How are you feeling?

How are you feeling?

By Jennifer Depew
Learn about feelings, and possible physical causes and ways to feel better.
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Curiosity, an overview
Trailer: Curiosity, an overview. Is curiosity an emotion? What are emotions anyway?  Main Episode: Curiosity and Intrinsic Motivation. The feeling of curiosity may be similar to intrinsic motivation - an internal drive to explore, learn, practice and improve skills. We may have more intrinsic motivation or curiosity about something when we have two things: competence - the challenge is reasonably matched to our current skill level - it would be achievable with some effort, and autonomy - freedom to try without severe risks linked to any potential mistakes. Extrinsic motivation is an external force encouraging or coercing action - a school grade or job bonus is linked to the effort. Being allowed to be curious may help children and adults to achieve better success with grades, decisions, and even long term mental health. Bonus Episode: Curiosity Types and UX Design. UX Design focuses on improving user experience by planning user expectations and habits into software or product design. Curiosity types may help with design focused on what type of curiosity is motivating the consumer to seek out the product or website. Image Quote:  "You love challenge." - a fortune from a Fortune Cookie Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list How Are You Feeling? episode: Perseverance and Self Control - the dACC.  The dACC part of the brain, the dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex, may be a center for processing input from other areas of the brain that have to do with current physical sensations, thoughts, and emotional feelings.
06:39
January 22, 2020
Curiosity Types and UX Design
Bonus Episode: UX Design focuses on improving user experience by planning user expectations and habits into software or product design. Curiosity types may help with design focused on what type of curiosity is motivating the consumer to seek out the product or website. Main Episode: Curiosity and Intrinsic Motivation. The feeling of curiosity may be similar to intrinsic motivation - an internal drive to explore, learn, practice and improve skills. We may have more intrinsic motivation or curiosity about something when we have two things: competence - the challenge is reasonably matched to our current skill level - it would be achievable with some effort, and autonomy - freedom to try without severe risks linked to any potential mistakes. Extrinsic motivation is an external force encouraging or coercing action - a school grade or job bonus is linked to the effort. Being allowed to be curious may help children and adults to achieve better success with grades, decisions, and even long term mental health. Image Quote: "Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world." -  David McCullough Jr. Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list How Are You Feeling? episode: Perseverance and Self Control - the dACC.  The dACC part of the brain, the dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex, may be a center for processing input from other areas of the brain that have to do with current physical sensations, thoughts, and emotional feelings.
08:40
January 21, 2020
Curiosity & Intrinsic Motivation
The feeling of curiosity may be similar to intrinsic motivation - an internal drive to explore, learn, practice and improve skills. We may have more intrinsic motivation or curiosity about something when we have two things: competence - the challenge is reasonably matched to our current skill level - it would be achievable with some effort, and autonomy - freedom to try without severe risks linked to any potential mistakes. Extrinsic motivation is an external force encouraging or coercing action - a school grade or job bonus is linked to the effort. Being allowed to be curious may help children and adults to achieve better success with grades, decisions, and even long term mental health. Image Quote: "A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." - Lao Tzu Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list How Are You Feeling? episode: Perseverance and Self Control - the dACC.  The dACC part of the brain, the dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex, may be a center for processing input from other areas of the brain that have to do with current physical sensations, thoughts, and emotional feelings. 
11:01
January 18, 2020
Mindfulness - calm during the storm.
Mindfulness and meditation practice can help the brain learn to react more calmly at anytime. Mindfulness need not be thought of as mysterious, it may be as simple as taking time to smell the flowers while you are on a walk - being present in the moment.  Attitudes that can help with developing mindfulness habits were described in a book by Jon Kabat-Zinn, MD: Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, Review: (goodreads.com). Eating mindfully means being focused on the chewing, taste, texture, aroma, and appearance of a meal. It can help to slow down while eating and pay attention to fullness signals. The food you swallow can take 20 minutes to reach the stomach - if you eat very quickly you may become overfull as that last 20 minutes of food travels from the mouth into the already full stomach.  Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, (1990, 2013 revised edition).
