Our body is like an organic machine with an electric system that needs energy to function.  

When we get unwell, we are drawn to bed until the flue is gone, the healing job is done, and the body recharges. Rest helps our body rebuild the vast amount of energy needed to fight back “intruders”, reactivate unbalanced organs and restore affected cells. 

How does the body manage energy?

The body manages its physical energy with a system of priorities. First, it defends and protects from external problems and second, from internal ones. Once the external stress is over, the body reorganises its available energy and directs it to the immune system and cells’ regeneration program.

Our energy storage works like a bank account. Once the “all-use account” energy has run out, the body sends a signal for us to rest. If we keep going regardless, the body takes energy from the “reserved savings account” and activates adrenaline hormones to keep going. Once the savings are gone, the body gets an energy “loan” from cells and limits organs functions to their minimum possible duties, even the brains.

Don’t panic. Of course, it’s an abstract way of explaining our complex and paradoxical body. We are still functioning active humans, but this “loan” means symptoms of fatigue, mental fog, terrible memory, diminished digestion, inflammation, lousy sleep, emotionally moody, intolerant, reactive, impulsive, anxious… puff! We are not on our most highest-potential self. The bad news is that here is when a disease might come to the surface.

Ignoring the symptoms and getting angry at our body for being weak and inconvenient is a natural first reaction. But this conflict with ourselves also drains energy, making the process even longer. So, after we get over being annoyed:

Make it easy for the body to heal.

Monika Moller

“Make it easy for the body to heal” works like a mantra to help accept the reality of a health situation. It helped me during my burnout episode, so I wanted to share it with you too.

A part from going to the doctor and taking treatment, we can help the healing process by avoiding things that drain us and instead allow our “organic machine” to preserve and gain resources to recover.

It feels good to step out from the helplessness and feel we can respond to some degree. Depending on the level of exhaustion, even in bed, we can do something to help our healing. For instance, our thoughts and visualisation abilities have a degree of power of creating a positive change in our body, and we can use this in our advantage. 

The mantra also helps us make decisions and resolve inner conflicts between what our mind wants vs what the body needs in order to heal. 

7 simple tips to make it easy for our body to regain energy

We open a possibility to get back our cognitive sharpness, physical strength and stamina when we make it easy for the body to regain energy, and we can help by doing the following: 

1 Moderate exercise: Depending on your recovery stage, avoid extreme exercise and choose moderate physical activities like Chi Kung, Yin Yoga, light stretching, slow walking, mobility movements. (Please note, if you have chronic fatigue or are bedridden, stick with mind exercises and meditation; they are sources of energy, to avoid higher level of adrenaline).  

2 Easy Digest: Eat foods easy to digest, high in nutrients and good fats.

When stress hormones come to the rescue, our digestion capacity reduces as adrenaline lowers lactic acid production. (When running away from a tiger, there’s no time to digest a beefsteak).

3 Coaching: talk to a coach, a counsellor, therapist or someone you trust. Find out where you drain emotional energy. 

  • It helps release emotional tensions from worries, 
  • sort out emotional pain, 
  • and help you organise a plan to manage your energy.

4 De-stress: relaxation helps strengthen the immune system. Stress is not harmful unless it is prolonged and not balanced in time. Also, be aware of other types of stress:

  • Emotional stress: caused by worries, anxiety or depression.
  • Physical stress: caused by physical exhaustion. 
  • Biological stress: caused by inflammation by food intolerances, health issues, heavy metals in the body, unbalanced microbiome, lack of minerals.
  • Spiritual stress: caused by unmet desires, self-realisation, disconnection with the self. 

5 Slow down:  If your days are frantic, non-stop, take time off, have more rest. The best recovery is sleep, but If you struggle to get a good deep sleep, rest as much, meditate as much.

6 Ease the mind: Meditate, be in the garden or be in nature. Being in the present moment, in contact with our being, in awareness, we are in total alertness of the current experience and unattached to our thoughts. In this way, we help our adrenal glands lower stress hormones, and we recharge energy easier and strengthen our immune system.  

