Putting some Vim in your Vigor

Putting some Vim in your Vigor
Claudette Pelletier-Hannah

Everyone wants more energy! Diet and exercise can make a difference, but there’s more to it than that.

While physical health is important, mental, spiritual, financial and emotional health are also part of the picture. But we tend to avoid looking at emotions, don’t we?

According to researcher Brené Brown, “We are the most in-debt, obese, addicted, and medicated adult cohort in US history.”  Canadians are likely no different. Clearly we’re not coping well. We’re not happy campers.

We’re getting bogged down with the weight of our lives and it’s draining our energy.

Too much work, stress, worry, clutter, or difficult relationships can potentially suck the life right out of us. We can get into further trouble when we look for temporary fixes to solve the problem.

What to do?

There are many universal solutions to increasing energy. Quality sleep, which is often undervalued, is the first place to look. Deep breathing, moving your body, being in nature, good nutrition, hydration, connection and happiness will also create energy. When we’re happy we tend to exude energy, wouldn’t you agree?

Then there are more personal solutions like: music, hobbies or travel. What’s meaningful for you? What is uplifting for one person, like gardening for example, can be an energy drain for another.

What is a lack of energy preventing you from doing? In other words, what would you do if you had more energy? Now do exactly what it is you wish you had the energy to do. It could put a spring in your step.

People often say, “I don’t have energy to exercise.” We usually have to push ourselves a little to create new habits. The success that results also creates energy. If you’re thinking about going back to some old hobbies or starting some new ones, just start . . . something. A surge of energy will likely follow.

The possibilities to increase your vitality are plentiful. Yes, it’s important to manage your physical health, but don’t stop there. You might have to look at your emotional health too. A holistic approach that addresses the source of the weight on your shoulders will restore your vim and vigor, and might even take some weight off your waistline.