A smart meter measure energy usage in your home – what uses up lots of energy and costs you the most. So what if you had a smart meter for your life?
In this episode I share:
Pressing Pause ep 122 A personal smart meter for your life
Welcome to Pressing Pause, I’m your host, Gabrielle Treanor, a coach, writer, introvert and sensitive soul with an inclination to ponder over the stuff of life. Join me as I explore how we can create, find and feel more calm, ease and joy in our daily lives.
With Christmas just over a month away how are you feeling about it? As someone who spent several years visiting four houses on Christmas Day alone – yes, really – I know just how overwhelming the festive season can be.
Understanding what was behind my Christmas stress, identifying what would create more peace and joy for me at this time of year and taking action to make it happen, revolutionised my experience of the festive season. Which I know sounds a bit grandiose but, really, it did.
The ripple effect is that everyone around me gets a much better version of me too, one that’s more relaxed, more appreciative, present and happier! So it isn’t just me who benefits.
Which is why I have something to help you move from feeling frazzled, exhausted and spread thin during the festive season, to having the calm, the joyful Christmas you want.
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Right then, on with the episode.
Welcome to episode 122. A few weeks ago we got a smart meter installed to measure our electricity usage. Like many people, I’m sure, I spent the next hour walking around the house turning things on and off and exclaiming, ‘The lightbulb barely registers!’ and ‘The washing machine costs how much?!’.
The smart meter really has made me more aware of how much some appliances use when they’re not actually being used, who knew the toothbrush charger would keep chugging electricity, and so I’m getting into the habit of being more mindful about charging, standby mode and switching off plug sockets.
I’m even pondering whether to jump on the air fryer band wagon. I do love a jacket potato with cheese and baked beans (especially now the temperature is dropping) But having the oven on for 1.5 hours just doesn’t seem sensible for my pocket or the planet. And we don’t have a microwave before you ask.
Now, the reason I’m talking about smart meters is not about electricity usage but because it’s prompted me to imagine what it would be like if we had a smart meter for our lives.
A gadget that we could carry around with us that tells us what and who uses up a lot or a little of our own energy. The situation that you didn’t really want to get involved in but you didn’t know how to decline shows as using pounds and pounds of your energy on your personal smart meter. The person who drains megawatts from you with every conversation. The actions you take that use up far more of your energy than perhaps you realised.
Your own personal smarter meter could show you what gives you energy too, like the feed in you get from solar panels, so it could help you identify the things you do, the company you enjoy, the places you spend time in which charge your internal battery as well as deplete it.
Wouldn’t that be helpful, to see your personal energy usage clearly displayed on your life smart meter?
So, until such a handy gadget is invented, and I call first dibs on the copyright, you can be your own smart meter by paying attention to how you feel, what’s happening in your body as well as your mind.
It doesn’t need to be a big deal or take a long time, this is just about raising your awareness, paying a little more attention to what’s going on inside of you. So before you meet up with a friend, before you set off for a walk, before you give your answer to a request for your time, check in with how you’re feeling.
Notice what’s happening in your body – is it holding any tension? Notice what thoughts you’re having about what’s about to happen.
Do you feel a heaviness or lightness before you meet the friend? Are you excited to go for a walk or are you dragging your feet? Does your stomach clench at the thought of saying yes to the request? What happens if you think about saying no?
And then check in again after the event. So after a long chat with your friend do you feel energised or drained? Did the walk calm and refresh you or was it overstimulating and exhausting? Once you say yes or no to the request for your time how do you feel?
This is all really valuable information that gives you insight into what and who gives and takes away your energy. And when you have this information you can then think about what you want to do with it going forward, about where you want to give your energy and what will help to recharge your batteries.
So, when you think of your own personal smart meter for your life, what energy drains and boosters spring to mind straight away?
Thank you for listening to Pressing Pause, you can find details of what I shared in this episode in the show notes at gabrielletreanor.com/podcast.
As I mentioned at the start, if you want this Christmas to ditch the stress, the striving to meet expectations, the being responsible for everyone’s enjoyment, the people-pleasing, the guilt of wanting to do what you need, take a look at my self-paced, online course Calmer Christmas. All the info you need is at gabrielletreanor.com/courses including the bonus early bird gift if you join before the end of this month, so take a look and this year you can have the calm, peaceful, joyful Christmas you want.
And as always if you’d like to share your thoughts on this podcast or anything else feel free to drop me a line at [email protected]
Thanks again for listening, until next time.
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