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Dangerous Distractions: The Risks of Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Awareness Month, observed annually in April, is a vital campaign aimed towards raising awareness about the dangers of driving distracted and promoting safer habits on the road.  With the influx of smartphones and other digital devices, distracted driving has become a major concern.  This observance  seeks to educate drivers about the risks.

Chemical dependency, such as addiction to alcohol or drugs can greatly contribute to distracted driving.  When under the influence, individuals may struggle to focus on the road, react to traffic signals, or make sound judgments.  The compulsion to use substances can override concerns about safety, leading to risky behaviors behind the wheel.  Moreover, the impaired cognitive and motor functions associated with substance use increase the likelihood of accidents.  Addressing chemical dependency through treatment and support can help mitigate the dangers of distract driving, promoting safer roads for everyone.

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The statistics surrounding distracted driving are sobering.  I will leave a link at the end regarding this.  Various organizations, including government agencies, non-profit groups, and businesses collaborate to promote educational initiatives and advocacy efforts.

By collectively advocating for safer driving and promoting responsibility on the road, stakeholders seek to decrease distracted driving accidents and save lives.  Raising awareness is essential, but action is equally crucial.  Individually, we can contribute to safe roads by adopting distraction-free driving habits, like keeping our phones away, avoiding multitasking, and staying attentive.  Prioritizing safety whenever we drive helps create a more responsible and secure driving environment for all.


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I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Stay safe.






April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month | NHTSA. (n.d.). NHTSA. https://www.nhtsa.gov/april-distracted-driving-awareness-month

SHzoom It, LLC. (2023, January 2). Distracted Driving: Facts and preventions | SHZoom. SHzoom. https://shzoom.com/distracted-driving-facts-and-preventions/

How Better Conflict Resolution Can Improve Your Mental Health!

Ah, conflict, the stress-inducing drama queen of our mental kingdom.  But fear not, for the art of conflict resolution demands the suave sophistication of effective communication.  Mastering conflict isn’t just about saving the day;  its about boosting your ego, darling.  Handling disputes reinforces the belief that we all have the ability to be a superhero, painting as the protagonist in our own story.

But beware the treacherous waters of unresolved conflicts, is like anxiety and depression’s mischievous little imps, stirring trouble in your mind kingdom.  But fret not, for prompt and effective conflict resolution is the mighty sword that slays, restoring emotional balance and resilience to your mental palace.

But lets not forget the noble quest of problem-solving!  Through conflict resolution, you become the wise wizard, wielding your problem-solving wand to positively enchant every corner of your life.

Wait!  Conflict resolution isn’t just about managing emotions; it’s about becoming the grand master of emotional regulation.  By mastering the delicate dance of conflict without tripping over your own emotional feet, you’ll emerge as the reigning champion of mental resilience and stability.  After all, a healthy mind is the most fabulous accessory of them all.

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I hope you have a Skippy Peachy weekend.




DeAngelis, T. (n.d.). Managing conflict, the healthy way. https://www.apa.org. https://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2010/03/conflict

Why does crying relieve pain? Why is it shamed?



Historically, child-rearing practices have been influenced by culture, religion, and societal expectations. The idea that “boys don’t cry” has been perpetuated through generations, reinforcing the notion that emotional expression, especially in the form of tears, is a sign of weakness.  The idea of girls being too emotional would tend for parents to stop girls from crying by saying “cut the drama”.  Children are highly impressionable, and the messages during their formative years can make or break their emotional development.  When parents discourage crying or dismiss emotional expression, children tend to internalize the belief that feelings are invalid or unwelcome.

As children grow into adults, the habit of suppressing emotions, including tears, becomes deeply rooted in the psychological makeup.  Many adults ingrain a fear of being judged or perceived as weak which prevents them from freely expressing their emotions.

Crying is a natural and complex emotional response and understanding the reasons behind why crying is good for pain involves examining both the psychological and physiological aspects of this emotional release:

  1. Stress Hormone Reduction:  Tears, specifically emotional tears, may contain stress-related hormones.  When these tears are shed, the physiological response suggests crying may act as a natural mechanism for the body to detoxify, resulting in a sense of relief.
  2. Endorphin Release:  Endorphins are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, which is triggered when crying occurs.
  3. Emotional Catharsis:  Crying provides release valve for pent-up emotions.  Emotional catharsis helps individuals process and navigate their emotions, preventing the accumulation of emotional stress.
  4. Social Support and Connection:  Crying may elicit empathy and support from those around you.  This sense of connection is vital for emotional well-being and gift overall alleviation of pain, emotional or physical.
  5. Communication of Distress:  From an evolutionary perspective, crying represents a verbal signal of distress.  In infants, crying is primary way of communication to express needs or discomfort.  Although the communicative aspect of crying may evolve with age, it will remains to signal emotional or physical distress.
  6. Facilitation of Emotional Processing:  Crying can aid the processing of complex emotions.  It allows individuals confront and accept their feelings.  The act of crying can facilitate a deep understanding of self and accepting that crying and feeling leads to growth and healing.
  7. Tension Release:  Physical pain and emotional distress can be interconnected, leading to muscle tension and stress.  Crying can be a physical release that helps release tension and relax the body.

Crying is the original therapy session you never knew you signed up for.  It is your soul’s way of detoxing, shedding baggage like a glittery unicorn molting its woes.  When tears flow, stress hormone take a hike – the endorphins are released and mood enhances.  Sharing tears connects hearts, turning the puddle of emotions into a pool party of empathy.  So, next time you tell you child to stop crying or as an adult you feel embarrassed of your tears, let them rain and allow emotions to be validated by high-fiving you well-bring leaving anyone lighter and emotionally minty fresh.

I hope you have a Skippy Peachy weekend.

Yours truly,




Licsw, L. N. (2021, March 1). Is crying good for you? Harvard Health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/is-crying-good-for-you-2021030122020

Sadick, B. (2021, November 3). Go ahead, have a good cry. AARP. https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2021/crying-health-benefits.html

What science says about letting your baby ‘cry it out.’ (2016, May 26). https://www.michiganmedicine.org/health-lab/what-science-says-about-letting-your-baby-cry-it-out