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Relax in 10 Minutes or Less! 6 Breathing Exercises

Over-worked, under-slept, and feeling the pressure like whoa? There are plenty of ways to find calm—without investing in a four-hand spa massage. Turns out all we need is a pair of healthy(ish) lungs, our breath, and 10 minutes or less. Here are six expert-approved ways to relax using breathing techniques borrowed from yoga, meditation, and even the therapist’s chair.

Breathing Basics—The Need-to-Know

Don’t wait ‘til fight or flight kicks in before minding the breath. Controlled breathing not only keeps the mind and body functioning at their best, it can also lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calm and relaxation, and—if we play our lungs right— help us de-stress.

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12 Ways to Make Your Home a Wellness Sanctuary

Is anyone not busy these days? I’m sure you’re running around, connected 24/7, and short on time. For example, I’m writing this from 35,000 feet, on my way back from a conference at Harvard, where I dedicated some weekend down time to higher learning.

In order to balance my schedule and my wellness goals, I keep some tools at home that help me stay healthy. I’m not affiliated with any of these brands; I’m only recommending them because I use them and have found them to be helpful in my life. I hope they’re helpful in yours!

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Overcome Depression: 10 Natural Remedies

Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You’re not. Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there’s a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behavior — your physical activity, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking — are all natural depression treatments.These tips can help you feel better — starting right now.1. Get in a routine. If you’re depressed, you need a routine, says Ian Cook, MD. He’s a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA.

Depression can strip away the structure from your life. One day melts into the next. Setting a gentle daily schedule can help you get back on track.

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Have a Sore Throat? Here are 9 Natural Remedies

What causes sore throats?

Allergies, dry air, and outdoor pollution, as well as illnesses like the common cold, flu, measles, chickenpox, mononucleosis (mono), and the croup, can all cause sore throats. These illnesses are all viral infections that will not respond to antibiotics.

Bacterial infections are responsible for only a small percentage of sore throats, including those linked with strep throat, whooping cough, and diphtheria. Most doctors recommend calling a doctor only in cases of severe sore throat accompanied by a fever, or when swollen tonsils block the throat.

Even if a sore throat isn’t serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor, it’s still painful and may interfere with a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, there are a number of at-home remedies you can use to soothe the pain and irritation.

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Flat Belly Diet Staple — Sassy Water

You’ve probably heard that you need about eight glasses of water a day for adequate hydration. Drinking water and even eating “watery” foods like melon, greens, and other fruits and vegetables has enormous health benefits, including warding off fatigue. But perhaps the most important belly benefit of proper hydration is how it helps maintain your body’s proper fluid balance and guard against water retention. It also helps prevent constipation, which can cause bloating.

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