08:34
January 10, 2020
Crankiness - lack of sleep
Crankiness from being overheated and thirsty or dehydrated may be bad for health, and for a good night's sleep - which might be part of the cause of the health risks. Our brain is cleared of toxins during sleep hours. During normal sleep the body and brain are cooler than during awake hours, and the brain is smaller in size which allows more fluid movement and white blood cell activity. The white blood cells' autophagy and apoptosis functions are more active in the brain during sleep hours. Autophagy and brain health was a topic discussed in the Hangry and Hanxious Part Two episodes. Insomnia tips - cooling the forehead with a reusable freezer gel pack wrapped in fabric may help if insomnia is a problem. The body normally cools down before sleep and it doesn't happen as well with insomnia. Dimethyl-glycine (DMG) is an amino acid that has inhibitory effects in the brain. Taking a 1/2 teaspoon of the powder supplement DMG in a glass of water before bed might help slow down the brain activity and temperature to a point where relaxing and falling asleep might be easier. This episode is in three parts. The Trailer includes an overview and hormones that may cause crankiness. The Main section gets into more detail about the potential negative effects for brain health of being chronically overheated, dehydrated, and unable to sleep well. The final Bonus section includes a few tips that might help you get to sleep if insomnia is a problem. Image quote: "Be patient where you sit in the dark, the dawn is coming." - Rumi Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list Additional information and references about sleep, and the cooling strategies mentioned in this episode are included in two posts:   Glymphatic system – yes- sleep helps protect against Alzheimer’s dementia  Sleep and Health.
09:07
January 10, 2020
Crankiness - hot and thirsty health risks
Crankiness from being overheated and thirsty or dehydrated may be bad for our heart, brain, and kidneys, and for a good night's sleep - which might be part of cause the health risks. Our brain is cleared of toxins during sleep hours. The white blood cells' autophagy and apoptosis functions are more active in the brain during sleep hours. Autophagy and brain health was a topic discussed in the Hangry and Hanxious Part Two episodes. Crankiness can be due to many reasons that are physical, internal, rather than an external reason like someone else is purposely rattling their silverware too loudly just to bother you - no, they are probably just eating normally and you are overly irritable right now and we tend to look for a reason for a feeling. Sometimes the reason is us - in our own body. Crankiness might be due to being too hot, too thirsty, or too hormonally out of balance. Female or male hormone balance can affect mood and steroid based medications can have similar affects on the mood because they are similar to steroid based hormones, including gender related hormones and vitamin D, a secosteroid which can be activated into a form with hormonal functions. This episode is in three parts. The Trailer includes an overview and hormones that may cause crankiness. The Main section gets into more detail about the potential negative effects for brain health of being chronically overheated, dehydrated, and unable to sleep well. The final Bonus section includes a few tips that might help you get to sleep if insomnia is a problem. Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list Additional information and references about sleep, and the cooling strategies mentioned in the Bonus section are included in two posts:  Glymphatic system – yes- sleep helps protect against Alzheimer’s dementia  Sleep and Health.
08:33
January 10, 2020
Crankiness: hot, thirsty or hormonal?
Crankiness can be due to many reasons that are physical, internal, rather than an external reason like someone else is purposely rattling their silverware too loudly just to bother you - no, they are probably just eating normally and you are overly irritable right now and we tend to look for a reason for a feeling. Sometimes the reason is us - in our own body. Crankiness might be due to being too hot, too thirsty, or too hormonally out of balance. Female or male hormone balance can affect mood and steroid based medications can have similar affects on the mood because they are similar to steroid based hormones, including gender related hormones and vitamin D, a secosteroid which can be activated into a form with hormonal functions. Crankiness from being overheated and thirsty or dehydrated may be bad for our heart, brain, and kidneys, and for a good night's sleep - which might be part of cause the health risks. Our brain is cleared of toxins during sleep hours. The white blood cells' autophagy and apoptosis functions are more active in the brain during sleep hours. Autophagy and brain health was a topic discussed in the Hangry and Hanxious Part Two episodes. This episode is in three parts. The Trailer includes an overview and hormones that may cause crankiness. The Main section gets into more detail about the potential negative effects for brain and heart health of being chronically overheated, dehydrated, and unable to sleep well. The final Bonus section includes a few tips that might help you get to sleep if insomnia is a problem. Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list Additional information and references about sleep, and the cooling strategies mentioned in the Bonus section are included in two posts:  Glymphatic system – yes- sleep helps protect against Alzheimer’s dementia  Sleep and Health.
