The energy, or life force, that circulates in our bodies plays a crucial role in our health and happiness. But only when we learn to balance our energy and control it do we get to reach a state of optimal health and well-being.
If you concentrate on the energy flowing throughout your body, you can tell when your energy is disrupted or blocked. It’s at this moment when you can benefit from balancing your energy. If you haven’t become attuned to sensing when your energy is disrupted, you can tell in other ways, such as observing any symptoms you are having.
Balancing Your Energy Will Fight Stress and Other Symptoms
Balancing your energy isn’t hard—it just takes practice. Once you learn to do it, you’ll immediately start to feel better.
One big improvement will be a reduced stress level. We are all familiar with stress. We feel it in our day-to-day life and see the side effects it can cause in our workplaces, our relationships, and with our health.
Balancing your energy will also help with sleep issues and even things like indigestion.
Not convinced? As I discuss in my new book, Water Up Fire Down: An Energy Principle for Creating Calmness, Clarity, and a Lifetime of Health, some traditional medical treatments, like acupuncture, acknowledge energy disruptions and seek to correct them. Restoring your energy balance is a proven way of holistically improving your life.
Four Methods of Balancing Your Energy
Unlocking the proper energy balance in your body only takes a little work. It is surprisingly easy to do if you decide to make mindfulness a priority.
Here is how you can help energy course through your body undisrupted.
Focus on Breathing
Besides being a basic need for life, breathing is also a powerful tool for energy flow.
With every breath we take, new energy enters our body and stagnant energy exits. When we allow daily stresses or anxiety to alter our breathing patterns, our energy is disrupted. Our breathing becomes more rapid and shallow. Our worries begin to control us. We are no longer in the driver’s seat—our emotions are.
But by making a mindful decision to slow our respiration and practice abdominal breathing, we fight off this negative energy disruption. We can decrease our blood pressure and our heart rates.
Exercise More Often
The importance of movement should never be underestimated. It improves your body and your mind, and it can help you regulate your emotions and energy balance as well.
Your blood circulates better when you move around, and the hormones created and released during exercise can improve your mood. Go for long walks, do some yoga poses, and remember to do strength training.
Just as moving your body can benefit your energy, so can sitting still. When your energy is out of whack, it can help to shut down your thoughts to give yourself a break. During meditation, you can turn your focus to your own body, paying attention to the energy you sense and your breathing.
It helps you stay in the present and not focus on your worries.
Use Your Mind
A popular phrase in the U.S. right now is “Fake it ‘til you make it.” When it comes to balancing your energy, that’s a valuable phrase to know because your mind can change your energy all on its own.
Science has a term to explain how a person’s condition improves simply because they think it will. It’s called the placebo effect. Our bodies can respond to the belief of our minds.
To use this principle to help balance your energy, disassociate yourself from your thoughts and emotions. You don’t need to think of anger or disgust as part of who you are or even as bad emotions. Just recognize each feeling for what it is—just a thought that goes through your mind. These are fleeting thoughts or emotions, not permanent states.
Knowing that everything is temporary and our thoughts don’t have to influence who we are or how we see ourselves permits us to let go of worries and anxiety. Try to observe your emotions with detachment—take on the role of an observer. It makes it easier to let go of the negativity.