When our energy is low, we can often feel completely defeated, tired and not really inspired to do much. The majority of our time is spent doing things mindlessly, and we are constantly reminded how there’s not enough time, too much to do, and have little to no energy. It could be a job, a toxic relationship, eating junk food, spending too much time on social media, … and so on. Here are a few ways to reset the flow of energy back to the things that matter…
The Body Speaks: We have a tenuous relationship with our bodies at best. We have become so desensitized to feeling any type of emotion because we want to numb out the things that don’t feel good. We use methods to help us bypass the feeling of discomfort in certain situations and continue to repress our emotions. Not feeling the discomfort of some situation can cause us stress, so listen to what the body says.
Pushing Through Resistance: Ignoring what our current state is, will not serve our highest good. When we encounter resistance, if we PUSH through it, most of the time, there’s something new on the other side.
In the State of Flow: We can become attached to a particular ‘state of being’ or pattern that is the root cause of our ‘stress’. If we open the door to the possibility that things can be different, we can tune into the natural state of flow in our lives in which we can open the path to a different ‘state of being’. In short, change your thoughts, change your life.
Acknowledging Our Current State: This requires a little self-inquiry, which requires a little meditation. Mediating can help us assess our mental state by asking probing questions like “How is my current situation serving my highest good?” or “What is the root cause of my stress?” when we ask ourselves these questions, most often we already know the answers.
The Gift of Breathing: Often we forget how breathing can affect our overall mood and state. When we allow our exhale to be longer than our inhale, we are engaging the parasympathetic nervous system which will promote a calm response. Recognizing that breathing is a gift can also help in conserving our energy and focus on the things in life that are most important.
When we begin to recognize that what we choose to focus on in our minds is a choice, we can begin to choose to act wisely instead of choosing to react mindlessly. This can alleviate a lot of stressful situations in our lives, and allow us to re-focus our thoughts and energy into the things that will serve our highest good.
Photo credits: Matt Gonzalez and Karla Melgarejo