Energy sustainability is foremost in everyones’ mind these days as we all are forced to accept that our demand for fossil fuels has outstripped our planet’s supply. We would need around eight planet Earths to provide the energy resources for the nearly seven billion of us to all live like the average American citizen. The rush is therefore on to find alternative sources of energy, preferably ones that will not run out or ruin our planet, so we will not have to revert to a stone-age lifestyle.
Energy in The Body and Mind
But what about our own energy levels? In many ways what is happening to our planet is also happening in our own bodies and spirits. Many of us live highly stressed, sleep-deprived lives, finding it harder and harder to slow down, relax and ‘smell the roses’. Energy deficits are run up and we resort to stimulants and quick fixes to allow us to continue such lifestyles. One cup of coffee is no longer enough for that much-needed pick-me-up and caffeine-loaded energy drinks are now a commonplace. Alcohol, various prescription and recreational drugs help us to relax or keep going artificially and become increasingly important crutches as we forget how to do these things naturally.
Like our planet’s situation this cannot go on indefinitely and sooner or later homeostatic mechanisms come into play which attempt to bring our systems and lives back into balance. This either happens through an illness, an accident or some sudden life change which forces us to reassess our lifestyles and values. But why wait for it to happen?
How to Deal with Non-specific Fatigue
The good news is that the main causes of non-specific fatigue and loss of vitality can be addressed on many different fronts easily and quickly. For instance, one of the most effective ways to become happy, and stay happy, is to smile a lot. We all know that when we feel happy, we smile but it seems the reverse is also true. According to an area of research known as proprioceptive psychology getting people to smile or nod their heads makes them instantly feel happier or more agreeable. So, if you want to cheer yourself up, behave like a happy person and your physiology will do the rest.
Like our rush to now harness the energy that is freely around us – sun, wind, waves – so we need to see that our personal energy solutions also lie in what is freely available. We just must learn how to do it.