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Better Ways to Breathe

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Better Ways to Breathe

It’s easy, it’s automatic, and it’s a sure thing that you’re doing it right now, but breathing, like many things, benefits from both a little attention and intention now and then. Breathing is of course the process of taking in oxygen, to fuel our cells, and releasing carbon dioxide as a waste product. The rate of our breathing changes depending on physical activity – picking up when exercising, slowing down while relaxing – but breathing can also have a significant effect on overall mood and stress levels. Changing how you breathe can change how you feel. Here are a few...

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Why You Need to Unplug

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Why You Need to Unplug

How long has it been since you last checked your phone or email? Ten minutes? Five? Do you want to check it right now? Studies have shown people on average (and varying quite a bit by age) check their phones 150 times a day, often starting first thing in the morning before any other tasks. It works out to an average phone peek every six and a half minutes. Technology is an amazing thing. It has brought us new opportunities and fostered connections in ways too many to count, but like anything, it has a downside. Being constantly on-call increases...

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5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immunity

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5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immunity

Think of your immune system as your fort, your moat, your castle walls. It stands between you and the outside world, and this line of defence could always use a little extra support. Here are a few ways you can help your immune system out and make sure it stays strong.   1) Exercise There are so many ways regular exercise keeps you healthy – it lowers blood pressure, helps control weight, helps maintain bone density – the list of benefits is long and awesome. But exercise also has a direct effect on your immune system. Researchers found that athletes...

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Ayurveda After Dark: 4 Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

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Ayurveda After Dark: 4 Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

A good night’s rest is the elusive goal we all seem to be chasing. The busyness and anxieties of modern life follow us to our bedrooms, often as the phones and tablets on our bedside tables or the television at the foot of the bed. As the minutes tick by, it’s hard to let go of the day that was, or to stop planning for the day to come. Adding to the stress are the never-ending studies reporting just how bad not sleeping is for us. Reduced productivity, lowered immune systems, weight gain, general crankiness – even early death! It’s...

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Mindfulness: Unlocking the Key to Happiness

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Mindfulness: Unlocking the Key to Happiness

Mindfulness gets talked about a lot these days. It’s being promoted for everyone from Silicon Valley execs to British schoolchildren as a way to improve productivity, concentration, even as a way to treat serious mental health issues like depression and anxiety. But mindfulness isn’t some new trend, the practice has been around for thousands of years – science finally catching up is a welcome development, because it gives us studies to back up what practitioners have been saying all along. Changing the way you think is possible, and comes with a host of positive side effects. Now we have the...

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