Healthy habits that may help you handle challenges and change

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Breathe. Eat. Sleep. Exercise. These are some of the building blocks to being prepared for the unexpected changes life has in store for you.

Breathe
If you find yourself in a tense moment, gather yourself and try breathing out to a count of four, then breathe in for another four seconds. Practice this exercise a few minutes when you can. You may find this technique helps you be more relaxed and less tense when things don’t go as planned.

Eat*
Eating a regular, well-balanced diet of nutritious foods may help you have the energy level you need to meet challenges no matter what time of day they come.

Reach for whole, natural foods when you can and take note of the amount of sugar and caffeine in the foods you eat and drink by looking at the nutrition labels. You may be surprised how much of these ingredients you put in your body. And while they may perk up your energy at first, too much sugar and caffeine can leave you feeling jittery and anxious later in the day.

Sleep
Rather than trying to make sure you get the 7—8 hours of sleep that’s recommended, focus more on behaviors that can lead to more relaxing sleep. Reading or relaxing to music can be great ways to start your bedtime routine. Step away from the computer, phone, or TV for the night, because the light from the screen actually stimulates your brain and disrupts the body’s natural move into sleep mode.

Exercise*
Try to be active every day, whether you take a short walk, go for a bike ride or dance around the house. You’ll improve your physical health and your body’s ability to recover and adapt to tense moments.

And don’t forget to have fun.
Find time to enjoy your day. Pursue a hobby. Meet friends for lunch. These welcome breaks in your day will refresh your mood and remind you of the support and connections you have in your life.

*Always remember to talk to your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.

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