As you struggle to balance your work and life, two things you’re likely desiring are more time and more energy. Especially, now when the lines between work and life tends is blurry—you can feel short on both.
As you worry about not having enough time to do everything you want to do, your stress levels climb and your energy levels plummet. And that creates this vicious cycle that hurts your ability to lead effectively and function outside of work.
In this article, we’ll focus on how you can refresh and recharge your mental and emotional energy, because when you do, you’ll become happier, less stressed and more productive. Here are five great suggestions:
- Unload your worries. Worrying is an energy vampire. When you look logically at the issues that worry you, you discover that most of them will not play out the way you imagine them in your head or that they are completely out of your control. Let go of those worries and free your mind to focus on issues that are likely to happen and that you can control. Take action to ensure the best possible outcome.
- Undo a wrong. Do you need to apologize to someone? Or is there an issue you caused that is weighing on you? If so, you are wasting mental and emotional energy thinking about it. Recapture mental calm and energy by taking the steps to rectify the issue.
- Schedule “me time” on your calendar. If you want to recharge and create new energy in your life, you must change your pace and your plans. Take a few things off your calendar, or simply schedule more time for yourself. This isn’t a selfish act. In fact, as you recharge and create more energy, you are better able to help and serve others.
- Unplug. I’m guessing you have multiple technological tools you use every day. And at least one (or more) that you use multiple times each hour. As valuable as those devices are, they can become energy drains too. Turn off your phone, shut down your laptop, stay off of social media, read a paper or book instead of the Internet, and go outside instead of watching T.V. Use the time to focus on setting professional and personal goals, to expand your knowledge, and to focus on projects. Just a few hours of uninterrupted time can do wonders for your productivity.
- Be positive. Negative thinking and complaining drains your energy and keeps in you a bad mood. Stop looking for the bad in everything. Instead, open your mind up to new ideas, approaches and more. Look for the good in everything, and stay focused on finding solutions instead of griping about what you can’t control.
To maximize your results, productivity and life satisfaction, you must become an energy manager. When you focus on recharging your mental and emotional batteries, you’ll have greater energy in every area of your life.
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