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Peggy shares tips for taking care of you.

Isn’t it great to have things back to normal? Now that COVID restrictions have been lifted, we can happily pick up where we left off and do the things we have so missed doing. Meeting up with friends at a local brewery, dining out without worry, hearing live music, attending plays, and seeing our work colleagues are just some examples of returning to the way things were.

But why go backwards? It’s the perfect time to move forward in life, especially now when it feels like everything is new again, as if we’re experiencing the world as a child and viewing our surroundings with fresh eyes. Instead of being an end to COVID, we could consider this interlude an opportunity to make a fresh new start in life, a time to reflect on where we are and where we’re going. What kind of goals do you have for yourself? Maybe it’s time to pursue new dreams. Whether you’re feeling stuck in a dead-end job or relationship, there’s no time like now to make a change.

It’s easy to be complacent and just accept the status quo. But life is short and getting shorter. If there are activities you’ve been wanting to try, a new career, even something as simple as taking art lessons or learning a new language, why not start now? Challenge yourself to be more active, get involved, spend time with the ones you love, and make every moment count.

Being more active is currently my #1 goal. Somehow in the past year, I have let myself get very lazy. I’ve spent way too much time sitting around and being sedentary. Besides causing weight gain and muscle loss, inactivity can lead to depression, something many of us have been experiencing this past year. I’m sure you know that exercise releases endorphins and ultimately makes you feel better and happier. So why aren’t more of us exercising?

The simple answer is willpower. It’s a must if we ever want to get off the couch and improve our physical and mental well being. I recently rejoined the rec center and will be attending some exercise and yoga classes, as well as swimming in the pool. Years ago when Peter and I were first married we had a swimming date once a week, after which we’d go for a bite. Of course, dinner out was always a treat, but swimming first made it seem like we were doing something healthy at the same time.

Having a friend or partner to exercise with can make all the difference. If you’re feeling sluggish and not sure how much willpower you can muster, ask a friend to join you for some walks or yoga practice. Sometimes a friend is all it takes to get you motivated, and you’ll both be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Take time now to do something positive for you. We all need to take better care of ourselves, so let’s do this together. I’m rooting for you!

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda is the editor and publisher of Tidewater Family Plus magazine. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Old Dominion University and is the author of Still Life with Sierra, a travel memoir. Peggy also freelances for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com

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