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ID-10050727Do you feel like life often gets so busy that you forget to take time for yourself?  As summer comes to an end & school starts back, hectic schedules will take priority over your own needs leaving you stressed and burnt out! Self-care is a key ingredient to maintaining a healthier lifestyle and making you more productive in accomplishing daily tasks. Challenge yourself to reserve 30-minutes a day for an activity that brings YOU joy. Your time is what you make of it so be creative in fitting it in where you can. Try waking up a little earlier, working it into your lunch break, waiting until the kids go to bed, committing to the same time each day, etc. Take control of squeezing in enjoyable and uninterrupted breaks. More importantly, since this is a guilt-free challenge, remember to be kind and patient with yourself as you make this adjustment… even if you miss a day.

 

Why 30-minutes? Because it’s feasible and can easily be worked into any schedule. If Rachel Ray can cook a 30-minute meal, you can certainly block out some well deserved time for an activity you enjoy. Here are a few ideas to get you started (PS: eliminate the noise by turning OFF the TV, Cell Phone & Computer):

  • Take a Walk
  • Exercise
  • Read a Book
  • Meditate/Pray (great for spiritual growth & wellness)*
  • Journal
  • Relax in a Warm Bath
  • Get a Massage
  • Take a Nap
  • Scrapbook
  • Look through your favorite magazine/catalog
  • Garden
  • Bake your favorite treat
  • Draw/Paint
  • Sew/Knit
  • Complete a Crossword
  • Get a Mani/Pedi
  • Take your Dog to the Park

Or whatever other activity you like

*Note: Dr. Oz says as little as 5 minutes of meditation/prayer a day makes you healthier which allows you to actually squeeze in TWO activities within your 30-minutes… Bonus!

 

Regardless of the activity you choose, make your 30-minutes a day count by rejuvenating your mind, body and soul.  You’ll gain many personal benefits of your own when you dedicate quiet moments to pampering yourself.  Bottom line, practicing self-care validates the importance of your needs and creates overall balance in your life by relieving stress for a more energized and happier you!  

 

Drop me a line and let me know how beginning this new routine has impacted you!

Cheering you on,

Michelle~

 

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