
Give yourself regular breaks. Taking regular breaks results in getting more done. Even short breaks provide a mental and physical boost. A 15-minute break every 90 to 120 minutes seems to be best for most people. Experiment with different schedules.
Get some exercise. Exercise clears the mind. The exertion coupled with an activity that doesn’t require a lot of thought seems to have a magical effect on our mental reserves.
Eat wisely. Digesting food requires a lot of energy. Avoid hard-to-digest foods and heavily processed foods. In addition, foods that wreak havoc with your blood sugar should also be avoided. Food choices can significantly affect how you feel.
Let go of the things that don’t matter. If you have a limited amount of mental energy, it only makes sense to save it for the things that matter. Most things in life aren’t worth a lot of fuss. Save your attention for the big stuff.
Make a schedule before going to bed. When you start your day, it’s much easier and more productive if you already know what you should be doing. Before going to sleep, make a list of things to do the following day. When you wake up, you already know the plan for the day.
Save yourself for the critical issues. Assign tasks to others. Let your son take out the trash and give your employees additional responsibilities.
Monitor your self-talk. It’s easy to wear ourselves out with negative thoughts. Keep your internal dialog positive and upbeat. This matters far more than most people realize.
Socialize with your friends. Meeting up with a friend or family member has an almost magical power of bringing you back to life. You feel invigorated and energized once again, and you begin wondering why you didn’t arrange to meet up earlier.
Quiet Your Mind. Did you know that your brain uses the largest amount of energy compared to any other organ in your body? Some of our mental work is unavoidable and necessary for us to function. We don’t want to get rid of all of it just because it would save us energy. But what about all the worrying, complaining, and resisting that we use our minds for? This, of course, is all pointless mental work that should be avoided as much as possible. When you notice your mind going in this direction. Stop. Take a deep breath, and observe your mind slowing down.
“adopt habits that preserve your energy, and free yourself of habits that waste it”
Conserve and build your mental energy in every way possible. You will feel and perform better in all facets of your life. I suggest that you pick a few ideas and incorporate them into your life. To start out, I would identify one energy preserving habit to integrate into your life, and one energy robbing activity to get rid of. Once you have accomplished this, then add/delete another until you feel you are are functioning at your best energy levels.
Have fun reclaiming your precious life energy – and with this extra energy, please get something great done!
What are some of the things that you do that rob you of energy? What are some things that you can do to help you conserve your energy? Please share your answers in the comments below. It will help all of us.
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