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10 Activities for (Fun) Fall Maintenance for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Now is a good time to do a bit of a fall “tune-up.” You have probably experienced how time tends to speed up at the end of the year: Picture the last grains of sand running out of an hour glass or imagine the venturi effect when a river speeds up when going through a narrow [...]

By |2018-10-01T08:30:03+00:00October 1st, 2018|Climate Change, Health|0 Comments

Have You Packed Your 10 Essentials for Mental Well-being?

If you have hiked or climbed, you might be familiar with the “ten essentials” – a list of things to pack along to keep you safe and to use in case of accident or emergency (like water, map and compass, extra clothing, and a first aid kit). I was lucky to visit the Canadian Rockies [...]

Like a Fly on an Elephant’s Back

“Mental hygiene” is an old-fashioned term that I like because it refers to the things that are in our control to keep ourselves healthy and well. It’s our daily mental maintenance. And, one of the areas in which we need to do ongoing mental maintenance involves keeping a positive mood. “Like a fly on an [...]

By |2018-07-09T14:46:33+00:00July 9th, 2018|Health, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments

Groupfeel vs. Groupthink

In this post, I am speaking from the perspective of industrial and organizational psychology (i.e., I/O psychology, or how people think and perform in professional groups and work place settings). At times, I formally wear an I/O hat, such as when doing talks or team building. But, work place issues also come up quite often [...]

Why You Love the Earth

Why do you love the Earth? With the 48th anniversary of “Earth Day” coming up Sunday, April 22, this is a timely question. Some people feel very much a part of the Earth as they experience an interconnectedness with nature. Others are more neutral on the subject, while some even have negative views of nature. [...]

Nature-based Stress Reduction

Nature-based stress reduction is a term I coined a number of years ago. It brings together two separate but very complementary strands of thought about (1) the benefits of mindfulness and (2) the experience of nature and the natural world. There is a well-established school of thought around the benefits of mindfulness that includes the [...]

Overcoming Your Psychological “Code Debt”

Building on my post about “psychological operating systems,” I want to discuss the related concept of “code debt” as a metaphor for old patterns and mindsets that can hold us back. In the computing and technology world, “code debt” (and the related concept of technical debt) refers to a buildup of old programs, patches and [...]

By |2018-03-28T20:04:33+00:00March 28th, 2018|Health, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments

How to Think about the End of the Year

Celebrating the end of the year and New Years’ is arbitrary. You could think of January 1st as just another day. But, you can also leverage this transition for self-reflection and a way to mark time. This is a symbolic opportunity and a real fact: You have just lived through a whole and precious year [...]

By |2017-12-12T23:02:15+00:00December 12th, 2017|Climate Change, Environmental Identity, Health|0 Comments

Your Psychological “Operating System”

I’ve done counseling and coaching with many people in the tech sector. Over time, I’ve developed a number of technology and computing analogies to help these folks get a handle on their thought processes and better understand why they act the way they do, especially in their personal relationships. But, this is not just for [...]

By |2017-09-29T17:46:03+00:00September 29th, 2017|Health|0 Comments

May Day and the Beginning of Summer

May 1st, “May Day” is a world-wide holiday celebrating events in history and culture. It is a marker of the seasons, and a touchstone for many political traditions including the International labor movement, the old Soviet Union, and Cold War-era US patriotic observances. In the context of your personal health and sustainability, the beginning of May [...]

By |2017-05-19T12:11:47+00:00May 19th, 2017|Health, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments