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Try walking with friends to break up your routine.
Today, I want to focus on the importance of taking care of yourself. As our days become busier and more hectic, it can be difficult for us to take a needed and deserved break. I am sure that even an aware person like yourself, has experienced moments when you would have liked to have more time to yourself.
The truth is that even for those of us who are aware and clear on the importance of self-care, it is easy to get caught up in daily routines, events, special projects, and the like, to the point that you forget to take time out for yourself. As a result, you may find yourself feeling tired and out of sorts. However, I have a few suggestions for giving yourself time, slowing down your mind, enjoying your surroundings, and replenishing your energy.
1 – Try Walking More
My first suggestion is to walk where you need to go. If you walk to work or to the corner store instead of driving there, you get a chance to slow down your mind, enjoy the surroundings, and get some great exercise to boot! If you can afford it, consider joining a gym and making the commitment to go several times a week. If the weather is nice, take a nice walk outside with some friends and enjoy the conversation and the fresh air. If not, find a local mall, put on some earbuds playing your favorite tunes and walk around inside enjoying the window shopping and the people watching. Getting exercise is an excellent way to bring your mind and body back into alignment and boost your energy levels.
2 – Join a Club
Another way to create self-time is to join a group or club that meets on a regular basis. It could be a gardening club, a choir, a photography class or scrapbooking group, or even a meditation or yoga group. The idea behind these suggestions is to have scheduled time that is separate from your work and daily activities.
3- Find Time for Reading
Finally, I have other suggestions for making extra time. Leave work on time or arrive at appointments early, equipped with a favorite book so that you take advantage of the wait time for pleasure reading. Keep a book or magazine handy in your bag or briefcase for when you are unexpectedly stuck waiting for someone or something. And of course thanks to technology, you can even read books on your portable smartphone, tablet or e-Reader, so you never have an excuse to be away from your favorite books.
I'm sure, that you can come up with many more ways to take care of yourself than I shared here if you put your mind to it. I hope that you will find my suggestions useful and that you will take some time for yourself this week to have fun, relax, and rejuvenate.