“Only I can change my life, nobody can do it for me”
Man reacts to the variety of nature, with an equally infinite cumulus of answers, infinite points of view, perspectives that begin to be relativized according to the number of men, the first step of human greatness: The same action is manifested with a number Infinity of variations, because it can be seen from infinity of diverse places … Therefore all human action manifests itself in an infinite variety of situations “
Leonardo da Vinci
“All things, by nature, wish to remain in their being.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“Nature is infinitely variable” … The unfinished principle of that unfinished part is experience itself, as pre-Cartesian, as a place of certainty that can be found using perceptual experiments. Human beings react to the variety of nature with a lot of equally infinite responses, infinite points of view, perspectives that begin to diminish in importance according to the number of men, the first step of human greatness: “The same action is it manifests with an infinite number of variations, because it can be seen from innumerable different places (…) Consequently, each human action manifests itself in an infinite variety of situations. “
Leonardo da Vinci
Emotional energy, a source of renewable energy
Like all energetic effort, it has its limits and it is exhausted, fortune is that it is able to regenerate itself. We could say that emotional energy is a source of renewable energy. Like the wind, like the sea, like the sun, it only needs the tools and conditions necessary to produce new energy, either positive or negative.
The more tired we feel, the more depressed we feel, the more problems we find where there were none and the more irritated we get. The emotional energy is with the deposit in reserve. People do not have a gas sneak, like cars, to let us know when the emotional fuel runs out. What we can do is develop our emotional intelligence to learn how to control when we must put gasoline back into the reservoir of emotions and thus avoid getting stuck in the middle of the road.
It is important to know how to control our emotions to guide the energy they release and the tension they produce, and thus prevent our ability to monitor, our cognitive performance and our personal and interpersonal wellbeing from being affected by the lack of fuel in the tank. emotions.
How to recharge our emotional energy
What is the tool you use to charge your mobile phone? The charger. Well, just as to load the mobile we have a tool, to control our emotional energy we have emotional intelligence, which fortunately can be developed throughout life.
Knowing our emotional intelligence requires capacity for self-observation. Our mood is influenced by the energy and tension generated from the constant use of our emotions that try to respond to all the stimuli that come to us. Normally, these sensations are of low intensity but when the stimulus that provokes them is intense enough it can overwhelm and block us. The states of mind move us to take that gasoline that we lack and regulate the tension, but we must learn to control how to do it.
Sometimes you have to spend the energy, sometimes recharge it and sometimes regulate it. For example, when we are in states of sadness or depressed we can feel the need for someone of confidence to comfort or encourage us. However, in these situations it is very common that the lack of energy control makes it difficult to separate the bodily sensations (tired, hungry …), cognitive (nervous, distracted …) and emotions (frustrated).
Energy and Tension
The American psychologist, Robert E. Thayer (1935-2014) studied in depth the moods from a biopsychological perspective. Thayer identified four types of basic states of energy and tension that may favor or alter our emotional intelligence. Two of them can negatively influence our performance and personal wellbeing: tense energy and tense tiredness; while the other two can serve to strengthen us and improve our competence: quiet energy and quiet fatigue.
1.- Tense energy
High voltage and high energy. It is a state of mind characterized by a sensation of pleasant excitement and power. Physical energy is high even when tension and fatigue are also high. In this state, the person tend to strive to achieve what is proposed but without reflecting on what he does. Physical tension can cause the loss of attention to other needs, their own and others and end up reaching a state of total exhaustion.
When we feel involved in a project or work and we do not stop to eat or sleep, leaving aside other perhaps more important obligations.
2.- Quiet energy
Low voltage and high energy. Predominates the serenity and the feeling of dominion over us. Tension does not exist and we feel optimism, pleasant bodily sensations and we feel vigorous, with fullness and well-being. In this state we have the reserves of energy at the top, both mentally and physically so our capabilities increases, we are more vital and creative.
We could say that it is the closest thing to what, in psychology, is known as the state of flow.
3.- Tense tiredness
High voltage and low energy. Sensation of general fatigue, feelings of fatigue, discouragement, nervousness that can reduce our self-esteem and make us feel incapable in our work. The body and mind ask us for a break throughout the day, which if we do not give it to us will make us spend a bad night.
Those cases in which your daily agenda is up to tasks, which are not all of your devotion, and you get home with the batteries discharged. However, you do not get to fill your battery and the next day you have to start the day again without having recharged yourself mentally or physically.
4.- Calm tiredness
Low voltage and low energy. In this case, fatigue is pleasant, relaxed. It is the moment in which you can allow yourself to rest with a clear conscience. When you get home after a long, but productive day of work and you lie on the couch to watch your favorite series.
It seems obvious to say that what we have to encourage are the states of calm energy and quiet tiredness, trying to make the tense states are minimal throughout the day. Get to square our emotional equation to something like this:
(Tranquility x Energy) – (Stress x Fatigue) = Motivation
During the day for mobile phones we have external batteries to charge them, what is your external battery of emotional energy charge?
More constant energy
Energy is the efficacy, power and virtue to act, it is also the strength of will, vigor and tenacity in the activity. Vigor is the force or remarkable activity of animate or inanimate things. Being constant means persistent, durable. The constant energy is, then, the persistence or durability of power and vigor in the activity. Do things with remarkable strength.
In life it is said that this or that person has a lot of vitality, when we talk about vitality, it is usually because the person is healthy and acts with efficacy, power and vigor; These people do not complain of fatigue and are always willing to go anywhere thanks to the strength and vigor of their body and their activity.
