Guest Blog Post: “Oh Crap, It’s About to Be Winter,” in DGGYST’s exact words

Photo of frosty berries on tree

DGGYST’sblog’s long name is Damn, Girl Get Your Shit Together, but this post applies to all. Her subheading, “Unsolicited Advice for Shit You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong,” totally conveys her one-two punch style of wise and witty, silly cum useful. This one’s on seasonal depression…

Damn, Girl. Get Your Shit Together.

There is that first day of fall where you feel like the world is a magical place, full of wonder and change. A bit later comes that fall day when shit starts to get real and you realize you have fifty years of fucking winter stretching out before you.

On that day, which for most of us is between November 1st – 5th, you need to take your supplies of feel-good fall energy and use them to rescue your future self.

Seasonal depression is the bane of my existence. It will be the middle of July and I will be like, “You Fools! Put down your volleyballs and summer shandies! Winter Is Coming!”

I’ve been training for this all year, so consider me your honorary Ph.D in S.A.D. and how to dodge it

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Falling Behind: How to Make Yourself Anxious by da-AL

Thank you, Ryan McGuire of Gratisography!
Thank you, Ryan McGuire of Gratisography!

This should be day 12 of my 30-day challenge to blog daily, but I’ve fallen behind. I’ve been too busy to even check email these past couple of days. It’s not as bad as it sounds, though. My challenge allows for blogging more than once in in order to catch up to 30 blogs in 30 days.

Like most days, yesterday morning I woke to chirping birds and the sounds of neighborhood cars beeping as they unlocked and then swooshed away. As I opened my eyes to the hazy morning sunshine, I immediately reviewed my mental ‘to do’ list, vowing to check off everything by the day’s end. Like most nights, I brushed my teeth minty clean, lay my ear to the cool softness of my pillow, inhaled the familiarity of my bedroom, and did my best to muzzle an inner devil that threatened to tick off everything I didn’t get done.

Fortunately, I don’t suffer from full on anxiety attacks, but I have an inkling of how wicked they must be. I enjoy learning about the mind, the body, and how they interact. Lately, thanks to my dear public library, I’ve been listening to a 2-CD set, “Relieve Anxiety with Medical Hypnosis,” by Steven Gurgevich, Ph.D. Gurgevich is a colleague of Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., who many either love or hate for his mixing alternative medicine with science-based medicine, as well as the fact that he sells an extensive line of alternative medicine products.

At one point, Gurgevich lists how to induce anxiety. Maybe it’ll make you laugh nervously, the way it did me? Here’s what I copied down:

  • Drink lots of coffee or caffeinated beverages and sodas.
  • Drink alcohol to excess.
  • Give up all exercise and physical activities.
  • Live on nutrient poor fast food.
  • Withdraw from social relationships or hang out with those who thrive on gloom, doom, and catastrophe.
  • Watch the news and read the papers every day.
  • Look for the worst that’s going on in the world.
  • Become a perfectionist and take that seriously.
  • Look only for what went wrong. Look for what is negative in any situation.
  • Give up all laughter. Avoid humor like the plague.
  • Read and watch the scariest things you can find.
  • Change your self talk to negative. An easy way to do that is to complain a lot.
  • Get in a competition with everyone else that complains to you. Tell them that you have it even worse.
  • Use your fear to avoid any thing, place, or person that causes the least bit of discomfort.

How do you make yourself anxious? What do you think about medical hypnosis?

Watch for my next blog on how to relieve anxiety.

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Medical hypnosis Dr. Steven Gurgevich

Guest Blog Post: “A review of the book: Arachnophobia? How to Avoid Brown Recluse Bites,” by Steven Anthony

Welcome to this blog’s (da-AL’s) 2nd guest post…

For anyone interested in getting their brain soaked with spider knowledge, this is an excellent book that is easy to follow. Author Thomas Martincic began offering Brown Recluse First Aid Kits after becoming a bite victim to the notorious Brown Recluse spider.

This spider receives a reputation for its bite to be a deadly pack of venom and then eventual skin breakdown that might require amputation. Though the relationship between human and Brown Recluse is sour, it lands itself with the Black Widow as one of the top ten most dangerous spiders in the world.

Martincic keys in on other important aspects of the spider including where it is located and what it looks like in order to be positively identified. Brown Recluses are typically found in the south to the Midwest of the United States. This includes but not limited to Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana. They are typically a little larger than a quarter and have a distinct violin shape on their body.

Martincic even elaborates on steps you can take to prevent yourself from becoming a victim to the Brown Recluse. Glue traps have been proven by researchers to be an effective way to combat these spiders. Setting them in various areas where they are more likely to appear at night including the kitchen, living room and basement will increase the likelihood of getting them out of your house.

A truly dangerous spider is indeed scary to a lot of people. However, proper care and planning is the key to preventing a human spider bite. You will not be disappointed if you are a curious-minded individual.

Steven Anthony’s blog showcases his photography.