. Squat with Perfect Technique and OFTEN
Watching a young child squat is a beautiful thing. For most kiddos, their technique is perfect: back straight, knees don’t go over the toes, and bum drops towards the floor as they bend at the hips and knees. If only we all continued to use this movement for the rest of our lives.
In many cultures squatting is an every-day thing. I bet their adults have far better range of movement for the whole of their lives than Western cultures do! Squats and other functional movements are the future of exercise. Just you wait and see! We should all do them correctly and often, for the rest of our lives.
3. Spontaneously hug and kiss those they love
I pop my little boy in the stroller and walk the dog most mornings. And almost every walk, at random times, he’ll ask me for a hug or a kiss. He practically pulls my whole upper body into his stroller to wrap his arms around me (it must look hilarious to passers-by but who cares). Hugs are usually followed with an “I love you mummy”. Every time, it makes me smile so hard! And it’s not just me he treats this way. Everyone from our dog, to his Granny, to the little girl he’s befriended at the library get the same treatment. Our time with those we love is so short; let’s all hug and kiss and declare our love more often.
4. Let out their feelings then let it go
Oh terrible two’s, how I am not enjoying you. The tantrums I see on a daily basis now are pretty intense and upsetting. The calm after the storm; however, is lovely. Kids seem to let out their feelings so easily. They cry, kick, scream, tell us what hurt them and cry some more. Then they run off back to playing or eating or whatever they were doing with an immediate sense of calm.
I’m a big advocate for writing out how you feel, usually as you have a good cry, and then ripping it up and burning it. It’s like a tantrum for adults. And then you can let it go, and happily run off and get on with life.
5. Say what they want, when they want it
Do you have someone in your life who always hints or manipulates to get what they want but never just come straight out and ask for it? I do. It drives me nuts! You don’t see that from kids though. Nope. Kids are all for stating what they want, when they want it, which seems far healthier to me.
So, want your partner to spend more quality time with you? Ask for it! Want a pay rise? Ask for it! What to be a millionaire? Then ask the Universe for it! Perhaps knowing what you want and asking for it are the first step to getting it.
6. Dance like no one’s watching
Watching kids dance is such a joy. They don’t care if they’re in the supermarket or in their bedroom. If the mood strikes, they’re gonna shake it! And I just love it. Dancing is a wonderful cure for sadness, maybe even depression. You try it! Next time you feel blue, pop on some tunes and just let go. Dance around, sing, jump, do whatever and I guarantee you’ll be smiling by the end of it. You may even work up a sweat. Bonus!
7. Find Wonder in the Little Things
Kids can be entranced by such basic things; bubbles, butterflies, caterpillars, flowers, leaves, fruit, their toes. The list is endless. It’s been a real wake-up call to me to see what excites my little boy. Of course he has toys but it’s holding a caterpillar at Gran and Gramps’ house that had him talking for days! We fed fish, goats and pigs one day on holiday and he still talks about it months later! Every time we go for a walk, he finds a stick or leaf that interests him and will carry it around gently for the rest of the outting.
I’m not sure if it’s technology, or just the fact we have so much “stuff”, that zaps this delight in the simple things from many of us. But it’s easy to get back. Let’s put our phones or iPads down a bit more and get out and do stuff more. Take a walk, feed some ducks, do some gardening. Just look for the little things that make this life special and enjoy every moment to the fullest.
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