Now, does most people act with spirit and strength, power and vigor in their activity? No, the majority of the population acts showing signs of fatigue, fatigue, discouragement, exhaustion, discomfort, weakening and talk about having the bones ground, no more power, being up to the neck, they say that it hurts even the soul and that they feel that they fall to pieces.
When we say hello to a person and we ask him how he is and how he feels, this one usually answers that it is ok, but in many opportunities he answers I am exhausted. This I come exhausted means, that comes tired, exhausted and fatigued.
When the body does not show signs of fatigue or signs of fatigue, it is because oxidation or cellular respiration is working well, that is, the cells are decomposing the nutrients to provide the body’s energy. In these circumstances we can not be negligent in acting, or we are not right for that, but we are energetic and if we do not act with that military spirit at least we act with great vitality.
We already gave the example of the person who arrives exhausted, that same person in the act seeks to focus because he can not take it anymore, and feels depressed and frustrated, as if he had to come fleeing from a persecution, which tires both physically and in the mental because of the fear one has in these cases. We then have to search and find the causes of fatigue, and nothing better than consulting a specialist in the field to find the causes from a technical or scientific point of view.
Doctors, dieticians, chemical analysts, psychologists, and in general all specialists in physical and mental health. There we can find, through the corresponding exams that we are suffering from Hypothyroidism, which is low activity of the thyroid and that is common cause of fatigue. Constipation, which is the delay of the intestinal course and difficulty in its evacuation. Insomnia, which is the difficulty in falling asleep. Anemia that is the impoverishment of the blood, either by decrease in its total amount, as in the case of hemorrhages, or by diseases that reduce the amount of hemoglobin in the number of red blood cells, this disease brings weakness to exercise, headache and pallor of the skin, is usually due to insufficient iron.
It is better that the specialists diagnose us, predict us, choose the treatment and execute it, anyway the mental activity will help us to prosper in any disease that we may have, and if we are sick then we must show energy, to go to the doctor, to the hospital, the dispensary, the clinic or the clinic in order to listen quickly to what we have and collaborate in its treatment, otherwise we will be falling into a pessimism that can be suicidal.
But under normal conditions we seek to recover the constant energy that physical and mental health means, the great vitality that is spoken in our population, since we come to the world not to be sick, tired, exhausted and frustrated, but to be in harmony with the nature and express ourselves in soul, life and heart perfectly, and to be able to understand that the normal thing is to health and vitality, while the illness, whether of the body or of the mind, is part of the abnormal. If we manage to have a healthy body we will have a healthy mind, as the Romans said: Healthy body, healthy mind.
When we act with enthusiasm, optimism, understanding, with the necessary approval, telling the truth, being sincere, practicing forgiveness, when we are cheerful and have patience and tolerance, when we have faith, hope and charity, the moment we learn from the mistakes and rectify them, if we are humble and we even notice the arrogance of other people, we can say that we are acting well and that we are happy.
Enthusiasm is the exaltation and ardor of the spirit for something that admires or captivates it, if that thing that admires or captivates us is life and we put exaltation and fieryness, we will be bringing all the positivism of the world to our mind to carry out the activity that we responsibly have to do. The action or activity is presented without negativity, negligence, incompetence, breach of rules or imprudence, therefore the exaltation becomes great achievements, because we are executing harmoniously with the laws of nature.
If we add to the exaltation and fieryness the greatest possible perfection and judge and see things in their most favorable aspect, we will also act with optimism. When will we be acting with due understanding? When we analyze the problems, let’s face alternatives, variables and solutions, when we talk to people and accept what they say without reproaching them, when we see things and compare them with the sun, the moon and the stars, when in the minimum arena we see the creation of God and we are noble with the animals and plants, when we open the mind to the understanding, we will act with understanding.
If we act understandably, but also we approve what we do in the deepest recesses of our conscience, because we believe that we are doing well, not to harm ourselves or anyone else, we believe it is the right thing to do with diligence and morality, If we do not doubt, we do not hesitate but we want to go on, we will act with the proper approval and not with the reproach of evil and deception. When we also tell the truth it does not matter that we are learning or that we are climbing the scale of values.
Habits to improve physical and mental energy
1.- Carry out some exercise or sports practice in the mornings
2.- A good breakfast
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is a phrase that we inherited from the era of Mad Men type advertisers. It is not a lie, but it is not 100% accurate either. A more accurate phrase would be “Breakfast may be the most important meal”.
3.- Take 5 minutes to meditate
4.- Open the curtains of your room- let the Light become
5.- Stop to smell the lemons
Roses may be romantic, but if there’s one thing you can smell to keep your attention levels full, it’s lemons.
6.- Good posture
A) Keep your head straight, without tilting it up or down.
B) Keep your shoulders relaxed and back.
C) Keep your knees lower than your hips
D) Keep your feet completely supported on the floor without hiding them under the chair.
E) Use your hands without leaning on your arms.
7.- Listening to Music.
8.- Avoid “energy” drinks low in caffeine
Many “energy” drinks are sold as a panacea against fatigue, but in some cases, they can even be counterproductive.
9.- Start the day with two glasses of water
10.- A good cold water bath
11.- Make a list of natural mood enhancers that work in us
12.- Do something that gives us joy
13.- Increase the consumption of Vitamin B-12 and Folic Acid
14.- Eat foods rich in Omega -3
15.- Limit refined carbohydrates