What Would You Do?

A simple exercise, which takes all of 15 minutes, will make you feel healthier and more energetic. It could make a huge difference for you and for your family.

What would you do? There is a simple exercise you can do to get more positive thoughts in your head and help you live a healthier life. I learned it from a psychologist, who once told me: The more positive thoughts you have, the easier it is for you find the energy to take good care of yourself. It is so important to spend more time in the present, not in the past or dreaming up what may have happened in the past. My husband and I have learned to do the exercise for 15 minutes at a time. It’s only 15 minutes, but it can make huge difference for both of us. There is also another exercise that could be taken up by you and your family — a simple exercise that you can do for your baby or child. My baby is two and she is a hard little one to teach and so it was more difficult for me to do that for her than perhaps it was for her for me the first time I brought her home. I want to do that for her, every time she is sick, I want to make sure she has the energy to come and play with us, to play with every toy, to jump on top of us. It’s such a great feeling to know that she has a full energy supply, that we can all feel her in every moment.

The second of the two exercises in the exercise. I love using this one as its self, as a “do this for yourself” exercise in the morning, and it really helps me with my morning ritual. The first, I do for my husband; the other, I do for our kid.

Step 1 If you can’t find your energy by thinking positive positive things, you are doing it wrong. Think about the things you love about yourself. When you are really doing that, your head is full of good thoughts. If you can get a lot of them going in your head, your energy level goes up a lot. Think of things you could do today that are good. I have made sure by doing the exercise that we take a walk with our dog once a week, and I use the dog to remind me to eat healthier. My daughter has taught herself so much by practicing this on her own because we never have the energy to do it together. She is a really fast learner and gets a lot of good information from her. If you have a busy work schedule and you just rarely have time to walk with your dog, or if you have a job you want to be at but do not always have a time you have it, you can think about ways that you can exercise more and make use of your time and energy.

Step 2 Write yourself a list a few things you would like to do and the things you don’t want to do, and then commit that to your mind. Remember, you still have a lot of choices, so that you can still do things that you want to do and don’t want to do, but you have committed to the choices you will make. We are very fortunate to have this work, so even if it is not the one exercise that you get to do for your whole family, you can spend the 15 minutes for yourself and write all of this down.

Step 3 Now go grab those list, or you can do this one on paper, and write out your list. As I said, you can also create lists for your family. For example, you can write down everything you are going to take with you on your way to work or school and on your return, and also on your trip home; that way you can see how your choices impact all of you.

Step 4 Once you have written it all out for yourself and committed it to your mind, come with your list to the office with you. It is really important that you commit this on your way in as it has an impact outside the house as well, so I always ask my clients to do this on their way in so it also affects the way they feel when they get there too. If you don’t plan ahead, if you have a lot of work and can’t be sure you will have time to commit it to your mind, you could write it down on a post-it note but if you’re at work and you don’t, then what you can do is do the exercise to get in your list, and you keep the list on you as you go about your daily life, even if you don’t have time to do it as part of your normal day.