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finding personal balance: 5 promises to myself

These 5 personal health and hygiene promises are part of a sponsored post for LISTERINE® and Socialstars #Listerine

These past couple of weeks, my focus has been on finding balance with work, family and the etc.  In August, I allowed work to take over my life and burnout happened quickly.  I wasn’t getting the quality family time I needed, my house was in disarray and my coffee-fueled, sleep deprived body was shutting down.

I was unhappy when I shouldn’t have been. So, I asked myself “what are you going to do about it?”

This fall, family moves back up the priority list, in fact, in my planner where I keep all of my work deadlines marked, I went ahead and wrote in family trips.  Olive-picking Saturday, new art exhibit Thursday and movie in the park Monday are all just as important as my work deadlines, if not more so and should be treated as such.


While my kids may have missed me in August, the person who suffered the most was myself.  If you can relate to the fast-paced, over-scheduled, back-to-school, holidays-are-coming season I’m in, it is time to follow my lead and make some changes. First of all, make time for yourself. You are no good to anyone all stressed out and undervalued. Here are 5 things I’ve promised myself:

make time for quiet time

Kids are loud; give peace a chance. When everything quiets down, don’t go on auto pilot to your DVR list, find something that is peaceful and soul-fulfilling. For me, this means reading.  I spend too much time staring at a computer screen, pounding away, every spare moment I get.  As a lifelong bookworm and collector of tattered classics, when I am not currently “in” a book, I’m unhappy.  Other great ideas: breathing/meditating/praying, knitting/crocheting/embroidering, gardening, cleaning (if you happen to find cleaning relaxing like I do) and napping works too.


increase energy

No, I’m not talking about extra espressos in your pumpkin spice latte.  Did you know 10 minutes of exercise will give you a boost for 2 hours?  You don’t have to go hardcore in the gym to see energy boosts – power walk your neighborhood, swim a few laps, do a quick circuit of jumping jacks, push-ups and squats – everyone can spare 10 minutes to gain 2 more productive hours! Other energy boosters: a hearty laugh (YouTube or Spotify comedy to up your heart rate), wheatgrass/health shots/everything chia seed, stretching (hold pose for 30 sec) and drink water as the most common cause of fatigue is simply dehydration!


daily dose of sunshine

Proven fact: sunshine elevates mood. Just step outside for 15-20 minutes a day. Bonus points if you can get in your quiet time outside at the same time (gardening, reading) and/or your exercise! What’s better than 2 birds with one stone? 3 birds.


do something to feel pretty

Some days, it feels like I don’t even have time to take a shower, let alone put on makeup, but there really IS time if you make it a priority!  Quick practices to make you feel better about yourself will lead to a better attitude in your other endeavors: simple makeup (a little mascara and lip gloss can go a long way), a new (easy) hair up-do, a quick nail trim and clear coat, a fancier than the occasion calls for outfit… these are all simple ways to remind yourself that feeling pretty is not a luxury, but a mandatory action and healthy need all women have.


keep up your health

Too many women (especially moms) put everyone else before themselves in a very damaging way. Our health is TOP priority because our families NEED us to live long, healthy lives.  So keep all of your doctor’s appointments, don’t ignore your own sickly symptoms or concerns and every day, do one more thing to improve your overall health.

One of the easiest health aspects to address daily is oral health. Truth is, though more than eight in 10 people think that they have a healthy mouth, most Americans suffer from some form of oral disease.  **eyebrow raise** Many of these oral issues are completely preventable with a complete oral routine including brushing, flossing and rinsing with LISTERINE® twice a day.


Having proper oral health fits into another above category – feeling pretty.  Your mouth says a lot about you to others and directly affects your self-esteem!  If the aesthetics of your mouth change how people perceive you, imagine the impact it has on not only self-esteem but personal relationships (hello, dating), career success and general day-to-day interactions with strangers.

I was surprised at first to hear just as many Americans say the state of their mouth determines how they look and feel (77%) as their weight (78%), but it does make sense.  Our smiles are one of the first things others see and a really good one can compensate for other “flaws”, right?  We’ve all met those men with the dreamy, blinding smiles when everything else kinda fades away.

A fresh mouth certainly perks me up and I cannot get that feeling with brushing alone, which actually misses 75% of your mouth, leaving millions of germs behind. Um, ew.  If you are not already using LISTERINE® Antiseptic, start today as it cleans virtually 100% of your mouth. Achieve up to five times healthier gums in two weeks and up to nine times healthier gums in four weeks.  If putting your best smile (and breath) forward is important, incorporating LISTERINE® Antiseptic twice a day into your routine should be of high importance!



LISTERINE is committed to promoting healthy oral care habits, that’s why they’re partnering with Oral Health America, who’s FALL FOR SMILES campaign is committed to educating the public about the positive impact good oral health can have on one’s overall health and well-being. OHA’s mission is so important to LISTERINE they are jump starting the giving with a $20K donation, with the hopes of reaching $40K through consumer engagement.

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