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.

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