Pay attention to your energy level and you’ll notice how often it fluctuates. One day you feel highly energized and the next you’re totally wiped out. Given that you need energy for everything you do, it’s important you learn how to effectively manage your energy so it stays in a healthy balance.
The first step is to learn where the source of your energy. This allows you to actively restore, renew and replenish your reserves. It’s just as critical to identify and address where you lose energy. Chances are, you can already come up with a pretty good list. And when you’re willing to take closer look, you’ll be amazed at just how many opportunities you have to strengthen your energy and wellbeing.
Taking responsibility for your energy requires awareness, insight and practice. Initially, you need to pay close attention to how you experience life. Attention is what creates awareness. Become aware of how your experiences impact your energy. Identify what’s within your control to change and start taking steps to do so.
Here’s a simple process designed to help you see more clearly how your daily experiences are either adding to – or subtracting from – your energy.
- Keep track of your experiences for one week. Pay attention to what energizes you and what depletes you. Write it down as soon as you are aware of how you’re feeling. Spend 10 minutes each night reviewing the day.
- Recognize your patterns. At the end of the week, look for connections and insights. Review what’s working and what’s not. Identify the patterns that support you and deplete you.
- Develop new strategies. Pick one area that’s currently draining your energy. Look at your current response and come up with three new strategies that shift the direction. Be specific about what you will do and when.
- Invest in your energy every day. Create a list of ideas that will replenish your energy. Put one idea into action every day. Feel your energy build.
- Reflect and learn. Make it a weekly practice to check in on your energy. Take a quick audit of your experiences and see what surfaces. Identify which strategies work best and lean on those more often.
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