Updated: Dec 9, 2019
Daily stressors, deadline pressures, demands from family and employers, lack of sleep, poor diet and lack of quality "me" time to recharge, all result in the draining of our body's energy levels. When our energy gets low, we are more susceptible to illness, negative emotions and a lack of motivation. This in turn spirals into feelings of being overwhelmed, defeated and emotional turmoil such as anxiety and eventually depression.
We all have to learn to live in this crazy world of chaos, busyness and not enough hours in the day to get everything you want to do, done. So how do we maintain a high energy level allowing us to tackle the challenges that come our way with ease and joy?
Steps to Raising and Maintaining Your Energy Levels
I know this sounds rather obvious, but most of us do not breathe deep enough. When we are busy, flustered, rushed or are experiencing stress & anxiety, our breathing naturally becomes quite shallow.
Taking a moment to just notice your breath. Breathe in through your nose for 4 - 5 seconds; holding your breath for 4 - 5 seconds; then exhale your breath for a count of 8 seconds. Do this about 5 times.
This simple breathing technique allows your nervous system to slow down. The long slow exhales, help you to release stress and anxiety. The focus on counting the seconds help you to quiet your mind and allow your body to start to relax, releasing tension on every exhale.
2. Ground Yourself Every Day
When we get up in the morning, we put on our slippers and start to get ready for work or school. We then get dressed, putting on rubber soled shoes (insulators of electricity) and head out into our concrete world. We either work or go to school in insulated buildings, walk on concrete and continue to be disconnected from the negative charge of our earth's energy throughout the day. Then we come home, take off our shoes and live in a home that is insulated from the earth as well. We are almost 100% disconnected from the negative charge of the earth every day.
Our body's need the balance of the negative charge of mother earth, along with the positive ionic charge of the earth's atmosphere. We are bombarded daily by the positive ionic charge, that is fed by the sun's solar radiation emissions. We all have high positive charges in our bodies, but the negative charge - the "grounding" of our energy does not always occur.
Scientists have discovered that through "grounding" exercises, people's pain and inflammation start to dissipate. They also found chronic diseases were also positively impacted through a "grounding" process. Grounding helps to balance our internal energy flow. It helps to keep us balanced, in a neutral state so the body can help to recharge, release and heal itself.
The following video is called "The Science of Grounding" and it explains with scientific data, supported by peer review studies from Doctors and scientists, that daily "grounding" is essential for our overall health and wellbeing.
Now that you have seen the scientific evidence on the importance of daily "grounding" here are some simple steps you can incorporate into your day, to ground yourself :
Drink lots of water
Stand barefoot (or sock feet) on the grass outside
Take your shoes off in your house, no rubber soles
Use grounding crystals (black tourmaline, hematite, obsidian, apache tears, onyx, jet, arfvedsonite, aragonite, red garnet, rutilated quartz, smoky quartz, rhodonite, tektite, snowflake obsidian and blue tourmaline)
Epsom salt baths (grounding and cleansing)
Walk in nature
Hug a tree
Stand in the ocean with your bare feet
Put your hands in the earth (gardening)
Aromatherapy (especially Cedarwood)
Visualization (roots growing down your spine, down your legs, out your feet deep into the core of mother earth.)
Slow deep breaths, breathing in mother earth energy up through your feet until you feel the negative energy charge tingling in your feet and legs.
Magnet along the bottoms of your feet to help activate and elongate your meridians, neurons and sensory neurites.
These are just some ideas to help you ground. The following meditation is a grounding meditation and can be done in the morning before you start your day. Grounding BEFORE you walk out the door will help you to repel the negativity you encounter in your day, with more ease and joy.
3. Ensure Your Meridians Are Running In The Right Direction
Your meridians are the little pathways in your body, just under the skin, that carry the electronic impulses of your neurons and sensory neurites through your body. The meridians in our body were identified and mapped over 3,000 years ago in Japan, and have been used ever since in Chinese and Japanese medicine, acupressure, acupuncture, reflexology, massage, Reiki, and other types of energy healing.
You can either trace your meridian segments one at a time; or you can do energy exercises specifically designed to activate, align and maintain your meridian pathways in your body.
I use Donna Eden's Daily Energy Routine to help activate, align the meridians ensuring they are running in the right direction and for maintaining clear meridian pathways.
4. Ensure Your Chakras Are Clear & Activated
The Chakras throughout your body are the energy center points, which the meridians run through. They are like little charged energy wheels that give your body the boost of natural energy it needs. When your Chakras are out of alignment, running backwards, stalled or sluggish, your energy levels are impacted.
Ensuring the Chakras are clear, connected and turning well is essential to maintaining your energy levels as well. If you have an overactive Chakra you will feel very tired, over charged in one area of your life which creates unstable emotional responses. When the Chakras are out of balance, your perspective comes from that imbalance.
For example: If your heart Chakra was overactive you may experience a heightened emotional response, an over reaction, to simple events or challenges in your life. Your emotions are heightened and closer to the surface, so you feel exaggerated responses.
