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Self-Care Unapologetic Series: The Value of Protecting Your Energy


In our bid to live a peaceful, successful and healthy life, there are some steps that we as individuals must intentionally take. To achieve all these, one has to prioritize self-care. Why is this so? Self-care is simply when you realize that you need to build and develop your present state. It encompasses positive and healthy physical and mental well-being. Having established what self-care is, one can go further to state that protecting one’s energy is a core aspect of self-care and being unapologetic to external influence, especially the negative ones. Author and wellness consultant, Alex Elle, mentioned that: “Energy is contagious, positive and negative alike. I will forever be mindful of what and who I am allowing into my space.”


Why is protecting your energy a valuable self-care tool? Here’s the deal, protecting your energy is essential to your mental and physical health. It is a vital determinant of your overall happiness. The need to protect one’s energy is emphasized because as humans we tend to give a lot of ourselves away, daily. Whether to friends and family, in school or at work, we give out something to the next person. However, we must realize that our needs are as important as that of others. As an individual working towards your ultimate goal in life, which is happiness, you must focus on the kind of energy that surrounds you. You should also constantly monitor the energy you give out to people. This is because, more often than not, the energy you give out is the energy you pull in.


Now, know that learning to stay in control and protecting your energy is never easy. It takes constant reminders, effort, and commitment. Besides, strong boundaries are required for certain energies. For instance, you need to stay far or avoid those who constantly belittle you or are mean. You should treat all forms of negative energy like a plague. As a rule of thumb, if you are inviting a lot of toxic people and energy into your life, be sure to evaluate your life. The reason being that to attract that energy, you’re most likely giving it out.


In essence, if you notice you’re doing a bad job protecting your energy, there’s room for improvement or redemption. One of the best ways to go about it is to carry out toxic self-checks. This is important. After all, you might find it hard to protect your energy because you are a toxic party. Toxic self-checks help you determine your mistakes and issues. As individuals, we need to have a quiet time where we access the harm we’ve done and address the issues in our lives. All these help to attract the right energy.


In another vein, you can seek help via therapy. There are trained professionals who can help you see the value of protecting your energy and help you work towards attracting the positive ones. Now, deciding to seek help from a therapist is not as easy as it sounds. This is because there is a stigma associated with visiting these professionals. Regardless, you need to have it at the back of your mind that therapy is beyond mental health. It is also about mental wellness.


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