Last reviewed on 02 July 2020
We’re all human and our motivation and energy levels are changeable, some days you may feel ready to take on the world but on others you may struggle. Keeping energy levels up is really important for your wellbeing, knowing when it’s time to slow down and recharge is too.
How much energy you have, both mentally and physically, is really personal to you and is often influenced by things and people you interact with regularly. When you feel positive and energized you’ll more than likely approach the things that make up your life in a similar way, which has a really positive impact on your wellbeing.
Listen to your body
Take some time to think about how you’re feeling physically and mentally. You’re doing so much every day, working, caring, cleaning that getting though what you have to do is likely your main priority - but you should be conscious of how you’re doing it. Start to observe when you feel your energy dropping, when you feel tired, when doing things feels harder. These are the times you need to focus on small actions that will give you a boost. Taking 10 minutes out when you feel overwhelmed can really help you to reset so don’t feel bad if you need to take a quick walk around the block or take a minute for yourself. If you don’t look after you, it’ll be much harder for you to look after everybody and everything else that you need to.
Celebrate your strengths
All too often rather than focusing on the things you can do, you’ll probably focus on the things you struggle with. Praise can be easily brushed away as an ‘it’s nothing’ but it shouldn’t be. If you’re told you’re good at something, recognise that you are – if you know you can do something well, continue to do so! When you use your personal strengths, tasks feel easy, time flies and you feel great about yourself. When you feel confident you have higher levels of mental energy. If you understand your strengths you can call upon them when your energy levels are dipping.
Surround yourself with positivity
When you feel positive and energized you’ll more than likely approach the things that make up your life in a similar way, which has a really positive impact on your wellbeing. Make sure you take the time to catch up with the people you know leave you feeling upbeat and happy when you’ve spoken to them. And pass on the good feeling and take time to catch up with anyone you know is feeling a bit low at the moment to try to help them too.
Don’t forget the basics
How you feel has a lot to do with the choices you make on a daily basis and there’s two essential things we all do that can really help you’re wellbeing.
Make the right choices when it comes to food and drink
If you fuel your body well, you’ll be more focussed and less likely to slump. An occasional treat is fine, we all need a brew and a biscuit, but remember that sugary food will give you a short-term boost of energy and then a drop-in energy levels.
Get enough sleep
Try to sleep for at least 7 hours every night and take some time to wind down before bed, keeping to a sleep routine can really help so try to turn the lights out at a similar time every night too.
Making sure you have a good nights’ rest can really help the next day, when you’re fully recharged you’re more likely to think positively and you’ll feel more able to tackle any challenges that come your way.