How To Be Energetic in Your Daily Life | Alyssa J Freitas: How To Be Energetic in Your Daily Life

June 3, 2020

How To Be Energetic in Your Daily Life

Something I've realized during this quarantine period is that I have a lot of energy. I'm recognizing this now because so much of it is pent up - social energy, learning-new-things energy, moving-around energy. Without going to see customers and friends, without visiting museums and going to events, and without walking around the city, traveling, and generally being out and about, it's more apparent than ever that I love to be on the move.

This isn't going to be a post about how to expel that energy when we're homebound because I haven't figured that out for myself yet. Instead, I want to talk about how I harness my energy and excitement, and the benefits of being energetic that you can pursue yourself.

Overall benefits of being an energetic person

Energy is defined as "the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity." To me, energy and being an energetic person means you have a passion for what you are doing, an infectious ability to inspire others with your enthusiasm, and you can find joy and fun in whatever you're doing. In my case, energy is often accompanied by a smile and a satisfaction with your efforts.

This energy allows you to get more done as you approach tasks with ambition and enthusiasm, and can help you fill your days with exciting memories and enjoyment. It also makes you a fun person to be around and can fuel your curiosity to learn more about others and be a good friend.

Sometimes it's hard to summon your energy, whether that's because of something physical like not getting enough sleep, or something mental like not naturally being excited about a particular task or obligation. I'm not energetic 100% of the time (that would not be sustainable!), but I do have some techniques to inspire energy when it may seem elusive.

Fake it 'til you make it

We can be ruled too much by our feelings. "I don't feel like working right now." "I don't really want to go out and do that cool sounding thing because I'll be by myself." While I'm not suggesting that you should push down and ignore your feelings, I do believe that thinking positive and infusing your mind with energy can help you to do and accomplish things you would otherwise let pass you by. 

For example, if I'm nervous or apprehensive about going to a networking event I fake my enthusiasm to myself. I have an internal dialogue where I tell myself about all of the great potential outcomes of going, the fun that I'm certain to have, and use this positive mindset to push forward. And the reality is, most of the time I do end up being glad that I went.

This also comes down to how you move your body and your facial expressions. I can't say enough for having a quick dance party and putting a smile on your face to replenish your excitement and energy.

Laugh and listen to good music

I associate energy with happiness and enthusiasm, and laughter is a big part of that equation. Talking to a friend who makes you laugh, watching your favorite comedian, or reading a funny essay can all help to refill your energy tank and make you feel rejuvenated.

Another thing I like to do is listen to uplifting music. Favorites include I Have Confidence from The Sound of Music, Non-Stop from Hamilton, and Build Me Up Buttercup.

Look at things through a lens of gratitude

When you think about how lucky you are to be doing xyz, how can you not summon the energy to do that thing? Shifting your mindset to gratitude can make any task bearable, if not enjoyable. When you consider how short life is and the opportunities we have every day to make it memorable, you'll be hard pressed to not take advantage of approaching your tasks and leisure with energy!

How do you inspire energy in your daily life? 

-Alyssa J

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