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  • Eric Johnson
    Oct 22

    A cardiologist in NYC said that walking outdoor is a great cardiovascular workout. If you’re new to exercise. Here’s how to get started: Determine your distance and route, such as two laps around the track at your local park each Sunday. Increase your speed. Each week, time yourself and try to walk your lap faster than you did the week before. Increase your distance. Once you’ve bumped up your speed, add another lap to your routine to walk a longer distance. Add some i ntervals. If you’re looking for more intensity after a few weeks or you’re short on time, add a few jogging intervals to burn more calories and increase your heart rate. Try jogging for one minute, then walking for two minutes. Repeat this cycle during your allotted workout time. Add some strength training moves. For example, after 20 minutes of walking, stop and do 20 squats.
  • leighgriffin
    Jun 10

    In today’s hustle-centric gig economy culture, it’s easy to get lost in pursuing your goals and lose sight of a healthy work-life balance. If you’re feeling burnt out or overwhelmed, check out these self-care tips for ways to improve your everyday life and listen to your own needs! Respect Your Feelings Remember that negative feelings are still valid, and they will pass in time. No bad mood is permanent, and you have the power to overcome it. Write your feelings down in a journal. Getting the bad vibes out of your brain and into words provides clarity and insight into what’s making you feel down. Smile--even a fake smile triggers your body to release chemicals that improve your mood! Fake it till you make it! Talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you feel. Detach from negative people. It’s an important part of self-care to put yourself first sometimes, even if other people aren’t happy with your choice. Do what’s right for you! Use positive affirmations to divert your negative thought processes. Forgive yourself for mistakes. Avoid comparing yourself to others. Communicate openly with those around you. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinions or handle a conflict unapologetically. Learn about healthy coping mechanisms. Go to therapy. Seeking professional help for mental health issues is an important part of growing as a person, and a big step to living a life that makes you happy. Love Your Body Stay hydrated! The amount of water you drink has a HUGE impact on your overall well-being. Most experts recommend 8 cups per day, and more if you’re exercising heavily or in a hot environment. Keep up with your personal hygiene. A shower or bath can work wonders when you’re feeling down in the dumps. Eat a healthy, balanced diet that meets your personal nutritional needs. Practice sleep hygiene. Try to wake up at the same time each day, and sleep for as close to 8 hours as you can manage. Exercise! Dancing, yoga, Zumba, running, sports, and plenty of other options are available to get your body moving and release endorphins into your bloodstream, which relieve pain and stress. Cut down on bad habits (smoking, drinking, etc.) that harm your body. See your doctor regularly for checkups. Set a timer at the same time every day for any medicine and vitamins you take. Adopt a skin care routine. It’s important to hydrate your body from the inside and the outside! Banish Burnout Take a break from work, but avoid mindlessly scrolling through social media. Try to do something that engages your brain and/or body. Take a power-nap. Keep plants in your living and working spaces. Meditate in the mornings before you start your day, and at night before you go to bed. Do something creative, such as making crafts or painting. Practice old hobbies, or start a new one. Sing & dance to your favorite music. Get outside! Even if it’s just standing in your backyard or taking a walk down the street, the fresh air and sunshine will almost certainly brighten your mood. Unplug from your phone and computer for a short time and live in the moment. Take a small vacation to somewhere you’ve been meaning to visit. Have a long, hot bath or shower. Spend time with your pets, or volunteer at an animal shelter. Take cute selfies, even if you delete them later. Volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about. Play calming video games or mobile games. Read a book. Try out a new recipe. Make a playlist. Buy a present for yourself or a loved one. Watch informational videos about subjects that interest you. Have a date night with your significant other, some friends, or yourself! Watch something that makes you laugh. Visit a museum or art gallery. Explore your local community events and organizations. Watch your favorite feel-good movie. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure. Try lighting a candle or burning some incense. Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for in your life. Give a compliment to a stranger. Unclutter Your Life and Increase Productivity Make a list of all your tasks and prioritize them according to when they’re due and level of importance. Use a monthly calendar to keep track of important events and meetings. Use an app for managing your work and break time periods. Clean your house for 10 minutes every day. Meal prep for the week to cut down on time spent cooking during weekdays. Keep your purse and car clean and organized. Keep important items (keys, wallet, etc.) in a location you’ll remember. Technology spring cleaning. Do an “inbox zero” to clear all of your notifications, and delete old files from your phone and computer. Practice time management skills. Listen to upbeat music while working. Appreciate your own accomplishments. Try not to multitask. Focus on one task at a time until they are all complete. Follow the two-minute rule: if something can be done in less than two minutes, do it right away, without thinking. This cuts down on small tasks that take up your mental space. Take advantage of the “bonus” time you spend commuting or waiting in line by creating your daily to-do list or responding to emails on your phone. Create a morning and evening routine. Turn off notifications for social media or other unessential programs on your phone or computer during work time. Create a pleasant work environment by adding plants, photos, or other decorations to your workspace. Minimize interruptions to the best of your ability. Lay your clothes out at night for the next day to avoid searching for them in the morning. Do your most dreaded task first--getting it over with will make the rest of your work seem like a breeze, and you won’t have it hanging over your head. Don’t be afraid to say no to taking on new tasks or projects when you’re already in over your head. Clear boundaries work best for everyone in the end, and allow you to produce quality work without burning yourself out or failing to meet deadlines.
  • leighgriffin
    Jun 6

