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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Monday Just Got A Little Healthier...

By August 8, 2010

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What if you tried out a healthy new habit every Monday? Imagine how much better-off you would be weeks, months and years down the road: more energy, greater fitness, and fewer doctors visits would be the likely payoffs that come to mind, and these things all relieve stress!

Stress and health are closely linked because they each feed into the other: chronic stress can bring healthy diet can make you less reactive to stress, getting quality sleep can make you more productive and less affected by stress, and exercise can metabolize stress hormones and bring greater resilience toward stress as well. Developing habits that promote health by improving self care can bring benefits much greater than the energy it takes to make these changes, especially if you're armed with information and support.

I'm bringing this up now because the the editors in charge of About.com Health have asked me to be the new editor of the Healthy Monday newsletter, a free newsletter that challenges you to adopt one simple healthy habit each week, and supplies you with the information (and hopefully, motivation) to do so! These changes are easy: plan a healthy vacation, supplement your diet, sneak some exercise into your day. And the information comes from all over the About.com Health network, so all of the articles I link to in the newsletter are written by passionate experts and reviewed by our team of doctors; you'll be getting trusted information in a simple and actionable format.

The best part is, if you're having a particularly stressful week and don't feel up to the challenge, or if you do try the week's challenge, but can't maintain it long-term at this point, you can always keep the newsletter in a folder, and have a directory of simple action steps to take toward greater overall health and wellness--all for free!

Sign up for the Healthy Monday newsletter (and don't forget to sign up for my Stress Management Weekly Newsletter while you're at it, if you haven't already), and start building a healthier body now!

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