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Investing in yourself is an investment in others:

Do any of you follow The Power of Positivity on Instagram or Facebook? I love the simple reminders they pass along. They always seem to come at the right time. I loved this one and wanted to give you my return on investment summary:

  • Meditate: think deeply or focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence... I have had more moments of clarity in a few moments of silence than in any therapy session. Whether I am contemplating a piece of scripture or an affirmation to focus my day I have learned to give a great deal of grace not only to others but myself.

  • Read: What are you reading right now? I have Kristin Hannah's The Four Winds laying next to my pillow right now and John C. Maxwell's The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth in my Audible for my commute. Reading gives perspective, background knowledge and can lead to unexpected connections through conversation.

  • Eat healthy: When I talk about a healthy body, I believe it is balance and moderation. Eat or drink calories commensurate with your burn and I think you generally end of up a good place. If I could will myself to love fish, especially salmon, I would. I know in my rational mind they are SOOO good for me and my taste buds just strenuously object.

  • Drink water: I'm going to geek out on you here momentarily... did you know that up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%. It's no wonder drinking a couple glasses of water makes me feel like a million bucks!

  • Move your body: Whether you do yoga with me, run, walk, hike or engage in High Intensity Interval Training (HITT), movement is an amazing reset. I've had a couple friends remind me... you'll never regret going for the run (even if its hard) but you'll regret choosing not to.

  • Spend time in nature: In the summer when I am at home, I rarely wear shoes. I love connecting with the grass, the dirt and even the gravel. The water, crisp clean air, the mossy floor of the forest, you choose. All have served me well!

  • Rest up: Sleep is my lifeline. Do you know how many hours you "need". I do and I very rarely cheat myself of my rest. I am a happy, healthier human who is much nicer to others when I am rested. How many hours do you need?

  • You are worthy! Its so important to know your worth and value who you are by treating yourself well. As the flight attendant says, put on your own oxygen mask first! Be good to yourself so you can be good others.

All these little things matter and turn into the big things. Value yourself and those around you enough to begin with a even just one of these that you may not currently do. It is a small investment that will pay dividends over time!

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