Energy is the presupposition without which there is no life.
Without energy there is no action, there is no vitality or even happiness.
How can we raise our energy levels without resorting to dysfunctional energy drink tricks etc.?
It would be great to always have a real supply of abundant energy for our projects and never feel exhausted.
I'm reading a very interesting book called Brendon Burchard's "High Performance Habits".
Within the various exercises proposed to increase well-being - and with it one's psychophysical performance - there is one that intrigued me a lot.
RELEASE THE VOLTAGE, ESTABLISH AN INTENTION
And it is born precisely to recover and increase one's energy day by day incrementally.
It is based on the fact that during our day we move from one activity to another without interruption.
We move from a demanding job to the next one without a particular "decompression" interval, then from the latter we go to household chores, then to family relationships, and finally we watch TV and go to bed.
All in a more or less continuous continuum.
Now, the interesting thing to note is that in our brain the cognitive and emotional residues associated with the previous activities drag on to the following activities.
In practice, the activity we are doing now is affected by the stress of the previous activity.
Imagine this accumulation of stress that is generated every single day for decades ...
The result is at least a lack of energy.
Stress is a killer of energy and well-being because it slows down the production of new neurons (post-natal neurogenesis), reduces levels of serotonin and dopamine (the hormones of good mood) and stimulates the amygdala while simultaneously decreasing the activity of the hippocampus (associated with memory) thus producing a feeling of psychophysical exhaustion.
The secret to recovering large stocks of energy lies in introducing special interruptions between an important activity to the next.
Here's how it's done ...
EXERCISE - RELEASE TENSION, ESTABLISH AN INTENTION
Introduction: The exercise must be carried out in the phases of transition from one activity to the next. For example: before entering the workplace, before meals, before returning home from work and so on.
Don't worry, this is an exercise that will take just a couple of minutes.
1. Close eyes for a couple of minutes.
2. RELEASE THE VOLTAGE: To breath deeply. Repeat mentally the word "release" with each breath while relaxing a part of the body (starting from the face, neck, shoulders, back, down to the feet).
3. ESTABLISH AN INTENTION: Establish mentally what you want to achieve from the activity you are going to perform shortly thereafter. Also determine which particular sensations (safety, calm, etc.) you want to try while performing the activity you are about to perform.
That's all. Simple and effective.
I've already started practicing this exercise every day!
I find it makes a lot of sense and I am convinced that it can definitely help bring more energy, positive intention and awareness in our days.
You will potentially have dozens of possible transitions in your day where you could apply this technique.
Certainly the fact of applying this exercise to the most relevant 3-4 transitions of your day will be enough to change things for the better and have more and more energy.
Of course the exercise should be integrated into everyday life to appreciate important and lasting effects.
The book from which this exercise was extracted is called “Le habits for high performance ", so you should turn this practice into a habit.
Certainly it is time invested wisely. You'll see that it could also bring you more benefits than simply having more energy.
Now it's up to you. To have your say on this topic you can write at the end of the article in the space dedicated to comments. Thank you!
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