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Jane Boursaw
Jane Boursaw

We’re working with Pfizer on a new campaign with a great message, especially as we head into the holiday season and start thinking about resolutions and ways to make our lives better. The question Pfizer wants me – and all of us – to answer is this: What are we doing now to ensure/guarantee that we’ll live a happy, healthy life in the future?

For me, it’s all about trying to find balance (and get away from this computer now and then!). It’s a full-time job running a busy website, managing a group of (awesome!) writers, working with advertisers, doing all the back-end coding and design work. I love this job I’ve created for myself, but I also make a point to nurture other things in my life, such as:

1. Get physical every day. Whether it’s taking a walk, doing yoga with my (awesome!) yoga teacher and classmates, hitting the gym (in the winter) or our lovely bay for a swim (in the summer). I invested in a kayak a few years ago, and that little thing has been such a joy. There’s nothing so peaceful as floating on the water on a warm summer day.

2. Turn off the devices. That’s one reason I love my yoga class. Because it’s one of the few times that 1) all the devices are turned off; 2) no one is hounding me for anything; and 3) I can focus on my own spirit and peace (that ubiquitous “balance” I mentioned).

3. Eat well. I grew up on a farm and was raised with a good sense of what a balanced diet looks like. Of course, now that I’m “of a certain age,” it’s a little more challenging to keep those extra pounds off. So I’m super aware of what I eat and try to keep the junk food and high-cal snacks to a minimum.

4. Nurture the romance. With two teenagers and aging parents to care for, sometimes the romance takes a back seat to everything else. My husband I try to get away once or twice a month and just take a ride or go out to dinner somewhere.

5. Stay positive. Life can get really tough sometimes, and everyone is carrying some sort of burden. I just try to count my blessings every day, have faith that we’ll get through the tough times, and look for joy in big and small places.

6. Watch happy movies and TV shows. You didn’t think I’d finish this post without mentioning THAT, did you?! I watch a lot of things for work, but am mindful of how movies and TV shows affect my mood (I’m very impressionable!). If I’ve watched a lot of heavy-duty things to review, I try to balance it out with something fun. Favorites include old classics with cherished stars like “Pillow Talk” (Doris Day!) or “Bringing Up Baby” (Katharine Hepburn!), cute kids’ movies like “Finding Nemo” or “The Incredibles,” or fun romantic comedies like “When Harry Met Sally” or “While You Were Sleeping.”

What kinds of things are you guys doing to ensure a happy, healthy life in the future? Tell us in the comments below. 

 

  • Get Old is an initiative developed by Pfizer  to challenge people of all ages to rethink what it means to Get Old and take a more active role in their health and quality of life at every age.  Whether it’s through watching what you eat, physical exercise, spending time with family and friends or participating in an activity you’re passionate about — each of us has the power to decide for ourselves how we want to Get Old. It’s not just about living longer, but living better. 

     

    • Get Old is an initiative developed by Pfizer  to challenge people of all ages to rethink what it means to Get Old and take a more active role in their health and quality of life at every age.  Whether it’s through watching what you eat, physical exercise, spending time with family and friends or participating in an activity you’re passionate about — each of us has the power to decide for ourselves how we want to Get Old. It’s not just about living longer, but living better.

     

     

    I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Pfizer and Get Old. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own. 

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