the value of our energy

What is the value of your energy?

If you’re anything like me, you haven’t given it too much thought in the past. You’ve wasted hours upon hours trying to be in control of uncontrollable situations. You’ve exerted the little energy you have on various irrelevancies rather than reserving it to create something powerful for yourself. Relationships both professional and personal can be taxing on our mental health so it’s important for us to be cognizant of the people around us who are requesting more than we can give.

You know that phrase, “you’re going to worry yourself sick”? It’s literally because the stressors of worrying and anxiety can make us physically ill, which is why it’s so important to only allow those energies of strength, happiness, and love in, and refuse those of insecurity, fear, and worry. NPR published an article years ago mapping the areas we feel emotion and at what intensity.

People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas. (NPR.org)

People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas. (NPR.org)

Read that caption again. “Cool colors indicate deactivated areas.” Yes, while love and happiness make us feel warm and fuzzy all over, anxiety, shame, and sadness can leave us feeling non-existent and void. Honestly, I look at the depiction of depression and can say I’ve never related to an image more in my life. I’ve never been able to accurately describe what my depression can feel like. However, that image is exactly what my depression feels like. Numb. Invisible. Void. What we don’t realize when we are managing our own mental health is how we may inadvertently deflect those feelings onto those around us. And just like that, it comes full circle. We have to protect our own mental health, and actively emit energies of love and joy. Does joy then become a discipline? It’s easier for one to embrace the root emotions of fear and get stuck in the web it creates. If it were easier to live joyfully, our world wouldn’t be the way it is. Hate is easier, whether it’s reflected on others or on ourselves. I’ve never paid much attention to hating anyone else, but nobody has hated me more than I’ve hated myself. So for me, joy is a practice. A discipline. It doesn’t come easy, regardless of what may seem.

This visual gives me a better idea of the value of my energy. I’d rather my heat map show feelings of validity, pride, happiness, and love, especially considering the coming year of blessings. My friends, your energy is valuable. Probably your most valuable asset. This week, make your mantra the following, and repeat it until you believe it.

Gifting MY energy is a choice, and I WILL Choose wisely.

love y’all, whit

HEALTHWhitney AntwineNEW