As the day goes on, we run out of energy….at least, some of us do. I am one of the some of us. Have been for as long as I can remember. I reach a point where I am done. Nothing left to give for the day. Collapse mode. Sound familiar?
This scenario is built on the premise that you wake up in the morning with energy, your energy gets depleted as the day goes on, and at day’s end you have no energy left. It’s not the best way to live. And add to that, an empath’s energy reserves go quicker. It just comes with the territory. Other people’s emotions are exhausting to navigate and swim through. We are emotional sponges that ironically feel all wrung out at the end of the day.
I am learning that there are a few things that we can do during our waking days to combat energy fatigue. We can be mindful of a get away from that list and a do that list.
The get away from that list starts with energy suckers. You know who they are in your life. I’m not telling you to unfriend them, but I am telling you to limit your direct contact if you don’t want to be exhausted. Next on the list is unplugging from the negative onslaught of news media. Brazen lies, cruelty to others, and sensationalist horror stories crush empaths. So don’t feed the fire breathing media dragon. Walk away from it. Those are my two biggies. Each person knows their own get away from that list. Honor it.
For the do that list, Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D., gives this advice. (Psychology Today, 4/11/2015).
Did you know you can think yourself into having more energy? Thoughts that activate positive emotions can energize your mind, secreting the chemicals that increase your overall sense of well-being. Boost your mood with these activities:
- Instead of complaining, focus on what is in your power to control, starting with your own thoughts and feelings.
- Find things to laugh at, including yourself.
- Stop and appreciate what you have right now, including what you have gained from lessons learned.
- Listen to some upbeat or calming music, or sing to yourself.
- Get up and go for a walk, even if you have to stay indoors.
Make your own get away from that list and do that list. Replenish your energy during the day. Breathe in, breathe out, move on.