Posts By: Marie Well

Marie Well

I’m Marie Well, as in healthy well. At least, that’s my aim—to get well and make you well. We all have woes, from breakups to cancer to hoarder houses. I’m here to fix those woes—with tips mixed with my own tales.

Why read me? I’ve got a track record of fixin’ stuff. I’ve cured myself of anxiety. For a decade, I had anxiety attacks that struck almost daily. When not stricken, I’d write Voice articles, mostly on how to combat stress.

And then my world changed. One week went by with no attacks. A month. A year. Two years. And counting.

Now, I want to skyrocket our health—and bolster our creativity. After all, nothing soothes better than strokes of paint or tones of music or reps in a gym.

So, let’s get fit, creative, and well with Marie Well.

The Creative Spark!—Original Thought

Original thought means everything at universities.  At least, at the graduate level.  At the undergraduate level, many students busy themselves citing stuff already written.  But once they get into graduate studies, they’re expected to make original research—whether done through surveys, interviews, theories and/or methodologies. Recently, I spoke with a world renown psychologist about creativity.  I… Read more »

The Fit Student—Ayurveda

Go from trauma to wisdom to dreams—with Ayurveda Medicine.  As a youth, I toughed out trauma.  I suffered anorexia, obesity, and anorexia again.  I dropped out of high school, shortly after stung with disability.  And then a second disability. But I gained wisdom. On my birthday, my boyfriend asked me to share my wisdom.  So,… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Boost your Creativity

Will marshmallows and chocolate help you compete in the Olympics?  They can if you’re creative. But how can you get a creative edge?  First, always learn.  Never quit reading.  Constantly take courses.  But most of all, believe in your creative potential (even if you can’t draw a smiley).  This belief alone boosts creativity, according to… Read more »

The Fit Student—Power Stretch

During exams, don’t get stiff and hunched with a back aching for the bed.  Instead, stretch.  Stretching gives you lengthened muscles, better posture, more coordination, more flexibility.  And stretching (like all exercise) fires up your prefrontal cortex—the brain’s thinking center. I had a great range of stretch as a child—but not as an adult.  My… Read more »

The Study Dude—Win with Conflict

Check this out: Murray arrives late.  Janine forgets her backpack.  Bob visits with another table.  And you arrive thirty minutes early with an outline to launch the group project.  Organized?  Or rather, have the seeds been sown for group conflict? I once had to work with a hellish group.   One woman and I clashed; we… Read more »

The Fit Student—Stress Busters

It’s 2018!  Companies now have mental health minutes, some even mental health days.  So, if your boss finds you curled up in the fetal position while gripping a cup of green tea, just say, “I’m exercising my right to a mental health minute.” I took mental health afternoons, every day, stricken with workplace anxiety.  I’d… Read more »

The Fit Student

Do you want to kick back a plate of Denny’s sausage, chuckling as the grease lashes your tongue, musing to yourself, “I beat you, inflammation!” Well, Amy Myers, MD, wrote a diet book on inflammation.  Her diet plan looks intriguing—until you spot her menu’s morning sausage.  Sausage?  Sausage gave me inflammation.  Well, sausage, cola, anxiety,… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Show Not Tell, Like Harry Homer Potter

Grab your drabbest essay and crossbreed it with Harry Potter.  You’ll wind up with Plato Potter, Einstein Potter, or Harry Homer Potter.   Homer the thinker, that is.  In other words, sprinkle in a magical writing device called show not tell.  But what’s show not tell? When I once wrote a script, I thought show meant… Read more »

The Fit Student—How to Conquer Overtraining

Rocky Balboa loves to sweat.  He must’ve made millions dripping in his flicks.  But what if he burned out from overtraining?  Well, he’d miss out on surging energy, awesome sleeps, fun training, and a massive appetite.  Worse, he could get hit with an autoimmune disease, like I almost did. During grad school, I exercised five… Read more »

The Study Dude—Body Language

Learning body language could be the best thing you do.  You’ll chum up with supervisors and students.  You’ll win over bosses and colleagues.  And one day that body language will secure you your dream job. I bomb at nonverbal language.  During interviews, I shrivel, almost disappearing.  My shoulders hunch.  My hands cover my lap.  My… Read more »