Molly and I write about health. We research health. We work in health. We talk about health. We try and practice “good” health. So we know that the word health is multifarious and the concept is a complex one. Health means different things to different people based on culture, income, race, geography, knowledge, stage of life, medical history, and so on.Read More
Decisive is not an adjective that I would use to describe myself. At my best, this lack of decisiveness makes me easygoing, down for whatever, open minded, and agreeable. But, at my worst, this trait can be a total mental drain for myself and those that love me, work with me, and interact with me.Read More
I met a new client today for the first time. She’s 12, and wicked smart, and struggling big time with anxiety. Her parents hired me to teach her mindfulness and breath techniques to use in times of distress. During the conversation, I asked her a question, and her response made me take pause. I thought, “This small, badass girl will change the world someday – that is, if a learned mindset doesn’t get in her way.”Read More
Summertime Cincy is in full swing. The days are long, the temps are high, and there is no shortage of outdoor activities… CincyStateofBeing curated a list of ongoing opportunities to get moving this summer and enjoy the great outdoors. Get your calendars out!Read More
I still remember my first real friend. His name was Collin. Our common interests included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, “Sesame Street,” catching worms, and hogging the monkey bars from our preschool classmates. We became besties at age 3 simply because his cot was next to mine, and I saw him every weekday from 8 to 5. It was that easy. Now, at the age of 30, it’s a bit different.Read More
We’ve all been there. Something happens. An action. Mid conversation with a friend, you say something you find important. After the action, there is a reaction. Your friend briefly responds, and then changes topics. After the reaction is your perception of the reaction. You interpret your friend’s response as unsupportive or dismissive, that she’s uninterested. And then after the action, the reaction, and your perception come your thoughts.
As children, we’re taught to never give up, to never quit, to always keep trying. But sometimes, giving up is exactly what we need to do. Sometimes, giving up is the healthiest thing we can do.
It’s official. Our society has screwed up self-care. Don’t believe me? Do a quick Pinterest search. You’ll be inundated with perfectly staged, beautifully filtered photos of organic hand-poured soy candles, impeccably decorated acai bowls, and robe clad women sipping bubbly at a lavish spa day. Of course, I want an eight-hour spa day followed by a glass of champagne. That sounds lovely.Read More