Monthly Archives: November 2013

What To Do When The World’s Crashing Down

I’ve had a couple of major sky-is-falling crises in my life. Times when everything was going wrong, and my brain wasn’t helping matters one bit. Money stuff was all wrong, relationships were going to shit, and my anxiety was through the roof. Every waking moment was a nightmare because of depression or grief, and there was no end in sight.

Maybe you’ve never had an era in your life like that, or maybe you’re feeling a little queasy seeing someone talk about it so openly. Either way, let’s figure out how to weather the storm. Let’s punch disaster in the nuts. How?

Survive.

That’s number one. I know it seems trite, but sometimes all you’re capable of is crouching down and covering your head as the blows rain down. You won’t win the round, but you’ll make it to the bell.

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Guided Meditation for Sleep

I made an 18 minute guided meditation meant to be listened to as you go to sleep. It has some pretty groovy music made by DJ Cold Duck.

This one uses the principles of progressive muscle relaxation along with a bit of imagery, but I’m fairly sure it should be effective even if you don’t listen to the words. I want your brain to get the idea that it’s in a safe place, doing exactly what it needs to do.

Give it a listen, and let me know if it works for you. If you can think of any other guided meditations you’d like to hear, or any goals for meditation you might have in mind, leave me a comment!

How To Get To Sleep When Your Mind Won’t Stop Racing

There are two major components to a good night’s sleep: being able to actually fall asleep, and sleep quality. If you don’t have both, you’re boned, and the detrimental effects can be surprisingly wide-ranging. Did you know that your sleep quality and quantity affect your smarts, your mood, and your weight?

It kind of sucks, because shitty sleep is its own special kind of torture. Tossing and turning, struggling to sleep, waking up with your heart racing… that’s just the worst. It’s a little cruel that it affects everything else about your life while it’s at it.

It will probably come as no surprise that stress plays a large part in sleep quality and duration. With sleep-deprivation causing stress and stress causing sleep-deprivation, it can sometimes seem difficult to make headway in either area. It’s a GD conspiracy.

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Break Your Fast With a Vengeance: Super Oatmeal

Earlier today a colleague of mine, the awe-inspiring Erica House (she’s got a fitness blog, if you’d like to see) made one of her rare errors. You see, she meant to post about her “magical egg white oatmeal,” but instead made a post about how to make an inedible bowl of glop. Mistakes happen, I understand.

While she fixes her post so that we can learn about this magical oatmeal we’ve all been hearing about, I figured I’d help out and post how to make my Super Oatmeal.

Bam.

You’ll need the following:

  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup of oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Raisins
  • Butter (lots)
  • Coconut milk (lots)
  • An egg
  • An apple (red delicious or granny smith if you’re feeling sassy)
  • Whey protein so you can get swole
  • Cinnamon
  • Cacao nibs or something less weird, like nuts

Those should probably be in some particular order. What am I, Julia Child?

Throw the water and a healthy pinch of salt into a pot. Drizzle a ton of coconut milk in (optional and awesome). Don’t turn the heat on yet. Fire comes later.

Next, thinly slice a cored apple:

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