What do the plastic covers on the end of shoestrings have to do with living a longer, healthier life? Nothing, really, unless your name is Dr. Elissa Epel, a leading health psychologist at University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Lab. Dr. Epel compares those little plastic shoelace covers to telomeres, what scientists have found on the ends of the body’s chromosomes, and have been studying ever since those telomeres were realized.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent feeling burnt out by your end of the year to-do list. We partnered with Sleep Number to offer some healthy tips on how to keep yourself focused and feeling your best.
Schedule Some “Me Time”
While it’s great to surround yourself with friends and family this time of year, it doesn’t leave much time for yourself. If you are feeling worn out, you can recharge with some scheduled “me time.” Whether it’s reading a good book or taking in the sunset, putting aside 30 minutes of your day can vastly improve your mood and your stamina.