Do you want more energy for summer fun and the things you love to do?
Eat smart and exercise regularly. That’s what people generally believe is a successful formula for maintaining a good supply of energy. This is what I always thought, too. This formula is a great start, but millions of people who follow this regimen nevertheless find their energy drained by the end of the day or week. I was one of them until I took a closer look and learned why this kept happening to me.
Do you ever wake up from a good night’s sleep and almost immediately begin dreading your day because you’ve got either a load of work at the office, a meeting scheduled with someone you’d rather avoid, a million things to do and you believe things will never change? How many of these anxious thoughts and emotions have you had before you climbed out of bed? At a time when you’re supposed to be rested and ready to venture forth, you’ve already begun spending precious energy, and your day has barely started. When I became conscious of this in myself, I knew I needed to stop that energy drain.
Research at the Institute of HeartMath and elsewhere has shown that it turns out that our thoughts and feelings are as important to us as the food and drink we consume. It is our mental and emotional diets that determine our energy levels, health and well-being to a greater extent than most people realize.
When we keep churning feelings such as anger, anxiety and dislike, or keep thinking negative thoughts such as “I hate my job,” “I don’t like so and so” or “who does he think he is,” we experience stress, and our energy reserves are redirected.
Here’s how it works:
Processes that break down the body’s energy stores to deal with our stressors are activated at the expense of those that maintain, repair and regenerate our systems. When our energy reserves are constantly redirected into the stress pathway, we frequently don’t have enough left for the normal regenerative processes that replenish the resources we’ve lost, repair damage to our bodies and defend us against disease. Over the long term, stress depletes our body’s systems and can severely damage our health and age us faster, mentally and physically.
In contrast, when we activate the power of our heart and intentionally have sincere feelings such as appreciation, care and love, we allow our heart’s electrical energy to work for us. Consciously choosing a positive heart feeling over a negative one means instead of the drain and damage stress causes to our body’s systems, we are renewed mentally, physically and emotionally. The more we do this, the better we’re able to ward off stress and energy drains in the future.
I learned to do this first thing when I awoke in the morning and changed the automatic dreading that used to be my morning diet. Heartfelt positive feelings fortify our energy systems and nourish the body at the cellular level. At HeartMath, we call these emotions “quantum nutrients.” When we consciously evoke core heart feelings, we nourish our bodies at every level. Like quantum nutrients, core heart feelings keep our cells regenerating.
Next: A Tip to Increase Energy
A HeartMath Tip:
Look at life as an energy economy game. Each day ask yourself the following questions:
- Are my energy expenditures — actions, reactions, thoughts and feelings — productive or nonproductive?
- During the course of my day, have I accumulated more stress or more peace?
- Where and when do I need to activate the power of my heart and intentionally choose sincere feelings such as appreciation, care and love?
The goal of asking and answering these questions is to help you learn to stop energy leaks deliberately and on demand, so you increase your energy reserves and ultimately spend more of your day at an optimal, regenerative level of energy.
Try the above “increasing energy” tip! See if it works for you as it did for me. Hopefully you will have more energy for summer fun. Let me know how it goes.