2. Make relaxation a part of your daily life
You don’t have to spend weeks at a mountain retreat to cash in on some of meditation’s benefits. Setting aside just a few minutes per day when you do nothing but breathe can help you feel more clear and calm, and also may even lower blood pressure and strengthen the immune system.
But if meditating isn’t for you, try to find something else that decreases your stress levels during the day. Stroll to a nearby park (being in nature is scientifically proven to make us more resilient to stress). Hell, treat yourself to a monthly massage (science says so, yet again). Don’t sit idly by as your health deteriorates!
3. Go on vacation (and enjoy it)
The Harvard Business Review recently reported that people who take all of their vacation days are more likely to get promoted or get a raise. Vacations also make you healthier, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and mental illness, and increasing creativity and vitality. So use every last one of those eight days!
Dr. Jessica de Bloom, an organizational psychologist, is on a research team that studies the best way to get the health benefits of a vacation, and the key turns out to be regularity and frequency. “Holidays work more like sleep," according to Dr. de Bloom. "You need regular recovery from work in order to stay healthy in the long run."