    As the weather turns warmer and we break out our rompers and sundresses, many recent high-school grads are preparing for their first year away at college! Among exciting events such as exploring your new town or rushing a sorority, there are also many hidden dangers for women on a college campus. With these simple tips on personal safety, you can protect yourself, your belongings, and your loved ones. Through smart thinking and preparedness, you can live your life fearlessly! Staying Safe While Walking Alone Keep emergency numbers in your phone. Your university’s Campus Security number and the numbers of trusted friends are great options. Always keep your phone charged, and keep a charger in your purse. This will allow you to call your emergency contacts in case of any danger. Take a self-defense class or workshop. They are often offered for free through college campuses, and video tutorials are also available online. Carry personal safety tools such as pepper spray, emergency whistles, and personal alarms. Familiarize yourself with how to use them properly so that you’re always prepared. Pay attention to your surroundings. Don’t use earphones when walking alone at night, or let your phone distract you. Distracted targets are ideal for potential attackers. Carry emergency cash--you never know when you’ll need to call a cab or Uber to take you to a safe location. Walk in well-lit and populated areas whenever possible. This deters potential predators from targeting you, since their goal is to attract the least attention possible. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you feel unsafe. You can always call 911, your Campus Security office or your emergency contacts to help you out of a dangerous situation. Staying Safe at a Party Always watch your drinks, and drink responsibly. Only drink beverages if you know exactly what’s in them--unopened cans and cocktails that you make yourself are the safest options for a night out. Even bartenders have been known to slip drugs in drinks, so be cautious in any situation. Bring a friend, or several, to the party with you. Predators often target lone women, and a group of friends deters them from choosing you as a target. Keep an eye out for your friends at parties. If someone is intoxicated, do your best to make sure they are safe. Calling a cab or Uber for them, driving them home, or calling a friend to pick them up are all great options for getting an intoxicated person home safely. If you see a heavily intoxicated or unconscious friends going home with a stranger, do your best to stop them. An impaired or unconscious person cannot consent to sexual activity. Don’t hesitate to ask people for help, or alert the authorities. Staying Safe While Driving Always keep your car locked and windows rolled all the way up. Keep your keys in your hand when walking to your car, and remain alert. Don’t keep valuable items or money in visible areas of your car. This encourages a break-in. Always check your car for intruders before getting in. Someone may be hiding in the passenger or back seat waiting for you to enter the vehicle. Be especially careful in parking garages. They are usually dim and deserted enclosed areas, making them ideal locations for criminal activity. Be careful during Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace transactions. Always try to arrange meetings in well-populated and well-lit areas, and during the daytime. Preventing Home Invasion Keep all doors and windows to your home, dorm, or apartment locked at all times. Consider investing in a security alarm to prevent home invasions. Never let strangers inside your home without you present. This gives them an opportunity to steal your belongings, or hide in your home and wait for you to return. Keep valuable items, such as important documents or large amounts of cash, inside a locked, fireproof safe. Keep shoes, car keys, and other important items in an easily accessible location in your home. This prevents you from searching for items you need to leave the house in case an intruder enters while you are at home. If you see any signs that your home has been invaded (broken window, unlocked or broken door, sounds coming from inside your house) do not go inside or make your presence known. Leave the area and contact the police immediately.