We operate from three forms of energy – physical, emotional, and mental. Our energy in each of these areas becomes depleted as a result of not getting enough rest (physical energy), pushing the envelope on a project without a break (mental energy), or dealing with the stress that results from perpetual firefighting (emotional energy). Fast fixes for energy depletion in one area can be achieved by tapping into alternate energy reservoirs. Here are a few suggestions:
Physical Energy. When you are physically low, draw on emotional energy by meeting a friend for lunch or reading a work related/business document or journal (mental energy). This will provide an opportunity for your physical energy to recharge and keeps you feeling productive.
Emotional Energy. When your emotional energy takes a dive, pick up a book or magazine. Light reading can serve as a distraction from your stressors and engage your mental energy. This has the potential to relax and revive you. Exercise (physical energy) can also boost emotional energy; take a 30-minute walk to restore your emotional balance. Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins that serve as natural combatants to stress.
Mental Energy. When your mental energy begins to wane, get moving (physical energy). Walk the halls or close your door and do a few jumping jacks. The activity will speed up the blood flow throughout your body and to the brain, which will make you feel more alert. Additionally, expressing gratitude to a colleague or friend or doing something nice for someone you know will engage your emotional energy. Researchers have found that these kinds of positive actions boost vitality at work.
Your energy dictates how you “show up” in relationships and interactions with others. It flavors your view of the world. High energy fuels optimism and well-being. Do what you can to ensure that your energy reservoirs are at levels that support optimal performance and effectiveness.