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.
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 breakReport Typo/Error