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How to Optimize Your Mental Energy Supply

Enhance your focus and productivity with these techniques
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In many areas of life, success comes down to sufficient mental energy.

While mental energy sometimes refers to a mood or state of mind in which you feel motivated toward productivity, experts use the term more generally to describe the ability or willingness to engage in cognitive tasks, such as decision-making, problem-solving, and creative thinking. Mental energy also has a direct impact on overall well-being, and you can change it—that is, decrease or increase it—by changing your practices around self-care. These practices may include changing your sleep, diet, exercise, or stress management strategies.

By learning to optimize this energy, you can maximize your potential and find greater fulfillment and success in both your personal and professional lives.

How to Improve Your Mental Energy Through Focus

It’s no secret that the areas on which you focus in life take up a great deal of your energy. Additionally, both your focus and energy are limited resources. To get a high return on your mental energy, then, you must learn to direct your focus toward activities that will yield a high return on your time. Here are a few examples of activities to do just that:

  • Meditating
  • Exercising
  • Reading personal development books
  • Setting personal, professional, or business goals
  • Fueling your brain with healthy foods
  • Taking a course on a topic you’re passionate about
  • Working with a coach

It can also be helpful to zoom out and audit your life to see where you’re currently directing most of your focus. Most people, for example, focus a tremendous amount of time and energy on their careers, which is why it’s critical that you’re working a job you’re passionate about. By using your limited resource of time to work in a position you don’t enjoy, you may be squandering your resource of focus that you could use in areas of your life that provide you with more fulfillment.

If this is the case, consider changing jobs for the sake of doing something you love instead. Having a career that’s aligned with your passion can benefit you in numerous ways, starting with an increase in your mental energy.

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How to Use Habits to Improve Your Mental Energy

Habits are routine behaviors largely controlled by the subconscious mind —and they control around 40% of what you do daily.

As such, they can serve as a good indicator of the amount of mental energy you have available to you. By examining your habits, you can identify the root causes of any lack of mental energy and work toward optimizing your health to maximize your energy levels.

So, how can you optimize your health and energy through habits? Adopt healthy habits, such as meal prepping, going to bed early, working with a personal trainer, and drinking plenty of water, to fuel your brain and body, so that you have more energy for cognitive tasks.

In the meantime, you can also increase your mental energy by eliminating negative habits that drain your energy and damage your health. If, for example, you find yourself missing your morning personal training sessions after staying up late to scroll on social media, you might begin working on cutting screen time down to thirty minutes each night. If you find yourself eating unhealthy foods as soon as you arrive home, you might try eating a healthy snack, such as an apple and almond butter, before you leave the office to curb the hunger you experience during your commute.

One of the most effective ways to eliminate negative habits from your life is to swap them out for positive habits. If you’re trying to change the habit of eating too much fast food, for example, make a habit of taking an alternative route home so you don’t pass by your favorite restaurants. When you intentionally choose and develop habits that support your mental energy rather than drain it, you will exponentially reap the benefits.

The Bottom Line

If you’re finding yourself stuck in a cycle of low energy, there’s a good chance you’ll have difficulty making progress on your goals. By making small changes, you can start optimizing your energy supply to reap the positive benefits.

If you’re ready to take your mental energy to the next level and achieve your goals, speak to one of our Arootah coaches today. They can provide you with personalized guidance and support on your journey toward greater fulfillment and success.

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Disclaimer: This article is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be and should not be taken as professional medical, psychological, legal, investment, financial, accounting, or tax advice. Arootah does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or suitability of its content for a particular purpose. Please do not act or refrain from acting based on anything you read in our newsletter, blog or anywhere else on our website.

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