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Welcome to Canada's Balance Challenge.

It's day four and we - and you - are still going strong.

For the week of November 1, The Globe and Mail is issuing a challenge to Canadians: Each day, take some time for yourself.

We'll offer a daily suggestion - but if it doesn't work for you, try something that does. As long as it puts you or family first, it counts.

Try it out and then let us know how it goes in our comments section. You can even send us a photo or video of you enjoying your newfound "me" time.

Thursday's challenge: Enjoy a family dinner tonight

By "family," we mean the people that matter to you: be that your spouse and children, a close circle of friends, your parents - you decide. By dinner, we mean a meal at a table, with no distractions. The food can be takeout; it's not the important part. Turn off the TV, put the smartphone out of sight and have a real conversation. You just may discover that simply talking about your day can help you unwind.



On Sundays my husband & I make one meal and prep or make three more for the week. I love eating dinner with my husband and kids! (No TV either). Ali JM




That was easy. We do that every night. LynnC2




We have family meals 6 out of 7 days a week, usually with a home cooked meal ( sometimes just soup and salad). We have lots of laughs and it is great way to keep in touch with the kids 16 and 17. kk63




I have dinner at the table with my family every day. No TV. No devices. Rob in Calgary






From Wednesday's challenge: Exercise for 30 minutes



I swam today my daily 2.6 km at lunch time with my regular fellows during the free bath at Université Laval. With a support group and a regular schedule, difficult to miss it! Paul Boisvert






I moved the treadmill from the spare room to my bedroom. I now get 30-40 minutes at least 5 days per week. There is nothing like proximity and convenience! visagrunt






I race walk 6.5 k every lunch hour. I feel 100% better afterwards and don't mind sitting at my desk for the rest of the afternoon. Nina Powell on Facebook






Mission accomplished! I start most days with a half hour walk along the South Saskatchewan River here in Saskatoon. I often pop down for a brief sit and think on my favorite riverside rock. Patricia Katz






Having just had surgery on the bottom of my foot to remove a tumour, I race around the block on my crutches.....takes 30 minutes and I now have the most amazing abs ever! Rev Sue




From Tuesday's challenge: Leave work on time:





Nobody will die if I leave a task unfinished before going home. Management tries to shame us into working loads of unpaid overtime but I have better things to do (like use my free time for worthy causes). brampton dude






I left on time yesterday and today!! Whoop whoop! Especially considering last week where I put in 13 1/2 hours overtime and got paid for one. Helene McKenzie






I could not do it.... I was summoned to the office of the company I have a contract for meetings and other mind numbing face time.....I bailed at 2:45. Marcel Mucker






Almost had it yesterday...but then I took that 'last call'. Ann Marie Plonka on Facebook










Well, since I started 90 minutes early today, I maybe, just maybe, able to do - uh oh, gotta get this email .... CeeRBee






It's in employees' interest to leave on time; a phenomenon out of Japan's called 'karoshi', which means 'to die at one's desk'. Why give your whole life to a company, sitting in a drab cubicle? ter Grevstad on Facebook










I leave work on time nearly every day. My house is a 10 minute walk from work. Or a short bicycle ride. I walk to the park for lunch breaks. I guess I've got it pretty good. Is that abnormal? d.c.b.




Monday's challenge: Take a 15-minute coffee break

 

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