Protect Your Energy and Feel Your Best With These 10 Strategies
Protect your energy like you mean it!
Because when you think about it, your energy is the one thing that matters most. In fact, it affects all aspects of your life – how you think, feel, and interact with the world around you. When you align with your highest self, your energy rises to meet you.
And the people and situations around you also respond directly to the energy you carry.
So, let’s take a look at some important ways to protect your energy here:
Protect your energy by embracing “me time.”
This may involve taking time to relax, meditate, or do something creative.
Think of your energy field as a layer that extends beyond you, knowing it’s something you need to nurture and protect.
One way you can cultivate and protect your energy is by slowing down and enjoying simple, solitary activities.
Slowing down and taking care of yourself is important, no matter how busy life may be. Protect your energy by carving out a few moments in your day for yourself.
Taking your mind off your daily stresses to focus on something simple and delightful is key.
Whether it’s doing a guided meditation, taking a leisurely walk outside, or simply reading a good book in silence, make sure you take the time to recharge and care for yourself. You’ll be amazed at how much more productive, energized, and inspired you will feel afterward!
Pay attention to your emotions.
“Your emotions are valid, and they matter. As human beings, we can’t just flip a switch and ignore negative feelings, no matter how much we might want to. Instead, it’s important to acknowledge and address how we’re feeling, especially if we feel overwhelmed. Those feelings are draining our energy and interfering with our daily life.” from Caeleigh MacNeil at Asana.
So often, we run around avoiding our emotions. Yet, our emotions hold the key to understanding where we are in the moment and what we need.
Recognizing your emotions is critical to understanding yourself. You can develop the awareness needed to acknowledge them and then choose to process them however you may need.
*Learn more about your emotions by reading these quotes from Brene Brown’s Atlas of the Heart here.
Protect your energy by knowing your boundaries.
Learn to recognize when others are crossing them and be prepared to set limits.
Respect yourself and the people around you by appropriately setting boundaries that everyone can abide by. If someone is crossing a line, be kind but firm in communicating your boundaries.
Setting boundaries is crucial because everything is energy. And certain negative people and situations can drain your energy.
Setting boundaries also ensures that everyone is treated with respect and dignity. You and the people around you will be glad you took the time to establish clear limits.
Develop rituals that center and ground you in the present moment.
Find activities that help you stay present and connected to yourself. Take a few minutes for deep breathing, stretching, or simply being in the moment. Incorporating rituals into your day-to-day life will help you stay connected to yourself and prevent burnout.
Find activities and free time that you enjoy and help to bring out the best version of yourself. Over time, you’ll be better able to recognize when your energy is flagging and be able to take the necessary steps for self-care.
Protect your energy by creating an illusionary safe place.
“When it comes to protecting yourself from negative energy, creating a barrier is a super useful practice. Much like thinking about your happy place, doing this taps into the power of your visualization techniques. Take a breath, close your eyes, and surround yourself with a soft white positive light. Think of it as a protective bubble, a force field, or some good old-fashioned light therapy.” – from FairyGodBoss.
Visualize positive energy flowing freely all around you.
And imagine yourself solidly safe and secure within the safe place you’ve created.
Engage in activities that positively influence your mood.
Such as exercising, dancing, hiking, cycling, or listening to music.
Protect your energy by discovering ways to feel good!
These ideas differ from the suggestions above because they are more upbeat and active.
You get to move your body, and this movement invigorates your energy field.
Build a positive social circle.
Surround yourself with positive people. Cultivate relationships that inspire you and lift your spirits.
“We mimic others’ emotions, both positive and negative, which means surrounding ourselves with positive energy can help us feel the same way. Find colleagues, family members, and friends who make you happy, respect boundaries, and root for your success. ” – says Madeline Miles at BetterUp.
There’s no denying that the energy of people around you will impact your own energy. So choose your people wisely!
*Emotions are truly contagious. Read more about how yours might be impacting those around you here.
Take time to unplug.
Disconnect from all electronic devices and social media accounts.
Constantly checking devices can lead you to feel drained.
Leon Ho of Lifehack says:
“Being connected all the time keeps you engaged all the time. You will always be switched on mentally, one way or another, as there will always be a constant reminder ringing in your head to check social media apps and read various notifications.
When you disconnect, you’ll make time to cook your own meals, read books and chew with mindfulness during your meals. You’ll sleep earlier and read less in the dark which is great for your eyes. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll smile as you are greeted by the sun.”
Taking a break from social media shows you’re taking charge of your own energy. Your willingness to set boundaries with devices is a clear sign of self-love.
Positive affirmations are an important part of enhancing and protecting your energy.
Positive affirmations have the power to shift your energy immediately. In fact, reading one that resonates with you may result in an a-ha moment because you know the words are true.
Zanna Keithley has some great ones here:
- I am in charge of my own energy. I choose how I feel in every moment.
- I am the only one who gets to choose how I feel.
- I am choosing to feel grounded, calm, peaceful, and secure.
- I am safe and supported, rooted in this present moment.
- I have the power to rise above negative emotions that do not serve me.
- Even when the world around me feels chaotic, I remain rooted firmly to the ground.
- When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I allow myself space to pause and breathe.
- I vibrate powerful, abundant, peaceful energy and attract this same energy in return.
- I am strong, steady, and grounded.
- I am always supported and protected.
- I deeply appreciate my ability to remain calm and peaceful in all situations.
- I am grateful for the abundance of strength radiating throughout my body.
*Look here for a list of affirmations to help you navigate challenging social situations.
Practice gratitude to protect your energy.
Over and over, we’re reminded of the benefits of a consistent gratitude practice.
In fact, Eckhart Tolle says:
“When you go deeply into the present, gratitude arises spontaneously, even if it’s just gratitude for breathing, gratitude for the aliveness that you feel in your body. Gratitude is there when you acknowledge the aliveness of the present moment.”
Feelings of gratitude enhance our energy field.
So, what do you think?
There are many ways we can support and protect our energy. And every effort we make is well worth it.
Our energy is the very thing we carry that matters most. It impacts how we feel about ourselves and the world around us, as well as how we make others feel.
Protecting our energy allows us to radiate joyfully in this world. We all deserve that. Don’t you think?
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