1. EAT BREAKFAST
Breakfast eaters are healthier and live longer than non-breakfast eaters. Breakfast increases your metabolism by 25%, without breakfast you have weight gain and impaired memory and impaired learning. When we don’t eat breakfast our body is stressed from the onset of the day. There are also specific foods you can eat that help to lower stress levels.
Take a walk, get outside (71 percent of people say they feel less tense after a “green” walk). Science tells us exercise lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, gets more oxygen to the brain, causes endorphins to be released—lot of health benefits. Exercise lowers the risk of strokes, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Exercise can come in many forms, yoga, karate, dancing, biking, etc.
You don’t have to be a professional… you can pretend you are an American Idol. Singing is great for your health and can give you an immunity boost by 240%. And, you can do it anywhere – the shower, car, home, outside. Don’t hold back…belt out a tune and you’ll feel all the better for it.
An unlikely candidate, but not really. Don’t underestimate the power of doodling as a stress buster. Always keep colored pens and paper by the TV, on your desk; this helps inspire creative thoughts and reduce stress. It taps into a different part of your brain and helps to give you greater clarity when you return to the task at hand.
Clean something in your house. The frige, your floor, the bath, the garage. Sort through your office… Just using the energy, focus and sense of accomplishment relaxes and motivates you.
6. ADD COLOR TO YOUR LIFE
A dash of color can improve your mood, productivity and creativity, while reducing stress. If you can’t use paint in your office use fabric, your clothes, a tie, purse or shawl. Your favorite bright color will energize you, or your favorite calming color will calm you down and you will feel safe, secure and nurtured.
7. ME TIME
Delegate whenever possible (without being unfair to your counterpart) and take a mini-break from your hectic schedule. Meditate, take a bath, go to a spa, play golf, garden…the list goes on and on, but make sure that whatever it is you do, make it about you and make it count so when you return, everyone around you reaps the benefits of your Me Time.
8. LAUGHTER & PLAY
Laugh as often as possible to release the healing hormones, endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Go rent a funny movie, or go online to a humorous site daily and share it with you coworkers. Laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones and boosts your immune function. People that are optimistic produce 50% more antibodies than average population. PLAY: RE-establish “childlike” qualities. Science tells us when we play it increases our immune cells that combat disease. Playfulness also increases creativity and optimism at home and at work. There are a myriad of ways to play.