1. Change your outlook – Think positively. Life is a journey, learn to enjoy the scenery and stop worrying about when you are going to get there. If a problem comes up, don’t gripe about it. Look at it and learn from it. Move through it. Change your perception of what is happening and you will change your experience. Make a conscious choice not to be judgmental. Make a conscious choice to view things from a positive frame of mind.
2. Keep your body flexible – The older you get the more important it is to stay flexible. Take a yoga, stretch and tone, or Tai Chi class several times a week. Take 2-4 minute stretching breaks several times a day. Stop what you are doing and stretch. Don’t say you don’t have time. Decide that it is important to you, that it makes you feel better and work more productively and make the time. After a few weeks you will wonder how you got through the day with out your stretch breaks.
3. Drink plenty of water – Water is very important to keeping your body healthy. It helps to control appetite and to flush toxins from the body. Get yourself a small sports bottle and keep cold fresh water in it. Drink several bottles a day. If you carry the bottle throughout the day you will remember to drink all through the day. You will be impressed with the improvements in how you feel from drinking more water. If you don’t like the taste of your water or have trouble drinking it, try adding a squeeze or two of fresh lime, lemon, or orange juice.
4. Make exercise part of your job description – ‘I don’t have time to exercise’ Is this your refrain? You can’t afford not to exercise. A sedentary life style will catch up with you and you will soon have to spend loads of time dealing with the consequences. Exercise is fun. Find ways to do some exercise or sport at least 4 times a week. Start off gradually about 20 minutes and work your way up to a longer session. Make a pack with a friend or neighbor and go to class, ride a bike or walk together 4 times a week.
5. Take time for yourself – Take yourself out on a date once a week. Go to the movies, have a sandwich in the park, browse in a bookstore or go to a museum. Do it by yourself and make it a regular weekly event. Put everything else aside for this date and pamper yourself for an hour or two.
6. Fresh air – It is very important to spend at least 20 minutes out doors every day. Park your car a few blocks away from where you are going, or get off a few bus stops early and walk the rest of the way to work. Natural light stimulates the Pineal gland, which seems to regulate weight gain, depression, energy and sleep routines. Don’t take a cigarette break take a fresh air break. Your body will really appreciate it.
7. Stress, learn to recognize it – Stress is all around us but you can learn to recognize the things that make you more stressed out and manage your reaction to those things. All of the steps already mentioned will go a long way to reducing stress in your life. Being aware of what things make you tense and not letting stress build up will really help.