Saying that balancing your life, your health, and your advocacy is challenging – is a huge understatement. Sometimes you just get burnt out. Maybe it’s because you haven’t disconnected from the internet in a while or because your social media is with you mobily wherever you go. Maybe you just can’t seem to write a blog post because writer’s block has got a vice grip on your creativity. Or perhaps you fear even looking at your full Inbox because it feels like standing at the bottom of a tall mountain, looking up, knowing you’ve got to climb it, but don’t really have any of the necessary equipment or strength with you. Maybe you just are a bit tired of talking about the same thing and wish you could take a mental vacation. You’re not alone. This happens to all of us. And when burn out kicks in, it can easily take over and feel like it’s there to stay.
In honor of Brain Awareness Week (a week that aptly contains the birthday of famous brain Albert Einstein – whose own brain, apparently weighed roughly 500g less than the average adult brain.) I wanted to share with you the noble mission behind this week and take a few minutes to reflect upon how important neuroscience is. In the past few decades alone, significant advances in the field of neuroscience have been made. It’s no secret that our brains are the epicenters of our bodies and, really, our person-hood and lives – but we have a lot more to learn about them. The mission of Brain Awareness Week is to recognize and encourage the behind-the-scenes efforts of the scientific community to learn, research, discover, map, and further understand these grayish three-pound fat-masses we so greatly rely upon.
(This is a metaphor)
From one of my favorite websites, (dictionary.com):
1. to make known; reveal or uncover: to disclose a secret
2. to cause to appear; allow to be seen; lay open to view: In spring the violets disclose their fragrant petals.
The word “disclose” was first used right around the time of The Renaissance, an era of rebirth: artistic expression, intellectual transformation, and scientific advances. A time when people rose from the darkness of the past centuries and began opening themselves up to a new way of life. Now, whether this is a more romanticized version of what actually happened or not – the idea of a Renaissance from the Dark Ages fits perfectly with our March theme of Health Disclosure (and the upcoming first day of Spring!).
Relationships can be tough, but adding the management of a chronic illness to the mix can create a whole new challenge.
Last February we hosted a webinar about Chronic Illness and Relationships (sound familiar? maybe you attended!). The webinar was a big hit, sparking some great conversation on a tough topic that hit home with lots of our community members and Health Activists. In fact, it’s the perfect sort of content to bring back! In honor of our theme we are resurfacing the webinar in a new, re-vamped 2011 slide-show so we can all take a look at the important topics and questions we covered. Hopefully you will be inspired to bring the ideas back to your community as discussion topics!
As an awesome online health leader, creating content for your health community is your passion! But sometimes it can be challenging to come up with topics to go off of. Health Activists – never fear! WEGO Health is here to give you some post prompts.
Introducing our fun new feature: First Friday Post Prompts. Every first Friday of the month, we’ll be giving you some ideas to help inspire you to create that fantastic Health Activist content you are known for. If you happen to find yourself in that unpleasantly familiar blog-writing-rut at any time during this month, simply come back here to this post and borrow one of these five prompts to get your imagination going. I’ve found that sometimes the most fun (and surprisingly the best) writing can come from being assigned a topic. How does that sound?
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I would love to see everyone make safe sex choices and reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. And I love educating people about their birth control choices and having seen firsthand how these decisions affect all of our lives.
While working on a project for the WEGO Health community, I came across The American Sleep Apnea Association webpage. I also stumbled (almost literally) upon the blog of Ed Grandi, the Executive Director of the ASAA. Ed has been writing at Sleep Apnea ED since 2005 and he did me the honor of letting him interview him for WEGO Health’s sleep education community.
The biggest hurdle in teaching the public [about sleep apnea is], getting them to take it seriously.