10 Little Things You Can Do to Be Healthier Than You Are Right Now

Because we're *all* paranoid about our bodies.

Monday to Sunday your life is jam-packed with meetings, work, wine, work, Netflix, dinner at/from Chipotle, and, oh yeah, WORK. So to find the time to take care of your body can feel impossible. Which is *exactly* why we're here to tell you that the next time that oh-my-god-I-definitely-have-some-horrible-illness-only-House-could-cure panic strikes, there are lots of ways that your health is actually totally in your hands. Try these tricks, feel better ASAP.

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<p>We know we know—phone separation anxiety. But they can wreak havoc on your health, from <a href="https://www.thevisioncouncil.org/content/digital-eye-strain/teens">causing digital eye strain</a> to <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21281471">inducing stress</a> to <a href="http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2011/global_handwashing_day_2011.html">increasing the number of germs you come in contact with</a>. Oh also: <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/news/a13845/exercises-stretch-to-counteract-tech-neck/" target="_blank">tech neck</a>. </p>
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We know we know—phone separation anxiety. But they can wreak havoc on your health, from causing digital eye strain to inducing stress to increasing the number of germs you come in contact with. Oh also: tech neck.

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<p>The <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm" target="_blank">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a> recommend adults ages 18 to 34 need <em>at least</em> 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (brisk walking) and strength training for a minimum of two days a week. Speed your walk into a jog or run and you'll cut this suggestion in half.</p>
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults ages 18 to 34 need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (brisk walking) and strength training for a minimum of two days a week. Speed your walk into a jog or run and you'll cut this suggestion in half.

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<p>You're a realist and probably point and scoff at those yogis who preach the benefits of mindfulness and meditation—but joke's on you because they're on to something. One <a href="http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2011/01/eight-weeks-to-a-better-brain/" target="_blank">Harvard University study</a> found that people who practiced mindfulness activities 27 minutes every day over eight weeks were less stressed. Now, silence and we find our Zen.</p>
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You're a realist and probably point and scoff at those yogis who preach the benefits of mindfulness and meditation—but joke's on you because they're on to something. One Harvard University study found that people who practiced mindfulness activities 27 minutes every day over eight weeks were less stressed. Now, silence and we find our Zen.

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<p>Pick your poison: a fictional novel, magazine article (ahem <em>Marie Claire</em> ahem), <em>The New York Times</em>. Whatever tickles your reading fancy, just do it—studies suggest it can <a href="http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0052735" target="_blank">relieve depression</a> and make <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6156/377.abstract" target="_blank">you more social</a>. </p>
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Pick your poison: a fictional novel, magazine article (ahem Marie Claire ahem), The New York Times. Whatever tickles your reading fancy, just do it—studies suggest it can relieve depression and make you more social.

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<p>Basking in the sunlight is the best way to score tons of vitamin D, but being in nature can also <a href="http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jjonides/pdf/2008_2.pdf" target="_blank">boost your cognitive function</a> (i.e. help you focus when you can't even) and *drum roll* eases stress.</p>
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Basking in the sunlight is the best way to score tons of vitamin D, but being in nature can also boost your cognitive function (i.e. help you focus when you can't even) and *drum roll* eases stress.

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<p>The crazy sh*t that <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/a13916/body-without-enough-water/" target="_blank">happens to a dehydrated body</a> is what nightmares are made out of. Aim for about <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/a13213/what-to-drink-for-better-skin/" target="_blank">eight glasses over 24 hours</a>, but if you aren't thirsty for basic H2O, there's also <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/news/a15018/bamboo-bottle-water/" target="_blank">bamboo water</a>, coconut water, and of course, <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/a14594/cactus-water-benefits/" target="_blank">cactus water</a>.</p>
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The crazy sh*t that happens to a dehydrated body is what nightmares are made out of. Aim for about eight glasses over 24 hours, but if you aren't thirsty for basic H2O, there's also bamboo water, coconut water, and of course, cactus water.

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<p>No one—we repeat (and repeat again)—<a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/a15197/what-skin-cancer-looks-like-around-the-world/" target="_blank">NO ONE is immune to skin cancer</a>. <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/a15162/skin-cancer-symptoms/" target="_blank">Check your skin</a> at least once a day for any anomalies that look weird or that didn't exist before. And if you find a patch of skin that irritates you or hurts like a mother[insert curse], book a dermatologist appointment ASAP.</p>
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No one—we repeat (and repeat again)—NO ONE is immune to skin cancer. Check your skin at least once a day for any anomalies that look weird or that didn't exist before. And if you find a patch of skin that irritates you or hurts like a mother[insert curse], book a dermatologist appointment ASAP.

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<p>We can hear you screaming at us...but seriously, consuming fewer hours of *enticing* shows like <em>Real Hosuewives</em> and <em>KUWTK </em>will do your eyes and brain some good. Plus, studies show that all that sitting in front of the screen <a href="http://time.com/3767458/tv-binge-watching-health/" target="_blank">increases your  risk of diabetes</a> and pretty much <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/watching-too-much-tv-could-shorten-your-life/" target="_blank">cuts your life expectancy</a>. </p>
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We can hear you screaming at us...but seriously, consuming fewer hours of *enticing* shows like Real Hosuewives and KUWTK will do your eyes and brain some good. Plus, studies show that all that sitting in front of the screen increases your risk of diabetes and pretty much cuts your life expectancy.

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<p>Shut down Netflix, put your work email on silent, and turn off your bedroom lights because the terrifying <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/news/a14732/sleep-deprivation-beauty-face/" target="_blank">effects of skimping on sleep</a> are not worth it.</p>
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Shut down Netflix, put your work email on silent, and turn off your bedroom lights because the terrifying effects of skimping on sleep are not worth it.

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<p>HA—did you think you only needed this for beach days? Nope. The best <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/g2872/moisturizers-with-spf/" target="_blank">moisturizers double as SPF</a> and you should *always* have some protection on your skin (like, when you're driving or even <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/a15767/why-you-need-to-wear-sunscreen-on-plane/" target="_blank">sitting on a plane</a> waiting for takeoff).</p>
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HA—did you think you only needed this for beach days? Nope. The best moisturizers double as SPF and you should *always* have some protection on your skin (like, when you're driving or even sitting on a plane waiting for takeoff).

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