Feeling Low Energy? Take an Energy Break!
I feel like I’ve been hit by a Mack truck. Why a Mack? Because I associate Mack with the most extreme ability to annihilate a body on impact, and my body feels smushed, flat. I’m not sure why I am devoid of energy this morning, but just the same, I am. It’s a lot of work to type these words, a lot of work to hold my head up, to think, to breathe. I am mortally exhausted! The exclamation point was hard to reach.
I feel like sludge. I have a work plan, I know what I’m supposed to write today, but I can’t do it- don’t have the intestinal fortitude to write today’s topic, so I’m just typing my thoughts, hoping they will lead somewhere. I would use the dictation software in Word to get the sludge onto the paper, but I’m not alone. I’m cooped up at my mom’s house, helping her recover from an endoscopy. Please don’t ask me what that is, because every word I type is an effort; my wrists hurt.
Zero energy… None at all. Which is comical, because I’m supposed to be writing about energy today. Is that the Universe’s idea of a little joke? How can I write about ways to create more energy in your life, if I can’t create enough energy to write, period? Maybe just typing my thoughts will start the creation process going… By holding my head up and moving my fingers I have created three paragraphs of words. They probably suck, but they are here.
The TV is talking in the background — mom is watching a movie — but I’m not distracted. I don’t have the capacity to be distracted. I don’t want to be sitting here. I want to be in my own home, surrounded by my books and art and light and papers and pens and folders and energy.
Energy is in my home- there is an energy that I feel when I am there that I cannot access here. That never occurred to me until the words appeared on the screen. You’ve got to be shitting me. I am suddenly one iota more energetic than I was a moment ago! I created something, and now I am more energized! And I feel it building… This is AMAZING! I think I’m onto something. Energy is present in our bodies, but energy also lingers in the air around us. It is unique to each place and person, and each of us can identify where and when it is present or absent, in order to create more of it in times of need. I can’t be at home right now, but just by thinking about home and what I love about it, I brought its energy to me — to my head and my heart, and it inspired the creation of a paragraph of words I think I like.
OK, pause for station identification…
So, I’m back — it’s a couple of hours later. I had to go to Walmart to get mom a thermometer. I sort of wish I hadn’t stopped writing earlier because I had that energy blip going on, but I didn’t have a choice. And now I’m crabby because the stupid thermometer, all 39 dollars and 97 cents of it, doesn’t work. A freaking $40 thermometer, touchless, digital, memory, warning modes, supposed to be so much better than the old mercury ones, but for all its bells and whistles, it doesn’t work! I should have known… Made in China…
OK, so what, get over it Michelle, it’s just a minor inconvenience. Practice equanimity, breathe deeply … again, … one more time, in through the nose, hold it, exhale slowly. OK, I’m back! I can do this. I drank a Diet Coke, so now I’m a combo of wired and tired. But holding my head up is no longer a problem and my fingers are moving like butterflies. Back to the last good thought I had.
I thought of my home, a place I have built for myself, slowly, organically, over the past year. It is such a nurturing, comforting, energizing environment — it is conducive to the way I live, my process, just thinking of it gave me energy, and now I know why. Because it is something I created, by myself, for myself, to help me, to encourage me to be me, as in — infuse myself with the courage to live from my soul!
So, what’s the moral of this story…? Hmmm… When we are struggling to find the energy to get through our day, no matter why, no matter what our day has brought us, we can tap into a resource of energy, the conscious mind — our thoughts, and the heart — our feelings. My home gave me energy when I wasn’t in it. What could give you energy, just by thinking of it? What puts a quick smile on your face? Or maybe it’s a who…
Anything that reminds us of who we really are, our best energetic selves, our creative selves, can give us a quick energy boost. And maybe you’ll have to induce an energy boost every hour, but there is nothing wrong with that. Take a 60-second energy break whenever you feel your energy start to wane, instead of driving yourself to push through. The result will be a more productive, better thinking, and happier you. Better yet, maybe you should take that hourly break whether you need it or not. It might just make you exponentially energetic, and speed you towards finishing your work in half the time!