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iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- The shooting on live television in Virginia Wednesday could have a psychological effect on the thousands of viewers who were exposed to the traumatic event, according to some experts.

Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were shot to death as they did a live interview for Roanoke station WDBJ-TV. Viewers to the daily morning show saw shots ring out as Parker and the woman she was interviewing attempted to flee before the camera falls.

Carolyn Ievers-Landis, a clinical psychologist at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, said people who saw it may experience their own trauma in the face of such sudden and unexpected violence, and then be powerless to do anything about it.

“They weren’t expecting and weren’t choosing” to watch, Ievers-Landis told ABC News. “It really can have effects on people, especially people who are prone to anxiety.”

She said children, who might have been getting ready for school, are also at greater risk and may feel unsafe in their environment. She speculated that both adults and children who watched it “were vicariously traumatized by this.”

“They might experience flashbacks…it might be difficult to get it out of their minds. They might experience nightmares relating to it,” Ievers-Landis said of possible symptoms related to trauma.

She said it’s key that people do not take symptoms lightly just because they were not directly involved in the shooting and that they seek help for any symptoms of anxiety or depression they or their children experience.

“Baby yourself for a while because you’re going through almost like a grief [or] traumatic process,” she said.

A 2013 published study examined the effects of media exposure to events such as 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombings and Superstorm Sandy and found an association between post-traumatic stress disorder and viewers of the media coverage, especially those who watched a lot of it.

As for his most recent event, Ievers-Landis recommended that parents talk to children about avoiding videos of the shooting online.

“Once something is in your mind, you cannot erase it,” Ievers-Landis said, explained she’s had many children tell her after witnessing a violent event, “I wish I could take this out of my brain.”

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Jay Paul/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The slaying of two journalists on live television Wednesday became more shocking when the suspected gunman posted video he says he took of the shooting to his Facebook page, delivered a 23-page document about his motives and tweeted after the attack.

By poring over the documents believed to have been sent by Vester Flanagan, one expert said, there may be some lessons to help prevent similar events in the future.

"We can then study it and analyze it by terms of dominant themes that predicted what he did," Frank Farely, a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia and former president of the American Psychological Association, who has not seen the document. "It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy, but the tiny little itsy-bitsy silver lining is that it will help science provide some help in ... prevention."

In the document faxed to ABC News less than two hours after the shooting, Flanagan lays out multiple grievances and talks about how shootings at a predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina, this year was a "tipping point” for him.

Farely explained that few people make their motives so clear before going on similar revenge or mass killings. By looking at past warning signs or indications of Flanagan's state of mind in the months or weeks before his alleged actions, Farely said, experts may be able to identify worrisome signs in patients and take action.

"It’s the kind of case study you want the graduate class to work on to get at motive," he said.

Peter Langman, a psychiatrist in Allenton, Pennsylvania, and an expert on school shootings, said the profiles of people who commit mass shootings or revenge killings often include people who are narcissistic or psychopathic and take rejection personally.

"If they get disciplined and get fired, it’s an injustice and they’re the victim," Langman said, explaining it's possible that in Flanagan’s mind “he was being done wrong over and over again.”

Additionally, he said, some shooters exhibit signs of psychosis where they have delusions or become paranoid that someone or something has turned against them.

"You see the same dynamic in that people are out to get them; it’s based in their own paranoia," Langman said.

He also dismissed the likelihood that Flanagan simply "snapped" before the alleged shooting.

In the faxed document, Flanagan cited the Charleston attack, writing: "The church shooting was the tipping point… but my anger has been building steadily ... I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!"

But Langman said the idea of "snapping" for revenge or mass shooters is uncommon and that it appears from the letter there was a long history of anger that allegedly led him to take violent action.

"There’s something that was building for a period of time," Langman said of mass killings in general. "When you’re talking about planned large-scale attacks … no one thing contributes to it."

Langman explained that there are often warning signs before a violent event, usually as the killer plans the attack as they might “leak” something to friends or family. There is no indication at this point that Flanagan did that.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you’re a single woman looking for a man but you think there are no good ones left, a new book on dating says it’s not just your imagination.

Author Jon Birger suggests the problem for women trying to find “Mr. Right” isn’t as much about interest as it numbers.

“It’s not their fault,” Birger told ABC News. “It’s the demographics.”

In his new book, Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game, Birger says he’s crunched the numbers and cracked the code to why young women, like Lindsay Dreyer, are finding “the one” can be so elusive.

“I have a great group of friends, I have an amazing job, I have everything in my life that I want,” Dreyer, senior editor at MIMI, said. “The only thing missing is a great guy.”

