Empty cup with the following words in it: You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.Are you feeling overwhelmed? Exhausted? Add to this the general malaise that’s plaguing Portland, and it’s no wonder some of us lack energy, let alone balance or sense of calm.

Then there’s the impending holiday season which leaves most people zapped. Plan, prepare, buy, do.

A friend shared Deepak Chopra’s Make Time Your Friend article with me, and I’ve chosen to pay particular attention to the following seven items:

1. Keep regular hours.

2. Reduce distractions.

3. Take yourself out of stressful situations sooner rather than later.

4. Take your time; don’t rush.

5. Make decisions when they arise.

6. Pay attention to what is directly in front of you.

7. Eliminate chaotic influences.

There are so many things in my life I can’t control. These are things I can control. Bring on the turkey, the stuffing, the relatives, the works!

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