Recently at work I took a training about managing your energy in order to maximize your performance. The course went over all the different types of energy that we as humans have to manage (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual), as well as tips on how to manage these different energy buckets. Turns out I take good care of my physical and emotional health, but need to improve making my mental and spiritual health a priority. Tips for improving those areas included taking mental and physical breaks throughout the day, and meditation. Another tip our instructor impressed upon us: Checking your email and your phone is not a mental break! At first I thought this was fairly obvious, but as soon as we were given a break in our training, my instinct was to check my phone for emails/pings/Facebook messages/Instagram updates. I caught myself and reminded myself that that’s not a break, and instead I went for a walk outside, and went down the Google slide. It felt great to take a real break, and I was able to focus better when we came back to the training afterwards.
It’s been a couple weeks since I took this energy training, and I can honestly say that I really took what I learned there to heart. I’ve been meditating for 10 minutes every day, and I take breaks after 1.5 – 2 hours of solid work time. This new-found perspective has also coincided with smartwater’s “look up” Instagram challenge, which encourages people to look up from their phones and see how they become inspired. I’ve been looking up from my phone during my breaks (sometimes I even leave my phone at my desk! :-O) and when I do, I always return feeling refreshed.
A couple weekends ago, I was looking up at the view off the deck of my fiancé’s family’s house.
This gorgeous sunset inspired me to create an outfit inspiration board incorporating the same beautiful colors into the look.
I love how the look turned out. And if I had been glued to my phone and hadn’t looked up, I wouldn’t have been inspired to make it; and missing out on a good outfit is a borderline tragedy. You can participate in smartwater’s Instagram challenge by following @smartwater on Instagram and tagging your photos with #lookupsweepstakes. Can’t wait to see what you’re inspired by!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by smartwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about smartwater, all opinions are my own.