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Brain Hats and Lab Coats: How to Prep for the March for Science

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The countdown has begun!  Winter has passed in the blink of an eye.  As spring comes swiftly so does the March for Science.  This coming Earth Day we congregate to promote the influence of science in policy making.  So far the numbers on the March for science Facebook Group has grown upwards of 840,000 members and growing daily.  As we near April 22nd we want to do everything we can to be prepared for the day.  Here are some tips on not only what to bring, but also some suggestions on how to act during the march.  We’re all in this together and want to promote the best possible image of science.  Can’t wait to see you there!

Covering the basics

This is an all day outdoor event so we’ll need all the essentials.  Don’t forget basics like water, snacks, sunblock, portable charger, weather-appropriate attire, and a good attitude (we’ll touch upon this one more later).  It is suggested that people use clear backpacks to the event.  This will make security much less of an issue.

Don’t forget your brain hat!

Similar to the Women’s March, March for Science also has its iconic wardrobe.  Behold, the brain hat!  (looks brilliant in combination with a lab coat).  Don’t know how to knit or crochet?  Have no fear! Here’s a link to the Etsy search results for “Brain Hat”.  This fashion statement will not only make you a known advocate of science but will also keep you warm during this outdoor event.  For those on a budget, this Ikea alternative is a good option if Etsy is a bit too expensive.

When you get there

Gatherings of this kind of purpose and magnitude can be very overwhelming.  Often in crowds this dense you’ll find cell service impossible to find.  Here’s a cool techie solution to this: download Fire Chat.  Fire Chat is a cool app that allows you to message despite not having signal or internet access, just keep your wifi and Bluetooth enabled.  Fire Chat works best the more people have it (it creates a mesh network) so a demonstration like this is the perfect place to have this.

When you get there, make sure to check-in on Facebook.  The more we have people checking in and tagging on social media, the more our voice can be heard.  Check-in and include #marchforscience in all your posts.  This will really help science make a statement.

Remember your rights.  Let’s hope that it doesn’t come down to any arrests or altercations, but it doesn’t hurt to know what to do in case you find yourself in one.  If you see any bullshit like looting or vandalism make sure you pull out your phone and record it.  Science does not want to be represented by those kinds of actions.   Let’s obtain evidence to refute this from the group should it happen under our watch.

Can’t make the event?  

Even if you can’t join us here in Washington or at a satellite march, you can still march remotely!  Make sure to update your statuses and acknowledge the movement on social media using check-ins and #marchforscience.  Some members of the secret group are even making headbands and wearing them, despite not being able to attend.

Don’t forget that donations and crowdfunding are still being accepted.

Bring your spirit

Most importantly don’t forget to bring good vibes!  We are all marching for a good and reasonable cause, bringing the right attitude is of the utmost importance.  Make sure to treat officers, locals and homeless with kindness and respect.  We want to reflect the best image of what science represents back into the public.  Coming with a stern yet proactive outlook needs to be the priority of everyone who participates in this march.

Leave no trace

We march together on Earth Day, everyone.  The earth needs us now more than ever.  When we come together, we must leave with EVERYTHING with which we came.  Some group members have even suggested bringing garbage bags to fill for cleaning up after the demonstration.  Leave no trash.  Instead, let’s leave a statement.

Let’s keep this momentum going!  I’m grateful to see how much support has grown for this cause.  Let’s keep it up.  See you on Earth Day.

What's up!? I'm Katrina. I'm wandering, collecting, witnessing and learning. I'm drawn to all things found at the intersection of art and technology. If I could go back in time, I think I'd be best friends with Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla and Cleopatra. When I'm not obsessing about the human endeavor or the nature of time, I'm probably cooking or dancing.

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8 Easy Habits To Adopt In Your Workplace To Boost Your Health

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Working a desk job is not the best for your health. However, many jobs require work on the computer that it feels unavoidable. If you work at a desk in an office, there are things you can do to boost your health physically and mentally. You may not be able to completely ditch your desk, but you can create a more health friendly environment in the office.

