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This is about whether you feel fatigued, tired or vigorous. Some activities leave you feeling wiped out, whilst others don't. People can also drain you; with negative emotions and being needy/demanding.
A lot of things can make you feel drained:
- bad poise/posture putting the body under duress
- not being moderate; doing too much
- failure to rest, relax, stop
- time management/commitments, personal life, work
- strong stretching, exaggeration, over-commitment, disconnected movement and exertion are all physically taxing; wasting energy
- tensing the muscles e.g. body building, being sedentary, being uptight
Modern life saps energy. People are often exhausted, unhappy, frustrated... They are frequently emotionally, physically and psychologically unbalanced. Feeling drained is commonplace.
Getting angry is normal. This is not a healthy way to live...
Spend your time wisely
You can address a lot of things to conserve energy:
Healthy joints use
Healthy skeletal alignment
Optimal body use
How your muscles work
How and why to relax your body
Balanced use of the body
Proprioception (relative position of body parts/awareness of how much strength is being applied)
Kinaesthetic awareness (knowing where your limbs are positioned without needing to look)
Ambidextrous use of the limbs
Gait (manner of walking)
Sugar, caffeine, energy drinks, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, sweets, over-stimulation, over-activity, loud music, TV, distractions... these all provide bad energy. Why is it bad?
Some of these energy sources affect your mind and your emotions, whilst others provide a short-term gain which costs you in the future.
Many people are essentially borrowing energy from the future just to get by. None of the faux energy sources affect your life in a good way. Over time you start to look old and feel really strung out.
When tired, rest. Eating food or taking stimulants to stay active and alert is unhealthy. Seeking activity is unwise. Just stop and rest. Your body needs to stop. It needs to repair, recover and grow.
Our culture is filled with things that make you anxious: the news, advertising, marketing, media, fashion, trends, fads, gossip, customs, family, religion, peer pressure, war, work, ill health...
An anxious person thinks constantly, talks, competes, worries, over-eats and spends money. Instead of relaxing, they are compulsively active.
Retiring in the UK
When people retire in the UK they are often encouraged to remain active. A common habit is to become embroiled in ceaseless activity. This can take many forms.
Well meaning people seeking to get fit wear themselves out by exerting unnecessarily. Avoid using muscular tension.
In taijiquan we use only the minimal amount of strength; only what is necessary to hold your limb in place. Anything more is wasted.
Imagine waking up each morning full of energy and vitality yet also feeling
calm and relaxed about the day to come. It sounds like a miracle yet this
state of abundant health and wellbeing should be our birthright. In our
natural state we would face each day with joy, peace, and a deep connection
with our bodies.
12 January 1995
Last updated 29 April 2021