Cultivating Positive Energy- How to stay positive in times of anxiety.

Whoa nellie! Is it just me or have the last few weeks been crazy!?!?

Between my cross-country move, some health challenges flaring up, and talking with investors regarding the expansion of Shift Bars, this summer has been a doozy for sure. I pride myself on staying positive throughout all the challenges life throws at me, but I’d be lying if I said there weren’t some moments where my anxiety levels were maxed out.

It’s a part of this game we call life. We’re humming along just fine when - BAM! - it’s time to level up. We’re called on to stretch ourselves, grow and expand in new ways. And you know as well as me, it don’t always feel like a bed full of kittens!

I’m a pretty kinesthetic person, so when something comes up, I feel it in my solar plexus - that area right in the center of your body. It just so happens to be the center of personal power according to many folks and I know that to be true because it’s in those moments when I find myself questioning my power in this world.

Can I raise the cash?

Can I stay in a place of love when someone is angry with me?

Can I trust in the healing power of my body when a new ache or pain comes up?

The best way I’ve found to counteract these punch-in-the-gut moments is to create a stockpile of positive energy to tap into when I need it. It’s not something I do just in the moments when something comes up - rather, it’s a constant practice so that my momentum is strong enough in the right direction that nothing can change my knowing.

How do I do it? Let’s just say I’ve got a variety of tricks… 

  • Meditation- Yes, I talk about meditation all the time. Yes, it’s that important. If you’re not meditating yet or are inconsistent with your practice, I urge you to start a daily routine. It is by far the best way I’ve found to take your overall anxiety level down a few notches day after day.
  • Eating clean- Stress comes in all forms and what we put in our bodies can create stress for sure. The less energy your digestive system has to use, the more your body has to keep you calm and healthy. Eating well also makes sure your brain can create all those feel-good chemicals which naturally combat depression.
  • Purposefully having fun- Whether it’s dancing, going to the beach or seeing a great movie, I schedule in time to have fun. It makes me more creative, relaxed and ultimately, more productive. Counterintuitive in our metric-obsessed culture, I know, but oh so necessary for a balanced, joyful life.
  • Meeting new people- We humans are social creatures and we thrive when we’re out there making new connections. Our current friends and family are great, but new folks bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to the table. Being in a new city has taught me that in a big way. So if you need some new blood, check out an activity you’ve been thinking about and introduce yourself to those who are already there - you may just find your new bestie.
  • Deepening old friendships- That being said, I’ll always prefer going deep to going broad. That’s why it’s so important to not just have a bunch of acquaintances or social media contacts, but honest-to-goodness friends who know and love you unconditionally. If you don’t have many of these gems, start making it a priority to deepen your current relationships. These people are rare but are worth their weight in gold. 
  • Choosing my entertainment wisely - Over the years I’ve been amazed at how the songs, TV shows and movies from my youth no longer resonate with me. Just turning on the radio these days is usually too much as all the songs seem to be either angry and super co-dependent. So I make sure what I watch and listen to in my off-time is serving to lift me up instead of numbing me out or dragging me down. We receive so many marketing messages each day, most of which are negative, that this helps balance things out.
  • Remembering the Truth- Finally, I have some mantras that I can reach to when I want to kick things up a notch or lift myself up. From “Things are always working out for me,” to “It’s my time and I’m ready for the next step”, these sayings remind me of the Truth with a capital T...that the Universe always has my back, even when it may not look like it in the moment.

That’s my list. I hope it serves you. These days, things that used to freak me out or bother me for days, it may take me 5-10 minutes to recover my energetic equilibrium. Which not only feels a whole lot better, it helps me get to a solution that much faster. Because our brains work better when they’re less stressed and more positive.

How about you? I’d love to hear your strategies for building up some positive energy in your life.That way, when the sh!& hits the fan, like it inevitably will, we’ll be ready for it.

Positively yours,

Emily