Running: Losing myself with “The Boss” along on Chicago’s Lakefront Trail

Running: Steps I Took to Find “the Zone”

Sophia Shaw
Managing Partner, Acorn Advisors LLC

“There’s not much more I can do to help you,” my therapist said three years ago. “At this point, all I can suggest is that you run as hard as you can at least five days a week. The only clients I have who can really keep their anxiety in check are the ones who exercise—hard—regularly.”

This advice was not what I wanted to hear. Speaking on behalf of those of us who live with panic attacks, trust me: I thought this “wisdom” ranked up there with other useless attempts at calming words nice people say to us when our hearts are beating out of control and we are sweating through our clothes, suffocating, and picturing sudden death: “just relax,” “breathe,” “it’s going to be okay,” “It’s all in your head,” “be rational,” “don’t get hysterical,” or “let it go.”

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Gardening and Mental Health

Gardening and Mental Health

Sophia Shaw
Managing Partner, Acorn Advisors LLC

In honor of spring, I thought it would be fitting to re-post my 2015 essay about mental health and gardening that I wrote for Sibbaldia, the journal of botanic garden horticulture published by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, while I served as president & CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
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