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Six Meaningful Ways to Reconnect With Yourself

By on February 15, 2018

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I’ve mentioned before that I have dealt with a chronic illness for much of my lifetime. My diagnosis finally came just over three years ago. Since then, I’ve had to learn how to reconnect with myself and my body to start my healing journey.

With our busy lives, it’s easy to lose sight of how important it is to take care of ourselves. I wrote about self-care in a previous post. Reconnecting with yourself is another element of self-care. There are several ways that you can reconnect with yourself.

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1 | Take a Break

Taking 5-10 minutes is helpful in reconnecting with yourself. Disconnect from what you’re doing and your devices. Take the time to relax and just breathe. Once your break is over, you can get back to what you were working on with a fresh perspective.

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2 | Get Outside

Getting outside can be a great way to reconnect with yourself. Instead of taking your device to listen to music, a podcast, or a book, take a walk or ride your bike while just taking in what’s around you.

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3 | Journal

Journaling is a therapeutic and creative outlet. Write or draw each day or whenever the mood strikes you. Personally, I write in a journal each night before I go to bed. It’s part of my evening routine.

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4 | Meditate

In a previous post, I wrote about how to get a good night’s sleep and linked the apps that I use to meditate each day. Meditating helps you to slow down and reconnect with yourself.

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5 | Rest

Sleep is so important and yet, people don’t always look at it as being as important a need as it is. Each night, we should be getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep. Take a look at your evening routine and make sleep a priority.

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6 | Travel

Whether it’s a day trip or a more extended vacation, travel can help you to slow down and relax. Instead of sightseeing, take a few days to rest and take in the scenery from your hotel or rental. If reading is your thing, use the time to catch up on your to-be-read (TBR) list.

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Take the time to slow down and reconnect with yourself. It doesn’t have to take much time and will help you to take a break from your busy life.

Until next time,

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Holidays

Sweet Valentine’s Day Ideas

By on February 12, 2018

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When my hubby and I were first going out, I gave him a Crock Pot® for Valentine’s Day. He expressed to me that it was one of the best gifts that he’s ever received. Since then, we don’t exchange gifts. Instead, we create cards to give to one another.

If you celebrate Valentine’s Day, there are several ideas that you can implement to have fun with the day and not spend a lot of money.

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Less is More

When my kiddos were younger, I would put together a bag for Valentine’s Day that included candy and a couple of little items. It was fun to put the bags together, and they didn’t cost much. When they got older, I would add a small gift card to keep it more age appropriate.

When your kiddos are old enough, you can create a scavenger hunt so they can have fun searching for their treats.

For my hubby, I create a card for him each year. I’ve also printed off favorite photos of us, or our family, and framed it. You can update it each year.

You could create a printable of 10 things that you love about your loved one or write out some of your favorite text message exchanges. The choices of what you can do are endless.

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Sweet Eats

If you like to bake, make some sweet treats for your loved ones that they enjoy. You can make heart-shaped cookies, cupcakes (add a marble on one side of the liner before baking to create a heart shape), or a cake. If your family has something else that they like, you can make that instead.

You can make dinner special by incorporating one of your favorite recipes using the dishes that you use on the holidays. It will be a fun surprise for your family when you sit down to eat.

After dinner, you can choose a game to play or a movie to watch together. Make some popcorn and settle in or make a hot chocolate bar with all the toppings.

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Whatever you choose to do for Valentine’s day, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have some fun with it. Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Until next time,

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Putting Paperwork in Its Place

By on February 5, 2018

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Last year, I took on a paper organizing project. I needed to sort through a large number of old papers and files and decide what to keep and what I could shred and recycle. The items that I kept also required a system that would work, so they were easily accessible when we needed them.

Paperwork seems to pile up until we have the time to take care of it. No matter what you do to contain it; it’s still there. There are several things that you can do before the paper piles become overwhelming.

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Sorting and Purging

Sorting paperwork can be overwhelming and time-consuming. You should manage mail and papers as soon as they enter your home. You need to determine what you need to keep, what you need to look at another time, and what you can recycle. We sort mail over the recycling bin or shred it if it’s needed. If you take the time up front and make it part of your routine, you don’t have to make the time later. The result is worth the effort of not having to sort through a large paper pile all at once.

In a previous post, I wrote about editing your mailbox. I included how you can minimize the junk mail and catalogs that come to your home. Reducing the paper items that come into your home can help you with keeping up with all your paperwork.

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Filing System

My desk includes a file drawer and instead of using it for storage, I use it for the files that I access most frequently. Most of these items are papers that are not essential, but that I have to keep to access when I need them. The files also contain booklets that are too bulky to include in the binders that I use.

Some of the items that you should keep for a period are legal documents, tax returns, mortgage records, automobile titles and records, insurance records, home improvement records, your will and power of attorney records, and retirement information and records.

Using Binders

Binders are a great way to keep frequently accessed papers organized. In another post, I talked about using them to keep your paperwork organized. Just recently, I arranged my medical paperwork so everything is in one 3-ring notebook that I can easily carry with me to appointments. As long as you have adequate storage space, using binders is an efficient way to store your essential documents.

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Going Paperless

My hubby has set up our bills, so we only get paperless statements via email. Setting this up has gone a long way to reducing the paper clutter that we have in our home.

You can scan and keep other paperwork items online, as well. Dropbox is one way that you can store your documents. Personally, the only records that I store online are ones that I need to access frequently. Even when I’m away from home, I can obtain them and share them with others.

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Put paperwork in its place by filing items, using binders or going paperless to keep things under control. Taking the time to sort through papers that come into your home will save you from having to make the time later.

Until next time,

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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

By on February 1, 2018

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Over the last few years, I’ve developed a sleep routine that works for me. Unfortunately, I’m not able to fall asleep as quickly as my hubby (lucky guy) and I needed to do something that would help me fall asleep and stay asleep each night.

Sleep is essential for our overall well being. As adults, we should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. With our busy lives, it’s easy to sacrifice the rest that we need. There are a few things that we can do to help us get the sleep that we need.

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Take Time to Wind Down

You need to take the time in the evening to relax and unwind from your day. Spend time with your loved one(s), take a hot bath, or read a book, or whatever works for you to help you decompress.

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Avoid Caffeine

Many of us need that morning cup of coffee to get us going. Consuming caffeine closer to bedtime inhibits our ability to fall asleep. Limit your caffeine intake during the day or cut it out of your diet completely. I switched to drinking only water, and I don’t miss caffeinated beverages.

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Put Away Your Devices

Your devices and television emit light that triggers your brain into believing that you need to stay awake. Make the last check of your devices about an hour before you head to bed. It’s best if you can sleep without keeping them by your bedside. If that isn’t possible, resist the urge to check them after you’ve crawled into bed.

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Use Essential Oils

I am an active user of essential oils and use them throughout the day. The essential oils that I use are from Young Living. I use single oils or a blend of oils in a diffuser to help me fall and stay asleep.

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Practice Meditation

Meditation can help you center yourself and relax so you can go to sleep. I take time both in the morning and before I go to bed. If I’m feeling overwhelmed, I will also meditate during the day. Calm and Insight Timer are the apps that I use.

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Making some changes to your bedtime routine can help you to get the sleep you need to be your best self. Wishing you sweet dreams.

Until next time,

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