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7 Wonderful Ways to Increase Your Energy Levels

7 Wonderful Ways to Increase Your Energy Levels

1. Be grateful. 

Being aware of what others are adding to your life and letting them know supports your relationships.

  • Who are your grateful for? 
  • How have they added value to your life?
  • Did you tell them? 

 Raise your energy and self-esteem by acknowledging what you are grateful for within yourself.

  • What are you grateful for about you? 

 Feeling good about your life circumstances, such as where you live or what you own can make your heart warmer. 

  • What are you grateful for about your life in general?


2. Learn something new today.

 Learning gives you ways to keep moving. 

  • What are you curious about in your life and work?
  • What do you want to learn more about?


3. Meditate. 

Centering or meditation assists you to focus, be clear and in the moment. I found a meditation that helps calm my mind by bringing me into my senses. This gives my mind something to do and quiets it. I love it. 

  • How can you center yourself?
  • What can you do to calm yourself down?


4. Balance being active with being in the moment. 

I was really tired the other day and I tried to do nothing as Peter Fenner says in his book Radiant Mind. By being in the moment like this throughout the day I got a lot more accomplished and I had more energy for all my activities. I wasn’t pushing my adrenals or stressing about anything.

  • How could you bring this kind of non-outcome oriented method to your day?
  • How could you balance just being, with getting things done within your activities today?


5. Focus on the progress you have made.

We often focus on what went wrong or what we didn’t get done, however, this drains our energy levels. Instead, focus on the progress you made today.  

  • What did you get done today? 
  • What skills enabled you to get this done?

Living on the edge can help stretch your skill and confidence levels. If you stepped outside your comfort zone today, ask yourself:

  • What enabled you to be courageous and exercise risk today?

When you get to know this about yourself, you will learn to make ongoing progress by exercising your risk muscles.  


6. Break your larger goals down into manageable chunks.

Smaller chunks are doable and action brings helpful energy along with it.

  • What are the next steps in your projects that are easily doable?
  • What steps take more time and effort to accomplish? 

Assessing your goals like this and writing them down enables you to determine what to do and when to pursue each next step. These actions will help you stay focused and make progress.  


7. Get happy.

I saw a blog post that said you should dance around your office. Isn’t that fun? There must be a million ways to increase your happiness and energy levels.   

  • What makes you happy? 
  • Can you do whatever this is for 5 minutes to raise your energy and happiness levels?

Answering these questions enables you to get moving in ways that work for you. 

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Working With the Ups and Downs of a Work Search

Working With the Ups and Downs of a Work Search

Have you noticed that the end of a really busy day that your thoughts and feelings can turn negative? The next morning’s thoughts and feelings, however after a good night’s sleep, will have improved. The negative state was transformed into a positive one due to your good night’s sleep and elevated energy levels.

If we are also able to just watch our thoughts and feelings during the day, we can begin to notice that they are fleeting. They come and they go. It helps to realize that these thoughts or feelings too shall pass. The awareness of your energy levels and the normal occurrences of the ups and downs in anyone’s work search can help you realize the transient nature of challenging thoughts and feelings.   

Problems occur though when we get stuck in negative patterns of thoughts and feelings. We might be heightening our negativity and believe it is all that will happen to us no matter what others tell us or our past experience has shown us. We might be locked into these patterns and find these difficult thoughts do not go away.

In these circumstances, fear might be in the driver’s seat because of a pressing need for outcomes or finances. If this occurs it usually helps to step back and look at your situation from a broader perspective. You can look for evidence of positive circumstances, opportunities, and possibilities and open yourself up to the fullness of your experiences and eventualities. Most likely both the positive as well as the negative are part and parcel of your current situation and are viable with time and effort in your future.  

Staying in a state of fear, though, can rob us of the energy we need to move forward and advance our situations. Often relaxing and centering ourselves can help us move forward into action and broadened outcomes. Consider the following questions to assist you if you are stuck:

  1. Who in your support network has helped you be your best self and advanced your efforts?
  2. Where did you experience positive outcomes within challenging circumstances? What did you do to enable them?
  3. What has helped you to relax and move forward in the past when you faced difficulties?

Use these questions to assist you, helping you stay determined and progressing in your work search.  

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