We have all heard the financial planners say that if we want a solid portfolio with a good chance of growth we need to diversify. We are advised not to put all our money in stocks or bonds or mutual funds. We need to have a little of each depending on where we are in our lives. If we are younger we can afford to take more risks than if we are approaching retirement age.
The same is true for our energy portfolios. Didn’t know you had one? Yup, we all do. It’s called our body. There are four energy centers in our bodies – physical, emotional, spiritual and mental. We need to be investing in each of these centers every day or we will find that our portfolio will take some big hits and be depleted before we know it. And, yes, it is true that we can afford to take a few more risks with those centers when we are younger because it takes less time to recover than it does when we begin to creep over 30 on our personal Dow Jones Average. Unfortunately, we begin to feel the depletion of energy more after 30 than before.
As the holidays approach there are going to be many things vying for your energy and many opportunities for you to lose ground rather than gain it in your energy portfolio.
How are you going to invest in yourself this season? Here are four suggestions that might help you break even or even gain a few points.
1. Physical – Maintaining your physical energy during all the hustle and bustle of the demands of a holiday schedule is a must. Instead of staying up late to wrap presents or bake cookies, go to bed an hour earlier. Order cookies and have your gifts wrapped by a local charity. You will find yourself in a much better place come Christmas morning.
2. Mental – Monitor your thoughts carefully. Do not let negative thoughts, jealous thoughts, angry thoughts or any type of thought to crowd out positive energy. Keep the reason for the season in mind. Simplify your to-do list. Stop worrying about the what if’s or how to make it a perfect Christmas. Let it unfold in the midst of a sense of wonder and joy and stop trying to control every outcome or do everything. And remember – very few people have a Hallmark Christmas – very few – ever.
3. Emotional – Sit down and draw up a list of all the things that are keeping you on edge, stirred up, sad, angry, worried or down in the dumps. Be honest as you look at the list. What are the things you can do something about? What are the things over which you have no control? Tackle the things you can do and let go of the things you can’t. If you need to ask for forgiveness or forgive someone, then do it. PERIOD. If you need to clear the air with someone, then do it. PERIOD. If you are worried about finances, scale back your gifts. There is no law that says you have to go into debt over Christmas. Instead of a gift write them a note telling them how much they mean to you. It will be far more appreciated than a store-bought gift. If you are grieving, make a plan as to how you want to spend the holidays. Take control of that and don’t just let a default mode take over. Guard your heart and honor your feelings. You do not need to please anyone.
4. Spiritual – You don’t have to be religious to be spiritual. Spiritual energy is what keeps you connected to something bigger than yourself. It fills you with peace and allows you detach from your job as ruler of the universe (yes, we all do this from time to time whenever we feel we have to take care of everything). Go for a walk in a snowy woods, meditate, pray, go to a choir concert, go to church, schedule a spa day, play with a child. Do whatever reminds you that you are part of something bigger and that life has a meaning outside of the day-to-day glitches we face.
Investing in you is one of the wisest investments you can make. Your ROI will be beyond your wildest imaginings.