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RX = Nature March 2, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, head to the park for some R&R.

Doctors orders!

Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is one of the fastest ways to improve your health and happiness. It’s been shown to lower stress, blood pressure and heart rate, while encouraging physical activity and buoying mood and mental health. Some research even suggests that green space is associated with a lower risk of developing psychiatric disorders — all findings that doctors are increasingly taking seriously and relaying to their patients.

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The medical community is increasingly viewing green space as a place for their patients to reap physical and mental health benefits. Some physicians, like Dr. Robert Zarr, a pediatrician in Washington, D.C., are even writing prescriptions for it.

These “nature prescriptions” — therapies that are redeemable only outdoors, in the fresh air of a local park — advise patients to spend an hour each week playing tennis, for instance, or to explore all the soccer fields near their home. The scripts are recorded in his patients’ electronic health records.

To read more:  Here’s What Being Outside Can Do For Your Health

Aah . . . that’s better!

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3-Minute Mindfulness February 25, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Want to learn how to “keep calm and carry on” when life tosses you a curve ball?

David (at Raptitude) is offering a free mindfulness course with 5 simple lessons:

It will teach you:

  • What mindfulness actually is
  • Three ways you can practice it anytime, anywhere
  • Why you might want to do that

Your homework is literally one minute a day. 

Got that?  Five quick lessons in five days.

Interested?

Sign up HERE by providing your e-mail address.  The lessons will arrive in your e-mail box at no charge.

At the conclusion of the course, you’ll get information on signing up for Camp Calm (David’s 30 day meditation course), along with other tips and techniques to reinforce your new mindfulness practice.

There is NO obligation to enroll in Camp Calm.  Per David:  “If you just want to do the mini-course and leave it at that—no worries, and no hard feelings.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  A Simple Trick For Becoming A Calmer Person (Raptitude)

 

 

That’s Cool! February 16, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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Some of you might be interested in this article from MIT Technology Review about a recently developed fabric that helps keep you in comfort:

A new fabric, developed by a team at the University of Maryland, is the first to automatically warm wearers up or cool them down as needed.

When you’re feeling hot and sweaty—when playing sports, say— the fabric lets infrared radiation (heat, to you and me) pass through. But when you’re colder and drier, it traps the heat in.

To read more:  This new fabric will automatically cool you down when you get hot and sweaty

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Green Book February 11, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, People, Travel & Leisure.
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The Green Book: a Historic Travel Guide is now the focus of a movie about a black musician traveling through the country.

This video (by the National Trust for Historic Preservation) provides a fascinating backdrop to that movie:

Green means GO!  Let’s keep going.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Run Forrest Run! January 13, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Travel & Leisure.
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After the holidays, some of us (and we will not name names) gained a few unwanted pounds.  Before they settle in and get too comfortable, it’s time to kick it up a notch.

So, on our most recent trip to Universal, we stopped by Camp Jurassic to check out the playground.

It is awesome!

We climbed up.  We slid down.  We walked across rope bridges.  We bounced.

So much more fun than going for a boring jog!

No offense, Forrest!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Bag The Broccoli! January 5, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.
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Last month, I had to visit the Urgent Care clinic
While there, I received a band-aid
Opened and administered by the nurse
After she gave me a shot

*OW*

Full of steroids
To help eradicate the itchy, scratchy rash
That developed as a result of an allergic reaction
To OTC pain medications
Taken for lower back pain
That I incurred two days earlier

*POP*

*OW*

While moving a bag of broccoli (!)
In the freezer

Moral of the Story:  Vegetables are healthy to eat, but moving them around is fraught with peril!

And (per BFF) we should all bag the broccoli!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Plastics & Pollution January 3, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Less IS More, Sustainable Living.
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We need to do more to protect our oceans and marine life from plastic.

Right now, the Great Pacific Plastic Patch is twice the size of Texas.  When plastic degrades, it leaches carcinogens and other toxins into the water which then enter the human food chain when consumed by sea life (including sushi).

If you’ve decided to cut back on your reliance on plastic, here are a few tips to consider:

*Stop using disposable plastics, including straws and plastic cutlery.  If you use them, wash and re-use them.

