Written by Andreea-Marilena Dudas, Creative Director and Founder of Maison Coucou
Keep Your Energy Clear This Year
The past two years have been tumultuous ones. Predictably unpredictable. So, as we venture into 2022, how do we keep grounded and how do we allow ourselves to flow with the waves of change?
To understand how to clear our energy, we first need to understand the concept of energy, and how it impacts us.
What is Energy?
Our body is made up of energy. We are made up of cells which emit energy, and energy is all around us. Energy healing is a holistic approach that activates, clears, and realigns our energy system to remove blockages.
When we feel anger, anxiety, fear, bitterness, sadness, or pain, energy becomes stagnant and stuck within us, and the cells of our body. These are blockages that need to be released within us, so that our souls can expand, rather than shrink.
When we are overwhelmed or highly anxious and stressed, our body often goes into fight/flight mode. Even after we have reached a sense of calm, the energy doesn’t just dissipate, it gets locked deeply in our bodies, and our muscles.
Through energy healing, we are able to stimulate the body to heal itself.
The Only Constant in Life is Change
- Heraclitus, a Greek Philosopher
So these are our essentials to slay every single day as a queen or king:
1. Get Enough Sleep
I told you this was a list of “effortless” ways to boost energy, and it doesn’t get much more effortless than this! Joking aside, I understand that falling asleep at night can be tough but developing a consistent sleep routine and making sleep a greater priority in your life is going to work wonders on improving your energy level. We all require different amounts of sleep, so it’s not a “one size fits all” equation. Age, genetics, activity level, as well as a number of other factors all play a role in our optimal amount of sleep, so figuring out the right amount of sleep for you is a great first step to feeling like a more energized version of yourself. If you're feeling immediately drained waking up from six hours of sleep - it may be a sign you're not getting enough rest. Similarly, if you're feeling groggy and exhausted after ten hours of sleep - there's such a thing as over-sleeping and it could be a sign of other mental or physical health issues.
2. Adopt a Consistent Exercise Regime (outside if possible)
What is the one thing we all remember from high school biology class? Say it with me, “the mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell.” But what does that mean and what does it have to do with our energy levels? Mitochondria in our muscle cells are responsible for producing the energy that drives our bodies to move and function in everything from mundane activities to strenuous feats of strength. Adopting a regular exercise program, even a light to moderate regime, drives the body to produce more mitochondria in our muscle cells which in turn increases our body’s overall energy production and the effects are fairly long lasting, as long as we are consistently feeding the habit (Harvard Health Publishing). It may sound counter-intuitive: “tire yourself out so that you can feel more energized,” but that’s exactly how it works. Taking up yoga or even a brisk walk in the morning can be great daily habits to produce long lasting effects on your energy levels.
The sun gets a bad rap and we’re here to right that wrong. Yes, UV exposure can be extremely damaging for our skin and is known to contribute to certain cancers like melanoma, but moderate amounts of direct sunshine can lead to huge benefits to our mood and overall energy levels. Sunshine is believed to promote serotonin (the feel good and energizing hormone) released in our brains (Healthline). When we lack serotonin in our system, we start to feel drowsy, and sometimes a little blue and lethargic. This is a big part of why we start to feel tired after the sun goes down and why many of us experience the 'winter blues' toward the end of winter when we’ve had a prolonged period of limited daylight and time spent outside. So making a conscious effort to spend even fifteen minutes outside per day, even in the winter, is a simple life hack that could produce noticeable positive effects in both mood and energy. And don't forget your sunscreen Honey !!
3. Superfoods for Super People
Medical Medium written by Anthony William, a holistic way to keep your energy every day high. Millions of people are healing thanks to a specific healing practice that Anthony has been recommending since he was a child in 1975.’
William claims to get all of his direction and information from ‘Spirit,’ which he describes as ‘The living essence of the word Compassion.’ He believes that Spirit is not only ‘accurate,’ but it’s also ahead of current treatments in what it recommends to him. As in, conventional medicine hasn’t caught up yet.
