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I Turned Off My Most Stressful Notifications, and After 2 Weeks, I Already Feel Calmer

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It never used to bother me when emails came rolling in after hours. For one thing, it comes with the job when you work in media; they mean it when they say the news cycle never ends. Plus, living in Dubai, I'm used to getting alerts from co-workers a few time zones ahead. So, sometimes I'd scroll through their early-morning Slack messages on my commute, chiming in with ideas while I booted up for the day.

Flash forward a few months and I don't even have a commute anymore. Now when I get an email at 7 a.m. or on a Saturday afternoon, there's really nothing to stop me from pulling out my laptop and hopping online. And even if the computer stays closed, it's like the the notification is still buzzing in the back of my mind, needing to be dealt with.

It doesn't help that after five months of work-from-home, my work-life balance is completely shot. I've been pushing back the end of the workday later and later (so easy to do when you're at home all day), and it leaves me exhausted and strung-out at night. The next morning, the anxiety starts before I'm even out of bed, when I turn off my alarm and the first thing I see are those emails and Slack notifications. Then I look up at my desk, where I'll be sitting for the next eight hours, and my computer, waiting to suck me in. I'm learning that when you work where you sleep, eat, exercise, and relax, it feels like your whole life is one endless Sunday morning with no weekends in sight.

Finally, when the anxiety started bleeding into weekends and PTO days, I decided something had to change. This was unsustainable; I couldn't be stressed every waking hour. And I realized there was one easy, at least partial solution, which involved just a few taps on my phone.

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I'm learning that when you work where you sleep, eat, exercise, and relax, it feels like your whole life is one endless Sunday morning with no weekends in sight.

I pulled up my notification settings and, starting with Slack, began turning them off one by one. Facebook? Gone. Twitter? Nope. Email? I hesitated, then pressed the button. I felt a little lighter with each tap. Any notification that caused a bubble of stress in my throat got powered off, from work to social media. The only apps I let ping me were the barest essentials, like texting and phone calls, or the ones that were pure fun, like YouTube and TikTok. And just like that, my phone went quiet.

In the two weeks since, something unexpected has happened. Before, I barely noticed my habit of toting my phone from room to room, and its constant presence made it easy to constantly glance down, catch a notification, and get sucked into an email or social media hole. But now that it wasn't buzzing me all the time, there was no reason for me to have it an inch from my hand all day. Now I'll go hours without looking at my phone, sometimes leaving it in a different room or on silent all day. In breaking up with my most stressful notifications, I've also gotten less dependent on my phone in general.

Yes, there are still days when I'll need to check my email or messages after dinner, but I try to be aware aheadRead More – Source

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These Quotes Prove That Viola Davis is One of the Wisest, Kindest, and Most Inspiring Stars in Hollywood

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When we think of Viola Davis, power and grace are the two words that come to mind. With over 20 years of acting experience to her name, the Academy award-winning actress has not only been a shining beacon of light but also of hope. Of hope for a better, more inclusive tomorrow.

In honor of her 55th birthday, which takes place today, Aug. 11 2020, we've rounded up some of our favorite quotes tRead More – Source

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An Epidemiologist Explains Which Workouts Put You at a Greater Risk For Getting COVID-19

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Depending on where you live, gyms and boutique studios have pivoted, taking their in-demand workouts digital and outdoors, in addition to preparing to reopen their physical spaces. There are still a lot of unknowns about the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), and when it comes to fitness, there are a lot of questions people have such as what safety precautions to take when exercising around others.

If you're specifically wondering what styles of training are the safest to participate in to prevent getting COVID-19, the short answer is anything done outdoors. "Theoretically, yes, [there are workouts that are safer than others] because of the intensity of the breathing," I-Min Lee, MD, MPH, ScD, epidemiologist, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told POPSUGAR.

According to Dr. Lee, outdoor exercise is safer than indoor exercise "because of greater ability for any potential virus in the air to disperse." But, just because you're outdoors doesn't mean that you shouldn't heed expert advice to prevent spreading and contracting the virus. Dr. Lee's advice for safely exercising outdoors is to wipe down any items you bring with you — like your water bottle, yoga mat, and dumbbells — before and after you work out, wipe down your workout area, wash your hands before and after training, and don't touch your face. She also recommends wearing a mask and maintaining at least six feet of space between yourself and others and 12 feet if you're doing more intense workouts where your breathing is heavier.

