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We sometimes forget to slow down and take a breath. Our lives are so busy from working and doing the day to day things that “need” to be done, we forget the important aspects of life, such as family time, enjoying ourselves, and finding time to release stress.

Have you taken the time to sit down with your family and have a real conversation? And when I say real, I mean consciously listening to what they are saying and having an authentic two-way conversation. It is so important to take the time to acknowledge our loved ones whether it’s your children, husband, wife, sister, brother, mom, dad, friend, etc., and be present for them. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is having healthy relationships, and in order to have healthy relationships you have to be able to communicate. We are all guilty of rushing through our days and not taking the time we need to check in with the people closest to us, but it’s amazing what we can learn from our peers and children if we stopped and listened.

When was the last time you took even a few moments to enjoy yourself? If you don’t do something each day that brings joy to your life, then why are we here? We are here on this earth to grow and through that growth we discover a better understanding of our purpose. Finding your purpose means finding joy. It doesn’t mean you have to find one thing you are supposed to be doing for the rest of your life; it means that each day you find something that makes you happy, or puts a smile on your face, or brings you closer to your purpose. Enjoyment comes in many forms. If you are lucky enough to have a career that you love, that can be pure enjoyment. If you haven’t found a career you love yet, then your enjoyment may be something you do after work and on the weekends—reading, gardening, exercising, painting, etc. The idea is to find joy in even the small things you do, so you can live a full life and not just exist unconsciously. When you live consciously, you don’t miss out on all the tiny miracles that happen each day.

Do you find time each day for stress release? Because of the pressures we are all under in our lives, stress has become a leading cause of many illnesses. Taking time each day to release that stress can be a life saver. If you found an outlet where you could rid yourself of the worries and strains of the day, you might be less inclined to complain about what happened at work or on the road driving. Complaining only makes the circumstance worse. But letting go and forgiving can free your mind to focus on something more productive and worth your time. The bottom line is life is short. Instead of spending our days rushing through life, let’s stop, take a breath, and be present. Let’s stop looking back and saying, I wish I did this or I wish I said that. Let’s live for the now and enjoy ourselves and our loved ones and say no to stress! Let’s live consciously.

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