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January 15, 2013 / Karen R Adams

I need more oomph!

Maybe it’s the season, maybe it’s the gray weather (where’s the damn sun?), maybe the time of day or my obligations or the people in my life that just suck up all my energy, or … doesn’t really matter.  I just want more oomph!

Have you ever felt this way?  You have so much to do, so much you want to accomplish, and you feel like you’re spinning your wheels slower and slower, until  – between getting stuck in the mud and losing your energy – everything begins to feel like it just takes so much effort.

Actually, all those things do matter, for lots of reasons, the biggest one being we are a lot more porous than we know.  If you’ve ever felt like you were ratcheting into over-drive while surrounded by frantic people, did you ever wonder whose energy you were responding to?

The first step to getting your mojo back is making sure it’s really gone, and you’re not just reacting to the energy around you.  Earth energy is lower now because it’s winter – it’s supposed to be deep and quiet because that allows it to build power and launch into spring.  Adjust your pace just a little, from the full tilt boogie energy of summer to the slower, quieter energy of winter.

I know, I know, your responsibilities don’t – unfortunately – die down in the winter.  I’m not asking you to hibernate, I’m just suggesting you slow down a little bit, maybe go to bed a little earlier.  The operative word here is little.  Make a small change and try it out.

Once you’ve begun to align yourself with the seasonal energy, check the energy of the people around you.  Are you frantic about that job – or are they?  Maybe you really feel like things are going just fine.  Maybe they’re the ones who are feeling it’s not, they’re frantic.  That doesn’t mean you have to be frantic, too.  Isn’t that a relief?

If the people or responsibilities are beginning to feel toxic, you need to not be open to that energy, because that really will drain you.  Since it may be that you can’t just cut your job or your partner out of your life, try reminding yourself that you can be aware of the energy without having it become part of you.  Find a little something to carry in your pocket that will remind you, every time you touch it, that you don’t have to eat the energy that’s surrounding you.

Now.  If you’re still looking for some oomph, the kind that makes life a joy to live not just the kind that allows you to stay up late to finish a project, here are some ideas:

  1. Eat breakfast.  It’s like filling up your gas tank for the day.  Your car can’t run without gas, and neither can you.  Btw, move away from the habit that says breakfast has to be cereal or eggs.  Try some congee with energy foods: berries, chicken, chlorophyll-rich food, leafy greens.  Might take some mind adjustment, but I promise you it will be worth it.
  2. Make sure you eat – and only eat – during the day.  Don’t work and eat, or read and eat.  Take your lunch break and your snack breaks and just eat, really enjoying your food.  This doesn’t have to take a lot of time, but you do need to honor your food because it’s what makes it possible for you to bounce through your day.
  3. Make sure you move.  You don’t have to squeeze time for the gym into your day unless you like to do that, but you can take the stairs, park farther away, take a minute to step outside and walk around your building.  Stand up from your desk and bend and stretch for 5 minutes.  Here’s a fun one: jump rope for 5 minutes every hour.  Doesn’t matter.  You are designed to function best while moving, so… move.
  4. Add an energy tea – ginseng is good – to your day.  Don’t just drink coffee, because after a while, the coffee is no longer a benefit, but will drain your resources more.  Have some fruit with the tea.
  5. Make sure you stay hydrated.  We don’t think we’re drying out because it’s cold and we’re not sweating like we do in the summer, but it’s easy to not take in enough fluids.  Teach yourself to periodically ask yourself if you’re thirsty.

I’ve said it before: if you are aware that things are not going well, you can try little changes that have a big impact over time.  It’s important, because when your resources are low, when you feel your back’s to the wall, any change in your day will feel overwhelming, new problems become insurmountable.  Hey, maybe sleeping on a problem has less to do with changing perspective, and all to do with recharging so you have the oomph to deal with it.

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  1. Melody / Jan 16 2013 9:27 am

    Hi Karen, Yes….us folks out here do read your writings! Thanks for this most recent offering.

    • Karen R Adams / Jan 16 2013 1:41 pm

      by ‘us folks’ do you mean you and John? or are you sharing this? ’cause that would be cool!

  2. Vickie Hutchinson / Jan 16 2013 4:07 pm

    Karen,
    You are so wise, I am listening………Thank you, Vickie H

    • Karen R Adams / Jan 16 2013 4:14 pm

      thanks, Vickie. I reckon, having been around the block a few times, what a perfect way to use what I learned!

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