Solutions to overcome FOMO (fear of missing out)

FOMO contributes to a person’s dissatisfaction with their own social lives FOMO is a pervasive modern anxiety perpetuated by social media. Noah Webster, in his first “American Dictionary of the English Language” published in 1828, had no reason to include the word. Yet in 2003, MySpace launched and was followed by Facebook in 2004. Thousands of people began sharing posts of daily life. Before 2004 closed, FOMO was a real word defined in the dictionary that still bears Webster’s name as “fear of not being included in something (such as…

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Sunburn do’s and don’ts

Individuals who “cook” themselves, as the character Kramer so famously declared in an episode of “Seinfeld,” can get relief. Sunburns can happen any time of the year, but during hotter summer months, when the sun’s rays hit the Earth at a steeper angle, chances increase for the painful condition. Individuals who “cook” themselves, as the character Kramer so famously declared in an episode of “Seinfeld,” can get relief. However, suffering Kramers often choose the wrong methods to alleviate sunburns. Men’s Health shared “5 Surprising Things That Will Make Your Sunburn…

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Flesh-eating bacteria making headlines, but cases are ‘rare’

Touted prominently this summer is news and educational information about current Eastern coastal algae blooms and flesh-eating bacteria. Many beaches have been closed due to high risk of infection or death. Ecowatch.com in June shared: “Vibrio vulnificus is an ‘opportunistic pathogen’ … The bacteria thrive in warm salty and brackish waters and enter humans either through breaks in the skin or after being consumed with raw seafood. Up to one-third of people with vibrio vulnificus will die from the infection, which can cause a flesh-eating and commonly fatal bacteria known…

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Can’t sleep? You probably need to make these changes.

Brain research has shown how relevant sleep is to health, so it’s more important than ever to get a good night’s sleep. In the bedroom, that means not just decorating in calming colors but also minimizing stressors and optimizing conditions for a restful night. We asked some experts for advice and products to achieve that. Minimize noise A key obstacle to uninterrupted sleep is noise. To reduce it, Brooklyn-based architect and designer Adam Meshberg, founder of Meshberg Group, recommends soundproofing the walls — building an additional thin wall in front…

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6 safety tips for summertime joggers

The key is to run sensibly A disagreeable notion, perhaps, to take a jog during summer months when temperatures soar? The key is to run sensibly. Road Runners Club of America offers this sound advice: 1. Stay hydrated: Pre-hydration with a few glasses of water before running is advised, then carry a bottle or wear a hydration pack and sip at least every 20 minutes. Rrca.org recommends weighing yourself before and after running and, to determine proper hydration, “you should have drunk one pint of fluid for every pound you’re…

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How to give up soda in 3 steps

As of June, six states had imposed a soda tax to try to curb excess consumption, while more states are jumping on the nutritional governance bandwagon Americans love soda. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists sugar-sweetened beverages as the leading source of added sugars in Americans’ diets. Even sugar-free sodas are an unhealthy addition to diets because of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, cyclamate, saccharin, acesulfame-k or sucralose, pointed out healthline.com in May 2018. The CDC informs, “Frequently drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain/obesity, type…

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Overwhelmed? 8 ways to alleviate that feeling

Feeling overwhelmed leads to poor productivity, stress, emotional upheaval and, according to Psychcentral.com, anger, helplessness and panic attacks Suffocation is an analogy equated often with the feeling of being overwhelmed. No wonder it can be so paralyzing. Feeling overwhelmed leads to poor productivity, stress, emotional upheaval and, according to Psychcentral.com, anger, helplessness and panic attacks, with possible symptoms of rapid heartbeat, sweating, chest pain and shortness of breath. People become overwhelmed for a range of reasons, such as the birth of a child, death of a loved one, a move,…

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Postpartum depression: Signs to look for in women and men

Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth In the Victorian era, it was known as melancholia. However, modernity recognizes the feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety and exhaustion accompanying the birth of a child as postpartum depression. Yet, while such entities as the National Institute of Mental Health maintain, “Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth,” Medical Life Science and an increasing number of health-related experts also refer to the condition as paternal postnatal depression because new fathers can be affected.…

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Foods that help your gut

Bloating, bad breath, skin irritation, sleeplessness and fatigue, and diarrhea are all symptoms of an unhealthy gut, caused primarily by bacteria in the intestinal tract. However, there are ways to obtain a healthier gut. Drew Hemler, a registered dietician based in Buffalo, New York, explained gut bacteria as “the ‘gut flora’ or the microbiome of our gastrointestinal (GI) tract.” Healthline.com last July informed further, “A person has about 300 to 500 different species of bacteria in their digestive tract. While some microorganisms are harmful to our health, many are incredibly…

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What to know about burning sage

Sage contains compounds that could help ease insomnia. In recent years, taking herbal supplements and using essential oils have become mainstream. Another natural wellness technique, burning sage is a practice used for centuries in Egypt, Rome and Greek medicine, as well as within Native American healing traditions. Verywellmind.com in May highlighted five benefits of sage-leaf burning (also known as a spiritual ritual called smudging): 1. Removes bacteria from the air 2. Repels insects 3. Improves intuition 4. Improves mood 5. Reduces stress and anxiety The report indicated that, because poor…

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Pool safety tips for the summer

Tip of the week: Backyard pool Safety tips for the summer According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are several ways to stay safe around backyard pools this summer: 1. Never leave a child unattended in or near water. 2. Teach children how to swim. 3. Teach children to stay away from drains. 4. Ensure all pools and spas — both in your backyard and any public pool you may visit — have compliant drain covers. 5. Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool…

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Ready to run: How to safely prepare for a running event

Summertime into fall is replete with outdoor casual competitions. Color runs, obstacle courses, triathlons and 5Ks are enjoyable exercise goals for anyone from die-hard athletes to the minimally fitness-focused. Summertime into fall is replete with outdoor casual competitions. Not prepared? No sweat! Give a personal trainer the dates of the activities and ask him or her to set up a preparation workout schedule. Or, check out sites such as health.clevelandclinic.org, which provides safe preparation tips: – If necessary, check with a physician prior to the event. – Get plenty of…

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What really works to prevent snoring?

Whether the sound emitting from the snorer is what NSF describes as a “light rustle” or a “buzz saw,” it can wreak havoc on a bed partner’s ability to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep. We hope you love these items as much as we did! GateHouse Media may collect a share of sales from links on this page. People snore for a number of reasons. The National Sleep Foundation points to primary causes as aging, nose and throat conditions, sleeping style, alcohol consumption and weight. NSF estimates 37 million Americans…

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The best time to exercise? When you can do it consistently

There are benefits attached to early workouts, as well as reasons to consider other times of the day. There are categories of early birds and night owls, just as there are individuals who prefer morning workouts to evening exercise, and vice versa. Which is best? TIME in February cited The Physiological Society’s 2019-published study determining morning is best: ”… exercising at 7 a.m. may shift your body clock earlier, meaning you’ll feel more alert in the morning and get tired earlier in the evening, potentially priming you to get enough…

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US opioid crisis: Oklahoma takes Johnson & Johnson to court

Oklahoma court case could have major implications for United States’ opioid crisis. The first crucial test of whether US states can hold drug makers responsible for the opioid crisis starts in Oklahoma on Tuesday. Lawyers will argue that company Johnson & Johnson is to blame for the widespread addiction that has devastated the state. The case will likely affect around 2,000 other pending cases across the country. Andy Gallacher reports from Oklahoma City.

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