8 Habits for a Healthy Life

5. Take a Technology Time-Out

Research shows that being plugged in 24/7 stresses us out: “If you’re compulsively checking e-mail, you’re more likely to ruminate about work-related issues, and you’re not connecting face-to-face with family and friends,” says Bruce Rabin, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Healthy Lifestyle Program at the University of Pittsburgh. In fact, studies show people who surf the Web and/or text within two hours before bedtime report higher stress levels than those who tune out of the cybersphere.