*Take reusable shopping bags to the grocery store.  Plastic bags top the list of ocean debris and can last for centuries.

*Recycle plastics whenever possible – follow your recycling guidelines.

*When dining out, bring foil or containers for leftovers and stainless steel straws for your beverages.

*Buy from manufacturers who package products in sustainable containers.  Encourage other manufacturers to follow their lead.

*Purchase clothing and household lines from natural and sustainable fibers, including bamboo.

*Learn more at plastic-pollution.org ~> spread the word!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

You Are The Sky October 25, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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“You are the sky. Everything else—it’s just the weather.” ~ Pema Chödrön

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  It’s OK to Feel Bad for No Reason (Raptitude)

An After-Dinner Stroll => A+ October 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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So we all know that exercise is good for us.

Right?

It improves our mood, helps us sleep better, moderates our weight, relieves stress, etc.

Turns out that taking a short 10-15 minute walk AFTER dinner pays even more dividends.

Engaging in moderate exercise after eating helps us utilize glucose stores, digest our food efficiently, and avoid heartburn.

To read more:  The Case For Taking a Walk After You Eat (Time)

Since daylight savings time is winding down, it’s dark out when we’re done eating.  And there are coyotes (and other things that go bump in the night) out there.  Plus I want to stay inside and watch Jeopardy.

So . . . I’m compromising, by marching/dancing/moving in place for 30 minutes after dinner.

It feels better than just “parking it.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related: 7 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise (Time)

Well, That’s An Eye Opener! September 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Health & Wellness, Less IS More, People.
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Have you heard that a low dose aspirin regimen may be doing more harm than good?

Three studies released this week in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that, in otherwise healthy individuals over 70, taking a daily low dose aspirin increased the risk of intestinal and intracranial bleeding without offering corresponding cardiovascular benefits:

“The use of low-dose aspirin resulted in a significantly higher risk of major hemorrhage and did not result in a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease than placebo,” the researchers wrote in one of the papers.

I guess it’s back to “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

To read more:  Low-dose aspirin offers no overall benefit for healthy older people

Sperm Banks in the US are not limited to a specific number of “off-spring” per donor.

One donor’s “daughter” has spent the summer tracking down her half siblings . . . around the globe.

She’s wondering when it’s going to end:

Arroyo has mixed feelings. While every visit with her half siblings has been a blast, she finds it “worrying” that sperm banks permit so many children to be born from a single donor.

“Every time I find a new sibling,” she said, “I get anxiety and think to myself: When is it going to end?”

Bottom line ~> You may have more siblings than you realize.

To read more:  44 Siblings And Counting

Back in the early days of television, before the #metoo! movement, Jackie Gleason would shake his fist at his TV wife while saying, “To the moon, Alice. To the moon.”

Alice never viewed his threat as anything other than empty.  It was just a placebo.  A futile gesture to urge compliance with his whims and wiles.  A husband’s attempt to demonstrate that he wore the pants in the family.

Fast forward 50-60 years, and a different image is conjured up . . . maybe he’s really planning to send Alice to the moon!

“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” said Yusaku Maezawa, founder of ZoZotown, one of Japan’s largest retail websites. “Just staring at the moon filled my imagination. That is why I could not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close.”

At the same time, he said, “I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself. That would be a little lonely. I don’t like being alone, so I want to share this experiences with as many people as possible. That is why I choose to go to the moon with artists! I choose to invite artists from around the world on my journey.”

Speaking to journalists and SpaceX employees at the rocket company’s Hawthorne, Calif., factory, standing at the base of a Falcon 9 rocket in front of its nine engine nozzles, Maezawa said he is considering who might be invited, but no decisions have been made.

“In 2023 as the host, I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the moon,” he said. “These artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth. And these masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us.”

Writers are artists, right?  Got any plans for 2023?

Can’t you just hear Gleason, now? . . . “To the moon, Alice.  To the moon.”

To read more:  SpaceX: Japanese billionaire to be first “private passenger” on moon mission

Aah . . . that’s out of this world!