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Look at it as a chance to recharge your mental and physical health. You can’t control what’s going on in the world around you, but you can make a few changes to make your life a little bit better.
It can be as simple as taking three steps:
Even if times are troubled, or just busy and stressful for you, you can choose how you react to situations. If you find things that are beyond your control upsetting, try taking a break from too much news and social media use.
If you’re struggling in other ways, there are things you can do to take care of your mental health. Try these tips from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
It’s hard not to eat a bit too much during the holidays, especially in extra stressful times. But it’s easy to sneak a few healthier foods into what you eat, too. Aim for small changes and build on them.
If having a plan to eat better appeals to you, check out the Mediterranean diet. It’s a basic way of eating recommended by many doctors. The DASH eating plan is a similar option. Both are recommended by the American Heart Association.
Both plans have easy steps:
If you like to cook, check out recipes that fit this healthy way of eating. Try the Blue Zones Project recipes. Or check out healthy picks for everyone from the American Diabetes Association. Use our digital recipe book to search for healthy, delicious recipes by health consideration, meal type or world cuisines.
Getting more exercise doesn’t have to be hard. You can work activity into your day. Studies show even a little bit can help your health. Adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Life can get in the way if you don’t set aside time to exercise. It’s easy to get started. Try to:
Just sitting less is a good way to start being more active, says the American Heart Association. Try setting a reminder to get up once each hour and walk around your office or home for a couple of minutes.
Don’t let an all-or-nothing mindset hold you back. Everyone has to start somewhere. To get going, set a reachable goal for today.
Figure out what’s standing in your way and take some small steps to get started.
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