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Reduce stress, increase your productivity, enjoy a calmer life, and boost your happiness with this amazing doctor-approved stress-fighting tip.

a thousand things can raise your stress level throughout the day. Unfortunately, those small issues can add up, compounding your stress over time.



According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America 2017 Snapshot, 80 percent of adults polled reported experiencing stress in the past month. Study subjects reported symptoms ranging from depression to headaches. Worse yet, research suggests that stress can weaken your immune system and increase your risk for both heart disease and stroke.

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While many sources of stress are beyond our control, there are steps we can take to lower our stress level right this second. Dr. Jennifer Wolkin, PhD, a New York-based licensed clinical health professional, neuropsychologist, and founder of BrainCurves, recommends stretching your “psoas” muscles to reduce your stress quickly.

“They are the only muscles that connect the spine to the legs, attaching from the 12th thoracic vertebra to the 5th lumbar vertebra through the pelvis and down to the femurs. Needless to say, the psoas muscles, therefore, play a crucial role in one’s core structural wellness,” says Dr. Wolkin. “The absolutely mind-blowing understanding regarding the psoas muscles though, is that they have been actually touted as instrumental to one’s mental well-being as well!”

Now, there are two ways to stretch your psoas muscles. If you’re in public—say, at work—the best way is by doing a standing lunge.

  you can enjoy a deeper stretch by lying on your back with your feet on the floor and bringing your pelvis upward.

it tends to cause shallow breathing. When that happens, it constricts the psoas muscles, exacerbating the stress response. “This would also mean that an over-constricted psoas, caused by poor posture for example, could actually elicit fear. So, after hours and hours of sitting in a position that constricts our psoas muscles, it’s no wonder we have a visceral feeling of tension that seems to envelop our minds, bodies, and brains.”

allowing yourself personal time, whether that means a second to readjust your posture or saying no to an invitation, is crucial self-care.

“There are going to be many moments throughout the day that call upon us to choose how to show up for ourselves and others,”. “Practicing taking this pause can help us with making more conscious choices.”

After you’ve gotten your stress under control, a better life isn’t far off.  Now you will enjoy life more in no time.

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Cote d’Ivoire: Destroying the Killer Rice

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Authorities in Cote d’Ivoire have destroyed 18,000 tonnes of rice declared to be unfit for human consumption.

This follows tests carried out by the country’s consumer association which had demanded the government to do so after the cargo from Myanmar had been refused entry in Togo, Guinea and Ghana over quality issues.

The national and international quality control tests revealed the unfit nature of the rice.

It should be noted that most African countries depend on imports because local farmers are unable to meet the ever rising demands.

Source: Africanews

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Mali: Donkeys deliver vaccines as diseases spike with violence

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With spiraling ethnic violence exposing more children in Mali to fatal diseases, health workers are using donkeys and boats to deliver life-saving vaccines, charities said on Wednesday.

In the central Mopti region – where 157 people died in one attack last month – suspected measles cases rose five-fold in one year to 98 in 2018, U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said, due to a four-fold jump in unvaccinated children to 70,000.

Motorcycles, which health workers used to reach remote villages, have been banned to reduce militant activity, forcing them to use traditional means like horses, it said.

“The problem of vaccination is directly linked to the current conflict,” said Patrick Irenge, medical coordinator for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which is using cars and boats as mobile clinics to reach cut off communities.

“If there is a lull in the violence, a small window that opens, we organize a vaccination campaign.”

Last month’s massacre was the deadliest to date in a conflict between Dogon hunters and Fulani herders which has displaced tens of thousands of civilians in the West African country since it escalated last year.

Pneumonia is one of the top killers of children in Mali and it can be prevented with vaccines – as can measles – but it is too dangerous for many parents to venture out with children.

“Transport is difficult because we don’t have the means to rent a vehicle or a horse cart,” said Aissata Barry, a 34-year-old mother in the village of Kankelena, about 4 km (2.5 miles) from the nearest health center in the town of Sofara.

“There are rapists on the road. That’s what we’re afraid of,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone, adding that one of her neighbors was raped two weeks ago.

Mamadou Kasse, a local health worker who vaccinated Barry’s children, said the number of children he can reach each day has fallen since he swapped his motorbike for an eight-hour ride in a donkey cart with a cooler full of vaccines.

Reporting by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Katy Migiro. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit news.trust.org

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