Managing our emotions is easy!

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You know how pro athletes visualize themselves sinking a putt – or hitting a home run – and it can help them achieve those results in real life? Well, we can use visualization to manage our emotions, too. Dr. Stephan Kosslyn is a neuroscientist, and he says, imagining yourself doing something strengthens the connection between the body and the brain. So, let’s say every time your boss talks to you it makes you so anxious you can hardly think straight. Try this: Picture an encounter with the boss. Hear her condescending voice, picture how she stands, and the way she looks at you over the rim of her glasses. The point is to trigger your anxious response – and then breathe deeply and slowly and calm yourself down. Practice that trick half a dozen times – and the next time your boss says, “Come to my office I want to have a word with you,” your body and brain will be primed to stay cool, calm and collected.

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Don’t keep your lips zipped!

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Ladies, if you want to live longer, and reduce your risk of depression and irritable bowel syndrome – don’t keep your lips zipped when you’re fighting with your partner. Chronic disease expert Dr. Elaine Eaker conducted a 10-year study. And she found that women who forced themselves to keep their mouths shut during arguments were 4 times more likely to die during the study – compared to women who expressed themselves freely. That’s because swallowing your angerfrustration and disappointment can lead to chronic stress – which can trigger everything from high blood pressure, to heart diseasestrokes, and even cancer.

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Here’s an easy way to boost your willpower:

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Just wait for a‑twentieth of a second! A study in Psychological Science found that’s about how long it takes after a craving first strikes for your brain to decide whether you’re making a healthy choice or not. And that minuscule amount of time allows you to weigh the pros and cons of taking that first bite of chocolate cake, for example, and helps overcome your natural impulse to eat it immediately. Your first thought is about taste – the second thought is about health. So just give yourself another split second before you reach for your fork, and you may be able to resist temptation.

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Guys, how do you dry your hair?

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Gentlemen, here’s an important question: Why are you losing your hair? It may be because of the way you DRY it, after you wash it. That’s according to Leon Van-Gorkom, the senior manager of hair-care product development for Unilever, which owns nine different hair-care brands, including Suave, Dove and Tresemmé.

And Leon says, when the hair is wet, it becomes more vulnerable. And rubbing your hair with a towel – the way most men do – creates friction. That can damage and weaken the hair’s cuticle, which is the outer layer of each strand. And when your cuticles are weakened to a certain point, they begin to erode, and your hair breaks and falls out.

Of course, rubbing your hair with a towel isn’t the main reason people lose their hair – but it can add to any hair loss you’re already experiencing… due to hormonal changes, stress, or your inherited risk for hair loss. So instead of rubbingpat your hair dry. Or use an old, soft, cotton t‑shirt to make a turban. That’ll absorb the water without damaging your hair.

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Here’s a trick to help get rid of tension in 60-seconds:

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Close your eyes and tap your fingers all over your face and scalp, using both hands, just like you would if you were typing on a keyboard. Massage therapists call that technique “tabla playing” – after the traditional Indian percussion instrument. And it supposedly relaxes tense muscles and reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

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Mayo or mustard?

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If you swap your mayo for mustard you’ll save about 90 calories per tablespoon. And, here’s another reason to make that change… You’ll burn more calories, too. Scientists at England’s Oxford Polytechnic Institute found that one teaspoon of mustard can boost metabolism by up to 25% for several hours afterward. It’s thanks to the spices and phytochemicals in mustard. And the hotter the mustard, the bigger the metabolism boost.

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Sometimes change isn’t a good thing!

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If you have a favorite pizza place – or a favorite brand of frozen burritos – stick with it. Don’t experiment to see if you can find something you like better. Because when people switch things up, they end up eating more. That’s according to food scientists who found that if the new food we’re trying isn’t as satisfying as our usual go-to choice, we tend to eat more overall than if we just stuck with what we already knew we liked. In the experiment, the scientists found that the study participants who ordered pizza from a different restaurant, ended up eating more junk food afterward than people who stuck with a pizza place they already knew they liked.

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Are you sweating more than the guy next to you?

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If you’re dripping with sweat during Cross Fit, while the guy next to you seems dry… Don’t sweat it! You may actually be more fit than they are! Sports scientist Dr. Lindsay Baker says sweat is how the body cools itself when our core temperature rises. And because a fit person is better at regulating their core temperature, they start sweating sooner – and more profusely – than someone who’s not as fit. You may also be bigger than the runner NOT sweating next to you. Bigger people sweat more than smaller people, because their bodies produce more heat. That’s why men tend to sweat more than women.

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Is your e-reader keeping you awake?

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If you don’t think your e-reader is keeping you awake – I have some stats to share with you. According to the journal Sleep Medicine, when people read a book on paper, versus an e‑reader, they fell asleep 28% faster and were 65% less likely to wake up during the night. It’s all down to the blue light emitted from back-lit e-readers. Yes, we’re a broken record on this, but it DOES make a difference. So if you love to read yourself to sleep, pick up a real book. 

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Are you vegetarian or vegan?

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If so, you may want to skip the red wine with dinner, because red wine contains compounds called tannins. And when tannins interact with plant-based sources of iron, it prevents your body from absorbing the iron. That means you won’t get the iron benefits from vegetarian staples like lentils, soybeans, tofu, quinoa, spinach and brown rice. And it’s hard enough already for vegans and vegetarians to get the iron they need, because the body has a harder time absorbing iron from plant sources than meat. So skip the red wine with dinner to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need.

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