Energy for Living and Loving

One thing I love is the enthusiasm that kids bring to the table regardless of what’s going on.  Yes, sometimes that enthusiasm gets overwhelming and you wonder if they’re ever going to calm down.  But as you probably know, it’s harder to be that enthusiastic as you get older.  How can we as adults capture some of that enthusiasm for ourselves?

1-spend time with kids.  Yes, this sounds obvious to the parenting community, but I’m sad to say I meet many families that don’t spend much time together.  But if you really want to be a great parent and you want to feel as good as your kids seem to, spending time with them is a great way to do it.  The only technicality to mention here is that texting on your iPhone while the kids play in the adjacent room isn’t really spending time together, nor is fighting, arguing, or stuffing your faces with food before you run out to the next appointment.  There has to be laughter, fun, talking (not yelling), games and activities.  Maybe you’re making a mini-pizza snack together and then watching an hour of TV together, and reading a few books before bed time.  Maybe you’re taking a walk on a hiking trail one Saturday morning.  The point is you need to make time for each other, and quality time at that, to be gifted with some of that enthusiasm.

2-relax.  We’re super busy as adults these days, working multiple jobs or putting in extra hours just to make ends meet so we can feed our kids.  This is an unfortunate trend that has trickled into just about every home and has interrupted many families and romances.  How many times have you said to a family member “oh, something has come up…” in the past month?  If you take time to relax and aren’t constantly on the go, your body will naturally have more energy to help you live and feel better.

3-do fun things.  No, I’m not accusing you of being boring!  I’m saying that sometimes we forget to have fun, as caught up in TV, problems and work as we get.  It’s important to have a hobby or plan for at least an activity/night out every 2 weeks, minimum once a month, that can let you focus on the fun of being alive.

4-eat right.  You’ve probably heard it before, but what you eat has a lot to do with how you feel.  Eating right is mostly about eating in moderation.  Yes, some things are really not good for you and should be consumed infrequently, but for the most part, you should just eat smart.  Fill your body with what makes it function well.  You’ll know what works for your body as you try different, healthier, things.

What helps you get going each day, and what can you do to have more energy?

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