Take Care of Yourself

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When doing your weekly review, it’s important to check in with yourself. How is your mood? Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed? Are you discouraged? Do you find yourself snapping at family and friends or are you easily frustrated over things that normally wouldn’t bother you in the least?

Answering “yes” to any one of these could indicate several things: you aren’t getting enough sleep; you aren’t eating right; you aren’t breathing deeply and getting enough exercise; you aren’t taking enough time for relaxing and having fun.

Sometimes it’s considered a badge of honor to get only 2 or 3 hours of sleep or to pull an all-nighter. Research shows that making a habit of sleep deprivation jeopardizes physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. While everyone’s sleep needs are unique, scientists have found that most people need at least seven hours of sleep each night. Try not to skimp on your sleep!

Work on adding fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. Even though you may be pressed for time and you seem to have no choice but to get take-out food, then have fruits and veggies as snacks. Getting proper nutrition can go a long way toward helping improve your wellbeing and outlook on life.

It sounds silly to remind yourself to breathe deeply but studies have shown that most people are shallow breathers. Your brain needs oxygen to think clearly and your muscles, organs, and systems need to be oxygenated as well. Put a reminder on your daily calendar to check in with yourself several times each day and breathe deeply. Fill up your lungs top to bottom, side to side, and front to back. You’ll be amazed at the burst of energy you’ll get from just a few deep breaths regularly throughout the day.

It may seem impossible to fit exercise into your schedule. Perhaps if you think of it as movement that might help you get going. Think of ways to add movement to your day. Of course taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking your car far away from the office building’s front entrance are two obvious suggestions. Probably there are other small ways to add movement, such as at work instead of bundling your print jobs and going to the print room only once, you can print out each document on its own and get each of them one at a time. I’m sure you can think of other ways to add more activity to your day.

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One of the best things you can do for yourself is relaxing, being silly, and pursuing interests you enjoy. It’s good to laugh, to have fun, to be carefree, even if only for a short time. It may seem frivolous but and a waste of time but studies show that relaxing lowers your blood pressure, improves your memory, improves decision-making, lowers the risk of depression, and helps lessen junk food cravings.

Your homework today is to take time for yourself. Relax and recharge!

You can do it!

Post in the comments section about what you do to relax.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,
Lauren

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