Have you ever felt completely drained after spending time with certain people? Or perhaps experienced times when a conversation with a boss or colleague set you off, leaving you mentally and physically exhausted? If you answered "YES", you are not alone. I want to share 3 tips that you can implement today that will help to preserve your energy for the things and people you love.
Become aware of your physical body
A fundamental physiological response occurs when we experience various forms of stress. This is the fight or flight response, originally discovered by Walter Cannon. When we perceive a threat in our physical environment or personal well-being our body prepares us for action. Chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol are released into our bloodstream, our thinking becomes more narrow and our heart rate becomes elevated. We innately prepare to flee or fight.
Recognizing this physical response is the first step in preserving you energy. As you become aware of the physical reaction starting to occur in your body, you can begin to take action. Breathe. In a seated position, place one hand on your stomach, just below your rib cage. Breathe in deeply through your nostrils and feel your hand being pushed out by your stomach. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
Manage your time spent with "Energy Vampires"
Most of us usually have at least one person in our lives that sucks the life out of us. Often times it is someone that we must deal with, such as a family member, boss or colleague. How do you preserve your energy when these people cannot be avoided? Put on the shield! I don't mean a battle shield. I'm talking about an invisible shield that you can put up to protect your energy from these vampires. Remain present in the conversation, but pretend there is a protective barrier between you and the person you're dealing with. Imagine their judgement, negativity or toxic energy bouncing off your shield.
A huge factor in energy preservation is not allowing negativity to bring you down, or even worse, bringing those around you down. Getting quiet, whether it's sitting down to meditate, listening to an uplifting podcast, or taking a walk outside. Taking time to get quite with yourself can help refuel your energy reserves. When I'm in the "swirl" or "funk" I like to tune into an uplifting podcast. Just 10-20 minutes of listening to an inspiring story can completely shift your mindset. It allows you to get outside of your own head and get clear on what is really important in your life. Often hearing someone's story of triumph over adversity can help you put things into perspective and realize that your perceived "bad day" really wasn't that bad at all.
Check out my favorite podcasts below:
The Amber Lilyestrom Show
Lewis Howes - The School of Greatness
Opera Super Soul Conversations