Do you wish you had more energy?
It feels like life should be different. Like, you shouldn’t have to drag yourself through the day, only to collapse on the couch (or straight into bed!) by the time you get home.
Have you ever tried to get more energy or be more energetic? I think we all have, at some point. So you’ll know that ‘getting more energy’ is nearly impossible
Sure, you can try coffee, energy drinks, and protein bars to try and get through the day – or simply give-in to your unwanted cravings – but it’s your attitude, emotional wellbeing, and lifestyle that dictates your energy (barring any medical conditions). So to get more energy, you have to change your life.
But who has the energy to do that?
I’m going to show you my 1 simple step to immediately get more energy.
When life is a mess… literally
Working, living, and sleeping in cluttered environments is incredibly draining. It drains your willpower (hello, regrettable food choices), saps your concentration, and leaves you with less energy to enjoy life.
There are 3 main kinds of clutter that gets in your way.
- Physical clutter (so, things and stuff being disorganized and all over the place)
- Mental and emotional clutter (having a messy and unreliable internal world)
- Digital clutter (allowing the stress of being constantly ‘contactable’, and the giant mess of the internet to intrude on your space without boundaries)
Here’s a short Facebook video that explains a little more, and also talks about energy management. You’ll need to join the Live the Whole Facebook group, but it’s free and an awesome support space for emotional eaters.
Today we’re talking about number 1: physical clutter.
How does physical mess suck your energy?
Physical clutter can encompass anything from your over-stuffed desk at work, your impossible closet at home, your mess of a car, or even your whole house. These are all spaces you have to look at and use regularly – and if they’re not easy, clean, and organized, they’re energy vampires.
This is a subject very near to my heart at the moment. I’ve been temporarily living with relatives who have an extremely cluttered home. They’ve got all their own furniture, most of their grandparent’s old stuff, and more furnishings left over from a rental property they own. There are three sets of dining chairs. the effect it has on my mood, work, and cravings is intense!
When spaces are cluttered
- You can’t find anything (making you frustrated, late, and tired)
- There’s no ‘negative space’ (which gives your eyes and brain a rest)
- You’ve got no ‘flow’ (energy can’t get in or out)
- There’s no space for opportunity or inspiration
- You’re so much more likely to stress eat, emotionally eat, and overeat
This means you have way less focus and energy for the rest of life – whether that’s being there for you family, achieving at work, or healing your eating. There’s even research to prove it.
It is significantly harder to make good food decisions, be mindful of cravings, and not experience emotional eating urges when you’re tired and frazzled. A cluttered environment screams ‘frazzled’ and will make healing your eating a million time harder.
In fact, one of the first things I do with new clients is work on decluttering their physical space – especially the kitchen and fridge.
The 1 simple step to immediately get more energy
Declutter your space.
For someone with no energy, this sounds like a horrible idea. But, it doesn’t have to be done all at once. The best decluttering strategies for ladies with no oomph are:
Pick just one small space per day – like one shelf, or one drawer – and declutter it to the max. After a couple of weeks, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come.
Decluttering consists of deciding what to keep, what to give away, and what to throw away. If you’ve decided to get rid of something, do it as soon as you can. Leaving it laying around will just create more clutter and you’ll also be tempted to re-think your choice and bring it back into your life. You don’t need it. Trust me.
A few more ideas on how to declutter:
- Fly Lady – the decluttering queen
- Wellness Mama’s kitchen challenge
- 8 tips to clear clutter from the Chopra Center
Now that you know how clutter drains your energy (and leads to overeating), you’re ready to dive right into decluttering without worrying about overwhelm. Go get yourself more energy – you can start right now.
If you’re feeling like your energy-sucking clutter might be more internal, you probably want help unraveling what’s going on. Then, you can put your power towards more of what you love (and not into feeling deeply crap about your food choices). Check out the 7-day emotional eating plan that’ll give you clear step-by-step goals and tasks to take control of your emotional eating, from the inside-out.