Small Ways To Take Care Of Your Energy:

by Carole Fogarty

“More receiving, less exhausting”

If you could buy energy I’m guessing it would be the most popular item sold in every supermarket.  Unfortunately we can’t buy energy, and as our bodies age if you are anything like me energy is something I value more and more each day.

So, here’s my little list of slightly different, yet easy ways we can actively value, protect or replenish my energies.  Enjoy.

1 – Stop doing it

Stop doing things you know aren’t good for you.  If you know it drains your energy then do something about it.

2 – When life gets hard

Always keep a copy of your favourite inspirational book close by.  Open randomly and read a few paragraphs to bring  a little relief to your current situation.

3 – Get rid of what’s weighing you down

To reclaim 20% more energy remove 20%  clutter from your life.   You’ll feel lighter, clearer and certainly more energized.

You might also like to try the  energy “up, energy down” exercise.  Stand in front of your hallway cupboard (or any other part of your home), close your eyes and notice if your energy goes “up” or “down”.  If your energy goes down you need to either clear clutter, re-arrange or cleanse the space.

4- Cleanse the air around you:

If the space around you feels heavy or zapping you of energy then clear the negative vibes.

Cleanse by smudging with dried white sage or chant “Om” into all four directions or ring a bell (any sound instrument)  into all four corners and the centre of the space or  simply open up all the windows and let the sun and breeze shift the energy.

5 – Live more moments gently:

“Just for today I will push less”

Pushing wastes buckets loads of energy.  Push less, accept what is and go with the flow more – you’ll feel less pushed and pulled around by life.

Think gently,  talk gently, listen gently, cook gently, work gently, do gently and live gently.

6 – Avoid toxic people

Do your best to limit yourself to people who love drama and gossip, particularly when you are feeling fragile and exhausted.

7 – Protect yourself from other people’s stresses

Carry a piece of smoky quartz or black tourmaline with you.  It will help transmute and dissolve negative energies.  I also spray myself daily with Australian Bush Flowers Essence Space Clearing Mist to protect my subtle body energies.

A valuable tip I learnt from Ian White (Founder of Australian Bush Flower essences) is to dab a blend of Fringed Violet and Angelsword at night onto your solar plexus to release any negative energies you’ve come in contact with during your day.   Email me if you’d like me to make you up a bottle.  Happy to help.  healthylivinglounge (@) gmail.com

8 –  Put yourself first more often

You don’t need permission to put yourself first.

Make sure each day you put yourself on top of your daily “to-do” list.  Even if its only for 5 minutes as least you’re saying “yes” to your own self care more often.

9 – Listen to the Blue Danube

Dr. Masuro Emoto has scientifically proven that listening to the Blue Danube will nourish your central nervous system.

Go figure.  Who would have thought.  Click here to listen to the Blue Danube by Strauss if that sort of music resonates with you.  I happen to love it as it reminds me going to ball in my early 20′s at the Ritz in London.

10 – Centre yourself with a prayer

More living from the heart, less living from the head”

Whenever you feel flustered or low in energy place your hands together in prayer pose over your heart and repeat the following kindness prayer for as long as you need to.

May I be filled with love and kindness

May I be at peace

May I be well

May I be happy”

11 – Get out of your head

“Spend less time in your head and more time in your body”

Throughout your day re-direct your focus, breath and awareness into four key areas of your body.

Breath into your feet for a few moments, then stomach, then shoulders and then the space between your eyes.  You can click here for a more detailed explanation.

12 – Uncomplicate your life

“More letting go and less holding on”

When you un-complicate your life you do something magical.  You create some space for the “new” to arrive,  free yourself up from being a “constant doer” and put a healthy distance between you and the busyness of life.

Simplify your home, simplify your bills, simplify your commitments, simplify your daily routine and let go of all the “stuff” that no longer serves who you are today.

13 – Spend time alone:

“More being, less doing”

Seek silence and don’t let stress be the number one focus for your mind and body.

Renew yourself. Spend time alone. Being still and resting in silence is one of the most healing and restorative practices you can do.

Sitting still in silence for 15 minutes a day, can, and does change your life.

14 –  Rest your body:

“More receiving, less exhausting”

If you do nothing else from this list.  Do this one.  Quality rest is not option is the busy crazy world – its essential.  Sleep is not necessarily quality rest, particularly if its restless and you wake feeling tired and lethargic.

Start with crocodile pose or legs up wall or grab a yoga bolster for some simple restful yoga postures.  If you’re not motivated enough to do it on your own then I can highly recommend a great restful yoga and mindful breathing DVD.

 

Above photo by rajith

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What I’m enjoying at the moment:

The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of  Healing With Food, Breath and Sound. by Maya Tiwari

I absolutely love this book and I certainly think its fast becoming my favourite book for 2011. I felt such a connection it brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion.  Don’t you love it when a book really resonates with you.

 

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Toronto Chiropractor October 19, 2011 at 4:57 am

The Blue Danube? I’m going to put it on my ipod right now!

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Kara October 19, 2011 at 7:07 am

Thanks for these great tips. I was ill from a virus, and it took me almost 4 full weeks to recover. My illness made me think about what might be draining my physical energy, and how to shore up my energectic boundaries. You have given excellent tips for increasing energy, and I intend to take full advantage of them.

Kara

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Kirsten October 21, 2011 at 4:29 am

Thank you for this wonderful list. Reading the simple prayer was immediately calming. Maya Tiwari’s book is one of the most cherished and essential books on my shelf.

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master blogger November 3, 2011 at 4:16 am

Perfect tips, now I know why it feels so god when I clean my room haha, I will stay away from toxic people they really drain my energy out, thanks for your advices.

Zero Dramas

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Paige Burkes November 10, 2011 at 1:41 am

I LOVE this list! So many people try to manage their time (which is impossible) instead of their energy. I recently wrote a post about how I transformed my day and my relationships with my husband and kids by being mindful of what boosts and zaps my energy.

The world would be a much happier place if more people followed some of these ideas. Thank you!!

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norm December 22, 2011 at 7:59 am

this truly does rock – and i mean it seriously- pure lovliness

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