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!