Unplug and Recharge
By Jodie Parus, RD, LD
Go, go, go. That's what Americans do. We work ourselves to exhaustion and multitask and over schedule ourselves. We are always connected; our cell phones in hand, buzzing with emails, texts and tweets. While at work, most of us are also in front of a computer screen for the majority of the day. The sleep deprivation, stress and poor nutrition that often result are major risk factors for an array of diseases.
We are never going to be able to eliminate all stress, but we can take steps to reduce it or at least cope with it in appropriate ways. Your schedule may be so hectic that you cannot even imagine being able to take an hour for yourself. But, if you can find ten minutes to unplug, find stillness, quite and calm, you can recharge your mind and body.
The beauty of this is that it doesn't require equipment, a gym membership, or a large chunk of your day. It only requires you and can be very effective. You can spend your ten minutes in any way that is beneficial for you. Some ideas are yoga, meditation and journaling. Listening to music, singing or dancing may also be soothing for some people.
Outside of the ten minutes you set aside, also try to unplug from technology once you are home. Turn the TV and cell phones off during dinner and steer clear of those items an hour prior to going to bed. If possible, spend your ten minutes prior to bed with dim or no light and do some light stretching. You will get a better night's sleep and wake up refreshed.
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