A balanced lifestyle is about the basics that have been covered throughout this book. Gradually improve your health and well-being through regular exercise, diet, sleep and relaxation. Practice safe sex. Improve your relationships by improving communication, interpersonal, and conflict management skills. Improve your skills to manage depression, anger, loneliness, anxiety or boredom to improve your attitude, reduce negative thoughts, and reduce relapse. You will be better prepared to manage any short-term health problems or chronic health issues you may face. Communication, relaxation, and cognitive skills can help you manage emotions and negative thoughts that accompany illness or decreased health. These same skills will help you face the myriad of life’s daily problems you will confront, just like everyone else.