Tip#6 – Keeping your memory sharp and your mind clear is critical to maintaining healthy work-life balance, whether it’s about remembering your daughter’s baseball game, or your boss’ meeting schedule. Crossword puzzles, trivia games, or playing “Brain Quest” (www.BrainQuest.com) with a favorite kid are all fun ways to stimulate your “grey matter”.
Tip#1 – Combat chronic rushing! Resolve to leave 10 minutes earlier than
you normally would to get to any appointment. Leave yourself time to stroll or drive leisurely and notice the difference in your energy level when you arrive. Adrenaline is an energy drainer... creates a great "rush", but with a price.
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Tip#2 – Remember to BREATHE! In fact, make a point several times a day -- while you're sitting in traffic, on the subway, holding for someone on the phone -- to take five slow, deep breaths. If nothing else, you'll be re-oxygenating and re-activating your brain cells, ready to tackle the next project, challenge or phone call.
Tip#3 – We all know the benefits of healthy eating, but unless we’re forced to change our habits for medical reasons, we don’t get to experience the very real change in energy level, focus and well-being that results. Just pick one thing… cutting down on caffeine, switching to whole grains, eliminating sugar… and notice how your body responds. Once you get past the initial “detox” stage, you might be surprised at how much better you feel.
Tip#4 – There is no more powerful medicine than rest. When you sleep uninterrupted for a period of 7-8 hours, your body's natural healing and rejuvenating abilities are free to work, resulting in better reaction time, memory, and productivity. In fact, getting less than 6 hours triples your risk for a car accident… a pretty compelling reason to turn the light out earlier.
Tip#5 – You don’t have to be a marathon runner, swimmer or cyclist to reap the benefits of exercise, nor do you have to become a gym rat. The simple act of walking is a great low-impact, cardio workout. Try walking to work, or getting off the bus or subway a few stops early on the way home. Studies show that just 30 minutes of exercise can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease and other illnesses, and increase your life expectancy.
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Tip#6 – Some nutritionists say that 80% of the population are de-hydrated… are you?? Water is necessary for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It also detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries away waste from the body. Caffeinated coffee, tea and sodas all cause the body to lose water, which means your blood is literally thicker, making your brain less active and sapping your energy. So replace that ever-present coffee cup with a bottle of water and enjoy the boost!