Tip 1: Begin each morning by stretching. Stretching your body as soon as you climb out of bed is a healthy way to start the day. It loosens up your whole physique. By gently moving your body, it prevents injury, reduces a risk of heart attack, improves circulation, and alleviates stress.
Tip 2: Eat a healthy breakfast. We are biologically set up to eat as we begin our day. A good breakfast with fiber will get your metabolism going, provides energy, and gives you the zest your body needs to start the day.
Tip 3: Plan arriving 5 minutes early. Showing up late creates stress. This pressure causes high blood pressure and chronic inflammation. By organizing your routine so that you show up a few minutes early, you reduce all of the negative side effects of “being late anxiety.”
Tip 4: Keep your body moving. We sit too much. Whether it’s viewing TV, being on the computer, working on our phones, or playing video games – we need to move! Make it an objective to get up and move every 30 minutes throughout the day. Walk down the hall, do a few jumping jacks, or go up and down the stairs, but take regular breaks to move your body.
Tip 5: Make social relationships a priority. Social connections reduce stress. Create a habit of social interactions. Wave “hi,” stop for a quick chat, call a friend, have dinner with a family member and ask for a hug. We need regular social intimacy.
Tip 6: Plan a snack at 3 pm. Our bodies need regular fuel. Plan healthy snacks like a few carrots, a small portion of nuts, yogurt, an avocado, or some blueberries between meals to prevent energy dips or the temptation to eat sugary/ salty snacks.
Tip 7: A good night’s sleep is a necessity. In this fast-paced and busy world, American’s have made a normal 8 hours of sleep a luxury. Instead, make it a priority. It has hundreds of benefits for an alert mind, a healthy brain, weight loss, lower blood pressure, and the list goes on and on.
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