Best reason ever for a neck massage?

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It’ll help reduce your cravings! And if you don’t have someone handy to rub your neck, you can do it yourself. Just rub the back of your neck near your hairline, with your hands on either side of your spine, for 2 minutes. That’s a pressure point for the hypothalamus – which is the brain region that controls hunger pangs and cravings.

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Here’s a reason you should ENJOY washing the dishes:

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Doing the dishes can lower your stress level by nearly 30%! That’s according to Florida State University. But to get the benefit, you have to stop dreading the dishes – and embrace it. Get into the smell of the soapThe feel of the warm waterthe squeak of the clean dishes. Because it’s being mindful that reduces your stress.

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To feel more energized in the morning:

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Go to bed wearing earplugs! A joint study between British and Swedish researchers found that people who feel foggy and slowed-up in the morning probably aren’t producing enough cortisol – a natural brain-energizer that wakes us up, and heightens our alertness. But wearing earplugs to bed blocks low levels of overnight noise – like nearby traffic, or a barking dog… And research shows that when the quality of our sleep improves, our brain churns out more cortisol in the morninggiving us more focus and energy.

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Give your brain the boost it deserves!

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If you want to boost your brainpower, shower with your eyes closed… And grab the soap and shampoo without looking. Or find your toothpaste and load up your toothbrush using only your sense of touch. That’ll give you a brainpower boost by taking your mind off auto-pilot. Because when we do routine things in a new way, it immediately stimulates the growth of new nerve cells that keep the brain flexible, while improving memory and focus.

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Caution: Hot pizza!

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Should you worry if you burn the roof of your mouth with hot pizza?
No, not really. According to burn surgeon Dr. Jeremy Goverman, most mouth burns only affect the first layer of skin. And although it hurts – and makes tasting food difficultyou should heal in a week. To feel better, swish cold water in your mouth, pop an over-the-counter pain reliever if necessary, and if it’s really stinging, you can try an oral analgesic spray.

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Hitting the gym or sipping a glass of wine?

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Would you believe it’s the wine! That’s according to a study from the University of Alberta. They found that the polyphenols in red wine, nuts, and grapes may be just as good for us, if not better, than exercise. That’s because they all contain a compound called resveratrol, which improves bone, muscle and heart health in the same way a workout does. But before you break out the corkscrew, remember… the benefits only come from one glass a daynot the entire bottle. Also, it doesn’t mean you should stop exercising altogether.

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Help your dog to relax!

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Most of us think our dogs lead a pretty relaxing life and don’t get stressed out much… unless there’s a thunderstorm. But veterinarian Dr. Nancy Dreschel says 20% of dogs are actually chronically anxious. And it’s just as unhealthy for dogs as for humans. So, here are a couple ways to help your dog relax:

Be careful with strangers. Dr. Dreschel says many dogs aren’t properly socialized as puppies. Which means they see every stranger as the bogeyman. So, when you introduce your dog to someone new, take it slowly… And create positive associations by doing meet-and-greets with treats.

De-stress your pet: Give them plenty of exercise. Dr. Dreschel says dogs need at least 30-minutes of exercise a day to burn off stress hormones… And larger dogs may need more. She also recommends sticking to a schedule, if at all possible… Because dogs relax when they can count on a routine.

•Finally: Find a way to make your dog feel at ease when you’re away from home. According to the Animal Behavior Department at Tufts University, 1-in-5 dogs suffer from separation anxiety. But the solution depends on your petand your situation. For example, some dogs do well with treat puzzles and toys that keep them from getting bored. Other dogs feel more relaxed if you leave music playing. But Dr. Dreschel says a big mistake some owners make is ignoring their dog when they’re home. Dogs are such social animals that being ignored by their owner can make them feel terribly anxious.

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Add these veggies to your salad to protect your brain:

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Carrots, celery, and green bell peppers. They’re all top sources of luteolin… According to the Journal of Nutrition, that’s a nutrient that reduces the risk of dementia. Not into salads? Try cooking with olive oil, or drink peppermint or chamomile tea for your luteolin boost.

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GROSS! Is that toilet seat wet?

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What happens if you go to a public restroom, sit down, and realize someone sprinkled on the seat? It’s gross… But is it dangerous? Microbiologist Dr. Phillip Tierno says, no. You won’t pick up an illness or infection UNLESS you have an open wound on your rear end, or you touch the damp seat, then touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Because, although urine does contain bacteria, it’s generally not harmful. Just remember to wash your hands after using the restroom.

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Watching TV can make you sick!

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Watching too many medical dramas on TV – like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Chicago Med” – can actually make you sick! A study from the University in Belgium found that those who watched the most medical shows on TV were more likely to be afraid of catching the illnesses they saw on the show. And the more people stressed about getting sick, the more likely they were to actually become ill – since stress has a negative impact on the immune system.

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