by Nicholas of petMD
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
The holidays have arrived, and if you are one of the fortunate ones with friends and family that you like to spend time with, the holidays mean parties, dinners, gift exchanges and get-togethers...
Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: No matter your background or belief, holidays bring stress. Stress in the human family leads to stress in the pet family - they can see what's going on with us - we wear it on our sleeve. How can we help our fur-legged family make it through our holiday stress? Here are some great ideas. Bonus - they ideas work for people too.
Animals & Pets
by Lynne Sullivan, DC
Stress can cause physical problems. Here are some suggestions to help you this holiday season:
1. You are neither Superwoman nor Superman. You can’t do it all exactly the way you feel it needs to be done! Ask for help.
Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wisniewski: It is common to experience increased levels of stress during the holiday season. On top of maintaining your regular visits to the chiropractor, follow these recommendations from Dr. Lynne Sullivan to reduce your stress levels.
by Charlotte Reznick
Although holiday time means presents and no school for most American kids, it can also be a stressful time - particularly with so many families facing financial hardship, in families where there's a recent loss of a loved one, and with the challenges faced by split or blended families...
by Lorna Sophocleous
Over the course of the last 15+ years working in the field of Exercise and Nutrition, I have repeatedly seen the stress of people as they fall prey to temptation during the holidays and the pounds start to creep back up...
Editor´s Note: The holiday season is the perfect time to get in touch with ourselves, connecting not only body to mind but also mind and diet. According to Lorna Sophocleous, founder of Lorna Wellness, staying focused and being mindful about the food we eat may benefit the body bringing in the New Year. Tuning into what is on the plate, eating slowly and putting the fork down between bites are excellent tips on how to appreciate and feel gratitude towards ourselves, spreading holiday cheer without the pounds.
by Bri Saussy
If you follow these 10 steps you will rediscover the joy and deep, profound meaning in giving gifts-I guarantee it.
1.) Choose wisely. Gift giving is about honoring those who touch our lives through the year-so who has touched your life? Of course we all have family members that we “have” to get something for-but gift giving is an exchange of energy…so put your energies into the people that feed+nourish you.
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: Bri Saussy offers a great gift giving guide. Not just for the holidays, this guidance can be applied throughout the year. By taking the time to choose wisely and acknowledging those who have touched our lives, we create a deeper connection. She offers suggestions for handmade, heartfelt gifts, and when that's not possible, that we buy locally or from inspired on-line retailers.
by Curt Remington
In modern society this response is very rarely needed and causes all sorts of troubles. The “fight or flight” response cuts blood flow to our central organs and brain, causing health problems and difficulty thinking clearly. Anger also damages relationships and can lead to terrible, impulsive decisions...
Editor's Note: We all could use a little help managing stress and finding a way to release negative emotion. Here's a helpful blog by Curt Remington.
by Kathleen M. Murphy, LMT, NCTMB
There’s something irresistible in the artistry of a beautiful pair of pumps. (If not, why would generations of wearers voluntarily endure the pain?) There’s good reason, though, to limit high-heeled shoes to periods of short wear or special occasions...
Editor's Note: This is an article destined for greatness in terms of getting many viewers or reads. What a great article title. The author is very well informed.
Massage & Bodywork
by Mariel Hemingway
For me to be alive and happy I have had to organize my life differently. I had to find time where I would otherwise have been stressing over plans undone or future desires unmet. I have moved into a space where how I wake up becomes the template for a day well lived. I awaken with the sun most days if I have gone to bed early enough the night before...
Editor’s Note from Bess Coble: It is so easy to get up in the morning and just start on our to-do list without taking notice of the gift of just being able to wake up in the first place. I love Mariel’s way of being in the moment of waking up, and being present in those first moments of the day, aware that what she does sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Exercise & Fitness
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