This brain skill is focused on how well we can regulate our energy levels on a brain, cell, and body level. If our overall energy output is constantly exceeding our capacity, it can lead to serious health issues and dysfunction at a brain, cellular (in our mitochondria cell energy powerhouses) and immune system level. How sensitive each of us are in terms of our biological energy ‘set point’ can vary greatly between people. Some people only need 7 hours a night of good sleep to function optimally wheras others need 9 hrs in order to avoid getting rundown. Problems with energy management can show up as:

  • Chronic Fatigue and low energy on a daily or near-daily basis
  • Brainfog and mental fatigue
  • Feeling more tired instead of revitalized by exercise especially cardio
  • Feel ‘tired but wired’ or sluggish yet on edge during the day, especially in the early stages of burnout before more severe fatigue sets in and people feel less ‘wired’ more exhausted.
  • Waking up feeling unrested even after a full night’s rest
  • Always catching whatever bug or virus is going round, lowered immunity to infections, immune dysfunction or triggering autoimmune issues in a predisposed person.

The immune system is very closely connected to our cell energy powerhouses – the mitochondria – and how well they are working can also affect our immune system function. According to a growing body of research*malfunctioning mitochondria is associated more and more with malfunctioning immune system functions. This means that things that affect our energy can impact our immunity, too – from everything from susceptibility to viruses to autoimmune issues or conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome or ME and chronic lyme.

Sleep and Energy

Everyone has their own unique energy set point, which results from a combination of our genes and environment over time. Some of us may need at least 8.5 – 9 hours of sleep each night to feel our best. For others, 7 hours is enough as long as the sleep is good quality. That doesn’t mean if you are a 9 hours a night person, you should try to force or expect yourself to optimize on 7 hours, but knowing if this is a sensitive area is vital to work those factors into your resilience plan. You will see that you need to give your mitochondria and energy system a bit of extra support, understanding and nurturing.

Real life means it may not always be possible to get your optimal 9 hours of sleep (hello to the new parents and people with insomnia!), so it can also help to know your needs so you can cultivate more kindness towards yourself when you are not at your very best.

The Helper Personality Trait

Many holistic doctors who focus on mind-body medicine will also often say that those who suffer from chronic low-energy and immune issues often tend to have helper personalities.

This personality trait sees you putting others before yourself, becoming a caregiver or nurturer, or the friend or family member everyone else leans on. Unfortunately, that can often contribute to energy depletion issues over time unless this trait is managed with self-kindness and putting yourself first when you need to rest and recuperate. Having a helper personality trait is a wonderful gift to others but it must be balanced with self-care and self compassion to avoid getting depleted.

If you scored this as a challenging area in your RM Assessment, it’s essential to work within your energy stocks. This will help stop you from expending more energy than you have in your tank. You can also consider specific interventions that help support and improve energy over time, making you less vulnerable to chronic fatigue and immune-related symptoms. If you already suffer from these kinds of symptoms, you will see improvements over time.

Tips for Energy Management

  • Cannabis/Cannabinoids-CBD, caryophyllene, Limonene
  • New Medicines: Although no published research yet, many anecdotal accounts of people using psychedelic plant compounds (where legal) successfully for chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic lyme diagnoses exist, and hopefully more research will shed light on how these molecules may be working for these conditions
  • mind-body:
    • Mindfulness
    • Yoga Nidra
  • Resilience Medicine Level 1 Diet-try this first if fatigue is in the severe range
    • Resilience Medicine Level 2 Diet for a more gentle approach if you also score high on anxiety on the Resilience Medicine assessment
    • Avoid all dirty dozen veg/fruits (e.g. organic only or avoid the dirty dozen list if you cannot find organic)
    • avoid MSG, food additives, fake sugar sweeteners
  • Supplements:
    • Liposomal Glutathione
    • Rhodiola (for ++ fatigue)
    • NAC (N-Acetyl – L – Cysteine)
    • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
    • CoQ10
    • Magnesium
  • Resilience Medicine Sleep reset protocol
*Additional Reading