(This is the third in a series of 8 posts that I am publishing every week on the topics of self worth and self compassion)
If you have read my earlier post you would know why it is important to protect our most precious and valuable resource- TIME.
(You can read the earlier post HERE)
In this post, I am focusing on yet another important resource that we often take for granted - ENERGY. We often feel that we have an infinite amount of energy that we possess as we push through life ignoring our natural cycles and rhythms even though our body's internal clock has evolved over millions of years to be in sync with nature. But because of our fast paced lives, we are often living a life which is completely out of sync with that of nature. Today, many of us are paying the price for this in terms of feeling overwhelmed, tired, exhausted and drained of energy.
When we live under chronic stress, live sedentary lives and eat a bizarre combination of processed foods that are alien to our bodies, we are completely removed from what evolution has prepared our bodies and our minds to deal with over millions of years. In our chaotic lives, we eat at all hours of the day and night, barely get enough sleep and are constantly distracted by our devices and media.
Is it any wonder then that so many of us struggle to lose weight, feel vibrant and healthy and live to the fullest?
Wake up in the morning and not feel refreshed?
Need coffee, tea or sugary beverages to keep you going through the day?
Lack the motivation to accomplish even the smallest tasks?
Struggle to lose weight in spite of a healthy diet and regular exercise?
Feel your mind racing even though you are physically tired?
In my coaching practice, we address these issues by finding out the root cause and then making lifestyle and dietary changes to support it. My clients are taught to understand that our bodies have an innate biochemical and genetic rhythm which has evolved to rest when it becomes dark and to wake up when the sun rises. In other words, each and every cell in our body has an internal clock. This is because every function in our body has a specific time as it cannot do everything at once. Scientists have also learned that while our circadian rhythm is influenced by light, the timing they follow is controlled internally by our genes.
Each of us must find our rhythm, it allows us to thrive. Finding it is often difficult in today's noisy world but it is important if we want to feel centred and balanced. Living in sync with the seasons of nature helps us find a wavelike rhythm and routine. This gentle repetition allows us our minds and our bodies to replenish and rejuvenate on a regular basis thus ensuring our wellbeing at a spiritual, emotional, physical level.
(You can read about the power of a morning routine in my earlier post HERE)
Finding a routine which helps you to work with your body's natural rhythm and not against becomes important. It helps add stability to our lives and makes us feel more balanced and secure. It is equally important to understand the remarkable resiliency our bodies posses and that when given the right ingredients, it can quickly bounce back as it has a tremendous capacity to adapt and evolve.
"I feel safe in the rhythm and flow of ever-changing life"
- Louis Hay
Incorporating rhythm in your life can be done in many simple ways some of which are given below-
going to bed and waking up at the same time every day
exercising regularly at the same time
having meals at regular times
playing and also indulging in hobbies on a regular basis
spending time with friends and family
getting exposure to natural sunlight
On the flip side, some people fall into a rhythm and a set of patterns that is self destructive. These people end up coasting through life without being able to fulfil any of their needs in a positive manner. Their lifestyle ends up working against them and holding them back.
This can also happen to the best of us at some point in our lives but most of usually find our way by making small but positive changes in the right direction. We learn from our mistakes and move towards what we desire and then moving towards it, one step at a time.
It all starts with where you are. Taking rest if you need to. Listening to your body. And getting back on the bandwagon if you do fall off. And knowing that the results are worth the trouble that you are taking right now- at a physical, spiritual and emotional level.
As you treat yourself with compassion, you start to notice that you are beginning to heal in many different ways. You will find that as you find your rhythm, your energy levels start improving over time.
You can then add a few more additional layers to your routine to give yourself a bigger boost.
hydrate yourself well every day starting with a glass of water when you wake up in the morning
get your body to move- dance, yoga, pilates or any other restorative exercise
go regularly for a walk in nature
start journaling (a stress journal works really well for some people)
ask for help for something you are struggling with (I have written an entire post on this- read it here)
focus on your "WHY" - why you get up in the morning and what you are planning to accomplish? (you can read my post on this topic here)
focus on what you can control and let go of what you cannot
By living a life that is in rhythm with the natural order of things, you will also start to notice that you get a natural high on most days instead of having to resort to artificial means of boosting your energy levels. At the same time, having a well thought out routine at home and at work will provide you with the freedom to focus your energy on your goals and things that are important to you. This can help to restore balance in your life and create a sense of order.
Ask yourself this,
"What is the ONE routine that I can incorporate in my life today that would help me the most at this point in time?"
Once this routine has been in place for at least a month, you can ask yourself the following questions to determine the progress that has been made so far.
In what ways...
do I feel less overwhelmed?
more at peace with myself?
has my clarity and/or my ability to concentrate improved?
(whichever is applicable)
Finding our rhythm lays the foundation to help us achieve our dreams and lead a life that is fulfilling at the same time. It allows us to live a life filled with joy, happiness, peace and to be fully alive to love and be loved.
The Byrds had captured this really well in their song "Turn turn turn"
There is a season turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
A time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing
A time to rain, a time of sow
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace
I swear it's not too late