Before I understood energy, whenever I had a session with a depressed or low-energy client, I felt drained and had trouble staying awake. Not wanting to nod off during the session, I would surreptitiously dig my fingernails into my other palm in an effort to stay present. At that time, I didn’t know that these low-energy clients, at an unconscious level, were drawing on my energy to feel better themselves. ~Stop Eating Your Heart Out, pp. 103-104.
As an energetic system, many of our drains are mental, physical, or emotional.
Some Possible Energy Drains
- Being with low-energy people (sick, depressed, negative)
- Being with people caught up in their dramas
- Difficult emotions (lots of feelings are energy drains; it is important to feel the feeling and then discharge it—by expressing it or tapping or journaling)
- Being overtired
- Feeling too responsible for too many things
- Feeling a time crunch
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Having unmet expectations
- Not getting enough sleep
- Feeling victimized
- A harsh inner critic voice
- Being dehydrated (drink water before you are feeling thirsty!)
- Poor nutrition
- Eating too much
- Eating too little
- Ingesting something that your body perceives as toxic
- Lack of movement or exercise
- Your particular energy drain
It's important to identify your energy drains as well as your personal energizers. When you need a shot of energy, open your energizer list and pick an item that you can do right then to revitalize yourself. Here are a few to add to your list:
Stand up. Allow your arms to make large figure eights. Now switch and go in the other direction. As you move your arms through the air, youare increasing your energy field, and you will probably be feeling more energized.
Hum a song. Pretend you are an orchestra conductor and conduct an imaginary orchestra as you continue humming or singing the song.
Laughter is very energizing. Repeat the syllables: “Ho ho he he ha ha.” Say it again and again until you are laughing out loud.
For more Energy Pick-Me-Ups, go to Stop Eating Your Heart Out, pp 106-107.
I'd like to hear from you in the comment section: Have you been monitoring your energy? What are your main energy drains? How do you intervene?
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