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6 Self-Care Methods to Boost Mental and Physical Health

Therapist Erica Reed sometimes renders clients speechless with one simple question: What do you need right now? “A lot of times, the clients who come to me don't recognize they have needs and that those needs are important," says Reed, a licensed

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6 Self-Care Methods to Boost Mental and Physical Health

Therapist Erica Reed sometimes renders clients speechless with one simple question: What do you need right now? “A lot of times, the clients who come to me don’t recognize they have needs and that those needs are important,” says Reed, a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct professor at Bowie State University in Maryland. “When…

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3 Smoothie Recipes to Power Your Year

The aftermath of holiday stress and low nutrition can wreak havoc on your overall well-being, not to mention your ability to stay centered and maintain balance between rest and energy, says Stacy Kennedy, chief wellness officer for AVA, a service that provides customized nutritional guidance through text messaging. To ensure you are getting enough nutrition…

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Best & Worst Slept U.S. States 2019

How does your state compare in the newest list of best and worst slept U.S. states of 2019? Using Sleep Number’s SleepIQ data, we’ve got a good picture of how we’re sleeping state-by-state.* STATE NAME TIME ASLEEP (HOURS/MIN.) RANK Utah 7:46 1 Colorado 7:45 2 Arkansas 7:44 3 Rhode Island 7:44 4 Mississippi 7:44 5…

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Catch Up on Self-Care (While He Catches the Game)

Losing your spouse to football season may not be a bad thing. While he’s busy, you can focus on your preferences. Whether you’re into a day off by yourself at the museum, a much-needed yoga session, or simply enjoying an afternoon shopping with an old friend, spending time apart for a little self-care can be…

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Self-Care For the Real World

Self-care — sure, it would be nice to get weekly manicures and monthly spa appointments, and journal for an hour a day and eat only perfect food. But who has the time? “The way we like to define self-care is learning to look after your own self as you would a child or a very…

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A Veterinary Tech’s Purr-fect Sleep [Insider Story]

Tell us a bit about your job. What animals do you work with? Mostly dogs and cats, but we get the occasional bird or horse or iguana. Pretty randomly, we’ll get some reptiles with eye issues. Veterinary techs run bloodwork, we place catheters, we do anesthesia, and all these things behind the scenes that people…

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A Writer’s Good Night Story [Insider Story]

Hi, Wes! How’d you get started as a writer? I’ve always loved writing and loved reading, especially fantasy and things that really take your mind away from everything. And I thought, “I can do this. I’m going to start writing something.” It’s something a little bit different, a fantasy romance novel. It also has ancient…

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How This Hair Stylist Cut Out Back Pain [Insider Story]

Hi, Tiffany! First of all, can you tell us a bit about what you do? Are there any things about your job that would surprise people? I’m a hair stylist, and people think it’s an easy job—we get to talk all day and hang out with our clients. But I work six to eight hours…

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How a Teacher Uses the Force [Insider Story]

Hi, Adina! Okay, tell us a bit about your job and how you work Star Wars into it. I’m a high school math teacher. I teach geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. I usually have about twenty-five students in a given class. My whole classroom is Star Wars themed. So… there’s a droid in Star Wars called…

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The Unlikely Marathoner [Insider Story]

Hi, Tyler! So you say you don’t look like a runner, but you’ve done three marathons. Tell us about that. I used to consider myself fairly athletic. I played football, basketball, and baseball through high school and was pretty athletic in college. And then kids got in the way—I put on weight and got the…

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Why Add Mindfulness to Your Self-Care Routine?

“Mindfulness is a form of self-care that just means being present in the moment,” says Clinical Social Worker Erica Reed who specializes in self-care practices. “It means having a heightened sense of awareness of what you’re thinking and experiencing in your body.” For some people, self-care may conjure visions of laying in a hammock on…

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