Clean your desk

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How are you with distractions? Are you someone who is bothered by every little sound or are you someone who would not notice if the filing cabinet was engulfed in flames? Just because you can work in a messy environment, doesn’t mean you should. Walking into a neat cubicle or office will help you remain on task and complete your work. Wiping down your keyboard and mouse will help prevent the spread of germs. Keeping your drawers organized will make locating paperwork more automated and will save time and drama. The same can be said about organizing your desktop. Keeping well-labeled documents and files on your desktop helps you navigate your computer quickly. That way, the next time someone emails you one minute after they need something emailed to them, you can drag and drop without a second thought!

Stock up on healthy snacks

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Healthy snacks sometimes feels like an oxymoron in a work setting. The standard snacks in offices are often leftover bags of chips, cookies, and soda from conferences and meetings. When that afternoon energy crash comes your way, you may be inclined to reach for some type of caffeine and a sugary or crunchy snack. To avoid the draw of Doritos in the break room, stock up on your own snacks to boost your health. If you are looking for crunchy, try some hummus and veggies or trail mix. If you looking for a sweet treat, reach for a piece of fruit and pair it with yogurt or nut butter for more satiety. Many healthy snacks can be purchased pre-portioned so you won’t be tempted to mindlessly devour a whole jar of peanut butter at your desk.

Bring your reusable water bottle

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If your workplace has a filtered water dispenser or a classic water cooler, you can use your breaks to walk over and hydrate. By bringing your own water bottle, you can reduce waste and monitor your water intake. If you use a smaller water bottle, it will allow you more opportunities to get up and fill up. If you use a huge bottle, you may be getting your steps in on the way to the restroom. Either way, stay staying hydrated is super important if you want to boost your health.  

Set timers and get up

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People only have so much mental stamina when it comes to tasks. Setting timers is something that can help motivate you to completely dedicate yourself to a single project. When you know you only have 30 minutes of concentrated effort before you earn a break, it becomes easier to power through. When the timer goes off, give yourself a five minute break to walk around, stretch, or use the restroom. Use the break to tear yourself away from the screen and give your eyes a rest. This habit helps break up the day and drives productivity.

Headphones On Om

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Working at a desk could have you feeling super plugged in all the time. This is a fact of the current workplace and it is pretty unavoidable. A lot of people turn to playlists and podcasts to get into their flow state. It is important to be mindful about what you are listening to. There are a ton of apps and podcasts that offer guided meditation and motivational soundtracks. You do not need 8 hours of guided meditation everyday but it is nice to break-up the trap music with some super positive vibes and take time to breathe and be in your body.

Ditch take out

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While healthier options at restaurants are on the rise, packing your lunch is still the way to go. This is a habit that starts at home and carries over to the office. By bringing your lunch, you can tell exactly what is in it, control the portions you eat, and save some money. Eating complete meals that include protein and healthy carbs and fat can help your energy levels remain steady throughout the day. If you need more meal prep ideas to boost your health, you can find them here.

Eat somewhere else

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Whether you pack your lunch or pick something up, try to sit somewhere that is not your desk. Aside from the fact that your keyboard and desk is really germy, it is just healthier all around to have a designated eating area. If your work doesn’t have a designated eating area, maybe you can duck into an open office or conference room. When the weather is nice you can try to get outside and boost your Vitamin D. Bonus points for inviting your coworkers and having a face-to-face conversation with them instead of messaging them back and forth on G-Chat.

Stand, Sit, Walk?

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Desks are becoming more versatile these days. You don’t have to sit all day anymore! If you work from home, your desk situation may be more mobile, but office workers may not have that flexibility. Many offices are encouraging employees to get desks that adjust between sitting and standing. You may even work somewhere that allows desk treadmills to boost your health. Even if sitting is your only option, there are free online guides and resources on how to adjust your posture to alleviate neck and back pain.

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What To Do When You Lose Creativity

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The longer you are tasked to creating things, the more likely you will lose your creative edge. It doesn’t matter if you’re making websites, writing a new book, or making a new recipe. There might come a day when you feel too lethargic to get out of bed or dread going to work. These are some of the most basic and easy-to-shrug symptoms of losing the creative streak. The good news is that there are ways to snap out of it. You can regain your creativity and prevent yourself from “drying out” by practicing a few simple tasks.