4. Journal Your Day Twice (Morning and Evening)
I’d say that you are quite a badass when you keep a journal, simply because it’s such a simple practice that has proven valuable benefits for your happiness, productivity and life in general.
By journaling in the morning, you make sure you start the day on a positive and grateful note. Especially when you follow a simple gratitude practice like writing down three things that you are grateful for, you’ll notice that you’ll start the day a lot happier. Also include a goal-setting and -reviewing component in your journaling practice and make sure that every single day you are aligned with your intentions. Your mind shouldn’t be a storage place for ideas, but a generator for ideas. The more ideas you store in your head, the more cluttered it’ll become and the less working memory you have available to generate new ideas. Therefore, always store your ideas onto paper and write them down in your journal. Once you write them down, you can let go of them in your mind. This frees up valuable mindspace that can now be used to generate new ideas, solve difficult problems and focus deeply on your most challenging and important tasks.
EVENING, end the day with Gratitude
With all the negativity surrounding us, it’s vital to concentrate on – and to savor – as many positive events in our life as possible. More and more people keep a dedicated gratitude journal, writing a brief list of appreciative thoughts in it every day. If we make this a daily writing habit before bed, the chances of us falling asleep in a positive mood are much higher. Over time, this will assuredly strengthen our physical health, such as by boosting immune function; and even stabilize our mental health.
Being dehydrated is extremely taxing on the body. It negatively affects the appearance of our skin, the quality of our sleep, and the performance of our body on a daily basis. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, so it’s no surprise its presence (or absence) affects us in such impactful ways. Each and every organ, tissue, and cell in our body relies on water to function so that’s why we so resolutely recommend you carry a water bottle around with you at all times - it is quite literally our body’s fuel. Knowing how much water we need to drink, however, is not exactly cut and dry. There are common rules of thumb like “8x8” (eight glasses of water eight times per day), but our daily requirements are dependent on so many factors like: body size, activity level, and diet. To ensure you are getting enough water, allow your body to tell you what it needs. Having a dry mouth, headaches, and dark urine are all signs that we are dehydrated and need to make a habit of drinking more water (NBC). Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water, allow it to become a consistent habit by setting reminders on your phone to ensure your gas tank is full and your body is energized and running the way it’s meant to.
6. Reduce Alcohol Consumption
A nice glass of wine may sound like a great way to relax and decompress at the end of a long day, and many of us may find that it actually helps us fall asleep at night. This is because alcohol is a sedative and reduces the time it takes us to fall asleep - something so many of us struggle with. But alcohol negatively affects the overall quality of sleep and our ability to stay asleep (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). So, although we may fall asleep faster with a light buzz, we are not waking up as well rested as we do when we take alcohol out of the equation. Simply cutting back on alcohol consumption may be enough to improve the quality of your sleep so that you can wake up rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day with a full bout of energy.
7. Meditate and Visualize
THE POWER OF MEDITATION
Worry, anxiety, and stress can be more than distractions. Constantly replaying in your mind daily problems and fears can affect your mental and physical health. Controlling your attention as you meditate help you feel more relaxed and at peace. And this peacefulness often lasts far beyond the meditation itself. So when stress appears hours later, you have the means to redirect it. Meditation lets you become more aware and more purposeful about your actions. It teaches you how to respond, rather than react, to situations in your life. Meditation sounds simple. But it takes discipline to remain still in body and mind. You have to block out the world around you and quiet your thoughts. You also need to practice at least 10 to 20 minutes a day to get the most out of your meditation.
POWER OF VISUALISATION
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, visualization is “the act of visualizing something or someone” or “forming a picture of it in your mind”. It’s almost like looking through a particular lens, your unconsciousness, your imagination, your deepest desires, and seeing your life unfold within your inner eye. Visualization has been used for a very long time in sports. Muhammad Ali’s famous quote “If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it” already shows that he truly believed in the power of visualization (Forbes).
“Anything you can imagine, you can create.”