Tag: stress management

A Rube-Goldberg Machine That Doesn't Know When to Stop

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Remember this video? It came out 5 years ago, and like millions of others, I watched it over and over. I love me a good Rube-Goldberg machine. There is something so satisfying yet nerve-wracking about them. If you’re not familiar with Rube-Goldberg machines, think Mousetrap Game. A whole lot of little mechanical maneuvers—each triggering the... Read more »

Drunkenness Isn't as Funny as It Used to Be (And That’s OK)

Foster Brooks. “Otis” the town drunk from “The Andy Griffith Show.” Dudley Moore in Arthur. These are examples of funny drunks. They made us laugh and we didn’t worry too much about their livers. A recent 10-year study found that 3 million Americans over the age of 55 struggle with alcohol abuse. Even more alarming... Read more »

Meet “The Shredder"

We adopted our dog Owen in 2008 from a rescue organization. He is a West Highland white terrier, but when we met him, we could not find the “white.” Owen had never been bathed or groomed. Our new 11-month-old puppy was filthy and stinky but very sweet. Owen is fairly smart and remarkably not a... Read more »
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Confronting Stigma: Understanding Self-Injury

Happy Holidays! Let’s talk about non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). Yay, right? No, I’m not trying to be a downer, but for some, the holidays trigger high levels of stress and anxiety. And some turn to NSSI to relieve their intense feelings. Family visits, travel, shopping, disruptions to sleeping and eating patterns—all of these can up-end our... Read more »

Countdown to the Winter Solstice: Toot-Toot-Tootsie

I want to talk about FEET. Wait! I know, I know. Feet can evoke such strong reactions. Often horror…some people don’t even like to look at their own feet. But stick with me a moment as paying attention to our feet can be vital in surviving the grim days of winter. It gets dark early... Read more »

Aaaaand we’re off!

Black Friday combines my two least favorite activities: crowds of people invading my personal space and shopping. I think I would actually choose the teeming masses over the shopping, but I opt to sit the whole thing out. You might be a masochist person who loves Black Friday and good for you. However you spend... Read more »
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Our Either-Or Thinking and Snow

It snowed here in Chicago. Not a lot. But still. And it’s not even Thanksgiving. I know this isn’t unprecedented, but I hate when it happens. On our way home last night from a family dinner out, the snow was quietly falling. There was not much traffic (people with good sense were already in for... Read more »

Have We Forgotten How to Play?

Because of work-related changes in my life, my schedule has changed drastically. I am now in charge of structuring my own day. Although I’m very good with hard deadlines and timeliness (Have I mentioned I’m 75% German?), I’ve discovered that I’m not so good at doing this on my own. (I blame that remaining 25%.)... Read more »

The Rhythm in Our Bellies

“24” is not just a television show. (Is it still on? I stopped watching in season 2 with that bizarre mountain lion encounter.) Our bodies follow a 24-hour rhythm, known as the circadian clock. The cycle is dictated by our brain chemistry and its response to light and dark. The control center for the circadian... Read more »
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“Some days are like that…even in Australia.”

The movie version of Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day recently opened, and commercials are regularly popping up on television. (Note: Yes, I still sometimes watch regular TV with commercials. I may not be young.) Like other children’s books adapted for the movies, it looks like the filmmakers added... Read more »