In some ways energy is like a puzzle. You need the right pieces, in the right place to complete the picture. For energy you need the right balance of rest and good foods to build up energy. But just those elements alone don't complete it; you have to physically DO something. The puzzle doesn't put itself together. Energy doesn't just appear.
I am seeing all the signs that my girls and I are needing more movement in our day. We are needing physical activities. It is in the lack of energy I feel. It is in the rise in number of their meltdowns. It is in the boredom requests for snacks. It is in the climbing on everything that should not be climbed. And it is in the vibration of my body that is asking to move.
This morning I woke up before the alarm again. I haven't been sleeping well lately so it has been tempting to just stay in bed gazing at the ceiling. Today I decided I needed to apply effort if I was going to get my energy back. I got up and worked out. It felt great but it was short. I can feel my body asking for more.
If I put forth the energy I will see the improvement. I will feel the energy returning. I will sleep better. I will have a clearer mind and even more patience. I know these things from experience but in the cycle of things it gets put off sometimes. Not today.
I'm grateful to feel my muscles moving. I'm grateful to get some good deep stretches. I'm grateful to remind myself the effort is worth it. I'm grateful to offer this gift to my body. I'm grateful to know I sleep better on days I work out. I'm grateful to help guide my kids toward a more active lifestyle. I'm grateful to know we can get back energized together.
What is your favorite way to exercise or move your body? How do you energize? How do you keep the balance?
May today remind us the effort is worth the outcome. May we find ways to get ourselves motivated for whatever it is we need to accomplish. Have a beautiful day!