If your heart Chakra was underactive, you have closed off or shut down all or part of your emotions. You have withdrawn and closed your heart to new possibilities, people and love. When this happens it is the willing subconscious, ready to release & heal, arguing with the conscious mind that just doesn't want to go there and deal with whatever the issue is. When you have an underactive heart Chakra you will not feel a great sense of motivation or will to move forward, to change your situation.
Having an overactive or underactive Chakra, regardless of which one, has detrimental impacts to your overall balance and feeling of physical, spiritual and emotional wellness.
One way to clear your Chakras is a guided meditation process where you visualize activating, releasing, clearing and aligning your Chakra centers. Here is a Chakra clearing guided meditation I use. There are many on youtube, so if this one doesn't resonate with you, try other ones until you find one that fits you better.
Do this at bedtime, so if you fall asleep it is all ok. The clearing will continue at a subconscious level.
5. Energy Stimulating Exercises
When we move our body, we are moving energy throughout our body. The movement does not have to be extensive or cardio in nature, the idea is you are moving your body to activate the flow of energy throughout your body.
Some suggestions for energy exercises include:
Tai Chi Qigong
Movement with Rhythm
Being creative (art, constructing something, baking, etc.)
Do activities you enjoy and help you recharge
My favorite TaiChi Qigong exercise is from TaiChi Qigong Master Wing Cheung. It is about 20 mins long and is a very slow, easy and gentle energy exercise I recommend you try:
I created this movement with rhythm exercise to help increase and raise my client's energy levels. It is a fun exercise with drumming and solfeggio tones to help open, align and activate your energy centers from the root to the crown.
This is an exercise you can play while you are getting ready for work or school, while you re in the shower or after your long day is over and you want to quickly recharge.
It is such an invigorating exercise, I bet you won't be able to site still!!
6. Empathic Protection
Sometimes during our day we encounter people who are quite distraught, angry, sad or just "off". Sometimes after encountering these people we notice a change within ourselves. Maybe before you encountered this person you felt pretty good and generally happy. Then after the encounter with this person, you then feel tired and drained; all the motivation has been sucked out of you and are feeling similar to that person you just encountered. Sound familiar?
This is an example of you picking up someone else's negative energy vibration and absorbing it into your own energy field. Sometimes when we are super busy or feeling run down, we are more susceptible to this type of energy absorption than at other times when we are feeling calm, relaxed, centered and grounded.
There are simple ways to protect yourself from picking up on other people's emotions. I wrote a block about it at: https://www.harmony-hands.net/blank-2/2018/11/30/9-Protection-Tools-for-Empaths-That-Work-For-Me . The following are tools you can use to help your empathic protection:
Grounding is critical
Crystals to dispel negative emotions (black tourmaline, agate, amber, amethyst, ammonite, selenite, charoite, chiastolite, red garnet, citrine, labradorite, obsidian, quartz, sugilite, unakite)
doTerra oils are recommended as they TRULY are organic, not just partially organic, but 100% organic. Oils you can try are:
Clove - helps you to set boundaries
Peppermint - lifts your spirits, gives you a joyful heart
Cedarwood - helps to ground you while you are connecting to people (great for large crowds)
On Guard - overall physical, emotional, spiritual cleanser and it smells amazing
Reiki or Crystal Reiki
Ask yourself "is this mine?" If your heart says NO, then say the following 3 times:
"Return to sender with consciousness"
"Return to sender with consciousness"
"Return to sender with consciousness"
7. Detox Your Body Regularly
As we process our challenges, past upsets and traumas and start healing physically, our body releases blocks to expedite the internal healing processes. These blocks are released and become toxins in our body.
Our lymphatic system is in charge of collecting, processing and releasing the toxins into our blood stream where our excretory system eliminates the toxins via our kidneys and away in our urine. Unlike our heart, which pumps our blood through our circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump and thus must be activated manually. If you are super active, then through your sheer movement you may already be activating your lymphatic system regularly. If you are not super active, then you will need to activate it manually from time to time.
Keeping your lymphatic system flowing is crucial to eliminating our body's toxins. Drinking lots of water will help to flush the toxins into the lymphatic system; but if the lymphatic system is sluggish or blocked, the toxins will just build up again.
I have put together a short video demonstrating how you can perform a neurolymphatic massage on yourself every 3 or 4 days, ensuring you are activating and maintaining your lymphatic system. Performing this neurolymphatic massage will ensure that your toxins are being eliminated helping your body to heal itself of toxins, dead cells and waste in your system.
8. Smudge Your Home, Your Car and Yourself
Smudging, particularly with sage or a sage mix, has been scientifically proven to reduce airborne bacteria for up to 30 days. Smudging also helps to cleanse and clear negative energies from your home, car, workplace and yourself.
I like to smudge my home after I have done a good cleaning. It feels good to tidy up, declutter, clean and then smudge my space. It gives my home a "lighter" feeling, a brighter happier feeling.
Steps for smudging:
Pickup a smudging stick, preferably with sage in it. You can get all sorts of combinations of juniper, lavender, sage, sweet grass, bay leaves, etc. for smudging. Go with whatever blend resonates with you. I like sweet grass and sage; or juniper, lavender and sage combinations as they smell so nice.
Set the intention for the smudging exercise. I usually say aloud:
"I am intending to smudge my home to clear any negative energies, fill my space with love and light, peace and truth."