More often than we would like to admit, it is our mind that keeps us sick and tired. When we say it’s too hard to cook. Or we tell ourselves I don’t have time to exercise. The thoughts and underlying beliefs behind those statements hold us back from our desired goal – more energy, losing weights, being healthy.
How can you get more energy? Start to believe that it’s possible and that you will do anything to get it. Then, and here is the important part, be positive about it. A positive outlook about what it takes to have more energy is possibly the most important aspect of getting more energy.
It can make us healthy or sick. I experienced this a few weeks ago. I had gotten upset when a carefully planned out day was derailed. I couldn’t let it go. And I wasn’t doing a very good job of expressing my anger because I didn’t want to upset people. I held a lot of my anger inside. The next morning, I awoke with fever and chills. Looking back, it’s no wonder I got sick. The heat of my anger turned into heat in my body.
I know this sounds too simplistic, but there is lots of evidence showing that the thoughts we think can make us sick. Alternatively, they can give us vitality. In the last several decades there has been lots of research showing how the ability of a cancer or HIV-positive patient to express their emotions has a positive effect on their health and makes for a more robust immune system. Researchers have also shown that a pessimistic attitude can weaken the immune system.
I call this phenomenon the Eeyore and Tigger effect. An Eeyore attitude of sarcasm, glumness, and lethargy embodies fatigue. I find it interesting that Eeyore’s house (the symbol for our body) is always falling apart. Is Eeyore sick as well as fatigued? The two often go hand in hand.
Tigger, on the other hand, embodies vitality and energy. He is energy. Tigger, with his positivity, optimism and enthusiasm for life, is clearly bounding, or bouncing, out of bed in the morning.
If you have an Eeyore approach to self-care, dietary changes and anything healthy, it’s time to tap into your inner Tigger. But how? Try these 3 tricks, courtesy of Pooh, to reframe your thoughts and get your energy on.
Today is your day. Go play in the Hundred Acre Wood and leap over those roadblocks. A world of adventure, only you can dream of, is waiting for you.
With love, light and energy,
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