I’ve been noting my energy since I started adding these self-love habits into my life since 7/8/11: more sleep, more water, self-love reflection, etc. About a week into it, I realized that I cut my caffeine intake by half, without being conscious of it, and that my energy felt great.
For the past 4 days or so, my energy has been very low, and I was trying to figure out why. I came up with some ideas, I drank 2 nights, I drank less water for 2 days when I left my water bottle at my sister’s house, there was one night where I got 2 hours of sleep, there were a couple days where I ate extraordinarily unhealthy, and my exercise has been lacking, as in not challenging at all. And this has mostly spanned in the past 4 days or so. When I thought of this, it made sense that my energy has been low.
Everything I do, how I treat my body, what I feed it, what I think, the actions I take, these all effect my energy. Knowing that one of my bigger goals is to have high semi-natural energy, consistently, it helps put things into perspective for me.
When I’m at my happiest, I have a lot of energy. If I do things that deplete my energy, I’ll pay for that later by being tired, and likely unhappy, or not as happy.
When it’s that simple, I almost wonder why I do certain things that don’t add to my energy, and thus my happiness. Writing it out like this, and noting how different things effect me, it makes my decisions a lot easier.
We were getting Chunky’s burritos a couple nights ago, and my brother also offered to get me ice cream. I just didn’t want it. I’d been feeding myself take out food and desserts for the past few days, and it no longer was appealing. I knew how that ice cream would effect my energy, negatively.
Yesterday, when my sister asked me to go on a walk with her, when I was tired, cranky, and not in the mood, I took a spark and went. I felt stir crazy all day, like I needed to get out in the fresh air and exercise, so I did, and it felt great; I felt great during and afterwards.
When my goal is happiness and energy, it makes it easier to make healthier decisions for myself and to listen to my body and what it needs.
Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Media Network. She’s working on launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.