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April 19, 2020

I have a confession to make. I haven’t given myself much time to think about or process what I’m feeling in relation to the current pandemic.

Yes, I’ve had moments of anxiety, but I haven’t explored the basis of that anxiety. It’s simply easier to say, “It’s the pandemic,” without getting into the details. Then I try to get busy again so I can keep the anxiety at bay without thinking about it.

Of course, this isn’t a particularly healthy approach, but I honestly hadn’t thought much about that fac...

April 12, 2020

Not long ago, I was supposed to travel to a conference that ended up being canceled due to the coronavirus. Or rather, the in-person part was canceled – the event still happened online. This included a speech by former astronaut Mike Massimino.

He shared lots of interesting stories, ranging from the many attempts it took him to get into NASA… to his experience in space… to being a guest on the show The Big Bang Theory. But one part, in particular, stood out to me.

His comment about regret.

It caug...

April 5, 2020

Have you been on any video conference calls lately, using Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, or something else? And if so, have you been feeling self-conscious about it? If so, you’re not alone.

An article on Slate called out some research on this, which revealed that 39% of people don’t like being on camera, and 59% are more self-conscious on camera than they are in real life.

Additionally, an article in The Washington Post pointed out that video conferencing reveals a lot more about what’s going on...

March 29, 2020

Apart from a surprise snowstorm last Tuesday, the weather here in Maine has felt quite spring-like. Robins are out hunting for worms, we have about 11 1/2 hours of daylight, temperatures are in the 50’s, and crocuses are coming up.

And I’ve never been so happy to get outside to enjoy it!

Here in Maine, we’re lucky that we can still go out for strolls and bike rides. Some of the beaches and parks are closed, but we have a lot more opportunities than many people, and I’m grateful for it. 

I’m not al...

March 22, 2020

Have you ever reached for food simply because you’re bored and eating will give you something to do?

If you answered yes, you’re far from alone. Boredom is one of the biggest triggers for mindless eating for many people.

And if, like most folks, you’re now stuck at home a lot more, you might be even more tempted to turn to food to mix up your day and give yourself a break. I’ve certainly been struggling with this. Over the past week, I’ve often felt like the day has been going on forever and I lo...

March 15, 2020

With fear about the coronavirus shutting things down, hitting the stock market, impacting schools and work, it’s easy to get away from mindful eating. And yet, this is one of the most important times to be mindful.

It’s not easy, of course. When we’re afraid and stressed, we want comfort and security. If security is in short supply in the broader world, and we can’t even find comfort by visiting friends, going to places of worship, or giving hugs, it’s natural to want to reach for foods that mak...

March 8, 2020

Eating for emotional reasons is pretty common, and stress is one of the biggest drivers of that kind of eating. Even worse, this can become a vicious cycle.

Consider this scenario. You’re really stressed because you have too many things to do, and they’re all important enough that you can’t just drop something. You go to the store to get some groceries and spot your favorite comfort food on sale. You weren’t planning to buy it, but suddenly you find that you’ve picked it up. 

You pay for it and g...

March 1, 2020

One of my favorite recent shows is The Good Place, and it’s gotten me thinking about frozen yogurt and the difference between things that are truly good vs. things we settle for.

For those not familiar with the show, it starts off with a woman named Eleanor who died and ended up in the Good Place – but it’s a mistake. She knows she’s really supposed to be in the Bad Place, but she needs to make sure no one else learns the truth so she doesn’t get kicked out.

But the Good Place isn’t what you migh...

February 23, 2020

The other morning while I walked to work from the parking garage, I saw a group of four young, fit-looking people in a courtyard area doing an interesting combination of jogging in place, jumping, and pushups. This caught my attention both because of the activity and because it was only 5 degrees out.

A serious of random thoughts ran through my mind in fairly rapid succession:

  • How can they be doing that in such cold weather?

  • I suppose the exercise helps keep them warm.

  • I haven’t bee...

February 16, 2020

Valentine’s Day for this year has come and gone, but the candy lingers, and so does the idea that the holiday is all about romance. At least here in the U.S., if you don’t have a romantic partner on Valentine’s Day, or if you have one but things aren’t going well, you’re often made to feel like something is wrong with you.

But Valentine’s Day wasn’t always about romance, and even now, you don’t have to get swept up in the societal norms. So in case you were feeling left out this past Valentine’s...

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