One of the things that I learned through my decades of depression is that our bodies are like batteries: they are largely comprised of water and salt, and rely on the sun as their exterior energy source. This phenomenon goes a long way in explaining why we feel so energized after a day at the beach.
Although we all experience fluctuations in our energy levels, those of us who suffer from depression need to closely monitor these. Not only do I monitor my energy on a moment-to-moment, day-to-day basis, but I also track seasonal changes. In North America, most depressives slowly lose energy in late fall, as the sun loses its power to revitalize our bodies.
The following is a list of things that drain us of energy:
- Holding onto the past, especially to traumatic experiences
- Being around negative people
- Sedentary lifestyle lacking sunshine and Vitamin D
- Seeking approval from others
The following is a list of things that revitalize our energetic systems:
- Being present, in our body and in our life
- Surrounding ourselves with people who support our growth
- Daily doses of exercise, preferably outside
- Clean food, water and air
- Being true to yourself