How is your energy level lately? Does your environment vitalize you? Are your conversations empowering and refreshing? Is your light switch turned on more than it is turned off – the one that shines light on the things you want to shine light on?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve talked to loads of people who have been a little more tired lately than normal – as have I. For me, maybe it’s the short winter days (which thankfully are getting longer and longer!); maybe I’m a little sick; maybe it’s the lingering after-effects of a cross-country bike ride; or, maybe it’s the constant fighting and negativity that seems to have seeped into so many conversations, news reports, social media posts, and the usually not so fully politically charged environments that are now totally politically charged up.
No matter what you think about current events, it’s almost impossible to: 1) avoid being a little distracted from your normal daily routine, and 2) avoid being affected by the non-stop stream of venom and fire.
How can you stay energized when your normal day’s flow is disturbed and agitated with so much negativity and hostility? My personal solution to try and regain my full spirit, liveliness, and optimism is to take three basic steps:
- Turn off the news; spend less time on social media; and, distance myself from the negativity and fireball throwing that’s going on all over the place.
- Exercise more. Nothing helps the psyche more than a little sweat. More bike rides; more runs; more quiet workouts.
- Remember what’s important to me and avoid allowing my priorities to be derailed by outside forces.
What’s your plan? Got any tips? Send them along…
With that, here are a few movie quotes that come to mind:
“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” Peter Finch in Network
“Let’s never forget, we’re the real story, not them.” –Albert Brooks in Broadcast News
“The human spirit is more powerful than any drug and that is what needs to be nourished with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter.” –Robin Williams in Awakenings