HOW TO AVOID These 7 Energy Leaks 

A person laying on the ground with a teddy bear Wylde Grey HOW TO AVOID These 7 Energy Leaks

One of the most effective ways to reclaim mental bandwidth is to identify where you are “leaking†energy. In my 25 years as a psychotherapist, I have found there are common energy leaks that leave my clients, students, and community members feeling drained, flat, and exhausted.

Do any of these top 7 emotional energy leaks resonate with you?

Difficult Relationships

When nothing is easy and you’re always on the defense or being criticized at every turn, these are big energy drains. Think through the relationships in your life that eat up your bandwidth. It could be a romantic partner, a family member, a friend, or a work colleague.


How much time do you spend worrying about things that haven’t happened? When we worry, we are fearfully or catastrophically projecting into the future. If you have a habit of worrying, it could be a learned behavior from childhood. Obsessing about the potential bad things that could happen will not change what happens (because worrying is not the same as preparing), and it is a huge energy leak.


When we procrastinate, we are not doing something we know we must and even though we are not doing the thing, it still dominates our mind. Remember, where our attention goes, energy flows.

You do your best work when you are expansive, not constricted by waiting until the last minute. We need time and preparation to have the luxury of space to be creative, think things through, and make adjustments.

Overdoing Screen Time

Most of us have shows we like to watch, but streaming or scrolling for hours at a time on a regular basis can drain your energy.

Here’s something important to think about: If you’re watching things that are violent or stressful, your body responds with real feelings. So when you watch a scary movie, your body releases stress hormones like cortisol. Over time, these hormone dumps can fatigue our adrenals and lead to exhaustion and inflammation.