You don’t have to take shots of kale juice or eat quinoa cereal topped with flax seeds to be healthy.
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1. Eat mostly unprocessed foods. Your diet should consist of vegetables, fruit, lean meats like chicken and ground turkey, and grains. Avoid processed foods altogether, and you’ll be better off.
2. Walk when possible. It’s essential to negate a sedentary work life whenever you can. If something’s within walking distance, make the effort to travel by foot instead of by car. When you have time to spare, park farther than you normally would to increase your step count.
3. Drink less often. Limit heavy binge drinking to once a week. It’s not only better for your liver, but it’s better for your wallet, too.
4. Bring your lunch to work. Pack a salad or sandwich or last night’s leftovers. Like drinking, you’ll save money and cut back on calories. Meal prep can go a long way. Spend Sunday evenings planning for the work week ahead—your future self with thank you.
5. Take vacations. Or a sick day! You have your whole life to work.
6. Stay away from negativity. You become what you allow into your life. Stay positive, and you’ll see things turn around for the better.
7. End toxic relationships and friendships. People who are bringing you down should be cut off.
8. Take time away from technology. A daily digital break is a good thing.
9. Participate in physical activities. Take a hike. Go for a swim. Hop on a bike. “Physical activity relieves both physical and mental stress,” says Rodal.
10. Read more. Read anything. Just read. It stimulates the brain.
11. Pick up a new hobby. Having interests outside of family and work will make you feel more fulfilled.
12. Don’t care about what other people think. It’s not worth expending your energy on the opinions of others. Be true to yourself, and you’ll attract people who genuinely like and value you for who you are.