Ten More Sneaky Little Health and Well-Being Tricks

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  1. Cultivate the habit of an after-dinner walk with your family. It doesn’t have to be long – 10 to 15 minutes to walk, talk and connect.
  2. If you have a commute, use the time to learn something new by listening to a podcast, a book on cd, or some other format. Pick a subject you’ve always been interested in, but haven’t had the time to explore.
  3. When you have a chronic illness, there’s a good chance you spend a lot of time waiting for medical appointments. Lose yourself in a book; it makes the time go by faster. The anxious and impatient foot-tapping and sighing are indications that you may have triggered the stress response. As a result, you may have just elevated your blood pressure. Barring “white-coat syndrome,” the reading your doctor takes may not be an accurate portrayal of your BP.
  4. Sliced bread isn’t what it used to be. Do you remember when there were more slices of bread per loaf because each slice was narrower? Thicker slices are good for the bakery; you go through a loaf of bread much faster. If you are watching what you eat, you are getting double the bread you once did.
  5. If you are watching your waist, avoid wearing gym pants, unless you’re working out. The give of the fabric allows you to forget that you may have been indulging.
  6. Learn to forgive. It’s especially important for your own health and well-being.
  7. Sleeping with a pillow between the knees will help alleviate strain on your back. (If you have longer legs, use a king-sized pillow.)
  8. Sleep is invaluable. You know how much you need in order to feel good the next day. Poor sleep quality is related to stress. If you have a chronic disease and it is active, you’ll need to give yourself extra time to rest. Here are 18 things you can work on to help you improve your sleep hygiene.
  9. Trying to break a bad habit? Remember that you’ll need to replace it with another behaviour. For example, instead of eating, try getting up to clean or going for a walk. Do something physical and you’ll have an added benefit.
  10. Stress impacts safety. When your mind is occupied by what is stressing you, you may not be as careful as you would normally be. This includes the kitchen, the highway and at work.

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