13 easy and fun ways to keep dad (and you) happy and healthy


Mini breaks

Take five.


Staying at your desk all day is much more stressful than it appears. Use a cue, like the phone ringing, to remind yourself to take a break. Take a deep, relaxing breath and let go of all your stress. Stand up if you can, take a walk around the office, roll your shoulders. Relax your neck. This is often the first place you feel tension. Give yourself a massage. Knead your neck, shoulders, head and arms. Gently massage your face. Even on a very busy day, find a few minutes to slow down and relax. Just a five-minute break can nourish the soul and give you a burst of energy.


Sleep on it

Do you get enough sleep?


On the average, men sleep less than women. Listen to your body. Do you go to sleep when you're tired? Try getting to bed an hour early for a week or so and see how it affects your energy level. Have trouble sleeping? To get to sleep, try a light before-bed snack of crackers or a half bagel with a glass of milk. Carbohydrates have a calming effect. Now get some ZZZZs!



Catch some rays

We all hear about the negatives of too much sun. While it is very important to pay attention to these warnings, too little sunshine isn't good for you either.


Do you move from house to office and back home again without spending any time outside? There can be consequences. Seasonal affective disorder affects as many as 25 percent of people, increasing in incidence the farther you live from the equator. Bright light both resets the body clock, and acts as an antidepressant. In a recent study conducted at the University of Texas Health Science Center, it was found that men who were exposed to a moderate amount of sunlight had stronger sex drives and improved fertility. Get outside each day.


Laugh it up

Laughing feels good. It's good for you too.


Laughing can temporarily make you forget your problems and your pain. It is relaxing and therapeutic. Endorphins, those feel-good chemicals, are released. Laughter also triggers the release of the antibody, IgA which boosts your immune system . Laughing actually gives you a good (mini) workout. Your pulse rate and breathing increases, as with any aerobic activity. It is followed by a lowering in your blood pressure and overall reduction in your stress level. Schedule some fun and humor into your life. Let your tension dissolve.

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