Controlling Your Energy Account Using Polyphenol Foods.
Energy is the critical, invisible force that creates your vitality and aliveness. Do you have enough energy to create the life you want? Without it, you drag through life, tired, stressed, and drained. With it, you feel good, enjoy yourself, and have the fuel to create what you want in life. When it comes to energy, more is definitely better and you can create more energy with a few simple steps.
Think of your energy like a bank account. Your thoughts, activities, actions, and interactions all have the potential to increase or decrease the balance in your account. Withdrawing energy lowers the balance; depositing energy raises the balance. To keep your energy account high (which is what you want) minimize your withdrawals and maximize your deposits.
It sounds so simple but how can you actually do this? How Do You Keep the Balance High? Here are two keys to increasing the balance in your energy account.
1) Drop the foods and habits that drains your energy.
We use energy all day long. That's what energy is for. However, some things drain too much of our life energy. You might be drained by your job, certain family members, technology, time pressures, negative self-talk, negativity in others, or world problems. What drains you is unique to you. A job, a person, or a task you find draining might not be draining for someone else. Do less of what drains your energy. This may seem obvious yet it has been a breakthrough idea for some of my clients. Somehow they hadn't thought of stopping or doing less of what drained them. When they did – surprise! – they had a lot more energy.
2) Do what lights you up.
What lights you up is what energizes and enlivens you, what you love, what you're passionate about. By their very nature, your "lights" are deposits to your energy account. The more you do what lights you up, the more energy you'll have. Like energy drains, lights are specific to each individual. What lights you up could actually drain someone else and vice versa. People are lit up about many things: a walk on the beach, visiting an art museum, playing with a pet, listening to music, talking with friends. This list could go on forever. The key is to identity what lights YOU up and what drains YOU. Then do more of the former and less of the latter.
I've been working on a project the last month or so, a project that was taking more time than I thought it would or "should." I began to pressure myself to get the darn thing done. I started working more and playing less. This drained much energy out of my account without replenishing it so the balance kept getting lower and I kept feeling worse. By the time I realized what was happening, my energy was very low. This "low balance alert" told me I needed to stop the energy drains and do more of what lights me up before I hit NSF (non-sufficient funds) in my energy account! For me that meant allowing myself to slow down, working less on the project, and taking at least two hours every day to do something that lit me up.
The first day on my new plan, I worked only a couple of hours on my project. I then took a top-down drive in my convertible on a summery day, went to lunch at an elegant restaurant with a book I was interested in, and spent time visiting with friends. Throughout the day, I kept reminding myself it was okay to slow down and take it easy. By the evening I was on an energy high, feeling happy, calm, and more myself. Just one day of less drain and more lights made a huge difference! I'll continue to make this a priority until my energy account is filled up.
In Your Life. If you'd like to increase the balance in your energy account, here are a few suggestions.
1) Assess your energy account. What's your balance? If you're overflowing with positive energy, congratulations! Keep doing what you're doing as it's working for you. If your balance is not as high as you'd like, try the steps below. If your energy is depleted or draining rapidly as mine was, make restoring your energy your number one priority. Use the steps below to boost your energy as quickly as possible.
2) Notice what drains you. Ask yourself "What is draining me?" and get curious about the answer. Give yourself permission to and be creative about how to decrease your energy drains.
3) Give yourself permission to and do more of what lights you up. If you don't yet know what lights you up — or would like to know more — ask yourself on a regular basis, "What lights me up?" or "Does this light me up?" Create a list of what makes you feel alive, sparkly, passionate, energized, soothed, and nurtured. Spend some time every day doing something from that list. The more you do what lights you up and the less you do what drains you, the higher your energy balance.
Paraphrasing Mark Twain, "What is a woman without energy? Nothing – nothing at all." Raise your energy balance and make you and your life something – something wonderful.
So Moving on; I needed to learn about energy boosters
Fatigue and a lack of energy have been problems for all my life. In an effort to find out why, I've asked doctors, read books, and finally decided that some questions just won't be answered in my lifetime.
Fortunately, I've also learned that even without discovering the root causes of my tiredness, there are things I can do to alleviate it. Below are some of energy boosters that have worked for me and others over the years. Try them to see which work best for you, and use more than one at a time if necessary.
Ten Energy Boosters
1. Energetic music. Different types of music have different effects on us, but you can learn which are best for you by trial and error. Once you find the music that wakes you up, keep it ready. Keep a tape in your car, and a CD in the player at home.
2. Sleep better. The research seems to show that as long as you get at least five hours of sleep, the quality is more important than the quantity. Try drinking something warm before bed, or relax with a simple meditation.
3. Talk about something interesting. Have you ever seen a tired person start to talk about something they're passionate about, and suddenly "wake up." It's a powerful technique you can use for yourself. Have a few "favorite" subjects that get you going.
4. Coffee. For some of us, caffeine makes us more tired when it's abused, but short-term, it can work wonders.
5. Deep breathing. Several slow deep breaths help oxygenate the blood supply better, and especially seems to wake up the brain.
6. Have an "energy drink." The verdict isn't in on most of them, but it's a cheap option to try. I seem to get something from the ones with Ginkgo Biloba in them.
7. Move your body. Sometimes just getting up and washing the dishes, or walking around the house helps boost energy levels.
8. Exercise. It's not a quick solution, but many people notice an increase in their energy level when they get regular aerobic exercise.
9. Hot and cold shower. Try a minute of hot water, then a minute of cold, alternating for six minutes. This isn't for those with weak hearts, but it will wake you up. Incidentally, research shows that this also revs up the immune system.
10. Get outside. Often, a little sunshine and fresh air can be very energizing.
Write down the techniques that work for you when you find them, to remind yourself to use them. Of course you should try to find the reasons for your tiredness or fatigue. You may have more luck than I. In the meantime, though, why not try a few of these energy boosters?