How to Live Better

Here are the seven best tactics I’ve developed for staying healthy, happy and close to my family — no matter

Here are the seven best tactics I’ve developed for staying healthy, happy and close to my family — no matter how busy my life gets:

[step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””] [step-item number=”1. ” image_url=”” title=”Learn and challenge yourself every day.” ] You want to kick back at night and know the day made a difference.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2. ” image_url=”” title=”Fight stress by deep breathing.” ] As you breathe in, push out your bellybutton so your lungs can fully expand. As you exhale, pull your bellybutton toward your spine.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3. ” image_url=”” title=”Keep nuts available to avoid foraging for junk.” ] I love hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4. ” image_url=”” title=”Never miss a chance to put the kids to bed.” ] As they wind down, I hear their true voices. My bedtime stories craft mythical experiences that uphold our family’s values and send them dreaming of a better world.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5. ” image_url=”” title=”Even a busy surgeon needs sleep.” ] I try to get to bed by 11 p.m. and wake up just before 6 a.m.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”6. ” image_url=”” title=”Super-short yoga at dawn…” ]loosens my back and energizes my spine. I love to do the sun salutation followed by the triangle pose.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”7. ” image_url=”” title=”Invent family games.” ] We play ball tag: I kick a ball at the kids, who must freeze if hit until another child tags them. If I can freeze all of them before they rescue one another, I win a kiss. The game forces them to strategize and builds team spirit.[/step-item]
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I treat life like an orange — I try to squeeze as much juice out of it as possible. Here, my top stress-busting strategies:
[step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””] [step-item number=”1. ” image_url=”” title=”End on a good note.” ]End every day by doing something fun with your partner, whether it’s watching The Daily Show together or laughing at your attempt to get into one of those 365 sexual positions you’re aiming for this year.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2. ” image_url=”” title=”Never sacrifice your health…” ]by working late at night or scrimping on sleep, exercise or healthy eating. Treat your body like a dartboard and pummel it with bad habits, and you won’t have energy for fun.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3. ” image_url=”” title=”Consider can’t a four-letter word.” ]And teach that to your kids. Amazing things can happen if you focus. With focus comes success.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4. ” image_url=”” title=”Forget your in-box.” ]It’s full of everyone else’s priorities. Take care of what’s important to you first — then you can do what other people want while you enjoy something for yourself. For me, that means knocking off nonurgent work (paying bills, sending e-mails) while watching a Cavaliers game.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5. ” image_url=”” title=”Friends and family first.” ] Always, always be available to your children, your family and friends — nothing is more important than friendship (except maybe the Cavs). If they have a problem that needs immediate attention, you have a problem that needs immediate attention.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”6. ” image_url=”” title=”Deliver on your commitments.” ] When you don’t, the stress of not finishing something wears down your brain worse than a beer belly wears down your body.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”7. ” image_url=”” title=”Live below your means.” ] Financial stress is a serious ager, so why cause yourself unnecessary problems?[/step-item]
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Originally Published in Reader's Digest