03:26
January 10, 2020
Perseverance and Self control
Emotions may have to do with motivation, and learning self control and perseverance along with the value of rewards and changing strategy as needed or correcting errors to increase reward. The dACC part of the brain, the dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex, may be a center for processing input from other areas of the brain that have to do with current physical sensations, thoughts, and emotional feelings. Happiness and positive emotions may be motivating us to do more healthy behaviors that might help reduce stress and infection. Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list
05:43
January 9, 2020
Intermittent Fasting, benefits & cautions
Part two of Hangry and hanxious includes the effects of dietary glutamate and aspartate as possible causes for mood changes that might occur after a food or beverage was eaten, rather than being overly hungry for the next meal. An overview of the topic is included as the Trailer.  More neuroscience detail about NMDA receptors and mood is included in the main episode section. And more detail about the benefits of intermittent fasting for weight control and possibly protection against Alzheimer's dementia is included in the Bonus section along with cautions for who might be more at risk from an intermittent fasting or low carbohydrate meal plan, including people with mood swings or disordered eating concerns, or for pregnant people.  The amino acid, glutamate, and trace minerals magnesium, calcium and the mood stabilizing mineral lithium, and the role of NMDA receptors in bipolar disorder, Alzheimer's dementia, and in appetite control will be discussed throughout. The three sections add to the topic that was introduced in the last episode, Hangry and Hanxious.   Image quote: "Good advice is not usually served in our favorite flavor." - Tim Fargo   Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list    Resources: Real Food for Real Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition,  by Lily Nichols, RDN, lilynicholsrdn.com. Tips for Breaking a 24 hour or longer fast: intermittentdieter.com. Glutamate food list, leavesoflife.com. Neuroprovokers, Amy Yasko, PhD (pdf) Magnesium: Essential for 80% of our Body's Chemistry, J Depew, RD, transcendingsquare.com. To Have Optimal Magnesium requires Protein and Phospholipids too. J. Depew, RD, transcendingsquare.com.
13:17
January 8, 2020
NMDA receptors & Dopamine
Part two of Hangry and hanxious includes the effects of dietary glutamate and aspartate as possible causes for mood changes that might occur after a food or beverage was eaten, rather than being overly hungry for the next meal. An overview of the topic is included as the Trailer.  More neuroscience detail about NMDA receptors and mood is included in the main episode section. And more detail about the benefits of intermittent fasting for weight control and possibly protection against Alzheimer's dementia is included in the Bonus section along with cautions for who might be more at risk from an intermittent fasting or low carbohydrate meal plan, including people with mood swings or disordered eating concerns, or for pregnant people.  The amino acid, glutamate, and trace minerals magnesium, calcium and the mood stabilizing mineral lithium, and the role of NMDA receptors in bipolar disorder, Alzheimer's dementia, and in appetite control will be discussed throughout. The three sections add to the topic that was introduced in the last episode, Hangry and Hanxious. Image quote: "You cannot teach a man anything; you can help him find it within himself." - Galileo Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list Resources: Real Food for Real Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition,  by Lily Nichols, RDN, lilynicholsrdn.com. Tips for Breaking a 24 hour or longer fast: intermittentdieter.com. Glutamate food list, leavesoflife.com. Neuroprovokers, Amy Yasko, PhD (pdf) Magnesium: Essential for 80% of our Body's Chemistry, J Depew, RD, transcendingsquare.com. To Have Optimal Magnesium requires Protein and Phospholipids too. J. Depew, RD, transcendingsquare.com.
