Meditation is like your own, private, inner sanctuary that you can go to whenever you need. It is a tool that is always there at your command. In this way, meditation can be an excellent support at times when your energy is expelled to others, possibly leaving you feeling a little deflated, low energy or fatigued.
Perhaps you work in a profession that requires the giving of your energy to assist others in one way or another, whether that is serving customers, offering advice, caring, coaching, healing, teaching, training or even just listening to a friend who is in need of an ear. However you support others is always an outlay of your energy. In this blog coach Brea shares her suggestions on how you can use meditation to replenish your energy and avoid burn out.
Giving and giving and giving can eventually take its toll if you are not giving back to yourself. This is where stress can creep in, showing up in an overactive mind, unhealthy behaviours and physical irritability.
Sometimes, the out-pouring of your energy can leave you feeling tired. Other times agitated or frustrated, and sometimes down or empathic toward another’s situation.
All of these responses can have a negative impact on your own well-being, leaving you feeling unbalanced and ungrounded.
After interacting with other humans and particularly when engaged in supporting others, in any capacity, it is important to implement your own self-care so that you are not carrying around the energy of others which can impact on your mood and energy levels.
This will ‘lighten the load’ so to speak, that you may have unknowingly accumulated from these interactions. Even meditation teachers can benefit from bringing balance to oneself after guiding and teaching others.
Looking after yourself and your own energy will allow you to feel at your optimal best, have a clearer mind and be better able to continue to support others on their journey.As they say, fill your own cup and give from the overflow.
So, how can you support yourself?
Meditation can help!
Meditation comes in many forms. There are different meditation styles and techniques that can support you to come back into your centre and feel grounded and whole again.
What brings you joy?
Taking time to nourish yourself is vital.
What do you love doing by yourself that lights you up?
What makes you feel good when you’ve done it? What is joyful for you?
Whatever it is for you, do that. Bring a mindful approach to something that you enjoy doing that makes you feel good. Delve into a joyful, soulful experience with awareness to each moment of it. Be present with your joyful experience, moment by moment and notice a positive shift in your energy by doing so.
Allowing yourself some ‘me’ time, nurturing your well-being with mindful awareness and mediative practices can help to bring back the balance to your being after sharing your time and energy with others.
Remember, you too are worthy of the love and support you offer to others.
Enjoy the beautiful flow of giving and receiving in equal harmony.
Author – ACMM Coach, Brea Willingham