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These soothing breathing techniques will help you feel less stressed

As you go through your day, you probably don’t notice your breathing too much. That is, until you start feeling stressed. When you’re under stress, you often hold your breath or breath very fast, causing your nervous system to fall out of sync and leading to even more symptoms of stress. By focusing on soft, deep breathing, you can bring a sense of calmness about you and enhance your ability to relax. It can help you worry less and put in a state of tranquility. In order to bring some calm, conscious breathing to your life, have a look at…

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  • The Chopra Center
  • Date:02/15/2019

Make your Valentine’s day an eco-friendly one with these 6 tips

Valentine’s day provides a good opportunity to spend some quality time with the person you love. It also provides businesses and companies to woo you into buying a bunch of stuff you really don’t need. The truth is that Valentine’s day has become overrun by consumerism, and it’s become absolutely normal to buy your loved one disposable gifts that barely get a moment of attention before being thrown away. Of course, it’s the thought that counts, but then again, you could be more thoughtful and spend your money on something that doesn’t hurt than environment. For an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day,…

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  • Earth911
  • Date:02/14/2019

For a fruitful day, ask yourself these two questions in the morning

Morning routines can be the key to a positive, focused day. While some people start their day with a bit of meditation, others might practice yoga or go for a run. These can all do the trick, but there’s another simple practice you can do that can help you gather your focus: asking yourself two specific questions. And we’re not talking about the questions ‘Where is my coffee?’ Or ‘Why did I have that last glass of wine?’. Rather, we’re talking about these two questions posed by writer, Andee Love.   "What do I value the most today?" "How do…

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  • Greatist
  • Date:02/13/2019

What is intermittent fasting? This guide will give you all the in’s and out’s

Intermittent fasting is one of the oldest dietary interventions and healing traditions known to mankind, helping people to lose weight, gain muscle, combat brain fog, and feel healthier overall. And as you might have noticed, it’s quickly found its way back into the mainstream with more and more influential figures swearing by it publicly. But what does intermittent fasting really entail? Is it worth giving a shot? Before you try it out, it’s best you get an understanding of the intermittent fasting basics and how each method of it differs. This guide will provide you with the in’s and out’s…

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  • The Chopra Center
  • Date:02/12/2019

25 strategies to help you get better at managing your anger

It happens to all of us from time to time. Something or someone pushes our emotions to the edge, and suddenly anger starts to pulsate throughout the body. The truth is while the feeling of anger is part of our human nature and almost impossible to avoid altogether, prolonged exposure to this bitter emotion can take a toll on your mental and physical health. The problem with anger is that it's hard to control, and once it takes a grip of your mental psyche it can lead you to do things you would never imagine yourself doing. Fortunately, there are…

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  • HealthLine
  • Date:02/11/2019

A step-by-step guide for how to ask your boss for a raise

The idea of asking your boss for a raise can be nerve-wracking. Even if you think you deserve a bit extra for all the hard work you do, perhaps you put it off for months or even years because you’re worried your boss will look at you different, or worse, look to replace you with someone cheaper. The thing is, the way your request for a raise is handled all depends on the manner in which you present it to your boss. If you ask for it out of the blue, you may have your request rejected. But if you…

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  • Quartz
  • Date:02/08/2019

Struggling to be present? Here’s how to keep your mind in one place at a time

Life is a balancing act. Between family, friends, work, and whatever else occupies your days, it can be awfully difficult to be in a state of mind that is fully present. And that’s a problem. You see, when you’re thinking about your work while you’re spending time with your kids, or vice-versa, it’s common for feelings of guilt to arise—taking away precious focus from whatever you’re doing in the present moment. It’s okay to worry, of course, but too much of it will simply ruin your ability to enjoy life or be productive. If struggling to stay present sounds familiar…

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  • Quartz
  • Date:02/07/2019

These foods will last you a long time, save you money, and help cut down on waste

Yesterday we talked about the recipes you can prepare with the leftover foods you have that are nearing their expiration date. This time around, let's talk about the kinds of ingredients you can buy in bulk that will not only last you a long time but will also help you cut down on plastic waste while helping you save money. You'll find that these ingredients challenge assumptions about expiration being the final word on when a food is safe to eat. Especially if stored properly, most foods can last longer than we think. Here's a list of 10 healthy foods…

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  • TreeHugger
  • Date:02/06/2019

8 science-backed strategies for keeping your brain young and healthy

Whether we like to believe it or not, science tells us that after the age of 45, our cognitive abilities start to decline. The older we get, the more the brain regions responsible for memory, attention, and perception begin to shrink and no longer communicate with one another as efficiently as they once did. Fortunately, there are plenty of science-backed strategies for keeping your brain sharp for longer. From the right diet to your dental hygiene and social life, here are the best ways to keep your brain in shape.

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  • New Scientist
  • Date:02/05/2019

Eight ways to make your outlook on life a bit more optimistic

Even though people tend to have genetic dispositions towards optimism or pessimism, it is absolutely possible to change your outlook and shift toward a more positive way of seeing the world. Here are eight ways you can shift from seeing the glass as half empty to seeing the glass half full of water and half full of possibilities.

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  • The Chopra Center
  • Date:02/04/2019
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