1. BREATHE. This sounds so incredibly simple, but it can be so hard! Channel your inner Yogi and do some deep breathing exercises. Or, if you're like me, channel your inner Daniel Tiger's Mom and "take a deep breath...and count to four...one, two, three, four." This can be very helpful when you're in a meeting and Chuck in Accounting is making you wonder when Darwinism will triumph or when your darling offspring decided this is acceptable:
2. DRINK WATER. But, I already drink a ton of water! Maybe you drink a ton of water for you, and maybe you're like a certain man I love more than anything in life that tells me he drank a "bunch of water today" and when I ask for clarification it turns out he drank one bottle (20fl oz) on the ferry home from work (I love you, husband!). Try adding just one extra glass/bottle/thimble of water a day for now, start small. Get up right now and fill a glass with water, then drink it. Good job!
3. PARK IN THE LAST ROW. Parking up front can be amazing, but so can parking far away. If it sounds daunting, make a game out of it! Go find the nicest car parked like a total douche and park next to it! Then you can pass the time walking to the store/gym/doctor laughing to yourself about how clever you are to do that. When looking to get healthy, every step counts!
4. CELEBRATE YOUR DAILY SUCCESSES. I'm not talking anything huge, like running a marathon on a Tuesday morning, I'm talking small successes, like not getting peed on by one of your kids, or managing to brush your teeth before the school drop-off. Take a moment to pat yourself on the back at the end of the day, if not several times throughout the day, and acknowledge your badassiness. Maybe you didn't make it to the gym today, but you thought about going and that was more than you did yesterday--celebrate that! Maybe you did 30 squats instead of 20 -- celebrate that! I'm telling ya, pitty parties are way less fun than success celebrations.
5. TAKE THE STAIRS. If stairs are available and you are physically able (i.e. not in a wheelchair, no broken leg, not carrying a stroller) TAKE THEM. Not only is it healthier for your body, but when is the last time you heard of someone getting stuck in a stairway for hours on end because the power randomly went out? This will also help you avoid small talk or awkward silence with the random people riding with you. Unless, of course, you have the jingle balls to do this...then by all means, take the elevator!