Session #4: Emotional Energy


 

Habit Check In

Each week we will check in on the daily habit you have set for yourself. As you explore this new habit, you might come up with new ways that the habit my be more meaningful. Would practicing the habit at a different time of the day be more productive? Or could you using your habit to jump start another change? Explore your experience with this habit and see how you can improve upon it.

 

Understanding Emotional Energy

Last week we focused on awareness regarding your physical energy, as it relates to food. This week we will continue that exploration of other types of energy. We are often led to believe that there is one kind of energy. This theory teaches us that replenish this our energy by sleeping at night, and then we use it up again during the day. In order to maximize our physical performance, we must acknowledge that there are multiple types of energy.

The three main forms are physical energy, emotional energy, and mental energy. Each of these energies is different, but they are interrelated and depend on each other. Physical energy is the what you use to keep your body moving throughout the day. Your food intake is directly related to this energy, and ultimately fuels the body’s basic functions. Emotional energy is what you use to stay motivated and engaged. This is the energy that is necessary for feeling love, happiness, and joy. In fact, almost everything you say and do is determined in some way by an emotion, either positive or negative. Mental energy is the energy of creativity, problem solving, and decision making. You use mental energy to make sales, write reports and proposals, plan your day, and learn new subjects.

Emotions are capable of changing our reality through a combination of powerful elements. The way we process experiences, along with our feelings and reactions to those experiences set the precedence for our emotional energy.  However, the balance between positive and negative emotions is not even. In reality, the sensations of intense happiness are shorter lived than states of sadness. As a result, we must accumulate many positive experiences that can more efficiently counteract those states of negativity.

Your emotions can be your great strength or the window the fogs up your existence with shadows. If you learn to know and manage them, you will be a great creator of your own reality: of your happiness.

Experts call it the Broaden & Build theory, and it is based on the need to broaden our positive experiences to acquire new skills. While negative emotions have the usual reaction of avoiding, denying, or not moving in the face of problems, positive emotions build us up and favor the relationship between thoughts and actions. As a result, we should focus our days on searching for positive emotions. Such simple aspects as letting ourselves learn new things, having relationships with others, walking, or reading are little “bricks of positivity” that build a continuous path for our emotional energy.

We should focus our days on searching for positive emotions

 

Bricks of Positivity

This week you will build your own path of emotional energy through the Bricks of Positivity activity.

Use this handy tracker to collect information on your energy levels as they relate to your emotional experiences. The goal is to gather more data about what experiences give you energy and which experiences take away energy. Starting with your next meal, follow these simple steps.

  • Rate your emotional energy throughout the day
  • Jot down your “Bricks of Positivity” or action taken to increase your emotional energy
  • Immediately after your action, and two hours later, note your energy level
  • Bonus Tip: It’s not always going to be possible to add in a Brick of Positivity into your routine – and that’s okay! Try to take a positive action as often and you can, or remember.

You can find this activity here.

 

Action Step

  • Practice the Bricks of Positivity activity
  • Complete and track your habit for the next 7 days