More Emotional Energy For Everyday Living
Emotional energy is a fascinating player in the game of life. Sometimes you have a lot of it; other times it escapes you. You can be full of love and life one day, enjoying a wonderful day of family conversation doing a favorite activity together. The next day you can be tired and irritable, wondering what happened to yesterday’s liveliness. Today, let’s chat about sustainable happiness and how to get more emotional energy for everyday living.
Yesterday my family and I had a great productive day. It was the first day of winter break and my daughter Sweetie started her research paper in the morning. My son Buddy did some math pages on his own and played math games on the computer. I wrote two first-draft articles. My husband started making Christmas wreaths for our extended family. We enjoyed a nice lunch break, then continued making wreaths together after lunch. After the wreaths, my daughter and I made cards to sell during the break. All was well as we enjoyed these quiet activities after a long weekend of running around shopping during the holidays. For dinner I cooked a quick and tasty Dijon Mustard Salmon for us to enjoy as we watched the movie Inside Out. All in all, a great day of family fun.
The next day, I was exhausted. It was like, where did the energy go? I was also feeling a weight of irritation and I wasn’t sure why. I mean, didn’t we have an amazing day yesterday? It became clear to me that there was a rhythm to having strength and energy, then needing to rest and recharge. It’s a particular rhythm but it’s not always going to look the same or feel the same every time. If you’re a creative person who likes change, with new ideas flowing into your mind regularly, then you might appreciate knowing how to get more emotional energy without restricting your freedom to be creative.
In this article, I want to explore some simple ideas on how to get more emotional energy when you’re nearing the end of your reserves. This is helpful for that second wind we all desperately need sometimes.
- Take a deep breath and think of something to be grateful for. I know, when you’re tired or irritable the last thing you feel like doing is being thankful. But when you get into a space of even being willing to be thankful, you will eventually get more energy. Has someone cared for you at a time you needed it? Maybe they spent extra time to teach you a new skill, or gave you a gift, or spoke kind words that touched your heart. Take a minute or two to think about this person, and feel the space in your heart open up with new energy.
- Laugh, play and have some fun. Do the demands of life’s responsibilities stress you out sometimes? Being a goofball and laughing it off can get things off your chest. Play a silly game with your kids. A little fun goes a long way. It gives new energy to old routines. Fun opens up pockets of time for resting while you’re in motion doing something that needs to get done anyway. While it doesn’t replace extended rest time, it gives you little boosts of emotional energy to get you through the day more relaxed.
- Explore the strength-rest cycle that fits you and your family’s lifestyle. This includes strength-type activities like work, business, school, meal planning, cooking, exercising and caring for your kids or hubby when they’re sick. Resting activities include down time, sleeping, eating, watching a movie, getting a massage and coffee dates with friends. Learn how to get more emotional energy by finding a good strength-rest rhythm for yourself. Remember, when you put out a certain amount of energy, you need to recharge for your body to recuperate that output of energy.
Have you noticed children in general have a lot of energy? Here’s a fun way to engage the kid in you with the kids in your life: Pick a kid to follow for a day. It can be your own or someone else’s. Notice their natural playfulness, curiosity and happiness. Study the strength you see in them and let it take you back to a time when you were filled with happy, playful energy. Make note of the ways that being like a kid helps you explore how to get more emotional energy.
Did you know you can train yourself to turn emotional heavy weight into positive energy you can use? I work with small groups of moms dedicated to improving their home ambiance through physical and emotional fitness. Click here for details on the next 7-Day Heart-Body Happiness Bootcamp.