Our bodies have natural energy cycles, and when we tune into those cycles and work with them instead of against them, things feel easier. You can get into flow more easily. Have you ever completed a task one day and it feel simple and quick, but another day the same task feels like wading through mud? That’s because you’re fighting against your natural energy cycles. That’s why working night shifts takes years off your life – because it’s your body’s natural instinct to sleep during the night and be awake during the day, so you are constantly fighting those natural rhythms.
There are a lot of factors that can effect your energy cycles – your menstrual cycle, the lunar cycle, illness, mindset/mood, seasons… The trick is to get to know your own energy cycles well so that you can notice when and what is putting you off-kilter.
For a week, try tracking your energy levels throughout the day. I know that my mental energy is at a peak during 9am-3pm, and my physical energy is at a peak during 3pm-7pm, so I plan any work or writing that requires my full mental focus in the first half of the day and any physical activity, for example going to the gym or housework, in the latter half of the day. In doing this, I am syncing with my own energy cycles and making things easier for myself.
Once you get to know your day-to-day energy cycles, you can take it to the next level and track your energy levels throughout the month – during your menstrual cycle or lunar cycle. I know that during a full moon I become lethargic and emotional, so I don’t plan anything but self-care for around that time, and my energy levels peak around day 7 of my menstrual cycle, so anything big that requires a lot of energy will get done during that time.
Everyone’s energy cycles will be different – the most important thing is to get to know your own and work with it, instead of against it. Let me know how you get on tracking your own energy cycles!
Until next time,