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Renew Your Energy with 15 Self-Care Actions

The stresses we encounter in day-to-day living can take a toll on our energy reserves.

Consider a few examples: watching too much television or listening to the world events on the news. These situations can invoke fear responses and become energy drains.

When we feel heavy, a little self-care can help us restore our vitality and energy. If you have been feeling a bit low or are in need of a boost, it may be a great time to do some of these self-love activities to help you stay balanced and resourceful.

15 Renewal Exercises

Two Friends on Chair Lift

  1. Spend some time in nature with a friend going for a walk or an outdoor excursion. Talk about things for which you are grateful.
  2. Practice some deep breathing. As you exhale, imagine your body releasing any sadness or grief. As you inhale, welcome in love and universal wisdom.
  3. Go on a media diet. If you find yourself watching too much television or news, put yourself on a media diet or fast. If you want to stay current, try reading the headline articles in your local newspaper or read the news online instead. By reading the news online, you can learn about current events in 10 or 15 minutes a day versus the hours that you may spend watching television.
  4. Learn something new. Get with a friend who has a skill you would like to learn, or schedule a class in something you are interested in.
  5. Make something. Creative energy always helps us feel empowered!
  6. Volunteer some time to help a friend or a cause that you find meaningful.
  7. Pets are naturally healing. Spend time with pets or animals. Take them for a walk, or give them some extra attention.
  8. A Tree's Healing EnergySpend time in nature’s healing energy, such as going for a swim, walking through a forest, or spending time in your garden.
  9. Learn a “healing or helping” skill. Then share it!
  10. Start a new hobby in an area that interests you, or you feel would make you happy.
  11. Free up some energy. Clean out your closets, and give things you no longer need or have outgrown to those who may want or need them.
  12. Write a story or a poem, and express something you value or feel is important.
  13. Invite a few friends over and teach them something you know that you feel would be fun, inspiring, or helpful.
  14. Fix something that is broken, or give an item a new and refreshing look.
  15. Let someone know you care! Write to a friend or send them a thoughtful, free e-mail card. A two-way conversation is even better! Just pick up the phone and call someone you have been thinking about. You may find they have also been thinking of you.

The Ripples of Creativity

We have learned from Alana that when one individual takes a creative action, it ripples through the whole and helps everyone. The more reactive energy we generate contributes to a downward spiral that is easy to get caught up in.

May any or all of these 15 self-love, self-care action tips spark your imagination and help you feel better and lighter! As we support each other in becoming lighter, our perceptions can begin to see a brighter and more loving world.

—Kirk VandenBerghe

Winding Your Clock by Coming To Your Senses

Question: Hi Alana, for the last 6 yrs my family and I have been facing great trouble. I live with my parents, a young brother, my wife and my two daughters.

My family’s status has gone in steadily decreasing order. All the wealth we had accumulated has been lost. We don’t feel mentally and physically good.

Today we have nothing left to spend even if someone becomes ill. The whole family depends upon my earnings. I don’t know what to do. I feel helpless. Do you have any advice? Chandan

Answer: Dearest, Chandan. Thank you for your beautiful question.

Pocket Watch - Wind Your ClockDo you remember the type of clock that you wind up?

At first it ticks faithfully and tells the time accurately, but then it eventually winds down.

Perhaps all of your challenges have you feeling somewhat wound down.

Alana would like to encourage you to find ways to wind up your clock. These methods do not need to take much time and they do not need to cost any money. The richness and abundance of the universe always envelops you.

Does the Beauty of Nature Awaken Your Heart?

Here is a question. What things spark, awaken, and warm your heart? For many, it is the beauty of nature. For others, it is coming to their senses: taste, smell, touch, sight, and sound. You do not need to fully wind up your clock through a “big event.” You can begin with just the first click of winding your clock. Perhaps there are twenty or so clicks for each winding revolution, and perhaps it takes five or so winds to fully energize your clock. Still, a single click is a beginning…is it not?

