Healthy Habits

“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” – Parker Palmer

I think habits are a good thing, at least for me. I’m not talking about my coffee habit. I do like the first cup of coffee, and the second cup even better. I’m thinking about the habits that help me to take care of myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. My habits help me to keep my balance. I share three habits that help me to grow in a healthy direction during the grieving process.
Habit 1. My Get Up and Go Habit. I’m not one to sleep in. I’m ready to take on the day by 5:30 a.m.

  1. I make the bed, no wrinkles. It’s neat.
  2. I exercise – I do stretching exercises, core exercises, and pushups. When I finish, I feel good and think about my coffee.
  3. Before I have my coffee, I brush and floss, shave, and shower.
  4.  And, before I eat breakfast or have my coffee, Isend a video text my daughters.
This habit gets me emotionally ready for the day. It connects me with family. It makes me feel good about myself. It’s a great start to the day.
Habit 2. I go to the Y each day to exercise. I work the elliptical machine for nearly an hour. I’m hoping to wear it out before it wears me out. I know keeping my body in shape contributes to good health. And, it helps keep any stress under control.
Habit 3. Prayer. I don’t know how I would make it without prayer. Babe and I always prayed together. Even during the times when Babe struggled and died when I was angry, very angry with God, I prayed. My prayers were not filled with gratitude, as they are these days. I need prayer as much as I need oxygen to breath.
I like the quote by Parker Palmer because life is a gift. It is nothing I earned. I want to use this wonderful gift to be a benefit and a blessing to others. I’m not done yet, I intend using my wonderful gift.  
What healthy habits do you have to keep your life in balance?

Author: Ray Calabrese

I am an optimistic, can do, and never quit guy. The spirit of hope indelibly marks my DNA. My research at The Ohio State University helped people discover the best in themselves and change their personal lives, public organizations, and whole communities. I bring the same spirit and enthusiasm to my blog to help those who grieve who find themselves suddenly alone, navigate their grieving. Join my more than 24,300Twitter (@alwaysgoodstuff). I promise my tweets are always good stuff. Please feel free to email me at

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