InnerSelf Newsletter: July 31st, 2016

InnerSelf Newsletter: July 31st, 2016

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

This week we take a look at stress. Stress is a four-letter word! (Even though it has a total of 6 letters, the last two are repeats... thus making it a four-letter word!)  While we may think of stress as an adult problem, it affects humans of all ages (and animals too). In children, it may be disguised as behaviors we may not recognize as stress. Read "Helping Kids Cope With Stress" for more insights.

We also may have to experience the stress of illness and hospital stays. Read "7 Tips to Relieve Information Overload During a Hospital Stay" to make your hospital stay (or a loved ones' stay) more peaceful. And we also have the stress of staying healthy and fit (as well as the stress of not being healthy and fit). "Eat and Run: 8 Tips on Eating for Fitness and Health" gives us pointers on how to keep our energy high (and thus our stress low).

And while tools for dealing with stress are important, we also need tools to transform our life to one where stress is not the "leading actor" in our lives. While stress is present, we don't have to let it be our shining star. We can attain a state of balance where we remain at peace with what is. One method to use is to "Take Daily Snapshots of Joy". And for more solutions, read: "How To Keep Anxiety At Bay While Living In A Chaotic World". Alan Cohen has his own suggestions (Please don't take him literally) on getting rid of stress in "How to Safely Remove Your Husband’s Skull"

And as usual, we have numerous additional articles. Many of these articles focus on health, both personal health and planetary. Some of them shed light on the upcoming US election and its importance not only for US citizens but for the whole world as well. Scroll down below for the links to all of the new articles this week.

Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.

Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"

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Helping Kids Cope With Stress

Written by AJ Earley.

Helping Kids Cope With Stress

Children are not as adept as adults at understanding complex emotions like stress, and aren’t likely to be able to tell you when they have too much on their plate. A child who is stressed out isn’t likely to appear so. Rather, their anxiety is often portrayed through a series of signs, which can be physical, emotional, or behavioral.

Read article here: Helping Kids Cope With Stress

7 Tips to Relieve Information Overload During a Hospital Stay

Written by Kati Kleber, BSN, RN, CCRN.

7 Tips to Relieve Information Overload During a Hospital Stay

Anyone admitted to a hospital faces stress and anxiety, often in tandem with pain and trauma. Add into this mix a bombardment of information and instructions from a sea of strangers, and it's easy to become overwhelmed. How can patients and their loved ones keep track of everything they need to know?

Read article here: 7 Tips to Relieve Information Overload During a Hospital Stay

Take Daily Snapshots of Joy

Written by Donald Altman.

Take Daily Snapshots of Joy

Here’s some wonderful advice for being miserable: Ignore all the good and decent things that surround you in the course of an ordinary day. Here’s more: Complain about the things you can’t change, and even complain about those things you can change. The list could go on...

Read article here: Take Daily Snapshots of Joy

Eat and Run: 8 Tips on Eating for Fitness and Health

Written by Maureen Sangiorgio.

Eat and Run: 8 Tips on Eating for Fitness and Health

Beginning exerciser to triathlete, we know that exercise does us good. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends a fitness program combining cardio and strength training. But what you eat is just as important...

Read article here: Eat and Run: 8 Tips on Eating for Fitness and Health

How to Safely Remove Your Husband’s Skull

Written by Alan Cohen.

How to Safely Remove Your Husband’s Skull

I saw a documentary that introduced Jawara women who wear the bones of their dead husbands around their necks. In some cases, the widow totes the man’s skull. In our culture many of us also wear the skulls, bones, or remnants of dead husbands, lovers, family members, business partners, or  friends around our necks—not physically, but energetically. We hang past memories, resentments, and upsets...

Read article here: How to Safely Remove Your Husband’s Skull

How To Keep Anxiety At Bay While Living In A Chaotic World

Written by David Chesire, University of Florida.

How To Keep Anxiety At Bay While Living In A Chaotic World

Ella Fitzgerald sang that “into each life some rain must fall,” but it has felt like torrents of grief have fallen upon us in recent months.

