2 p.m.—Take a Break to Look Out the Window
Pause for a minute and take a look at the outside world. Researchers at University of Washington in Seattle found that when study participants viewed the outdoors, their heart rates decreased by up to nine beats per minute—and their pulses fell twice as fast after a stressful situation—compared to those who looked at blank walls or digital images of nature scenes.
5 p.m.—Ban Gadgets from the Bedroom
If possible, leave work at the office and use your evening hours to relax, get in a workout or cook a healthy dinner. Have to squeeze in some work time? At the very least, try to avoid using your computer or answering emails close to bedtime. They can upset your circadian rhythm, making it harder to fall asleep, according to a Japanese study. The monitors' bright displays inhibit production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for telling the body it's time for bed. Plus, typing away can elevate your heart rate and levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Banking a solid night of shut-eye will make it easier to power through your sweat session and resist using food to fight fatigue the next day.
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