If you like, close your eyes and allow yourself to take a deep breath in…hold for a moment…and then slowly breathe out. Continue with a few more deep, relaxing breaths. As you come into awareness of your breath, allow your attention to move up to your heart. Sense the area of your heart. Can you feel the peace there? If not, can you go deeper until you find the peace that is always there? Even when our lives are in chaos, we can move our attention to our heart…sensing deep within…and allow a remembrance of a still peacefulness that always exists within.

If it is comfortable now, place your hands on your heart. Continue to breath slowly. As you breathe in, imagine you are bringing in the light of love, the light of spirit, the light of kindness. As you breathe out, imagine you are releasing stagnation, heaviness, worry, fear. Breath in light…hold for a moment…release that which used to be stuck…is flowing now…as you are aware of your heart.

Winding Up Your Clock

Lavender BloomingNow, let us ponder what might click your clock.

What is the most beautiful flower or other fragrant object in nature you have ever seen? Can you remember a sense of the colors? And can you smell this object of beauty? How many clicks does your clock wind up?

What is a taste that you enjoy? In your imagination, can you taste it now—even a little? Or a lot? Does it make your mouth water? Imagine you are tasting this now. How many clicks does your clock wind up?

You do not need to wind your clock all at once. You can wind it one tick at a time and whenever you wish. Notice how easy it is to wind one click at a time. Even the sense of a gentle, refreshing breeze on your face can click your clock.

Is there a sound you love? Perhaps it is music or even a sound in nature. Can you pretend that you are hearing it now? You do not need to “really” hear it. You can simply imagine as if you can hear it and receive a sense of the sound. How many clicks does your clock wind up?

Is there a texture you cherish? The feel of a certain animal’s fur, a stone’s surface you enjoy, or the skin of a favorite fruit? Can you feel it now? How many clicks does your clock wind up?

Coming To Your Senses

Sight. Smell. Taste. Sound. Feeling.

Coming to your senses.

When you awaken your senses—come to your senses—you wind your clock. It just takes one click at a time.

It can only help you to feel fulfilled within when you shift your attention from your stresses and problems to that which awakens your senses. When you do so, you begin to create a positive energy within and you release old, unneeded energies. You wind up your clock. As you do so, this positive energy will continue to further wind your clock. You might begin to wonder how soon it will be before you begin to notice things that evoke your five senses and wind your clock even more, and without any effort on your part. Isn’t it curious how you can build a positive, hopeful energy within and that energy attracts more of the same?

Like attracts like. You attract what you want by first filling yourself up with energetic essence of what you want. Then you can both better move toward what you want and attract to you what you want.

See if you can enjoy learning to focus within; focus on what inspires you, awakens your senses, and lifts your heart. Click, click, click.

Continue to practice-play with directing your five senses to what makes you smile and laugh and feel hopeful. Wind your clock. Allow yourself to be filled with positive, light, loving energy. Wind up your clock. Build energy. Click, click, click.

Expressing Kindness

pic-holding-senior-hand-in-kindness-2Would you like to practice making eye contact with others? You don’t have to stare. When it feels appropriate to you, simply smile at others for a moment. Give them some of your light, some of your love. It will not deplete you. Whenever you give love and light, you will receive what you just gave tenfold or even vastly more. Expressing small acts of kindness can change your world.

When you feel needy, give what you need. When you start to feel more peaceful—sometimes for no apparent reason—allow a smile to emerge. When you start to feel more joy, and you will, share it with others. When patience arises naturally in situations that used to cause discomfort, allow yourself to sense your breath and notice the inner source of that patience. When you notice a gentleness and ease moving through you, put your hands on your heart and express thanks in your own ways.

Your heart is expansive, vast, limitless. When you awaken your heart by winding your clock, you open doorways to infinite possibilities.

Would you like to find opportunities to share your light? Or look for ways to share your love? Or notice ways to inspire others?

See if you can enjoy bringing yourself back to these energies of light, love, and inspiration. Trust that as you light the pathway for others—even in the very simplest and most humble ways—your own path will illuminate. Certainly, you will then attract to yourself the beauty that resides within.

Thank you for your question, Chandan.

— Alana