Whether -you're at home or at work, take a moment and notice the greenery around you (you do have some plants around, -don't you?). The feeling of living things (other than the next-door neighbor or backstabbing cubicle mate) can be healing, comforting, and empowering (which is especially nice in times of stress). Plus, they add oxygen to the environment.
Have a midafternoon snack, such as a piece of fruit. Meanwhile, if someone tries to derail your beautiful day with a snarky comment or an unwarranted outburst, try to manage your anger by understanding why -they're angry (problems at home, they too are stressed). It doesn't excuse them from lashing out and it -doesn't mean you shouldn't stand up for yourself, but it helps you channel your anger so you can respond constructively.
Have one glass of alcohol with dinner. Our favorite is red wine; the alcohol has tremendous cardiovascular benefits, and the resveratrol (from the grape skins that give the wine its color) helps cells live longer. Lean toward a meal with healthy fat, protein, and fiber, and use small plates to help control portion size. Cover half your plate with vegetables. Notice that you're eating early enough that the rich pharmacy of chemicals and calories in your food will be digested and won't interfere with your sleep (or deposit themselves on your thighs).
Hug someone. Make it a good one.
Pop the other half of your daily supplements (including multivitamin, calcium, and magnesium), then handle any household bills and chores you need to finish. If -you're doing tasks, assign everyone in the family a job and work together; the teamwork builds not only a clean home but also a close family. For bills, tuck away 10 percent of your income into an emergency account—not retirement, but rather a true financial ER that can bail you out of an emergency to help relieve one of -life's biggest stressors: cash (or rather, lack of it).
Call, e-mail, or IM a friend, your parents, or your grown children. This isn't necessarily your buddy, but if it is, lengthen the time. You need to make efforts to connect socially with someone whom you care for and understands your passions and can help you hit your goals and passions; that's one of the elements that will help you grow and develop a more spiritual side. Nobody home? Then write a note of thanks to someone who's influenced your life. Pick anyone: a middle school teacher, your first boss, the volleyball coach who instilled in you that practice is just as important as the game.
Do the twenty--minute band workout (see page 351) to help you increase your lean muscle—which will help you burn fat, add tone, and change your body shape (of course, if your schedule or preference steers you to doing it in the morning or at lunch hour, by all means, do it then). Or, if you prefer, do a yoga workout (both are on the DVDs) to strengthen and lengthen your muscles. The added flexibility, balance, and muscle tone will make you look and feel strong, energetic, and ready to take on and face the frenetic world around you. Add ten minutes of focused work on your core (mainly your abdominals and lower back) to develop your biological back brace. Not only will it help you develop a show--stopping belly, but it will also protect you from injuries that will send you squealing for the ibuprofen.