I agree with the concept that a person’s “state” is the same as their level of energy. To be able to manage your state, you must first be aware of what energy level you are at.
If you are feeling helpless, overwhelmed, grief-stricken, lethargic, sick, depressed, or simply down, then you are operating at a low energy level. If you are happy, positive joyful, loving, compassionate, thankful, grateful, then chances are that you are operating at a higher frequency of energy.
There are questions to ask yourself to know which state you are in at any moment:
1) How do you feel is the first question you must ask yourself.
2) What words are you using to talk to people? Are they positive, encouraging words, or are you just complaining and whining about your own situation?
3) What are you focusing on in the moment? Are you focused on the blessings that you have or something that is lacking? Is the glass almost empty or slightly filled?
4) Is your breath shallow, or deep and strong?
5) Are you standing erect with your shoulders back your head uplifted? Or are your shoulders slouched, with your face looking down and avoiding making eye contact?
If you are operating at a low energy level, then the quickest way to change your state is with your body. Get up and stand tall. Breathe deeply. Take a walk. Enjoy the moment. Focus on something else, like nature, or your dog. Drink water. Then, when you have done this, change the words that you use to describe your situation. Use words that stress the positive. Then, you can alter your environment. For example, go to an uplifting event, or to church, or to the park, or to a coffee house, or listen to positive music or a tape of a motivational speaker. If you don’t want to go anywhere, then change what you are doing.
Do something that will make you feel good, such as taking a walk, or running or exercising, or reading something positive or writing down an inspirational thought, or anything that will be a positive distraction for you. If your number one goal is to feel good now and to do something to make you feel better in the future, then change your state. Do this by changing your body (this is the quickest way), your words, your focus, and/or your environment. Try any one of them or all, and see how it resonates with you.