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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|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
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:
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
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.
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