ASK A PIONEER
Q1I ENJOY MY WORK AND FAMILY BUT I WANT TO DO MORE. ANY TIPS?
A1What interests you? If it’s helping others, volunteer. Choosing causes you believe in close to home will benefit your community, too. Or explore your creativity. Find classes to build skills you’ve always wanted: painting, writing, singing, for example. If your goal is more fresh air and exercise, local walking groups, hiking clubs, and nature groups have free, informal activities, often daily. Find details online. Whatever you choose, doing what you like also means you’ll meet like-minded people along the way.
Q2SINCE RESTFUL SLEEP IS THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH IMPROVEMENT TO MAKE, HOW CAN I IMPROVE IT?
A2Studies show that having designated times to go to bed and wake up definitely help. Try turning off electronics an hour before bed and dim the lights, clocks included. Meditate or sit quietly to calm the mind (prayer works, too). Noise a problem? Wear earplugs. If sleep troubles persist, see a doctor to rule out a sleep disorder, anxiety, or other issue keeping you up at night.
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The Simple Act of Better Balance
The common advice for increasing one’s strength and balance is to engage in dance therapy, tai chi, yoga, and even Pilates. There are more simple exercises that can done in the privacy of your home. According to the Seniors for Seniors website, three to practice daily include: standing on one foot (grab hold of something sturdy like the counter); walking heel to toe (20 steps is plenty); and balance walking (as though atop a balance beam, 20 steps). For more examples of strength and balance exercises, click on “Will Power Links” in our resources tab.
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Part 2: The Spending Journal Exercise
Last month you tallied everything you bought. Now let’s review purchases to see what stands about each one.
Looking at your journal, did you:
- Use the act of spending to try to solve a problem?
- Buy something you didn’t want or need?
- Buy because you were sad, mad, envious, or something else?
- Spend to enrich your life?
- Spend in a way that reflected your long-term goals?
Notice any patterns to your spending? Write down an answer for each purchase.
Next month we’ll explore patterns you’d like to change and how to start.
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