Adding Emotional Fitness Trainings Twelve Easy Exercise to your daily efforts to stay Emotionally Strong strengthens your fight against stress. Try one or two.
You probably already do many of some of these easy exercises. Most have come down as wisdom from the sages of yesterday and all have been found by researchers to ease tension and stress.
However, walking is good exercise, but power walking is better, and proper practice of these every day things turns up their power. To be most helpful each exercise must be practiced with full awareness.
That is done by meditating before and after the exercise. Sound too difficult? Nor once you have learned and practiced EFT’s One Minute Meditation.
Here are age and stage tips for teaching children the 12 Daily Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises.
Parenting tip one: Teach gratitude before language starts by using the ASL sign for “Thank you.” Add to that by saying the words often and not just to your child, but to all the little stuff that goes right and all the people that help you throughout your day. Catch your kids as they do these exercises. For example: When a child is upset and finally calms down, murmur praise for calming down. In time teach each of the exercises, make use of the free poster coaches attached to the exercises.
Parenting tip two: Remembering what matters starts with how you live your life. Then involves teaching manners which can begin when the child starts talking. Then come the teen years when independent thought blossoms.
Parenting tip three: Move you body can start as soon as your child begins bouncing to music.
Parenting tip four: Practice kindness begins when you start teaching good manners early on. In addition to learning to say thank you, teach the Art of Apologizing as part of exiting form time out.
Parenting tip five: Cherish past gifts can be started at four or five as part of a bed time ritual. Also important to teach the art of writing thank you notes.
Parenting tip six: Be with beauty can start as soon as language has developed. How, just pointing out beauty to the child as you practice the exercise.
Parenting tip seven: Honor all you do can also be part of a bedtime ritual and behavior charts are also a tool and by the time a child is in their grade To Do and Done lists can be started.
Parenting tip eight: Laugh, play, create – starts with games like Peek-a-boo.
Parenting tip nine and ten: Forgive others and forgive yourself – if you are religious, the Lord’s prayer as a night-time ritual teaches both. If not religious still useful to end the day by practicing forgiveness. For the young child, just asking if they got hurt be someone during the day works. Helps if the parent makes a point of siting something bad the child did and points out s/he has been forgiven by you and then saying “I hope you have forgiven yourself.”
Parenting tip eleven: Indulge – this can be done throughout the day with all ages, just by declaring treat time.
Parenting tip twelve: Hold on to the Good – Start as a night-time ritual by saying “As you fall asleep, think of all the good things in your life.” In time you can make “Hold to the good” a good night and good time motto. Keep memory books, teach your children to do the same.
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Thank you and work at staying strong until next time,. I work hard to do the same as life is often difficult but staying strong lets me find the good.
LINKS OF INTEREST
All the handouts and poster coaches for this course are being posted at the store so you can download them for free. A poster coach is like a face-to-face coach; all serve as practice reminders, some teach you the exercises needed to stay strong.
To use one, after down loading it from the store, print it up preferably in cardstock and color, then post it where you will see it as you go about your day.
Apologies if you cannot find one. I am a Jill of all in this business, so some things take longer than others. If something used here isn’t posted yet, you will find lots of other offerings including inspirational quotes or more EFTI exercises. In time all will be posted.
DAILY PROMPT All Grown Up – When was the first time you really felt like a grown up (if ever)?
How this fits in with today’s EFTI Post: The Chinese say “If you keep a green bough in your heart, the singing bird will com.” EFTI says “If keep you inner child awake and aware in your heart, the good life is yours.” Each of the 12 exercises keep that child alive and strong.