• Take a moment to get some clarity each day.You spend the final five minutes of yoga class in "corpse" pose, mentally ticking off your to-do list. When you see a picture of a multi-armed goddess, your first reaction is, "Wow, I wish I had some more arms to do multi-task with!" Sound familiar? If so, slowing down and taking a few moments to meditate (or practice "mindfulness training" if that sounds less frou-frou to you) is exactly what you need in your day. "When I was a young, single mom, if I hadn't had my meditation practice, I don't know how I would have stayed steady and confident," Barb Schmidt, inspirational teacher and peace activist tells Elizabeth Street. "You have to be able to tap into that place of strength and peace before you even hit the ground running. It sets the tone for the rest of the day."

    Schmidt's new book, The Practice, is a treasure box of easy-to follow tips for living a happier and less stressful life. By now, most of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, which include increased

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  • What are the dangers of sleeping pills and why are women so prone?On any given night, there are a million and one worries weighing on our minds. There are money issues to worry about. Workplace squabbles we turn over and over in our heads. Why did we volunteer to chaperone at the kids' school event? Did we remember to call the contractor about that leaky ceiling? If you want to escape the prison that is your own mind, your smartphone's only a few inches away. Let's see...open up your Times app and there's the latest on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Not what you want to think about as you're attempting to unwind. Mindlessly flick through Instagram instead. Now your celebrity-speckled feed has you pondering hitting the gym.

    The bottom line? You're nowhere near sleep.
    It's totally unsurprising that, between 1999 and 2010, rates of prescription sleep medication use rose significantly. All it takes is one look at newspaper headlines, technological developments, and stock market patterns to understand why the general spike in usage. Before the new

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  • Adrianne Wadewitz (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)Sad news. Wikipedia editor Adrianne Wadewitz, 37, died on April 8 from injuries she sustained from a rock climbing accident in Joshua Tree National Park, according to the New York Times.

    Wadewitz’s fans on Twitter celebrated the late scholar, calling her "influential," “prolific,” and "brilliant."

    The Omaha native earned her PhD from Indiana University in 2011 and was serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College in Los Angeles at the time of her death. She had also recently accepted a full-time job in the digital humanities department at nearby Whittier College. According to a memorial blog on the website Humanties, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), of which Wadewitz was a former scholar, upon accepting the job, she said, "I'm extremely happy! I have a job I'm going to love in a city I adore. Life doesn't get better than this."

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  • The arrival of Saturday and Sunday doesn't have to throw a wrench in your weight loss--a little fine-tuning will keep you on track
    By: Dani Villalobos, Fitbie.com

    When Friday rolls around, your mind automatically flips the switch--off from work and off from keeping your diet. Americans consume 400 more calories during that 48-hour period than on the typical weekday, according to a study published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. But that doesn't mean you're doomed to pack on pounds--with a little work, you can regain control of your weekends. Move more, eat less, and still manage to have some fun along the way with these 11 strategies.

    1. Clean Your Place

    Do you think June Cleaver ever went to the gym? To torch some calories, grab your sponge and whistle while you work. A half-hour of mopping can burn 300 calories, vacuuming 131 calories, and scrubbing the bathroom up to 142 calories. Boost your burn even more by wearing lightweight ankle or wrist weights, suggests

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  • By Hayley Macmillen, Refinery29

    .We R29ers are one caffeinated bunch - but, how much do we really know about what's in our beloved coffee, tea, or soda? In Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us, journalist Murray Carpenter reveals the secret world of the most widely used and misunderstood drug in the country. Despite the fact that we consume this white powder (yes, caffeine is also a white powder) nearly every day, Caffeinated dropped some major knowledge on us. So, what's the truth behind the buzz?

    How It Works
    Caffeine occurs naturally in the seeds, leaves, and fruits of different plants, such as coffee, tea, and cacao. Caffeine is structurally similar to adenosine, a neurotransmitter that tells us we're tired. The more adenosine in our nervous system, the more fatigued we feel. Caffeine actually bonds to our adenosine receptors, inhibiting the neurotransmitter's ability to bind there - thus tricking our bodies into feeling energetic.

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  • Research indicates that those who consume chocolate the most consistently are the most likely to lose weight.