Explore

When we were kids, it’s always fun to experience new things for the first time. As we get older, our sense of wonder gets jaded, probably because we had to grow up and face reality. But rediscovering how great the world is can help awaken our creative streak. To prevent yourself from losing it or to find it if it’s already lost, explore and experience new things again. You can set aside one day a month to try something new, be it an experience, new dish, or venturing out to a new place. Adventure can reawaken creative juices and your sense of wonder.

Laugh

One of the reasons why we lose our creativity is pressure. It can be quite stressful if you’re always looking for new ways to make your design look fresh. Sometimes it is even unavoidable that your paintings, essays or web designs all look the same way. Stress can kill creativity, so what better way to de-stress than to laugh? You can watch a comedy movie, catch a live comedy act, or just clown around with your friends. When your brain is filled with oxytocin and dopamine, which we get from laughter, you will be more relaxed and find it easier to find inspiration for creativity.

Think Like A Kid

If you’re asked to be creative, ask yourself what your six year-old would do in situations like these. Kids can be very creative and surprisingly straightforward. It might feel weird at first, but you never know, so you might as well give it a try and see if it works.

Rediscover Creative Pursuits

When was the last time you painted something, read a good book, sang, danced like nobody’s watching, or even modeled clay? All these creative outlets sometimes get lost because of busy lives. However, you can rediscover them again if you set aside time at least once a week to be creative outside your work.

Meditate

Mediation is a good way to relax both the right side (creative) and left side (logical) part of the brain. When they are both relaxed, they work harmoniously so you don’t run out of creative ideas. Some people think that they don’t have much time to mediate, but it can be surprising what 5 to 10 minutes of meditation can do for your brain. Meditation does not have to be complicated. You can start by thinking happy thought for 10 minutes each day for relaxation, and you will be surprised how easy it will become to carry on creative tasks.

When it comes to being creative, pay attention to yourself. Find out what works and what doesn’t. This can tell you when you are most inspired, which in turn can really help you to continue being creative.

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Best Way To Start The Morning For A More Productive Day

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Don’t you just hate the sound of your alarm clock every morning? Not all of us are morning people. Some of us need more than just the sound of the alarm clock to get us going every day. But this does not mean to say that you have to start the day sluggish and cranky. There are ways to help you get going in the morning to make your day brighter and hopefully more productive. Check out our tips below.

Start Your Day The Night Before

If you’re one of those people who take more time to wake up then you need to start your day the night before to keep you from getting frustrated and rushing through your morning routine. Even something as easy as setting up the coffee maker the night before and picking out your outfit before going to bed can help you get a head start that will save you a couple of minutes so that you won’t be late for that important meeting.

Eat Protein

Many people start their day with a breakfast of dairy, usually a bowl of cereal. This is perfectly all right but it is also good to note that breakfast is your fuel for the start of the day. Instead of eating cereal, eat something that is harder to digest like protein which keeps you focused. So try switching your bowl of cereal for a plate of scrambled eggs.

Lemon Water

Try a cup of lemon water instead of coffee as your first beverage of the day. Lemon water is rich in Vitamin C and can help with digestion, especially when you drink it immediately after waking up. Lemon water can help boost your metabolism, burn fat while cleansing your palette, and give you a boost of energy. This does not mean to say that you should say good-bye to coffee. You can drink your cup of hot java during breakfast or while commuting to work.

Wake-up Feeling Pleasant

The ringing of an alarm clock can be irritating, so instead of waking up annoyed, set your alarm tone to something more pleasant like your current favorite tune. This will also make you set your alarm with a smile instead of resignation. Waking up with a positive attitude is always better than waking up cranky.

Set Goals

Work can be full of pressure and stress which is bad for your health. Minimize stress by setting goals for the day. If you have a big project, for example, break it down into small manageable tasks and set how many you want to hit for the day. Remember, you don’t have to finish your big project right away, and it’s also stressful if you leave everything until the last minute. It’s better to break down tasks, set goals, and hit those goals than to cram everything at the last moment and hope that your project looks good.

Stress and pressure can have a negative effect on the body. Over the long run, it can morph into health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Making these small changes can help you wake up feeling refreshed can minimize stress and pressure, so make sure to try some of them out!

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