How Do I Break Clear of This Low-Energy Cycle?

I have low-energy today — and it’s not conducive to getting anything done.

Murray "MJ" Blehart
5 min readJan 26, 2022

I have work to do.

Both of my freelance jobs have things that need to be done by me. Nothing Earth-shattering or particularly time-sensitive — but they need to be done. Also — most importantly, probably — getting them done gets me paid.

Additionally, I have my own writing and editing to do. There’s a novel that I’d like to publish this year that’s not done. On top of that — there’s another finished novel that I should send off to an editor. But I must finish my edits, first.

Despite putting routines in place, creating better habits, and other work I’ve done to keep me on track — I’m finding myself in a low-energy cycle.

I can’t tell you how long I stared at the screen before I started to write this article. It wasn’t coming to me. Then, it occurred to me why.

Look at that — a topic!

What IS a low-energy cycle?

Your mileage may vary, but you’ve likely experienced this.

You feel drained. Your get-up-and-go feels like it got-up-and-went. There are plenty of things for you to do — but none of them, even if you enjoy them, are calling to you.

Sleep is not the answer. I’m not tired. No, I just feel as though I have no energy — and I’m in an invisible sludge slowing me down within and without.

Some of this might be the result of outside influences. It’s grey and chilly presently — and that tends to bring my mood down. Additionally — I have a nerve pinch that’s causing ongoing pain that I can’t seem to rid myself of.

This might also be related to a form of analysis paralysis. I see all these things that I can and should work on. And am finding no interest in doing so.

I’m calling it a low-energy cycle because I know it’s temporary. This feeling of blah, dragging, and general low energy will pass.

It’s not depression, nor any particular negative emotions. In fact, as I consider what I am thinking, what and how I am feeling — the answer is rather “meh.” Grey. Eh. If I am a battery, I’m…

Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy.