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mindfulness meditation A healthy mind, body, and spirit often starts with getting a good night's sleep. Having the proper bedtime routine is essential for a good night’s rest. If you find yourself not getting the best sleep possible, try mindfulness mediation. Studies have shown that practicing nonjudgmental awareness of drifting thoughts and feelings in one’s mind (mindfulness meditation) will improve insomnia, fatigue and even depression.

stretch & de-stress in the office Sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on your body. Being kind to your muscles and joints by stretching them during the day can help you both focus on your work and improve your overall health. To fight office-chair discomfort, try these breathing and stretching exercises. (Don't worry, these stretches can be done from your desk and won't attract too much attention from curious coworkers!)

Try these easy stretches:

• Shoulder Roll: Sitting on your chair with your feet flat on the ground and your back straight, breathe in, and as you breathe out, roll both shoulders backwards in slow circles.

• Torso Twist: Sitting in your chair, breathe in, and as you exhale, grab the left arm of your chair with your right arm and stretch your torso. Switch and repeat.

• Toe Touch: Sit at the edge of your chair and straighten your legs out in front of you. Breathe in, and as you breathe out reach toward your toes. Sit back up as you inhale, and repeat three times.

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