your equanimity, and the quality of your life.
Regardless of your circumstances, making mealtime a nearly sacred time to refresh can make a difference in your life. It doesn’t take much time, but it does require a different attitude. Simply setting the table with your silverware on a folded napkin and using real dishes and a glass sends a message that you’re taking care of yourself. Eating take-out from cardboard containers or leftovers from the refrigerator container doesn’t. Set the table for every meal regardless of whether you’re eating alone or with others.
If you work, take time to eat lunch. Getting out of your office has many benefits, but if you can’t, at least establish a ritual even if it’s only ten minutes. Stop working. Don’t answer the phone, check emails or do any work. Close your door if you have one. Keep an enjoyable book or magazine in your office to read that will take you “away” for those minutes when you’re eating. If possible, listen to relaxing music, go for a brief walk or stretch or just enjoy a few quiet minutes.
Ideally every meal will be pleasant and unhurried but if that isn’t happening, what can you do to make one meal a day a pleasant time with a focus on enjoying your food and relaxing? If that won’t work, pick a meal once a week to get started. The benefits may not be obvious at first, but your mind and body will appreciate it.
Money Saving Tip
What if you could save $50-$100 a year by just using a little less? Just one container less a year of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, window cleaner and bathroom cleaners will add up.
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What made you proud of your money choices today?