Depleted energy is somewhat of a baseline condition for many people these days. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Let me offer a bit of helpful advice on how to keep your energy balanced so you can enjoy your life to the fullest.
If you’ve ever dropped like a wet noodle on the couch from exhaustion as soon as you walk in the door, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that
Energy can be overdrawn like a bank account.
It’s just like a bank account, actually.
And when you do one thing after another that depletes your energy without replenishing it, you end up with an overdrawn account.
That’s why it is so important for effective self-management to treat your energy just the same way you treat your bank account.
When you find yourself feeling low on energy, that’s when it’s time to make a deposit.
The things that are considered deposits are different for everyone.
Something that gives one person a rejuvenating energy boost or a much needed respite may not be the same for you.
My recommendation for determining what an energy deposit is for you is to come up with some things you can do that make you feel renewed.
What kinds of things are like pressing the reset button?
I suggest making a list of things, but NOT when you are already feeling overdrawn in your energy bank account.
Some possible deposits could include:
- Calling a friend or family member.
- Taking a walk.
- Listening to one of your favorite songs.
- Singing a song (even if you’re out of tune).
- Going to a concert in the park.
- Taking a bath.
- Listening to a podcast.
- Sitting in a hammock.
The only criterion to consider is it has to be something that feels good to YOU. This is about YOUR energy, so it has to be something that works for you, personally.
Making sure you don’t get overdrawn, i.e., cranky, frustrated, exhausted, or resentful, by making regular deposits in your energy bank account can be a deterrent to career burnout. It’s a simple self-care practice that has a ripple effect on everything you do.
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