Bored to Sleep

Remember how easy it was to nod off in math class?

The instructor would drone on and on and the idea of setting your head on the hard, cold desk sounded like the best thing in the world.

For many people, sleep has become elusive. As adults, we have more responsibilities, more worries, more things that keep us awake.

We may not be able to turn it all off, but what if we could drown it out? What if we could distract our brains with something else long enough to nod off?

The Sleep with Me Podcast aims to do just that. The podcaster taps into that perfectly droning math teacher voice and tells you a perfectly boring bedtime story--one that will hopefully send you off to sleep.

Unlike medication with it's myriad of side effects, a boring bedtime story's only side effect is sleep. 

Give it a try and see what happens.

Kindness & Goodwill

When your spouse tells you about something that makes them happy, how do your tend to react?

"Oh. That's nice. Did you remember to pay the electric bill?."

Or

"Wow, that's great news! Tell me more about it!"

 

When you are angry with your spouse, how do you tend to react?

"You always do that! You're such a jerk! You obviously only care about yourself!"

Or

"What you did hurt me and made me feel as if you don't care about my needs."

 

How you react to your spouse can be a good indication of the state of the relationship. It can signify whether things are going well, or if there are issues that need to be addressed.

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The ability to have goodwill toward your partner and to react with kindness, even when frustrated or angry is the hallmark of a healthy, happy relationship. If these are things that do not seem to come easily in your relationship, consider couple's therapy to help get things back on track.

For more information, check out this article:

Social Science Says Lasting Relationships Comes Down to Two Basic Traits -- By Derek Lovell

Gut Feelings

As much as the medical and mental health community likes to think they know a lot about the causes and treatment of various mental health issues, the fact is, THEY DON'T.

An increasing number of studies are showing a strong brain-body connection, particularly with regard to the gut. Anything from auto-immune disorders to mood disorders could have origins or be influenced by how healthy the gut is and what bacteria are present and in what numbers.

Understanding this connection could open up a whole new world of treatment options, which may someday include popping a customized pro-biotic instead of a prescription pill. This would be bad news for the pharmaceutical companies, but good news for the rest of us!

Read more: What The Bacteria In Your Gut Have To Do With Your Physical And Mental Health

Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post.

Too Busy To Be Stressed

"I'm just too busy to be be stressed!"

"I'm just too busy to be be stressed!"

Ever feel like you just can't get a handle on your stress?  Some of our stress comes from external sources (i.e. boss, traffic), but much of it comes from within.  How we set up our environment can dictate how smoothly our day goes.

Here is one of the best blog posts I've seen detailing ways to organize how we spend our time and how we approach tasks each day:

http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2014/08/most-organized-people/

Easy Does It

We all hear about how important it is to exercise, but that doesn't have to mean running a 5K.  If you are dealing with anxiety, depression, low energy, sleep issues, or many other physical, mental, or emotional challenges, yoga might be just the thing.

Yoga has distinct short-, medium-, and long-term benefits:

It's easier than ever to spend 15-30 minutes doing something useful for your body.  There are numerous YouTube channels, videos, and blogs dedicated to yoga.    I recently discovered some great yoga apps available for my smartphone for free or very little money that help me stay on track and allow me to do a short course of yoga almost anywhere.  

Give it a try!  It's a drug-free, side-effect free way to address some of the things that ail you.  You may be surprised by the number of benefits you see.  

(Disclaimer: Consult your physician before engaging in new physical activity)