Healthy Aging: Channeling Your Energy To What Matters Most
Getting older doesn’t mean that everything must go downhill. You can keep your brain sharp and your mind alert, and you can keep your body in great shape, too. Many of the typical signs of aging tend to stem from sitting around and letting life pass you by.
Instead of letting yourself go, take control of your life and start channeling your energy into what matters most to you. In addition to your family and loved ones, what matters most is your health, thus your mind, body, and spirit.
If it feels as though you just don’t have the energy or the time for what matters most then it’s time to harness your energy and use it wisely. The easiest way to get started is by clarifying what is important to you, what are your personal values, and what truly matters the most? This will help you determine how you really want to expend your energy.
The Four Main Energy Sources
Your energy comes from your mind, body, spirit, and emotions. You can bolster your energy levels by eliminating things that drain your energy by instead embracing behaviors that provide you with support.
When you sit down to determine your priorities don’t be blasé and vague by listing money, personal growth, health, and relationships. These are superficial entries because there is no depth or self-awareness there.
The Benefits Of Knowing Your Values
When you know what your personal values are you have a renewed purpose in life. You start to realize that you have an inner compass that can guide you when making your decisions on how to spend your time and expend your energy. You don’t have to be a people pleaser all the time; you can listen to that voice inside you that is urging you to live your values.
That compass will always direct you to make the right decisions and the best choices. When you clearly define and understand your values, you will always make choices that align with your priorities.
Life is far simpler when you empower yourself to make decisions.
So, how can you align your energy and your personal values to channel it into what matters most? Most people will need to make some tweaks and adjustments in their life, but this can be exciting, too!
• Physical Energy
Of course, some of the biggest aspects of caring for your physical energy include getting good sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and knowing when to take a break. However, there is a big difference in knowing what to do and acting on it. The key to following through is knowing why you are doing it. By determining your values, you are getting to your why. Get to the why and you can unlock your determination to achieve physical health.
• Mental Energy
There are distractions everywhere just desperate to lead you down the path of procrastination. You may not realize it, but they are wasting your energy and your time. They are completely draining your life force and they’re preventing you from acting where it matters. Think of what personal value will cause you to reflect on how much energy you’re giving away needlessly? It’s all about being committed to your authentic self.
• Emotional Energy
The most damaging thing to your emotional energy is negativity, whether it is your own or from those around you. You can fuel your emotional energy by practicing gratitude. Start every day by thinking about the many things you are grateful for, and finish your day in the same way. When you start to experience negative emotions, change your thought process by thinking of something hopeful or humorous.
• Spiritual Energy
Don’t you feel energized when you can see the value in your actions? Whether it is giving back to the community or making more time for your loved ones, you will reap what you sow when you act in line with your personal values.