There is no more powerful personal tool than the message that reminds me of the importance of balancing my energy. This is a tool I have cultivated through meditation. It takes awareness and diligence to commit to keeping your life in balance. As much as we talk about the concept of self-care and self-love as the starting point, it can still feel bring on feelings of selfishness, even for me. And yet I have learned that there is no more significant effort I can make for supporting others than to care for myself first. When I overlook this truth and neglect to support and balance my energy, life gets messy fast. In no time I have regrets about how I’ve treated myself and because of the imbalances, how I’ve treated others too. Taking good care of myself always leads to happy, balanced events. I am strong, clear and content interacting with experiences I cherish.
Here are my eight ways to prevent a Personal Energy Crisis:
- Reclaim the morning through meditation.
When you start your day with a focus on your breath, body and spirit you build from that place of awareness all day.
- Notice everything.
The clothes you pick for the day, the breakfast foods you choose, whether you listen to the radio or silence it when you drive. How does your mood change, based on your choices? All of these options help you learn about what makes you happy.
- Populate your day deliberately.
Do you have the energy to be uber-productive, or will you need to be more moderate in your undertakings today? If you have no choice because of deadlines, how will you get through it without feeling discouraged or irritable? Even though we are led to believe that life is an emergency, it’s not! Understanding how to take care of yourself will give you a better sense of how much you can reasonably and responsibly take on.
- Choose whether to have a social day, or whether to take a step back.
Not every day is a day to tackle the hard conversations or make big decisions. If you’re not in the mood for company, don’t force it.
- Seek out an activity that lifts your spirit.
Sometimes a small, simple treat can turn a bad day into a great one.
-Buying flowers for yourself or a loved one.
-Listening to that awesome new song you just heard again, and again.
-Treating yourself to a special warm or cold drink. (For me it’s a mache latte with almond milk and a dash of honey.)
- Get outdoors.
There is nothing that revives my spirit like a walk outside. No matter what time of year, where I am, or what I am doing, I get myself out in the fresh air. When I feel the temperature of my life rising, I step out to cool down instead of subscribing to the intensity. A long walk or even a few breaths outside can give me a fresh perspective.
- Offer gratitude for everything.
Seek gratitude, it can be just the healing tool you need. That’s not to say it’s always easy. I know that in the midst of crisis, trying to find a silver lining can feel difficult. My clients often raise questions, like, how can I give thanks for an experience that caused me pain? I understand, I’ve thought that way too. However, the act of cultivating the opposite thought in the midst of challenge is amazingly powerful.
Saying “thank you” is a healing act that brings power back to you. You are actively making a decision to think another way, and this simple act can launch you into powerful healing places.
Call upon the people who lift you up. There are angels in our midst, people who remind us of what we love about ourselves and give us a powerful sense of community. Know who those people are for you, and reach out to them when you need them. Text or call them if they are far away, or set up visit, but do it soon. Just arranging this time will make you feel better instantly.