“Take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.” – Frank Sinatra, singer
1. Get Up and Dance
When the world gets heavy, dancing might be the answer. While many know that dancing is a fun way to relax, new studies have found that busting a move can help decrease depression more than simply listening to music or exercising separately. Many people feel that dance classes are a lifeline, a secure, stable routine to rely on when life is chaotic. So even if you’re nervous to step on the dance floor, remember it’s a natural and healthy form of relief!
2. Dressing for Safety
Health care workers wear disposable hospital gowns to protect them from splatters of bodily fluids at work. However, a recent peer-reviewed study found that the gowns are ripping too easily and leaving workers with a greater risk of infection than advertised. Some hospitals are transitioning to reusable, washable gowns that offer more protection. Doctors and nurses are pushing to make this transition a requirement for more hospitals in order to keep their health care workers safe.
3. Love Your Elders
Jokes about aging — and the casual ageism that they include — are increasing feelings of depression among people ages 50 to 80, according to a study of more than 2,000 people. For people in this age range, exposure to ageism can lead to avoiding treatment and undiagnosed health issues. Experts recommend taking ageism more seriously to help decrease this problem. The next time you hear someone making a joke about “senior moments” or other ageist comments, take a step back and let others know it’s harmful. It could help your loved ones physically and mentally.
As dozens of climbers made their way down Mount Everest, a South African paraglider soared over them. Within 20 minutes, Pierre Carter became the first person to legally paraglide down Mount Everest. He thinks he’ll be the first of many.
In the United States, Kevin Bertolero strongly dislikes time. That’s one of the reasons why he decided to make watches that don’t tell time at all. Instead of a clock face, you’ll find a 3D-printed pool with magnetic duckies and bubbles. With so much stress going on in everybody’s lives, he wants to bring a smile.
We’re grateful for you! What are you grateful for today? Put down what you’re holding, pull your eyes away from the screen and take a moment to really feel that gratitude. Let’s start this week off right! – MO
By Sophie Crawford, journalism and media intern
Edited by Shannon Mullane, senior editor
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