Could your phone be the key to calm? Some people believe you need to get far away from the beeping and buzzing to reap the benefits of meditation, but with the help of free meditation apps, I think technology can be helpful in your quest for a little rest and relaxation. Meditation apps make it possible to slow down and check in with yourself anytime, anywhere. They’re easy to use, even if you’re a beginner. Here are four popular picks I’ve tried, that I think are worth trying. Stop, Breathe & Think If you’re new to meditation, this might be the app for you. Stop, Breath & Think teaches you about how stress impacts your body and mind, what mindfulness meditation is and how it can help you feel better. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can choose from 30 short meditations. Mark each one as you try it to track your progress and stay motivated. Stop, Breathe & Think is available for iPhone® and Android® at stopbreathethink.com. Aura Aura’s offerings are short, sweet …
I was diagnosed with lupus when I was 11 years old and have been coping with it for the past 29 years. As a teen, I believed that my health depended solely on my prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the foods I put in my body could also have a significant effect. It also didn’t dawn on me that my daily consumption of junk food was terrible — and I had no idea there was such a thing as a “lupus diet.” I first learned about this diet in college. I had been feeling terrible, so my best friend suggested I eat less pizza, tacos and Chinese food, and instead consume more fruits, veggies and lean meats. I took her advice and adopted a lupus diet. With practice, I learned which foods triggered a “lupus flare,” and which ones made me feel 100 times better. Lupus and Lupus Diets Lupus is an autoimmune condition that affects the skin, tissues, joints and organs. When you have lupus, your immune system can’t tell the difference between harmful …
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