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6 Strategies for Increasing Positive Energy

Feb 22, 2023

Do you have days where you are feeling energized and on fire, and then have other days where you can’t seem to muster up the energy to get anything done? Or maybe you have days where you are feeling really good about your life in general and other days where all you can see and think about are negative things. This is not an uncommon human experience and it is also not something that is completely outside of your control. 


Your energy and whether you are feeling positive or negative overall is tied to your thoughts and your mindset. Often we think these things are tied to situations happening around us, or to what other people are doing to us, however, this is never the case. Things happening around you can spark thoughts, but it is always your thoughts that create your feelings. This is important to note because this means that if you change what you are thinking, you can change how you are feeling. When you are intentional about this, you can create habits around the way you think so that thoughts that serve you become your automatic or default thinking patterns. 

Have you ever experienced someone who, no matter what you say, will want to focus on the negative side of things? Perhaps you find that you do this yourself. It can feel instinctive to automatically go to the worst-case scenario, or to something negative, even when there are also positive things happening. This can certainly be an energy zapper and if you sit in this negative energy, it can continue to weigh you down and result in more negative thoughts, and therefore more negative feelings. This can become a negative thinking loop that can feel challenging to break free from.

If you are looking to increase your positive energy, try one or more of the strategies listed below. The goal with these strategies is to change what you are thinking or focusing on, which will change how you are feeling. When you do this consistently, you are taking control of your brain and telling it that you don’t want to spend a lot of time thinking about negative things or worst-case scenarios, and over time, you will create better thinking habits that will result in more positive energy. 


  • Challenge your negative thoughts. Just because you are thinking something, does not mean you need to believe it or continue to think it. If you don’t like how you are thinking about something, you can decide to think differently. Come up with a thought that feels better. If you are struggling with this, consider what you might say to a friend who is in the same situation.

  • Move your body. Do something to shake things up so that you get out of your head and into your body. Get your heart rate up for even a few minutes, release some endorphins (feel good chemicals), and decide how you want to think and feel for the rest of your day.


  • Breathe. Breathe in for a count of 3, pause for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 5. This will help slow down your nervous system which will allow you to feel more relaxed. It will also release tension that may be contributing to you not feeling good. In addition, it will help you access the logical part of your brain, instead of the emotional part of your brain. Once you do this, go back up to my first strategy and challenge your negative thoughts.


  • Listen to music that energizes you and makes you happy. Music can be powerful and can have a significant impact on mood and energy for many of us. If you are feeling negative and/or are experiencing a low mood, have a playlist that fires you up. Don’t listen to music that tells a sad story, or that brings you back to a negative time in your life. Instead, listen to music that brings you energy or that brings you back to times in your life where you were happy and/or confident.

  • Fuel your body with things that give it energy. It is common to want to reach for sweet or salty foods when you are not feeling your best. Although these foods may feel soothing in the moment, the end result is likely that you will feel worse. If you notice you are feeling negative or experiencing a low mood, consider what you can eat that would give your mind and body good nutrients that will help energize it. Also, don’t forget to drink lots of water. Everything works better in your body when it is properly hydrated.


  • Laugh it out. Give yourself some relief from whatever thoughts are weighing on you and do something that is guaranteed to make you laugh. Maybe that is watching funny online videos. Maybe that is calling a friend who will always have a great story to tell you. Maybe that is tuning into your favorite comedian for 10 minutes. Whatever works for you, have something you can do that will distract you and make you laugh. Once you have had a good laugh, ask yourself what you want to think and how you want to proceed with your day.

Whether you wake up in the morning feeling less than great, or something happens during the day that brings you down, know that you have the control to make yourself feel better. You can decide that you are not going to sit with negative thoughts and negative energy, and then take action to change what you are thinking and how you are feeling. When you learn how to do this consistently, you not only experience better emotions overall, but you also feel more confident and empowered.


Live your best boss lady life! 

~ Karen 

Karen Vincent Solutions 

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