Since I added a picture today on Instagram with the text about the energy cycles I got dozens of messages from a lot of you. It really resonated well. So I thought I’d write some more about what I mean by this “Energy Sinusoid”.
It all must have started in high school – I struggled with thinking there must have been something seriously wrong with me;) I couldn’t understand how it was possible that I there were days I could do virtually anything, I could move mountains, and my TO-DO list would explode with 50+ points – all done! And sadly – some other days something as easy as replying to an email could be an issue. The only activity I was able to perform on such day would be preparing more tea and clicking ‘next episode’ on Netflix.
I would always go into thinking the worst about myself after such ’down’ period. Simply because I was worried that the “UP” vibe will never come back, and the ‘down’ phase was just my fault and the ultimate proof I was yet another lazy kid.
The years went by, I finished high school, got my master’s degree and this never changed. I was thinking about myself in terms of this weird dualism, but there was no ease about it. No reconciliation whatsoever.
Luckily enough most of my professional life has to do psychology and working with people. It was when I was studying to be a psychotherapist that I discovered everything that was going on with my energy/creativity/motivation sinusoid was completely natural.
Ups and downs for growing!
We are creative human beings. All of us. And it’s understandable we cannot work with full speed all the time. It’s like when you drive – you will not use the 5th or 6th gear ALL the time. (a metaphor for those driving a stick;) ) You need to start with 1 and then 2 – otherwise you will have problems with your car. We – people, work exactly like that. In order to be productive, effective, creative, we have to regroup and recuperate. Otherwise our ‘motor’ – might get too exhausted.
The Sinusoid is also about GROWING. When we’re ‘down’ we accumulate energy necessary for our next steps, we regenerate, we heal. And then – being ‘up’ this hill – we are able to outperform, to go outside our comfort zone and reach for higher prey. It’s only natural we’re able to do it once in a while. It’s like with running – those who run will get this metaphor;) You cannot sprint through all of your training, there are moments you have to slow down, to level your breath, to calm your heart. And then – there are also those sprinting minutes – to go to the finish line, to break your record. Both are parts of a complete a workout.
All in all – those moments of minimal productivity serve us. It’s good to actually enjoy them with a clean conscience because only rested and with a clear head can we start all the new challenges that are awaiting.
And one more – very important thing. Those shifts in energy are only natural if they are not disturbing your life – if they seem healthy in the end. There’s a line between that and depression or other possible disorders. If the ‘down’ feels too deep, or the ‘high’ is – well – to high – you should definitely consult a specialist.
How about you? If you feel like it – please share your experiences in the comments:)