Tag Archives: be present

Reboot!

I’ve been writing Quiet Waters for almost two years now, and many of you have been following along from the beginning. Thank you! The comments you have left, the conversations we’ve had, and even the popularity of some posts and … Continue reading

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“Hi, how are you?”

After being introduced, I stepped onto the stage and greeted the audience. “How’s everyone doing tonight?” The auditorium was dark and the spotlights hit me square in the eyes. I knew that the place was about a third full, though … Continue reading

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No one is exempt

No one is exempt A recent report identified some of the most common sources of poor mental health: criticism and conflict, family problems, stress, depression, burnout, sexual problems, and financial problems. The respondents reported that their job expectations were often … Continue reading

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Viewpoint Article: Chronic Stress and our Health

Viewpoint Article: Chronic Stress and our Health Some stressors are abrupt, loud, and impossible to miss: a lost job, death of a loved one, a hurricane or other natural disaster. Most of the events in life that bring us stress … Continue reading

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The Stress Virus

The Stress Virus I am a microbiologist by training and part of my expertise is in infectious diseases. I direct a research laboratory that is trying to understand how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, making them difficult to treat, or … Continue reading

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Science Mumbo Jumbo part II

Another long post. Sorry. But hopefully less technical than last week’s! What does science have to say about how mental and behavioral changes can protect me from chronic stress or reverse its effects? Lifestyle medicine In 2014, the journal BMC … Continue reading

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Hope in the face of stress, anxiety, and depression

Hope in the face of stress, anxiety, and depression Yesterday I wrapped up another successful summer of microbiology research at PLNU. After cleaning up the lab, I was able to take my team of students on a tour of our … Continue reading

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Psychobabble

Psychobabble Over the past couple of weeks I’ve made the argument that we have proven tools at our disposal for preventing stress from becoming chronic and impairing our mental and physical health. Some of these same tools can be used … Continue reading

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A bear on the loose

A bear on the loose Years ago I was solo camping in Sequoia National Park. It was a warm evening, so I was sleeping on the ground, without a tent, when a large black bear bumbled into my campsite in … Continue reading

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What’s the point? Finding your calling

Finding your calling Of all the works of God’s creation, I think ecosystems are the most beautiful. Ecosystems bring together the living and the non-living into complex relationships that are balanced precariously but exquisitely. I live in what ecologists here … Continue reading

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