Tagged self-care

How to Beat the Housebound Winter Blues

As some of my readers know, I use a wheelchair most of the time when I leave the house. I also use wheelchair-accessible public transportation, which is faulty even in the best of weather, so in the winter it can be downright unbearable. Plus, traveling with a wheelchair anywhere in the winter is a hardship. So what’s a gal to do to preserve her mental health and stay in touch with her geeky community? The first thing is to...

8 Ways to Fight Anxiety, Geek Style

There are many articles out there about self-care, and they all have a different spin. Some talk about bath bombs and muffins. Others talk about medical appointments and paying the bills. I thought I would try my hand at writing one that suits my personality—so here is my guide to geeky self-care. I’ll tell you what works for me, and maybe some if it will translate into something you can use for yourself. A little about me. I have...

Prep for Your Convention Weekend with Help from Twin Cities Geek

CONvergence is only four weeks away, and there are plenty more conventions after that. Are you ready? Help get there with some of our tips on planning, navigating the con, and staying healthy and relaxed while you geek it up! Convention newcomers can start with The Geek Convention Survival Guide (and hey, some of us old-timers could use a refresher, too). If you’re cosplaying, make sure you’re ready for every situation with The Geek’s Guide to Creating the Ultimate...

Lucia Hawley Helps Minnesotans Balance Their Well-Being through Food

“How can we get you feeling awesome?” That seems to be the catchphrase for Twin Cities nutritional therapist Lucia Hawley, who runs her practice out of Solcana Fitness and Wellness in Minneapolis. It also describes the driving purpose behind that practice—ever since Lucia was little, she has been finding ways to use food as a healing tool. This came out of having numerous physical and emotional issues dismissed with a diagnosis of “Oh, you’re fine,” or “You’ll grow out...

Taking Your Little Geek to a Convention

So you’ve decided to bring your geekling to one of the area fandom conventions. Awesome! Even if you’re no stranger to the convention scene, the first time with a kid, no matter what their age, can be a bit daunting. First, don’t panic. You are a hoopy frood who knows where their towel is. Second, add some favorable modifiers to your “have a good time” roll by thinking about these tidbits of advice from the greatest of adventurers: other...

How to Be Okay When the World Isn’t

There has been so much pain and sorrow in the world as of late. I won’t list all of the horrors—you know them well. This post isn’t about the horrors of the world; it’s about you. In light of these events, you have no doubt been inundated with information, the likes of which you wish weren’t true. You may have chosen to become (more) active in the fight for human rights, whether that means attending protests and vigils, immersing yourself...

Nerd Fitness Is an Easy Resource for Leveling Up Your Life

The gym isn’t always a safe place. I recognize this even though I want to be a personal trainer and work in a gym setting. My ultimate goal is to help people overcome the intimidation and make people feel comfortable to work out, but I can respect that gyms can be places where some people, and geeks in particular, might not feel respected. If that’s something you’ve felt, I’d like to introduce you to something I clicked upon while...

Care of Magical Creatures (Yes, That’s You)

We are all magical creatures, but unfortunately we don’t have Hagrid to care for us and know just what we need to keep us healthy and happy. I certainly could have used him recently, though. Last month was my first trip to New York Comic Con, and it took much longer to bounce back than I anticipated. It was a grueling weekend with YogaQuest appearing each day to teach yoga and putting in an additional appearance for a discussion...
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