When it comes to managing your energy, it’s less about making drastic changes in your life and more about establishing new habits.
As someone who’s often on the go and has trouble taking time off, I’m the first to admit that I struggle with these practices. However, I’ve noticed that the more I’ve worked on being aware of my input and output, and created healthy boundaries around my energy, the more productive I’ve been.
Read on for a few tips to keep your energy flowing and prevent burn out.
1. Determine What You Can/Can’t Control
When it comes to managing your energy, there are always going to be stressful or draining things in your life that you can’t necessarily change or control. Instead of complaining about those things, think of small ways to boost your energy or fill yourself up before or after those things take place.
For example, when I know I’m going to have to travel for work (which is draining) I make sure that I clean my apartment and organize my belongings the night before I leave. That way, when I come back from a work trip I walk into a space that feels clear and light, which allows me to rest and recover.
2. Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should
If you’re like me, you often say yes to things because you like to be helpful and supportive. But if you’re feeling run down or burnt out, you may be guilty of saying yes a little too often.
Remember, just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should. It’s perfectly fine to say no when you need to prioritize your own needs.
By saying no to a request you are creating space for yourself to potentially take a day off or do something that fills you up.
3. Take a Walk, Not an Energy Drink
We’ve all been there before. It’s 2 pm and you’re hitting your afternoon lull. The old me would have gone for that quick pick-me-up coffee or energy drink.
Sometimes all you need is some fresh air! Even when it might seem counterintuitive, movement can give you energy.
If you spend a lot of time sitting during the day, it may be that you need to get your blood flowing and heart pumping, even for a 10-minute walk.
If you can’t get outside, try standing up and doing a few stretches to ease any tension through your spine, neck, and shoulders.
What other ways do you like to manage your energy? I’d love to hear from you!
Keep living your truth,
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