Category: Self-Help

My Robot Vacuum is Suprisingly Wise

Important Life Lessons from the Machine that Sucks Dirt Off My Floor. One of my best middle-of-the-night purchases was a robot vacuum. I had been contemplating purchasing one for a while, so it wasn’t exactly spur-of-the-moment, but looking at the dog hair on the carpet late one night convinced me that it was worth a try. If you haven’t seen them,…

The Breast Cancer People Won’t Leave Me Alone!

Why is breast cancer treated differently than any other disease — including the ones we are most likely to die from? I went for a mammogram recently — mostly because the breast cancer people would not leave me alone. About three months ago, I started getting reminders to go in for a mammogram. Not from my doctor, but from the cancer center who does the…

Zoom Anxiety v. Social Connection: How Video Calls Are Triggering My Anxiety Disorder

I was participating on a virtual happy hour with some friends when I felt an anxiety attack sneak up on me. One minute I was nodding along and smiling at something a friend was saying, the next minute I felt a heavy weight on my chest. My heart was racing. My breathing became labored and shallow. Sweat dripped down my…

Yoga: Your Secret Weapon for Managing Menopause

Hot flashes? Mood swings? Insomnia? Dry itchy skin? Anxiety? Menopause is no joke, but you’ve got options.  Check out my guest post on the Unfold blog to learn more about how yoga can help you navigate the long transition into menopause. You can read it by clicking here. If you’re in the Portland area and want to learn more, sign up for…

Feeling SAD This Fall? Strategies for Fighting Seasonal Depression

It was raining this morning when I woke up. “Oh god, it’s starting,” I groaned to myself, instantly feeling depressed. I live in the Pacific Northwest.  It essentially rains every day from mid-September through mid-June, sometimes into July. Sometimes we will go a week or longer without a single glimpse of the sun.  It gets so bad that when we…

Am I Hearing Things?

I was sitting in my office and suddenly I heard some kind of musical interlude.   “I must be hearing things,” I thought to myself. Then, as I always do when I think something weird might be happening in my head, I smiled and touched my face to make sure I wasn’t having a stroke.  Nope, both sides of my…