Ever wake up feeling exhausted and drained even after a full night’s sleep? You think you’d wake up with endless energy and the capacity to take on the day, yet you feel the day is consuming you. This exhaustion could be a result of low mental and physical energy. Whether you believe it or not, we are beings made of energy and surrounded by energy. This means we are vulnerable to the constant flow of stimuli, experiences, situations, and people that affect us. To learn how to protect your energy, keep reading for tips that will re-energize you and make you feel unstoppable.
Why should you protect your energy?
Learning to protect your energy lets your body and mind know when you need to take a break, rest, and recharge. In our day-to-day lives, we constantly interact with people who are not always mindful or considerate of our needs. Protecting your energy helps you build resilience when you experience stressful encounters and ensures you are prioritizing what matters most to you. It also teaches you to be attentive to the signs, messages, and stimuli you receive. When you pay attention to this emotional and physical information, you’re subconsciously learning to value your needs.
How to Protect Your Energy: 10 Tips and Hacks
1. Set boundaries
One of the best ways to protect your energy and often the most challenging is to set healthy boundaries both professionally and personally. When you create clear guidelines for how people should treat you, you begin repelling unwanted energy and attracting desired energy. If you’re often depleted and fulfilling everyone else’s needs while ignoring your own, it’s time to create and enforce boundaries to protect your energy. It is an act of self-care that connects you to your needs, happiness, and desires. Remember, no is a sentence that protects your energy.
2. Reflect on your emotions
How do you feel after spending time with the people in your life? For example, after a conversation with a colleague, do you feel happy or exhausted? Use this time to reflect on how you feel after communicating and interacting within your professional and personal circles. Your emotions following any interaction are indicators that you may need to proceed with caution or gravitate more towards the person. Similar to setting boundaries, you have the power to decide who you want in your life. Use your emotions to guide you.
3. New commitments
When a new commitment or demand presents itself, investigate whether you want to do it. Often, we feel pressured to say yes, even if our intuition guides us to say no. Through societal expectations and people-pleasing habits, we ignore our needs for the well-being of others. But it’s okay to say no. In fact, it’s an act of self-care.
4. Avoid numbing your feelings
If your energy is low, you might feel compelled to go out for drinks, indulge in a sweet treat, or shop the pain away. Numbing your feelings might feel better short-term, but long-term can dull your ability to enjoy positive emotions like love and joy. Instead of avoiding your pain, determine the underlying cause. Especially after interacting with someone who drains your energy, pinpoint exactly what about the interaction hurt your feelings. When you have a stronger understanding of certain triggers or situations that cause you pain, you will have more information to learn how to protect your energy in the future.
Many empaths and highly-sensitive people rely on visualization to protect their energy. As soon as you feel drained or upset by a situation or person, practice visualizing a white light protecting your body. Focus on how it makes you feel as it covers you. Is it warm? Does it provide love and nourishment? Believe that it’s protecting your energy and making you feel centered, balanced, and loved.
6. Trust your intuition
Your intuition is your internal guidance system that helps you navigate life in a way that serves your best interest. Often it is a gut feeling that tells you to break up with a cruel partner or leave a job that undervalues you. Whenever you feel this pit of your stomach feeling, it’s a red flag that something is off. Yet, if you feel a pull towards an opportunity, person, or situation, lean in. It doesn’t always have to be a warning.
7. Value who you are
If you undervalue yourself and don’t think you deserve love, stability, support, and respect, you may subconsciously gravitate towards situations that treat you accordingly. It will also be more challenging to enforce boundaries when you lack self-worth and self-love. Whenever you feel an internal battle within you that criticizes and demoralizes yourself, flip the switch by speaking statements of love, acceptance, and respect.
8. Protect your mornings
How we spend our mornings has the power to set us up for the rest of the day. If you start your mornings by reading the news or scrolling, all of this negativity is an invitation to affect your energy. To protect it for the day ahead, begin with a mediation, yoga practice, or even journaling session. Why not all three? While it takes time to change your habits, you will notice a significant difference in your overall mood when you begin with a healing morning routine. You will react less and feel calmer when confronted with stressors.
9. Clean your space
We often don’t realize that our home contains stored energy from our day-to-day lives. If you have piles of clutter in your office and home, it can be more difficult to concentrate, protect your energy, and feel balanced. A physical decluttering clears your energy internally and externally. Begin by going through each room, keeping what you want, giving away what you don’t and ending with smudging, either by sweeping, opening the windows to invite in positive energy, or lighting an essence or candle. Clearing your space can be your personal form of meditation.
10. Positive mindset
Nothing can change if you don’t learn how to gain a sense of agency over your thoughts. If your go-to is to judge, criticize, and gossip, it will be innately more challenging to protect your energy. Not only will you feel depleted, but your experiences and friends might match that same energy. While it’s certainly easier said than done, evaluate your internal conversation. This also may look like changing certain beliefs and adopting new ones that mirror the goals and dreams you want to accomplish. You have the power and control to learn how to protect your energy through your thoughts, experiences, and decisions.
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