How to Protect Your Energy: 3 Unconventional Tips

Have you ever woken up one day and realized that panic mode and pure exhaustion have become your default settings? If you’ve ever Googled, “How to protect your energy” and “Tired of being tired” and “How to set boundaries” … then you are not alone.

I’ve been there, so I understand how hard it can be to feel hopeful. The good news is, you don’t have to stay in that drained, depleted place.

Why am I always tired; how to protect your energy

Learn How to Protect Your Energy (For Real)

You can make changes. You can choose to take care of yourself, to honor what poet Mary Oliver calls “your one wild and precious life”.

Last week I was so fired up after recording another edition of our You Need to Read video series that I spontaneously made a video for you.

Those are the kinds of fun things that happen when you have more energy.

In this 9 minute video, I share three unconventional ways to honor and increase your own energy (outlined below).

Bonus: Bootsie the cat makes an unplanned cameo appearance. You can also hear the clanking of Jonathan’s dishes going into the sink in the background. Good times!

Three Unconventional Tips to Protect Your Energy

  1. Be mindful of your language … because untruths weaken you. Also discover which three phrases I call the “unholy trinity” of energy drainers.
  2. Test-drive your day … because if you’re anything like me, you probably have some unrealistic self-expectations!
  3. Build in buffers … because rushing around and creating adrenaline spikes are not helpful. Plus, learn a very practical formula for ensuring that you don’t need to feel frantic.

PS – If you liked this video, check out the Protect Your Energy course page that launched last week.

Protect Your Energy: Stop Draining and Start Living is a four-week course that I’m co-leading with my close friend, Brooke Adams Law. Both of us are creatives who have dealt with long-term illness exacerbated by stress and perfectionism.

Together, we will teach you to change the thoughts that keep you stuck in overwork, busyness, and frantic activity. Registration is now open!

You can also sign up for the course email list and receive our free series, 10 Days to Boost Your Energy. (This video went out as a bonus for that email list yesterday.)

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How have you learned to protect your own energy? Share your best tips and join the conversation in the comments below!


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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional of any kind, and these suggestions are no substitute for professional medical care. I’m just sharing what has worked for me.

7 thoughts on “How to Protect Your Energy: 3 Unconventional Tips

  1. Bridget says:

    Thank you for these. I actually am pretty good at the last two, but retraining my thought/speech for the first one I have a feeling will be a work in progress for a while.

    • You’re very welcome, Bridget! It’s amazing how once you start eliminating common phrases such as “I can’t” from your own vocabulary, you notice them popping up everywhere! People use them all the time without realizing the impact they can have.

      All of that said, as a fellow work in progress I’m cheering you on in making changes. 🙂

  2. Donna says:

    Very good!!! I liked it all- especially the mindful language – lies do weaken. Bootsie added such a flair too!

  3. Great video and tips, Caroline! These are all excellent. Especially resonant for me today is the “building in buffers” tip. I keep catching myself lately in the idea that I “have to” (noticing my language there!) rush on to the next thing, but it’s so true that all that rushing leads us into fight, flight, freeze responses that are so not helpful. Hi to Bootsie! 🙂

    • Jill, thank you so much! So glad to hear that the video resonated with you. And yes, I hear that and empathize with the tendency to rush.

      My strongest temptation is to do “just one more thing” before I head out the door / get ready for bed / shut down my computer, etc. Then of course that leads to one MORE thing, and before I know it I’m frantic and well behind schedule. But when I discipline myself to keep a buffer, that stress goes away.

      On good days, I can say to myself, “Okay, while it’s true that you COULD do one more thing, it’s probably not wise. Let’s stop here.”

      Needless to say, it’s a work in progress!

      PS – Bootsie is currently asleep atop her cat play tower, but I will give her an extra cuddle on your behalf when she wakes up. 😉

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