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Own your life: Take care of the essentials.


It’s all too easy to be swept up in the tumbling washing machine that is life, finding yourself under the control of the flow and momentum of those external forces and struggling to escape.


In the 21st century, more is being asked of us than ever before, and it’s no wonder that so many people are finding it difficult to keep on top of all the important details in life. This is understandable because there are so many of them, and also because it’s hard to get started if you’ve let too many important details slip.


It doesn’t have to be that way. Just make a few small changes to own your life. 


Take care of the essentials, and you can have your life back.


Find that work and life balance.


We’re being asked to work longer hours than ever before and no matter how much we’d like to, with the rising cost of living, it is unlikely things will improve any time soon.

You can, however, try to improve the work and life balance by mixing up your daily routine.

Instead of traveling back from a long day at work just to sit in front of a computer, make it a priority to do something different a few nights a week. It could be taking a class or simply reading a book.

Whatever it is, you’ll start to feel that you’re living as well as working.


Be healthy.


Of all the things that we compromise when we’re busy, few are as damaging as letting our healthy habits slide away.

By making a few small changes in your life, you can get your health back on track.

Make a habit of making quick, healthy meals each night. In many cases, you can use the internet to have a GP at hand so that you can have those niggling problems assessed even though you don’t have time to visit the doctor.

You can also download a workout regime app to your phone, fitting in the exercise when you have a spare ten minutes throughout the day.


Take time for yourself.


Find time for yourself.


We acquire a lot of responsibilities when we grow older, and they usually come to the detriment of our own personal time.

It’s really important that you set aside time just for you.

Life is all about growing as a person, and if you’re constantly taking care of other people, then you’ll be neglecting yourself.

At least once a week, make sure you’re setting aside a night that’s just for you.


Make time for family and friends.


As a result of our long working hours and our obligations with our own immediate family, we can sometimes go much longer than we’d like without seeing our close friends or other relatives.

These relationships get harder to maintain as we get older, so it’s important to make the extra effort to stay in touch with those that you care about.


Maintain perspective.


When life really begins to overwhelm, it’s time to head away from the familiar and look at getting a larger perspective on the world.

Living in a city or having a set routine can be like living in a bubble; once a month, try to get out into nature and breathe deep. It’ll do you the world of good, and you’ll come back all the more refreshed and ready to take care of business.


Christine is the owner and author for her three blogs: Empty Nest Ancestry, Feathering the Empty Nest, and Top Web Blog Tips. Periodically, if a post topic is appropriate to either of her other blogs, they will be published as a guest post by CJB.


This is one of my four blogs:

I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).

Feathering the Empty Nest is my 'baby' that I have been nurturing and building or four years - ever since taking medical retirement from my government job because of disability issues. As a result, general health and well being, and losing weight are a concern for me and are therefore topics covered here. I also discuss marriage, raising a family (especially military families like ours) including parenting teens,adult children (or, if you prefer - parenting young adults living at home) as well as parenting children of all ages.

Of course, I can't forget our lovable, furry family members. Pet ownership is wonderful - especially once our kids have moved out on their own, so there is discussion about responsible pet ownership and care. Lifestyle changes that come with raising a family, retirement, and health issues, in addition to how these affect other aspects of our lives such as housekeeping, cooking and shopping matter a great deal. Being the lazy housekeeper and indifferent cook that I am, learning how to save money while still eating well has meant finding easy cooking recipes, experimenting with online grocery shopping and sharing invaluable household hints and tips.Our home remains our castle, whether our kids live here or elsewhere and home ownership and renovations, diy home projects and repair tips and hints play a large role.

Weave all of this together with humorous stories of children, pets, family life, marriage and any other silly little thing I can think of, and you have 'Feathering the Empty Nest.'

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