Just Stay Calm

Why do bees follow me when I panic and run? "Community Answer: Because they think you're trying to attack them. If you panic and make sudden/fast motions, that will scare the bees and make them want to defend themselves. And that's pretty much the only time bees sting people. Remain calm and still and they…

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Secretive Services

For the past several years, I have been trying to find mental health support in my community. Wow! This has required detective skills, persistence, patience, and a lot of time. Things that are in short supply when someone really needs help managing their own, or their loved one's mental illness. What have I tried in…

Rest, Bitch Face

So hey, the title is regarding that "funny" term "resting bitch face". At first, I thought it was hilarious because I have the permanent furrows that a lifetime of anxiety causes. I know this for sure because I had a colleague that greeted me every morning by saying "what's wrong? are you ok?" because of,…

Waspageddon

  When the "worst" has happened. (From the viewpoint of one phobic.)   It was a beautiful late September day, 31  degrees Celsius at my favourite local beach in Cobourg, ON. Unfortunately, because beach season is over (but not according to nature), the parks department hadn't emptied garbage and there were overflowing piles of delicious…

How Wasp Your Day?

Trying to describe a phobia to someone who doesn't have one, is like trying to describe what childbirth feels like: this is a place beyond words. But heck, I'll give it a try! First off, a phobic attack is exactly the same as a panic attack, symptom-wise; the only difference is the presence of a…

How to improve your sleep

Great, practical advice!

Richard Wiseman

I recently gave a Funzing talk on how to improve your sleep. A few attendees asked for a summary and so here are 10 main points.  I discuss all of this in depth in Night School, and will be giving another Funzing talk on the topic in London in June.

Avoid the blues: When your eyes are exposed to light, your brain produces less of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Light towards the blue end of the spectrum is especially stimulating and computer screens, tablets, smartphones and LED lighting all emit a lot of blue light. Try not to use these devices in the two hours before you go to bed. If you must use them, turn down the brightness or wear amber-tinted glasses designed to block blue light.

Avoid nightcaps: Although a small amount of alcohol helps you get to sleep more quickly, it also gives you a more…

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Medical Appointments 101

Here's how you can make the most of your medical appointment: I suggest you bring a book to read or something to occupy your wait time. (This may apply more in Canada, where you often wait over an hour for a booked appointment). That way your stress level (from being kept waiting soooo long) won't hijack…

Don’t Be So Sensitive

A chipmunk died on our front porch this morning. It was too late to help. It is nestled in the front garden now, with some peonies. One of its friends came to check on it, then ran away. Most people would find this sad, but probably not shed any tears. I found it incredibly sad…