TIP OF THE WEEK

Read for relaxation

People who aspire to read more books may have any number of motives. They might want to increase their vocabulary, expand their perspective or learn something new. But one factor that is often overlooked is the fact that reading can help you relax.

Studies have shown that reading for just 6 minutes can reduce your stress levels by up to 68 percent.

That should be reason enough to spend more time with a book.

So instead of deciding which shows to binge-watch next, head down to the library. Whether you prefer science fiction, romance or memoir, devoting even a little time to a book will give you a chance to let go of the day.

ENERGY

5 natural ways to boost energy

In today’s busy world, people are more exhausted than ever before. As a result, we ingest drinks with sugar and caffeine, only to feel even more sluggish by the end of the day.

These five tips on how to stay alert may surprise, both in their simplicity and effectiveness:

— Make sleep a priority. Whatever you’re doing late at night can wait.

— Reduce carb intake. Carbs fill you up but make you sluggish.

— Try chia seeds. Studies have found these miracle seeds can provide sustained energy. In addition, they contain a host of essential nutrients.

— Stay hydrated. You should drink between 10 and 15 cups of water a day.

— Exercise daily. The more you work out, the more energy you’ll have.

RECOVERY

How to prep for surgery

Surgery is performed to correct a problem or make you feel better. Your procedure might be performed in the hospital, at an outpatient surgery center or even your doctor’s office. Whatever type of surgery you’re having, you most likely will be given some type of anesthesia to keep you comfortable.

Planning ahead for surgery and anesthesia can help ensure a successful procedure and smooth recovery. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) encourages you to take simple steps to be ready for the big day, starting with talking with your physician anesthesiologist, a vital member of your care team.

Here are a few tips when preparing for surgery:

— Do your homework

— Get healthy

— Find out who will be giving your anesthesia

— Talk with your physician anesthesiologist

— Follow pre-surgery directions and diet

— Wear comfortable clothing

— Bring a friend

ILLNESS

3 ways to kick a cold

Feel feverish and congested? You’ll no doubt want to squash this bug as quickly as possible — after all, your life doesn’t stop when a cold comes on. Here are three remedies so you can get better fast.

— Get to bed. Eight hours a night is recommend, but give yourself some extra Zs when you’re feeling ill. Your body will recover more quickly.

— Add more vitamin C. When you feel a cold coming on, take 2 grams three times a day until you feel the last of your cold symptoms.

— Drink up. Your body needs fluids when fighting a cold to help keep the mucus membranes open. Drink plenty of water or tea, but avoid alcohol and soda.

— Brandpoint