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BIAMD's #5ThoughtsFriday - 12/30/2016
Here are the 5 things we thought were worth sharing with you this week:
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5) Here's some really good suggestions on creating your 
New Year's Resolutions we thought you might find helpful...

Every New Year we make our annual resolutions of how we will improve and enrich our lives over the forthcoming year. Our New Year's resolutions may involve taking off those extra pounds, starting a fitness regime, spending more time with children or loved ones, giving up a bad habit or learning a foreign language. 

With each New Year's resolution there is the risk of a failed promise. How can we keep ourselves on track to accomplish what we set out to do in our New Year's resolutions?

Here's some ideas to consider...
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4)  Stressed about what 2017 will bring? How about ...
CREDIT: Getty Images

Everyone knows they need to manage their 
stress . When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and  techniques
 as you can get to calm your nerves.

So here's a science-backed one: make a playlist of the 10 songs found to be the most relaxing on earth.

Sound therapies have long been popular as a way of relaxing and restoring one's health. For centuries, indigenous cultures have used music to enhance well-being and improve health conditions.

Now, neuroscientists out of the UK have specified which tunes give you the most bang for your musical buck...

To read the article and see the list, CLICK HERE.
To hear the song on YouTube, 
3) Did you catch this "non-football related" concussion story?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cleared To Race Following Lengthy Concussion Recovery

Source_ Sarah Stierch _CC BY 4.0_

After missing 18 races because of long-lasting concussion symptoms, NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. has officially been cleared to race in the 2017 season. Earnhardt completed a test drive at Darlington Raceway with no symptoms, clearing him to compete again.

"I feel great, and I'm excited to officially be back," Earnhardt said in a Thursday news release. "I expected things to go really well yesterday, and that's exactly what happened. Actually getting in a race car was an important final step, and it gives me a ton of confidence going into 2017."

The five-hour test was attended by Dr. Jerry Petty, a neurosurgeon from Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dr. Micky Collins, medical director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in Pittsburgh. Both declared the driver rehabilitated and ready to get behind the wheel again.

To read the rest of the story,    CLICK HERE. 
2)  What we're reading that you might enjoy ...

The next five years can be the most exciting and satisfying years of your life---or just another five years. Let this extraordinary book be your guide and inspiration.  

Whether you are just graduating from college, newly married, considering a new career, setting goals for retirement, recovering from a life changing event or just looking to inspire a special friend, employee or family member, here's the most inspiring and compelling book of its kind.

(If you decide to buy it, don't forget to use Amazon Smile and select the Brain Injury Association of Maryland as your donation beneficiary.) 
1)  Quote we are contemplating... 

"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."
- Chinese Proverb
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