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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Social Matters

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In keeping with our last few weeks of blogging about your well-being in life, friendships, family get-togethers and social outings are to be included for your emotional happiness. Remember, when you are feeling good, you exude a positive attitude in the world that can be contagious. Your interactions can rub off on others, thus encouraging a more helpful, peaceful social circle and community. All great things we need in this world!

So what to do about your social endeavors?  Especially during the winter when it seems like everyone wants to hibernate?!  We are big believers in planning things you want to do.  Take the initiative if you want to do something, otherwise, sitting around and waiting for an invite may never come.  Some suggestions and things we have done recently:

Pizza and a movie with a great group of friends – simple and a great way to catch up with your social circle.

One night away with family – we split the cost of a couple of rooms, had a great meal and did some shopping.  A short but great time to get out of the house for a change of scenery and spend time with your loved ones.

Meet for lunch – one on one time with a friend or co-worker is a great way to stay connected.

Plan a night with your significant other and another couple or two – go bowling or out to a fancy restaurant, see a comedian (something we love to do).

You don’t have to have a million friends or a giant family gathering to connect socially.  And it doesn’t have to be an every week kind of thing.  The point is to keep up whatever relationships you have in your life that are emotionally fulfilling (we all have different relationships for different needs) and to give yourself some happiness!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Fashion Matters

 

We are really feeling those winter blues here in the Northeast. The sub-freezing temperatures for weeks on end coupled with the seemingly endless snow has been a drag since the new year started. We are doing a few things differently this winter to help beat those “warmth and sunlight deprived” feelings. We offer some suggestions today that may help you get out of the winter doldrums as well :)

The past couple of weeks we have been blogging about re-visiting your life and being the best that you can be – taking a good look at your health and finances in particular.  Today, we are imagining a goal-oriented mind, really taking to heart ourselves the advice we give.  With that in mind, how you feel on the inside should reflect how you look on the outside.  When your physical and financial life is on its way to being in tip-top shape, your outward appearance should be considered as well.  This is especially important if you have lost a few pounds this year and your clothes don’t reflect the changes your body is going through.  And what better way to get through the rest of this hard winter than with a fashion update?

Giving yourself a mini-makeover this time of year can do wonders for your outlook.  Some of the things we’ve done are:

* Got a few highlights at the beauty parlor along with a new eyebrow shape.

* Bought new turtle neck sweaters at bargain prices since the bathing suits are already out.

* Wore different shades of lipstick and nail polish for a new look.

* Crocheted new scarves in fun colors to keep and give.

* Looked through the closets for a change in pocketbooks.

Updating your look doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming.  Just changing one small piece of your wardrobe or even putting on some hydrating body moisturizer this time of year can make you feel like a whole new you!  Looking good on the outside definitely makes you feel better on the inside.

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Financial Matters

In a series of blogs about taking care of yourself and the important things in your life, finances are this week’s focus.  Most people are very concerned about money – how much they have, spend, save and make.  It is important to note, everyone has a different idea about what their financial status means in life.  What is important to some, may not be important to others.  We will be focusing on your well-being when it comes to money matters.

Get organized.  If you have bills all over the place and you miss payment due dates, interest starts racking up.  Keep a folder for current bills and stay on top of cleaning it out as soon as the bills are paid.  There are different rules for times to hold onto statements and financial papers.  Keep them all boxed or in files while saving (nice and labeled with dates!) and invest in a good shredder for purging.

Make a budget.  Know your numbers; what comes in should exceed what goes out.  Don’t put off talking to your spouse or partner about what should go into a realistic budget.  If you live with others like we do, everyone must be on the same page.  You might be frugally keeping a certain amount of spending money in your wallet each week while your spouse is regularly visiting the ATM on an “as needed” basis.  Either way is fine as long as you both decide on a system that works for everyone and keep the “spending lines of communication” open.

Plan ahead.  It is important to have a little money saved for emergencies.  You never know when an appliance may break or a big car repair may be needed.  Also think about saving for the future, your retirement, possibly college for your children and maybe for shorter term goals like a vacation.  Try starting with saving a small amount – maybe a percentage of your paycheck?  We do these two things: Save change in a jar.  It’s an oldie but goodie piece of advice – within a matter of months we sometimes have enough money to buy a small piece of furniture!  The second thing we do is: Save a dollar a day.  It’s easy and adds up before you know it. Once a month, you have enough money to have a nice lunch out or even a mani/pedi if you want one :)

Make getting your finances in order a priority in your life.  It is a big step toward your emotional well-being.  Knowing you have that part of your life in order frees you up to do other important things.  You never know – that extra money you save or time you have by being organized could go towards your favorite charitable endeavor!

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Health Matters

We have mentioned previously about how important it is to take care of yourself. We’ve all heard the airplane safety speech – put on your own oxygen mask before you help others. To that end, we will be blogging over the next few weeks about taking care of a lot of things in your life, starting first with your health.

Once a year, make all of your doctor appointments.  Schedule the visits at a memorable time of year, such as your birthday, the new year or the start of a new season.  Start with your annual physical.  Get blood work, have your blood pressure and all the vitals tested.  Go to the eye doctor, especially if you haven’t been there for years.  Vision changes as you age and glaucoma is a silent disease that only a doctor can test for.  If you are a woman, see the gynecologist.  Don’t be afraid to ask intimate questions…they’ve seen and heard everything!  Make a dental appointment, including a cleaning with the hygienist.  If you need to see a specialist on a regular basis, keep up with those visits.  Whether it’s an allergist you need to see seasonally or a cardiologist to watch your meds, it’s important to follow thru.  Also, after a certain age other screenings become important such as colonoscopies and mammograms.  One of our family members (who is a doctor) said those tests save lives!

Prevention is key when it comes to your health.  Make sure you are eating lots of fruits and veggies, lean protein, drinking water and not consuming too much sugar.  Exercise on a regular basis; even just walking is highly beneficial.  Get a good amount of sleep,  your body needs it to function properly.  Reduce stress and anxiety as much as you possibly can.  They can wreak havoc on your body, mind and spirit.

Take care of yourself – you’ll do great things in your life if you feel great!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: The Best You Can Be

We were recently listening to an inspirational story that really seemed to hit home about some of life’s purposes. The main message we got out of it was:  Be the best you that you can be.  Think about it, that is a really great way to try to live your life.

We all struggle from time to time to find purpose and meaning in our lives and for how we are living it.  If you are always conscientious of trying to be the best you you can be, you can’t go wrong.  That can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but put it into the context of how you are living your life.  Let’s say you are having a conversation with someone and you are simultaneously multitasking while listening or just nodding and going thru the motions without really giving 100% of your attention.  But if you are striving to be the best you, really engage in the conversation.  You’ll be empathizing and giving feedback which is much better for the relationship.

Apply the message to your kids while helping them with homework, your job, cleaning, donating, whatever it is that you are doing.  It doesn’t mean that you have to be the best but that you are trying to be the best you that you can be.

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