8. Designate a single day a week to disconnect from the digital world
Most of us have a tiny tether that binds us to our cell phones and computers 24 hours a day. Because access to email and social media platforms is so easy, we become obsessed with refreshing our feeds, checking our emails in the middle of the night and expecting immediate responses to text messages. But being connected every second isn’t healthy. Reduce your stress levels by unplugging every once in awhile-whether for a full day once a week or every night after 8 p.m.
9. Treat yourself to a massage
“I think everyone should visit a spa or massage therapy centre as frequently as possible,” says Dr. Murad, even if it means cutting corners in other areas like eating out. “Massage not only benefits muscles but also can lower stress levels significantly. Clinical studies show that it can increase weight gain in premature babies, reduce pain in cancer patients, enhance sleep quality, relieve depression and positively support the immune system.” And it feels sooo good. Do you really need more convincing?
10. Add more fiber to your diet
Fiber has been shown to enhance the body’s absorption of good nutrients and block the absorption of calories from carbs and fats. To get more fiber, eat steel-cut oatmeal, flaxseed and the skins of organic fruits and veggies such as apples, peaches, potatoes and zucchinis.