Friday, December 11, 2015

Four More Survival Tips for Health Under Pressure

Last week, I talked about lifestyle changes that can help our bodies stay healthy in our fast-paced culture. I mentioned eating a whole-foods breakfast, taking vitamins, keeping healthy snacks at work and reserving three minutes in the morning to prepare for the day. Here are a few more ideas for creating a balanced week.

6. Set a timer to trigger 10 to 15-minute breaks every two hours. This will help keep your body's ultradian rhythms on an even keel, priming your body and brain to operate at peak effectiveness throughout extended days.

7. Take a weekly yoga, meditation or relaxation class. The more your sympathetic (fight-or-flight) nervous system is activated, the more you need to cultivate your parasympathetic (rest-relax-digest-and-connect) nervous system for balance.

8. Keep a water bottle with a splash of juice or a slice of cucumber within reach at all times. That little touch of flavor sets up a "return to substance" relationship between your brain and the water. You'll drink more, stay better hydrated and function better as a result.

9. Use your commute to decompress. Meditate, breathe or listen to something calming rather than being in continuous contact with your handheld or to-do list.

Don't Just Survive, Thrive!
Keep Moving and Enjoy Your Food

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