According to Birger’s statistics, her first problem is that she lives in a city like New York where there are 38 percent more female college graduates under the age of 25 than men who have a college degree. The so-called “educated man deficit” is even worse in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the gap is 49 percent, and in Miami it’s 86 percent.

“Men are more likely to play the field and delay marriage when women are an oversupply,” said Birger.

And while nationwide, among college grads in their 20s, Birger says there are four women for every three men, he writes that women will have more luck in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Columbus, Ohio. As a result of this imbalance, he says in the future we will see more of what he calls “mixed-collar marriages.”

“I think we all need to be more open-minded about who we are willing to date,” he explained.

“I would definitely be open to dating somebody who doesn’t come from the same educational background as me, but they would definitely have to be intellectually curious,” said Dreyer, 31.

Instead of the old, “It’s not you, it’s me” mantra, Birger says more women should understand, “It’s not you, it’s the ratio.”

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Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An estimated 1.2 million women are trying to get pregnant and struggling. What if technology could help? That’s the question Vanessa Xi, founder of Yono labs, asked after she struggled with fertility issues. Her invention: an in-ear thermometer you sleep with.

First let’s back up and look at the way women currently determine their window of fertility each month. Basal body temperature is the lowest temperature your body reaches each day. It happens while you sleep.

Each month, when a woman ovulates, her basal body temperature rises between .4 and 1 degree and remains at that higher temperature until her period. When you chart your basal body temperature for a few months you start to see the pattern of when you are ovulating. You may realize that exactly 12 days after you start your period, your temperature rises. The day before that temperature rises is the optimal window to try and get pregnant.

Traditional methods of taking your basal body temperature sound simple but are actually tough to execute. You need to set an alarm and take your temperature at that same time every day before you get out of bed. As soon as you get up or start moving around the body heats up and the basal body temperature is lost.

Hillary Yeager, who tracked her basal body temperature the traditional way using a thermometer in the mouth, described how involved the process became for her, and said it made her anxious.

“I was obsessive and a crazy person, my husband can attest to this,” the 36-year-old Nashville, Tennessee resident said. “I made a point to go to bed at the same time every day, I did set an alarm to wake up at the same time every day. I made sure I slept with the right amount of covers … So there wasn't anything that could possibly affect the temperature and made sure that there wasn't anything that could possibly throw my temperature off.“

But tracking ovulation works for many and Yeager and her 33-year-old husband, Don, now have a 2-year-old daughter, Emmaline.

So the question: Can technology in the age of wearables help? The Yono is a wearable thermometer you put in your ear when you go to bed. It continuously monitors your ambient temperature.

ABC’s Dr. Jen Ashton says ear temperature measurement typically gives a more stable temperature than an underarm or mouth reading.

In the morning, users put the thermometer back in the docking station which then relays the information to an app on your phone.

The device is currently only a prototype, and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $149, according to the Kickstarter page. The Yono will be available for purchase in October.

Yono Labs say they also plan to have a lease program for less that allows women four months' access to the device for half the price.

The device isn't vetted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and there's no research available to confirm the company's claims about the Yono.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Children all across the country are going back to school, and one popular mom blogger is taking the time to raise awareness about the serious issue of school bus safety with a humorous parody video that’s going viral.

Deva Dalporto’s video, “Bus, Don’t Move,” riffs off “Bust A Move,” the popular 1989 hit by Young MC.

In it, Dalporto and other mothers dance and sing lyrics that have been modified to urge caution when people drive through school zones or when they see a school bus that has stopped with the crossing arm extended.

“You see a bus, don’t move ….,” she sings.

School children and a bus driver can also be seen busting their own moves in the video, which had been viewed more than 20,000 times on YouTube since being posted on Aug. 25.

Dalporto appeared on ABC News' Good Morning America Thursday to talk about the video.

Every day, nearly half a million school buses hit the road -- taking 25 million children to school. On average, five children die in school bus crashes each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hostility and acts of overt sexism at work have negative consequences on women’s occupational well-being. But a new review of past research on almost 75,000 working women finds that “high frequency/low intensity” workplace sexism can be just as bad.

The study, published Thursday in the Psychology of Women Quarterly, says these "low intensity" behaviors include sexist jokes and remarks, ignoring women during meetings, talking behind women’s backs and a sexist “climate” in the organization.

The report urges companies to adopt zero tolerance policies for “low-intensity” sexism, just the way they punish overt harassment.

The study's authors also recommend training workers in bystander intervention and training supervisors to set standards of expected and acceptable behaviors.

