1 Go outside. 2 Connect with a friend by phone or message app. 3 Name three things you're grateful for. 4 Take a virtual hike (such as this one). 5 Do something to help someone else. 6 Laugh at this joke: A grasshopper sits down at a bar. The bartender says, "We have a drink … Continue reading 6 things you can do for cognitive health right now
Due to the current unpleasantness, our local meetup community is not gathering. One of the activities we do is nature therapy. More and more evidence shows that time in nature is healthy for our minds. It can lift our mood, improve our focus, lower stress and anxiety, and promote clearer thinking. As we bask in … Continue reading DIY nature therapy
We can benefit from tracking our lifestyle activities. You know how much water you're supposed to drink every day, right? Although there are various schools of thought, health experts typically recommend eight eight-ounce glasses (the 8×8 rule). Although you probably know how much you're supposed to drink, do you know how much you actually drink? … Continue reading Do you know how much water you drink?
"Put it on the ground!" The woman ahead of me on the hiking trail mildly admonished her small son, who was lagging behind her. I thought the child must have picked up a worm, or doggie doo, or a bad habit. As I got closer, though, I saw that the boy was holding a huge … Continue reading “Drop the leaf, Louie”
I live at the edge of the woods. The head of my bed is up against a window that looks out on towering evergreens. When I wake in the morning, my head lies on my pillow, and my eyes gaze upward — not at the ceiling, but at those gorgeous trees. It's almost as though I'm … Continue reading Sleeping under the trees