Years ago, I traveled to the big island of Hawaii and I was staying in a small lodge deep in the rain forest. When I checked in to the lodge, I was handed a tennis racket contraption. I was told this was a “zapper” to keep the mosquitoes away. And zap away I did in my little room in the jungle.
Sometimes we know what things are pesky in our lives and sometimes they are not so obvious as we can become numb and desensitized. It’s these more subtle things that can keep us in a coma of complacency or worse yet, convince us over time that we need them. These things that deplete, keep us stuck, or are negative are zappers. A zapper is anything that brings your energy down. Take a moment to ask yourself – what’s zapping me? It’s important, because zappers hold you back from living your life to the fullest; they can delay and derail you from what you truly desire. Your personal boundaries may be getting crossed.
Here are a few ideas to get you in touch with some potential zappers;
1) People – If you spend time with someone and leave feeling frustrated, anxious, or depleted, you’ve found a zapper. If this person is important in your life, it’s up to you to identify why your energy feels zapped with this person. Create a communication plan to address it with them, asking for what you need. This takes courage and this is where relationships can deepen.
2) Doing – What tasks drain your energy? Is there a way to delegate or ask for assistance? Creating a self care plan can ensure you’re filled up before you become depleted.
3) Food & Drink – Do you notice how you feel after eating certain food or drinking alcohol or coffee? Your body has its own innate intelligence and knows what it likes and needs. Your job is to pay attention and replace the zappers with food that energizes or feels healthily satisfying.
4) Media – Are there TV shows, internet news, movies that leave you feeling drained? Are you watching too much TV? Take inventory of your social media, computer, TV, and print reading time and ask yourself how you feel experiencing them. Replace your zappers with funny, joyful, meaningful media and watch your energy rise. Or better yet, get outside!
5) Environment – Scan your home/car/office in your minds eye. Are there rooms you pass over or areas you ignore? Do they contain clutter or unfinished tasks? What task can you at least spend 15 minutes on to make a dent in? Are there items you can get rid of or repaired? Unfinished tasks and projects are an energy zapper.
Identifying what is zapping your energy with the intention you won’t get bit by a pesky energy drainer.
Press that zapper button and zap away to more ease in your life!