All posts tagged: Lifestyle

Week 33 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Loneliness

Loneliness is a popular topic in the news these days.  News articles tell us that loneliness is the new epidemic, that research is being directed into pharmaceuticals and AI to combat loneliness, and that governments are installing public infrastructure directed at facilitating interactions between strangers.  How is it that we can be so lonely despite living in densely populated cities?  What does it mean to be lonely?

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Week 22 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Meat Eating

(This post is part of a weekly series for Know Thyself 2019, a 365 day journal project. Start here!) Last week’s topic was fairly philosophical and abstract, so this week I’ll offer up something concrete and practical.   We make food choices and encounter other peoples’ fanaticism, so what could be more useful than discussing food and meat? Lifestyles of the Rich and the Blameless In third world countries, vegetarianism is widespread because meat is very expensive. As the world’s poor earn more money, they eat more meat. (Economist, May 4th 2019) Meanwhile in the first-world, meat is plentiful and inexpensive while whole foods and organic produce are expensive. As people become richer in the West, it becomes a badge of honor to eat less meat.  (Economist, October 13th 2018) (Nearly) Fifty Shades Vegetarianism – avoiding animal products except dairy and eggs Veganism – strictly avoiding all animal products (sometimes including honey) Meatatarianism – like Jordan Peterson’s daughter, who eats only beef! Pescatarianism – avoiding meats except fish Fruititarianism – eating only fruits   Animals: Meat? Or …

3 Stretches to Relieve Wrist and Forearm Pain Caused by Computer Use

Why do my wrists and forearms hurt after computer work?  What stretches can I do to get rid of the pain? You might think of an office job as not physically strenuous.  What injury could you possibly get from sitting at a desk? Actually, people who rely on electronics at work often complain about tension in the wrists and forearms.  Some computer and office work activities that contribute to compression and inflammation in this area include: Using a mouse or touchpad Typing with the wrists at an unnatural angle (i.e. with wrists dropped) Working for long periods without breaks or stretching Carrying items or keeping the elbow bent at a 90 degree angle. These activities cause inflammation in the tendons (attach muscle to bone), ligaments (attach bone to bone), and muscles.  Stretching can sometimes help to alleviate pain by increasing flexibility and reducing tension in the muscles, both of which will decrease strain on the tendons. Try the following stretches a few times a day to 1) relieve pain and 2) prevent minor injuries from becoming …