Simple Ways to Take Better Care of You
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us lead pretty busy lives. And sometimes one day really does blend into another -- or another couple of days -- as we try to keep pace and keep ging. If you recognize that pattern, you might consider using some of these steps to give your mind, body and spirit a quick lift.
Turn off your phone, and pick a few that appeal to you.
Rethink a Few Things
- Find a quiet spot to just breathe, pray or meditate.
- Set aside time in the evening to just enjoy the free time with the family. Read, talk or play games.
- Go for a long walk with your dog.
- Send emails or texts to reach out to people who could use your help.
- Make a list of ways to help people in your community.
- Visit a bookshop or the library and pick some favorites.
- Watch a funny movie or call a friend who makes you laugh.
Redo Some Things
- Redo your workspace or calendar.
- Sign up for a class you would like in art, music, photography or science.
- Get a new, totally different haircut.
- Weed out things you never wear and reorganize your closet.
- Redo your bedroom to make it a sleep retreat with no screens, soft colors, and low lighting.
Treat Your Body
- Shop a farmer’s market for fresh fruits.
- Eliminate several processed foods from your grocery list.
- Pull out a favorite recipe for tacos or pasta and invite friends for dinner.
- Review your doctor-approved exercises and assign one to each day of the week.
- Add an hour in the morning or after work to find a quiet spot and meditate.
- Start adding 15-minute breaks to your day to get outside.
- Start growing something new in your garden, or on your windowsill.
- Start a healthy foods potluck party with friends and try for one a week.
Add Some Goals
- Start using a tracker to count your steps. The goal is 10,000 per day.
- Pick a new exercise such as yoga, or tai chi and visit a studio or observe a class.
- Recruit a walking buddy to walk at lunch or on weekends.
- Repaint a room or rearrange a spot in the house to be a retreat.
- Add a spot outside on the patio or in the garden, where you can exercise or just sit quietly.
This list is just a way to get started. It can be replaced with whatever works for you. The important thing is to find ways to break out of your regular routine, and dig a little deeper to connect with your friends and your family, as you savor life a little more.