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Getting down to the dirt

To embrace aging, my “think outside of the box” doctor suggested grounding, also called earthing. He quickly admitted he wasn’t sure it actually worked, and the peace felt may be just placebo, but thought I should give it a try.

Grounding’s a therapeutic technique that involves walking barefoot on the ground, causing an electronic reconnection to the earth. Still under research, earthing helps physically and mentally – from muscles to moods.

So, I cast off my shoes and hit the grass – a time for peace and prayer, connecting with my inner self and helping the physical conditions of a maturing body.

– Betsie GambelGambel Communications, The New Orleans 100

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Making morning habits stick

Rise and shiney, don’t be whiney! As more people return to the office, here are some suggestions on how to become more of a morning person.

Life coach Mhairi Todd says, “Ask yourself, ‘What am I going to use this extra time for? What am I going to gain from this?’ She stresses that change is hard, so suddenly jumping out of bed at the crack of dawn won’t be easy.

Other ways to accomplish your early rising routine include going to bed earlier, getting a good night’s sleep and starting your day with exercise.

And remember, attitude is everything.

Vikki Locke, C2 Communications, The SWFL 100

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Reclaim your space: Declutter for a better work-life balance

The work-from-home revolution brought us closer to our cluttered chaos than ever before. Our homes transformed into office spaces, with laptops in the kitchen and stacks of papers on the dining table. But now, as we head back to the office for in-person interactions, it is time to regain our space and sanity.

Research shows that clutter negatively impacts our cognitive function and overall well-being. Start by reclaiming that closet turned “cloffice,” clearing your kitchen island and recovering your dining table. Embrace the flexibility of multipurpose furnishings and create a workspace that enhances both your productivity and peace of mind.

– Marty Brantley, Engel & Völkers New Orleans, The New Orleans 100

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Tucson area blood drive

This September, residents of Tucson and beyond are invited to roll up their sleeves and save a life on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the inaugural Red Shoe Society blood drive.

The event – hosted jointly by The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Southern Arizona and the American Red Cross – aims to support the steady supply of blood required to touch the lives of those community members in need.

Did you know that a single donation can save up to three lives? Sign up today and join a dedicated group of (stylish) young professionals keen on supporting the mission of RMHC.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Water-saving tips for savvy gardeners

While April showers indeed bring May flowers, conserving water is always in season. Keen on conserving water (and saving money) this summer?

Eliminate waste by switching from sprinklers to soaker hoses stat and install a timer while you’re at it.

Combat evaporation by watering at the beginning or end of the day.

Collect rainwater and/or recycle greywater to make the most of what’s (naturally) available.

Choose native plants, which are less thirsty and more likely to thrive in your landscaping conditions, especially those that are drought prone.

Downsize your lawn. Period. The pollinators will thank you.

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– Staff report, The Arizona 100

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6 tips for workplace wellness

May is Employee Health & Fitness Month, which promotes well-being in the workplace. Here are some ways to encourage health and wellness among your employees and fellow coworkers:

Encourage physical activity by organizing lunchtime walks or quality team-building exercises.

Provide ergonomic workstations to reduce the risk of injuries and promote good posture.

Boost healthy eating practices by providing nutritious snacks, offering a water bottle refill station and organizing workplace potlucks.

Inspire mental wellness through stress-management workshops and mindfulness programs.

Prioritize work-life balance by encouraging employees to schedule their PTO.

Lastly, don’t let these tips just happen in May promote them year-round.

– Jessica Galliher, The Alaska 100

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The power of hope to heal

When it comes to healing kids facing chronic illness – from cancer to organ transplant, among myriad others – a Scottsdale nonprofit believes hope is powerful medicine.

Since 2021, HopeKids has been transforming the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions by supporting their families and connecting them with the community.

Been blessed with good health? There are countless ways way to support HopeKids in their medical journey – no matter where you and your family are in yours. Consider volunteering, hosting a coin drive, making an in-kind donation or joining the Prayer Warriors. Raising kids in today’s world takes a village, indeed.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The 100 Companies

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Memorial Day BBQ ideas

Memorial Day is right around the corner and barbecues are the perfect way to bring your friends and family together to celebrate. Here are some fresh recipes to bring to the backyard:

BBQ sweet potato nachos – Spice up your grilled chicken with this nacho and sweet potato combo and lots of cheese.

Surf and turf skewers – Combining steak and lobster meat on skewers is a fantastic way to elevate your cookout.

Black bean burgers – Being a vegetarian doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the joy of a delicious grilled burger.

We hope you have fun making these dishes.

– Paula Serrano, C2 Communications, The SWFL 100

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Music makes your meds more effective

There’s nothing like hearing your favorite song to turn your day around. Now there is proof that listening to music can make your meds more effective.

A new study at Michigan State University included observing chemo patients. They agreed to listen to their favorite songs for 30 minutes, every time they felt nauseous over a five-day period. Serotonin is to blame for feeling sick and cancer patients medicate to block those effects.

Assistant Professor Jason Kiernan says, “Music listening interventions are like over-the-counter medications. A doctor can prescribe them, but you can also get them at the drug store yourself.”

– Vikki Locke, C2 Communications, The SWFL 100

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Why wait for a mate? Bestiemoons are trending now

Who says you have to be married to go on a honeymoon?

Bestiemoons” are trending on TikTok with millions of views. Melissa Wasserman, cognitive behavioral psychologist, says when women friends travel one on one together, it fills one’s companionship bucket in a different way than with an S.O. And rather than waiting for a romantic partner to accompany you somewhere, you can do it on your own terms.

Alisa Cohen, founder of Luxe Traveler Club says, “Clients are using travel as a way to reunite and not saving that big dream trip for some time in the future anymore.”

– Vikki Locke, C2 Communications, The Southwest Florida 100