This Week In Wellness

All the health news that’s fit to click.

Author by Paige Towers
Art credit: Megan Schaller

Last weekend, during a bad bout of winter blues, I decided to buy matching holiday-themed sweaters for my three rescue dogs. I’d driven to my local home goods store, seen the display of ugly-cute canine apparel, smiled, and thought: That’s exactly what they need. Except it wasn’t. Two of my dogs have thick fur and the third has a closet full of cold-weather gear. Their funny red sweaters were, however, exactly what I needed. Retail therapy isn’t usually my thing. But when I got home and velcroed my victims dogs into their new outfits, I instantly felt happier. I cooed for a few minutes and then, deciding that the sweaters had served their purpose, freed my fur-babies from their knitwear shackles.

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When Your Heart Rate’s Up, Your Food Should Stay Down

This article sets out to debunk a common belief among Crossfit devotees:  that exercise-induced vomiting is a good thing. Some workout buffs think upchucking a protein shake is a sign that you’re “doing it right.” But leaning over the puke bucket between kettle-bell swings may actually signal that you need to slow down — not go harder. Could the health concerns listed here help usher in a new era in which barfing is seen not as an extreme-exercise rite of passage, but rather as something contrary to the whole point of working out[Mel]

The Finer Points Of Shrink-Shopping  

If you’re in the market for a therapist, here’s a guide on what to look for — and what to look out for — when you search for a new mental health provider. I like how all the suggestions put the power in the hands of the patient — a vital, but often overlooked, aspect of the therapy relationship. Most therapy newbies are stressed out enough by challenges like deciphering insurance policies and working up the courage to share their greatest fears with a stranger. Meanwhile, they should be asking: “Is this person right for me?” [The Cut]

How To Bypass The Bloat

Without gluttonous delights like shrimp cocktail, mashed potatoes, and crinkle cookies, the holidays would just be that time of year when I fall asleep watching The Twilight Zone on the couch next to my mother. That said, nothing busts up a game of charades with your nearest and dearest quicker than a bad case of bloat. This article doesn’t say you should sideline yourself with a salad this season, but it does offer several pointers for avoiding the slippery slope from “I’m full” to “Zipping up my jeans is overrated, anyway.” [Women’s Health]

Alone vs. Lonely

I tend to avoid articles about loneliness. As with stories about sugar, student loans, and polar bears, you go in knowing that you’re entering grim territory. But this overview of the link between loneliness and health is more interesting than it is grim. Among other things, I learned that you don’t have to be alone to be lonely and, on the flip side, that you can be alone and perfectly content in your solitude — especially if you have a new season of The Crown to keep you company. [New York Times]

Is It Shower O’Clock Yet?

Okay. Whether it’s better to shower in the morning or at night isn’t one of life’s most pressing questions. But considering that most of us bathe daily (or almost daily), it’s arguably more far-reaching than, say, the “still vs. sparkling” debate. (Sparkling — always sparkling.) The article also taught me something new about my habit of jumping out of the shower and straight into bed: Sleeping with wet hair may put me at risk for more than just, as my grandma would say, “the sniffles.” [Time]

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