Are you one of those people who starts each day by reaching for your phone, before you’re fully awake or have even gone to the bathroom? If so you’re in good company, according to a survey from IDC Research, 80% of smartphone users check their phones with 15 minutes of waking up.

The impulse to see if you’ve missed a text or an Instagram notification seems innocent enough, but science says it’s having a detrimental effect on our productivity and health. And even worse, it’s affecting the physical structure of our brains. Wellbeing expert Chelsea Pottenger led another study that finds the act of checking our phones jolts our brains into a wave of high stress, causing paranoia, fear, anger, and irritability, and all of those can weaken our immune systems.

Pottenger explains that when we first wake up, we change from delta brainwave to theta brainwave, where the brain is more flexible and that’s important for being more emotionally intelligent and good problem solvers. But when we wake up and start scrolling, we skip the vital theta brainwave and go into a beta brainwave of high stress. And that’s impacting the physical structure of our brains and our ability to perform, as well as our physical health and wellbeing.

So instead of starting your day with all the scrolling first thing, try to hold off and let your brain do its thing first. Ease into the screen time and emails, you have all day for that stuff.

Source: Whimn

Few relationships are always perfect and there are definitely moments you’re bound to get angry at your S.O. over something they did. While some people will confront their boo over whatever it is that angered them, others have found devious ways to get back at them and now some folks are sharing.

A new thread on the anonymous Whisper App has folks revealing the dumb, and sometimes underhanded, things they do their partner when they are angry and it’s a wonder these folks are still together.

They include:

  • “When my BF makes me mad I dip his tooth brush in the toilet. He has never found out.”
  • “I’m lactose intolerant and when my boyfriend makes me mad I purposefully consume large amounts of dairy so I stink and he leaves me alone.”
  • “When my boyfriend makes me mad I watch ‘Game of Thrones’ without him. Then when he gets home the TV is playing a season ahead and I just refused to explain anything. Juvenile, but satisfying.”
  • “When my girlfriend makes me mad I tighten every jar in the kitchen and refuse to help.”
  • “When my boyfriend makes me angry I take one of his socks. He thinks the cat has been stealing them. This has been happening for over a year.”

Source: Whisper

It certainly isn’t easy being a woman juggling a career and family, with many feeling there aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything they need to get done finished. In fact, a new survey finds that women these days are busier than ever.

A new poll finds that 55% of women say they are currently too busy every week. In fact, gals are so busy they feel they need an extra 82 minutes in the day to accomplish everything they’d like. Not only that, 38% of women say they haven’t had a single afternoon to themselves in over a month.

So, what would women do if they got the extra hours the feel they need? Well, 49% would use that extra time to sleep, while 36% would read, 29% would exercise, 28% would take a walk and 24% would cook. Another 22% say they would learn a new hobby, with kitting, writing poetry and learning photography popular hobby choices.

Some gals are so in need of extra time that they’d be more than willing to give up a few things to have it. Things they’d be willing to give up include:

  • Watching TV/movies (31%)
  • Social media (31%)
  • Coffee/caffeine (24%)
  • Their favorite food (17%)
  • Their cell phone (15%)
  • Their significant other (11%) 

Source: SWNS Digital

Americans are having fewer babies these days – that’s not a guess, it’s a fact courtesy of a new government report. In fact, the numbers show fertility rates are at their lowest point since 1978. The report looked at total fertility rates – or the number of children a group of 1,000 women could be expected to have over their lifetimes – and found that 2017 was the seventh straight year the number has gone down and it was the biggest drop yet, to 1,765.5 per 1,000 women.

That number might not mean much to you, but experts say it’s about 16% below the number needed for the population to reproduce itself, 2,100 births per 1,000 women. The annual report breaks down the number of births per state and race and it seems only two states are having babies at rates high enough to sustain existing population levels: South Dakota and Utah. And on the flip side, Washington, D.C. had the lowest rate.

As for which race is having the most babies, in 2017 it was Hispanics, with 2,006.5 per 1,000 women. White women had the fewest, with a rate of 1,666.5 per 1,000 women and African-American women were in the middle with 1,824.5. The report doesn’t really explain why birth rates are dropping, but experts say it’s a combination of economic changes, access to contraception and better sex education that leads to a drop in teen moms having babies, which is a good thing, of course.

But John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health professor Donna Strobino says the birth rates aren’t all “doom and gloom” and that they could even out in the future when women who’ve been delaying pregnancy finally have their babies.

Source: New York Post

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