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Take Good Care of Yourself

Linda Rellergert, Nutrition Specialist in St. Charles County
University of Missouri Extension



Of all the people in this world who know us, we know ourselves better than anyone else can. We know best what makes us happy or sad, what hurts, what feels good. No one else can take care of us the way we need to take care of ourselves. No one can read another’s mind and provide exactly what he or she needs when they need it. Depending on someone else to meet our needs, keeps us stuck and unfulfilled. Expecting others to take care of us leaves us wanting emotionally and physically.

As adults, it is our responsibility to care for ourselves. We do many things each day to care for our physical selves--eating good, nourishing foods, getting enough sleep, moving our bodies, and keeping ourselves and our surroundings clean.

We also need to care for our emotional selves every day as well. While experts can give some broad outlines of what that care should include, it is up to each individual to determine exactly what is best for them.

These are some ideas to provide nourishment to the spirit.

  • Read anything you enjoy—novels, mysteries, classics, how-to or self-help books, magazines, the funny papers.
  • Spend a day with good friends.
  • Develop and spend time on a hobby.
  • Play a musical instrument.
  • Listen to music and just relax, or let yourself move to the beat.
  • Spend time outdoors—walk, hike, fish, or just sit and listen to the birds.
  • Put on some favorite music, light candles and take a bubble bath.
  • Get up early to watch the sun rise.
  • Enjoy a gourmet picnic in a special setting—indoors or out.

Set aside some time every day for yourself, some time to nourish your spirit. Take good care of yourself; you’re the only one who can.



Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009








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