The holiday season is here, a time for cheer and celebration with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many, this time of the year can be downright depressing. All the planning, decorating, cooking, shopping, parties, and, traveling can leave us exhausted and stressed-out. The American Psychological Association (APA) states that everyone experiences stress differently. “Symptoms include a combination of emotional (worry, tension, irritability) and physical (headaches, insomnia, and stomach problems) reactions.” And everyone has a unique coping mechanism, some unhealthier than others (Drugs, alcohol, emotional eating, excessive caffeine, and smoking).
However, there are better-coping strategies to help you survive this festive season—Mindfulness, which is a method of maintaining moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. The practice involves exercises in deep breathing and self-awareness through meditation and mindful movements. It allows us to live in the moment, in a natural state of mind, and fully focused and aware of our choices, moment-by-moment. Coping with Holiday Stress, details more mindful techniques to help you through the holiday season.
Julia Flynn explains that “Our ability to create calm for ourselves and others, when life “falls apart,” is a gift that assists us in bringing life back together. In her article, Behaviors that Guide and Soothe When Life Falls Apart, Ms. Flynn offer straightforward techniques to hold it all together, simple mindful steps of awareness.
Drugs and alcohol abuse this time of the year skyrockets. Ms. Sollito’s article, Red Ribbon Week – Future is Key, Stay Drug-Free offers information on raising drug-abuse awareness within communities and maintaining a drug-free healthy lifestyle.
And we all tend to overeat during the holidays, some more so than others. You ever wonder what that belt you’re wearing around your waist does to your digestion? Check out Jina Bazzar’s article, Belts: Are They An Ornament Or A Digestive Noose?
All these articles and more can be found at Conscious Talk Magazine.