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Take Care of Yourself

September 2, 2022

A lot has been happening over the last few years. A lot has changed and a lot of us have had multiple things to deal with at once, making changes and dealing with the unexpected. It is okay to take some time for yourself. There is no wonder that airlines tell you in an emergency to put the oxygen mask on your own face before helping others. If you don’t take care of yourself, then you won’t have any energy left to take care of the people who depend on you. So, make sure you are staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, eating healthy, getting physical activity, and make sure you take some “me time” every once in a while. Our mental health is just as important as our physical and emotional health. Everyone gets overwhelmed at times and worn down. We also feel like we are alone but in reality, everyone is going through their own struggles. Life is hard and it is full of choices. So, choose you and take care of you. 

Try the following recipe courtesy of the South Dakota State University Extension

Tuna Apple Salad Sandwich – serves 4 

1 apple (such as Fuji) 

1 can (12oz) chunk light tuna (drained) 

2 Tbsp low fat plain yogurt 

2 Tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise 

½ cup raisins 

¼ cup chopped walnuts 

1/8 tsp ground black pepper 

8 leaves lettuce 

8 slices whole-grain bread. 

Cut apple in quarters; remove cored and chop. In a medium-size bowl, mix all salad ingredients, except tuna. Gently fold in tuna. Make sandwiches, using lettuce and whole-grain bread (toasted, if desired), and fill with tuna apple salad. 

Nutrition information: 380 calories, 10g fat, 550mg sodium, 27g protein, 7g fiber

Written By Jennifer Brown, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Granville and Person County Centers