Are You Running On Empty?
As we enter the first month of 2018 this is a perfect time to reflect upon the past year and determine what really matters, who you want in your life, and how 2018 will be more abundant, peaceful and prosperous.
Experience tells me that everything we do in life equates to energy whether it is negative or positive. For example, when you exercise you are generating positive energy in your life as most often you feel renewed and refreshed afterward. When you argue with your spouse you expend negative energy thus pulling from your life source. As you reflect upon this passing year it is essential that you take inventory of the things and people who have complimented your life and those that have drained your emotional energy.
Living a life of abundance, peace and prosperity is not difficult if you become more aware of your energy source and what feeds or depletes it. Emotional energy is your life source. It is the heartbeat of your soul and your guide for living. It is also the driving force behind your ability to exist in the world. Without an adequate supply, you may find yourself barely getting through life and often running on fumes!
The following are examples of things or people that either makes deposits or withdrawals from your emotional energy bank.
|Energy Stealers (Withdrawals)||Energy Sources (Deposits)|
|Going to a job you hate
Unsupportive significant other
Skipping meals/unhealthy eating
Going through life without purpose
Trying to control everything in your life
Trying to change other people
Complaining about life
Trying to do everything for/by yourself
Taking care of others needs first
Living in fear
|Work you are passionate about
A healthy, balanced relationship
Supportive, rewarding work environment
Regular exercise and healthy eating habits
Discovering your purpose and living it
Giving energy to things that match your values
Focusing on how you can become a better person
Finding the value and gratitude in life
Letting go and forgiveness
Asking for help/delegating tasks
Taking time out for yourself daily/weekly
Prioritizing, planning and getting things done
Facing your fears/conquering self-doubt
If you are experiencing more withdrawals than deposits, take action right away. Once your emotional energy is depleted you put yourself at risk for emotional meltdowns, health problems and possibly a mental health crisis. Make sure you have at least 3 people in your life who are energy sources.
Make a list of the things that are depleting your emotional energy and develop a plan to remove them from your life. Lastly, discover and utilize the activities that bring you peace and joy and do them as often as you can and give your energy to those who make frequent deposits.
It is important you release the negative energy you take in from life. Everything you do, feel and think is energy; make frequent deposits in your bank every day!
Written by: Catrice M. Jackson, MS, LMHP, LPC, Empowerment Speaker, Fearologist, Fear-Free Living Expert and Author