How are you all? We hope you're well and that your week is off to a fabulous start. But, we know that it's possible that it isn't. We can say over here that some of us have been feeling a bit drained. So, today for our #MindfulnessMonday we thought we would talk to you about energy.
Often when we think of energy, we think of big tasks that require a lot of focus or a lot of action and heavy lifting. But sometimes, the biggest energy drains can come from events, people or jobs that don't serve you or fill you up and thus take every ounce of your energy just to complete. And when we drain our energy on these negative instances we have less left for the more enjoyable and nourishing parts of our lives, which can lead to a lot of unhappiness.
In order to try to avoid this unhappiness it's important to take stock of where we are directing our energy and what parts of our lives do we feel are needlessly draining our energy. Maybe it's a friendship that has become very one-sided. Maybe it's a work environment that has become toxic. Or, maybe it's a diet that has come to consume our whole life. Whatever it is, the first step is to become aware and then to try to take action. We know we cannot just quit our jobs or end friendships, but we can work on how we relate to them. We can engage in calming practices that allow us to engage with these instances without letting them overcome us. And maybe in some situations, we will need to walk away. But before you do that, ask yourself questions like, "Is this my dream job?", "Will I miss this person if they are no longer in my life?", "Is this making me continuously unhappy?" If the answers keep coming up yes, then maybe it is time to make a change.
We only have so much energy to give, so let's be mindful of where we spend it. We know that this is not something that can happen over night, but by taking the first step to acknowledge which situations are energetically fueling versus taxing, we can begin to feel invigorated, rather than drained.
Have a great week everyone,
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.