In 1781, while ambassador to England, a doctor who had been with Adams spoke of his "inexpressible anxiety" and the "strain bore down upon his appearance every bit as much as it did his personality," according to John E. Ferling, in his John Adams: A Life. Adams himself described his "nervous" state, Ferling wrote.
Franklin, who often partied in Paris, did not always live in moderation, but as a writer he could advise otherwise.
"Be temperate in Wine, in eating, Girls and Sloth, or the Gout will (seize) you and plague you both," he wrote in Poor Richard's Almanack, published in 1734.
Even without life management coaching, both lived long lives. Franklin died at 84. Adams lived to be 90, the longest living president.
Indeed, in colonial times, there wasn't a life management coach in sight. But neither were there office cubicle, Triple Whoppers the size of small boulders, or sugar-laden soft drinks the size of farm silos.