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Elemental
Your life, sourced by science. A publication from Medium about health and wellness.

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Humans need a balanced social diet of a few meaningful conversations and many casual interactions

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Balance is a celebrated, yet elusive, concept. In work, relationships, hobbies, and even what we choose to put into our bodies, we strive to strike the right proportion of give and take that leaves us feeling fulfilled and not overextended. The idea of balance also applies to social interactions.


As restrictions ease and stimulation returns, your capacity will bounce back

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Early last summer, after stringent shutdown orders were lifted and, cautiously, friends began gathering in outdoor environs, the act of stringing a coherent sentence together was a personal struggle. The verbal equivalent of sea legs, my words felt wobbly and clumsy, and in group settings, I found it easier to observe in silence than contribute in any meaningful way.


Stop trying to ‘empty your mind’ of thoughts. Think of barking dogs instead.

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There are all kinds of reasons to meditate, but I’m going to be honest: There are probably more reasons not to do it.


Experiment with props, try new classes, and maybe even ditch your screen

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Yoga is an ever-evolving, ancient practice with South Asian origins. But for many people living in the West, yoga has meant something very specific for the past several decades: thin, lithe, usually white women bending in spandex in a minimalist hardwood floor studio.

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