Enjoy your weekend

love yourself firstMorning Inspiration…. Instead of thinking about everyone else this weekend I would like for you all to take some time out for yourself. Taking time out of your hectic schedule just for yourself helps you live a healthier, happier life. Taking time out can lower blood pressure, help you sleep better, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.

Here are 10 tips that can help realize you should be your #1 Priority!!!!

  1. Just say no. It’s okay to push back from a few volunteer projects or to let the dishes sit for a few hours so you can take time out for yourself.   It’s important to free up time to take a walk, work a crossword puzzle, or watch your favorite TV show.
  2. Forage for finds. Lose yourself in a stroll around a flea market or neighborhood garage sale. The hunt for a one-of-a-kind treasure is a great way to snap out of your routine.
  3. Create a musical escape. Can’t leave the house? Turn everyday chores into relaxing or party moment.  If you love to listening  to music put on your favorites and let loose while doing your chores or play some relaxing music and take it easy while folding your clothes, cleaning the house or preparing dinner.
  4. Join a “time off” team. Join forces with other busy parents and arrange play dates or sleepovers. Spend your night off unwinding with friends at a café or coffeehouse.
  5. Clear your head. A half hour of meditation or yoga can clear your head and relieve stress, helping you feel more relaxed and calm.
  6. Bury yourself in a book. The quiet atmosphere at a library encourages relaxation, and the cool air can be a welcome relief when the temperature outside is climbing. Spend an hour flipping through your favorite magazines or looking for a fun summer read.
  7. Go green. Spending time outdoors resets your natural rhythm.  Take a nature walk, eat lunch outside, or take a chore outside — such as balancing your checkbook out on the deck. “Any opportunity to get outside will help you feel like you’re part of the summer season,” says Mandel.
  8. Talk to the animals. Sure, the zoo is a great place to take the kids. But feeding the ducks and watching elephants splash in their pool is a great way for grown-ups to unwind too. Playing with your pets at home is another fun way to enjoy some animal company.
  9. Get schooled. Sign up for that ceramics or pastry class you’ve always wanted to take. Learning something new can fuel your creativity and give you a chance to make new friends with similar interests.
  10. Stop by the silver screen. Spend a rainy or sticky summer day at the movies. “A comedy or romance is a great treat for busy, over scheduled parents,” says Mandel. “It’s good for your mental health to laugh and feel like you’re putting your interests first now and then.”

Reference:Everyday Health

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