Of course, you can also have high energy that is negative, and it carries with it the emotions of frustration, anger, anxiety, tenseness, and fear. While these feelings may spark a high level of energy, they also interfere with your thinking and decision making. They may be helpful in case of a physical emergency when your goal is simply to survive, but in most situations a high level of negative energy is counterproductive.
Sometimes you should intentionally experience low positive energy by strategically disengaging in order to allow yourself to rest and recover in your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions. It is critical to spend sufficient time at this energy level in order to renew yourself and enable your embracing of the next challenge.
Low negative energy, on the other hand, leaves us feeling exhausted, burned out, sad, or hopeless. It can also be manifested in moodiness, irritability, and impatience. This category of energy may constitute a type of enforced recovery from stress and overwhelming challenge. It is critical that you develop skills to move out of this toxic level of negative energy.
In figure 1.1, energy level is represented on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). Negative or positive quality is also rated from 1 (lowest negative) to 10 (highest positive).
Unfortunately, after age 30 the demands on our energy typically continue to increase even as nature plays an evil trick on us by decreasing our natural energy capacity. Figure 1.2 shows the dramatic drop (green line) in energy after age 30.
At the same time, our energy demands (red line) tend to peak in our 40s and 50s in the form of work responsibilities, family involvements, and other obligations.
It’s pretty clear, then, that the years ahead will be challenging unless you take steps now to minimize the natural energy loss that is coming your way. Our goal is to help you manage your physical energy through methods that allow you to function at a high level of energy, deal effectively with pressure and stress, and overcome the sense of time shortage. Along the way, we highlight the importance of built-in recovery time to help you recharge, refresh, and face a new day.