Stronger Than You think! Week Five: Protecting Your Energy
Prioritize yourself by understanding your personal energy, setting boundaries when needed to preserve yourself and practicing self-care.
Week Five focuses on ways you can put yourself first by protecting your energy. While there are many things that may take up our energy, there are plenty of ways to build it up and preserve it as well. think! and wellness expert Gabby Bernstein believe that taking the steps to understand how to manage your energy, set the necessary boundaries to maintain it and practice self-care techniques to replenish it will help you realize that you are “Stronger Than You think!”.
Document Your Journey
Continue with the 6-week think! Strong challenge by checking in every week using your journal. Guided questions below:
- What is your favorite form of self-care, and how often do you practice it?
- If you were to implement one new form of self-care in your routine, what would you like to do?
What is Personal Energy?
Bernstein shares, “Everyone has something called personal energy. Personal energy isn’t something linked to physical exercise but rather a variety of external factors that can drain it, boost it, or preserve it. To take control of your mental wellbeing, you must learn how to protect your personal energy by putting yourself first.”
How do you Protect your Energy?
Setting Boundaries. It is easy to let ourselves be taken advantage of in relationships or feel pressured to participate in certain social activities. By not setting boundaries in these environments, you risk draining your energy. Setting beneficial boundaries in relationships and activities only serves to strengthen them as by reducing the stress and pressure you feel, you can maintain a positive mindset and maintain your energy.
Along with setting boundaries, Bernstein emphasizes the importance of not taking on other people’s energy and emotions. To make sure that you aren’t negatively influenced by the energies of those around you, Bernstein explains that you must shake off low vibes that surround you and ground your energy. It is only by becoming strong in yourself and your energy that you can stay centered and grounded even when interacting with people who threaten your energy. One way to ground your energy is through meditation as it works to engage you with your space and surroundings.
Self-Care Practices. Another way to protect your energy is by engaging in self-care practices. Protecting your energy is all about putting yourself first and self-care is just the way to do that. Self-care includes techniques such as meditation, relaxation exercises, having hobbies, spending time in nature, and practicing mindfulness. By giving you time for yourself, these activities work to renew your mental and emotional energy.
Along with these two methods, Bernstein emphasizes the importance of protecting your energy and staying joyful in times of crisis. With world events, our personal lives, and other external factors, keeping our energies high is no easy feat. For this, Bernstein discusses the importance of the ripple effect, understanding that your joy can bring other people joy.
This week, reflect on if there are areas in your life where you would benefit from setting some boundaries. If so, then go ahead and take the action to set those boundaries to protect your energy. Also engage in at least one self-care practice to maintain and refresh your energy.
Next week, learn more about setting sustainable goals and visualizing your desired future. Take steps towards inspired action in Week Six of the think! Strong challenge in which Bernstein will expand on how to manifest a stronger you.
Join the #thinkStrong conversation on Instagram @thinkproducts for more. Stay motivated with more tips from @gabbybernstein and other mental strength and wellness experts, including @trainwithmon, @iamkirstenferguson and @torrsim.