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Daily Activities to Balance Energy

Everything is energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, just rearranged into different patterns. All we are is energy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKqpiS9tjgQ&vl=en) and that energy is moving through and around us constantly. Keeping our energy moving promotes health and happiness. Using these physical strategies helps keep our energy moving.

1. Drink Water

Water is a life force. It is how our body gets nourished. Because our bodies are mostly water (about 75%), we need water to be healthy, physically and mentally. Water serves as the transportation system in the body and transports nutrients and energy throughout the body.
Action: Drink 8 – 10 glasses (or half your body weight) per day. Upon waking, start with two glasses of water and drink water often throughout the day.

2. Breathe

When we breathe deeply we feel calm and relaxed and we oxygenate all the cells in our bodies and help our bodies process emotions. Remember to practice and intentionally breathe deeply.
Action: 4 Square Breathing (breathing into your stomach, breathe in for 4, hold in for 4, breathe out for 4, hold out for 4) and/or Central Channel Breathing daily (http://www.drsuemorter.com/blog/the-central-channel-breath/)

3. Use Grounding

The earth is our re-charging stand (just as your cell phone will not work without plugging it in and recharging it from time to time, so it goes for our bodies). We absolutely need to recharge our bodies by connecting to the earth – directly touching it – as often as we can.
Action: with your hands or feet, touch the earth – Stand or walk barefoot; touch a tree; lie on a blanket and watch the clouds; play in the dirt, mud or sand; garden; wade in a river or the ocean if it’s close enough!

4. Move Your Body (Yoga)

Through exercise our body detoxes and our energy flows more freely. Yoga is a series of physical positions (exercises) that open our chakras (energy centers) and connect us to the [divine] source (of energy).
Action: Take a yoga class or find internet yoga for children (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmeTZGr_R5Q ) or teens (http://www.momjunction.com/articles/benefits-of-yoga-for-your-teenager_0094957/#gref). Move your body in other ways (Walking, dancing, playing, sports).

5. Spend Time in Nature

Spending time in nature improves physical and mental health (https://qz.com/804022/health-benefits-japanese-forest-bathing/ ). It can improve brain function, increase abilities to focus and pay attention, improve self-regulation and reduce feelings of stress ( https://naturalearning.org/sites/default/files/Benefits%20
of%20Connecting%20Children%20with%20Nature_InfoSheet.pdf
)
Action: Go to the park, the beach, walk on trails in wooded areas, engage in outdoor winter activities, enjoy camping.

6. Practice Mindfulness (Meditation)

Mindfulness is an awareness created by paying attention in a focused way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally. Mindfulness helps us regulate our bodies and emotions and has many other benefits (http://www.mindfulkidsandfamilies.com/mindfulness/). It can take many forms so it is easy to find a strategy that works for youth of various ages.
Action: Mandella Colouring; Guided Meditations; Walking; Just sitting and watching water, wind in trees, fish, birds, sail boats, etc.; Being focused (on eating an orange, for example).

7. Create or Listen to Music

The vibration of music can soothe, comfort, relieve pain, communicate, and evoke emotion. It is important to pay attention to how you feel when you sing, create or listen to certain music. Increase exposure to music that relaxes you and/or your child.
Action: Find soothing, relaxing music and create a time and space for listening; Engage in music making programs/classes for children/youth; Find or create opportunities for singing.

8. Create a Positive Language Environment

Using positive high-vibration words (and avoiding low vibration words) [hotlink reference – Doreen virtue] elevates our energy and help us feel happy. High frequency words have a positive impact on brain development in young children.
Action: Use positive, high-vibration words and be around others who speak positively.
(http://www.evelynlim.com/101-affirmations-for-children/ )