Is This Sucking All Of Your Energy??

Posted on 29. Jan, 2016 in Newsletter

 Is This Sucking All Of Your Energy?

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It’s all around you, but you probably don’t even notice. It is a sneaky energy-drainer, and it may be sabotaging your fitness goals.
It’s called CLUTTER and each of us has it in our lives to some extent…me more than others, lol! It can be physical clutter or mental clutter…either way it’s not good!
The sneaky nature of clutter is this: it establishes itself so gradually and roots itself so deeply, that we don’t even consciously know it is there. But it is there, sucking our creativity, our energy, and our productivity, and ultimately our health.
Physical clutter is clutter in your physical environment like the kitchen, living room, car, your office, your closet, your garage, or stuff you threw on the dining room table 3 weeks ago with good intentions of putting it away later…but later never seems to come! It can be unorganized & messy, or it can be organized and arranged: but it is stuff–and too much of it.
You have to move it, step over it, dust it or feel guilty for not dusting it. You have to look at it. It is there. It takes up space that could be used for other things or space that could simply be emptied and left peaceful and open.
Here’s the thing, a clear, focused mind needs a clear, focused environment. When you are living surrounded by clutter (whether you notice the clutter consciously or not), it pulls on you and chokes your forward movement and your creativity. It always demands to be dealt with, and that is draining on you. So you have less energy for your fitness and health.
And you have less energy to live and to do the things you love to do.

Mental clutter is clutter in your patterns of thinking and reacting to yourself and others and everyday circumstances. Again, it hides under our radar most of the time, which makes it especially worrisome.
Mental clutter can be self-defeating ways of thinking about yourself, deep-rooted patterns of behavior with certain people, habitual ways of reacting to certain situations or just a general approach to life that blindly runs on auto-pilot.
The trouble with living blindly is that you don’t really get to live: you can’t see options or alternatives. With your creativity choked off, you sit idle. And your energy slowly drains away, & you feel tired & upset that you aren’t reaching your goals!
So how do you clear out clutter that you can’t see? Whether it is physical clutter on that dining room table or the mental clutter of reacting the same way to that person who always manages to raise your blood pressure, you can get to work on it immediately.

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Try these solutions:

Physical clutter:
 Assess the different environments that you live and work in. Take one small space at a time and physically touch each object (otherwise you won’t see many of them, because you are so used to it being there).

 Ask yourself—What is this? Why do I have it? What is its function? Does it enrich my life? Does it bless me? Would someone else be blessed by it? Is it trash? After I’ve gone, will someone else have to come in and get rid of it? Try to eliminate as much as you can.

 Have a friend come in when you are finished and go through it again with her. You’ll have a fresh perspective, and she’ll have an objective one.

 Think really hard before acquiring more stuff. And try to remove something from your environment each time you bring something additional in. Out with the old and in with the new.

Mental clutter:
 Slow down. In order to identify your mental clutter, you must slow down and really pay attention.

 Ask yourself this key question several times a day: “Do I have other options?” Whether it is when that ‘someone’ is beginning to push your buttons or whether you are rushing to get to work again, just stop for a moment and try to come up with one or two other scenarios.

 Set a reminder several times a day to remind yourself to stop and take note of what you are doing when the reminder sounds. Are you eating? Checking
Twitter for the 12th time? Having the same dead-end conversation with someone?

 Take a look at your routines: bedtime, morning, lunch, late afternoon, etc. What are your habits? Are they productive? Destructive? Time wasters? How can you make them better?

 What are you procrastinating about? Leaving a dreaded task undone is a sure road to low energy and low productivity. Make a list of those tasks which you have been putting off and just do them. You’ll be amazed at your energy level afterwards! If this is a big problem for you, I suggest you read the book “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy.
Being fit and healthy requires being intentional about your environment, your schedule and your relationships. Take it one day at a time and start moving toward deliberate living.

I would love to know if any of these suggestions worked for you or please share if you came up with some clever ideas of your own!

 

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