Throughout my career I've been called a workaholic. Yesterday, I realized that it's time to find a better work-life balance. Last night, while taking a (boss ordered) night off, I began searching for tips and tricks for slowing down and taking better care of myself.

Here's the TOP 3 tips I found from a anti-stress expert at FastCompany.com

3. Food Awareness - When I wake up at 2 a.m. it's hard for me to eat a breakfast. So, usually I don't. I grab a coffee and go perform the show from 5 a.m. - 10 a.m. Well, once the show is over I'm extremely hungry, or as my boss referred to it yesterday "hangry." Fast Company.com says, "What we put into our bodies is its fuel. If we understand how food affects us, then this is the secret to our body’s healing process." For me, I just can't run on empty. The key is being aware of how I'm feeling and then, take care of myself.

2. Mindfulness - Being mindful of your thoughts and emotions is a massive key to being present and slowing down. I need to keep an open dialogue with myself where I'm constantly bringing myself back to being present. If you stay present, it's almost impossible to stress about the future or the past. Not only that but you give yourself and and whatever you're working on the respect of your focus.

From Jeanette Bronee:

“Your brain is that powerful, if you imagine something, your body will think it’s actually happening. And that’s one of the reasons why we’re under so much stress, because we’re imagining all these things happening if we don’t perform, if we don’t meet the deadline, if we don’t do this, if we don’t that . . . and that’s how we end up in the situation where our bodies break down.”

Once we start to notice how our thoughts are affecting us we can really start to change.

1. Action - Having the knowledge of food awareness and mindfulness is important. However, it's not going to work if you don't work it.