Have You Met Your Stress Quota?

Adrenaline is a good thing. It is, after all, what gets you to slam on the brakes when the car in front of you stops short or a toddler’s ball bounces into the street. I needed to remind myself recently that bodies are only designed to handle it in the small doses...

Stress: A Refresher Course

The word “stress” is so overused that the concept can slide through your brain with barely a notice. A life full of it is our new norm, really, but not much time is spent thinking about what all this stress is actually doing to our bodies. And it’s a lot. As the sun...

Paying Attention to Wake-up Calls

Nothing wakes you up faster or more urgently than a phone call at 4am from a neighbor saying, “I think something’s wrong. My leg won’t work. Please come.” Nothing wakes you up faster than a cry for help and the unknown scenarios racing through your head. I answered...