How to Handle the Top 5 Energy Drains

Do you wonder sometimes why you're feeling tired for no reason at all? Are you feeling depleted, exhausted and barely able to get things done?

If you're energy is on low vibe it might mean that you need to take a look at your energy sources, like food and exercise. You'll also need to take a look at your habits and environments, it will help you fully assess what's siphoning off your energy.

Take a look at these 5 areas and note which ones might be contributing to your energy drain:

1. Living a Programmed Life. You won't find this one on most lists, but part of the problem is that you're not living YOUR life. You're living a life that is mostly on automatic pilot. Moments of awareness and connection are fleeting. You know there's more yet you fear to step up, be who you are and embrace your authentic self. A lot of this isn't your conscious choice, it's a decision made by default programming. Like spyware running on your system, you're not even aware of it. It's a fearful experience to be different — current generations have witnessed what happens when you are different (race, culture, handicapped, sexuality, etc.) You live in the Matrix and wonder why you're so tired and drained. How can you be excited, vibrantly alive when you are not living a life that IS you?

Changing this is a commitment to yourself and to your world. It is a path of empowerment that leads to greatness and authenticity.

2. Stress. Worrying, overbooking yourself and living in stressful conditions — commuting, working 70 hours per week, divorce, separation, death in the family, being a single parent, starting a new business — are the fastest ways to burn up energy. Unfortunately it's not a good way. It triggers the body's fight or flight defense mechanisms which kicks the adrenals into overdrive. Constant stress and agitation boosts cortisol levels and results in fatigue.

Here are some quick ways to chill out. Try a 10-minute time-out throughout your day: open a window and breathe deeply, stretch like a cat or take a brisk walk around the block. An hour break — painting or drawing outside under a tree, journaling in the park, taking an energetic hike — can relieve stress and increase energy. Make daily relaxation and restoration a part of your life. Even a short break provides benefits. Include yoga, qigong, swimming, meditation and some kind of creative activity like drumming, writing, dancing or painting in your daily life.

3. Toxic People and Environments. Also known as — changing people, places and things. You are energy and you are affected by the energy that surrounds you. Why is it that you read books, attend trainings and yet you are surprised when your old environments still trigger you? It would be wonderful to respond as an ‘enlightened master' and demonstrate loving compassion. However, you are still a ‘work in progress, ‘ even though you may have more lucid moments now. Freeing yourself of toxic people and environments creates a nourishing space for you. This frees up more easily accessible energy for your use.

4. Chemicalized, Processed, Artificial, Food. This is a HUGE topic. One of the major culprits is excessive refined carbohydrates. Having a bagel for breakfast, pasta for lunch and potatoes for dinner is a design for an energy roller coaster day. All carbohydrates convert to sugars in the body, which can lead to fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Cut down on refined carbohydrates and focus on grains, vegetables, protein and a little fat to provide sustained energy.

Depending on your food lifestyle here are some suggestions: Start your day with an egg and veggie omelet. Use two egg whites to one whole egg.  Blend a fruit smoothie with unsweetened yogurt, bananas and berries. Add in a tbsp of ground flax or chia seeds and a scoop of coconut oil. Skip the starches at dinner, and have a salad with steamed veggies, and lean meat, fish or beans. Really go for it and shift the proportion of cooked to raw foods in your day – amp up the leafy greens, sprouts and fruits! You'll be zinging throughout your day.

5. Stimulants and Drugs – Let's start with the most seemingly innocuous stimulant — Caffeine. It is a potent drug, acts as a diuretic and taxes the adrenals — bad news for long-term energy. It also raises then drops blood sugar levels, even more so if you take it with a couple of sugars and cream. Kick the coffee habit and let your body produce its own energy. Start slow and wean yourself gradually to avoid caffeine-withdrawal migraines. Take two weeks to cycle off of coffee. Then look to healthier beverages: green tea, yerba mate, or Teecino.

You're sure to notice a boost to your energy even if you address one of these energy drains. Here's to boosting your bliss by shifting your energy in all ways!

Adela Rubio

Adela Rubio writes and speaks on awakening your creative essence with the power of collaboration and community. She's hosted 20+ Women's Writing Circles, 30-Day Adventures, and Telesummits.

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