At first, I was not all that worried. I carefully listened to the facts and stats, feeling relatively safe. I didn’t stop taking public transportation, nor did I cancel meetings and events. But then, the news cycle accelerated, as did the spread of the Coronavirus. And although I like to have information – it makes me feel safer, in a way – I began to feel anxiety. Memories of a movie I’d seen … [Read more...] about How to Keep Calm During the COVID-19 Pandemic
After writing about menopause and hot flashes and stress/anxiety being a possible culprit, I started wondering about the link between menopause and anxiety. How are the two linked? Are women feeling anxious about menopause? Or, is it the other way around: does menopause cause anxiety? Is it a by-product of shifting, dipping, all-over-the-chart hormones? And how can we control our anxiety? As … [Read more...] about Menopause and Anxiety: What’s The Connection?
I've been reading a lot lately about how harmful our phones can be to our health. And these articles aren't referring to the long-debated concerns about radiofrequency radiation and cancer risk - though if you want to read more about those, Click Here. No, this time they're suggesting a different animal. There's an increasing body of evidence that suggests the time spent on our smartphones … [Read more...] about So This is Why We Can’t Let Go of Our Cell Phones
Your hands tremble, your chest heaves, you’re sweating and clammy and feel like you’re having nervous breakdown or a heart attack. You feel out of control and detached from the world. (FYI, the chest pain from a panic attack usually feels like a sharp or stabbing, localized pain in the mid-chest area, while pain from a heart attack is usually a pressure or squeezing sensation that can radiate … [Read more...] about Menopause and Panic Attacks: What’s the Connection?
I was recently approached by my editor at CNBC.com to write a story about how employee burnout is on the rise. As a contributor to the site's section Modern Medicine, I'm used to writing interesting and timely stories about health - but I don't write much about work issues. But since I like a challenge, I immediately agreed to do the story. And it didn't take me long to realize that the word … [Read more...] about Burnout is Not Just About the Workplace
The other day, the sun was shining and the temperatures cooperating beautifully. After too many days of relentless rain (although I am loving the abundant lushness resulting from all that moisture!) I decided to take a break from my desk and bike into town to pick up some lunch. Since moving last year, and trading our apartment in the third-largest city in Connecticut for a bucolic town - our … [Read more...] about Learning to Deal With Pain
Greetings – remember me?? I write that because it’s been a long while since I’ve posted here - and that old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind” scares me a bit. I hate to lose whatever momentum I’ve gained since starting this blog back in 2012 (has it really been that long??). So, thanks for sticking with me! As I write this post, I realize I’ve been a bit, well…absent lately. Short … [Read more...] about Menopause, Bloating, Hair Loss, Friends and Cellulite
Lately, I've been thinking about what makes us feel happy. Maybe it's because it's summer – something that always made me unequivocally happy – and right now, I'm not feeling that familiar adrenaline-fueled kind of euphoria happiness. Really, when you think about it, that's perfectly normal, isn't it? I mean, how can one thing – summer- erase all the other so-called stresses that enter our … [Read more...] about 5 Easy (and free!) Ways to Be Happier
Here’s a more-than-common scenario in my house: Dinner is over, the table is cleared. The dishwasher is silently humming, the kitchen is officially closed and it’s time to finally sit back and relax. We head for the couch and settle back into our respective spots (creatures of habit are we) to enjoy a television program or read a book. We exhale. It feels good; that moment of complete surrender, … [Read more...] about Cracking Knuckles, Popping Gum and Other Auditory Annoyance
I’ve never really been fully aware of my facial expressions until I recently caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I wasn’t feeling particularly gloomy or angry or even a wee bit sad. But the mirror reflected otherwise. The corners of my mouth were turned downward and anyone who didn’t know me might think I was unhappy, unfriendly, annoyed, or a combination of all three. Why did I look so glum … [Read more...] about Why Smiling Feels So Good