Short Circuiting, Burnt Out? Then Unplug & Recharge!

Why You Must Unplug To Recharge

Are you walking through life like one of the living dead, or zoning out in the middle of an interesting conversation.  

Do you often forget your only child’s first name?  If you’re suffering from either of these ailments, more than likely you need to unplug and recharge.

It may seem counterproductive to unplug so you can recharge, but it’s the only way to get your creative juices flowing again!

No Energy Left
Energy Outlet

Think of yourself as a two socket electrical outlet. At one time, your two sockets were more than enough when you first begin delegating energy usage.  However, your two sockets are no longer enough for all the things you want to plug in.  

There are all these plug-ins vying for access to your energy current.   Not only must you supply enough energy for yourself, you have the needs and desires of other’s to consider.  For some, you’ll plug them into your outlet on a daily basis.   And you may not think that’s such a big deal, right? Think again!

What's Your High Demand Energy Output Rate?

Have you every considered how much of your energy resources are in demand?  Most don’t.  There’s work, family, friends, community, home, education, recreation, hobbies and special interests plug-ins all wanting access to little ole you.  And not just for a limited amount of time or on a daily basis either.  Some will want access 24/7!  So what do you do? Well, you feel it’s time to upgrade to a power strip!  Now you won’t have to unplug one in order to plug in another.  You can leave them all plugged in all the time.   They can have access to your energy current whenever they desire.  And you don’t have to lift a pinky finger to plug them in!   Initially, it seemed like an ideal plan. 

However, we usually don’t take into consideration that at some point a few of our plug-ins will eventually upgrade.  Upgraded plug-ins need even more of our energy.  For example, little Sally is born.  Family additions (people, pets or plants) require from us more mental and emotional focus, chores and errands to run.  

Then there’s that job promotion we were so excited to get. It too places more demands on our energy resources.  For each school semester completed, every certificate or license we strive to receive, energy is required.  In all things there is the movement of energy.

Full Power Strip

How We Drain Our Energy

Here’s the thing.  We are more than capable of upping the amount of amps we can maintain—sort of speak.   As a matter of fact, we’re designed to do just that, to evolve, to increase and to handle more.   However, we are not the Energizer Bunny and cannot supply indefinite energy to others. Occasionally,  pausing all energy drains and allowing ourselves to recharge is a must.  But being excellent doers and givers, there’s a tendency for us to over whelm our life enhancing energy supply.  And we do so in a few ways:

  1. We fail to regulate or check our energy flow because we mostly operate on auto-pilot. We are creatures of habit and by default we will continue to power up plug-ins. We’ll do so for days, months or years without checking to see if we still desire to supply this energy. Or we don’t check to see if what’s plugged in even needs it!
  2. There is a need, obligation or obsession to be a conduit for any plug-in that asks to be powered up. Some simply cannot say no.
  3. We forget (or never knew) how important it is to tap into our personal energy source to recharge when needed.  

At some point, we may each find ourselves falling into any one of the above categories.  So how does one remain fully energized and happy  while sharing their personal energy?

You Can't Power A Village On E!

Low Battery

First we must come to realize that we do ourselves and others a great disservice by mismanaging our personal energy.  Though the intention is to help another, we sometimes stifle and drain our energy while stifling the energy of others.  Here’s how.

For us to realize our full potential, we must learn to activate, sustain and eventually increase our personal power supply.  But this may not happen if there is an expectation of someone else doing all the energizing for us.  There’s a very fine line between helping someone to empower themselves and hindering someone from self empowerment.

To believe anyone must redirect their energy in order to help others maintain or gain more of theirs is…well, ridiculous!  

What happens after one exerts a huge amount of energy in their futile attempts to do more than they should?  They end up severely damaging one or more of their energy circuits. 

Now they feel burnt out, cut off, fried up, and without any joy left!  This is better known as a complete mental and/or physical breakdown.

Power Stripe Burnout

What’s next for someone who survives an energy backdraft? They begin to feel used, abused and then angry that they allowed it.  So before you get to this point, UNPLUG!

Re-evaluate the plug-ins tapping into your energy source.  Remove what absolutely does not need to be there and delegate others to someone else’s energy source for awhile.  You just might be surprised at all the help you will receive if you ask.   After you have re-evaluated and delegated, then you need to get the heck out of Dodge!  

Relaxing by The Ocean

Release, Relax, Recharge

Go someplace beautiful, peaceful and revitalizing!   And you don’t always have to travel to get there.  If your back yard or garden is all that, then go there!  You can be there for an hour or less, a day, a weekend or an entire week.  Just go!  Knowing you, you’ve already taken care of everything.  And it’s not like your world is going to fall apart because you stepped out of it for a minute.  It will be there when you get back.  Here’s a great motivator.  If you fully recharge, your world will look and feel much better than it did before your left!

So there you have it! Every now and then we all need to unplug and tap into our infinite source of energy.  And we should do so free of any guilt or worries. If not, there’s really no way for us to fully recharge.~ Yvonne L. Jones

Fully Charged Battery
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