Health Challenge Tip #10

#10: Relax.

Woo! We made it to the end of the Health Challenge (that doesn't mean we can stop being healthy, though!). I'm gonna miss that cute little girl in the Health Challenge banner, but she'll be back for our next challenge (remember her from the Go Green Challenge?).

When it comes to being healthy and eating healthy, sometimes we can become overwhelmed. Relax. While there are some people who can eat healthy ALL the time, most of us really need some ice cream once in awhile. The funny thing is though, that once you start eating healthier and stop drinking things like soda and coffee, the unhealthy stuff doesn't quite taste like it did before. And I have to be honest that I rarely miss soda.

Healthy foods just taste, well, real. If you made a point to ditch processed food for a week and then tried something a week later, I can almost guarantee you'll be disappointed in the taste.

But this post is about relaxing. Take time to relax, I'm not talking about sleep, I'm talking about allowing yourself to be free of the internet, TV, cell phone, responsibilities and RELAX. Give your brain a rest. You might end up falling asleep, but use the time to take a break and unwind. Most of us go, go, go...never stopping to relax for a bit. When we don't take time to relax, stress tends to build up and run over us when we're not looking.

So find a nice comfy chair or lie on your bed or even the floor. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax. It doesn't have to be long. Try 5 minutes. Collect your thoughts, let your mind wander or pray. This is definitely a challenge for me. And I'm gonna go do it right now, while Sweet P's napping. You should, too.

August is Fitness Challenge month. Because boy, oh boy, am I out of shape. See you next month!