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Feeling stressed? These 3 practices will help you let go

Too much stress can have terrible consequences on both your mental and physical health, but what we don’t often realize is that many of the things we stress about don’t deserve all that anguish. Instead of letting those things drive you crazy, sometimes it’s better to just let go of the stress. Here are three practices from Leo Babauta (founder of Zen Habits) for letting go when you’re experiencing a moment of stress. The first practice is to drop into your body and notice how the stress feels, physically. Be present with the feeling — it’s not a problem to have stress…

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  • Thrive Global
  • Date:04/23/2019

Don’t toss your citrus peels! Instead, use them to make zest

You may not realize it, but the peels of your citrus fruits are treasure chests full of flavor that you can use to add more tang to any dish. That’s because the zest within the peels is comprised of aromatic oils that give the fruit it’s distinct, fresh smell. If you want to give your favorite foods a fruity kick, here’s how to extract zest and make it a part of meals. The best approach for extracting zest is by scraping it before you eat it or juice it since it’s easier to zest a whole fruit. The most important…

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  • Treehugger
  • Date:04/22/2019

Try these 4 techniques to cleanse your body this Spring

Your body is an incredible organism that has a natural built-in filtration system to help you get rid of toxins, the harmful substances that have a negative impact on your health. The primary organ that helps to process excess toxins is your liver. Your liver is a powerful built-in filter for toxins, but it’s worth noting that you are exposed to more toxins than any previous generation. To take a bit of the burden off your liver and help your body deal with toxins more effectively, you should try the following four gentle cleansing techniques this Spring. The first technique is known…

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  • The Chopra Center
  • Date:04/19/2019

Six keys to elevating the quality of your life as you age

Genetics may play a key role in the way you age, but that doesn’t mean it will determine your fate. In fact, just 30 percent of physical aging is genetically predetermined, according to an eight-year study. Yes, lifestyle trumps genes, so if you’re keen on keeping your body functioning optimally as you get older, try remembering these 6 keys to healthy aging. The first key is exercising. The brain and body are connected, meaning what is healthy for one promotes fitness in the other. Secondly, nurture friendships. Evidence suggests that what enhances well-being is getting together with people, no matter…

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  • Yes Magazine
  • Date:04/18/2019

These three strategies will help you beat procrastination

One explanation for why procrastination can rule our lives and pull us in has to do with a behavioral economics term called “time inconsistency.” Time inconsistency refers to the tendency of the human brain to value immediate rewards more highly than future rewards. When you make plans for yourself — like setting a goal to lose weight or write a book or learn a language — you are actually making plans for your future self. You are envisioning what you want your life to be like in the future and when you think about the future it is easy for…

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  • James Clear
  • Date:04/17/2019

Struggling with leisure guilt? Here are 5 ways to deal with it

Have you ever tried to enjoy some time away from your daily obligations only to feel guilty for doing so? If you have, you’re not alone. Plenty of people feel guilty when they try to take a moment off to relax, even after working all day on something. And while this might say something positive about your work ethic, it can have bad consequences for your stress levels. The next time you feel this unnecessary guilt, remember these five techniques for dealing with it. First, recognize your tendencies. You’ll have a tough time addressing your guilt if you don’t first…

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  • Psychology Today
  • Date:04/16/2019

Over-apologizing can undermine your confidence. Here’s what to say instead

If you’re someone who knows the value of a good apology–not just for mending fences but also for strengthening relationships in every area of life–you’re way ahead of most people. But if you apologize constantly for every little thing–whether or not it’s warranted–listen up. You may be standing in the way of your own success. The habit of injecting the word “sorry” into every other sentence you utter might seem harmless on the surface. But it can undermine your authority and your confidence, portray you as weak and indecisive, and even damage your credibility. Worst of all, over-apologizing can desensitize…

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:04/15/2019

Here’s how to dive into your local food scene

We all know that we should be eating local, yet it often falls to the bottom of the list—especially when we’re busy and on a budget. But there’s more than meets the eye with local food: It’s more nutrient-dense, flavorful, and tastes better, not to mention you’ll be supporting your local farmers who pride themselves in the quality of their product. It’s easier to get into local food than you might think—just follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to supporting your local food scene. First, go to a farmer’s market. This is one of the easiest ways to get…

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  • MindBodyGreen
  • Date:04/12/2019

A simple trick for finding your focus when you really need to finish something

Even though office spaces are meant for working productively, it doesn’t always feel that way. From the distraction of open office spaces to the constant requests for meetings, actually getting work done isn’t easy. The abundance of choices brought on by technology doesn’t help either. Yes, finding focus can feel elusive at times, but there’s a little trick you can do to get it back when you really need to get something done. First, leave the office. Find a cowering space, a library, a coffee shop, or anywhere that has a table, internet, and people who you don’t know. Second,…

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  • Psychology Today
  • Date:04/11/2019

To nap, or not to nap? Here’s what the experts have to say

Everyone loves a good nap. There’s even an unofficial American holiday dedicated to naps (the Monday after Daylight Savings Time goes into effect is National Nap Day). Still, while a nap can feel really good, it can be hard to tell if they are actually good for you. Perhaps you may have experienced waking up after a nap feeling drowsier and more tired than you were before you had a bit of sleep. Or maybe you’ve taken a nap during the day and now struggle to fall asleep before your usual bedtime. So, what’s the deal with napping? Here’s what…

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  • Quartz
  • Date:04/10/2019
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