Now that you have made enough ‘deposits’ in your bank account where you are in the ‘black’, you must save and grow what you have. Conservation of your energy resources is essential.
You obviously want to sustain mind-body by continuing all of the good things you did in the ‘Power UP’ section. But what can we do specifically to not LOSE or WASTE energy?
1. Watch your body temperature. If you get cold, put on a sweater or coat. If you get too warm, remove some clothes. If the body has too work too hard to keep itself at a constant temperature, it stresses out and wastes energy trying to keep a constant temperature.
2. Don’t allow yourself to become dehydrated. Fatigue can often be the result of eating too much food that lacks sufficient water (i.e. junk food, too many animal foods, dairy, etc.) and not drinking enough pure water. Coffee, soda pop and alcohol are not appropriate beverages that elevate body water content!
3. Avoid known foodstuffs that are common food intolerances (allergies can immediate acute reactions whereas food intolerances or sensitivities cause some type of subtle reaction usually by the next morning, such as feeling unwell, tired and even feeling irritable or groggy). For example, stay away from all gluten, corn and soy products for a week or two and see how you feel. If your headaches or allergies or digestive upsets disappear, you are on the right track.
4. Practice under eating. Eating too much food (especially when you are not really hungry) overloads your digestive system. It takes lots of energy to break down excessive unnecessary food, especially acidic inflammation-producing junk foods.
5. Over-exercising for long periods of time can be detrimental to your well-being. Initially work with a holistically minded and nutritionally aware personal trainer who can guide you toward the right workout frequency and intensity. The ancient arts of Yoga and Tai chi done well help sustain energy. Consider these programs too.
6. Holding onto body tension is hard on your energy reserves! Get massages. Pampering is rejuvenation for both body and soul. Give people in your family a reflexology treatment (or just massage their feet with natural creams or oils) and get reciprocal treatments. Heavenly.
7. Keep cool – emotionally. When we constantly ‘wig out’, we lose – not only our sense of self-control, but our energy too. When someone gets really angry and the physiology of their body reacts as if it is under attack, the blood pressure goes up and all processes of the body are on alert. The body dumps stress chemicals into itself for valid survival reasons that in certain situations are necessary, but constant bouts of noxious emotional outbursts deplete energy reserves and build up stress chemicals that become toxic over time.
8. Feeling constantly ‘blue’ is a bummer for you and everyone around you. And it causes you to slowly leak energy. Very often, avoiding white sugar products (do you ever get the ‘sugar blues’?) and changing your lifestyle for the better almost always helps somewhat, including physical exercise. Maybe you are stuck in a routine and bored. Pay attention to your hormone health too. Sometimes correcting thyroid gland and adrenal gland issues helps lift depressed emotions ‘out of the rut and into the sunlight.’
9. If you are a doormat to everyone and can’t say ‘no’ to anyone, eventually you burn out. Not satisfying your personal needs (in balance with others) can result in low self-esteem. Unhealthy dependencies and repressed anger always result in a passive reaction to life and usually not following through on doing things for one’s own well-being. Low emotional states inevitably lead to low energy.
10. Be proactive toward the life you want. This requires an upbeat attitude and this ‘shift’ alone can make you feel incredibly vital and energetic! Laugh a lot. Live a little simpler.