For my daughter she feels energized from theatre, singing and spending time with her mom (ahh….kiss ass.) For me, it is walking/running outside with my dog, practicing yoga, spending time with my family and laughing.
You know, those laughing fits where you shake from the inside out; your stomach hurts afterwards, but you feel euphoric???
We then talked about the aspects of our lives that leave us feeling drained, tired and unmotivated. For my daughter it is walking to and from a specific activity and unloading the dishwasher. :) For me, it is certain social events, types of work, negative people and social media.
The point of the discussion was not to identify the different areas so we can eliminate the energy suckers and only participate in the energy givers. It was to draw awareness to both areas so we can be mindful of what feeds our soul. When we are aware of what gives us energy and what takes our energy we can be more purposeful in our choices.
One of the yoga instructors at Wanderlust spread her arms out wide and drew an imaginary circle around her body. She said, “This is my space. It is my choice what I will and will not allow into my space. I get to choose when, if and how much you will impact me.”
There will always be people in our lives who drain us. It is up to us to decide how much and how often we will allow them in. There will be activities or work we have to do that makes us feel tired. Sorry my darling daughter, unloading the dishwasher will more than likely always be a part of your life. There will be times of stress we cannot avoid. When my parents were sick I did not have a choice whether or not I would allow it to impact me. However, we do have a choice how we will take care of ourselves in all these scenarios. Taking a little bit of time every day to do things that give us energy is rightfully ours. We owe it to ourselves.
We deserve to recharge, no matter what is happening in our lives. Our loved ones deserve the best version of us. We can only be our best version if we take a few minutes of our day to make ourselves a priority.
Spend one minute today thinking about what gives you energy? What makes you feel proud and accomplished? What leaves you feeling blessed and loving life?
Make those things a priority. Do it for your loved ones. Do it for yourself.
You deserve it.