Energy is health. Healthy is energized. Today I wanted to share about the area that I have put the most focus on to improve my energy reserves for my health, happiness and wellness. I have been blessed to have connected with some great mentors: Guy Finley, Paulo Coelho, Bill Tulip, Anthony Robbins, and Brad Powell. The common denominator with all of these great men is their coaching that we can impact our own emotions, energy and happiness. Is that possible? We can actually control our own emotional energy and health? When we are able to take more control of our emotions, we can improve the quality of our energy, regardless of the external pressures we are facing. To do this, we must become more aware of how we feel at various points during our workday and the impact these emotions have on our effectiveness. This might be a good time for us to take an emotional energy inventory:
1. I frequently find myself feeling irritable, impatient, or anxious at work, especially when work is demanding
2. I don’t have enough time with my and loved ones, and when I’m with them, I’m not always really with them.
3. I have too little time for the activities that I most deeply enjoy.
4. I don’t stop frequently enough to express my appreciation to others or to savor my accomplishments and blessings.
Any of these hold true for you? I know they do for me at times. I believe that all of us ride “highs” for a long time and get depleted with “lows” at times. Unfortunately, without intermittent recovery, we’re not physiologically capable of sustaining highly positive or negative emotions for long periods. Confronted with relentless demands and unexpected challenges, we all tend to slip into negative emotions; the fight-or-flight mode; often multiple times in a day. We become irritable and impatient, or anxious and insecure. Such states of mind drain our energy and can even cause friction in our relationships. Let’s talk about countermeasures………
1. Try to defuse negative emotions-irritability, impatience, aninsecurity-through deep abdominal breathing.
2. Fuel positive emotions in yourself and others by regularly expressing appreciation to others in detailed, specific terms through notes, e-mails, calls, or conversations.
3. Look at upsetting situations through new lenses.
Adopt a “reverse lens” to ask, “What would the other person in this conflict say, and how might he be right?’ Use a “long lens” to ask, “How will I likey view this situation in six months?” or “How can I grow and learn from this situation?” The difference-maker for me was the realization that I could CHOOSE a different path than environmental emotional reactions that I had been used to. With some work and realization, we can impact our emotional energy and health. Next time: Mental energy!!