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Why Airplane Mode Is So Important

By Sandy Schroeder

When you fly, you have to do airplane mode and take emergency steps first, but many of us never practice airplane mode in our daily lives. 

Putting yourself first, so you will be able to help others, just never quite happens. There is always one more thing to do, and so it goes. If we really thought about it we could take healthy steps first to save our mind and body and function better.

When I read MindBodyGreen.com's reminder I began to wonder why I had not done this already. Getting enough sleep, eating healthy, exercising and taking timeouts to meditate really are non-negotiable issues if you want to effectively help others. I know. I have tried to fake my way through, but it always catches up with me.

If we are struggling with self-care, our efforts for others are bound to be less than perfect. Here are some things to consider.

Don't dismiss the sleep issue - You will be 10 times more cheerful and a lot healthier if you really do get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Make sleep a priority and go from zombie mode to wow overnight.  Make your bedroom a sleep retreat. Establish a regular bedtime and do whatever you can to lower your worry level. The added rest will be worth the effort.

Keep the energy up with a great diet - Cut way back on take-out, chips, cookies and pastries, and make farmers market a regular stop for the fruits and veggies that you and your family need. Focus on your family's favorite healthy dishes and do more sit-down suppers.

Give yourself the benefits of exercise - Exercise does it all, releasing stress, lifting the spirit, and protecting your health. Build a regular time in your schedule to get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily and enjoy the difference in your life. Walk, run, bike or workout. Choose whatever works for you.

Pause for perspective - Taking 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night to just sit quietly and let your thoughts flow by can clear your mind and help you function better at home and at work. Other meditations work too as quiet walks, tai chi or yoga sessions, cooking or gardening. Choose whatever helps you relax and let go of the stress of the day.

Pay attention to your own airplane mode self care and enjoy the difference. Everyone around you will probably be pleased too.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Saint Peters, Mo.

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