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rest andRemember to take time everyday for some R&R (rest and relaxation). Aug. 15 is National Relaxation Day. Why not use this day to start new habits?

Everyone gets caught up in the fast pace world in which we live, and many forget to take a step back and just relax. Stress can be harmful to your health. Taking time to recuperate your mind and body can prevent a number of health issues.

You don’t need to go on vacation or leave the country to get some R&R. Simply try one of these peaceful activities:

  • Go on a walk.
  • Grab coffee with a co-worker.
  • Take the long, scenic route to or from work.
  • Eat lunch away from your desk.
  • Do breathing exercises.

These are just a few ideas to help you lessen your stress.

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Martin Huecker, M.D.

Dr. Martin Huecker is a physician of UofL Physicians – Emergency Medicine. Martin Huecker is an assistant professor and research director in the Department of Emergency Medicine. At the School of Medicine, he is the assistant dean of Student Affairs. Dr. Huecker is a graduate of the UofL Emergency Medicine Residency Program. His research interests include the opioid epidemic, accidental hypothermia, and physician and medical student wellness. He works with medical students to instill behaviors to prevent future physician burnout. He distributes a weekly wellness newsletter called The Practice of Wellness (Instagram: practice_of_wellness). Dr. Huecker loves books and coffee. His wife is an OB/GYN and they have four children with cool names.

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