How to Get More
out of Life

  

Author unknown--I found this in a
brochure in a supermarket years ago!

   Do you accommodate everyone else's schedule before your own?  Are you making time for everything in your life but yourself?  If you plead guilty, then it's time to stop committing personal sabotage!
   In today's demanding environment, it's hard to keep things in perspective.  You can't avoid daily stresses, but you can learn to handle them effectively and stay in control.  Maintaining a healthy balance between yourself and your work and family commitments will help you get the most out of life as well as your personal and professional relationships.

Give Yourself a Chance
   Living a healthy lifestyle won't guarantee your health and happiness, but it's a good place to start.  Make sure you get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, exercise on a regular basis and eat nutritious meals.  In addition, schedule regular check-ups with your doctor and dentist.
   Try to avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and any drugs that could hinder your ability to function at the top of your form.

Write It Down
   You'll focus more clearly on goals, dreams, and the to-do list if you write them down.  Keep things simple, but do give priority to relationships and obligations that are crucial.  Don't create unrealistic aims by expecting perfection or trying to be something you're not.  Be honest in evaluating your skills and preferences.
 
Organize your home and work priorities in order of importance.  Then decide how you can manage your time more effectively so that you'll maximize the time spent on what's really important to you.

Kick Back
   If you don't have a hobby, find one.  It can be anything you have fun doing and won't take too seriously.
   You might also try deep-breathing and relaxation techniques.  These exercises have a calming, refreshing effect.  When you find yourself tensing up at work or at home, take a few minutes to relax, stretch, and breathe deeply.

Think Positively
   Mental attitude is just as important as physical condition.  Find productive ways to deal with anger, depression, stress, and other destructive emotions.  Sometimes an activity as simple as a brisk 10-minute walk outdoors will work wonders.
   Try to keep your perspective; work hard to prevent minor aggravations or unimportant demands from getting the best of you.  Concentrate on becoming flexible and practical.  And learn to give in to compromise; sometimes it builds character.
   Resist the natural tendency to take negative events personally.  Random calamities do happen; fate doesn't single you out.

Make Time for You
   Everyone needs some time alone.  Learn to enjoy your own company.  Spend time pampering yourself--take a hot bath, read a best-seller, or visit a friend.  Indulge and take time to celebrate yourself!

  
   


 
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