Let’s understand what feeling drained out means!
If you are emotionally spent, there are several signs and symptoms that you may experience in your daily life. Some of the signs may be:
- Feeling negative, hopeless, and helpless about your situation
- Feeling unable to resolve your issues
- Mental exhaustion and low energy level
- Physical symptoms like fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, and reduced appetite
- Reduced work performance
- Low motivation and low concentration to tackle responsibilities and to-do lists
- Increased emotional reactivity – more irritability, frustration, anger, anxiety, and stress
How Mindfulness can help your energy?
When you have anxiety, you can use mindfulness to seek relief. It may seem that you have too much energy rather than too little and it may feel like your brain is in overdrive. This is because of the amount of adrenaline your body is releasing. However, anxiety causes low energy as well and this is because you use up all of your energy with anxiety and your body becomes more tired, much faster.
If you want a great mental energy boost, try being mindful throughout the day. Remember that mindfulness is present moment awareness and when you think about the present moment, you are not wasting energy worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. In doing this, you are giving your brain a break from over-thinking.
How Brain drain is directly connected to your energy exhaustion?
Your brain is the control center of your body, thus, when your brain is over-stressed, all areas of your life and health are affected in a negative way. There is a psychological and thermodynamic concept called the Law of Psychic Entropy, which states that when something is depleted, it must be recharged. The word psychic refers to the brain, the word entropy refers to the loss of energy. The brain is depleted and needs some way to recharge. Some have called it “brain drain.” When your brain is drained it can’t function optimally and the body has to work that much harder to perform at the ideal level. Brain drain is real and it affects your life.
Here are some facts/ tips for you to manage your energy draining:
Fact/Tip # 1: Brain vs. Your Energy
Your brain uses more energy than any other organ in your body, about twenty percent of all the body’s energy combined. When you focus on the present moment, you are less likely to get caught up in the cycle of anxious or stressful thoughts, therefore giving one of the most vital organs in your body a well-deserved break. It may also be useful to monitor what happens with your energy levels throughout the day and identify activities that drain or boost your energy.
Fact/ Tip # 2: Meditations vs. Your Energy
All mindfulness meditations are helpful with boosting energy because they can help reduce anxious and worrying thoughts, help you accept the experience that you are having rather than engage in the fight or flight mode and, as a helpful side effect, ease muscular tension. Try your first free class with us- rsvp!
Fact/ Tip # 3: Negative Thinking vs. Your Energy
If you believe every negative thought and emotion that you have about yourself, you are likely to feel a lack of energy very quickly. Work on seeing your thoughts as just thoughts and remember that they are not necessarily true. Whenever you become aware of a negative thought, just take a step back and gently refocus on whatever you were doing with mindful attention.
Here are some of my favourite to-do’s I practice to manage my energy draining:
- Listening to a few minutes of music every 3-4 hours daily
- Regular massages
- Regular Reiki sessions
- Laughter- watching comedy shows/ funny movies
- Yoga and breathing exercises
- Daily meditations
- Frequent hot baths
- Singing along to a favorite song
- Napping (power naps during the day; maximum 20 minutes duration)
- Time alone- Me time
- Nature walks
- Working out
Mindfulness is about recharging the brain and reducing energy draining. It’s done by being present in what you’re doing and experiencing, and breaking up the constant, often repetitive chatter, or breaking the simple “constantly going” nature of today’s society. It is about breathing a little and “just being.”
Love and light