Another thing to consider as gyms and studios reopen is the type of exercise you'll be doing. For example, although you generally don't breathe as intensely during yoga as you do during a HIIT class, "The duration of any potential exposure also makes a difference," Dr. Lee explained. During a yoga class, you might be spending an hour next to several other people, which can potentially put you at a greater risk of getting COVID-19.

In contrast, during a sprint interval workout, you may only be spending a few minutes near others "and, hopefully, far away from each other during the rest intervals," Dr. Lee said. "So, practically, I'm not sure if it makes a huge difference," Dr. Lee added, but these variables should play a factor in how yoRead More – Source

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3 Seriously Cool Fall Haircut Trends That Are Big on Style — but Little on Upkeep

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Look to the cyclical nature of trends, and summer has long been established as the all-compassing season of ease. Pool floats! Low-key hairstyles! Vacation days that aren't confined to the white-plastered walls of your tiny apartment living room. But as the all-mighty coronavirus pandemic has shown: societal norms are shifting, in everything from holiday plans to salon requests. Now, it's fall's biggest haircut trends that are truly breezy.

"During this time, most people will want easy, low-maintenance, but stylish haircuts this fall," Larry Sims, celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of Flawless by Gabrielle Union, told POPSUGAR. "Everyone has been quarantined up in their homes for the most part this year. With not being able to get to salons frequently, most people will opt for cuts that look fly without the commitment of major upkeep."

Whereas historically the autumnal season saw an influx of polished cuts to match those crisp new wardrobes, those are exactly the types of styles to avoid these next few months. "I woulRead More – Source

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These 5 Things Are Helping Me Feel Relaxed During Hot Summer Runs

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My morning runs aren't always cathartic — in fact, sometimes I arrive home feeling worse than I did before taking off down the sidewalk. Whether I'm feeling sluggish and tired, or my anxiety is getting the best of me, feeling relaxed while running has proved to be challenging — and this experience is definitely more prevalent in the summer while running in intense heat and humidity. But the need to get outside for some alone time, exercise, and a change of scenery motivated me to find a solution to my stressed-out runs, and I got to work on implementing a few tiny tweaks to my running routine.

Ahead, you'll find the five tricks that helped me relax and reap the benefits of a morning run.

Concentrating on My Breath

When I'm in a particularly stressful situation or when my emotions run high, my breathing patterns get fast and shallow. As you can imagine, that makes running in 80-degree heat (which is already hard) all the more difficult.

To avoid getting overheated and overwhelmed, I started setting my alarm for an hour earlier to take advantage of the early morning breeze. Then, I began breathing on a rhythm — inhaling for a certain amount of counts and exhaling for a certain amount of counts. This type of breathing allows me to hyperfocus on every deep inhale and exhale, instead of getting wound up in my thoughts.

Switching Up My Playlist

My high-energy running tracks have grown stale over the past few months. Without music to zone out to, I ruminate over every sore muscle and mile-split. Switching up my workout playlist with suggestions from my friends, family, and fiancé has helped so much.

Hot tip: While fast-paced tunes will get you motivated to move, don't discount slower songs — they can help you chill out and quiet your mind on a long run, too.

Trying Mindful Running Sessions

Mindful running helps me stay in the present while on the pavement. It's another method I use to take my mind off of the temperature outside or feeling fatigued. The guided sessions are also a great tool to turn to while you're still working on forming that new playlist.

Having a Motivational Conversation With Myself

"I can do this!" Sometimes I just need to repeat that to myself over and Read More – Source

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Relief From Migraine Headaches Could Call For Increasing Your Magnesium Intake

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If you struggle with frequent migraine headaches, you know they're no joke — but neither is magnesium when it comes to relief.

"Magnesium has a great reputation as a safe and effective supplement that can help to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks when taken preventively, as well as potentially relieve symptoms during an attack when taken as needed," Dr. Frederick Godley, MD, an otolaryngologist and the president of the Association of Migraine Disorders, says.

Dizziness, ringing in the ears, sleep disturbances, and sinus pressure are just a few of the symptoms Dr. Godley mentions. He also says that magnesium can help conditions that often coincide with migraines like anxiety, depression, and fibromyalgia.

Dr. Godley backs his positive claims by explaining how the right dosage of the mineral can increase cell energy production and reduce neural excitability and blood vessel constriction.