    By: Will Clower, PhD

    It's T-minus six weeks and counting until Memorial Day weekend -- the unofficial start of summer. This may cause some angst when you think about the sleeveless tops, shorts, and bathing suits you'll soon be wearing. If you'd like to shed a few pounds before you "reach the beach" - there's still time!

    Related: Stay in Shape This Summer

    How can you lose a few pounds, especially when it's so easy to get derailed by favorite sweet treats - like chocolate? You may be surprised to learn that when it comes to chocolate, it's not the problem, it's the solution.

    It may be hard to believe, but if you eat the right chocolate in the right way you can actually take off weight.

    As a matter of fact, recent research indicates that those who consume chocolate the most consistently are the most likely to lose weight. This was found to be true for adults as well as adolescents.

    All of this might sound too-good-to-be-true! But keep in mind that the reason

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  • woman yawningwoman yawningBy Liz Krieger

    Can't sleep or drop weight? Feeling blue? It could be your thyroid. Twenty million Americans have this issue-and 60% of them don't realize it. Photo by Getty Images.

    'I thought I was just a typical tired mom.'
    When I had my third child six years ago at age 41, I wasn't surprised by how worn out I felt. But this time, there was moodiness I couldn't shake, crushing fatigue and 20 extra pounds that wouldn't budge. I figured it was just because I was getting older and adjusting to life as a mom of three. But after six months, I started to suspect that this was more than the baby blues.

    I saw my doctor, and the answer came from a simple blood test: hypothyroidism.

    My thyroid-the little butterfly-shaped gland deep in the neck that helps the body use energy and keeps the brain, heart and other organs working as they should-was not functioning properly. So my doctor prescribed two medications, including a synthetic thyroid hormone to replace what my body was having

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  • Photo: WireImage Though there's still more than a week left of the royal family's tour of New Zealand and Australia, we may have already witnessed their best moment yet. While the pair was attending the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the Duchess put up her, well, dukes and took a jab at her husband’s thinning head of hair.

    One wool exhibitor at the event, farmer Lyn Crejan, showed the couple a tuft of alpaca wool that happened to be a similar color to William’s hair. "The Prince was interested in the alpaca and as I showed it to them the princess said he should put it on his head,” the 67-year-old from Glenn Innes in New South Wales told reporters, according to The Mirror. “She said 'you need it more than me' and pointed to his head and he laughed."

    Perhaps her playful quip was revenge for the Duke’s comment the other day about her bright yellow Roksanda Illincic dress. During a visit to the Sydney Harbor, Kate told someone in the crowd, “William said I look like a banana,” the Daily Mail reports.


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  • The family command center gets a modern upgrade thanks to Day-Glo Plexiglas. A sturdy pegboard base proves perfectly suited for sorting mail, displaying photos, and storing small items.

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    Wooden pegboard
    Gray spray paint
    Neon Plexiglas sheets
    Plastic cutter
    Electric drill
    Plastic drill bit
    Neon acrylic rod
    Gray elastic cord

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    1. Working in a well-ventilated area, spray the pegboard with gray paint until evenly coated; let dry completely.

    2. Use a marker to indicate the size Plexiglas pieces you'd like to cut (ours measure 4" by 6", 6" by 6", 6" by 9.5", and 1.75" by 5.75"), making sure that the corners of the piece line up with holes in the pegboard. (Tip: You can also order Plexiglas in custom sizes from tapplastics.com.)

    3. Using a plastic cutter, score the Plexiglas along the marker line. Place

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  • woman eating a saladwoman eating a saladBy Joy Bauer, RD

    If you haven't quite reached your slim-down goal yet, and your go-to weight-loss tips are no longer doing the trick, follow this plan to keep dropping pounds. Photo by Getty Images.

    Related: See how to get trim and toned in 10 minutes.

    1. Take Stock of Your Habits
    It's amazing how much extra food you can eat without realizing it: nibbling while cooking, finishing your kid's leftovers, munching while you watch TV. Even if the bites are small, every bit adds up over time. Give yourself a reality check by keeping a food journal for one week, writing down everything you eat and drink. Are you hitting the vending machines in the afternoon instead of packing a bag of carrots and hummus to get you through the afternoon slump? At the end of the week, you'll be able to spot any unhealthy eating patterns you need to rethink.

    Related: Discover healthy afternoon snacks that keep you full.

    2. Say Good Night to the Kitchen
    The toughest time to

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