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Start the weekend unloading your mental distress and restoring your resiliency zone. Laugh more, cook comforting meals, vote, and read for stress relief.

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MORNING BRIEF

Make time to laugh

Laughter could help alleviate mental and physiological stress. Swiss researchers found that daily gawfs could reduce symptoms after a stressful event. What’s more: intensity isn’t a factor. It doesn’t matter whether the daily laughs were giggles or full-throated, belly ones. 

More studies are needed to straighten out the differential contributions of frequency and intensity of daily laughter, but until then, seek out ways to laugh each day, whether it is committing to a stand-up comedy special on Netflix or a quick hit like our Daily Diversion.

Cook a soothing, satisfying meal in little time

We’re pretty devoted to our Instant Pot—the electric device that can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, hot plate, rice cooker, yogurt maker, or steamer. It makes cooking easy, and with autumn in full swing, warm meals are soothing and comforting. Here are 45 nutritious, satisfying dishes that you can cook up in the Instant Pot.

Use your power: Vote

Early voting has begun, with more states starting their voting season this weekend. The Tri-Council for Nursing, an alliance between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing, urges you to exercise your right to vote in the 2020 Election.

Nurses’ voices carry immense weight, and now, more than ever, it is critical that those voices are heard loud and clear in local, state, and federal elections, say their joint statement.

For that reason, they strongly recommend that you consider the safest way for you to cast your vote. To ensure you have the best information available and are ready to cast your ballot, follow these three simple steps:

1. Register. Double check if you are registered to vote by going to Vote.gov. Some states allow same-day registration, but it is important to check now to ensure that you are prepared for Election Day.

2. Do Your Research. While 2020 is a Presidential Election Year, there are many open seats at the state and local levels as well. It is important to research not only who will be on the ballot, but any proposals that may also be up for consideration this election season.  


3. Vote. With COVID-19 states are also looking at how to provide socially distant voting in person. Look at your work schedule, check out voting options in your state, find your polling site, and determine the best way for you to vote in this year’s election.  

“With more than 5 million nurses nationwide, there is power in our voice,” says the Tri-Council.

ONE BIG NUMBER

68%

The reduction of stress relief after reading, according to a 2009 study at the University of Sussex. It works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as listening to music or drinking a hot cup of tea, because it allows your mind to enter into a literary world that is free from the stressors that plague your daily life.

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