If you find yourself in a situation in which you must make a choice of what to do or how to spend your time, it is very important that you put your own needs up high on the priority list--not at the bottom. Others in your life need you well-rested and healthy too!
Often we let ourselves "come last" after taking care of everyone else, but if we become run-down, ill, or emotionally exhausted, it won't help those others who we gave so much for.
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While exercising, it's important to be present in the moment and keep full attention on what you're doing.
If you're on the treadmill and you're watching t.v., or reading while working out, your attention becomes divided and the workout won't be as intense as it could. However, choosing music that motivates you will keep you energized and moving to the beat, making the workout more fun, and all your focused attention will payoff as your fitness level improves.
It's okay to step back once in awhile and just enjoy the moment. Even in tough situations - it's important to smile and laugh here and there. Don't restrict yourself from doing things you love because they're "not important" or because you think you'll be criticized for doing them. Let yourself enjoy life even if you're not at the best place you could be. You only live once - make the best of it.
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