Are we all sick of Zoom yet?
I’ve been averaging about 20 hours a week on Zoom, and last week was closer to 30 as I was completing an online course for four days. Let me tell you, it’s been an energy KILLER. Which is fitting as this post is about managing your energy.
I’m writing my second book, Connected Leadership: Start with you. In it, I’m talking about how we need to know, love and trust ourselves if we are to get the best out of ourselves and from others. We need to fit our own oxygen masks first!
A critical component of leadership is knowing and managing your own energy levels. Albert Einstein said everything is about energy. And he was entirely right because if we don’t have energy, we can’t do what we want to do or what we need to do in life.
So, think back to a time when you were just completely depleted and exhausted and think about how that made you feel. How did you behave around others, and what actions did you take?
Personally, when I have no energy, I feel exhausted, I become cranky, my behaviour around others is less than optimal, and frequently I’m snappy. All I want to do is sleep, not do the work that I need to be doing. When my energy is low, I’m not usually productive!
Our energy is physical, emotional and spiritual, and we need to ensure we manage all three parts. If one of these is off-kilter or out of balance, then you’re going to be struggling to get the rest of it right.
Life is a marathon – most of us are going to live until we’re in our 80s, so let’s make it the best life we can!
What gives us energy?
Physically we get energy from:
- Eating the right foods
- Staying hydrated
- Sleep and rest
- Exercise and movement
Emotionally we get energy from:
- Doing things we love
- Spending time with people we love
- Time spent in nature
- Time spent with pets.
Spiritually our energy is drawn from:
- Religion or faith
- Feeling safe and happy
- Being present
What saps our energy?
We also need to be aware of what or who saps our energy. This includes people, actions and behaviours, such as:
- Horrible people
- Too much screentime
- Late nights
- Too much travel (yes, there is such a thing!)
- Too much alcohol, tobacco, drugs
- Eating too many sugary and fatty foods.
How can you boost your energy?
There are loads of things you can do if you’re after a quick energy boost. A few that work for me are:
- Having a nap!!
- Going for a walk in some fresh air
- Eating more veggies and less chocolate
- Taking a lunch break away from a screen
- Putting on some lippy and a squirt of my favourite perfume!
- Talking to friends who always lift me up – often without even realising!
What gives you energy? And what saps it? Leave a comment below.
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