Prioritize. Give yourself permission to admit that you can't do
everything, all at once. Instead, you can nibble away at your to-do list, and
feel more satisfied, by setting some priorities. So make a list, figure out
what really matters, what can wait, and what you can skip. Work your way down
the list, handling your top priorities first.
Pack a snack. Before you head out the door in the morning, prep a
healthy snack to take with you. Ideas include fruit, unsalted nuts, and low-fat
cheese or yogurt.
Meditate. It's easier than you may think. Here's how: Settle
into a comfortable position in a chair or on the floor. Then follow your breath
-- in, out -- for a few minutes. Thoughts are bound to bubble up in your mind
-- no problem. Just let them float by and turn your attention back to your
breath. Meditating daily, even just for a few minutes, may help tame stress.
Stretch. Just a few easy moves will do. Stretch your arms
overhead. Raise and lower your shoulders a couple of times. Stretch your legs
as you lean your torso against a wall. Be gentle, so you don't overdo it. Stretching
can help improve your circulation and flexibility, and may help ease the tight
muscles that come with stress.
Turn off your
electronics. Take a little break
from all your gadgets. Staring at computer screens and electronics all day long
can zap your energy and encourage inactivity. So log off -- of everything --
every now and then. This is especially important to allow you to unwind and
relax before bed. Just because the world is on, 24-7, you don't have to be!