What’s up with your energy?

The definition of energy is the ability to do work. This is the sum of key lifestyle factors such as: sleep, diet, exercise, and stress levels. Most of us have heard the terms kinetic and potential energy. Potential energy is your capacity to do work. It is the energy that exists in the body as a result of the condition. Kinetic energy is energy in motion. I believe your capacity is determined by your health, and the difference between your potential energy level and your kinetic energy level is your frustration level!

I am going to focus on one main lifestyle factor – that is, stress. There are three types of stressors: chemical, mental and physical. Chemical stressors are the toxins, foods and drinks we consume. Nutrition –or diet – is very important, not just for its effect on how you look, but it is what fuels your body. Regeneration, recovery, and all the bodily functions require fuel to work. Your diet is not just for your palate; it is the energy source for your body. Will junk food produce the same quality of cells, tissue, and organs that quality whole foods will? Therefore, if we supply our bodies with low-quality fuel we limit our potential and kinetic energy, while simultaneously increasing our frustration.

Our food sources are more depleted, and certain nutrients still need to be supplemented. Eat to function, eat to live, eat to fulfill your potential.

Mental stressors are the concerns on our minds, such as: work, finances, family, health, etc. Conquering the mind is very difficult. Your mind and thoughts drive your feelings, actions and ultimately your results. When overwhelmed with negativity, fear and doubt, it can be self-destructive. This changes how you see the world, how you respond and most importantly, your energy levels.

Think about your stressful days and how drained you were. It takes more energy to overcome negativity than it does to just be in your natural state and function. Just like a phone, the more apps you have open, the more it drains the device’s energy. The more apps you have open in your mind will also drain your power! Treat it like your phone and close some apps, log off of some things to save your battery.

Physical stressors are prolonged sitting, standing, past and present car accidents, falls, repetitive motions, injuries, and poor posture. This is also why the trend of standing desks is so popular. Poor posture as a result of prolonged sitting, poor vision while working at a computer, slouching and compensation to tightness and pain in the body also deplete your energy. Without pain or tightness, it is easier to perform, to move and to stay focused. Have you ever tried to focus and work hard with a headache, neck or back pain? It is almost impossible, not to mention that your attitude is a little different.

Today, we see more coffee and energy drinks sold due to the lack of energy. Our lifestyle factors have a bigger role than we realize. Consider this: Your lack of energy and an increase in frustration have an impact on your family, friends, colleagues and others who depend on your contributions. You need energy to give your best and reach your potential. Are you willing to learn and apply some practical matters? If so, below are some tips:

Energy Detractors:
Stress • Smoking • Drug use (recreation/prescription/over the counter) • Junk food • Dehydration • Inactivity • Chronic Pain

Energy Boosters:
Chiropractic adjustments • 6-8 hours of sleep • Essential vitamins/minerals • Consistent exercise 3-5 times/week • Decrease stress • Decrease pain

Dr. Kenyon Godwin leads a team of professionals at Active Family Wellness Center that is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of patients from the Arlington area.