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The pursuit of positive energy

By Dr. Yekaterina Karpitskaya

You experience and create all kinds of energies that affect how you feel, how you interact with others and what you accomplish in the day. If you work on creating more positive energy, you’ll see improvements in your personal, professional and spiritual life. It will decrease your level of stress and take your body out of a constant state of fear and fight-or-flight response.

Decreasing the level of sympathetic activity and the levels or cortisol in your body has several direct positive health effects via the brain-body connection, including lower blood pressure and increased ability to heal. Not only will it decrease your level of stress, but it also will increase your productivity and have a positive impact on those around you, creating a feedback loop where they will infect you with their sunny attitude. Positive energy is contagious. When you constantly take in positive energy from your surroundings, it will be visible to the outside world.

So how do you get this elusive positive energy? Some everyday tactics include yoga, meditation, creative writing, keeping a dream journal, reading and focusing on gratitude. Exercise and being outside in nature also helps clear negative thoughts and attitudes. Decluttering and organizing your work and living space also leads to increased positive energy.

Flood your life with light and order. Get rid of minutia and old, unnecessary possessions that hinder you and make you a prisoner of the past. This includes people. Do not let others’ negative energy and internal conflicts hook you into their story and make you feel sad, angry, guilty or afraid. Your life is your story, and only you determine how you tell it.

Dr. Karpitskaya joined Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists in 2011. She specializes in general orthopaedics and sports medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, double board certified in sports medicine and general orthopaedics and a former member of the United States Air Force. Learn more about her at

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