Do you have “the energy and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity?”

I used to find myself completely lack in energy, utterly lethargic by 3 pm  every afternoon, weekday or weekend. What I wasn’t clear on was whether I was drained due to lack of physical energy, emotional energy or both. If I was going through a particularly stressful time, or if I was ill, I could usually figure it out however, it was usually a combination f both.

The most important thing was for me to become aware of specifically causing my energy drain on any given day, and then I could do something specific, and intentions to restore my energy. More importantly, knowing what causes my energy drain on a regular basis meant I could often prevent it by being proactive.

There is a unique distinction between physical and emotional stress. Physical stress is limited. It is physiological in nature, derived from how you eat, move, hydrate, and rest. Among other things, it can be affected by age, illness, physical stress, medication and your overall health.

Emotional stress is unlimited. According to Mira Kirschenbaum, author of The Emotional Energy Factor, emotional stress is a “sense of being up, happy, forward looking, resilient, feeling young, feeling open, feeling your juices flow, being in touch with the loving, creative, generous, hopeful parts of yourself.” Ms. Kirschenbaum goes on to discuss how  emotional energy comprises roughly 70% of your energy, while physical energy is only 30%.

The four most specific areas to begin to improve your physical energy is to improve the quality of your sleep; the quality of the food you eat, as well as getting an adequate amount of food; the quality of physical activity you engage in on a regular basis; lastly, the two most often overlooked and easiest to improve hydration and breathing!

Increasing the level of emotional energy includes but,  is certainly not limited to including routine self-care; mindfulness exercises; giving; reframing worry; using your imagination; and eliminating the number of decisions you make in a day.

I encourage you to take a moment to quickly assess your energy levels over the course of the day. Do you see a pattern? When is your energy the highest? The lowest? Does it fluctuate throughout the week?  Determine if it is more physical or emotional or a combination                                                                                   of both. Once you are aware of the specifics, it is quite simple to begin implementing a few steps to improve your energy and have it                                                                                            level  out over the course of the day. In the event you are struggling to decipher a root cause for your low energy, may I suggest you talk to your healthcare provider.

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