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It’s all about you. Build back your resilient zone, embrace greenspaces, stop fretting over screen time, and nourish your body with Mediterranean meals. Have a lovely weekend and try to take care of yourself.
Build your resilience
A recent study in the Journal of Holistic Nursing found that the most frequent self-care activities to build resilience were humor and music, followed by praying, healthy sleep habits, reading, and mindfulness. What are some ways to return to your resilient zone? Strengthen your ability to handle stress and the many challenges ahead with these suggestions.
Look toward greenspace for better wellbeing
Feeling blue, lonely, sad, or self-deprecating? Look at the trees. A survey of 3,000 adults in Tokyo, Japan, suggests that nature around one’s home may help mitigate some of the negative mental health effects of the pandemic. Specifically, more frequent greenspace use and the existence of green window views from the home was associated with increased levels of self-esteem, life satisfaction, and happiness, as well as decreased levels of depression and loneliness.
Dear Parents, No need to fret over screen time
Kids are spending more time in front of screens during the pandemic—for school, for socializing, for fun. Does this mean that we’re raising a generation of screen addicts? Probably not, says University of Colorado researchers. Their survey of nearly 1,200 young adults plus extensive interviews with another 56, suggests that parenting restrictions on screen time have little effect on their technology use later in life. They found:
- Parenting practices like setting time limits or prohibiting kids from watching shows during mealtimes have no effect on how much the study subjects use technology as young adults.
- Subjects who grew up with fewer devices in the home or spent less time using technology as kids tend to spend slightly less time with tech in young adulthood—but, the relationship is statistically weak.
What does shape young adult technology habits? Their lives. Those whose friends are single tend to use technology more than those with married friends. In the meantime, college students tend to believe they spend more time with technology than they ever have before or ever plan to again, the study found.
Bottom line: Don’t stress too much about how much screen time your kids are participating in; you have enough to worry about.
Meals for your heart
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes fish, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, olive oil, and whole grains. It is a recommended way to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other adverse health outcomes—all wonderful benefits. Take two hours this weekend to prepare for a week of easy Mediterranean meals with this guide.
ONE BIG NUMBER
The reduction in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for women who adhered to a more Mediterranean diet compared to women who didn’t, according to a JAMA Network Open study that looked at the outcomes of 25,000 participants in the Women’s Health Study.
Take a desktop wander through nature. Sound on.