“Energy and Emotions are visitors; greet and connect with them; enjoy their company and then say goodbye.”
I totally love exploring the concept of energy, what it means, how it connects to our emotions and how we can explore the concept of energy to discover and learn about ourselves.
Energy is all around us. You’ve been to science class, and you know what energy is in a scientific sense. But what about in more of a psychological sense? Within us, we have all different kinds of energy. It’s important to note that our energy levels are linked to our behaviour, actions, and experiences.
Three primary energies within the body are high, centred, and low, and every energy has its purpose. So even though you can never see energy, you can feel it. Just think, when you’re at a concert where everyone is excited to be there, the high energy going on is a collective experience. You feed off one another’s energy, and it grows and grows.
It can be the same for low energy. If everyone around you is experiencing and exhibiting low energy, it can bring your energy down, making you feel low energy. The same goes for centred energy. Think of a classroom where everyone is learning. That is what centred energy looks, sounds and feels like. Children’s brains are active, learning and concentrating.
Sometimes, depending on the moment, the activity, or the experience, you can exhibit or feel different levels of energy simultaneously!
Connection to Emotions: We Can’t Disconnect Them!
Because emotions and energy are so very closely linked, we can’t possibly discuss energy without also delving into emotions. Emotions are feelings that act as signals. They let you know something is happening, and the brain and body work together to signal to you or others that you’re experiencing something. It’s a sort of inner language communicated to us, and we must learn how to communicate our emotions effectively to others and even ourselves!
All emotions are like visitors. They come; they stay for a little while and then move on again. Of course, some like to stick around more than others, and that’s why things can get a little tricky sometimes. But without understanding or accepting these varied emotions (which occur every day!), we can’t move through the more complex emotions and let things go that no longer serve us.
When a situation or experience occurs, we react to it. It is natural and human, and everyone does it. However, first, you feel the emotions inside yourself. Emotions are a private signal inside our bodies that lets us know what we’re experiencing. The emotions are on the outside, and it is the emotion that others can see, which can be connected to our behaviours. It can be an excellent time to take a bit of space to look at these emotions and identify them. That way, you can better express them to others, which is the next step. Once the initial experience of the emotions is over, we can begin to express the emotions.
Emotions and Energy: E(energy) + motions = Emotions!
I’ve already mentioned earlier in the article that our energy level affects our emotions and behaviour. So, if we are experiencing high energy, we will be experiencing and exhibiting corresponding emotions. These could be something positive, like enthusiasm, or a little more negative, like stress. It’s almost like our energy and emotions are holding hands; when one goes up, so must the other, and when one goes down, so must the other. Have you stopped to consider that your emotions are your behaviour?
That’s why it’s so important to be able to change energy levels and regulate your energy effectively. When you control your energy, you have greater control over your behaviour, emotions and the scale of those emotions.
Practising With Your Energy
Understanding energy and the different energy levels is an essential component of well-being. We must recognize where our energy is and how we can use our energy effectively. Exploring what raises or lowers their energy is essential. You can then do these activities or experiences whenever they need to change energy. You might also want to ask yourself what energy level is the most difficult for me to get into? Which is the easiest and why? Keep this in mind before you work through the learning activity.
Learning Activity: Take out a piece of paper and make three columns, one for each of the following questions. Jot down a few ideas under each question:
- What experiences raise your energy?
- What experiences centre your energy?
- What experiences lower your energy?
Once you know the activities that shift your energy, you can start practising with them. For example, you can work on activities that bring you high energy when you’re feeling too low and vice versa. Energy and emotions are very much connected to understanding your self, behaviour, well-being, and the ability to build resilience.
Tricky experiences can spark an energy change in us, and you can feel it in your physical body. Perhaps you were exhibiting low energy, but then something stressful happened. You feel the adrenaline rushing through you, and you start to breathe faster. You might even start to sweat as your heart races. Right then is the time to work on a centred or low energy activity to help you transition from that high energy back down to an appropriate energy level. For example, you might engage in breathing activity, do a gentle exercise, listen to some music, whatever it might be. With that understanding of yourself and how your body’s energy works, you can accomplish a lot, and tricky experiences don’t have to get in the way.
The Ultimate Teenage Experience
I am passionate about working with young people to discover who they are at this exciting part of their lives. That is why I have written a book called The Ultimate Teenage Experience: The Power of Perspective.
It will be published around September time. I wished someone had handed me a book in my teenage years; I probably could have used some guidance along the way to save me from falling into the Resilience Pit that we learnt about in the last article too many times. You can now register your interest to be notified of when the book will be released.
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