Life Kit: All Guides

Life Kit: All Guides

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January 22, 2020 22 min

If the mere thought of going to therapy seems overwhelming, you're not alone. Plenty of people put off seeking therapy because of the stigma, cost and inconvenience. We've got four tips to help you make your first appointment.

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"Should I go back to college?" If you're asking yourself this question, here are tips to help you figure out how to do it — whether it's to change jobs, make more money or finish something you started.

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Trying to quit smoking can be hard. The good news is the science behind how to quit smoking is very clear. This episode gives you strategies to help boost your chances of success.

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Here's how to start a book club that actually meets, has a focus, fosters good discussion and steers clear of logistical nightmares.

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January 8, 2020 20 min

Whether you're completely fed up or just ready for the next thing, quitting a job can be stressful and complicated. You don't want to quit a job without a game plan, so consider this episode your checklist before putting in your two weeks' notice.

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Professional artists aren't the only people who can make art. In this episode, learn how to weave art into your everyday life. Because whether you're doodling, making pottery or embroidering, creativity is good for you and your health.

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January 1, 2020 21 min

Thinking about taking a break from drinking? Here are ways to help you make a plan, navigate tricky social situations and reassess your relationship with alcohol so you can experience the benefits of dry January.

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December 30, 2019 25 min

So many weekends get filled up with too many errands, plans, and, yes, work. Never getting time to relax means feeling like a zombie come Monday. Say no to burnout by making your two days off into a mini vacation with relaxation techniques and tips to unplug.

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December 25, 2019 21 min

There are so many food tribes out there — everything from Keto to vegan. We help you understand how to choose a diet approach that's right for you.

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If you've got 22 minutes, you can get an effective total-body workout. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's personal trainer Bryant Johnson walks us through an interval session and explains why it's so effective.

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There are so many different kinds of stains — grass stains on your shorts, a wine stain on your carpet or a grease stain on your shirt — but with the help of some household products and chemistry know-how, you can be a stain removal master.

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December 16, 2019 26 min

Sex, genitals, consent, self-touching — it's tricky to talk to younger kids about these topics. This episode helps parents get past the confusion and embarrassment around sex education so they can raise healthy, responsible kids.

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December 11, 2019 20 min

Tossing out overripe avocados, wilted greens and sour milk isn't just costing you money — it's also contributing to climate change. In this episode, learn how to reduce your food waste with composting strategies and creative recipes that will help you turn food waste into dinner.

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December 9, 2019 17 min

Anger. Excitement. Frustration. Pride. Hurt. Emotions are everywhere in an office, so why do we pretend they don't exist? Life Kit producer Meghan Keane interviews co-authors of the book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power Of Embracing Emotions At Work to help you manage emotions at work.

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If you've given up on reading, for whatever reason — you feel slow, distracted or like you're not enjoying the books you tried — don't give up! These four reading strategies will help make reading a little easier and more fun.

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December 2, 2019 13 min

Got an intimidating tower of unread books looming on your nightstand? This episode will help you pick up more books and get through them quicker.

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Magical thinking is part of childhood, and when it comes to characters like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, parents often play along with elaborate charades. But what should grown-ups do when kids start aging out of the magic and asking tough questions?

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November 25, 2019 20 min

The way many of us think about weight loss is totally counter-productive. Focus on healthy habits you can sustain instead of the numbers on the scale.

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November 20, 2019 17 min

We asked three road warriors to share their traveling expertise. The result? Seven tips to help you pack light and plan a trip, like a pro.

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Holiday parties, gift exchanges — dealing with the holidays at work can be awkward and fraught. Alison Green of Ask a Manager shares advice on workplace etiquette around the holidays.

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