People crave the simple life yet sometimes give up too quickly, becoming overwhelmed with the past and present pace. How do we keep it simple in today’s fast paced society and keep a healthy lifestyle? Begin by considering some options for a rainy day: A nice bubble bath or mask. Add honey or lavendar oil for a relaxing aroma. The sauna of heat detoxes the skin and removes impurities. The YMCA offers one day passes for swimming and sauna enjoyment for as low as $3 per day for children.
How about starting a new journal? For some this is a spirituality journal of private information and encouragement. Or, it could be a travel journal, that is put away until the next adventure. Add photos, remarkable sightings and feelings from visiting friends or loved ones. This will help you cherish your memories for decades to come. Cutting magazine quotes and phrases gives it character. Your local Hobby Lobby has terrific craft ideas.
Real Simple Magazine suggests a family recipe book. How many recipes are collecting dust or folded in a place that you are not likely to access quickly enough for dinner tonight? Sort through your favorites, take time to look up some simple recipes to use that baking piece you received as a gift. Share the goodness with friends, co-workers and neighbors. Toss those that no longer meet your interests or are too complex, leaving you feeling exhausted just considering the grocery list. Consider donating to the next community bake sale!
Watch for local health events that take place to promote wellness. St. Luke’s, on The Plaza, is having a heart health fashion show for all ages on Wednesday, (Leap Day) February 29. This is open to the public and makes a nice break from work instead of rushing to a restaurant. Try a latte’ in the cafe’ for $1 or keep a banana in your bag.
If you have children: Plan a safe, indoor camping event with sheets, tents and story telling. Uno card games are under $10 and involve cooperation. For adult get togethers with friends: Invent a tradition of selecting a country cuisine theme, each person bringing a related dish to add to the mix that will not tire one person or your pocketbook. Research the country of choice and share some of the unique traditions or sights to tour. What else needs attention? Perhaps it is time to create your own sugar or oatmeal mask, moisturizer or cool beverage. Choose something that leaves you refreshed and helps you enjoy your time relaxing in the evening (or after your relaxing bath). Remember to share your tips with others and focus on what keeps you feeling uncluttered, de-stressed and fresh. See you smiling already!