If you are low on energy it is important to begin with the basics, what are you eating and drinking? Refer to our previous post for more information about nutrition and energy.
It is also important that you are getting enough sleep; most people require a consistent 7-8 hours per night. Moving your body is also essential for energy and good health.
Once you have the basics covered and you have seen your GP to rule out underlying health issues or nutritional deficiencies, it is time to have a closer look at your life and see what is going on. We can make the mistake of only looking at where energy is coming in and forget to look at where is goes. Where do you spend your energy? Here are some examples of energy drainers you may recognise in your life:
- Spending time with people who drain your energy? Be aware of how much time you spend with people who are negative, drama queens or general energy vampires. Spend more time with people who leave you feeling energised, not people who leave you feeling drained.
- How much time and energy do you spend getting attached to other people’s dramas? We often do this to avoid our own emotional state (if that makes you uncomfortable, there’s a clue)! If you spend all of your energy on other people, it is a really convenient way to avoid being present with yourself and your own stuff. This is a huge energy drainer!
- Are you engaging in activities that you find draining such as watching the news or arguing with people on Facebook? You may really enjoy that stuff, it’s up to you, just notice how it affects your energy.
- Not spending time in nature: go outside and enjoy the sun and trees. You will get vitamin d from the sun and an opportunity to connect with something that is bigger than you and your problems. Walking in nature is great for shedding off any dodgy energy and refuelling on good energy.
- Not managing stress well? Chronic stress is a big energy drain, it is important to practice being present and breathing, reminding yourself that you are safe in the moment because more often than not, this is true. If you bring some of the other recommendations such as relaxation and fun back into your life it will help you manage stress.
- Do you do anything that brings you joy? Feeling like all we do all day is what we “have to do” can be draining too, it is important to bring some fun or joy back into your life even in snippets. Make time to do things you enjoy such as art, craft, singing, dancing, writing, playing with the dog or kids, whatever it is for you. I play a song on my phone and dance around for 3-5 minutes to have fun/reset and re-energise. I also like adult colour in books.
- Not enough down time/relaxation: many people just work, work, work and never stop to take a break, to do something relaxing or fun. It is really important to “fill your cup”, it is important to do things that replenish your energy.
- Feeling disconnected. A major predictor of good health and longevity is whether or not you have good connections and relationships. Nurture your friendships and relationships with friends and/family. For some people this may also include a spiritual connection of some kind, joining a group, a club or volunteering.
Look at your daily habits and you will see what is missing. Start incorporating some of these suggestions slowly, begin with one small change daily and every few days or weeks add another small change until your daily habits are nurturing and nourishing. This is how you will improve your energy! If you do the same thing you have always done, you will get the same results! Sometimes improving your energy is more about what you are prepared to let go of, what are you prepared to let go of that is no longer serving you?
Life is for living, not just surviving!
If you need help with your energy, book a consultation with one of our experienced nutritionists (remember Fiona is also a holistic counsellor and mind body eating coach) at https://informedhealth.com.au/book-online