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Smoothies are not only a summer favorite, but a go-to health option for a healthy diet. But are they really that healthy?

Smoothies taste great, but it turns out that lots of them are loaded with calories from added sugars and fats, and enough carbohydrate grams to match that of a typical fast food meal.  

These hidden diet-killers are usually found in your favorite store-bought smoothies -- and that’s without considering the serving size.

Try homemade smoothies with fresh or frozen fruit and low-fat milk, yogurt or water. This will provide you with protein to keep you full and the nutrients from the fruit. 

You can always add veggies, ice and a splash of orange juice to shake things up without shaking up your calorie count.

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sfreestee/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study has found that HIV patients benefit from taking antiretroviral medications regardless of how early the disease is caught, which runs counter to CDC recommended treatments.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at nearly 5,000 patients with HIV and a higher count of specific white blood cells, dividing them to either follow CDC recommendations, including waiting until their count dropped below 350 cells per cubic millimeter of blood to take antiretrovirals, or to begin antiretroviral treatment immediately. Researchers found that the patients fared better with the drugs, regardless of what stage the illness had reached.

While antiretroviral drugs can bring serious side effects, the patients involved in the study did not suffer severe side effects.

The findings, according to researchers, could hint that the CDC recommendations could be improved, thereby altering the lives of the more than one million Americans currently living with HIV.

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ChaNaWiT/iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Seattle Children's Hospital is notifying thousands of patients that certain equipment may not have been properly sanitized.

The hospital says it was unclear during what timeframe the cleaning lapse may have occurred, and therefore were notifying all patients who underwent procedures from the time that the Bellevue Clinic opened in 2010. In total, the hospital says, the number of patients notified is approximately 12,000.

The facility is saying that the risk to patients is "extremely low" but that procedures for cleaning and sterilizing surgical instruments were "not always followed." That could require some patients to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and/or HIV.

All patients who underwent surgical procedures will be offered a free blood test.

"Our patients' safety is our top priority and we are very sorry that this happened," the hospital added. "We are investigating exactly how this failure occurred and expect the investigation to be complete this week."

All equipment affected by the failure has been reprocessed and all cleaning and sterilization procedures have been verified.

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KreangchaiRungfamai/iStock/Thinkstock(SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.) -- A lawsuit filed by a Massachusetts couple claiming that a school's Wi-Fi network is harming their son is drawing attention to a condition that is so controversial that many in the medical community even question its existence.

The parents filed a lawsuit claiming that the Fay School in Southborough has "high-intensity Wi-Fi emissions" that have harmed their son, identified in the lawsuit only as "G" because he is a minor. The parents are also not identified in the lawsuit to protect the identity of their son. "G" he has a condition called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS), according to the lawsuit, filed on Aug. 12 in state court.

The syndrome has been controversial and its existence has been the subject of debate in the medical community. The World Health Organization recognizes the condition but clarifies that it is not a medical diagnosis since there is no symptom criteria and since it has not been proven to be caused by electromagnetic field sources.

However, "G" reportedly had multiple symptoms after the school switched wireless Internet systems.

"The high-density Wi-Fi used in the Fay classrooms is causing G to suffer headaches, chest pains, nosebleeds, nausea, dizziness, and rashes, all recognized symptoms of EHS," the family claimed in court papers on Aug. 19 seeking an injunction to force the school to take action.

The family is asking that Ethernet cables be used in classes when the boy is present or that the school revert to an old Wi-Fi network that they claimed did not cause their son to have symptoms.

The boy's physician wrote to the court saying his symptoms may get worse if the exposure continues.

"The complete extent of these effects on people is still unknown," wrote Dr. Jeanne Hubbuch in the lawsuit. "But it is clear that children and pregnant women are at the highest risk. This is due to the brain tissue being more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is small. There are no studies that show that exposure to these two vulnerable groups is safe."

The family is seeking damages in the amount of $250,000, according to court papers.

In a statement sent to ABC News, school officials said they had hired a company, Isotrope LLC, to analyze the radio communication signals and emissions in 2014.

"Isotrope’s assessment was completed in January 2015 and found that the combined levels of access point emissions, broadcast radio and television signals, and other [radio frequency emissions] on campus 'were substantially less than 1/10,000th of the applicable safety limits (federal and state)," the school said in a statement.

Questions about the safety of electromagnetic radiation have gained steam as wireless technology has become more pervasive. However, research into EHS and health effects of Wi-Fi exposure has yet to indicate how these technologies could be causing symptoms as long as radiation is kept within acceptable levels.

