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Laura J. Lieff

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Why Are So Many Manhattanites So Angry?

Posted on January 19, 2020 at 5:17 PM Comments comments (408)
1/19/20 Please click on the link for my latest blog post. Thank you all for your loyalty to my blog and for your patience.

Be Proactive About Your Health

Posted on April 21, 2019 at 3:12 PM Comments comments (818)
The one thing that is more important than your family, your friends, your career, and your pets is your health. Although many of us don't give enough thought to our health, without good health, we risk suffering from various disabilities and even a shorter life. There are people who are afraid to see doctors and others who pride themselves on never seeing a doctor. These people are taking unnecessary risks as, frequently, what could become a very serious issue if left unchecked, can be, for all intents and purposes, a non-issue if found and treated early. If you are proactive about going to an internist and whatever specialists you need to go to and taking the recommended tests for someone your age and with your familial health risks, I assure you that, most of the time, you can avoid a serious illness and/or an untimely health-related death.

There are many diseases that don't present with symptoms until they're at an advanced stage and that is why it's important to go to an internist, at least, once a year and to have blood and urine tests, at least, once a year. Just because you feel fine, you shouldn't assume that you are fine. 

Last year, I had a mild bout of vertigo. I didn't think much of it because I was only experiencing it once a day, for less than a minute, upon getting up from bed. I had the vertigo for a week before mentioning it to my internist. When I told her about it, she got me an appointment with a neurologist for that very afternoon! Although vertigo is, typically, caused by a minor ear issue, it can be a symptom of a stroke, a TIA, or a brain tumor. As it turned out, thankfully, my vertigo was from a minor ear issue. If I had had a TIA or a stroke, I would have had to take blood thinning medication, immediately,  to prevent another stroke. I always prefer having an unusual symptom checked out, thoroughly, than to be dismissive of it and think that I'm probably fine. 

Being proactive about your health also includes eating healthily, getting enough sleep, exercising, and socializing. It doesn't include smoking, excessive drinking, taking illegal drugs, and/or not protecting yourself from sexually transmitted diseases.

I'm not telling you anything, here, that you don't already know. I'm just trying to emphasize that, although you're not responsible for the genes that you inherited, you are responsible for taking good care of your health.

Be Healthy - Love Your Work

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 1:16 PM Comments comments (283)
I'd like to thank all of you very much for sending me your approval of, and enthusiasm for, my blog posts. If I had enough time, I'd thank you all, individually, but I get so many comments that I can't. Also, I frequently can't tell to which blog the writer is referring. The bottom line is that I read all of your comments and very much appreciate them.

I spend most of my time doing work-related work. It doesn't always feel like work because I love what I do for a living and feel very fortunate that I do. When I'm not doing work-related work, I'm online shopping, researching something, looking for restaurants or movies, reading articles of interest to me, and posting on social media. In other words, I'm doing a variety of work most of the time. Some might say that I'm a workaholic. I might even agree with them as, although I love whatever leisure time I have, I thrive on being productive. It's great to know that there are things awaiting my attention upon waking up. Work keeps me enthusiastic about life and plugged into the world. 

Admittedly, there are times that I wish that I had more time to relax, but I suspect that, if I did, I'd look for a project on which to work. Once in a rare while, I give myself a full day off to veg out, see a movie or a friend, etc. As much as I enjoy working, I enjoy relaxing too. Even if I could retire, I wouldn't want to, at least, not at this time. It would be nice to have an additional day off, but that's not a viable option right now.

Although most people work to earn money and to "contribute" in some way, a few people I know and I are motivated, primarily, by the love of being productive and the love of what we do for a living. That's not to say that we're willing to work without being compensated, appropriately, for our efforts, but to say that money isn't the primary motivating force for us.

Work isn't always healthy, though, especially if you're under constant pressure. For example, if you work for difficult people, if you work at something that you don't enjoy, and/or if you aren't earning what you think you're services are worth, work can be very stressful for you.

The takeaway from this post is that, in order to enjoy life more, you should love the work that you do. If you truly love what you do for a living, it's less like work and more like an avocation.