Got Brain Drain? Here’s How to Avoid Burnout

Schedule long jogs

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If you have severe brain drain, you may want to practice power yoga or long jogs. I often tell my patients, “You are the true expert of you.” In my book, Heal Your Drained Brain, I describe the 4 subtypes of drained brains. If your brain is healing after trauma or you have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue, interval training may not the form of exercise I’d start with. If you’ve had a long, stressful day, I’d also say that’s a day for yoga or a long jog. Meditative movement (e.g., yoga, tai chi) can help heal your mind and body. You can even jog mindfully. As you’re jogging, bring your attention to your five senses. Can you feel the temperature of the air on your cheek? This can help reset your brain after a stressful day––or even for those who are recovering from more intense stress like losing a job.

The Germiest Spots in Your Bathroom (Hint: Your Toilet Isn’t #1)

Towels

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You use them to wipe clean hands, so how bad could a towel be? Pretty bad, actually. In yet-to-be-published research from University of Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba, 90 percent of bathroom towels carried coliform bacteria, and 14 percent were even harboring E. coli. Typically, your hands are moist and warm (and as mentioned, not as clean as you thought), creating a “paradise” for bacteria and mold, says Sloan. “They like to stick there and hide in the fibers,” she says. You should replace them every other day if possible, and use a full hot cycle once you’re ready to wash—cold won’t get them clean, she says. Quit making these other house cleaning mistakes that leave germs behind.

13 Fascinating (and Reassuring) Facts About Sharks

Humans kill more sharks than sharks kill people

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It’s true: Sharks kill about six people per year across the globe, while humans kill between 75 and 100 million sharks. “The math on that is pretty simple,” says Nick Whitney, Ph.D, senior scientist at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, who first got interested in sharks as a kid in Michigan because the movie version terrified him. Now that he studies them for a living, he’s no longer afraid to swim in the ocean. “I know what lies beneath now, and in some ways, that makes me much more comfortable,” he says. “Then again, if I see a lot of bait fish close to shore and birds actively feeding on them, I know there are probably bigger fish nearby as well, and there are likely to be sharks, too.”