Taking care of your energy, not your time

Feeling over stretched, over worked and out of resources ???

Until recently I thought I was managing, but now I have the realisation that I have been making mistakes on some of the smallest things…we have all been there, the question is how do we manage it all?  There is no option BUT to just do it all.

The solution is focusing on conserving energy and then propelling it all into the tasks that require it.  

Most of us respond to rising demands by putting in longer hours, which inevitably takes a toll on us physically, mentally, and emotionally. This leads to decreased time for exercise and healthy meal preparation, cleaning the house, socialising and at work declining levels of engagement, increasing levels of distraction and increased error rates. An overall stressful and toxic environment.

The core problem with doing more and working longer hours is that time is a finite resource.

Energy is a different story. Defined in physics as the capacity to work, energy comes from four main wellsprings in human beings: the body, emotions, mind, and spirit. In each, energy can be systematically expanded and regularly renewed by establishing specific rituals—behaviours that are intentionally practiced and precisely scheduled, with the goal of making them unconscious and automatic as quickly as possible. This is why meditation, mindfulness and centering exercises are so popular, it’s all about generating more energy and injecting that energy into ‘life’.

To recharge ourselves, we must first recognise the costs of energy-depleting behaviours and then take responsibility for changing them.  This may mean getting to bed an hour earlier instead of watching television.  It may mean limiting your sugar and caffeine intake closer to bed time to ensure you have a more rested sleep.  It could also mean getting in 30 minutes of exercise as soon as you wake and sitting down to eat breakfast and slowly easing into the day.  For most of us it might mean taking 20 deep belly breathing breathes to calm down the nervous system and centering our minds in times of stress.  It’s all about making the most of the energy we have, the euphoria you get when you feel like you are productive and in control.

Establishing simple rituals like mindfulness techniques or slightly modifying your lifestyle habits can lead to striking results. Go hard and then rest. Work hard and then go for a 10 minute walk.

Most importantly find the balance that is right for you and make the most of your energy.

 

My favourite way to take care of my energy is by consuming raw food whenever possible – that is uncooked fruits, vegetables and activated nuts, seeds and ancient grains.  

Below are some of my favourite dishes:

Fruit Platters
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Raw Mexican Salad

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Raw Zucchini Pasta

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