15:41
January 8, 2020
Hangry & hanxious, part 2
Part two of Hangry and hanxious includes the effects of dietary glutamate and aspartate as possible causes for mood changes that might occur after a food or beverage was eaten, rather than being overly hungry for the next meal. An overview of the topic is included as the Trailer.  More neuroscience detail about NMDA receptors and mood is included in the main episode section. And more detail about the benefits of intermittent fasting for weight control and possibly protection against Alzheimer's dementia is included in the Bonus section along with cautions for who might be more at risk from an intermittent fasting or low carbohydrate meal plan, including people with mood swings or disordered eating concerns, or for pregnant people.  The amino acid, glutamate, and trace minerals magnesium, calcium and the mood stabilizing mineral lithium, and the role of NMDA receptors in bipolar disorder, Alzheimer's dementia, and in appetite control will be discussed throughout. The three sections add to the topic that was introduced in the last episode, Hangry and Hanxious. Image quote: "These pains you feel are messengers, listen to them." - Rumi Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list Resources: Real Food for Real Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition,  by Lily Nichols, RDN, lilynicholsrdn.com. Tips for Breaking a 24 hour or longer fast: intermittentdieter.com. Glutamate food list, leavesoflife.com. Neuroprovokers, Amy Yasko, PhD (pdf) Magnesium: Essential for 80% of our Body's Chemistry, J Depew, RD, transcendingsquare.com. To Have Optimal Magnesium requires Protein and Phospholipids too. J. Depew, RD, transcendingsquare.com.
08:00
January 8, 2020
Hangry and hanxious
Hangry is that angry feeling that can occur when you missed lunch and dinner is still a long way down the road. Some people may feel more anxious when overly hungry - close to tears unless a snack happens first - hanxious. Low magnesium and/or low blood sugar might be underlying factors. The short term solution for low blood sugar is a small amount of simple carbohydrates followed about 20 minutes later with a more substantial snack that includes protein and fats along with more complex carbohydrates - whole grains, nuts, beans, seeds, or whole fruit instead of fruit juice or concentrated sugar or white flour/refined starch. Topics include: Reactive hypoglycemia, magnesium deficiency symptoms, and snack ideas. Image Quote: "Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error." - Linus Pauling, a nutrition scientist. Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org,   Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list
08:32
January 5, 2020
Koko and Climate Despair
Negative emotions may help motivate us to change when old strategies are no longer working. Despair, worry, depression can lead to hopelessness and inaction. Words to describe a feeling can help with recognizing when it is happening and may help with having a coping action ready to use. Emotions can happen quickly, and may help with survival by having behavior patterns ready for running or fighting, or freezing. Freezing in plain sight might help against a predator that tracks motion but wouldn't be helpful to act against climate change. Koko is the gorilla who was taught American Sign Language. She had a message to share with humans about the need to fix the planet, quickly.  Koko's speech: transcript, video with subtitles. Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org,   Twitter - @denutrients Web of life mobile art image taken at the David Brower Center.  browercenter.org. Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list     
10:58
January 2, 2020
Do people really want to know?
How are you feeling? --Do people really want to know, when they ask you that? What should you say? Friendly exchanges can strengthen social bonding while negative moods can negatively affect other's good mood. Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list
03:53
December 31, 2019
Feelings are Wordless
How are you feeling? -- That may be a difficult question to answer because feelings are wordless and we may imagine reasons for the feelings that are wrong. Physical and emotional feelings can be caused within the body and have nothing to do with other people or events.  What are feelings and emotions, why do they occur, what do they mean? Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org Twitter - @denutrients Webpage - peace-is-happy.org/how are you feeling Transcript/Reference list
08:49
December 31, 2019
Intro: How are you feeling?
How are you feeling? Simple question or complicated?  Email - jen@peace-is-happy.org
00:58
December 31, 2019