How are your energy levels today?
Do you feel ready to take on anything and seize the day? Or do you feel more fatigued and cloudy?
Perhaps you feel sore, stiff and tight in your body.
Or maybe you slept a good 7 plus hours and feel pretty energetic.
Our energy levels can fluctuate daily and even hourly. You may be tuned-in to the fluctuation of your own levels and aware of what depletes your energy and what renews it, but most of us rarely dive deep into recognizing and taking action in ways that can significantly increase our energy levels.
When our energy levels are chronically low or are too low to function as effectively as we want in some areas of our life, life satisfaction decreases. We become distracted and overwhelmed. We tend to overeat, overdrink, or over-engage in products and behaviors that allow us to escape, but at the end of the day deplete us of our energy stores.
We can appear on edge with the people in our lives that matter most and we can find ourselves having more worry and stress at work.
“Depleters” like critical thought processes, sleep disorders and disruption, low emotional awareness, high carb/sugar diet, and shallow breathing wreak havoc on our overall health over our lifetime.
Sleep – too much or too little
Sleep is meant for recovery and repair of the human system. When we have too little of it or we’re not getting enough deep sleep and REM sleep, the body doesn’t get to get this job done. A good amount of sleep for most adults is between 7-8 hours consistently. However, if this time frame is interrupted frequently, due to sleep apnea or waking up during the night, we miss out on the recovery benefits, which impacts our functioning the next day. We tend to have less patience, energy and we snack more often when this happens. Too much sleep can be a symptom of depression and/or a sign of exhaustion from chronic anxiety of other physical illness.
Mental processes – overthinking, criticism, distraction, and avoidance
Our thoughts can be intrusive and can keep us in a more sympathetic or “revved up” state, which over time depletes our energy levels. Negative thought processes take up a good amount of energy even if we aren’t taking action on them. Just the process alone of the negative story is depleting over time. It often keeps us from truly relaxing, restoring and generating hope and authenticity. Moving our thought processes from a more negative, self-protective stance into a more hopeful and compassionate space generates energy and vitality. This often requires training of the brain, much like we would train a muscle. If we want to build strength, endurance in stamina in the body, we train it. If we want the same thing for our brain and mental processes, we do the same thing.
Breath – shallow chest breathing and mouth breathing
Breathing with intention can increase energy levels. We can often minimize the health benefits of conscious breathing. Shallow, chest breathing does not allow for rest and restore. It, too, keeps us in a “revved up” state, which over time creates low energy, exhaustion, and fatigue.
Emotions – repression, suppression and unmanaged stress
It takes a ton of energy to avoid and/or bottle up emotional states. Energy is used to try to regulate, dismiss, minimize and distract ourselves over and over again. Emotional states live in the body and they don’t often go away by just not dealing with them. They pop up over and over again until we squash them over and over again. When we work with our emotions by welcoming them, acknowledging and processing, them we create opportunities for renewal and clarity. This creates energy. We are able to release what no longer serves us and move forward with hope and vitality.
I can help you improve your energy levels long-term if you are interested in taking charge around this in your life. With intention, practice, and accountability, you can create a life filled with vitality and meaningful experiences.
More information is coming on how exercise, nutritional deficiencies, and sugar are impacting your energy levels…