Low energy can arise from fatigue, hunger, stress, or our emotional response to happenings, situations, and “energy vampires“. When we’re feeling low energetically, we may not have the option to uncork the wine bottle, raid the fridge, or hit the snooze button. We become responsible for our energy…a beautiful thing.
Can you meditate with the TV blaring or in a noisy airport…or wherever you feel like the conditions are less than ideal, impossible…or downright horrid? Yet, if you can master noise and distraction, you can be peaceful no matter what…a beautiful thing.
Likewise, in prepping for a show, when life’s little bumps (or large bumps) arise, your ability to stay energetically “good” is a skill that will far transcend stage. You will develop an inner strength and self-love that will tune in to your authentic self so you will know / trust / feel that all is well…a beautiful thing.
I’m hungry!” one of my clients exclaimed as she walked through the studio doors.
Welcome to the club!” I said with a wink to the client I was training.
Me, too. This was the first morning that I felt “draggy” going through my second morning class. I was ready for a meal and a nap, not an hour of The willPower Method (cardio fusion). When noticing the “drags” and food or nap is not an immediate option, you have choices to make. Choices on how to perceive the situation. This is my 8-step guide from low to high:
1. “This sucks!”
Complaining about a situation will keep us in a low-energy vibration. A pattern of behavior in this regard has the same properties as an addiction. Avoid at all costs. You will attract a tribe and you will continue to attract situations that “suck”.
2. “Well, it could be worse…”
This is a significant step up from #1, but it will only provide temporary energetic relief. In prepping for the Arnold in Jan-Feb, morning cardio felt more challenging given the time of year…in darkness and colder temps. So, I would think of how much worse it would be training from my hometown of Boston perhaps dealing with snow, much colder temps, or even gym closures. While this approach helped me get to the gym, I was chiding myself to some extent for feeling bad. Thinking “it could be worse” or “others have it worse” doesn’t or shouldn’t discount how you feel.
3. “It’s not that bad.”
This is a close cousin to #2 with the advantage of enhanced perspective. This is where you take a step back and either put this grievance into proper relative position, or you give yourself a pep talk to get through it. Like #2, this strategy breaks down if putting yourself through the paces becomes an accepted life strategy and feeling bad is…self-deemed “bad”.
4. Acknowledge it.
The simple act of acknowledging the emotion grants a type of freedom…emotional freedom. This is decidedly different from #1 where we put a personal spin or association on it. We are wallowing in it in #1 whereas we are stepping outside of it here. We acknowledge as a friend to ourselves — without the judgement, self-criticism, or prolonged pity party.
5. Accept it.
Acceptance grants us peace. Once we’ve accepted, we can let go of the unfairness of it…or the temptation to say “f-it”. We begin to rise above the emotional charge and see this as part of a process we chose. Our personal journey and no one else’s — filled with lessons and opportunities to learn about ourselves and grow.
6. Shift your focus.
Once we’ve accepted the situation, we must deliberately shift our focus. It could be the visualization of stage, tuning into an inspirational song or the beauty of the sunrise, or, in my case, looking out at the clients in front of me and helping them feel better in their bodies.
7. Move on from it.
Once you’ve shifted your focus, this step becomes easier. You may be focusing on the task at hand or, otherwise, letting your new thought pattern take you away from the drags and drudgery.
8. Reflect on it.
At a later point in time (at your next meal, end of the day, next morning, or post-contest), take some time to reflect. Celebrate your victory and learn. What lessons are there for you? Was there a way to avoid this or at least anticipate it with a better outlook? Can you carry this lesson over to another area of your life? (Answer: Yes!)