Podcast III on energy    

10.07.16

Florence and the Machine, Dog Days Are Over……………..

Thank you for coming to the podcast on the next barrier that women report to self care and investing in themselves: ENERGY. 

Before we go here’s a little follow up on the last podcast where I said I would track down the name of the person who created the “7 elements of time”.. I could not locate him! Whoops. Big Sorry!

I’m going to read through the definition then the synonyms and antonyms of the word energy because I think that it explains itself in terms of feeling like one does not have energy to take care of themselves. 

Definition of energy: 
  the vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity.

2)    A person’s physical and mental powers as applied to a particular task or activity. 

3)   the property of matter and radiation that is manifest as a capacity to perform work (such as causing motion or the interaction of molecules)

4) power derived from the utilization of physical or chemical resources, especially to provide light and heater to work machines

5)   a degree or level of energy possessed by something or required by a process

Synonyms: (my favorite other words for energy) oomph, vigor, liveliness, vitality, dynamism, power, drive, efficiency, spirit, stamina, strength, enterprise, fire, hardihood, juice, life, might, moxie, pizzazz, potency, punch, steam, zeal, zest, zing, virility, potential, service, horsepower, magnetism, reaction, response, voltage and wattage.

Antonyms:  (other words for the opposite of energy) apathy, impotence, inability, incompetence, inefficiency, lack, laziness, weakness, cowardice, dispiritedness, dullness, idleness, inactivity, indifference, indolence, lifelessness, powerlessness, uselessness, tiredness. 

For humans energy is dependent on lots of variables: sleep, work, pleasure, children, exercise the hours in the day, balance, and making wise energy spending decisions.

Where are the energy leaks in your life?

Have you ever done a time study?

What fills you up energetically?

Are you putting energy into someone or some things that aren’t bringing you joy? Why?

I will share with you that i do have a legitimately limited energy envelope due to my current state of fibromyalgia. Feeling that i have a lack of energy makes tasks seem HARD! And what I have learned is that I can do hard. I can choose carefully which tasks I choose to put the effort into, the focus on. I choose carefully almost every day how I’m going to spend my limited energy bc I only have so many spoons to go through the day. 

This is from the Spoon Theory which you can find the link to on my website under inspirations. http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/category/the-spoon-theory/      

This was created to explain the energy dilemma for people with chronic illness however we all have spoons and we all have a certain amount of spoons we can spend in a day. There is a limit b/c there are only a certain number of hours per day we can expend energy… so how many spoons do you have on an average day?? 

Are you currently putting energy and effort into something that feeds your soul?? What percentage of the time?

Or Are you putting energy and effort into something that sucks the life force right out of you?? WHY? What do you hope is the payoff?? What percentage of the time?

What are your energy priorities in life? Where are do you fall on that list?

The good ol analogy of putting the oxygen on yourself before you help a child on an airplane applies here of course. What good are you to help a panicking child if you have no oxygen or life force yourself?

What drives your day? Positive energy or negative energy? How do you know?

What is one  small shift you can make today toward using some energy for self care? Do you need to relax a little? Can you schedule that in? Do you need to get something done? Can you take action for that today?  

I invite you to do a time or energy study.. And try to map out the amount of energy you spend on your own goals each day for one week. Then You can decide if you need to speed it up or slow it down. 

Thank you for being here lovelies! Next up: stay tuned for podcast on the next barrier to self care, the great debate: MONEY.