Chicken Soup Author’s Message: Live Your Priority with Self Care

One of the greatest challenges busy adults share is making time to take proper care of ourselves. The demands of life never go away, and many in the 50+ category face complex and time sensitive issues at work, home, managing children, or grandchildren; as well as occasionally caring for aging parents.

LeAnn Thieman is the author of 13 “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books – including; Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul, and most recently, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses. She is a sought after public speaker, and I was lucky enough to share a chat with her this week.

LeAnn stressed that no one can live the life we are meant to live if we don’t attend to basic self care. She highlighted a great acronym: “Care 4 Me,” as a simple, soothing and easy tool to implement each and every day. By caring for ourselves, we are better able to focus on our mission in life and “living our priority.”

Enjoy our conversation above.

CARE 4 ME acronym:

C:  Connect with your Higher Power.   Spend 15 minutes a day in prayer, meditation or reflection. Attend services or gatherings if you can, and participate in that community.

A:  Ask for your “juice.”   If in your quiet time, you realize that your life is out of balance, physically, mentally or spiritually, make a plan for what you need to achieve better balance, then ask for it (kindly), from yourself, your family and your workplace.

R:  Rest and sleep.   We would never deprive a child of sleep, because we know it makes them sick and grumpy, yet we often do that to ourselves. Turn off TV and technology and get 8 hours of sleep per night.

E:  Eat right.   Consume the quantity and quality of food you know your body needs.

 4:  Four times a day: Breathe!   For 15 minutes, 3-4 times a day, breathe slow deep and easy to releases stress, tension and endorphins.

M: Mind your mind.  Implement your mental balance tools. Practice positive thinking and visualization, knowing it can change your body and your mind. Laugh 400 times a day, like children! Forgive yourself and someone else.

E:  Exercise 3 times a week   Walk 45 minutes a day, even in 15 minute increments.  Incorporate exercise into your everyday life. Mow your lawn, garden, play ball with kids, vacuum to rock and roll!

Leann stressed taking a week to try out this new motto:

“Today I will also Care 4 me,  and truly live my priority.”

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Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses


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