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This might sound selfish, and defy what we all hear about taking care of others before ourselves, but consider shifting focus on taking care of yourself first, for now. After all, how can you take care of others if you feel rundown, incomplete, or not quite right? Consider incorporating some form of wellness into your daily life. You may not be able to exercise, take a bubble bath, get a massage, or eat well balanced meals every day, but fitting some of these in can help align you onto the wellness track. Try including some combination of the ideas below into your regular life.

Take a bath. Take a bath with bubbles, essential oils, or Epsom or bath salts.

Exercise. Go to a gym, get outdoors, or turn on an exercise DVD. Swim, bike, hike, stretch, or do yoga. If you have the opportunity to walk outdoors during the day, take it! Keep comfortable shoes that you can change into nearby and head out for a ten minute walk during the day.

Eat healthy and hearty snacks. Drink your water and keep some combination of fruits, vegetables, whole wheat crackers, yogurt, and nuts easily accessible throughout your day.

Eat colorful meals. Watch your portions and try to include foods of a variety of colors in your meals. If you must go with fast food during the day, go with the sandwich and have a salad instead of fries. If feasible, walk to your lunch or dinner locale.

Raise your vibration. Stay away from tabloid and gossip news and try instead to read books or articles oriented toward wellness and positivity. Read articles and stories about concepts that get your mind and intuition activated, rather than stories about what people are wearing, doing, what they have, or where they go. A terrific resource for self-paced reading and courses on a multitude of healthy topics is Dailyom.com.

Laugh. As often as you can and every chance you get laugh heartily and unabashedly.

Breathe mindfully. Slow things down, close your eyes, and listen to your breath, if even for one minute.

Add essential oils to your stash of scents. If there are any scents, or oil blends, that lift your mood or perk you up, keep them nearby in a dropper bottle or roll on so that you have access to them when you need a pick-me-up.

The suggestions above are not meant to add pressure to already busy lives nor do they need to be completed every single day of the week. In fact, quite the opposite should be performed. If you approach your day with an honest and level-headed approach in knowing you cannot do everything in one day, you are starting out by being kind and understanding of yourself, and this is how you truly begin to live a healthy life.

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