We’ve established that our physical, emotional and spiritual energy is finite, not unlimited. Just doing life, working and relating to people will drain our energy levels. You can name a ton more specific energy-drainers: financial stress, conflict, internal incongruity, health issues, insecurity and more. But, the question is, how do you restore and refuel your energy reserves?

Staying Energized 4In Part 1, I gave several suggestions about staying energized: Identify your energy-drainers, complete and accomplish tasks, exercise, eat right, help someone else and laugh more.

Here are some additional suggestions I have for staying energized:

Connect with God This is where I start most every day.  All of us was created to link to our Creator. God is the ultimate energy source. I connect with Him through reading the Bible and prayer.

Stay PositiveThis is more crucial than you might think. “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). It’s simple but hard to do. Negative attitudes deplete your energy. Positive thoughts energize.Staying Energized 3

Watch Your WordsYour thoughts influence your words and your actions. Your words influence the people and environment around you. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Your words will either energize or drain you and all of the other people you connect with each day.

Feed Your BrainStimulate your brain by feeding it new and interesting content. I watch almost no television in a given week. But I do read every day and try to learn something new about leadership, photography and things I know very little about. You can’t afford not to read if you plan to grow and be energized.

Get Plenty of RestEveryone is different but most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each day. When you don’t get enough rest, you get grumpy and you reduce your ability to handle stress.

Disconnect Regularly We all need a change from routine to refill our energy tanks. Even God rested on the seventh day of creation. Divert daily. Withdraw weekly. Abandon annually. Find a hobby that recharges you. Mine is nature photography (See Gingerich PhotoArt)DSC_8739

Avoid Energy-Depleters I have to be honest here. Some relationships are toxic. Some are a ginormous energy drain. Others totally energize you every time you are with them. I understand there’s a problem here if you are married to one who drains you. But, be honest, get counseling, work hard toward developing a life-giving relationship. And, make sure you are imparting life and energy to the people around you!

 

QUESTION: What have I missed? What do you do to boost your energy? Leave a comment below.

 

2 responses to Staying Energized (Part 2)

  1. Joani Pederson on March 18, 2013 at 7:37 AM Reply

    For me I get my energy or recharge from either a walk on the beach listening to the waves crash, seeing the sun gliisten off the water and an occasional dolphin or two. If the beach isn’t esily accessible then it’s a walk anywhere out in nature.

  2. Dan Koehler on March 18, 2013 at 7:24 AM Reply

    Roughing it in the wilderness relaxes me and I feel more alert to what is around me afterwards.
    Sometimes I go hunting with no intention on getting any game ,but just watching the animals gives me a recharge .

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