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You can’t be stuck in your own head when you run

The thing about running is that it’s damn near impossible to be stuck in your own head while you’re out there putting one foot in front of the other. You can start a run in your own head. Maybe you’re…

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Anxiety Health and Wellness

Panic Attacks Suck (Alternate Title: The Exploding Tell-Tale Heart)

I had a panic attack while at work today and my heart tried to explode out of my chest.

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Health and Wellness

Should a Sense of Dread Come Over You

“It is the best of humanity that goes out to walk.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Health and Wellness

I no longer believe in daily meditation

I believe in hourly meditation instead

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Health and Wellness

Dog Eyeballs

Like Prozac, but with fur.

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Health and Wellness

Depressed? Watch This and You Won’t Be, At Least For a Few Minutes

I know what it’s like to be depressed. Really depressed. I am the disappearing boy. When I’m depressed, I shut everyone out of my life. The not-so-funny thing about depression is that most people don’t even know you’re depressed. Everyone…

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Health and Wellness

The Silver Lining of a Chest Cold

“There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.” Henry David Thoreau I’ve been battling a nasty chest cold the last two weeks.…

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Health and Wellness

Sometimes I Don’t Like My Brain

Sometimes when you talk to me, what my ears hear with my eyes is a small cloud of grayish white smoke with certain individual black letters poking out. These are unformed words. The words you are saying to me.

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Health and Wellness Memoir Nonfiction

Handwritten Notes While Eating Alone

Back in September, I was in a dark place, and had been for about six to eight months. Outside of my wife, I’m pretty sure everyone else was oblivious to this fact, which is a bit of a scary thought.…

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Essays Health and Wellness Nonfiction

Perhaps You Should See a Counselor

Why talking to someone is a courageous act.

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Health and Wellness

When your thoughts won’t stop racing, pick up a book

I woke at 1:30 AM this morning, wrestling with work-related anxiety. You know, because that’s what I want to be thinking of in the middle of the night instead of pleasant dreams of cherry flavored lollipops or hopping around on the back of a giant chocolate bunny rabbit in a wonderful land made of milk chocolate with chocolate fountains and chocolate rivers and chocolate trees. When your thoughts won’t stop racing, what do you do?

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Health and Wellness Writing

Creativity isn’t something you should suppress

When contained, creativity will manifest within you in other, less desirable ways.

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Health and Wellness Memoir Nonfiction

The many benefits of being sick—no, really

When we think of being sick, we don’t often think rosy thoughts or the many benefits that come of it. Wait, being sick has benefits?

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Health and Wellness Writing

Your Story Matters: Processing Pain and Trauma

Serani continues, pointing to humans’ basic need to understand, citing research that to begin the healing process we must tell our story: “Our personal narrative offers us a chance for not just understanding, but for reorganization [of] our sense of self. A self that was wounded, broken, frightened or lost—but can now be reclaimed.”

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Health and Wellness

Early Bird Gets the Worm

Oh, if you’re a bird, be an early bird And catch the worm for your breakfast plate. If you’re a bird, be an early bird— But if you’re a worm, sleep late. — SHEL SILVERSTEIN [stag_dropcap font_size=”75px” style=”squared”]I[/stag_dropcap]t’s not uncommon…

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Health and Wellness

Peace of Mind

There are times when my mind is at peace, when the anxiety is kept at bay — when all is calm and clear. I walk without worry or distraction. During these moments, I often wonder: is this how someone without anxiety feels on a usual basis?

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Health and Wellness

It Starts With the Breath

Presence is a gift. The act of being whole in the moment, unscattered, is worth more than any jewel.

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Health and Wellness

Just Be

Being does not mean doing. It does not mean not doing. Just be.

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Health and Wellness

A Simple Meditation

A simple breathing exercise and meditation to ease stress and anxiety.

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Health and Wellness

Ease Stress and Anxiety in Your Life by Taking a Mindful Walk

With input from my three year old son.