By Dr John Demartini – human behaviour expert and founder of The Demartini Institute

What are the most common causes of feeling flat and lethargic?

Distraction and lack of direction in life. Often people carry around so many tasks in their mind that they think they have to do, should have done, could do, etc. The mental energy expended just thinking about this neverending to-do list can leave you feeling drained, lethargic and completely overwhelmed.

In today’s fast-paced world it is essential that we learn how to delegate and not try to take responsibility for everything

I suggest putting this imaginary list on paper, reviewing it and then separate what only you can do from what you know you can give to someone else to do. Once you have done this you will not feel as overwhelmed and immediately more motivated.

To paraphrase David Thoreau, most people are living quiet lives of desperation, not invigorating lives of inspiration – not doing what they love nor loving what they do.

They aren’t grateful, so they are putting on the brakes in life and lacking the energy and vitality to live.

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Are there any simple solutions?

1. Know where you are going. Your energy soars when you are clear on your aim and direction in life. When your heart and soul are guiding you energy abounds.

2. Delegate low priority actions to those more suited and inspired to do them.

3. Be thankful. When you are grateful for all that you have rather than dwelling on all that you are lacking, you will discover a very powerful source of energy. Count your blessings daily (Read my earlier book Count Your Blessings – The Healing Power of Gratitude and Love for more insights on the importance of gratitude).

4. Eat moderately. Many people try to perk themselves up by over-eating, but this is definitely not the way to do it. It has actually been shown that if you eat less you have an increase in vitality and overall energy. Biological research also shows that people who eat less live longer. Walk away from the table a little less full and you will have a lot more spark to do the things you want to do.

5. Eat wholesome nutritious foods – become aware of what you eat. Be sure to ‘eat to live’ not ‘live to eat’.

6. Drink water – lots.

7. Breathe fully and deeply – use your diaphragm.

8. Connect your vocation with your vacation. If you aren’t doing what you love and loving what you do, you have the brake on all the time.

9. Smile. Smiling can change your physiology and make you look up at life.

Who is most at risk of suffering from a lack of energy?

The people who are in the most risk of ‘suffering’ a lack of energy are those who do not feeling like they are living purposefully – they feel lost, overwhelmed and out of focus. They are scattered and trying to live other people’s lives. They are also the ones whose diets and lifestyles are not all that ideal.

What are the effects or problems associated with long-term low energy?

Depression, suicide, obesity, numerable phobias… and a host of other mental and physical conditions too numerous to list.

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