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(note: I realize a lot of what I’m throwing out here sounds insane. I’m well aware there are many issues, and I’m sure there are issues I couldn’t even think of. Some of this is tongue-in-cheek, but if you look at the big picture, I truly think I’m onto something here.)

Last week, I was telling someone how much I enjoyed the NHL’s pandemic-adjusted schedule. To cut down on travel, teams are playing 2–3 game mini-series at the same arena. This is an excellent way for teams to build rivalries, keep players fresh and safe(r). …


Bringing it back to our body’s physical foundation

It’s easy for me to find myself in a place where I’m caught up in work, and before I know it, I forget that I haven’t been adequately hydrating at all.

Our bodies are comprised of up to 50 to 75% water, and the body uses water for almost every function. It carries oxygen and nutrients, transports hormones, moistens tissues, protects organs, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, and uses it to eliminate toxins through the colon, skin, and bladder.

On the flip side, dehydration symptoms are common, yet not always attributed to dehydration. Often, when you’re feeling thirsty, it could…


Have you ever heard the saying, “Our cells eavesdrop on our thoughts?” How about “Thoughts become things”? One speaks to how connected our physical health & wellness, or lack thereof (dis-ease), is to our mental and emotional states (thoughts & feelings). The other speaks to the human mind’s ability to manifest real things in the world out of mere possibility. Both illustrate the incredible power of our thoughts to create. …


simple answers to complex questions

I have been on a path of sobriety for a little over three years now, and earlier this week, a post was being shared on Instagram encouraging people to share about how they quit alcohol. I hope that anyone reading this can find some inspiration from it.

Thanks,
Michael

  1. What made you quit drinking? The most straightforward answer is consequences. My drinking had affected me to the point where I was facing the consequences legally, fiscally, my career was in the toilet, and relationships with family and friends ruined. All directly related to my drinking. Luckily I did still have…


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Find balance, be calm, get energized, grounded, & focused.

Within many of the world’s ancient wisdom teachings, we find common themes related to how we, as humans, interact with the energy of our physical world and matter. In a way, the four elements do align with the four states of matter that modern science has agreed on: solid (earth), liquid (water), gas (air), and plasma (fire).

The ancient Greeks believed that there were four elements that everything was made up of earth, water, air, and fire. This theory was suggested around 450 BC, and it was later supported and added to by Aristotle. …


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Quality > Quantity

One thing nobody tells you about adulthood is how hard it is to make new friends. Throughout child- and young adulthood we’re forced to be around our peers through school and activities in the community like sports or church (or temple or mosque.)

And then one day you aren’t anymore.

I found myself in my late-20s, and it had been *years* since I had made a new friend. I had made casual acquaintances, dated women (unsuccessfully), met people through work, and even at meet-up events, and none of them stuck as friendships.

Yes, I could have gotten myself out there…


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Trying to make sense of social isolation, loneliness, and mental health

To me, loneliness might be the hardest feeling I experience. The idea that there are billions of people on the planet and I can still feel like the only person alive is downright frightening.

And worst yet, there are millions more like me.

With declining marriage rates and fewer children, more and more people in America are living alone.

Earlier this year the United Kingdom grabbed a lot of attention when the Prime Minister appointed a “Minister of Loneliness.” Why has the U.K. taken such a dramatic step? Loneliness is a growing problem and one that has serious health consequences.


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Life is a roller coaster and your brain knows it

We have all been there. We may be feeling down, a little bored with life, and we know that something is …missing.

So we set our sights on something that will fix it. Therapy shopping, a new job, a new place to live, a new significant other.

Yes, that will solve it.

When we do get that new outfit, a new car, change careers, and it is a satisfying accomplishment, and then it’s not satisfactory anymore. That same normalcy or boredom comes back to us, and we realize the new shiny toy didn’t solve our problems.

Don’t worry, we all…


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How I take care of business and boost my mental health

I am disorganized. I am lazy. I am low on energy. I am all these things; but, I am aware of these things, and unlike many with the same traits, I put effort towards battling these weaknesses.

Last month I wrote about how I combat a lack of action, and today I wanted to tackle specific tools I use to boost my work, productivity, and help me feel better about myself.

  • Hemingway Editor The free editor more than anything helps “dumb down” my writing. I found that some of the complex topics I was writing about on this site were…

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