How Gratitude and Appreciation Improves your Energy
Building our energy levels is like making regular savings into our health bank account. The more we put in, the more we get out. Just think of all the benefits we could realise! All too often we take our energy for granted – continuously taking out, without putting enough in.
Gratitude and Appreciation
Take some time out to notice what you do have in your life. Instead of always pushing yourself to achieve, look at what is already there. There are a lot of things that we all take for granted. These tend to be the ordinary things in life such as the sunrise, and the sunset. The scent of an early flowering plant as you brush past. The rain on your face. Or something which is very common to us here at Bowerland, a wet nose and a waggy tail. Take stock and enjoy what is already there. Notice it, and give thanks for it. These small simple things are what gives us joy and makes our lives worthwhile. They also raise our energy levels.
Gratitude is a wonderful antidote for worry and helps us to realise life is not about perfection. Rather it is a journey to wholeness. 🙂 Buy yourself a gratitude diary and try to write in it every evening – just one thing. Today I am grateful for …………. (fill in the blanks)
Identify areas of stress
If you feel that stress is one of the big factors affecting your lack of energy, this is an area you can work on immediately. Think about what things in particular cause you stress. Did you know that another word for stress is fear? With that in mind, when you feel stressed and under pressure, ask yourself the following question: What am I afraid of? Then peel back the layers to get to the root of your worries. A lot of people have a deep fear of not being loved, and of being rejected. Also, One of our key anxieties is how to get love, and then, how to keep love. What about you, what causes you the most stress?
Work smarter on your task list
We tend to have a load of things on our to-do list. Sometimes we spend a lot of time keep going over the same tasks that never seem to go away. Instead, try to be more specific and time clever. Break the tasks down into a daily list that is more achievable. Start the day with 3 or 4 key tasks that are your priority for that day. End the day by checking and ticking off what you have achieved. If you follow this routine you seem to get through more of your to-do list, and the same tasks are not on a recurring loop. They actually get completed! It will help you to become more focused and effective.
Building muscle tone
Did you realise that the more muscle you have, the more you burn off each day. And you know the old saying, use it or lose it? As we get older we tend to do less energetic activities (on the whole). But if you make it your aim to use your muscles in ordinary day to day tasks, this will help your metabolism and keeping fit in a more natural way.
Gardening is a great way to exercise and maintain muscle strength. Walk wherever you can rather than taking the stairs or the elevator. Carry your shopping (obviously not the heavy items) rather than get it all delivered. Just to be conscious at all times of your muscles. A FitBit or similar device is a great help as you will receive reminders and alerts telling you to move!
Read more of my Monday Motivation tips HERE.