6 Hacks to Get Through the Day From Our Medical Experts

6 Hacks to Get Through the Day From Our Medical Experts

Our physicians share their top recommendations for managing stress and helping you achieve work-life balance.

Getting through the day can be tough, especially with anxiety and stress. You may feel generally overwhelmed in trying to balance your work and home life. But what if there was a way to optimize what you get out of each day by utilizing a few simple hacks?

We reached out to five physicians at Keck Medicine of USC to get the top 6 daily hacks to help get you through the day and minimize your stress.


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Carolyn Kaloostian, MD, MPH, clinical assistant professor of family medicine, is a primary care physician from USC Family Medicine at Keck Medicine of USC. Here are two things she suggests you do:

1. Be grateful

Carolyn Kaloostian, MD, MPH

Carolyn Kaloostian, MD, MPH

Review what you’re grateful for. It doesn’t matter if you do it in the morning, at lunch or in the evening. All that matters is you are specific when you do it — and that you do it once a day. This will help you set your attitude towards a state of abundance and attract more happiness into your life.

2. Enjoy lunch in peace

Whatever you do, don’t eat lunch at your desk. One of the worst things you can do is work through your lunch. Set aside at least 25 minutes when you are free of tasks to enjoy a nutritious meal. This will give your mind the ability to reset and refresh itself while you are enjoying your favorite healthy meal.

Helga Van Herle, MD, MS, associate professor of clinical medicine, is a cardiologist from the USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute. Here are two things she suggests you do:

3. Make meals at home

Helga Van Herle, MD, MS

Helga Van Herle, MD, MS

Instead of eating out, cook at home. It’s easy to appreciate the convenience of eating out, but studies have shown that in comparison to meals prepared at home, eating out at both fast food or full-service restaurants are equally unhealthy in terms of calories, fat and sodium. By eating meals prepared at home, you will be able to save around 190 calories and 10 grams of fat. Plus, this gives you another excuse to spend quality time with your loved ones.

4. Get moving

Start walking or take the stairs. Did you know that most medical societies and government advisory guidelines recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity a day? With so much time being spent in front of a screen or in our cars, it may be hard to find the time to move around. To get more walking in, park in the furthest parking spot to your destination. And instead of taking an elevator, try walking up the stairs. Climbing five flights of stairs five times a week burns approximately 302 calories. That could result in a loss of 15 pounds a year.

Katherine Gibson, MD, clinical assistant professor of family medicine, is a primary care physician from USC Family Medicine at Keck Medicine of USC. Here is the one thing she suggests you do:

Katherine Gibson, MD

Katherine Gibson, M

5. Hydrate

Stay hydrated. The best way to do this is by keeping a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day. For optimal health, make sure to drink between 40 to 60 ounces a day. Staying well hydrated can help you maintain your energy level, improve your mood, prevent constipation, prevent headaches, prevent kidney stones and help with weight loss.

Edy Soffer, MD, professor of clinical medicine, is a gastroenterologist from the USC Digestive Health Center. Here is the one thing he suggests you do:

6. Have a light dinner

Edy Soffer, MD

Edy Soffer, MD

Have a light dinner and allow a few hours between dinner and bedtime. Eating a heavy dinner, particularly a late one, followed shortly by sleep can cause troublesome acid reflux. For a good night’s sleep, eat light in the evening and avoid further eating for about 2 to 3 hours before sleep. This will help you feel refreshed in the morning and full of energy to tackle the day.

These are just six daily hacks that will be able to help you get through the day. Want to know more things that you should be doing? Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to get more insider tips to get you through the day.

If you are in the Los Angeles area and are looking for exceptional care, be sure to schedule an appointment by calling (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) or by visiting www.keckmedicine.org/request-an-appointment.

by Leonard Kim

2019-03-25T13:47:14-07:00Blog, Everyday Health, Get Outside, Healthy Lifestyles, Heart Health, Let's Get in Shape, Men's Health, Mindful and Uplifting, Our Services, Share, Women's Health|

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