The Power of the Serenity Prayer

The Power of the Serenity Prayer

It happens to every man. Sometimes you feel powerless. You feel like you’re a member of the security detail on Star Trek, the crewmembers who are always anonymously getting killed. You’re doomed to defeat. Sometimes you feel like someone who goes up against Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan in a martial arts movie. Figuratively or…

Have a Gratitude Thinkcation

Have a Gratitude Thinkcation

You’d be better off if you had Thanksgiving every day. Not the eating part. If you had a Thanksgiving feast every day you might end up extremely overweight. That wouldn’t be good for your health. I’m referring to the giving thanks part of Thanksgiving, the part where people having the dinner together sometimes go around…

Morning Affirmations are Mental Medicine

Morning Affirmations are Mental Medicine

Taking medicine first thing in the morning is common. It’s easy to remember. It can be done after using the commode, washing hands, and brushing your teeth. You can wait until after breakfast, too. Morning affirmations should be thought of as a pill too; a thought pill. They go down best when they’re short, simple,…

Never Let Yourself Become Sleep Deprived

Never Let Yourself Become Sleep Deprived

Some people lead a staid, predictable life.  Lucky them. They can count on being at home almost all the time.   They’ve got a consistent routine. They’re the furthest they can be from sleep deprivation. Nothing bad ever seems to happen to them. They live in a place with quiet neighbors or space between the…

The Osteens Are An Antidote To Oppressive Realism

The Osteens Are An Antidote To Oppressive Realism

Life might be nicer if everything was fair all the time. If it were, however, life wouldn’t be a challenge. We’d all probably end up bored. If everything for everyone was fair, we wouldn’t need to ever feel guilty. We wouldn’t have more than someone else. We wouldn’t have less. We wouldn’t have to think…

The Hidden Power Of Distraction

The Hidden Power Of Distraction

Like sleep, distraction is disreputable in Western society Distraction and sleep go hand in hand. Letting yourself fall asleep means letting your mind wander. That’s another way of saying letting yourself be distracted. Both sleep and distraction have had a bad name for years. The photo above has become a famous meme about distraction. The…

How To Stop Watching Porn At Bedtime

How To Stop Watching Porn At Bedtime

Stuck in a porn-watching cycle? You go to a porn website on your phone or laptop. You watch a few videos. You masturbate. You fall asleep. The next night you do it all over again. Does it seem hard to stop? Some people (usually men) feel like they need to masturbate to fall asleep. It…

What To Do When You’re Too Troubled To Sleep

What To Do When You’re Too Troubled To Sleep

Police officers get to see the worst of humanity. Dealing with violence, crime, neglect, narcissism, anger, and the general underbelly of humanity is their stock-in-trade. This carries over to bedtime. A study from 2011 showed 40 percent of police had at least one sleep disorder. Most commonly, the disorder was physically expressed as sleep apnea.…

Self-Care Means Sleep Enough

Self-Care Means Sleep Enough

There’s no good way to measure the direct effects of “self-care.” There are indirect measurements, like average blood pressure, cholesterol level, and other things like that. Beyond that, there’s only you and the way you feel. You’re obligated to do it alone; by yourself. Everyone else is too. It suffers from a lack of support.…