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How Do You Keep Up Your Energy and Stamina?

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Being Disciplined

First I make sure to get enough sleep. Sticking to a regular bedtime has really helped me feel better. Second, I make sure I'm drinking enough water. Finally, I don't waste my energy worrying about things I have no control over. Eliminating that drain has made the biggest difference of all.
Andrea Giberson
Falls Church, Virginia

Nothing drains my energy like having big, unfinished projects hanging over my head. The other night, after putting it off for so long, I tackled my bill paying and filing. The next morning, I woke up feeling more refreshed and energetic than ever.
Cara Branigan
Columbia, Maryland

I am a practicing psychotherapist, a registered nurse in a psychiatric unit, a research assistant, a full-time doctoral student, and a wife and mother, so maintaining my energy and stamina levels is critical. I have three balanced, light meals per day, plus two or three nutritious snacks. I also take breaks for leisure reading and meditation throughout the day and try to sleep at least seven hours a night.
Laura Excell
Denver, Colorado

One of the simplest things I do to keep up my energy is to go to bed by 11:00 every night. Since I've started getting at least seven hours of sleep a night, the difference in my energy level―and my appearance―has been amazing. When you're falling asleep at your desk, your body is trying to tell you something.
Elaine Dillard
New York, New York

I'm a mother of four who works full-time at a school, and it takes two things to keep me going: exercise and a good diet for my body and soul. I take a multivitamin every day and power-walk three to four times a week. I've also taken up horseback riding again after many years and volunteer several days a month at the stable.
Margaret Wolf
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Taking Time Out

I am a parent of five- and three-year-old boys, and I gave birth to twins last November. I maintain my energy level by taking frequent breaks to care for myself. When the twins are sleeping, I call a friend, read a magazine, check my e-mail, or enjoy the silence with a cup of coffee. Whether the breaks last five minutes or 30, they give me the energy I need to take care of my family.
Matilda Robinson
Sneads Ferry, North Carolina

Every Sunday evening, I have a ritual. I take a bath, listen to music, and write in my journal. I now have four complete journals that go back a couple of years. By writing on Sundays, I can leave the old week behind me and get energized for the next one.
Diana Urizar
Petaluma, California

For our family of five, Monday through Friday is fully loaded. So, come Saturday, we don't move. Or we don't move much. We avoid the car and take at least one (if not several) leisurely strolls to the nearest park. We shop at a local open-air market, walk on the beach (no matter what the season), play charades, and have the kids read us jokes from joke books while we're cooking.
J. Beeman
Montreal, Quebec

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