Weekly Couples Meetings (and why you should consider having one!)

Weekly Couples Meetings (and why you should consider having one!)

Anyone in any business knows that assessment and planning meetings are necessary for a company to flourish. But couples rarely put this kind of time and energy into a relationship, relying on luck and goodwill to asses status and circumnavigate pitfalls. Consider the following two scenarios:

Did you close your rings today? – On psychology of body self-optimization and wearable devices

Did you close your rings today? – On psychology of body self-optimization and wearable devices

I have long felt conflicted about the body self-optimization frenzy that seems to have taken over our society by storm. That is until I borrowed a Fitbit from a friend and found myself eagerly analyzing my body’s data and how it correlated with my experience. Did I sleep well last night? Let me check. The satisfaction of reaching an arbitrary 10,000 steps and the nerdy excitement when my watch detected my flu symptoms before I did—HRV and sleep quality down, heart rate up—had me hooked.

Sleep Podcast recommendations from a Psychologist

Sleep Podcast recommendations from a Psychologist

Good sleep is fundamental to feeling good during waking hours, and to general mental health.  Ten to fifteen percent of adults suffer from chronic insomnia.  Up to 75 percent of older adults experience insomnia.  Lack of sleep is estimated to cause productivity losses of more than 411 billion USD per year, in the United States alone.

Something is going to happen, coming from somewhere, at any given time….. I only know it will be terrible, and that it will happen to me

Something is going to happen, coming from somewhere, at any given time….. I only know it will be terrible, and that it will happen to me

You have been looking forward to meeting your best friend for lunch. As you think that you should soon leave the house to walk the short distance to the place where you have agreed to meet, your heart starts racing, your breathing gets faster, your hands become sweaty, your head spins and everything around you seems to get fuzzy.

The interaction between asthma and anxiety: a first-hand experience
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The interaction between asthma and anxiety: a first-hand experience

One year ago I was diagnosed with asthma. To say I was relieved is an understatement. The diagnosis came after a long period of countless doctors’ visits and tests due to an uncontrollable dry cough that kept me up at night and took all my energy. The diagnosis felt comforting as it confirmed that I had an issue, and it was something that could be better controlled with the help of medications.

A new narrative about “beautiful people”: A Psychologist receives unexpected mental health benefits from the gym

A new narrative about “beautiful people”: A Psychologist receives unexpected mental health benefits from the gym

I am writing this in January of 2023 and this is the time of year that everyone makes a commitment to go to the gym.  Countless health journalists write about the benefits of exercise as they document their battles with sweat and music.

Lion’s Mane – The Fungus That Alters the Brain

Lion’s Mane – The Fungus That Alters the Brain

by Joanna Maja Niemczycka, MP, FMP Psychedelic mushrooms are making a comeback, we’re seeing more mushroom varieties in grocery stores, young people are returning to forge mushrooms in the forests, and mushroom superfoods are exploding. We can surely agree that mushrooms are having a moment.  Today we will focus on one of the fungi in particular, known as Lion’s Mane. Scientifically known as Hericium erinaceus. It is not a psychedelic mushroom, but it seemed pretty magical to me. Lion’s Mane…

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

It is said that we spend about a third of our lives sleeping. Though we are well aware of the importance of a good night’s sleep, in today’s day and age it is easy to think that it is time wasted. You have so much to attend to in your waking hours that it can be daunting to think about the recommended eight hours a night you’ll spend on dreams you may not even want to have. However, as it turns out there is indeed a way to choose the contents of your dreams: Lucid dreaming.

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