Health

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Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020

Walking Is Making a Major Comeback

Many of us have long dismissed this gentle, approachable activity for more adrenaline-pumping forms of exercise. We’ve been missing out—big-time.

Friday, Jun 19, 2020

Why Sleep Deprivation Kills

Going without sleep for too long kills animals but scientists haven’t known why. Newly published work suggests that the answer lies in an unexpected part of the body.

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020

To Avoid Burnout, Work Less and Ignore ‘Productivity Propaganda’

There’s burnout, and then there’s pandemic-induced burnout. For many workers, the professional environment has changed radically since Covid-19 disrupted life—but the intensity of their jobs hasn’t. Juggling full-time responsibilities, family life, and the stress of confinement makes the risk of burnout greater than ever.

Friday, May 29, 2020

The world's most accessible stress reliever

Whether you have the voice of a songbird or sound like some ball-bearings in a blender, singing can have some remarkably positive effects.

Monday, Mar 9, 2020

How to Disinfect Your Space on an Airplane

Here are some tips for cleaning your area of a plane and keeping healthy on a flight.

Monday, Jan 13, 2020

Tips I use to avoid burnout

Tips I use to avoid burnout: Learn to say “no” more often. Know your limits. It’s easy to over-commit Time is your biggest asset. Spend it on what matters most. It’s OK to ask for help. This includes seeking collaboration vs. going alone Take short breaks to recharge.

Friday, Jan 10, 2020

Researchers discover when it’s good to get the blues

Contrary to common belief, blue light may not be as disruptive to our sleep patterns as originally thought - according to University of Manchester scientists.

Monday, Jan 6, 2020

Why Your Brain Needs Exercise

The evolutionary history of humans explains why physical activity is important for brain health.

Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Deloitte research reveals significant return on investment for workplace mental health programs

Median annual ROI more than double for every dollar spent by companies with programs in place for more than three years.

Thursday, Nov 28, 2019

Health Experts Recommend Standing Up At Desk, Leaving Office, Never Coming Back

In an effort to help working individuals improve their fitness and well-being, experts at the Mayo Clinic issued a new set of health guidelines Thursday recommending that Americans stand up at their desk, leave their office, and never return.

Monday, Oct 21, 2019

Why Office Workers Can’t Sleep (and Why That’s Bad)

Ever since the discovery that light—and particularly blue light—can suppress melatonin and alter the timing of our circadian clocks, evidence has been building that exposure to even low levels of light in the evening and during the early part of the night may be affecting the quality of our sleep.

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019

Dancing May Be the Best Form of Exercise

The trouble with exercise is that it’s easy to avoid. Only 23% of American adults meet the federal recommendations for two hours and 30 minutes of weekly aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises. The reasons are plentiful, mostly involving motivation and time. And herein lies the beauty of dance.

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019

How One CEO Used His Experience With Burnout To Better Support His Employees' Mental Health

I interviewed Joel and Courtney Seiter, Buffer’s director of people, to learn more about Joel’s personal experience as well as how Buffer has been thoughtful about its team’s mental health.

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

Leadership Coach Leo Widrich on Emotional Wellness for Distributed Workers

In this episode, Leo shares tips for distributed workers on how to build healthy habits and avoid the “loneliness spiral.”

Thursday, Aug 15, 2019

Living Near Trees, Not Just Green Space, Improves Wellbeing

New research finds that, when a neighborhood’s green space leads to better health outcomes, tree canopy provides most of the benefits.

Monday, Aug 12, 2019

‘It’s a superpower’: how walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier

Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara believes that plenty of regular walking unlocks the cognitive powers of the brain like nothing else. He explains why you should exchange your gym kit for a pair of comfy shoes and get strolling.

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019

What I Know About: Being Sick at Work

I’ve spent a lot of time working on skills to make it easier for me to exist in a professional environment. This includes figuring out what accommodations I need, how to ask for help, and what to tell my coworkers when they (understandably) have questions.

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019

The Loneliness Epidemic Is So Bad, World Leaders Have Been Forced to Intervene

When politicians are staging national interventions to force us to connect with each other — and actually spending real money on the problem — you know it’s a genuine crisis.

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

One day of paid work a week is all we need to get mental health benefits of employment

“We know unemployment is often detrimental to people’s wellbeing, negatively affecting identity, status, time use, and sense of collective purpose. We now have some idea of just how much paid work is needed to get the psychosocial benefits of employment – and it’s not that much at all.”

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019

How modern life is transforming the human skeleton

From the emergence of a spiky growth at the back of some people’s skulls to the enigmatic finding that our elbows are getting narrower, our bones are changing in surprising ways.

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