Take Notes: How 7 Philly Yoga Pros Smash Stress

I don’t know about you, but it’s incredibly likely that I will still be checking my e-mail at 9 p.m. tonight. And, let’s be honest, probably taking a peek at my Slack work channel, just to make sure nothing is going on, too. Needless to say, this feeling of worry interferes with me really getting to my place of after-work, stress-free calm while watching Chef’s Table and drinking red wine.

When you’re constantly busy and feel like you’re working 24/7 — which so many of us do nowadays — it can be hard to turn off (both mentally, and to literally shut down your phone and laptop) and de-stress. (As a baby step, you can try  turning off your phone’s vibration so you’ll stop compulsively checking it, or start mandating no-screen time before bed.)

With addict-like technology and work habits running rampant, it comes as no surprise that, in a 2015 study by the American Psychological Association, 75 percent of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress, and nearly half reported that their stress had increased in the past year. Then there’s the whole competing for “most busy” prize that happens at work, which just adds to stress.

So the question: How the heck can we de-stress?

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The Checkup: The Healthy Food Trends You’re About to See Everywhere

• If you follow every health-obsessed, acai bowl-Instagramming food blogger alive like I do, then you are well aware of the fact that Expo West, a giant healthy-food expo where companies showcase their latest creations, went down in Los Angeles last week. Here, the Well + Good team predicts, based on what they saw there, the seven healthy food trends — from mushrooms in everything to specialty canned and bottled coffees (hey, La Colombe Draft Latte) — we’re about to see all over the place. [Well + Good]

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The Checkup: The Expert-Backed Case for Skipping Your Workout Today (Really!)

• If you’re just re-kick-starting your commitment to your New Year’s resolution of getting fit, do know, you don’t need to hit the gym every single day. Experts recommend sticking to an every-other-day gym routine (so around three days a week) to start — and easing up on the intensity of your workouts while you’re at it — in order to see the best results. [Self]

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How to Stay Sane Through the Holidays (It’s Possible!)

There’s a misconception that the holiday season should always evoke visions of peace, joy and goodwill — but you know it’s more complicated. All of the shopping, wrapping, planning, cooking, cleaning and family-seeing can be stressful. In fact, according to a recent Healthline survey, 61 percent of millennials, 62 percent of baby boomers, and 65 percent of generation Xers report increased amounts of stress during the holidays.

Every year, holiday consumerism becomes more and more omnipresent and unavoidable. This year, I saw a Christmas commercial in September! Both conscious and unconscious pressure to create a perfect and memorable holiday season for your loved ones can be burdensome and cause undue stress. (Don’t be tricked by rampant consumerism, though — your mantra for the holidays should be simple: “I am worth more than what I buy.”) Here are four very do-able tips for a mindful, peaceful, more sane — and less stressful! — holiday season.

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The Checkup: The 4 Elements of a Hangover-Fighting Breakfast 

• To help quell everyone’s post-election hangovers, the folks over at Science of Us put together a guide to surviving the workday with a hangover — and for many of us, that starts with a hangover-fighting breakfast. According to them, you’re going to want to reach for some eggs, which contain cysteine, a substance that helps us metabolize harmful chemicals (hi, alcohol), some vitamin C, which may help you process alcohol more efficiently, a banana to help with dehydration (thanks, potassium) and something carb-y to up your blood sugar. [Science of Us]

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What Crying at Work Says About You

About six months ago, a coworker and I were on a hike through the Wissahickon, passing our time traipsing through the woods with a game of Would You Rather, (because how else does one pass time on a hike other than with inappropriate hypotheticals?) when I asked her this question: “Would you rather our boss sob in front of you — like hysterical, ‘Do you need me to call a doctor?’ sobbing — OR would you rather sob, in the same fashion, in front of him?”

Her answer threw me: “I’d rather he sob in front of me. 100 percent.”

In jaw-dropping news, my friend had never once cried at work, let alone in front of her boss. This also threw me, as I assumed everyone on planet earth had shed a few tears in front of their boss at some point. The first time I cried in front of my boss was when I was 19 years old, and the story actually makes me laugh now. I was working the graveyard shift at a diner, and one of my tables accused me of weight shaming them for asking if they wanted mayonnaise with their burgers. (It was the restaurant’s policy to ask if customers wanted mayo with burgers, because mayo was served in ramekins prepared in the kitchen and asking during ordering made everyone’s life easier.) I was frustrated that a question I had asked hundreds of people could be so massively misunderstood. And my reaction was tears. From then on, the floodgates have been pretty open. And every single time since then, when I’ve cried in front of a boss — or at work in general — the tears have been two things: caused by frustration and entirely uncontrollable.

So when my coworker told me she wouldn’t want to cry in front our boss for fear of relinquishing any power she may have, I was surprised. Of all the times I have cried at work, I have never once thought I’d all of a sudden transformed into a powerless weakling in the eyes of my superior or my coworkers. I figured all those times I’d cried (let’s say 10 total), the person on the receiving end had just been concerned with how they could get me and my ever-reddening face out of their office as quickly as possible. But this conversation got me wondering what people think when they see others (me) cry at work. Do they think I’m unhinged? Bad at my job? Weak?

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The Checkup: The Simple Trick Dietitians Swear By to Avoid Overeating 

• Raise your hand if, come lunchtime, you’re ready to shovel your entire tupperware of quinoa salad into your face in one forkful? Same. But dietitians suggest you take a different approach to ensure you don’t feel uncomfortably full and bloated for the next few hours: Halfway through your meal, take a 10-minute break. Then, after your body has had a bit of time to start digesting your meal, decide whether you are still hungry for the rest. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: Words for All the Emotions You’ve Never Been Able to Explain

• Humans are strange creatures and our brains are filled with all sorts of odd thoughts (“I wonder what Missy Elliot is doing today”) and emotions (“I’m not sad, exactly — my heart just feels like a train ran over it, then reversed back onto it, pressed the brakes and stayed there”), many of which we have a hard time describing. To help us out, the folks over at Science of Us have created a handy list of real words  from around the world — like pronoia and malu — for emotions you never knew how to describe before. Guarantee: The list will have you saying “Ahhhhh-ha!” for a good five minutes. [Science of Us] Read more »

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