When you think of all the things that make up your day, energy might not be one of them. You might say at the end of a long day that you are exhausted or out of energy, but there is more to energy than just physical energy stores in our bodies. There are a number of things that can drain your energy. Being aware of them and managing them can make a profound difference in your life.
1. Emotions: Your emotions and thoughts have a lot to do with the energy you have. The internal center of the energy you feel stems mainly from these areas. If your heart is heavy, then you might feel sad or depressed. These emotions take a toll on your body, leaving you feeling low energy and lethargic. In people who are experiencing sadness or depression, we see the body sends out enzymes that inhibit serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. When these hormones are inhibited, your mood is negatively impacted resulting in a sad or depressed feeling. The depressed feelings then trigger the body to have low energy.
What Can You Do: Do what you can to combat the depressive reactions in your body. Exercise, a positive mindset, and lots of self-love can help you manage the ups and downs of emotions. Reaching out to a friend or therapist, if needed, can assist in moving through this energy zapper.
2. Avoidance: Sometimes people are carrying feelings that they are not recognizing or perhaps just altogether avoiding. Holding on to unresolved feelings can have a similar low energy effect on the body. You may be wanting to keep yourself from expending the energy to work through the feelings, but the daily avoidance is just allowing the feelings to eat away at your energy. This is why it is so important to work through whatever may be bothering you.
What Can You Do: Some heavy work may be needed here to work through feelings that have been burdening you for a while. Journaling is often an effective way of processing unresolved feelings. Sometimes a professional therapist may be helpful to guide you through to resolution.
3. Thoughts:. Another hidden zapper of your energy is negative thoughts, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness can create chronic stress. This will very quickly deplete your energy and create the chemical cocktail that blocks your happiness hormones (serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine). Stress such as this is not only an energy zapper, but can negatively impact your overall health.
What You Can Do: Building yourself up by eliminating these negative feelings. An intentional positive mindset will do wonders on banishing feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. Reach out to a friend or therapist for more support.
4. People: It is impossible to live a life unaffected by others, that is, I guess unless you are a hermit in the backcountry living under a rock! Assuming you are doing life like many of us, in a society where we are interconnected by people, then it’s important to realize that their energy can affect you too! Living with a negative person who is angry most of the time will wear on you. Working with a Negative Nelly can take a toll.
What Can You Do: Remember you are a culmination of the top five people you surround yourself with. If you find many of these people are sucking the energy from you, it might be time to trade up and find people who are supportive and positive.
5. Environment: Where we live can also affect our energy. If you live in a busy city where horns and sirens are blaring most of the day, that can stress you. Not only where you live, but also how you live can zap your energy. Walking into your home and experiencing clutter can suck the energy and motivation right out of you.
What Can You Do: If you can, move from the chaos, if not, then you must find a place within that can hold the peace for you. Meditation and intentional energy management will assist you with external environmental issues. As for the cluttered home, start with one drawer at a time and gain some ground on creating a welcoming and calming place for you to lay your head at night.
6. Weather: For those of us living in places where the sun isn’t warming our faces during the wintertime, we can be affected by Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD). This disorder is created by a lack of vitamin D provided by being outside and catching some rays. It can really cause havoc on some people affecting their mood and ultimately their energy.
What You Can Do: Move to an island! Lol! I know we all can’t just get and sit on the beach, but we can do a few simple things to manage SAD. First of all, if your doctor approves, start taking vitamin D to replenish your possibly limited storage of this important vitamin. Get a SAD lamp to put some simulated sunshine on your face. Work on a positive mindset to help eliminate negative talk about winter weather. Finally, speak with your doctor for further assistance.
7. Social Media: I would be remiss to mention social media as a form of energy-zapping. What you are digesting through your online feeds can and do affect you. If you are reading about stressful topics, engaging with others in sparring matches, or “just scrolling” through feeds that feature foul language, fights, accidents, political banter, or other potentially negative content, get the heck out of there! This can have a much bigger impact on you than you may have ever thought. Taking in this kind of information can make you feel negative, which we now know sends the message to your body expending your energy and making you feel like crap.
What Can You Do: Exchange a feed of negativity for one of positivity! It is equally addicting to have positive messages in your face versus negative ones, so if you are going to be on social media, flood your mind with messages of positivity!
Energy management is key to living your best life. Pay attention to what is zapping your energy and get on it! Freeing up energy will bring you happiness, joy, and peace.
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.