Take care of your health.
The increasing responsibilities of work and family in your 30s can cause your stress levels to skyrocket, which in turn, wreaks havoc on your body’s ability to fight illness. So take care of yourself by eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep.
“Nourishing your body with the right balance of nutrients can help you think clearly and can actually help you manage stress,” says registered dietitian Heather Mangieri. Stay away from too many sweets, processed foods and sugary beverages, and eat a primarily whole-foods diet containing lots of fresh vegetables, whole grains and lean meats and fish.
And make time for exercise. “Exercise not only improves physical condition and helps fight disease, it also helps maintain mental health and reduce stress,” says Mangieri. Aim for 30 minutes of cardio exercise most days of the week, and do some strength training like lifting weights in the gym, doing body-weight exercises at home or taking a challenging yoga or Pilates class.
Then reward yourself with a good night’s sleep — seven to nine hours. You'll have more energy, feel better physically and mentally and be prepared to tackle life’s challenges.
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