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Revitalize Your Life
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To revitalize your life and enjoy a more vibrant lifestyle, you should implement the following ten factors.

1.  Maintain a proper balance in your life. Just as unbalanced tires cause a car to wobble about the road at high speed and cause unnecessary tire wear so a life out of balance can put you under unnecessary wear and tear, stress and strain. A balanced life brings composure and contentment.

2.  Manage stress effectively. Constant stress can erode your sense of well-being and sap your energy. However, when stress is properly managed, the mind is free to be creative, and your energy is not needlessly dissipated.

3.  Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Maintaining an appropriate level of fitness does more than tone muscle and maintain a healthy body weight. Without exercise the mind becomes sluggish. On the other hand, regular exercise freshens the mind, and improves your sense of well-being.

4.  Develop healthy relationships. People with trustworthy friends and close family ties have stronger immune systems and experience better recovery when sick. Having meaningful relationships can energize a person in their daily routine.

5.  Take enough time for adequate rest and relaxation. Don’t let the pressure of meeting deadlines drain your energy. Have regular and sufficient sleep. Enjoy the weekly Sabbath as a special time of rest and renewal. An annual vacation among nature is a great way to recharge the batteries.

6.  Eat a diet rich in antioxidants. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables contain a variety of health-promoting phytochemicals. Many of these substances protect us against cancer, cardiovascular diseases and aging. People who consume such foods that are also rich in fiber tend to have more energy.

7.  Nurture your spiritual well-being. Regular Bible study will challenge the mind. Seeing the working of God in history builds confidence. A dynamic prayer life and helping those in need will energize a person.

8.  Maintain adequate hydration. Even mild dehydration can impair your concentration, mental alertness, and short-term memory. Fluid restriction is also associated with significant increase in headache, fatigue, impairment in reaction time, and coordination.

9.  Keep a regular schedule. This helps you keep mentally fresh and alert. An irregular lifestyle can cause one to experience a loss of mental acuity, diminished concentration, irritability, and diminished reaction times as if experiencing jet lag.

10.  Be proactive in preventing disease. Take personal responsibility for your health care. Have regular medical and dental checkups. You will feel so much better when you are in control of your health.

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By Winston J. Craig, R.D. Copyright © 2010 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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