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Finding your happy place

We’ve all been there. Sometimes life gets overwhelming, and it’s easy to get stressed out.

1. Leave it at the office.

Finding the right work-life balance is critical. An Ohio State study found that women who worked 60 or more hours a week for the majority of their careers were three times as likely to develop chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer. While staying on top of work is important, we have to recognize the importance of our personal time and untether ourselves from work during those moments.

2. New diet? Try it.

Your diet has a big impact on how you feel. Focus on eating small snacks throughout the day, about every three hours. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and protein will boost overall energy and metabolism.

3. Step into better health.

Exercise is a great way to boost your mood! You can even break up your exercise into three 10-minute sessions a day.

How about scheduling your meetings for 50 minutes instead of an hour and using those extra 10 minutes to take a walk?

Not only can exercise boost serotonin levels (the stuff that makes you feel happier), but it also improves brain circulation and functioning.

 

4. Don’t skimp on shut-eye.

Commit yourself to at least seven hours of sleep every night. Research shows you need at least that amount for optimal health and brain function. Getting enough sleep also means you can cut out those sugary drinks in the morning.

5. Look on the bright side.

Just committing to a positive attitude can have huge benefits. Start by reading a positive book for a few minutes every morning. Laugh. Enjoy your family and friends. Smile more.

It might sound simple, but actually putting these tips into practice can have a lasting effect on your health.

All of those stressors can take a big toll on your physical and emotional health. Drawing upon scientific expertise, Ohio State’s Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Melnyk offers five tips that can make a huge difference in your life.

The most important thing is to start simple. Make one positive change at a time and see the results.