How to get more energy

Monday February 25, 2019

"I've got neither the time, nor the inclination, nor the energy for that now..."

Wouldn't it be great to have the time, the inclination, AND the energy for whatever we'd like to be doing?

According to Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, authors of "The Power of Full Engagement," we can enjoy life more – with the emphasis on the 'Joy' – if we look after not one but four sources of energy. I was surprised at some of their choices of the four: Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual.

Physical energy – not so surprising – breathing properly, eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep is a well-known recipe for well-being.

Emotional energy – having enough emotional reserves to bring energy into each day's challenges. For me, Moodscope is an essential source of emotional energy. Your kind comments to everyone's blogs are a great exchange of energy. They add enormous value and relevance to the blog each day. Encouragement gives energy.

This is why I recommend you comment on the blogs – to feel ever more a part of our community – and push yourself to the point where you can feel willing (not necessarily 'comfortable') to write a blog. I thank you for your energy. Thank you for giving me strength.

Moodscope can appear to have a few favourites – an issue I'd like to address. The same names that come up time and again were not chosen – we chose ourselves. I love to write, and I know Mary Wednesday also has a shared passion for writing. It gives us energy and a sense of purpose - so we approached Caroline. Everyone who comments chooses to comment. Would you do me a favour? Pick yourself! Choose to comment! Elect yourself to write a blog! You'll find a fresh sense of purpose, engagement, and, yes, energy.

Purpose is another of the energies – the authors calling it "Spiritual Energy." Not necessarily religious, spiritual energy is all about finding purpose. In the past, I've supported the Lucy Rayner Foundation. This is a heart-wrenching example of finding purpose (and thus the energy to go on) out of adversity. Lucy, a young vibrant woman of great promise, deeply loved, committed suicide. The lives of everyone in the family were changed in an instant. Now the whole family is dedicated to preventing this happening to other families. I can help you find your purpose – and would love to.

The fourth energy is mental energy. I love writing on Monday because I have this theme of Moodscope Monday Mindset in my mind. Action often starts with a thought that articulates a feeling – thus having a possibility mindset is a huge source of energy. My hope is that the Moodscope blog can contribute to your mental and emotional energy – and maybe even to your spiritual energy.

May I recommend you choose one of the energies to work on first? I'm fat.There, I said it. My breathing is laboured. I need more exercise. That's what I'm committing to... and rather publicly! What are you going to do to get more energy?

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