By Dr. Ernesto J. Fernandez, DOM, AP, LMHC
In part one of this article I defined what your personal energy level is and 11 basic principles. In this article I will discuss what brings your personal energy level down and how you can improve your energy level.
Some people naturally have very high energy levels and don’t need to do much to increase or maintain their energy level. It seems to just happen for them. They intuitively make choices that help them maintain high levels of energy.
However, the majority of people have to be more deliberate and mindful in their choices if they want to have high levels of energy. You can still cultivate a high personal energy level for yourself, you just need to decide if you want and deserve it for yourself to make the effort towards change.
Literally everything you do affects your personal energy level one way or another. You are either recharging or depleting your energy reserves. The more activities you invest in recharging, the higher your energy level will be and you will experience greater positive flow in many areas of your life. The opposite is also true. When you regularly neglect recharging yourself and engage in activities that excessively deplete your energy reserves there are predictable short-term and long-term consequences. Lower energy levels and reserves negatively influence your perception, mood, brain processing speed, immune system and ability to effectively cope with pressure. Situations and problems will usually appear to be much harder and worse than they really are. Raise your personal energy level and problem solving gets much easier.
Your personal energy level is reflected in several areas of your life: your body, your mind, your relationships, your work and your values. Regarding your body I invite you to consider that each organ and gland as a bioelectric battery. And think about how fully charged do you have each of these batteries? How much energy reserve do you really feel you have? The answers to these questions are important because each of your organs and glands has a direct relationship to specific parts of your brain, which affect your thinking, processing, perception and emotions. The lower your energy reserves the more challenges you are likely to have with these cognitive functions.
Your personal energy level determines the ease and ability you have to respond to situations in your life without resistance to reality. The lower your personal energy level in one or more areas of your life the more likely you will try resist reality versus just going ahead and taking positive action.
What brings your personal energy level down?
There are several key things that bring your personal energy level down. Here are a few:
1. Focusing on the problem versus focusing on the solution is a negative feedback loop that brings your energy down further and further and sets you up for other problems.
2. Continuously eating foods that don’t serve your body type, constitution and blood type well.
3. Avoiding foods that have the essential nutrients required for your body.
4. Not getting regular exercise.
5. Ignoring and over-riding your body’s signals of needing rest, food and water and instead taking stimulates such as coffee or eating refined carbohydrates to keep you going.
6. Not engaging in regular fun activities where you can cut loose and be playful.
7. Not having a regular practice of discharging the daily stress you accumulate throughout your day.
8. Carrying stress and strain in your body for long periods of time before you do something about it.
Areas of Personal Energy Management
There are seven areas you can manage to improve your personal energy level.
These areas are:
1. What you do with your body,
2. How you use your time,
3. How you use your mind,
4. How you manage your emotions,
5. How you relate to others,
6. What you value, and
7. What you give your power to.
Much of what we do, we do out of habit. Little or no thought often goes into what we do and what we don’t do. Either way, our choices whether deliberate or unconscious
affect our personal energy level and cognitive functions both in the short and long term as well as affecting our ability to achieve our goals and to be present and available to our families.
An overview on how to improve your personal energy level
1. What You Do With Your Body: This includes your eating and sleeping habits, as well as, how you pace yourself with rest periods during your day, the amount and type of physical exercise you do and how you use your posture.
2. Use Your Time: This includes how you distribute your time working, planning, preparing, socializing, eating, sleeping, rest, exercise, volunteering, procrastination, etc.
3. Use Your Mind: This includes your interpretations, conclusions, attitudes, beliefs, and expectations about yourself, others and the world in general. Do you reflexively see things as happening to you or are you able to see your part or contribution in most of your experiences?
4. Manage Your Emotions: This includes how well you allow yourself to experience how you are really feeling, your willingness and ability to communicate honestly your feelings, needs and boundaries, and the degree to which and frequency you suppress, deny or repress your feelings.
5. Relate To Others: Finding fault with people who don’t live up to your expectations versus recognizing their value and contribution; focusing on being right versus on being happy; seeking justice and punishment for wrongs against you vs. seeking ways to have forgiveness.
6. What You Value: Here are some examples of values to consider: 1. Being in control versus being in cooperation; 2. Resolving conflict with more conflict versus seeking understanding and harmony; 3. Pursuing your desires and compulsions at all costs to avoid pain versus allowing yourself to feel your hurts and disappointments without trying to mask or cover them up.
7. What You Give Your Power To: In other words you frequently have the experience that others determine how you feel, react and your actions versus being able to stay neutral and respond. Some examples are: your job, employer or business, the economy, the government, your vendors, your children, or your spouse.
It is my sincere hope for you that this article helps you take positive action for increasing and maintaining your personal energy level.
About the author: Ernesto J. Fernandez is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an Acupuncture Physician and Mental Health Counselor. Dr. Fernandez specializes at getting to the root of and reversing chronic health problems that don’t respond to medical treatments. He developed and pioneered cutting edge diagnostic and treatment methods for uncovering hidden causes to chronic physical and emotional problems. Although his practice is based in Sarasota he has an international client based consults with him. He developed and facilitates UnMasking Burnout and The Body Mind Assessment Seminars. To contact him call his office: 941-923-0283 or visit his website: www.ErnestoJFernandez.com
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