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Today, I want to talk about time and energy sucks. What I mean by this are those activities or people who leave you feeling tired and completely drained of energy. We may not want to admit it, but we ALL have them.

One thing that I have been putting conscious effort into is assessing my daily activities to see if everything I am doing is serving me in the best possible manner. Are the things I am working on and activities that I am participating in helping me serve the world and follow my mission? Or, are they sucking precious time and energy from me and leaving me tired, run-down, and unaccomplished?

The other area I am putting a lot of effort into is also assessing the people that I surround myself with. Are the people I associate with leaving me feeling inspired, motivated, and uplifted? Or are they draining my energy and leaving me feeling depressed and frustrated? It may be hard to admit, but we all have people in our lives who do not leave us feeling that great…

Whenever I identify an activity or a person who is not helping me feel my best, then I really have to look at them and see if it’s something I need to continue participating in or if it’s a person that I should be associating with.

This may be hard for some of you. I totally get it. When it comes to people, it can be difficult to admit that someone you know is sucking your time and energy from you. It can be even harder to start putting distance between yourself and that person.

But I am here to tell you that this is CRITICAL to your mental and physical health. If you’re like me, you have a very limited amount of energy to give the world every day. We have to be protective of this resource, especially if you are dealing with chronic illness on top of everything else that may be going on in your life.

I can tell you from personal experience that one of the fastest ways to slow down your healing journey is to continue participating in activities that do not serve you and your higher needs. And, to surround yourself with people who use up more of your valuable time and energy than you have to give.

I encourage you to take some time to really look at all areas of your life and see if there is anything that you need to let go. It may be helpful to write it down in a journal or even speak to someone about it. Whatever method works for you.

I have found it helpful to do this on a seasonal basis, almost like a little internal inventory and subsequent housecleaning of activities and people who no longer serve me. I know that may sound harsh, but it’s not. It’s a requirement for us to be able to step into our most vibrant lives and thrive.

Putting yourself first is not always easy. And it’s not something that we are taught as children and young adults. Self-care is a foreign concept for most people, but it is absolutely the most important thing that we can do every day. I would love to give you a copy of my eBook, Self-Care for Vibrant Living, where I will show you how to put your needs first and make self-care a part of your daily routine. Sign up for my newsletter here (or click the button below) and receive a complimentary copy.

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