Are you a victim of energy theft?
- Chronic viral infection (can affect any organs) such as hepatitis C virus
- Insomnia (with subsequent daytime fatigue)
- Hypoglycemia (transient low blood sugar spells)
- Overweight or obesity
- Too much refined/processed food; and lack of whole foods/fresh produce
- Sedentary lifestyle
These last two on the list (nutrient-deficient diet and sedentary lifestyle) are the most common physical causes for low energy. To make the shift to nutrient-rich foods that are energy-giving and can help you adapt to an active lifestyle, follow these steps:
- Fresh juice feasting
- Drinking a daily fruit smoothie. Ingredients I love are fresh fruit; frozen fruit; milk from almonds, rice, soy, or dairy; raw almonds; rolled oats; protein powder; honey or Stevia drops; ice cubes; healthy oil such as avocado, flax, grapeseed, or olive; any nutrient supplements; and if you can, add a handful of green leafy vegetables, which will change the color to green but change the taste very little. Consider add-ins that kick up your smoothie.
- Reduce how much you eat of these food categories in particular, and try to go off them completely: dairy, refined sugar and wheat (found in bread, pasta, and cereals
- Get yourself an exercise routine with great music; or work slowly into weight training or aerobic exercises for 30 min at least 3 times per week. You’ll see your energy spiral upwards for sure!
Thoughts that zap your energy
While physical diseases clearly can cause low energy, how you think — and feel — can be even more to blame. I’ve discovered that a bad mood or unhappy feeling generates a real physical low energy, especially over time. On the contrary, a good mood or happy feeling is synonymous with increased energy. Let me explain why this happens.
Amanda, age 39, increasingly experienced “terrible mornings” when deciding whether to remain in relationship with a verbally abusive husband. Thoughts of her distressing relationship and fears of staying… and also of not staying in the relationship prevailed at the first moments when awakening each day. Her constant distressing thoughts soon produced chemicals that triggered distress and anxiety. She described her first 30-45 minutes in the mornings as “hell” trying to get out of bed, being physically paralyzed with depression.
Surprisingly, this kind of experience can be a huge energy zapper. Eventually, persistent despairing thoughts, and the emotions they produce, manifest as physical fatigue.
That’s because our thoughts connect to molecules through our nervous system. Uplifting, positive, happy, enthusiastic, hopeful and inspiring thoughts generate chemicals, much like endorphins (natural morphine-like substances) and dopamine (feel-good neuro-hormones), that literally boost your metabolism.
Most of such physical effects from positive thoughts and feelings cannot even be measured. For example, feelings of elation, love and joy cannot be measured. However, we clearly know they exist because we can experience them.
The cool news is that by actively shifting your feeling tone to one of confidence and/or happiness, you’ll also boost your energy. Let me share with you how to do this.
If you’re like me, when you first begin to awaken in the morning you have blurry visual images and thoughts. Notice also that along with these images and thoughts, there is a feeling tone. This feeling tone is directly related to these thoughts and visual images. If you are experiencing a feeling of uncertainty or fear, you can be sure your thoughts were to blame. And it is quite difficult to control thoughts when you are in the dream state or awakening from a dream.
But as soon as you are alert enough to know you are waking from a dream, that is when you can direct your thoughts and their feeling state. This is the moment when you must actively take hold of, and maintain a positive thought.
When you are first fully awake, take five minutes to visualize what makes you really happy. Keep your focus on it and allow good feelings to flow into your body. Imagine yourself doing it and loving it. Be sure to focus on the good feelings while you see this picture in your mind. This takes letting go of doubts about whether this will work or if it can or cannot be a reality. You must allow your thoughts to persist, dreaming of this happy scene, so your dreams can permeate your physical body through the established chemical pathways there.
Then during the rest of your morning, be aware of your thoughts and the feeling tone you are carrying in your physical body. Whenever needed, take active correction of any negative thoughts to thoughts you know you like and want more. Your body will respond. Energy, motivation, and passion will increase again.
The key is to be consciously aware of your feeling state, as a barometer of your thoughts. If you are feeling bad, then look to the content of your thoughts, as this is what is creating your feelings. Hopeful, uplifting, reassuring, or positively motivating thoughts cause your body to generate the chemical body sensations that feel peaceful, warm, and happy. This becomes a real fuel for your body to generate physical energy and passion.
Then, plan pleasure and fun into your life often so you stay in balance: great music, great friends, new and interesting experiences, thankful prayers with feeling. All these will fuel your physical body energy.
In my next article, we’ll continue to examine ways to get your energy back.