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Scheduling items from my self care list helps me to manage stress. In addition, these are non-negotiable, i.e. they are as important as brushing my teeth in the morning and getting to work on time. Regular self care includes relaxing breathing, wandering around my vegetable garden, trying a new SparkPeople exercise video, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), and so on.
One of the scheduled non-negotiable self care activities is to think of new items to add to my self care list. Some of these have become ways to pamper and reward myself when I reach new healthy lifestyle goals.
Treat yourself with the same respect & commitment that you give to your family or job. You schedule family stuff - soccer, doctor's appointments. You schedule job commitments. Do the same for yourself - schedule your exercise time - & stick to it. You won't find time, you have to make time.
Self care is paramount to finding a healthy lifestyle.
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