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Self-Care: It’s Not All About You

It’s taken generations to arrive, but the concept of taking care of your own physical and mental well-being before you care for others has finally taken root. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Practicing self-care includes getting plenty of sleep, incorporating movement into your day, and eating a balanced, nutritious diet. It’s also important to limit your exposure to the news and social media, which can contribute to stress and anxiety, and do something each day you truly enjoy. For people who feel they are hardwired to nurture, radical self-care can feel counter-intuitive—or worse yet, selfish. But if you focus on self-care daily, you’ll ensure your cup is full and you’ll have everything you need to care for your loved ones with the overflow!

Cashing in on the Newest Employee Benefit

Move over paternal leave and lunchtime yoga sessions! The newest wellness trend in employee benefits is educating staff on the importance of financial health. Talking money is nothing new in the workplace scene, but recent human resource initiatives go beyond salary and 401K benefits to address employees’ financial situations on a personal level. Because, whether we like to admit it or not, money holds an importance in our lives that makes it a primary source of both contentment and stress. Businesses are now offering resources and programs to teach employees about building a nest egg, saving for emergencies, and padding retirement funds for future expenses. Sounds like a benefit worth investing in!

The Return of a Growing Trend

Victory gardens are making a comeback! First established during World War I due to severe food shortages in Europe, these fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens were an attempt by Americans to contribute to the war effort. In 1917, Charles Lathrop Pack—a wealthy, influential forestry expert—organized the National War Garden Commission, which encouraged his fellow Americans to plant gardens at private residences and public parks. The food would be grown, harvested, and exported to our allies, whose former farmlands had turned into battlefields. Now, a similar “homegrown” gardening movement is having a moment, this time in response to various food shortages triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Growing your own food makes you less susceptible to fruit and vegetable shortages, ensuring you can eat healthy—and possibly share the wealth—even in tough times.

Diagnosis from a DNA Test?

DNA test kits aren’t just for researching your bloodline and connecting with long lost relatives. This saliva-testing technology can also help predict your risk of developing certain diseases based on the unique gene variants you possess. But while the tests can assess your genetic risk for medical conditions, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or celiac disease, they can’t provide a diagnosis in the way a medical DNA test can. If you’re concerned you may have a serious disease or medical condition such as cancer, depression, or dementia, it’s important to receive a professional diagnosis from a licensed medical practitioner. So what can you take away from an at-home DNA testing kit in terms of medical advice? If the test shows you have a higher risk for developing a certain disease, you can adjust your diet, lifestyle, and potentially harmful environmental factors to aid in prevention.

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