It is normal to feel blaaaahhhh sometimes! #definethenorm

I feel inspired to write about energy this week – or lack there of.

As someone who has experienced chronic fatigue as a result of Glandular Fever in 2010/2011, I know what it feels like to feel that you have very little or no energy. One of the ways that I would describe it is, a similar feeling to when you have a cold or flu and your body is full of aches, your feel completely drained, you feel as if your body is made of lead, there is a constant brain fog lingering and your aren’t to sure when this will pass. Since this time I have worked hard to regain my energy, learning more about my true self and accepting (although it is hard) that I can’t do everything I want to do all at once.

This winter has felt a bit tough – experiencing the dreaded winter flu, migraines and feeling the general slump that often occurs during the colder months (and hey, lets be honest, I am sure I am not the only one who feels like this from time to time).  I feel that this has left me feeling a little flat, and drained of energy, which is why I have decided this week to nurture myself and rebuild what has been lost (plug in that battery!!!).

Things that help me to rebuild my energy…

Yoga & Meditation

My experience of chronic fatigue first connected me with yoga and it’s benefits. It is not only the physical practice that helps and supports energy, it is also understanding the philosophy of yoga, especially in reflection of the mind and life’s expected obstacles.

The Yoga Sutras 1.30 – 1.32, speak about the expected obstacles that we ALL face in our lives and the solutions to these.

Predictable Obstacles

  •  Illness
  • Dullness
  • Negligence eg. Not looking after ourselves
  • Misperceptions e.g. thinking things that are not truth
  • Laziness
  • Feeling like a Failure
  • Doubt
  • Cravings
  • Instability

When we are feeling these things the Outcomes are likely:

  • Mental and Physical Pain
  • Unsteadiness of the body
  • Sadness and Frustration
  • Irregularity of the breath

I feel a great sense of comfort in knowing that the above are expected obstacles that are faced by all of us. It helps me to feel that I am not so alone in my process and encourages me to not be so hard on myself.

The yoga sutras go on to say that the solution to these challenges or obstacles are single pointed focus, through mediation and mindfulness as well as remembering, focussing or repeating one truth.

Tips for meditation – beginning your practice

  • Find a space in your home that you can turn into your own little safe, peaceful sanctuary
  • Choose a time in the day that you will not be tempted by distractions (first thing in the morning or before you go to bed are ideal times)
  • Choose something to focus on (single pointed focus) this might be a positive affirmation, breath, gazing at a candle or dedicating your practice to something or someone
  • Choose a positive truth that you can reflect upon. One that I like is “You have courage, you are brave and you are enough” (even if sometime you don’t 100% believe it all the time)
  • Start with 5mins - 5mins of meditation a day is better than an hour one day, then loosing the practice for the rest of the week. As your practice grows so to will the time you dedicate. 

If you would like to read more on this please visit:

http://swamij.com/yoga-sutras-13032.htm

 

Massage & Reiki

Often when we are feeling depleted of energy we become detached from our bodies. Our sense of feeling safe to express ourselves and our sense of grounded-ness feel compromised. One of the ways in which I like to reconnect with my body is to have a massage or some Reiki. This helps me to acknowledge sensations in the body that perhaps I had been ignoring and to open up energy centres that have been blocked.

These are just some of the things that I like to do to rebuild my energy. We are all different so I would like to encourage you to try these or explore what feels right for you and your body.

So this week take care of yourselves, be kind and find some solace in the knowledge that the obstacles and challenges that we face in our lives are normal!! #definethenorm