I remember a time when I was pregnant – I was stuck in a basic routine: wake, shower, go to work, come home, eat, and sleep. Not much to my day. I saw the same students and worked on the same materials. My husband and I watched the same television shows. I began to notice my energy level was declining and it wasn’t due to the extra junk food I was eating or the extra human being I was carrying. It was an emotional energy level that would get me through the day, and that was it. I was drained mentally, and it began to show physically.
I was having a hard time figuring out what to do to gain that energy back. Once I took a couple months off due to the birth of my daughter, I was ready to go back. My energy had returned. I was more excited to start my day, and was looking forward to my job again. I was emotionally happy. It seemed like the added break from my stale life was just what I needed.
I think I’m almost to that point again when I was pregnant. Life hasn’t changed that much from my basic routines back then; however, with a child, life always seems to be busier. I’ve noticed the busyness is my doing. I’ve thrown my name into more hats than I can count. I have been pulled in too many directions at once, and my mental and emotional capacity just wants to withdraw. I’m seeing a change in my attitude – one that isn’t always the best – just to get through that day’s projects. There are times I just want to wrap a blanket around myself and ignore all the life responsibilities. I just need a little time to myself. Or do I?
As I was searching on the internet to find ways to help me renew my emotional energy, I found more daily suggestions then I did for long-term benefits. Maybe those daily suggestions lead to the wanted long-term benefits. While searching, I came across two that stood out to me. Two helpful tips that would make my daily life full of emotional energy as well as keeping that energy throughout the years.
Examine Your Life And . . .
Declutter: Look at your life through a microscope. Examine it closely. What are the triggers that change your emotion and drain your energy? Are there people in your life that are toxic? Is there too much stress put on your shoulders? Are you stretching yourself thin with responsibilities? Once you find the factors that contribute to depleting your energy, look at what truly needs to be decluttered. Purge the unnecessary and restructure the others.
Make Room: It’s hard to make room in your life for the things you love, especially when there are not enough hours in the day. But, creating a space in your life for the things that you are passionate for is a must. What are you passionate about? Is it your best friends down the road? Do you have a hobby that just calms you or makes you happy? Instead of looking for just the triggers that drain your energy levels, look at the triggers that increase them and create a space for them in your life. You won’t regret it!
As a cancer survivor, I realize that life is too short to not be happy. I enjoy those days where emotionally I’m floating around, drifting on a puffy white cloud with little red hearts surrounding me. Those are the days that my emotional energy is at an all-time high because I am doing what I love. It’s time to get back to that high.
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