7 Reduce EMFs (electromagnetic field) exposure: By reducing phone and computer screen usage, disabling Bluetooth and wi-fi if not needed, walking barefoot to discharge EMFs stored in the body.
Science proved that looking at screens and being close to devices increases the stress hormone adrenaline and drains physical energy. 

Final Note

Reminder, try avoiding: 

  • Eating whatever you find easy to reach. Junk food is the winner because we don’t have the energy to cook, or we want to “pamper” ourselves. But try reducing the treats. 
  • Working long hour pushing yourself to the max. 
  • Not resting enough; not stretching enough; 
  • Ignoring the tiredness and getting angry at your body for being so weak and inconvenient.

These tips might seem simple, but not easy if you’re used to having a fast pace. So be patient and negotiate with yourself. Be aware that adrenaline supports your body when you have low energy, so the energy felt is just that, an adrenaline boost. And if a disease comes to the surface, see it as the body communicating its needs.

 The body is a busy bee, help it have the energy for healing!

Courage is a muscle. You can train it.

Why do you want courage?
To be able to jump outside the comfort zone.
Why do you want to jump outside the comfort zone?
Because there, is where change happens.

How Do I Train My Courage Muscle?

Start easy. Have cold showers in the morning. I wake up, have my morning routine of my green tea with coconut oil, I journal, meditate and yoga–in no specific order. Then, before breakfast, I shower starting with comfy warm water; And at the end, I let the cold out. I breathe, shake, I count to three and then splash! Screaming helps too.

What if you take responsibility for yourself instead of taking care of everybody else?

That was a way for me to be distracted, occupied with something important. I ended up neglecting myself.

Ask yourself,

What if you stop running?
What if you take care of yourself?
What if you walk alone?

Is there fear?
Fear of feeling lonely?
Fear of feeling the emptiness?

 

Knowledge brings understanding – understanding brings acceptance – acceptance brings happiness.

Understanding why and how I got sick was crucial for my recovery. It was shocking to know that stress and depression were the cause of my health debacle, and I had to find out how those emotional states became so extreme and at the same time unnoticed. That genuinely intrigued me. I had to discover what happened to me.

First, I learnt about the disease. Followed by the body, the brain and the mind, and all together. At that time, I wasn’t aware there was a connection between emotions and illnesses and neither between the brain and the body; maybe because I was born in a Western-medicine environment, I thought my thoughts –and brain– were one thing, and my body was another.

A whole new world opened up for me when I learnt about the mind-body interrelationship; Even more when I found out that what we eat also influences our emotions. My fascination with neuroscience started then. Every piece of the puzzle slowly began to fall into place, and things began to make sense. I read books. I spoke to people; I consulted doctors and experts.

Sometimes all the information felt overwhelming. But by chunking certain information depending on what was currently affecting me, I got the grasp of important fundamentals. I don’t think we all need degrees in medicine, although it would have been useful if they taught us some in school.

Just like a music director knows the heart of each instrument to put an orchestra together in harmony, we need to know the core functions of our organs to see our system as a whole marvellous mechanism, so the melody of our health can tune into well-being. Learn this, and you’ll be able to self-heal.

I explored all about the mind-body connection and the holistic approach to healing. What happens in the body when it goes under stress and depression; neurotransmitters, psychology and meditation, also essential. I’ll go into more detail about all this later. But I’ll tell you now, the results of knowing what’s going on prove how important is understanding. Slowly I came to accept what was happening with my mind-body, and with that acceptance came a sense of ease and trust.

Awareness of the mind-body connection can shed light on your health story.

You know you have accepted the reality of your situation when there’s no inner conflict. And if there’s still conflict raging inside your mind, try finding out what is and isn’t in your control. What isn’t you can do nothing. On the other hand, if something is in your control, you can decide what to do about it. Having a plan brings focus, clarity, and also helps to quiet the internal storms. Calmness, proper breathing and inner peace enable you to save energy, an energy that your body needs for it to heal.

When you understand your situation, you reduce the overthinking about the unknown. There might be still unsolved mysteries, things you won’t be able to comprehend, but slowly the foggy picture starts to get clearer. It’s a chain of effects. This glimpse of clarity opens new possibilities for action and action means opportunities for change, and change can make happiness possible.

Knowledge brings understanding – understanding brings acceptance – acceptance brings happiness.