Balance Work and Home Life

And feel less stressed at home

Stress not only affects your performance at work and home, it can also impact your health.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests:
• Set your alarm a little earlier each day to have some quiet time.
• On weekends, take a break from work. Use your days off to do something different, such as learning a new skill.
• Use another word other than stressed (such as "stretched" or "challenged") for a few days to see if you feel different.
• Set all of your clocks ahead by five minutes for a little bit of cushion.
• Think of one thing you can do each day that will have a big positive impact on your personal life.

All of these Health Tips are written by Diana Kohnle for HealthDay News. This article last updated Feb. 16, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Create a Tornado Plan

Make sure the family knows what to do

Preparing the family for a tornado can help protect you and your loved ones during the unthinkable.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:
• Create and discuss an emergency plan for where to go in your home if there is a tornado.
• Make sure you plan for a second escape route from each room of the home, marking where there is a rope or ladder if needed.
• Explain the siren warning system, and make sure everyone knows where fire extinguishers and first-aid kits are.
• Clearly mark utility switches and valves so you can quickly shut them off before a tornado.

This article last updated March 17, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Pick Up a Jump Rope for Fitness

jump ropeSuggestions for proper technique

Jumping rope is a great form of cardiovascular exercise, and it can be a lot of fun to pick one up and blow off steam.

The American Council on Exercise offers these guidelines:
• Hold the handles nearest the end of the rope with a light grip.
• Tuck elbows close to your body and keep your shoulders relaxed.
• Slightly bend your knees and keep your head up with your back straight.
• Use your wrist to turn the rope and make sure it forms a smooth arc over your head.
• Minimize impact on your knees and ankles by jumping slowly.

This article last updated March 18, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.