TIPS TO RESTORING EMOTIONAL ENERGY
- Cultivate social supports, such as family, friends, church and other
- Pets have been shown to reduce stress.
- Reconcile relationships – anger, bitterness, feuding, and unforgiveness
all contribute to emotional stress.
- Serve others. Giving to others is empowering and has been shown to
increase life expectancy.
- Rest – escape, relax, sleep in, nap, turn off the phone, walk, hobbies,
music, get way.
- Get outside in the sunlight for at least 20 minutes daily. UV
light improves mood.
- Laugh. Humor has been shown to reduce stress
- Cry if you need to.
- Create boundaries. It’s ok to say “No”.
- Envision a better future for yourself. Set goals.
- Be thankful.
- Be gracious. Treat people better than they deserve.
- Pursue a relationship with God – faith, worship, prayer and meditation.
The majority of research studies show a positive correlation between faith
- Consider obtaining professional counseling if you are having difficulty
with the above recommendations.
TIPS TO RESTORING PHYSICAL ENERGY
- Make sure you’re following the tips above as your emotions affect your
physical energy level.
- Remove bad habits from your life (tobacco, alcohol or other substance
abuse, laziness, etc.)
- Proper nutrition. You are what you eat. Eat a balanced diet
that is high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, lean meats and dairy.
Avoid fats, sugars and excessive salt. A Mediterranean diet has been
shown to be heart healthy. Avoid skipping meals (particularly
breakfast) and eating after 7pm. See Weight Loss Tips for more
- Exercise – to improve sense of well being/self-esteem, better sleep,
reduce depression and anxiety, increase alertness, decrease fatigue and
assist with weight loss. There are 5 components to exercise –
cardiopulmonary (aerobic) endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance,
flexibility and body composition.
- Aerobic conditioning – start with 30 minutes and work up to 60
minutes, 5 times per week. Aerobic activity must be sustained in
at least 10 minute segments to be effective. These activities
(walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, etc.) raise heart rate and improve
cardiopulmonary conditioning as well as expend calories.
- Muscle strengthening and endurance – isometric exercises with
weights improve muscle strength and endurance. Pilates can be
helpful to improve core strength and flexibility.
- Try to exercise in the morning. Research show that continuance
rate for exercise in the morning is 75% vs. 50% for afternoons and 25%
for evening exercisers. Exercising in the evening can disrupt
- Get an exercise buddy to encourage persistence and have more fun.
- Make sure you get enough sleep. See Sleep Tips. Naps (less than 1
hour) can be helpful.
RESTORING TIME MARGIN
- Don’t over-schedule. Leave yourself some breathing room and down
time. Plan for free time.
- Learn to say no, so that you can say yes to the things that really
- Turn off the TV (video games and computer as well).
- Keep your life simple. The more activities and stuff you have to
maintain, the less time and money you have for things that really matter.
Richard Swenson, MD, Margin (Colorado Springs: NAVPRESS, 1992).
Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, Boundaries (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1992)