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PUMPING IRONY: Unsettled by Snoozing?

By Craig Cox
Could regular daytime napping be a precursor to dementia — or even a sign that the disease has already taken hold? A new take on what has generally been considered a salutary practice creates some concerns, despite its caveats. I’m going to try not to lose any sleep over it.
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How to Use a Neti Pot

By Terri Trespicio
Try this Ayurvedic practice to ease cold and allergy symptoms.
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3 Moves to Relieve and Prevent Elbow Pain

By Lauren Bedosky
Tennis elbow doesn’t just affect tennis players. Stay pain-free with these wrist and forearm exercises.
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The Health Effects of Loneliness and Isolation

By Michael Dregni
Loneliness and isolation, which are two separate conditions, have only been exacerbated during the pandemic.
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PUMPING IRONY: Desperate Measures

By Craig Cox
Biogen, the maker of the controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, last week released the long-awaited results of two clinical trials — which promptly raised more questions than they answered.
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How to Improve Vagal Tone

By Catherine Guthrie
Getting a massage, chanting, breathing deeply, and taking a cold shower can all help stimulate your vagus nerve.
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How to Meet a Workout Partner — and Be a Better One Yourself

By Emily Ewen
The benefits of finding your fitness community, how to meet friends to exercise with, and tips for being a supportive workout partner.
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NATURAL MENAL HEALTH: How to Free Yourself From the Cycle of Rumination

By Henry Emmons, MD
These seven tips can help stop obsessive rumination and cool down your body and mind.
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PUMPING IRONY: On Memory and Forgetting

By Craig Cox
Concerned about my septuagenarian friend’s sudden memory lapse, I was comforted by new research suggesting that a little forgetfulness may not be a bad thing.
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Sharon Salzberg on Real Happiness

By Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
The mindfulness pioneer on healing ourselves and the world.
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How Does EMDR Work?

By Quinton Skinner
No one is exactly sure how eye movement desensitization and reprocessing helps treat trauma, but here are three working theories.
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Piece by Piece

By Jamie Martin
Two years into the pandemic, Experience Life's editor in chief reflects on the importance of tending to one's mental health.
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This is Your Vagus Nerve on Lockdown

By Catherine Guthrie
Here’s how a lack of social interaction and fear of COVID contagion affects your vagus nerve.
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From Status Quo to Flow: A 3-Minute Guided Visualization

By Barbara Powell, MA, NBC–HWC
Use this mental exercise to focus on areas of your life where you feel like you’re processing change or encountering challenge.
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STRONG BODY, STRONG MIND: 3 Moves to Release Shoulder Tension

By Maggie Fazeli Fard
Our fitness editor shares her three-part, do-anywhere stretching routine for soothing her muscles and mind.
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Why the Vagus Nerve Matters to Your Health

By Catherine Guthrie
The vagus nerve, also known as the gut–brain axis, plays a critical role in stress regulation and overall health. Learn how you can take care of yours.
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How Trauma Affects Our Eating Habits

By Jessie Sholl
Trauma can play a significant role in our relationship with food — which is why some nutritionists and dietitians are practicing a more holistic approach.
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PUMPING IRONY: Better Late Than Never

By Craig Cox
It’s no secret that regular exercise can lower your risk of a heart attack, but new research suggests that the same salutary benefits may apply to those who wait until they hit 70 to start moving.
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Expert Answers: Should I Supplement With Melatonin?

By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT
A Life Time dietitian shares what to know if you’re considering this supplement to support your sleep.
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Kaltun Karani ‘s Success Story

By Kaltun Karani
How relinquishing a numbers-focused approach to health and wellness helped one woman reconnect with her body and its needs.
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