Ten Tips: Increasing Your Life Energy
1. Be engaged. Move outward into the world.
As living organisms, People expand and contract. We are living organisms. Health is about expanding and interacting with the world. By contrast, some people are contracted and withdrawn from the world. A contracted state is associated with anxiety, resignation, or depression. You can increase your energy by being vitally involved in the world. Let your work really work for you.
2. Notice Nature
Get outdoors or at least look out the window. Can you see the movement of air? Do you see evidence of the change of seasons? Can you find a surprise – something you didn’t expect? We are part of nature, and when we’re healthy nature moves through us. Appreciating nature connects us with the world of moving life energy. Nature is healthy for us.
3. Move your eyes. Stir it up.
Look away from your computer and scan the room with your eyes. Feel the pleasure of exercising your eye muscles. Look at something in the distance and something up close. Keeping your eyes active helps you keep things in perspective. It also improves your emotional contact with yourself and others.
4. Breathe deeply on purpose.
Breathe in up to the top of your head. Then breathe out down to the bottoms of your feet. Can you feel the rush? We take in life energy from the atmosphere with our breathing. Shallow breathing limits our aliveness and keeps a lid on intolerable emotions. Escape from the pernicious cycle of shallow breathing and emotional armor.
5. Avoid dull or draining energy.
Break away from your computer and put water on your face. Find a way to break up the logjam in a relationship that drags you down. Be straight with people. See friends or movies that increase your energy. Get your exercise. Eat the freshest, best food that you can. Choices like these enhance your positive life energy.
6. Soak in water.
Water has the power to pull dead energy out of our bodies. Shower and wash your hair frequently. Bathe with your head under water to draw out dull energy. Use water to keep your rooms, clothes, and bedding nice and fresh. Keep a bowl with a wet washcloth near your computer so you can freshen up your energy.
7. Give babies some respect.
Healthy babies are full of vital life energy. Don’t suppress infants’ aliveness with swaddling or circumcision. Be supportive when a baby expresses true, deep powerful emotions. Sometimes they really need to cry and let it out. Pay attention to your baby’s limits and protect him or her from things that would be overwhelming. Watch and learn from baby wisdom.
8. Don’t be a wet blanket.
When you see people with more energy or freer energy than your own, don’t be tempted to tear them down or control their lives. Instead, learn something from people who get more satisfaction from life. You can have a fuller life yourself. Many people want to put a lid on children’s lively energy, far beyond the needs of discipline.
9. Let a loved one move you.
Our energy gets stuck and then stale when we suppress our emotions. A friend’s energy can help get your own energy moving again. So have a heart to heart conversation. Have a good cry. Or keep a pet. Without any words at all, pets offer healthy, natural life energy to move and refresh your own. Let yourself be moved.
10. Think what’s most important.
The one thing that people want most is love. Keep in touch with what is most important to you. Keep you in touch with your core energy. Be perfectly honest with yourself about what you do to undermine your life. Pay attention to your own part, talk openly, and change what needs to be changed.
More Tips on Resilience
Don’t Avoid Life: Learning to tolerate and manage small amounts of stress, builds resilience. Retreating from life can actually make problems get larger rather than smaller.
Get honest with yourself: Be willing to ask yourself penetrating questions and answer them honestly.
Take meaningful actions: Use your initiative. Take charge of your life and take meaningful, sensible actions toward insuring your present and future.
Find and maintain relationships: Relationships foster a sense of belonging and well-being and they challenge us to grow, compromise and stay right sized.
Look for the lessons: Use the circumstances of your life to grow and build strength and self esteem.
Work through past issues: Take active steps to work through those issues and understand your past. Think what you’ve learned in life.
Develop inner resources: Strengthen your inner self A rich inner life helps to keep problems into perspective.
Maintain good boundaries: Keep your desired life and way of being in front of your eyes and don’t get into situations or even conversations and thinking patterns that head you down a self destructive path.
Stay away from “victim thinking”. Victim thinking can become entitled thinking and can interfere with our motivation toward change.
Find other family models: Don’t become a deer in the headlights frozen in a way of seeing the world that cannot change. Actively look for and model after healthy families and happy people.