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August 19, 2022

Weekend reads: The 'biological clock' and other reproductive health metaphors that lead us astray.

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    A guide to venting at work, how to break unhealthy habits, and more.

    Allie Rudin's weekend reads

    'Let it all out?' The right way to vent at work. Is it possible to vent about life's large or small frustrations while at work without hurting your career or infecting the office with drama and negativity? If done right, venting can release stress and even bring people closer. Writing for the Wall Street Journal's "Work & Life," Rachel Feintzeig consults with psychologists and business leaders to provide a guide to a careful and conscientious kind of workplace venting—one that reaps the benefits of airing grievances while avoiding the inherent pitfalls.

    The 'biological clock' and other reproductive health metaphors that lead us astray. When it comes to the female body, science still has glaring gaps, from medical education to clinical research and treatment. Part of the problem is perpetuated through the words we use, such as reducing the complexities of whole medical fields to simply "maternal health." As science reporter Rachel Gross explains to Byrd Pinkerton for Vox's "Unexplainable" podcast, new research challenges long-held assumptions like the concept that ovaries are a static "biological clock" which can never generate new eggs. To solve anatomical mysteries and improve life for patients with female organs, the first step may be to throw out our misleading language.

    Lex Ashcroft's weekend reads

    Want to break unhealthy habits? Stop obsessing over willpower. People underestimate the role of habits and how it affects our daily behaviors, often attributing failure to change them to a lack of willpower. Research shows that people who are more successful at achieving long-term goals actually exert less willpower in their day-to-day lives. Writing for The Conversation, Asaf Mazar and Wendy Wood break down the keys to controlling habits: changing environmental cues, using triggers effectively, and making it difficult to act on poor habits.

    What are muscle knots, and how do you get rid of them? Small changes in your daily routine, such as new movements in a workout, or sitting in the same position for hours, can result in myofascial trigger points, also known as muscle knots. When a muscle gets damaged it often causes inflammation, resulting in a clump of tissue that can range from the size of a marble to a golf ball. Writing for The Conversation, Zachary Gillen offers detailed solutions to rid your body of these pesky knots (and prevent them) including stretching, dry needling, electric stimulation, and self-myofascial release.


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