Energy Optimization. We all want to master it, yet we don’t always take the steps to figure out where we may be leaking our energy.
Have you ever gotten a full night’s sleep and woken up feeling dead tired? Maybe you are just curious to learn more about how to boost your daily energy and really hone into what is affecting it. We will cover all of that and more!
What Affects your Energy Levels?
Your energy is in constant flow and influenced by your thoughts, actions and environment. When you understand what sucks your energy and what boosts your energy, you can then start to find balance in your life.
Note: What drains energy from one person may be the very thing that increases energy in someone else. It is essential that you take time to do a little “personal energy inventory.”
Your Personal Energy Inventory
The first step is to list out what your energy suckers and energy boosters are. Below are some examples.
What are your Energy Suckers?
Everyone deals with different energy suckers. It is important to take a minute to slow down and think about what could be sucking the energy out of you.
Some examples include:
- Not moving your body
- Saying yes when you mean no
- Drama and gossip
- Too much sugar
- Over-scheduling your day
- Being a perfectionist
- No playtime
- Not enough water
- Trying to control everything
- Taking abuse
- Not taking breaks
Note: Energy suckers are known to change over the course of a day, week, month or year. It is important to acknowledge them and understand how you can overcome them!
What are your Energy Boosters?
The same goes for energy boosters, these are different for each and every human being. What boosts your energy might not be the same thing that boosts your sibling, significant other or best friend's energy. And that is 100% okay!
Some examples include:
- Quality time with your bestie, partner, kids
- Reading good books
- Keeping promises to yourself
- Moving your body
- Getting massages
- Speaking your truth
- Spending time alone
- Focusing on simple pleasures
- Having faith
- Being honest
- Saving money
- Celebrating people and occasions
- Releasing what is out of your control
When you fail to recognize where you are leaking energy, you will endlessly search for ways to fill yourself up - when all you need to do is patch the hole.
Identifying your own personal energy leak(s) is essential for energy optimization. Otherwise, you will endlessly look for things outside of you to recharge you rather than looking within.
For example, if you hate your job (which drains you) and are in a relationship with someone that speaks down to you or makes you feel small (which sucks life and energy from you), you may try to revive yourself through caffeine, sugar, other people who love you, getting outside, etc.
None of these strategies are bad, but if you don’t address the root of your energy leak (your job and your unhealthy relationship), you will be in this battle for life.
So, ask yourself these questions:
- Who do I feel energized around? How can I be around them more?
- Who sucks my energy? How can I limit my interaction with them?
- Where in my life can I say no?
- What boundaries need to be in place to help conserve my energy?
- Where in my life can I ask for help or support?
- What do I do every day (or most days) that sucks my energy or time? Can I swap it out for an energy booster or delegate it?
- What do I do every day (or most days) that boosts my energy? Can I make it non-negotiable?
- When I feel most alive, what am I doing?
Feeling drained, low energy or exhausted is your red flag that you need to do a little personal energy inventory.
By optimizing how you spend your time, you leave more space to do things you enjoy, to spend time with the people that light you up, and to practice the behaviors that recharge your energy.
You deserve this!
What’s one thing you are going to add or remove today to help optimize your energy? Let us know.
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