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Saturday, February 11, 2017

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THE #1 BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF.  We hear a lot about self-care.  It's important.  Gone are the days when Mom would bring chicken soup to your room and Dad would fix your bicycle tire.  We are (through no fault of our own) the Adults now and we must take care of ourselves.  I know, it can be quite alarming sometimes to realize we are the Adults and no one is going to take care of you -- but you.

Taking care of yourself sounds easy.  But do you schedule regular doctor and dentist appointments for yourself?  Do you stretch in the morning, take vitamins, and floss your teeth?  Pretty basic stuff, but when pressed for time, we tend to put everyone and everything before our own self-care.

Try building in some time for things YOU want to do.  It's not selfish, it's soothing.  Your parents would approve.

Going to the gym or exercising in your own way should be a top priority.  We talked about this last week.  Also, making time for friends is high on the importance list.

The number one thing you can do for yourself, in my opinion, is Read.  If you already love to read, then it's just a matter of finding a comfy chair and investing the time.  If you're not a reader, get thee to the Library and find books you like.  Or maybe try books on tape, I love to listen to audiobooks while driving.  The best ones, in my opinion, for the ones read by the author.  I read so much I would go broke if I purchased every book that I read. That's why I love the library. You can even download e-books onto your Kindle reader at the library.

I just love to read and it has been that way all my life.  I could spend entire days and nights reading books, if I had the time and the domestic staff of Downtown Abbey.  Instead, I carve out the time after work and on weekends.  I especially love adventure and mystery books that take me to new and exotic lands.  Or back to other periods in history.  A love of reading can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease, slash stress levels, encourage positive thinking, and fortify friendships, according to Reader's Digest.

And really, with all the "noise" out there in the world, isn't it wonderful to put it all on hold and retreat into the world of whatever book you're reading?

So to all my bookish friends out there, I say "Bookworms Unite!"  Here's to library bags filled with books, comfy chairs, hot tea and books so good the pages practically turn themselves.  I'm almost done with "Before the Fall," by Noah Hawley.  Got a great book recommendation?  I'd love to hear it!  💛📚 Mrs. Lo