In today’s society, we’re ALWAYS busy, on-the-go, or have a whole lot to do in what feels like not a whole lot of time. Our energy levels need to be as high as naturally possible in order to keep our heads above water. And let’s face it, we all know that can be pretty tough to do at times. So it’s time to take a look at what I call the Energy Vampires in our lives. Energy Vampires are things in your life that drain you rather than fuel you. We all have them! Doesn’t matter if it’s a situation, person, group, environment, relationship, job, or building. If it leaves you feeling excessively tired or stressed, it’s an EV and no good!
We need to be at the top of our game to be able to live our lives to the fullest and enjoy every second of it. Imagine your energy like water in a barrel. If your barrel has holes, you’ll have to continually keep pouring water in to keep it the barrel full. The more and the larger the holes, the more difficult to keep it full! Common sense, right? It’s just silly to keep demanding more and more energy from our body instead of just plugging up the holes. When we plug up the holes, we allow our energy reserves to build up again – resulting in more energy! Hallelujah! Once you’re able to recognize the EV in your life, you can finally free yourself.
So let’s free ourselves! Grab a pen and paper and title it Energy Vampires (you can even draw a little blood sucker next to it : > ). Write down everything and everyone in your daily life that robs you of your energy, makes you feel tired or worn out. Don’t hold back, now. This is for your benefit only. Examples range from a food, perfume, bad memory, activity, co-worker, family member, spouse, friend, job – you get the drill.
When you’re done, take a look at your list. If you have names of people, they’re probably not even aware of the effect they’re having. It might not even be all the time, maybe only certain situations. The important thing is to change how you interact with them. And remember that no matter how many right things you do for your mind and body, their positive effects can be counteracted if these individuals or situations are huge factors. Solutions? If they are people that you rarely see or have little connection with, maybe it’s best to eliminate them altogether. If you find it’s only during certain situations, then limit your time and remove yourself as quickly as possible. If it’s someone that seems to be a staple in your life, like a close friend, family member, or significant other, it’s time to have a serious talk with them. You can let them know when you start to feel over-heated, or create a signal you can ‘flare’ off when you feel you are being depleted. A key factor here is for you to think about yourself. There’s no wrong in that. We must take care of ourselves! Nobody has the right to your energy. Your energy is your energy to use to stay alive and healthy. If theres places in your life that are on your list, try to figure out what aspects of them that’s the problem. Maybe it’s your responsibilities, amount of hours there, environmental elements. If it’s a food or environment on your list, it might be an eye-opener to you. You may have never noticed that your breakfast leaves you feeling even more tired than before you ate it. Simply remove those items from your diet and routine.
Basically, there’s 3 things you can do in any and all situations. Change the situation, change yourself to fit the situation, or leave the situation. It’s ultimately up to you. You have and hold the power to take your life and energy back. Isn’t it time you take charge?