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Simple Ways to Take Better Care of You

By Sandy Schroeder

As fall looms and more and more details crop up, it's easy to let personal care slip a little. When the day has been endless, all of the little details often seem less important.

I am devoted to my evening yoga session, and flossing, but when I am dead tired things change. It's very easy to rationalize how much more important sleep is.

If you can identify with the problem, you may welcome some simple tips from the New York Times to make personal care easier. Each of these take 15 minutes or less.

Use an electric toothbrush - Get great results in two minutes to take all of the effort out of this nightly routine. Shop for the one that suits you and congratulate yourself on taking one more step to protect your health.

Do a few stretches in bed - When you are just too tired to pull off your regular stretching routine at night, many of your mat stretches can be done in bed. Just relax and ease your way through the yoga baby, bridge, or side-to-side gentle twists. Your body will be more limber and you will sleep better.

Carry a water canister - Getting enough water will make your body work better and you feel better. Put a canister of water on your desk, carry one along in your tote, and take it with you while biking or hiking. Staying hydrated makes excellent health sense.

Create a brief meditation - Using a short meditation in the morning and the evening will create a cue to let go of stress wherever you are.  Find a quiet spot and let your thoughts flow as you focus on your breath. Later you will feel more lucid and relaxed.

Walk a little every day - Brief 10-minute walks morning and evening can do a lot to lower your stress levels and put everything into a clearer perspective. If you can manage it, walk with your dog or your kids in the evening, or add another walk after lunch. All of the steps can lighten your mental load and strengthen your muscles.

Add a new sport - Do something new like a barre class or a rock climbing gym. If it works out, make it part of your regular routine. Then switch off to two more new exercises like weekend hiking or biking. The more your body gets used to moving the better you will feel.

Keep looking for simple ways to upgrade your health. Your body will thank you with more energy and more peace of mind.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chicago, Ill.

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