#25 – Expanding The Mind #2019 #selfcare #lesstress

If you are a “reader, you have a preference for the types of things you read.

Maybe it’s fiction, autobiographies, comic books…

Contemporary fiction has always been my go-to but I’ve realized that by increasing my reading of memoirs, autobiographies and other non-fiction, it is  giving me not only knowledge about things, people and places that I never would have had before bu also story ideas.

I’m wondering if I can challenge myself to one each month…only time will tell.

How does this fit in with self-care? For me, it’s a matter of opening up my mind to learn more.

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#24 – Listen To Your Gut #2019 #selfcare #lesstress

If it’s one thing I have learned, trusting my gut has never led me in the wrong direction…until I follow my “brain” by doing things I think I “should” do.

That’s when things can go haywire.

Your soul knows what’s not good for you and developing a better habit to listening to those cues can only be a good thing.

What about you? Do you always trust your gut?

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#23 – Becoming More Financially Conscious #2019 #selfcare #lesstress

I’m usually a very cheap frugal person but when I’m busy, I can spend money like there is no tomorrow.

Buying lunch instead of packing it, forgetting food in the fridge and having it spoil, buying things for others without thinking it through…

Retirement may be years away but it’s not that far away. 2019 will be the year of becoming more financially conscious.

That is my promise to myself.

You never know what the future will bring and saving now to be secure later is my top priority right now.

Are you financially savvy? What are you doing to secure your future?

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#22 – Making Time for Appointments #2019 #selfcare #lesstress

I’m grateful that I am in decent health.

But being so busy over the past few years, I haven’t kept up with appointments as I should. I hadn’t done my annual appointments earlier this year so I just bit the bullet and scheduled them all in these last few months.

Dentist, optometrist, general practitioner, gyno appointments? Done!

New pair of glasses ordered, dental work completed, prescriptions renewed…

Next year, I’ll plan to an end of year December “health check-in” as a way to bring in a new year.

Are you taking care of yourself by following up on your own health needs?

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#21 – Getting Fresh #2019 #selfcare #lesstress

Doing one thing now that will benefit you later …

This can apply to sooo many different situations, like exercising to have more energy, eating healthy to avoid diseases later in life or contributing monthly to your Registered Retirement Savings Plan.

Those are all great things but for this post, I’m keeping it simple to getting a jump start on a different aspect of #8 … growing fresher food.

Growing food when it’s dead of winter in my cold neck of the woods? Yes, indoors.

Someone near and dear to me bought my a Click and Grown Smart Garden (no endorsement) last Christmas and I only just set it up a few days ago (it took all of 5 minutes!)

The basil is already started to sprout and I’m anxiously looking forward to reaping the benefits. And since that same loved one just gave me a small greenhouse for this Christmas, I’ll have time to get experience with this system out between now and the spring.

With all the tasteless genetically modified food out there, I’m becoming more and more serious about eating fresher and healthier produce.

If all goes well, I may be tempted to investigate the cost of a Wall Farm

A friend introduced me to the benefits of “sprouting” so I’ve been trying that out too.

What can you start now that will reap benefits of later?

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#20 – Get Rid Of One Nagging Thing #2019 #selfcare #lesstress

Certain things will nag at me until I do them and if I don’t, it adds to my mental clutter and that’s not a good thing.

Constantly at the back of my mind and not leaving me alone….won’t leave me alone. Being the go-go-go person that I am who enjoys a good list, I jotted down all the things nagging at me onto little bits of paper (referring back to #9) and placed them in a jar.

I’m calling it my “Nag Jar”.

Some items require little time while others are more complex but once a week, I’ve been randomly picking a task from the jar and getting it done to completion. So far, I’ve gotten easy stuff done like:

…replacing the broken toilet seat cover (that I bought last year and never installed),

…sifting through the box of manuals and warrantees that are no longer useful,

…replacing all of my household bulbs to LEDs (bought last year on sale)…

All of these things took less than one hour to do but they were taking up unnecessary space in my head.

For me, 2019 will continue to be about eliminating mental clutter…

What’s the one thing nagging you that you could take care of today?

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#19 – Total Silence #2019 #selfcare #lesstress

Growing up in a large family, I got used to living with noise.

Actually, I need background noise to work, study and write. I always have a radio, tv or a podcast on most times to keep my company.

The other day, a podcaster said that one day a week, he enjoys some  “silent time”. No talking, no noise of any kind because it makes him feel centered.

I decided to give it a try (and this also relates back to #6) and though it took a few attempts to get comfortable with it, for a few Sunday mornings, I understood what that podcaster meant.

Nothing but the hum of the furnace cranking on and off to heat the house, the creaking of the floors beneath my feet whenever I make my way to the kitchen for another cup of coffee and the distant crunching of car tires against the snowy-covered streets outside.

Something about the quietness of it all is indeed “centering.

I can’t promise myself that I will do this on a weekly basis but I will do this more often.

Have you ever thought about having “silent” time?

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