In the last post, we looked at managing the higher energy stage of our natural cycle. It’s a nice place to be—feeling motivated and absorbed while positively churning out the work!
But what about the times we feel tired or exhausted or maybe even just down (our mood can hint at which stage of the cycle we're at)? What’s a good strategy for managing ourselves during these dips?
To start with, we can see them as a natural part of our day. As long as we don’t feel this way for weeks at a time, being in an energy trough is totally okay. It’s not to be fought but to be embraced.
High and low energy is complementary and if we look after both, each supports the other. Resting when we’re tired sets us up for the next bout of activity, and working hard when we're energetic means we can enjoy a break with satisfaction instead of guilt.
Here are four ways to recuperate:
- What gives you that totally relaxed, ahhh feeling? Whether it's reading a chapter of a book or taking a nap, figure out what works and use it.
- Try doing the opposite. If you’ve been physical, be sedentary—read or just sit. If you’re mentally tired, go for a walk or do star jumps. If you’ve been talking, stop. If you’ve spent hours in solitude, find someone to chat with.
- Eat a nourishing and energy-boosting snack.
- Clear your mind with meditation or distract it from what you’ve been focused on (perhaps with music or going outdoors) to the point where you're thinking about something totally different which will refresh your mental capacity.
Transitioning between high and low energy is also important. Listen to your body and follow its signals.
- When you realise you’re tiring, mentally review what you’ve been working on and plan to come back to it later (make a note of what to do next) or decide to switch to something different.
- After resting, stretch and mentally prepare yourself. Thoughtfully decide your next move rather than drifting into an energy burst on impulse so you can make the most of such a precious resource.
Please share your ideas for what you do when your energy is low.