1. 12:30 pm
Take a lunch break. Try an oil and vinegar–dressed salad topped with veggies and salmon, which contains carotenoids that improve skin elasticity so you don't wrinkle.
Or have a soup (not cream-based), which can help slow the time it takes food to travel through your system—keeping you fuller longer and helping protect against waist and weight gain.
Even if you're rushed, practice slow and deliberate eating.
2. 1 pm
For the other 30 minutes of your break, take a walk. Put UVA and UVB sunblock on your face and the backs of your hands before you go. A little sun on your arms and legs helps generate vitamin D. While you're walking, make a mental list of three to five things that you can purchase over the weekend that can help you achieve your goals for inner and outer beauty. Some suggestions:
- Water purifier, not only for drinking water but also for your shower (chlorine in shower and bath water can dry out your hair and skin).
- Decent shoes. High heels are the most destructive piece of clothing you can own. Find shoes that have a big toe box and heels that are less than 2 inches. And make sure you have comfortable sneakers by trying on at least five pairs before choosing.
- Home kit to test for radon in the house and new air filters to make sure you're breathing easy. Or, instead of walking: If time (and the environment) allows and your body needs it, take a power nap of no more than 30 minutes. It's the ultimate biological battery recharger.
3. 2 pm
Whether you're at home or at work, take a moment and notice the greenery around you. The feeling of living things can be healing, comforting and empowering, which is especially nice in times of stress. Plus, they add oxygen to the environment.
4. 3:30 pm
Have a midafternoon snack, such as a piece of fruit. Meanwhile, if someone tries to derail your beautiful day with a snarky comment or an unwarranted outburst, try to manage your anger by understanding why they're angry (problems at home, they too are stressed). It doesn't excuse them from lashing out and it doesn't mean you shouldn't stand up for yourself, but it helps you channel your anger so you can respond constructively.
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