Joan Vernikos is the retired Director of Life Sciences for NASA, where she studied the stress on astronauts during space launches and under zero gravity. As she studied stress in a scientific context, she also experienced it personally, raising children, pursuing a career, caring for family members, and navigating decisions about retirement. She recognizes, too, that stress can be a positive force: The same chemical reactions can energize us for achieving the unexpected.
A definition of stress provides a foundation of understanding. The book goes on to offer many practical tactics and strategies for diffusing, avoiding, and managing stress. There are breathing techniques you can immediately put into practice, and suggestions for things you might think through now to avoid predictable stress in the future.
Anyone who's feeling stress, or has a growing awareness of the number of changes and challenges we as women face at midlife and beyond.
The MiddlesexMD team met Joan Vernikos when Dr. Barb interviewed her for the podcast, The Fullness of Midlife, on the importance of physical movement throughout our days. When we learned she'd published a new book on stress, we knew we should add it to our shop.
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Michael Krychman, a long-time advisor and friend to MiddlesexMD, partnered with Alyssa Dweck to write The Sexual Spark: 20 Essential Exercises to Reignite the Passion. Both are doctors who specialize in aspects of sexual health.
The book opens with all of the ways in which sex is good for us, an excellent reminder when continued intimacy may take some effort. It goes on to outline activities for couples, encouraging fresh perspective, experimentation, playfulness, and communication. If you read only one chapter a month, we suspect you'll experience more pleasure and intimacy with your partner! And this second edition has an expanded resource section for even more spark.
144-page paperback book
Manufacturer: Dr. Michael Krychman
If you're in a long-term relationship and have found the passion to be flagging, if you're in a new relationship and are interested in learning about each other, or if the discomforts of menopause have begun to challenge your interest in sex, you'll find this book helpful.
Why We Chose It
The MiddlesexMD team has relied on Dr. Michael Krychman for a number of years as a medical advisor. We know he shares our mission to encourage and equip women (and their partners) to remain sexually vital for just as long as they choose.
The book explores the history of aphrodisiacs and offers a guide for pairing dishes with relationship stage, time of day, and season of the year. It also includes recipes for massage oils, bath oils, and salt scrubs. Full-color photographs throughout reinforce the relationship between food and sensuality.
208-page hardcover book
"Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves," Hanh maintains, and this book contains stories and exercises to show how meditation works in everyday life.
160-page paperback book
Choose this book to be introduced to mindfulness meditation to help you overcome stress, depression, or other ways in which your mind is getting in the way.
We find Hanh's writing to be simple, direct, and easy to understand. Many of our friends who've come to meditation on various paths have this book on their shelves.