Read article here: How To Keep Anxiety At Bay While Living In A Chaotic World

Astrological Journal for the Week

Pam YounghansWritten by Pam Younghans

This weekly column (updated every Sunday afternoon) is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies... Read more

It is also highly beneficial to reread the past week's astrological journal as it gives a hindsight view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights. 


* A Salt On The Senses

* Allure And Dangers Of Superfoods

* America's Deep Political Divide Can Be Traced Back To 1832

* America's Police Culture Has A Masculinity Problem

* Can A Stem Cell Gene Called Nanog Reverse Aging?

* Can Genes Really Predict How Well You'll Do Academically?

* Clinton's New College Compact Plan Explained

* Clinton Vs. Trump: Whose Acceptance Speech Hit The Right Note?

* Could Clinton's Health Care Proposals Work?

* Do Climate Disaster Movies Hurt The Climate Cause?

* Does Drinking Hot Tea In Summer Really Cool You Down?

* Do Students Do As Well With Digital Reading vs Paper?

* Droughts Are Drying Up Amazon’s Green Lungs

* Harvard Lawless School and You

* How Direct Manipulation Of The Brain Can Reverse Effects Of Depression

* How Forests Respond To Increasing Levels Of CO2

* How Long Term Opioid Use Makes Pain Worse

* I’m Sticking With Sanders And Voting for Clinton

* Is Clinton On The Verge Of A Colossal Political Mistake

* Is “Helicopter Money” The Road to Hyperinflation or A Cure for Debt Deflation?

* Is Internet Freedom A Tool For Democracy Or Authoritarianism?

* Is Your Nervous System A Democracy Or A Dictatorship?

* Knowing The Belief You Have In Authority Is Just Your Opinion

* Metastatic Prostate Cancer Is Up 72% In 10 Years

* Performance Of Doctors Without ‘Me Time’ Is A Lesson For Us All

* Protecting Our Children After The Wounds Of Racism

* Sexual Double Standards May Leave Students Feeling Disempowered

* Should We Be Routinely Screened For Melanoma?

* Simple Hearing Test May Predict Autism Risk

* The Kind Of Person That Joins A Cult Or A Terror Group

* The Link Between Violent Video Games And Real Violence Is Not Simple

* The Science Behind Trusting Clinton Or Trump

* Vast Wildfires Are Burning In Remote Siberia

* What Factors Influence Income Inequality?

* What Happens If The San Andreas Fault Cracks

* What It Means When Kids Walk On Their Toes

* What Makes Your Brain Go All-in On What It Thinks You’re Seeing?

* What Works And Doesn't Work With Carbon Pricing

* What Your Pee And Poo Color Says About Your Health

* When Is Childhood Shyness A Cause For Concern?

* Why Carbon Storage Increase In The Little Ice Age Bodes Ill For Us

* Why Consumers Who Participate In Green Programs Are Happier

* Why Do You Feel Like You're Falling When You Go To Sleep?

* Why Non-renewables Are Still In Abundance While Renewables Are Not

* Why Smart Drugs Can Make You Less Clever

* Will Kids Grow Out Of Childhood Asthma?

We add articles to the website regularly
. Rather than wait for the newsletter, you can visit each section according to your interests throughout the week. Each section listed below is designed as its own "mini-website" and has additional articles not listed in the newsletter.

The "Living in Harmony" section includes articles on Health & Well-Being, Home & Garden, Pets, Leisure & Creativity, Finance & Careers, and Science and Technology.

The "Personal Development" area covers Attitude Adjustments (which includes Fear, Anger, Gratitude, Forgiveness), Relationships & Parenting, Spirituality & Mindfulness (including Meditation), Intuition & Awareness (including astrology), and Happiness & Success.

"Social & Political" covers topics that affect us personally yet deal with a more "societal" or "political" sphere. This area covers Environment & Climate, Democracy, Justice, Inequality, Economy, and more. These topics are very relevant for our communal journey on Planet Earth.


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