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Is Chocolate Actually Healthy?

When you think of healthy food, chocolate probably doesn’t come to mind. And for good reason, too. Most of our chocolate is full of sugar and overly processed. The tragic thing is that the base ingredient (cacao) has significant health benefits which are usually significantly stripped away. Cacao can lower blood pressure, improve circulation, reduce the risk for diabetes and coronary heart disease, and give our brains a thinking boost!

This Greatist article talks about the ins and outs of chocolate, which derivatives to stay away from, and how to get the most out of this potentially healthy food!

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15 Easy Ways To Beat Anxiety

Feeling anxious lately? Don’t know what to do with that sour mood? Greatist pulled together 15 informative tips on how to make every day a little bit brighter.

Here our our five favorites because they’re so unique!

2. Smile. When work has got us down, it’s a good idea to take a quick break to get some giggles on. Research suggests that laughter can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, so consider checking out a funny YouTube clip to calm those jittery nerves.

4. Express gratitude. Studies have found expressing gratitude helps reduce anxiety, especially when we’re well-rested[3]. Start a gratitude journal to get in the mindset of appreciation, and out of the mindset of being overwhelmed.

8. Create a vision board. If the future seems big and scary, try changing the thoughts about what lies ahead. Sometimes the mere act of setting concrete goals can take the edge off anxiety about future unknowns. Take an hour to produce a vision board that creates excitement about projects and possibilities to come. And for those who aren’t the crafty type, try making an e-vision board using Pinterest for some Pinspiration. While making the board, try using the T.H.I.N.K. tool: Is my thought true, helpful, inspirational, necessary and kind? If not, dump the thought.

11. Worry. Yes, we can cause ourselves to freak out, but only for a certain amount of time. When something weighs heavily on your mind, or you believe something terrible is most definitely going to occur, commit to only creating that worry for 20 minutes. Think of all the possible outcomes of the scenario, figure out some game plans, and then quit thinking about it after 20 minutes go by. Have a friend call after the allotted time has passed to avoid the temptation of going over the time limit. Or schedule some of that playtime right afterward.

14. Smell something relaxing. Try sniffing some calming oils. Basil, anise, and chamomile are great choices; they reduce tension in the body and help increase mental clarity.

Millennials Are the Most Stressed Americans, Study Says

Stress-Addiction_MA_postOn average, people get happier as they age. And studies have shown that, historically, every generation is a little bit happier than the one that came before it….

….except if you’re part of the group known as the ‘millenials.’ These are people between the ages of 18 and 33. According to a report from the American Psychological Association, these individuals are, on average, more stressed, depressed, and anxious than anyone else in the country.

The study found that the top sources of stress for millenials are work, money, and job stability. More so now than recent generations, young people have to deal with high student debt and rising rates of unemployment. So what can we do about it? And what do these trends mean for our future?

Find out more about what’s keeping millenials stressed at Greatist!

Healthy Recipe: Cashew-Stuffed Mushroom

If you’re a frequent reader of our blog, you know we love healthy recipes! Check out the easy-to-make appetizer and crowd pleaser below!

This recipe and photo were created by Amie Valpone of The Healthy Apple. Learn more about Amie by checking out her bio at Greatist!

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