Posts tagged: well-being

Why you should join a meal exchange club


Full disclosure: I’ve tried just about every crazy cleanse, diet trend and exercise fad over the last ten years — even committing to that gross saline flush, master cleanse thing. And with each healthy venture, like many out there, I always ended up back where I was, somewhere in between unsatisfied and knowing I could do better for myself. That is, until I tried a meal exchange club.

What is a meal exchange club?

It’s like your book club, but instead of reading books, you meet once a week to exchange meals with each other. You can enlist friends, family members, co-workers, or anyone you’d see on a weekly basis. (Of course, they have to be people you’d actually vouch for in a potluck — you know, probably not the neighborhood bag lady.)

In my club, which was just a small group of four, we agreed to cook two meals each, which resulted
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It’s time to schedule self-care into your life


The more we sit at desks, compulsively scroll social media, and (perhaps) obsessively check the news, the farther away we get from our own needs as human beings — physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally.

But since we all can’t just move to a tropical island and scoop ice cream all day for a living, we should at least try to make time and space for small tactics that will help keep us balanced and happy, even when things in our lives and in the world around us can seem hectic.

Why self-care is crucial

Before we dispense some strategies, let’s just briefly take stock of how modern life, whether it’s in the office, at home, or on-the-go, has become a minefield for our mental and physical well-being.

The Mayo Clinic and many, many others have declared sitting to be “the new smoking.” And while that might sound a little
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Why are mental health days such a big deal?


It all started with an email from Madalyn Parker, a web developer in Michigan. “I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health,” Parker recently wrote to a few members of her office. “Hopefully I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%.”

Here’s how Ben Congleton, her boss and the company’s CEO, replied:

 

Hey Madalyn, I just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this. Every time you do, I use it as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health – I can’t believe this is not standard practice at all organizations. You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work.

Depending on where you live or what you do, this correspondence might not seem like anything remarkable. However, after Parker tweeted
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