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SEE for Yourself on Monday

SEE Tip: Turn those ZZZ's into A's! According to the National Institute of Health’s Guide to Healthy Sleep, short naps can improve alertness and focus, but naps that last longer than an hour can make you groggy and disrupt sleeping patterns. For more, visit http://tiny.cc/ktkiv 

Quit Tip from HKB: Quit smoking to save your heart, lungs, and brain! A recent study found that your Alzheimer's risk spikes 157% with heavy smoking. Heavy smoking in mid-life has been linked to dramatic increases in dementia and Alzheimer's disease, most likely associated with inflammation caused by tobacco use. Save your health now and your brain later. Stop smoking now!

Mellow Out Monday: Coffee raises levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, while green tea offers numerous health benefits including stress reduction.  Try some chamomile tea which is good for calming the mind and lowering stress. Not a big fan of green tea? According to researchers black tea may be a stress-fighter too. Study participants who drank regular black tea displayed lower levels of cortisol, and reported feeling calmer during six weeks of stressful situations than those who drank a placebo with the same amount of caffeine. So instead of reaching for a big cup of Joe you may want to consider a cup of tea in its place.   You can also let Stressbusters melt your stress away. FREE 5-minute seated back rubs are available every Monday night at the MSE library, Q-level from 8-10 pm.

Minimize Monday: A serious advocate for a sustainable world should be concerned about their water usage and work to reduce it. This task is not always easy especially when it comes to forcing yourself out of a nice hot shower. The good news is you can start with a small change. For every minute and a half you cut from your average daily shower time, you will save 150 gallons of water a month. Try cutting a minute and a half from your shower time every day this week; you may wind up adopting a sustainable habit! For more information on this tip and other water saving tips, visit The Daily Green.

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