How is your energy? Are you taking adequate care of yourself?
We are mostly so busy taking care of others’ needs that we forget our own needs and don’t look after our physical, mental, and emotional needs as well as we ought. This behaviour neglects our needs and has long-term effects on our resilience and ability to cope with both the normal stresses of life as well as any emergencies that may occur.
Both in my own life, and in the lives of clients I see this over and over again. So this month I’d like to challenge each of you (and myself) to seriously consider whether you are taking care of your own needs. If you imagine your energy like a rechargeable battery (which seems like a great analogy since almost all of us carry mobile phones which need to be charged) you’ll have a picture of what I’m talking about. If you use 95% of your battery every day, but only recharge 75%, eventually you won’t have enough battery power to get through the day, and every day after that you will run out of power earlier and earlier.
Our minds, bodies and spirits are the same. If we don’t replenish the energy we use regularly we will find ourselves operating less and less effectively and eventually we will be completely drained. This is when our immune systems start to fail us so we get sick, or we find it harder to concentrate and our emotions start to play tricks on us.
That’s why it’s important to do 2 things:
- Plan for recharge time: make sure it addresses your mind, body, spirit and emotional energies so that you can continue to function at your best.
- Pay attention to the signals you send yourself: sickness, emotional upset, mild depression, tiredness, inability to concentrate, and similar problems are a sign you are not giving yourself enough attention and care! Listen to these signals and make changes to your routine before you are absolutely forced to do so.
Your mind and body know what they need to do to nurture and heal ongoing stress, and it’s up to us to listen so we have the resources we need for times of unexpected stress or crisis… and this even includes a holiday season with its late nights, festivities, rich food and other over indulgences. For example, Christmas and New Year can be stressful at work and at home. If you take care to overfill your energy supply beforehand, you will probably be surprised at how easy and fun a festive season can be. Things that usually anger and stress you totally will be more manageable.
You may be saying, “I’m so busy as it is, how can I possibly slow down?” I get that! The thing is, when your energy stores are full to overflowing you can do more in less time, and without the feeling of total exhaustion. Figure out how to top up your physical, mental, spiritual and emotional batteries (it’s different for everyone), and see what a difference it makes to how you cope with stress, and to your level of enjoyment!
Chinese medicine treatment may be able to assist with stress.