Before beelining it to the vitamin section of your local pharmacy (that means closing the Amazon tab, too!), know that Dr. Godley considers magnesium a drug that shouldn't be taken lightly.

"Because of the way that vitamins and minerals are marketed, it is easy to forget that they are really another chemical that has the potential to help and hurt us," he says.

I can't stress enough how important it is to have a conversation with your doctor to see if magnesium is right for you.

Despite how magical it sounds, magnesium isn't going to provide you instant relief. According to Dr. Godley, the average person needs to take daily supplemental magnesium (about 400 mg per day — more could cause diarrhea) for 3-4 months to know if it works for them.

And know that most multivitamins do not contain enough magnesium to affect a migraine — it's up to your doctor to create a program that works for you. Dr. Godley's two solutions are combining magnesium with an organic mineral to help with absorption (think magnesium citrate, magnesium chloride, magnesium oil spray, and amino acid magnesium chelates) or eating magnesium-heavy food like nuts, legumes, and soy milk.

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Everything You Should Know About Getting Laser Hair Removal Before You Commit

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The idea of getting laser hair removal and never having to shave again is appealing for obvious reasons. Gone would be the days of spending extra time in the shower removing every inch of body hair, dealing with itchy razor bumps, or remembering to shave your bikini line ahead of an upcoming beach trip. Laser hair removal saves you time, money, and effort in the long run, but it is undoubtedly an investment.

Like with any big commitment, before signing yourself up for laser hair removal, you should do your research so you have a general idea of what to expect. There's the cost to consider, certain rules you should follow pre and post-treatment for the best results, and protocol for the appointment itself. When you decide to get it is also Read More – Source

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All You Need Is 15 Minutes and a Timer For This Interval Walking Workout

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When 3 p.m. rolls around, my energy levels are usually at a low — the midday slump is in full effect, and another cup of coffee would only deliver a case of caffeine jitters. What is helpful though, on top of a snack, is giving myself a quick break from answering emails, and logging a short workout. My favorite afternoon option — that doesn't leave me totally drenched and in need of an immediate shower — is a walk around my neighborhood.

Lindsay Wandzilak, a NASM-certified personal trainer and founder of The Daily With Lindsay, says that walking is the main source of recommended exercise for her clients.

A low-impact form of cardio, Wandzilak says that getting the body moving through walking can help improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and strengthen the heart.

"Based on whichever speed or terrain you're walking on, you immediately burn calories and regulate blood sugar," Wandzilak says. "This influences your food intake and encourages healthier cravings for the rest of the day."

And on top of the physical pros — like toned muscles and core activation — walking holds a beneficial mental component. "The brain loves fresh air paired with rhythmic movement. Walking causes the dopamine and serotonin levels in your brain to rise, meaning happier moods and more creative thinking," Wandzilak says.

You can even challenge yourself during your next stroll by adding intervals into the mix. Wandzilak recommends this 15-minute interval walking workout for anyone who wants a spurt of activity, but is short on time.

"Remember, ON means the pace is quick, but still comfortable. OFF is easy and feels like a warm up speed," Wandzilak explains of the workout below. "If you're looking for more of a challenge, I love to pick up the pace on each interval. So, every set of two minutes is a bit faster than the previous one!"

You'll also want to bring along a watch or a phone that can help you keep track of the time. Wandzilak says the firRead More – Source

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Sonali Bendre talks about her eyes getting affected by chemotherapy in latest post

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2018 10:55:15 am

Sonali Bendre shares new photo on Instagram. Says, her eyesight is getting weak due to the chemotherapy rounds.

Sonali Bendre, who is getting treatment for cancer in New York, took to Instagram recently to talk about the new book for her book club. In her post, Sonali shared that it took her some time to finish the last book as her eyesight was getting weak due to the chemotherapy rounds. However, she also assured that it is all well now.

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“Time to announce the next book! The last one took a while, as my eyesight was doing strange things due to the chemo and I couldnt read for a while. Was panicking a bit, but now all is well again! Whew!,”(sic) she wrote.

She added, “The next book for SBC is set in the city Im currently in, New York… its called A Little Life by @hanyayanagihara. Its been nominated for so many literary awards and is a story of friendship and ambition. Weve read books with female friendships before, but this is our first one on friendship among boys… Should be interesting. Cant wait to start reading it, and I hope you read it with me too.”(sic)

Sonali Bendre has been in New York for the past few months. Priyanka Chopra, Anupam Kher and others who have visited New York have paid her a visit. Sonali also recently attended Priyankas bridal shower.

