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Why taking a vacation is good for your health
More than half of American workers (55%) didn't use all of their paid time off in 2018, resulting in a combined 768 million unused vacation days by the end of the year, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
Fully unplugging from work can reduce daily stress, lessen your risk for depression and increase your productivity when you return to the office. An internal Ernst & Young study revealed that each additional 10 hours of vacation their employees took resulted in an 8% increase in performance ratings from supervisors. The study also reported that employee retention increased among those who regularly took time off.
"Even a short weekend getaway can provide significant work-stress recovery," says PsychologyToday.com.
Experiencing new things can also improve your creativity – one study found that four days spent in nature without digital devices boosted creativity by 50%. Use your allotted paid time off before the end of the year and take a step toward better health.
Journaling is not merely a teen girl's outlet – as stereotypes often lead people to believe. The practice of writing consistently is an established form of therapy for personal healing and growth. Whether you're struggling with depression or just want a safe place to vent, journaling is a simple habit that can do wonders for your psychological well-being.
PositivePsychology.com reports that journaling can have significant mental health benefits, including:
improving your mood and sense of well-being
reducing symptoms of depression
lessening the effects of past trauma
alleviating symptoms of PTSD
improving your memory.
Daily journaling has the power to positively affect anyone, not just those struggling with mental illness or serious trauma. ThePersonalGrowthLab.com outlines a few specific advantages:
You can start or end your day on a positive, grateful and reflective note.
Keeping a journal helps you become more aligned with your intentions,goals and dreams.
The act of writing can enhance your focus and productivity.
Journaling helps you eliminate mental clutter so you can focus on what's truly important.
Keep in mind, however, that you won't be able to reap these benefits by scribbling down a few thoughts every now and then. Here are some tips to ensure you practice constructive journaling:
Be flexible. Pick your favorite medium (stylus or pencil), and structure your writing in a way that feels good to you.
Don't rush. Save time for reflection both before and after you journal.
Write honestly. Remain true to your internal thoughts and emotions.
Don't stop. Once you start, let it flow and write quickly to help you avoid writer's block.
Resist editing. Refrain from pausing to make corrections. You're not aiming for perfection.
Be consistent. Try to write at least once every day.
Maintain privacy. You should feel safe to release all your thoughts without worrying about what other people might think.
Date every entry. Reviewing your past journals from time to time may help you reflect on how you've matured and changed.
"Veggie" fish is the latest alternative protein to join the $13.7 billion plant-based food industry, according to MarketWatch.com.
Vegan food company Good Catch combines six different legumes with algae oil to create fish-free tuna with the same texture, taste and nutrients of tuna, but without the fishy smell.
"It's almost identical to tuna," says Good Catch. "It's basically right on par when it comes to fat, protein and omega-3s. The biggest difference is ours is mercury-free."
According to the Plant Based Foods Association, sales of plant-based meat grew nearly 25% from 2017 to 2018. Diversifying the sources of protein in your diet can provide new dining experiences while also lessening the demand on the planet's resources.
As an alternative to potatoes and grains, cauliflower is all the rage. With its nutritional benefits and endless versatility, it's no wonder people are choosing cauliflower over carbs. Whether you're gluten intolerant or simply looking to cut your carb intake, here are some reasons to include more cauliflower in your diet.
Nutrient-dense: Cauliflower is a powerhouse vegetable. It's a good source of protein for its low calorie-count, and it contains vitamins C and K, which keep bones healthy and strong. Cauliflower is also anti-inflammatory, and it helps boost good cholesterol and lower your blood pressure. Cruciferous vegetables, like cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage, also contain antioxidants and nutrients that can improve liver function.
Extremely adaptable: You've probably heard of cauliflower pizza crust, but that's just the tip of the veggie iceberg. Cauliflower's neutral taste makes it incredibly versatile. Blending cauliflower in a food processor whips up cauliflower "rice" that can be substituted for grains in many recipes. Cauliflower can also be cut into small pieces, seasoned and sauteed to be used in place of pasta. Or, try replacing starchy potatoes with cauliflower to create protein-rich mashed cauliflower or cauliflower hash.
Ingredients 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided 2 cloves garlic, minced ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded ¼ cup sour cream Salt and pepper Fresh chives, chopped
Directions Place cauliflower in a steamer basket over a large pot of boiling water. Steam for 15 minutes or until fork-tender. Set aside.
Heat 4 Tbsp. butter in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Pour into a food processor and add cauliflower. Blend on high until very smooth.
Return mashed cauliflower to medium pot. Stir in Parmesan and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat on low until warmed through. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with 1 Tbsp. butter and chives.
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