April 16, 2021

Weekend reads: The (surprising) benefits of daydreaming

Daily Briefing

    Inside one restaurant's experiment to contain the coronavirus, how to exfoliate the right way, and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    When you're fully vaccinated but afraid to re-enter society. It's been over a year since the Covid-19 epidemic began in the United States, and for much of that year, people have been social distancing and staying at home, away from other people. But now, as more people receive Covid-19 vaccines, many are beginning to re-enter society, and some are more hesitant than others. Writing for the Washington Post, Steven Petrow details why he's been keeping his fully vaccinated status a secret, and how he's handling the prospect of re-entering society amid his own social anxiety.

    Daydreaming is actually good for you. Though adults spend as much as 47% of their time daydreaming, the practice is often portrayed as a waste of time. However, esearch suggests that might not be the case. Writing for the New York Times, Rebecca Renner examines what the research says about the benefits of daydreaming and why some psychologists and trauma therapists recommend the practice to their patients.

    José Vasquez's reads

    Inside one restaurant's experiment to curb the coronavirus's spread. Indoor dining at bars and restaurants "remains risky" amid the pandemic, but Big Sur, a restaurant in California's Monterey County, is testing whether a "comprehensive" air ventilation and filtration system—with 18 tabletop mini-purifiers, 10 high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) purifiers, four air quality sensors, and an upgraded heating and air conditioning system—can make dining inside restaurants safer by capturing particles containing the coronavirus and ultimately reducing the virus's transmission, Chris Mooney and his colleagues write for the Washington Post. Although it's impossible to make indoor dining 100% safe, three indoor air experts who spoke with the Post said Big Sur's strategy should create "a safer indoor experience" for the restaurant's patrons and employees, according to Mooney and his colleagues.

    How to exfoliate the right way, according to dermatologists. Dermatologists say exfoliating is "usually an unnecessary step" in your skincare routine because, according to Chicago-based dermatologist Caroline Robinson, "our skin cells naturally exfoliate on their own," Janna Mandell writes for the Washington Post. But if you do decide to exfoliate your skin, dermatologists say there are steps you can take to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks, including pairing your exfoliants with sun protection and moisturizers with skin-repairing ingredients, among other tips, Mandell writes.

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