Photo credit barefooters.org
Photo credit barefooters.org

Today's exercise is putting your feet up.

Yes, you heard me, all work and no rest is no fun. Balance is the name of the game, and after 5 days of good work-outs, you might welcome a break. On top of running after your kids and around in your work, time to recharge may just be a good idea. And if that means watching the whole first season of Downton Abbey in one go, so be it. But hey, I'm no medical professional, so consult with your doctor. He or she might prescribe a dose of Grey's Anatomy or March Madness instead.

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Today's recipe is dessert.

I'm a big fan of fresh fruit, so whatever's in season gets cut up and put on a plate. Mango, raspberries, and papaya make a scrumptious combination, or cherries, apples, kiwis, and bananas. If you're more into baked treats, try subbing margarine for apple sauce, and cow's milk for a soy alternative or even orange juice.

 

 

 

 

"Heart to Heart - by Angela Zito"
"Heart to Heart - by Angela Zito"

 

 

 

Sharing your Heart

You've heard of the saying, a problem shared is a problem halved, and a joy shared is a joy doubled? That's what I'm inviting you to do today. Call a good friend, your parents, someone you love, or even better, make a date to meet in person. If you're an expat, it'll be Skype, but whatever means you choose - have a conversation.

Share what's bugging you as well as what's delighting you. Make sure you're heard and get everything you need to off your chest. Then return the favor.

Troubles weigh us down, you see, and keeping worries inside means they can claw their icy fingers around our hearts and squeeze. Having the empathy of a trusted confidante lets in the light, warms up and de-claws those icicles to let the light in. After a good heart-to-heart, your heart will feel stronger, like it's bench-pressed and kicked off 100 pounds.

If you're single, maybe it's time to try a relationship again. But an adult one this time, without bringing in previous baggage or entertaining unrealistic expectations. Being yourself and allowing the other one the same courtesy.

Image by aussiegall, Flickr, Creative Commons License

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