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April 2021 Weekly Wellness Recap

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Sci-Fi Wisdom Battlestar Galatica Adama

"So say we all." - William Adama (Edward James Olmos), Battlestar Galatica

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Ever read a passage and your brain gets all tingly? Hear a song and your eyes suddenly well up? Glance at a photo and can't look away?

There's a truth. Somewhere in there. To truths, Raechel * * *

6+hr binge 🎧 Revealing Men Podcast I'm a huge fan of the west-Michigan based Men's Resource Center and one of the books written by its founders (I helped design the cover ;P) and have recently been working my way through their new podcast called Revealing Men. Short episodes, awesome guests, and really, really important topics. check it out 10min read 🌅 50 Morning Affirmations Ever think about just how many unproductively negative thoughts you have (or are exposed to) in a single day? It's a big laborious, but it's a neat experiment to actually count them. I got over 50 in one day. There's lots of tools and strategies to limit that number, but another angle is to increase the positive. Train the brain, flex that muscle. This article has 50 great ones to try out. read article

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"Perfection. That's what it's about. It's those moments. When you can feel the perfection of creation. The beauty of physics, you know, the wonder of mathematics. The elation of action and reaction, and that is the kind of perfection that I want to be connected to." - Samual Anders (Michael Trucco), Battlestar Galatica

* * * I don't have anything to add this week. That's just a great string of words. To what it's about, Rae * * * P.S. Wellness resources for this week:

1hr listen

🎧 The Fascinating Secrets of Your Voice This was a really neat podcast with author John Colapinto on how once you do start thinking about your voice, it reveals fascinating secrets to who you are. listen to podcast

5min read Chronic Pain Sufferers Should Take Exercise, Not Pills Interesting new recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence that point toward a major change of pain treatment policy. read article

Sci-Fi Wisdom Battlestar Number Six

"Yeah, you know, it's funny. It's a lot like that. It's like the distant chaos of an orchestra tuning up. And then somebody waves a magic wand, and all of those notes start to slide into place. A grotesque, screeching cacophony becomes a single melody." - Gaius Baltar (James Callis), Battlestar Galatica

* * * Those moments when the chaos slides into the place. When sunlight hits a prism.

When we stop looking to the left and to the right right and instead look around, and look within.

Those moments when something stumps us, surprises us, enlightens us, shakes us. When the ground shifts.

To a single melody, Rae * * * P.S. Wellness resources for this week: 1hr listen ✂️ No-Nonsense Guide to Simplifying Every Aspect of Your Life Helpful podcast with author Gary Collins on why it’s so easy to get caught up in the “cult of clutter,” how the clutter extends far past a person’s tangible stuff, and the cost it extracts from our lives in both financially and and psychologically. listen to podcast

15min read 😬 How to Make ‘Friends’ with Anxiety Neat article about how to personifying anxiety may be a helpful approach that incorporates perspective, engagement, humor, and gratitude. read article

5min sign up 🌲 How to Get 10 FREE Trees Feeling motivated to get your hands in some dirty this Arbor Day (April 30)? Arbor Day Foundation members get ten free trees. Pretty sweet. check out website

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"Regularity. That must be important when you're full of crap." - Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff), Battlestar Galatica * * *

If Captain Kara isn't above a clever poo joke, well then I'm not either. Might just be one of my favorite lines from the whole series.

It's punny, but it's also a decent piece of practical wisdom. When someone is acting like they're full of crap, at least we can cheekily appreciate the regularity.

When a behavior is predictable, we can understand it easier: where it comes from, how it plays out, and how we can choose a reaction to it. Predictable behaviors allow for predictable plans and strategies to avoid, manage, or confront.

All things considered, regular crap is preferable to irregular crap.

To regularity, Rae * * * P.S. Wellness resources for this week: 10min read 🌥️ 5 Ways Depression Has Enhanced My Life This was a really interested article; a rather fresh and insightful perception of the impact of depression on the landscape of depression. read article

5min read 🏋️ How Long Does It Take to Put on Muscle? This is a question I get asked a lot during massage sessions. This article is a great top level recap of the timeline and factors involved in building muscle tissue. read article

2+ hour binge 🛏️ Headspace Guide to Sleep The awesome meditation app Headspace has released a second series on Netflix, this time all about sleep. And it releases today! Check out the trailer below. watch on Netflix

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Hey there! My name's Raechel. I'm the author of The Bodies We Live In blog. I'm also a licensed massage therapist and owner of Massage Sci in Holland, Michigan.


In my free time, I enjoy writing about wellness; researching pain science; trying to grow things in my garden; being far too fond of semi-colons; and avid sci-fi nerding.