Managing your Energy

Managing your Energy


Physical energy

Enhance your sleep by setting an earlier bedtime and reducing alcohol use.

  • Reduce stress by engaging in cardiovascular activity at least three times a week and strength

training at least once.

  • Eat small meals and light snacks every three hours.
  • Learn to notice signs of imminent energy flagging, including restlessness, yawning, hunger, and

difficulty concentrating.

  • Take brief but regular breaks, away from your desk, at 90- to 120-minute intervals throughout the



Emotional energy

Defuse negative emotions–irritability, impatience, anxiety, insecurity–through deep abdominal


  • Fuel positive emotions in yourself and others by regularly expressing appreciation to others in

detailed, specific terms through notes, e-mails, calls, or conversations.

  • Look at upsetting situations through new lenses. Adopt a “reverse lens” to ask, “What would the

other person in this conflict say, and how might he be right?” Use a “long lens” to ask, “How will I

likely view this situation in six months?” Employ a “wide lens” to ask, “How can I grow and learn

from this situation?


Mental energy

Reduce interruptions by performing high-concentration tasks away from phones and e-mail.

  • Respond to voice mails and e-mails at designated times during the day.
  • Every night, identify the most important challenge for the next day. Then make it your first priority

when you arrive at work in the morning.


Source: Harvard Business School


Action Exercises

Here are three things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action:

First, take time to identify the different ways that you either use up or deplete your levels of physical, emotional and mental energy. How could you improve in each area?

Second, be sure to get plenty of healthful, nutritious food so you can keep your physical energy at high levels. This is the key to all other energies.

Third, look for ways to conserve your emotional energies by being more relaxed and optimistic in the face of daily problems and disappointments.




Here are 3 steps to access it today:


  1. Look At Everything As Energy.

Everything. Your thoughts are energetic impulses in your brain. The atoms in your fingers are energy. The screen you’re reading this on is energy.

Why is this idea so important?

Because energy can be directed. And if you’re not consciously directing your own energy, it’s probably being influenced by something else. Your powerful personal energy might even be tied behind your back because of the energetic expectations of others.

You are an energetic being with enormous potential and power. Believe it. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.


  1. Identify How Your Unique Energy Moves

Even if you understand everything is energy, you might still tie up your potential by trying to live in an energetic movement contrary to who you are.

In nature, there are 4 different kinds of natural energy. You express all 4 of these Energy Types within you, with one of them expressed dominantly.

Which one of these Energy Types resonates with you?


Type 1 Energy: This energy is light, buoyant and random.

If you express dominant Type 1 Energy, you are spontaneous and naturally have endless new ideas. You can connect with an idea quickly and then disconnect just as quickly.

Energetic tip: If you live or work in a structured environment, your natural energy can get stifled. Give yourself some unstructured time to be spontaneous today.


Type 2 Energy: This energy is more fluid, flowing, and subtle.

If you express dominant Type 2 Energy, you move through life making connections—both with people and with plans. Naturally quieter, you ask a lot of questions and gather details.

Energetic tip: Your energy can get overwhelmed if you have to make a lot of decisions on the spot. Give yourself time to think things through and request that others do the same.


Type 3 Energy: This energy is active, fiery, and dynamic.

If you express dominant Type 3 Energy, you naturally move forward with a push. Your focus is always on the end result and you move toward it swiftly.

Energetic tip: Give yourself time outside to move at your quick pace. Your energy is naturally big and physical. Giving yourself outlets to express it keeps you energetically balanced in other situations.


Type 4 Energy: This energy is constant, still, and reflective.

If you express dominant Type 4 Energy, you are a deep thinker. You see the big picture and you always recognize ways to improve on current situations and systems.

Energetic tip: Give yourself some time and space away from everyone. While alone time is important for everyone, your energy gets particularly out of balance if you don’t have regularly scheduled time for solitude.


  1. Tap Into Your Natural Healing Power

You already have strong, vibrant energy within you. When you understand the mind/body energy system, it’s simple to activate your own healing powers with healing techniques.

Here’s just one, simple technique that can help you think more positively and get personal insight:

Press with all your fingers on your forehead, just above your eyebrows. Apply as much pressure as feels good.

As you do this for 1-3 minutes, think about a story in your life that’s stressing you. Observe it. Consider it.

Pressure on your neurovascular points flows blood to the more ingenious and inspired part of the brain. As the front part of your brain activates, you will see things more clearly and insights will open up. Imagine the front part of your brain turning on like a light.

After you finish, take three deep breaths and relax. You just tapped into your own body’s energetic power to influence your life.

The good thing is that any of these habits to raise the personal energy-level will also improve your health. And only one of them brought to practice will improve your energy level.