What’s Stealing Your Energy?
There is so much going on these days, it’s tough to keep up with it all. And, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and exhausted by the fast pace.
You have to stay on top of the emails and texts coming in, your Facebook, Twitter, Integram AND Linkedin, while you deal with everything else happening on the work, home and friend front too. And, don’t forget about exercise and trying to eat healthy!!!
Just thinking about all of this, I am getting nervous and tired.
There are some ways to manage it all and feel more energized by making some different choices.
Setting some boundaries with the internet can be freeing and more efficient.
Creating an email/social media schedule is an amazing way to manage your time in front of a computer and to free up your brain, so you can have more time to get other things accomplished. It is tough to focus on anything when you are constantly having your attention drawn away from your task at hand by email.
If you have certain times you check your email and social media, you can reply to a whole host of emails in minutes. I am amazed by how many emails I can answer in a limited period of time. Then, you can have dedicated time to get other things accomplished. Think about what would work best for you. You could check as little as twice a day to as frequently as once an hour, but dedicate only 10-15 minutes to it at a time. I have saved so much time this way, and given my brain the luxury of single focused thinking, which has allowed me the to be more creative and strategic in my thinking and lowered my stress levels.
Turning off your computer and mobile devices after 9pm-10pm is another way to protect your energy and to help you get a sounder, more restorative sleep.
Computers and phones give off electromagnetic frequencies which have a tendency to rev up your central nervous system. Turning them off a good hour before you get into bed will help you sleep more soundly and get a more restorative night’s sleep.
Doing anything you don’t really want to do, takes more energy then necessary.
A good sign you are about to do something you don’t want to do is procrastination. So, if you find yourself in procrastination mode, stop and think about why you don’t want to do what you think you should.
If it’s a task, see if you can delegate it, talk your way out of doing it by possibly setting a boundary, or get some help doing it to make it easier and more fun.
If you are feeling hesitant about a social engagement, what’s off-putting about it? My pal and amazing psychotherapist, Terri Cole asks, “Do you have Frienemies?…those people in your inner circle that make you feel drained or worse, bring up feelings of dread or obligation rather than satisfaction or support? As counter-intuitive as it sounds, most people have at least one Frienemy in their circle. There are a variety of reasons we draw certain people into our lives. There is an unconscious need, that this relationship is filling. When you actually look at what you are getting from your friendships notice if you are being filled up or drained. Notice how and why your interaction is familiar. The common denominator in every relationship in your life, is you. You are responsible for 50% of every interaction in every one of your friendships. If the friendship leaves you feeling lousy, it is worth the effort to uncover why you stay. Who does that friend remind you of? Where have you felt like this before? Does your relationship with them mirror your role in your family system?”
Terri will be discussing Frienemies and more energy draining unconscious patterns at our Success Simplified workshop on May 2nd, so you can detect them, understand them and free yourself from them!
Beware of foods that make you tired.
If you are feeling tired after you eat, you may be having an inflammatory response to something you are eating. The most common food sensitivities are to wheat, dairy, sugar, corn and nightshades (eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms). Pesticides and hormone ladened foods can also zap your body’s energy. There are quite a few fast food choices that offer hormone and pesticide free foods where you also can enjoy yummy tastes without eating wheat, dairy or sugar. I get the chicken, brown rice bowl with just guacamole at Chipotle: you can make your own bowls at Fresh and Company too: I love their quinoa bowl with kale, chicken, green onion, cilantro, salt, pepper and olive oil.
Thinking about what you want to eat, what would feel good and healthy to eat for your next meal, while you are eating the previous meal, will help you make smart, healthy choices that are delicious. It also gives you time to think about what you want and to get excited about it. This strategy also helps you tap into your body and to listen to what your body wants, what it might be craving. Your body is so smart, it really does tell you what it needs, what it is lacking.
Find out more about what your body might be whispering to you from Alexandra Jamieson, food and craving expert, when she breaks down cravings and what they mean at our Success Simplified workshop on May 2nd, Terri and I were wowed by her craving expose at Jonathan Field’s CampGLP last year, and we are so psyched to have her be a part of this event and to GIVE YOU A FREE COPY OF HER NEW BOOK, Woman, Food and Desire: Embrace Your Cravings!
Success Simplified is going to be an amazing day in which we help you experience how you can get Get it All Done with more energy, ease, grace and joy. We are sharing all our tips and tricks of the trade!
On May 2nd, come get your health and inspiration on, and still have time in your Saturday schedule for your errands and a mani/pedi!
Don’t want to miss this dream team in action!
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