Your Health and Wellness Checklist

How to be the best 'you' you can be

reward yourself for eating a healthy diet, according to RNCentral.com, a resource center for nurses.

____Keep hydrated. Drinking enough water can help boost your concentration as well as keep you from overeating. The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly three liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about nine cups) of total beverages a day. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, says the Mayo Clinic. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

_____Don’t work in bed. Toiling away in your place of rest can make getting to sleep harder. Keep your work space separate from your sleep space to keep insomnia at bay, according to RNCentral.

____Give yourself a break. If you’ve been working steadily for hours, give your eyes and mind a chance for a rest by taking a break. You can come back feeling more refreshed and ready to go. Put limits on work hours. Fun and relaxation have to be part of your routine as well.

____Just say no. You can’t please everyone. Concentrate on making yourself happy first and you’ll eliminate lots of stress and hassle from your life. If you’re overcommitted and under a lot of stress, there’s a greater chance of you becoming sick and tired. Saying no can free you up for more quality time with friends and family and allow you time to pursue other hobbies or interests, says the Mayo Clinic.

____Get organized. Clean up your environment. Whether you’re at home or at work, a clutter free environment will help you feel more peaceful, therefore keeping the stress away, says Duncan.

View a printable checklist to keep track of your progress here.

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