Hey, take care of yourself out there

Mom, look I'm telling you 2

photo by Susan Kauffmann

Hey everyone, I’ve already declared to anyone who will listen that I’ve ‘ordered’ a good year for all of us. Would the gods dare contradict me? Do help it happen — take care of yourself in 2016 because if you read this blog, I care about you.

Do I know anything about taking care of oneself? Not really, but there are others who do, so here’s some of what I’ve read. For even better ideas, see your own doctor, have regular check-ups and take your medications regularly.

When did you last visit your doctor?

When did you last see your doctor?

They suggest you grab your dog, a pal, or your sweetie (okay, even someone else’s sweetie??) and get out there. Moderate exercise, like steady walking for about 30 minutes is said to be enough if you do it regularly five times a week. While you are on the go, you can tell off-color jokes, discuss brilliant ideas, and gossip about the nasty neighbors.

guys talking

guys need friends too

It is said women communicate more easily, but you fellows need companionship too. A friend to talk to is a good thing. If there isn’t one around, reach out and find somebody — you deserve it. The more satisfied you are with your life, the better.

Maintaining a decent weight has been a lifelong battle of mine, so I know

fat guy on scale

Oh, oh!

it ain’t easy. Nutritionists suggest we adopt healthy eating habits we can live with for life and avoid crash diets — easy for them to say. The Arthritis Society says the loss of only one pound is equal to about three/four pounds less stress on knee joints. Think about that. Lose five pounds and your knees consider it to be 15/20! Not bad….

take a walk with your friends

Take a walk with some friends

If your doctor says you should lower your cholesterol, take his/her advice and do what you can to help things go in the right direction. Eat well and have fruits and vegetables every day — they’re good for you. And, should you, heaven forbid, be one of those few still smoking, this is a good time to quit. It’s a New Year. Breathing is important and smoking is a killer.

two a day is it

two each day

Now, not to ruin your fun altogether, but with alcohol, as with many things, moderation is the key. Apparently, if you keep it to two beers, or cocktails, or glasses of wine each day, that’s okay. (I didn’t make this up. It’s in the book.) Oh, and it means two in TOTAL per day, not two of each. Sorry about that. Besides, if you’re reading this, you matter a lot to me, so please don’t drink and drive.

However, all of this effort is wasted if you drive recklessly and don’t bother using your seat belt. Do mind the speed limit and buckle up.Too many drivers are still using cellphones in spite of all the accidents caused by this dangerous practice. But, you wouldn’t do that, would you? Am I beginning to sound like an old fuddy-duddy? Well, that’s what I am!

You don’t drive? Well, pedestrians concentrating on cellphones are in danger as well. Be safe, put it away. And, when you walk after dark, please avoid wearing black, it makes you hardly visible to drivers. (Nag, nag, nag…)

Surely, you get the general idea, don’t you? I want you to be safe and well this year.

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7 thoughts on “Hey, take care of yourself out there

  1. Muriel,
    All your suggestions are great and you do care about people a lot. And when it comes from the heart, it is not called nagging. Have a marvellous year. Diane

  2. Thanks again for a good read, i read them but don’t have time to reply. also I still owe you a brunch, will get back to you ..

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