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Chrissy Teigen Reveals She’s Prone to Stretch Marks—But She Won’t Try to Get Rid of Them

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There's a reason social media is obsessed with Chrissy Teigen's family: The relationship between mom, husband John Legend, and 2-year-old Luna is both incredibly sweet and relatable. Whether she's tweeting about her weird pregnancy eating habits or comparing her gray hair to Cruella de Vil, Teigen always keeps it hilariously real.

And now, she's partnering with Pampers as the first-ever Creative Consultant for the brand's new Pampers Pure collection, made with those parents who are searching for natural diaper and wipe options in mind. "Finally, there's something out there where you don't have to compromise," explains Teigen. "You don't have to choose between having really cute diapers or protection that you really trust, you can have both." As part of the partnership, Teigen will collaborate with Pampers on new diaper prints.

Here, Teigen opens up to Health about her favorite motherhood moments, raising kids in the time of body positivity and social media movements, and how her pregnancy has affected her beauty routine and eating habits.

What's your favorite part about being a mom?

"I really love this age. She's almost 2 and seeing her little personality develop and seeing, even when she's a cheeky little butthead, I'm like, I kind of appreciate it, because I was a cheeky little butthead. I still am now. I love seeing parts of John in her, I love the new sentences she comes up with. I love seeing how wildly excited she gets when she makes people laugh. Like she will just light up. When she sees that you laughed at something, it's kind of the worst thing you can do, is laugh at one of her jokes because then it won't stop. She'll just do it over and over again 'cause she's so excited that you liked it. It's full of little surprises every day. You don't know where they get some of the things they get and then you also do know exactly where they get some of the things they get."

So you can kind of see yourself in her?

"Yeah, definitely. Yeah, it's like a parrot. She'll say things in the same exact tone, it's so funny. It really is."

Do you think she'll be excited to have a little brother?

"I think she's gonna be tough, honestly. I could easily say 'Oh, she's gonna be so wonderful,' but I think she really enjoys being the star and, you know, it's your firstborn. There's just something so special about that. It's the time where you see each other for the first time as parents, everything's new to you, everything's amazing and magical and hopeful. And hopefully the second time around, we're just as excited when little boy grabs a ball for the first time or rolls over, and I think we will be. But she loves a big kid. She just really looks up to big kids, even if they're like a week older, I swear, she knows. But when she's the bigger kid, she tends to be a little bit tougher. We'll warm her up to him hopefully."

I also saw that you've said you love bathtime with her.

"Yeah, it's my favorite. John thinks it's the cutest thing on the planet, too. He's like, 'It's just so natural and pretty,' and we call it Splash Splash. I say 'Luna, Splash Splash' and she's just like, sure enough, immediately she'll rip [her clothes] off and rubs her belly and she's like, 'Ready!' She can't even wait for the water to get warm. She's just so excited for it, and we bring crayons in there and, yeah, she loves it. She loves applying her own shampoo and sitting. And I like kind of lay on my side in the bathtub now 'cause it's just so hard to sit up even, and then she just lays on her side. There's something really natural and bonding about it. It's adorable, honestly. Her wet little head."

Do you have any other fun bathtime stories? Is Luna going to be a beauty pro?

"Honestly, she loves grooming of any sort. She'll hand me my razors, she'll hand me everything and then she loves biting on my electric toothbrush. Nothing on it or anything, she's just like [whirring sounds] and I'm like 'That's great, she's already brushing her own teeth, that's good.' But yeah, it's kind of just a nightly routine where she knows that we're gonna have a bath, you're gonna get rubbed down in coconut oil, it's just a calming thing where she knows it's night-night time. If there's chaos right before bed…she tends to have wild dreams and so it's nice to be able to have a wind-down time."

Are there any beauty products you use every day?

"Oh gosh. I'm either fully made up by somebody else or not at all. I don't blow dry… I haven't blow-dried my own hair in like six years, so it's either wet or totally done."

Do you air-dry your hair instead?

"I can't even do that. I'm like a top knot, wet, I don't even care anymore. But one thing I am crazy about are body lotions and body serums, especially with all the stretch marks. I'm just like very prone to stretch marks. It happens very quickly, they sneak up on me, have had them since I was really, really young, and so I'm very neurotic about doing layers and layers of creams."

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