Energy… we either have it, or we don’t, right? Or maybe it’s somewhere in between? I’ve usually just grouped my energy into getting enough sleep or not. And that was my determining factor of “having energy.” But we all know when we feel off, out of it, not feeling like ourselves – however you phrase it, you know when you’re imbalanced.
Being aware and keeping your energy levels in check certainly doesn’t happen overnight.
In our hectic lives, we often get caught up in energy depleting tasks: finances, cooking, working, relationships. Maybe fit your workout in. Your environment is no exception. What we surround ourselves with can either enliven us, or deplete us. This isn’t something I learned until I was well into Yoga Teacher Training. We went through a process of checking items off a list that we felt were “in order” and at the end, we clearly saw what items were causing imbalance in our lives. I hadn’t even realized how much my environment can affect my day-to-day balance. I didn’t realize that not putting my clothes away were unconsciously causing stress in my life!
Below are three areas that made a huge impact for my environmental well-being. Remember, these worked for me, so be honest with yourself – take what you love and leave the rest.
Clear out the clutter
These are typically places of dread – attics, drawers, basements. Get that bullshit out of your life! Literally everything – random craft supplies (*raises hand*), half-used batteries, rubber bands, weird ass costumes, you get the idea.
When I de-cluttered, I went through each item and if it wasn’t an absolute yes, it was no.
Adopt a minimal wardrobe
Minimalism is all the craze these days. However, this is not a statement of not to go shopping or splurging on the occasional piece of clothing. The goal here to keep things around that you LOVE and that serve you well.
- Keep your clothes clean and avoid giant piles of laundry.
- Make sure your clothes fit well, because nobody likes jeans that are too tight.
- Remove piles of ‘unwanted stuff’ (see my note above).
- Find commonalities in your clothes and determine your theme. This includes colors, styles, fit – things that you’re consistently drawn to. Write it down and reference it whenever you have an impulse to buy new clothing. This may sound weird to keep in your wallet, but it has saved me from purchasing random ass shirts!
Love your home
Similar to your wardrobe, the goal is have things around you that you love. So… keep it clean!
I struggle with this one. But below are four things that I’ve found I can easily commit to on a regular basis
- Make your bed
- Do your dishes
- Clean the counters
Allowing in Items that you LOVE
You know those odd throw pillows you have, simply because you’ve had them and why get rid of them? This one is a fun process and isn’t meant to be materialistic. It’s simply a process of only keeping items around you that you love – manifesting a loving environment. If you hate your couch, and feel unloving every time you’re near it, then it’s now creating stress in your life. Stop complaining, take control, and allow things that you love into your environment.
And that’s it! Now over to you – what do you do to keep your energy up? Let me know! I would love to hear them and give them a try!