Don’t you feel like some days, usually Mondays, are out to get you? As though, crossing something off your to-do list paves the way for a new task that you just must do? That by the time the day ends, you’re already 73 years old?
We hear you: Adulting is hard. But, it doesn’t have to suck. Here are nine ways to stretch feeling like a 21-year-old spring chicken that you are (even if you were already 73) even when you’re flood with responsibilities.
1. Get some sun. Yeah, yeah it gives you wrinkles, ages your skin, blah, blah, blah— but nobody’s saying you have to stay in the sun and everybody’s saying you must must must sunscreen! Apart from helping you avoid depression and insomnia, the great El Sol actives Vitamin D, which keeps bones and teeth strong and protects you from fatal diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases. About 10 minutes a day should be cool.
2. Eat all day. Instead of eating five three full meals, try dividing them up into snacks and eat all day long. This will avoid overeating and will make you feel full longer.
3. Move. You don’t even have to commit to working out, or ehem, training—though of course, a twice (or three times) a week exercise routine is ideal. Just move your body every hour so you don’t turn into a sedentary sack. Choose the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk to the grocery instead of taking a trike. You’ll feel better, promise.
4. Give. Volunteer, help others, all that jazz. “Altruism has a feel-good positive vibe that can affect your overall health and well-being,” writes Dr. Kaycee Reyes on Manila Bulletin.
5. Drink. Uh huh. Have a drink! Apart from helping you relax and maybe even helping others sleep, alcohol—specifically wine and beer—can lower the LDL cholesterol or the bad cholesterol. According to Dr. Reyes, five ounces of wine or 12 ounces of beer (that’s a bottle of beer for you) can lower your LDL cholesterol.
6. Stay optimistic. Happier people have lower levels of cortisol, which often weakens the immune system. Happier folks also recover from illnesses faster, sleep better, and are less likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and depression. Practice the attitude of gratitude.
7. Take a break. A 15-minute session of relaxation can help release the stress hormones. Read an article, chat with a friend, take a walk, even nap! This will help you keep your focus later in the day.
8. Eat nuts. According to Dr. Reyes, munching an ounce of peanuts a day can add a year to your life. “Nuts protect the telomere, a part of the chromosome in our DNA that when divided or cut short, can lead to faster aging,” she writes.
9. Know your why. Why are you doing what you are doing? Such focus and self-awareness will make you feel better, help you keep motivated, and will keep you in the right frame of mind.
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