Can you identify the toxic energy zappers in your life? Are you aware of what drains your energy, or do you just feel fatigued and tired, but don’t really know why? Some of the things that zap our energy is as unique as we are, and yet we most likely share many of the same toxic “energy zappers,” without even realizing it.
I am going to share some of the things that zap my energy, and what I do about it, as well maybe you can relate to my list and probably add a few energy zappers of your own.
Components of life that cause a loss of energy and fatigue:
What do I mean by toxic people? You know, people that complain and whine and never have a positive thing to say to you, or about life in general. These people jump to the most negative conclusions possible. They don’t want solutions, because they want to complain. Offer them a solution, and they will tell you why it won’t work. They love to gossip about people, and they continually repeat themselves as they make the same tireless accusations against the victim of their gossip.
Worse yet, are those that continually criticize you, and never find anything you do to be right. They nag, nag and nag as if they’ve never made a mistake. I just want to fall asleep when I am around these people, and frankly I can’t wait to get away..
For those people you love, put them on notice. Tell them how you feel, and how they drain your energy by their attitude. Tell them that you are going to limit your time together, unless the attitude changes. If you can’t talk to them just naturally attempt to spend less time around them, and
Be more particular about the friends you make, friends should invigorate you not drain your energy. Hang out with those people who infuse you with energy, and be friendly acquaintances with the rest.
Clutter drives me up the wall, you know the massive amount of artwork on the refrigerator, the magazine and junk that continues to pile up, a table that has to be cleaned off before you can set it for dinner. Clutter signals chaos in our brains, which causes anxiety.
De-clutter your life so that when you look around your eyes can “rest,” and you can have more inner peace. Put only the most current art work your kids have made, as an example. Keep the table clean, and make sure the kitchen cupboards are clutter free before you go to bed at night. The reduction in anxiety is worth the little extra effort.
John Salerno, MD, a New York City family physician said “The brain needs a lot of physical and mental energy to multitask, which gets draining.” Women are known for their multitasking skills but there is a limit. We often attempt multitasking while we are on the computer, often stopping what we are doing to answer e-mails, or listen to voice mail and check every little bleep or blip. We think we are being productive, but in reality our attention is becoming diluted, which leaves us feeling depleted and fatigued.
During the time when you are attempting to be the most productive on-line, turn off the e-mail bleep and focus on the project on hand. Make a time for e-mail and face book, and other fun technological stuff, but keep work time and play time separate.
Slouching is not good for your body, and hunching in front of a computer screen can drain your energy. When sitting for long periods you tend to slump forward which leads to rounded shoulders and a tilted lower spine. When sitting this way, muscles contract which impairs blow flow, which limit the amount of oxygen to your brain. When oxygen to your brain is limited, it makes you feel tired and sluggish.
No matter what you are doing, make every effort to sit up straight. Your legs should be at right angles on the floor, your arms at right angles on your keyboard while remaining conscious of keeping your shoulders down, and your back straight. You may need to adjust your computer screen so that your eyes are gazing at the middle of it. If you have to sit a lot get up regularly to get a drink, stretch and walk around. Make an extra effort to put your shoulders back while out on a walk, so that it begins to feel natural.
I begin to feel fatigued if I am sitting around feeling like there is nothing to do, or if I’m just feeling lazy, so I postpone the things that need to be done. People are self-esteem and goal oriented, and we need to feel like we have accomplished something. So when I get up and get finished with the project which I have planned (even if its just cleaning the fridge!) it gives me a mental boost to accomplish my goals for the day.
You guessed it! Just get up and do it! Promise yourself some motivational reward, such as being able to relax in a nice hot tub or read a favorite book if you finish your task, as well keep your goals realistic and reasonable for a day. You don’t have to accomplish everything in one day, try spacing those things that need to be done throughout the week.
A treat here and there boosts the morale, but treating myself all day long zaps my energy probably more than anything. When I am over-eating on junk food I don’t feel like exercising, so the day just goes down hill from there. I call it a toxic lack of exercise coupled with toxic eating kills any motivation I have for the day. I thrive on exercise, and eating well. Eating balanced meals, coupled with lots of fresh fruits and veggies does it for me.
Sticking to healthy eating and exercise goals is the number one thing which enlivens my day, my week and my life. Planned treats (like dessert on Friday nights, for instance) enliven me and give me something sweet to look forward to.
These are just a few ideas of how to rid yourselves of some of the toxic energy stealers that might be invading your life. Now, think of your life and how you function in it, and come up with some unique ideas of your own. I love feeling energetic and alive! For the most part life should feel invigorating, so identifying the toxins which wear you down and drag you out is an absolute must in our society today.