Straight-up chilllin' out for 20 minutes a day will make your brain better. Here's how.

Let's talk about exercise.

It's sweaty. But it's good!


Exercise helps keep your heart beating and keeps you walking long into *ye olden tymes.*

It also helps you do cool fireman tricks such as carrying a grown man like a backpack.

Exercise makes you feel like a kid again!

But you know who feels left out?

This guy.

Fret not, brain owners!

Actually, let's take that one step further. CHILL OUT.

And by chill, I mean take 20 minutes and just think. Watch your thoughts go by. Be like, "Hello, thought." And keep on chillin'.

What I mean by chillin' is meditating. It's like "Sweatin' to the Oldies" for your brain.

From the Harvard Gazette:

"By practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life," says Britta Hölzel, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany.

That's right. Just like you can do pushups and squats if you want to lift more men like backpacks, YOU HAVE CONTROL over your brain!

Your brain can be well on track to Benjamin Button-ing itself, focusing and remembering better, and connecting all its disparate parts with just 20-ish minutes a day of sitting still and practicing mindfulness meditation.

Brain exercise. No sweat.

For more on the specific ways your brain's physical shape is changed by meditation, have a look at this two-and-a-half-minute video. Then set your timers — it's meditation time!

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One of the ways to tell if you're in a healthy relationship is whether you and your partner are free to talk about other people you find attractive. For many couples, bringing up such a sensitive topic can cause some major jealousy.

Of course, there's a healthy way to approach such a potentially dangerous topic.

Telling your partner you find someone else attractive shouldn't be about making them feel jealous. It's probably also best that if you're attracted to a coworker, friend, or their sibling, that you keep it to yourself.

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"I love being a nurse because I have the honor of connecting with my patients during some of their best and some of their worst days and making a difference in their lives is among the most rewarding things that I can do in my own life" - Tenesia Richards, RN

From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

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Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.

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