"It has been suggested that symptoms experienced by some EHS individuals might arise from environmental factors unrelated to EMF [electromagnetic fields]," the WHO explained. "Examples may include 'flicker' from fluorescent lights, glare and other visual problems with [visual display units], and poor ergonomic design of computer workstations. Other factors that may play a role include poor indoor air quality or stress in the workplace or living environment."

While the syndrome is not fully understood, WHO recommends that patients seek medical attention from a health professional to evaluate their symptoms.

Studies on the health effects of Wi-Fi remain limited, but appear to show no conclusive signs of ill effects related to Wi-Fi exposure. One study with 120 subjects exposed some people to Wi-Fi radiation and others to "sham" Wi-Fi radiation and found no significant differences in the subjects' reactions or symptom severity.

In another small study, people watched news reports linking Wi-Fi exposure to negative health effects. When those subjects were exposed to "sham" Wi-Fi, some reported feeling the same ill effects that had been reported in the news program.


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Tracy Calhoun(ALBANY, Ore.) — Emotional video of a golden retriever comforting a patient just 24 hours before her dying day is warming hearts everywhere.

"I'm still not quite sure how it spread like wildfire, but I understand that it's so touching to people," said Tracy Calhoun, a registered nurse with Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in Albany, Oregon. "From across the world, the {social media] comments are amazing. Your stories make your life meaningful, so at the end of life, people want to share their stories — what their animals did when their loved ones were dying.

"That's why I want to read all of them."

Calhoun told ABC News that JJ, a four-year-old golden pup, began caring for patients following the Oso landslide and the Seattle Pacific University shooting in 2014.

Three days a week, she added, JJ works with patients, including the woman who was captured in the video posted on the dog's Facebook page.

"She [the patient] didn't respond to us, but you can see her fingers move a bit on JJ," Calhoun said. "That was the only purposeful movement that we'd seen that day and she died the next day.

"After the video, that lady's hand just laid on her [JJ's] head and they slept."

The video of JJ and the woman in hospice care received upwards of 230,000 shares.

Calhoun said of all the dogs she's worked with, she believes JJ has a talent for seeking out the patients who are most in need of her love.

"I've had many therapy dogs, but she's the most intuitive," she added. "She's called 'the hugging dog.' It's very sweet."


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iStock/Thinkstock(SOUTH LYON, Mich.) — A Michigan man accused of robbing a credit union told police he needed the money to help pay for his daughter's chemotherapy treatments, authorities said.

Brian Randolph, 23, is accused of robbing the Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon, Michigan, on Aug. 12.

Randolph entered the building and passed a note demanding money, police said. While the note indicated he had a shotgun hidden in his clothes, he never revealed the firearm and police told ABC News that he said he did not actually bring a gun with him.

He has been charged with armed robbery and bank robbery and had his bond set at $500,000, police said.

After his arrest, Randolph told police his motive for the robbery was to help pay for his daughter's cancer treatments, authorities said.

Randolph told police that his insurance company was no longer paying for his daughter's chemotherapy treatments and that he robbed the credit union in a last-ditch attempt to find a way to pay for her treatments, according to South Lyon Public Information Officer Lieutenant Christopher Sovik.

Randolph's family, including the mother of his 1-year-old daughter, told local ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV that they think he was desperately trying to get money before his daughter's upcoming chemotherapy treatment. Asia Dupree, Randolph's girlfriend and mother of their 1-year-old daughter, told WXYZ-TV that their daughter Brialynn has retinoblastoma, a cancer that forms in the eye.

"I guess it was desperation. Time was ticking right before her appointment came up," Dupree told WXYZ-TV.

Randolph is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday since his arraignment, but the name of his lawyer was not immediately available, according to the court clerk.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For teen tech whiz, Trisha Prabhu, being a high school science nerd is actually kind of cool.

She’s traveled the world sharing her ideas and was even a headliner at TEDxTeen talk about the problem of cyber bullying. But now she’s got an app for that.

Over the past two years, Prabhu, 15, has been developing ReThink, an app to make cyber bullies think twice before sending a hurtful text or tweet.

“ReThink is able to detect when someone tries to post something offensive on social media and then alert that person and go, ‘Whoa. Hold on. Are you really sure you want to post message? It could be offensive,’” Prabhu told ABC News.

The alert appears as a pop-up window on the screen.

“We’re giving them a chance to rethink their decision, at which point they can either hit clear, ‘Maybe I do want to think about this,’ or they can go ahead and decide that they want to post the message,” said Prabhu.

The app is built with a growing database of trigger words and phrases that could be offensive and the sophisticated program is intuitive.

