Spend a few minutes or an hour on an activity that engages and de-stresses you (knitting, reading -- not online shopping or watching reality shows). You might even try out a new way to tame your tension.
"It's great to identify a few different practices that calm you and make you feel grounded," says Kate Hanley, author of "The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide." "Go with whatever appeals to you, whether it's Chinese calligraphy or just cooking with mindfulness."
Take the rush out of your morning by shaving 10 minutes off your get-ready routine. "Give up one or two things you don't really need to do before you leave for work, like that last-minute email check or eyebrow pluck," says Hanley. By heading out a few minutes ahead of schedule, you've already got a positive, stress-free start to your day.
Continue shaping your new meal plan by filling a quarter of your plate with whole grains (such as barley, buckwheat, quinoa, kamut, or steel-cut oats) or whole-grain varieties of rice, bread, and pasta. Unlike the refined grains found in white rice and white bread, whole grains are packed with heart-healthy fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
When we kicked off the Action Plan in January, our experts and advisers spent some time in our community chatting with readers about health, stress relief, and nutrition.
During Week 2, chef Louisa Shafia fielded questions about the recipes she created for the Action Plan, and about clean eating in general. Although that particular board is no longer open, you can still read the Q&A here. And you can still post other questions on our other discussion boards for our community, our editors, and our experts, any time.
Stick with the five to six smaller meals a day from last week, or switch to a more traditional eating schedule -- your choice. But don't skip meals or let hunger run you off the rails. Your menu choices for Week 2 are a bit broader as you reintroduce certain foods throughout the week.
This Creamy Kale Salad gets its decadent texture from avocado and walnut or olive oil, instead of dairy-based dressings.