Friday, August 20, 2010

Take Back Your Weekend

T.G.I.F.? Not necessarily. Friday used to mean you were facing a weekend of fun and relaxation, but now those two bliss-filled days have become a lot less, well, bliss filled, thanks to a laundry list of chores, take-home work, and a jam-packed social calendar. A bummer, to be sure, but cramming your life full of endless obligations is also a health hazard, believe it or not.
"If the highs of stress during the week aren't offset by the lows of leisure on the weekend, your cortisol levels can remain sky-high, hampering your body's natural ability to bounce back and recharge," says Stephanie McClellan, M.D., coauthor of So Stressed: The Ultimate Stress-Relief Plan for Women. So how do you go about making the most of your precious time off? Here's how to reclaim the downtime you deserve.
Restore the replenishing power of the weekend.

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