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Taking Time to Relax

Vantage Point: It’s Time to Relax

Relaxation is the state of being free from tension and anxiety. When I think of relaxation, I imagine myself having no to-do list, sitting back, and watching my son play. Now that I’m raising a family, I understand the importance of taking time to just relax.

On the weekends, I tend to clean my house top to bottom. I get so focused on these tasks that by the time I’m done with my chores, I realize it’s already 5 o’clock on Saturday evening. I get so upset with myself because I spent a whole day cleaning instead of taking a stroll in the park, going on a hike with my family, or just sitting in the backyard and enjoying the nice summer weather.

Then, I rush to get myself together to go do something “fun” before night falls. This defeats the whole purpose of relaxing because I’m so tired by the end of the day, I don’t even get to enjoy the activities with my family.

I now more than ever see why it’s so important to take time to relax. Time and time again, I hear about all of the benefits of relaxation, like lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow to major muscles, improving sleep quality, and much more. I need to be the best version of me so I can be around and have a good time with my family.

This summer, I am trying something new. I’m giving myself small tasks to do at home every day after work, so when the weekend comes around, my workload isn’t so big. I’m also giving myself a set time frame to clean each Saturday morning. When I’m all done, it’s usually time for my son to take a midday nap, which gives me some dedicated “me time.” When he wakes up, I’m relaxed and ready to have some family fun.

So far, I’m really enjoying my new approach to handling my time. Sometimes, relaxing is much harder than setting up a new plan. There are a lot of reasons you might need a new plan too, like a diagnosis that requires you to try a different approach.

When that happens, our case managers are here to help you make your new plan work in lots of way. They can provide motivation, tools, and lifestyle skills to help minimize your risk of complications and share resources that are available in your community.

So get started finding a plan that works for you, and don’t forget to take some time to relax this summer.

 

Jessica Arroyo, born and raised in Wenatchee Valley, is a Medicare community liaison for Health Alliance, serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties in Washington. During her time off, she enjoys spending time with her husband and infant son.

Featuring Pear Recipes

Healthy Pear Recipes

This week we featured wonderful wintery, pear recipes to help you make the most of the fruit while it’s in season.

Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese makes the perfect, rich holiday appetizer.

Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey are a delicious and healthy dessert, which also looks beautiful.

 

This quick and easy Honey Pear Bread is a wonderful way to kick off your weekend.

Honey Pear Bread
Image and Recipe via Chew Out Loud

 

Pear Sauce made from the in-season fruit is a great substitute for your kids’ favorite apple sauce.

Cinnamon Pork Chops with Spiced Pears perfectly balances sweet and savory flavors.

Cinnamon Pork Chops with Spiced Pears
Image and Recipe via Favorite Family Recipes

 

Make this Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal for a hearty holiday breakfast.

Pear Baked Oatmeal
Image and Recipe via Oh My Veggies
Brunch Recipes to Brunch in Style

Healthy Brunch Recipes

This week in food, we helped you enjoy a healthy version of everyone’s favorite weekend meal with brunch recipes you’ll love.

First up is a Crustless Caprese Quiche, which is rich and good for you.

This Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons and Maple Vinaigrette is perfect when you can’t decide between breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast Salad
Image and Recipe via A Spicy Perspective

 

Huevos Rancheros are a tasty and fresh Mexican take on your favorite breakfast skillets.

Huevos Rancheros
Image and Recipe via Feasting at Home

 

Streusel-Topped French Toast Casserole with Fruit Compote can be made ahead and feels like a treat.

Streusel-Topped French Toast Casserole with Fruit Compote
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

These Red Pepper Baked Eggs are fun, fresh, and easy for your next brunch.

Red Pepper Baked Eggs
Image and Recipe via The View From Great Island

 

Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones are perfect with your morning coffee or your afternoon tea.

 

These Ham and Cheese Breakfast Enchiladas are made overnight to make for a lazy weekend brunch.

Breakfast Enchiladas
Image and Recipe via The Girl Who Ate Everything