We all know that feeling…your day is going fine, you’re productive, accomplishing tasks, in your groove, then all of a sudden it hits you. The “slump”. All the positive and productive energy you were rocking all day feels like it’s been zapped out of your body in an instant.
Your mood dips, it becomes more difficult to focus, you might even experience feelings of melancholy or irritation, you consider napping under your desk…you know- THAT feeling. Sometimes this energy slump comes from a definable source, and other times it truly feels like it came out of nowhere.
Find Your Flow State
We got no time for that nonsense, friends! Am I right? No need to answer all at once, I know I’m right on this one. We all want to maintain that groove, or what I like to call a “flow state”. This state of being is when you are focused and absorbed in the task at hand, you’re working at a steady pace with high-quality results, and the work doesn’t feel like work! You’re completely at peace and in the zone! Here’s a secret, this isn’t some mystical, mysterious concept that finds you…you can and should learn how tap in to a flow state more often. One of the ways to do that is by keeping your energy up! The Law of Attraction is a real thing, so it’s important to ensure your thoughts are leading you to the actions (and energy levels) you want in your life.
Define What Affects Your Energy
It’s important to learn which activities, environments, and experiences contribute to lifting and propelling our positive energy, and which bring our energy down negatively. Developing a list of these activities and giving ourselves permission to engage in more of the good and less of the bad activities is a healthy step to achieving that energy balance and flow state we need to do our best each day!
Some of these activities haven’t changed much since we were children, and others will join and/or exit our lists over time as we grow and change. On that same note, everyone has different lists. This comes from our innate selves…our personalities, preferences, and specific needs. I encourage you to fight the urge to base your list off trends, what your friends say works for them, or what you THINK should be on the energy list. This is supposed to be designed uniquely for you and your life! If you freaking hate taking bubble baths or if going for a run sounds like death, then that’s just not gonna be on the positive energy booster list for you and that’s okay! What works for some doesn’t work for all in this department.
Create Your Own Energy Boost List
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*Note: the following advice is not meant to act as or replace official medical or mental health instructions. If you think you might have health related issues regarding these topics, consult with your doctor prior to engaging in any activity suggested.
Identify Your Energy Boosters
- Take time to reflect. Write down anything and everything that you notice lifts your mood positively. This big list can include activities, people, places, food and drinks, etc. What makes you smile and laugh? What brings you comfort and peace? What releases pent up energy and stress? These are good places to start looking for positive energy influences.
- Go through your list and separate out some of the items that are fairly attainable regardless as to your physical location or financial restrictions. (Example: Eating pasta in Italy sounds great, but can’t be easily attained or repeated unless you live in Italy.)
- From this list, make a list of “quick boosts”. These are very easy, relatively quick activities you can do refocus and energize. Some examples of these things might be: call a supportive friend for a chat, play with a pet, go for a walk, meditate, exercise, write in your journal, grab a coffee and people watch, etc.
- Then create a list of “big boosts”. These might be a bit more involved, take more time, or cost a bit more cash, but they’re worth it on the days you need to completely realign! These might include: Go for lunch at your favorite spot, take a trip to the beach, visit your sister, get a massage, attend an art class, chat with your therapist, go see a concert, etc.
Identify Your Energy Drainers
- Now write down the experiences and items that quickly bring your mood down. What causes stress and strain? What annoys you? What builds tension, discomfort and distraction into your life? Be accurate, but rational here. This list can include activities, people, places, food and drinks, etc.
- Acknowledge which items on this list are within your power to avoid or change. Often when doing this exercise we realize how many self-inflicted energy drainers we have in our lives! If you can say no, or cut out an energy drainer in your life completely without serious repercussions, do so! This could include things like recognizing and limiting exposure to a toxic friendship, or committing to stop eating foods that make your body unhappy.
- If there are certain truly unavoidable energy drainers in your life, identify ways you can alleviate or counteract that negative influence. Pull ideas from your energy boost list to help, or see if there’s a way to limit the amount of time of frequency with which you have that negative influence in your week.
Keep both of these lists where you can see them frequently and check in with yourself. Respect that certain activities, people, and experiences drain your energy. Love yourself enough to avoid or limit the time you spend on them. You can and should consistently take the time to realign and give yourself an energy boost! Return to your tasks when you are truly ready to kick ass. You got this.
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