Research is now pointing to unheralded levels of stress in the American population. Unfortunately, as we get stressed, we also tend to quit taking care of ourselves, which simply creates more stress.

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However, you can cultivate 8 healthy habits that can help to better manage your stress and your health!

  1. Always eat breakfast.
    Breakfast is exactly what you’d think: it’s the breaking of your overnight fast. Did you know that people who eat breakfast are also less likely to get diabetes? Eating a breakfast with protein will help to keep blood sugar levels more stable, as well as allow you to function more optimally as you go through your morning.

  2. Get your green tea.
    Large amounts of caffeine may seem like a good idea to keep you going, but that caffeine usage can have detrimental impacts over time. A healthy way to reduce caffeine and get more healthy antioxidants is decaffeinated green tea. You might even lower your blood pressure.

  3. Switch your cola for sparkling mineral water.
    Switching from cola (or any pop) will save you many teaspoons of sugar a day. Also, if you are drinking caffeinated cola, you are likely getting too much caffeine! Mineral water (like Perrier or others) will not only get more water into your body, but will seem like a bit of a treat. Need a bit of sweet? Try mixing fruit juice with soda water for a bit of sweet, and much less sugar.

  4. Bring a protein-rich snack along.
    This ensures that you have something healthy to eat when those cravings hit. It also means that you can help prevent mood swings by keeping your blood sugar more level.

  5. Have healthy munchies on hand.
    Sometimes, you need a bit more than that snack. With that in mind, replace chips or other junk with something else that will give you a crunch, like nuts, seeds or fresh veggies.

  6. Bring your lunch!
    It may seem like more work, but you’ll save money and eat better than any convenience food or restaurant lunch. Keep and freeze leftovers from supper. To save time in the morning, you can sometimes make up the most of your lunch the night before.

  7. Avoid all caffeine after 2 pm.
    Caffeine persists in your body, with a half-life of 6 hours. This means if you drink caffeine after 2, you could end up affecting your sleep at night.

  8. Keep the good stuff in your fridge.
    We all need the occasional splurge, but if the majority of the stuff in your kitchen are healthy, fresh options, you’re less likely to eat something that’s not good for you. If you have to head out the door to have that junky food, you’re less likely to do that.
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