Tag: your-feed-selfcare

Why Sexually Transmitted Infections Can’t Shake Their Stigma

As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I get a lot of panicked calls and direct messages on social media — sometimes from acquaintances, sometimes from complete strangers — about gynecological matters. Pap smear results, missed periods and hot flashes are my bread and butter. Also common: abortion complications, lost condoms and misadventures with food. I think […]

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When Did Self-Help Become Self-Care?

ImageBefore she was running for president, Marianne Williamson was an author.CreditLucas Jackson/Reuters “Wellness” is a word that has come to encompass our latest dominant sociocultural obsession — how to take care of ourselves in the world. It may, at one point, have been popularly understood as an extension of self-help, a category of literature and […]

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My Librarian Boss Hates Science and Public Services. Help!

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Where Human Decency Meets Professional Standards I am a part-time children’s librarian in a diverse, small-city public library. I love our patrons and community and have worked to […]

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How Sound Baths Ended Up Everywhere

ImageCreditIllustration by Ema Gaspar By Amitha Kalaichandran Aug. 3, 2019 Sit Back, You Are in a Safe Place While you read this article, listen to Diane Mandle, who describes herself as a sound healer, and who uses Tibetan bowls to create her sounds. “Bring yourself back to your awareness,” said Sara Auster, a self-proclaimed sound […]

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Letting Go of the Sentimental but Not Very Comfortable Couch

In my family, the old saying “The shoemaker’s daughter goes barefoot” had special meaning. My mother and father manufactured high-fashion women’s shoes sold in Bloomingdale’s and Saks, while I opted to wear construction boots or clogs on most days. Years later, in my own house, I adapted a new version of that adage: “The furniture […]

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What’s Meat Got to Do With It?

In case you haven’t heard, they’re making meat out of plants. Burgers out of soy and coconut. Fried chicken out of jackfruit. Steaks out of “cooked wheat gluten.” Brands like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have expanded into fast food, infiltrating chains like Burger King and Dunkin’ with meatless patties and breakfast sausage. Meat people […]

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Move Over Therapy Dogs. Hello, Therapy Cows.

NAPLES, N.Y. — Even without a psychology degree, Bella’s natural talents made her an excellent therapist: She is calm and accommodating of a range of personalities, with the patience to listen to endless problems without so much as a judgmental moo. From a lush, secluded pasture on the Mountain Horse Farm, a 33-acre bed-and-breakfast in […]

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Now Some Families Are Hiring Coaches to Help Them Raise Phone-Free Children

Parents around the country, alarmed by the steady patter of studies around screen time, are trying to turn back time to the era before smartphones. But it’s not easy to remember what exactly things were like before smartphones. So they’re hiring professionals. A new screen-free parenting coach economy has sprung up to serve the demand. […]

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I Like Working Retail. Why Am I Too Ashamed to Say So?

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Congratulations, You Have Won! For more than 20 years I had the job I always dreamed about. I knew since junior high I wanted to work in what […]

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Is Marianne Williamson a Fringe Candidate? Or a Likely One?

Marianne Williamson is a major-minor candidate for president, or a minor-major candidate for president. She believes that America is suffering from a spiritual and moral rot. She believes that the rot can only be healed if an empathetic and loving leader, equally versed in American history and culture, takes the helm. “A person who has […]

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Kim Kardashian West and the Kimono Controversy

Another week, another cultural appropriation controversy. Or so it’s beginning to seem when it comes to fashion and its faux pas. This time around the lightning rod is Kim Kardashian West’s latest venture, announced on Tuesday: a line of “solutionwear,” itself a creative take on the more typical “shapewear,” which used to be called girdles, […]

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World Cup Players Say Muscles and Makeup Mix Just Fine, Thanks

For her third World Cup, Francisca Ordega wanted to stand out. She had worn her hair in dreadlocks for her first and had a wavy, blonde ponytail for the second, but this time she wanted something bolder. “I was looking for green and white,” she said about her search for hair extensions in the colors […]

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I Don’t Go to Parties. I Go to Protests.

I have always loved a good protest. Growing up, I’d protest pretty much anything. It had less to do with any social or political ideology and more to do with the fact that I enjoyed making rage-fueled, pun-filled signs and screaming in unison. My passion for protest started early. I’d wave angry posters and yell […]

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