“ReThink is able to understand the difference between ‘I hate Chicago’s weather,’ and ‘I hate you,’ because those are two different scenarios,” she explained.

Prabhu, whose parents are both in computer science, started coding at age 10.

The idea for ReThink was born when she learned about 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, who committed suicide after allegedly being cyberbullied by two classmates.

Prabhu’s insatiable intellect led her to medical studies on the teenage brain which show that the part of the brain that regulates impulse control is not fully developed in teenagers.

“The adolescent brain is liken to a car with no brakes, so we don’t think about what we’re doing when we’re posting something,” she said.

Prabhu tested her app on 300 students last year with eye-opening results about what happens when the teenager gets an alert from ReThink.

“The overall willingness to post an offensive message drops from 71 percent to 4 percent,” said Prabhu.

The research won her a coveted spot as a Google Science Fair 2014 Global Finalist.

“I think anything we can do to reinforce the bullies to check themselves and the victims to possibly not be a victim, we’re moving forward,” said Millennial lifestyle expert, Chelsea Krost.

And Prabhu has no plans to profit from ReThink.

“No one should have to pay to be safe on the Internet,” she said.

She says the app, which is already available for Android users, will release an IOS version in the next few weeks.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The new school year means a new chance to fill your kids’ lunch boxes with healthy and delicious foods that they will want to eat.

The even better news, according to celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli, is that making your child’s lunch each day does not have to be an arduous task.

Instead, says Guarnaschelli, a judge on Food Network’s Chopped Teen Tournament, there are easy ways to both include your child in the lunch-making process and to make sure that the food gets an A in both taste and nutrition.

Read below for Guarnaschelli’s lunch-making tips, in her own words:

Best Lunches for Kids to Make Themselves

1) Sunflower Butter and Jelly Sandwiches -- Let your kid explore his/her own style with something simple and comforting. Add some cut-up vegetables of their choosing on the side Just making their own choices is a great way to build independence and let them feel like they chose what they're eating.

2) Turn a Kid-Made Dinner into Lunch -- Make spaghetti and meatballs with your child, letting them help to make the meatball mix, sauce and cook the pasta. Then have them pack the leftovers for lunch. They can explore a good companion for their lunch to go with... Cucumber salad? Roasted eggplant?

3) Build-Your-Own Sandwich Lunch -- Let them curate all the layers of a sandwich and they build it when they sit down to lunch. It’s interactive and filled with choices.

4) Make chicken alphabet soup together!

Budget-Friendly Lunch Suggestions

1) Make a stir-fried rice dish with some cut-up chicken and any vegetables folded into the rice for a "one pot" meal lunch that has it all -- protein, starch and vegetables.

2) A homemade hamburger can be a real treat. Make a turkey burger with lettuce, tomato and pickles on the side so that lunch can be interactive with a build-your-own sandwich concept.

3) Make dinner with the goal of stretching it out for lunch in the back of your mind. Making more of one thing is cheaper than buying more varied ingredients for each meal. Make a basic lasagna with some cooked zucchini or eggplant in the layers for dinner. It can make a great leftover lunch. A wedge of lasagna, why not? Especially if it has vegetables in the layers and it still has that "cool kid" lunch factor.

Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas

1) I love using hummus as centerpiece and then making different containers of vegetables for fun dipping. It can also use grilled chicken or roasted turkey as another component to round out the vegetables.

2) Think about the whole week of lunches by buying cold cuts and cheese and healthy flour tortillas and make a different wrap each day You can also put leftovers into the wrap gussied up with some tomatoes or cheese or lettuce.

3) Pack lunch like a picnic Make extra BBQ chicken for dinner and pack the leftovers with sliced pickles (or marinated cucumbers) and tomato salad as the sides.

Treat and Dessert Ideas

1) Apple fruit bars or pumpkin and pumpkin pie bars for fall. Or try candy apples or oven-dried fruit treats.

2) Rice Krispie treats with added sunflower seeds and dried fruit for healthy wrapped up in a treat kids love.

3) Homemade caramels wrapped in fun colored paper to make homemade healthy candy. You can even use goat milk for caramel.

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Do you need a moment to wind down but can hardly find the time? Try meditating at work. 

Research has shown that meditation can help lower blood pressure, reduce levels of stress hormones and increase certain connections and pathways in our brain.

Meditating in an environment as chaotic as work can help you not only feel better but perform better, too.

Try setting aside some time at work to meditate by first finding a quiet location that you can go to or book each day. Then, find as little as 5 to maybe 15 minutes to meditate.

Don’t know how to meditate? There are countless free resources all over the Internet that can help you get started.

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