400 Day Running Challenge – Day 56 Thoughts

Every day I run, I have use the time to meditate and reflect on how I can improve as a person. How can I be a better husband, a better brother, a better friend, a better scientist, a better medical student, a better podcast host, etc. Everyday I will report back with what I have learned or discovered. Growing, during a physical challenge, is only as useful as the lessons you learn and the lessons you take away from it. So today...

Lessons of 2017 — A personal Journey

Although this year has been a crazy ride — with more opportunities and projects than I could image, I have to stop to say thank you to all of my friends and family along the way. I am truly blessed and could not be more honored to have friends and family who care about me and who support me. For anyone who has read one of my posts or articles before, you know I love writing and sharing things. This year was the year I got back into good endurance shape and I also founded a podcast, started to help undergrads and premed students, and I helped with an exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. I pushed myself physically, mentally, and emotionally and also had some humbling experiences along the way.

Why being bored increases your well-being.

But how does creativity improve our well-being? Boredom impacts our emotions, our behavior, or cognition, experience, and our physiology. Creativity improves our performance, allows us to make meaningful connections in our work, and improves our opportunities to attain social, emotional, cognitive, and experiential stimulation.

When should you drink Coffee?

I LOVE COFFEE ☕️☕️☕️ but sometimes too much caffeine is too much caffeine, lol. 🤯🤯🤯 There are a ton of pros and cons about coffee - so rather than dump them all into a single post - I will make several small ones, stay tuned for the weeks to come! 🤓 Did you know that drinking coffee as soon as you wake up, isn’t actually that beneficial? When you wake up, you feel exhausted and groggy, but whether you have coffee or not, within 30 mins, you already feel awake enough to shower, get up, and get your day started, why? The beautiful stress hormone called CORTISOL. Caffeine and cortisol have similar physiological “awakening” effects on our bodies. Caffeine intake actually boosts Cortisol levels, amongst other things. Because cortisol peaks when we wake up, the effects of drinking caffeine immediately are partially negated. Instead if you wait and have your first cup between 9-12am, you will feel the effects even more! 🧠💪🧠 The second dip in cortisol throughout the day is after lunch, so if you need an extra pick-me-up, have some more between 2-4pm, while it is still early enough not to effect your sleep.

The Science of Sleep & 5 tips to Fall Asleep within 2 minutes.

I remember when I was young, I could never sleep. I would lay awake for hours and I only needed 3–5 hours a night to function at 100%. My sleep disparities persisted until after college. As I approached medical school, I knew things had to change. I knew memory formation and long term memory retention are dependent on the length and quality of sleep. If I was going to study 15hrs a day and remember everything I learned, I needed to figure out a way to sleep. Fast forward 5 years – I sleep between 6–7hrs a night. 

How Bacteria went from “Eww” to “Ahh”

With every public door handle, subway rail, or introduction of a stranger, our subconscious goes straight to germs. Last year, the largest producer of hand sanitizer brought in $83 million in revenue; what we grew up thinking was going to make us sick has now turned into the latest fad — bacteria. From food poisoning, to probiotics and kombucha, to contemporary art pieces at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; bacteria may actually be beneficial or better yet, even art.

How to STOP being that NERVOUS friend at the party.

The other day I was sent a message from a friend: “Hi Frank. This is kind of a weird thing to ask you, but do you have any tips for social anxiety/confidence? I have this event this week with a group of friends where I’m kind of “known” as the shy person, but I really want to change that. I have become so aware of my every move and worried that people will think I’m weird, so I just don’t say anything at all or reach out to get to know anyone else! Any tips? Thanks in advance!”