Mid-Week Balance: 12 January 2012

This week’s edition of Mid-Week Balance has two central themes.  The first is a nod to the fact that, whether you prefer to think of taking stock, making resolutions, setting goals, or stating intentions, the beginning of a new year reminds us that life moves forward (if we’re lucky), and encourages us to take some ownership of that.  So, I chose several posts that fall under the heading of “aspirational.”  If you want more thoughts on this, you can check out my “3 Words for 2012” post, or several others that are linked through that post.  The second theme this week is several posts about current health research.  I know that many people often feel intimidated by research, but both of these articles do a good job of highlighting important findings in an accessible way.

Inspiration

An ongoing task in my life is the management of clutter (with the long-term goal of just getting rid of most of it!).  I know that it’s incredibly easy to feel overwhelmed by clutter, so I really appreciate these “ten clutter questions and answers” from Leo Babauta of the Zen Habits blog.

I appreciate Julie Fanning, LCSW and her blog.  She’s not only a writer I enjoy, but her blog title, “Holding Hope” is one of my favorite descriptions of therapy.  That’s a phrase I’ve used for years and I was so excited to find someone else who has that vision for therapy practice.  Her post this week speaks to something that I think many of us feel when we have the opportunity to do something that is fun or healthy, but is also “extra.”  Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to step out of our exhaustion with routine and commit to fun and self-care.

Linda Esposito is another therapist that I particularly appreciate.  I’ve talked about boundaries on this blog before.  For most of us, developing healthy boundaries is an ongoing process.  I’m also a collector of quotations and one-liners, so this post that combines boundaries and quotes was a win for me.

Research

The American Psychological Association has released results from a substantial study exploring the relationship between stress and health.  It doesn’t surprise me at all that there appear to be strong connections between high stress and negative chronic health outcomes.  I hope that this research becomes part of a groundswell that leads to better integration of mental health services into health care across the country.

Many patients who have experienced chemotherapy have joked for years about having “chemo brain.”  Well, current research appears to be supporting the reality of their experience.  Idelle Davidson, who wrote “Your Brain After Chemo,” does a fantastic job of summarizing those findings in this article, hosted on the “Chemobrain” blog.

Okay folks–that’s what I’ve got this week.  Stay tuned tomorrow: it’s my 100th blog post!  There will be confetti, and food, and prizes!! (Well, the confetti and food may happen only in my head or my kitchen, but the prizes are for real!)  As always, if you have something amazing that you found this week, please share!

 

Photo Credit: Photo by Matt Brittaine

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